Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3089
Author's summary: Peri teaches the Doctor about a new holiday.
Characters: Six, Peri
Recced because: The Sixth Doctor and Peri both seem to rank near the bottom of the fandom's list of favorite characters, and I love that this sweet little story takes what we saw on screen and transforms it. Neither of the characters are unrecognizable, but somehow they feel right. Peri is smart and independent and absolutely knows how to handle the Doctor. The Doctor, for his part, is all brash and bold, but genuinely cares about Peri. It's a great look at how these two can be a brilliant match for one another.
She dug in her pocket, and pulled out a small, flat box. “Here you go — Happy Unbirthday.”
“What?” he asked, genuinely surprised, taking the box.
“Unbirthday, like in Alice in Wonderland,” she told him. “I found this a couple stops ago, and thought you’d like it. It’s almost exactly like my Grandpa’s favorite lure. He used to swear by it. I thought I’d give it to you the next time you went fishing.”
He opened the box and inspected the flatfish-style lure. He was frowning, but not, for once, with an edge of arrogance. “I didn’t think you liked fishing.”
“I don’t — but Grandpa did, and you do," she said with a shrug. “I guess I can’t help picking some of it up by osmosis.”
She could tell he was pleased, but being himself, he wasn’t good at expressing it, though he did manage a harrumphing, “Thank you.”