lost_spook (lost_spook) wrote in calufrax,

rec: messing about on the computer-generated river by aralias

Hi, I'm lost_spook (vvj5 on Teaspoon) and I'm your reccer for this week. I'm very fond of pretty much all eras and flavours of our favourite show, so hopefully there'll be something for everyone along the way...

Story: Messing About on the Computer-Generated River
Author: aralias
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2191
Author's Summary: Written for bardingtide's morepolitics prompt: The Eighth Doctor appears and spirits Romana away from an official event so they can go have a picnic.
Characters/Pairings: Romana II, Eighth Doctor, Irving Braxiatel
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It’s delightful. Romana ventures into the Matrix in search of advice and finds instead the Doctor with a picnic and a punt – and possibly some useful advice, after all. The author suggests some knowledge of the relevant Big Finish audios would be useful, but I think it makes a perfectly intelligible (and not really spoilery) scene/story all its own. It’s funny, light and charming with an undercurrent of sadness – and hope. I think the best I can do is an excerpt:

“Doctor, are you aware that access to the Matrix is strictly prohibited to absolutely everyone except the president of Gallifrey?”

“Yes,” the Doctor said. “The real question is are you aware that, in some circles, I’m still considered the rightful president? I never officially resigned, you know.”

“And that gives you the right to walk into the Matrix whenever you like?”

“Apparently,” the Doctor said. He raised his right arm from which dangled a picnic basket. “And I’ve brought lunch. Care to join me?”

“No,” Romana said. “I’ve come to the Matrix to consult with older, wiser Time Lords on matters of Gallifreyan policy, as is my right and indeed prerogative as president.”

“Well, that’s me,” the Doctor said. “Older, wiser, Time Lord, me, me, me, and I doubt any one of the others would have provided catering.”

Tags: author: aralias, character: braxiatel, companion: romana ii, doctor: 8, rating: all ages, reccer: lost_spook, type: gen

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