Word Count: 704
Author's Summary: A corrupt monarch invades the Doctor's mind with sadistic curiosity.
This is a type of fic I love – a character-study vignette. Scars makes me want to see more than the handful of Five stories I’ve already seen because this peek into his brain is so suggestive and intriguing. The language is sparse and evocative, which is just right for this kind of thing. There are these gorgeously poetic references to specific incidents in the Doctor’s life, many of which I can’t identify with my limited old-school knowledge – but they make me want to seek out the answers, and that’s a great thing for a fic to do.