Author: Lady Mercury
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 469
Author's Summary: The important thing, he thinks, watching Amy paddle in the sea, is to keep your head above water. Concentrate on the fixed points. Post "Cold Blood."
Characters: Eleven, Amy
Recc-ed because: Oh, I do love mathematical metaphors written well. The Doctor is the perfect character for them, as he has most likely forgotten more math than Euler, Newton and Liebnitz could write in three lifetimes each. In this post-ep for Cold Blood, the Doctor seeks solace in fixed point equations and symmetric identities. It's also very atmospheric and visual; I love how the physical world reflects the trigonometric. It is very short, so I will just share with you the first paragraph and you will have to go read the rest:
The important thing, he thinks, watching Amy paddle in the sea, is to keep your head above water. Concentrate on the fixed points. It’s early and the water’s cold, but he promised her the beach before they go on. As she turns onto her back, her face and knees appear above the surface like tiny convexities in a world of grey. Her arms windmill over her, sometimes off by as much as 5 degrees from the prescribed angle with the surface.
He doesn’t remember when he started sounding like such a geometer.