Story: Running the Banner Down
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2084
Author's Summary: Tear down the person you were, get out from under the shadows, rebuild with what you have left. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like enough, and sometimes the cost is too high. Character piece, Five.
Characters/Pairings: Adric, Nyssa, Tegan Jovanka, The Fifth Doctor
Recced because: In his first appearance, the Fifth Doctor said, “That's the trouble with regeneration. You quite never know what you're going to get.” This is a gorgeously-written look into the Doctor’s thoughts about his new self at various moments after his regeneration. Like every Doctor before and after him, he must struggle to re-create his identity, and watch his companions struggle to accept the new person that he is becoming. If you’re not familiar with this era of Doctor Who you will miss some of the references, but most of the story could apply to any Doctor. If nothing else, read it for the language, which is as subtle and beautiful as it is insightful.
He runs his hands through his hair, bunching it up. It looks wrong that way, with this face. This face wants it straight and flat, like dry straw left too long in the field, rattling against autumn. Reinvention doesn’t brook half-measures; this business is all or nothing. He nudges the black-winged bird hunched in the back of his mind, urging it to take off, carry away what was, leave him with what is.
It won’t go, not just yet.
Read it here.