jjpor (jjpor) wrote in calufrax,

Rec: Riddles in the Dark by nonelvis

Well, these past two weeks have sped by and I hope you've enjoyed the recs I've posted here as much as I have enjoyed sharing them. I'll just slip this last one in before handing reccing duties over to the inimitable lost_spook:

Story: Riddles in the Dark
Author: nonelvis
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1702
Author's Summary: The Great Intelligence easily sneaks onto the TARDIS. Defeating the Doctor, however, will be much harder.
Characters/Pairings: Jamie McCrimmon/The Doctor (2nd), the Great Intelligence
Warnings: None

Recced because: Well, mainly because this is a lovely, fluffy laugh-out-loud fic in which the Second Doctor finally gets that ultimate showdown he never got with the Great Intelligence post-Web of Fear and it takes the form of a somewhat whimsical riddle competition. Similarities to Bilbo's contest with Gollum in The Hobbit are entirely coincidental, the author assures us, and to be honest Professor Tolkien was never as funny as this. If you don't cackle like a fool at the bit with the pizza-related question then, quite honestly, I don't understand you at all.

This fic actually has quite a bit going on in addition to the great jokes. The Second Doctor, a character often thought of as quite difficult to capture in prose, is very finely portrayed here, with numerous moments and bits of dialogue that just ring true. Not only can you hear Troughton's voice at various points, you can picture his facial expressions. The idea of the Doctor having a romantic relationship with Jamie is presented so matter-of-factly and so tenderly that even if you're not a dedicated Two/Jamie shipper you'll find yourself getting behind it, and certainly you don't have to be into that ship to find the conclusion of the fic, and the means of the Doctor's victory over the Intelligence, very appealing indeed - a real "aww" moment, for me.

That pizza joke, though... :D Go and see for yourself. I'm not liable for anything you may spit out over your keyboard, by the way.

And that's your lot from me for now.

“In that case, your next question is this: how does the universe end?”

“In which dimension? You’re going to need to be more specific; I’ve seen more than one ending.” The Doctor began ticking off options on his fingers. “There’s heat death; the supermassive black hole; the uncontrollable explosive chain reaction between fissile material, a red giant, and a bottle of gentian-flavoured cola; the tragic ravioli incident — really, you don’t want the details, it was most unpleasant — why, there’s even one where the Great Space Whale swallows the old universe and regurgitates a form of ambergris that expands into a new universe. That was rather memorable.”
Tags: author: nonelvis, character: the great intelligence, companion: jamie, doctor: 2, pairing: 2/jamie, rating: all ages, reccer: jjpor, type: gen, type: slash

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