Story: Ghosts in the Machine
Author: Daystar Searcher
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 709
Author's Summary: The TARDIS wishes she could tell him that his companions never leave.
Characters: 11th and other Doctors, the TARDIS
Recced because: On the surface it is sweet and comforting, but--and I don't know if it's just me or what, because I don't see anything reflected in the reviews--there is a dark, painful undercurrent to it that is so difficult to read. There is a chasm there between the way the Doctor has to experience the world, and the way the TARDIS wants to help him so badly but can never, ever really understand that the price of linear time is beginnings and endings. I love the TARDIS, but this story, well, it makes me afraid of her the way I'd be afraid of a pet mountain lion.
But he doesn’t listen, does he? He fills up his head-space with prattling rattling facts and figures and anecdotes and outright lies, and the churning turning noise of it all shuffles her words away from him. He registers the attempt and brushes away the tendrils of her thoughts like a comforting arm that he refuses to cry on. Stiff upper lip and all that, he’d say, and indeed does when she makes her irritation known to him. Odd expression, that, he sometimes adds. It’s the lower lip that wobbles, usually, in emotional distress. As I’ve noticed with other people and definitely not myself.
Sometimes she doesn’t understand a single word that boy says.