Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3110
Author's Summary: The Doctor and Romana are cruising around space when they notice something a bit off about the children on one particular planet. Their investigations uncover something unexpected and attract some unwanted attention (as ever).
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (4th), Romana II
Recced because: Well, I suppose the short answer would be "because I very much enjoy Seasons 16-18 of original-series Who and especially the interactions between Four and Romana and this fic captures that special tone and atmosphere to a tee". As those of you familiar with my online ramblings may know, however, I don't really do short answers...
There's just something about late-period Four. The word I'm looking for, I think, is silly. And I mean that as a pro, not a con. I can see how some Who fans, then and now, don't really like that kind of thing, but it appeals greatly to me. Obviously, Four was that way inclined all along - no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes, etc - but there's something about the Romana seasons, especially once Romana II is on the scene. The Doctor and his companion aren't afraid to be daft, even in the most life-threatening of situations. There's a very specific sense of fun to the proceedings, I suppose. That's a big reason why I like those stories, anyway. And this fiction has it in spades - the character voices and reactions, the playful dialogue. You can imagine it on screen as you read it.
Not that this isn't a fic that has some serious points to make. There's a moral to it, and hints of some very worrying truths about human beings and their attitudes to war. When I first read and reviewed it, I thought the story's last line provided a glimmer of hope, but re-reading it now I'm not so sure whether it doesn't represent the turn of a vicious circle. Thoughts, calufraxers?
I any case, highly recommended. Read it at once and leave your comments for the author.
“My thoughts exactly.” The Doctor tapped her forehead. “Worryingly exact, in fact. You’ve been spending too much time around me.”
“Impossible,” she said with a grin. “But as to the problem at hand — what do we do about it?”
“We ask nosy questions, of course. Follow me!”