Author: Lurky McLurklurk
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3138
Author's Summary: "Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once."
Characters/Pairings: Barbara/Ian, Susan, One.
Recced because: It's unusual and lovely, an good Hartnell-era adventure with believable technobabble, wonderful characterisation and a great ending. Ian and Barbara are the focus of this story and their trust in each other is the underpinning of this story, but Lurky McLurklurk also captures the way the First Doctor could be both a powerful, frightening alien and a doddering old man, and the 'unearthly child' aspect of Susan.
Ian almost stumbled across the threshold of the Ship. Next to him, Susan helped the Doctor in before running to the console to close the doors. "We've got to go back for Barbara!" he protested as they swung shut behind him, cutting them off from her.
"Hmm?" said the Doctor, steadying himself by resting on the clock case. "What was that you said?"
"We have to go back for Barbara!" Ian repeated, his temper just beginning to fray. He knew he was being unfair to feel that the Doctor was to blame: he had been just as keen to explore the spaceship trapped in orbit around the black star, even after it had proven to be deserted.
"Oh, yes, yes, of course, dear boy." The urgency of the situation seemed to immediately reinvigorate him, and he strode to the console with a determined air, the frailty he'd displayed on their desperate dash back to the Ship quite forgotten.