Author: Beatrice Otter
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2481
Author's Summary: Why does Mary Poppins have a bag that's bigger on the inside? Why, because she's a Time Lady, of course!
Characters/Pairings: Eleven, Mary Poppins
Recced because: Normally crossovers aren't my favorite thing, but Mary Poppins being a Time Lady just fits so perfectly! Beatrice Otter has woven the two canons together seamlessly, with a fascinating take on both. Mary Poppins'/Domaripopexnal's first person p.o.v. narration is perfection, describing her circumstances with a sharp and dry wit, a grudging and not entirely conscious affection for her charges, and always underneath it all, a deep and piercing loneliness and grief for the losses of the Time War. Her interaction with the Doctor is deliciously complex on both their sides, a masterful portrait of warring anger, relief, gratitude, mourning, pride, loneliness, resignation, pity, and survivor's guilt.
"Does she have eyes in the back of her head?" Auguste asked.
"Of course not, silly," Lucienne said scornfully. "We've seen her without her hat! She reads minds."
It was commendable logic, and much closer to the truth. Dromaripopexnal was a Time Lady, a native of the lost planet of Gallifrey, and mental sensitivity far beyond that of humans was one of the many gifts they possessed. So she could read minds, given preparation and close proximity to her subject, but in this case it was not necessary.
It was a simple deduction. One of the children was always lagging behind to look at something interesting; and as Auguste and Lucienne had been the most recently chastened for it, Madeleine was the most likely to be the current culprit. Honestly, Dromaripopexnal was not quite sure why looking after human children was considered so difficult. A very little bit of knowledge about the general behaviors of immature Homo sapiens, affection and attention, and discipline as appropriate. It was hardly vortex mathematics!