Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 921
Author's Summary: If the Doctor had written this well-known address, it might have gone a little differently.
Characters/Pairings: the Doctor (either Eleven or a later incarnation)
Recced because: What better way to end the week than with an inspirational speech? I first read this fic not long after I had graduated from college, which as anyone who has gone through it will know, is a time period rife with inspirational speeches of widely varying quality. I would rather have had this one than any of them. It is fun and silly and packed with shout-outs to various Doctors, companions, and other characters. It meanders and makes verbal leaps in much the way I imagine the Doctor would if forced to give an impromptu graduation speech. And beneath the glitter of the hilarious nonsense and whimsicality is a bedrock of actually useful and meaningful advice. This speech was one of the most encouraging things I had heard in months.
Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’99….
Always take a banana to a party.
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, bananas would be it. The long-term entertainment value of bananas has been proved by French courtesans, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own (considerable and extensive) meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now…