Rating: all ages
Word Count: 1996
Author's Summary: The Doctor is in an impossible situation. He's been banished to earth with his memory sliced and his TARDIS gutted. If only he could gnaw off a leg -- it would be better than just sitting and enduring it. Is there any reason to keep on fighting?
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Liz Shaw, The Doctor (3rd)
Recced because: This is an insightful portrait of the Third Doctor in the early days of that incarnation. Sigyn shows us a Doctor full of frustration and rage at the situation he finds himself in. The Time Lords forced him to regenerate (an execution of sorts), tampered with his mind to block his knowledge of time travel, and exiled him to Earth. The wanderer who once called himself “a citizen of the universe” is now confined to one small planet. He takes out his frustration on his two closest human friends: brilliant Cambridge scientist Liz Shaw, and the stalwart Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
He just couldn’t bear being trapped like this. A prison the size of a planet is still a prison, and as half his mind and memories were imprisoned too it felt like being tied into a straightjacket. It was impossible. He began to wonder if madmen started out entirely mad, or were driven that way by their confinement.
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