Word Count: 9153
Author's summary: It's a government out of control, and the Sixth Doctor has dropped them right in the middle of it, as usual. But he and Evelyn are not alone, and their new allies have familiar faces...
Characters/Pairings: Sixth Doctor, Susan, First Doctor/Evelyn Smythe, Barbara, Ian
Warnings: Implied sexual assualt (offscreen) and some violence.
Recced because: It's a clever, engaging, well-written story about a less appreciated Doctor.
The Sixth Doctor has a reputation around the fandom for being, well, a bit of a bully. He's a bossy, shouty, aggressive know-it-all—he's loud, in both manner and dress. It doesn't really help that the script writer for his era—Eric Saward—would have been much more at home writing for a gritty dystopian hard sci-fi drama than Doctor Who. And, well, there was that whole thing where shortly after regenerating, he had a psychotic break due to the lingering effects of spectrox poisoning.
The Sixth Doctor is a bully. But that's not all he is. Underneath his loud, bossy exterior is a genuinely caring man—he just covers it up by shouting all the time. Unfortunately, the BBC sacked Colin Baker before we could really see the other layers to the character. Then, in 1999, Big Finish happened. They took the bossy, shouty know-it-all from the telly and gave him layers. And they gave him a new companion for between Peri and Mel: history professor Evelyn Smythe, one of the most awesome little old ladies in Doctor Who (and there are quite a few awesome old ladies on this show.)
In ponygirl's “Fear and Freedom,” Evelyn and the Doctor have arrived in the dystopian near future: America of the mid-twenty-first century. What they don't expect, however, is that they aren't the only Doctor and companion involved in events—Susan, Barbara, Ian and the First Doctor are here too and things are about to get a bit more complicated, given that Susan and the Sixth Doctor have both been arrested and sent to a processing center.
Ponygirl's character voices are immensely well-done. The reunion of the Sixth Doctor with Susan is touching and the flirtation between Evelyn and the First Doctor is really quite sweet. I'd recommend this fic to everyone—even if you aren't familiar with either era of the show, it's still a very good fic.