Luckily I have the perfect story to rec, as well.
Title: The Maze
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 977
Author's Summary: The TARDIS sang of joy and sorrow in that ever-present hum that only her bonded soul could hear. He wasn't listening.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, the TARDIS
Recc'ed Because: This one is a change of pace from the light-hearted ones I've recc-ed most of this week. On the forefront it's the story of the Doctor and the TARDIS coping with Donna's loss, and moving on. It's bittersweet and sad and hopeful with just a touch of melodrama, as we have come to expect with the series and especially Ten's run. But I especially like it because it's really a microcosm of the heart of the entire series, that endures and repeats with different faces, different names up to the present, even though the story itself is post-Journey's End and was posted not much later than the start of our recs experiment here at calufrax. I'm surprised no one's pointed it out here before. It reminds me of everything I love about the show--the alien madman and the blue box, and the human connections that keep them both grounded and running.
He dreamt of fire and violence, but she tempered his rage with echoes of loved ones. Rose's compassion, Sarah's insight, Jack's solid presence and Martha's healing all wove through his dreams. And finally, when he had quieted and she knew he would listen, the TARDIS reminded him of Donna's courage. That spark in her that dwelt just beneath the surface, that could burst to life when adversity or challenge blocked her path. The spark that nothing could extinguish.