Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2491
Author's Summary: "You can stay here as long as you like," Delirium says. "Except I think that won't be nearly long enough." (Crossover with Neil Gaiman's Sandman series.)
Characters/Pairings: Other Character(s), The Doctor (8th), The Doctor (9th)
I dearly wanted to rec something with the Eighth Doctor in it. I went looking, and found this piece of wonderful. The Sandman characters are spot on, and their interaction with the Doctor is so true. I think Eight, in particular, would understand Delight-turned-Delirium.
In any case, this is officially my favorite version of the regeneration from 8 to 9.
"Look," he starts, "can you tell me where I am? The last thing I knew — well, now that I think about it, I'm not sure of the last thing I knew — but I was in my ship. I must have been. And now I'm here. And my ship, she's brilliant, capable of some spectacular tricks, but this ... this isn't the sort of thing she'd do."
The girl's piebald eyes glimmer, and she smiles at him, sweetly but with something awkward and unexpectedly wrong behind it. It's like biting into a toffee and discovering a creamy aubergine centre. The Doctor shivers.
The girl says, "You're in my realm. Usually your people don't come here. But you did. Hi!" She gives him a perky half-wave of her hand.
PS: As an accompaniment to the fic, I also offer this lovely piece of artwork I came across a while back: