Word Count: 6835
Author's Summary: In which the TARDIS acquires two more passengers, and there are Antarctic explorers in love. And a little bit of altering the course of history.
Characters/Pairings: Eleven, Amy Pond
Recc'ed Because: It's a fantastic historical adventure about the Terra Nova Expedition of the Antarctic in the early 1900s, a could-be-an-episode story with the moral and ethical arguments of when and why the time stream should stay fixed or can be altered. The secondary characters really shine. Not being a history buff, I did not know anything about the expedition before reading the story, but the author did a great job of telling both the history and the Doctor Who perspective in a seamless manner. It is a quick read for such a complete and well-written adventure tale. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon.
More whoops are blown thinly over the wind, and then a colossal crunch and a bellow, and Amy pushes herself up in time to see Birdie, if that’s his name, hurl himself off to the side just as the Edacious Hemniphedtz Beast crashes as if in slow motion through the ice. Spume and great, greenish white chunks of ice crest around the creature like a sonic boom, travelling outwards, and when they settle, she can see the small, dark figure of the man sprawled in the snow where he’d flung himself. He’s safe. He’s alive, and the Beast is exactly where they’d wanted to get it.
‘Birdie,’ mutters the Doctor next to her, an expression of intense thought on his face. In a flurry, he turns to the second man, seizing his hands. ‘Birdie? That’s Birdie Bowers?’
‘Ohh, that’s-- haha!’ A delighted laugh bubbles out over any further words, and he actually spins on the spot for a moment. ‘Oh, that is marvellous.'