Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4778
Author's Summary: Jack has team spirit. Rose has alcohol. The Doctor has a story.
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler, Jack Harkness
Recced because: I am one of those Old Skool fans that came into the fandom through NuWho (entirely due to presence of Eccleston), and this is one of the first Doctor Who stories I ever read. I figured after devouring so much more Who-fic, and becoming so engrossed in the classic series, I would return to find that this story was not as wonderful as I remembered. I can't tell you how glad I am that I was wrong. No matter how many times I go back and re-read this, it is still my absolute favorite Ninth Doctor tale. Doyle captures all three of these characters exactly as I see them, and reading it reminds me of why I fell in love with this show in the first place. It's a story about a bonding moment for the Doctor, Rose and Jack, with an ending that ties New Who and Classic Who together just beautifully in all its glorious angst.
"Anyway," he said, "I say the deciding vote should go to the beautiful Rose."
"Fine. Up to you, Rose, yes or no?"
She dumped a spoonful of sugar into her tea, hmming. "I dunno. I mean, there's so much to consider, what would this mean for us? Is it something we're ready for? Of course, this'd be easier if I knew what you were on about."
"Next stop," the Doctor said, hands going, looking ready to bounce in his seat; "he wants to go to some planet on the other side of the galaxy…"
"Accalon Four, eight moons, spectacular view…"
"…and do some Time Agent thing. Which you won't enjoy."
"Team building. It's traditional. A team's been together a month, they spend the night in the Accalon system. Sunset to sunrise." He leaned across the table, grin spreading across his face as his hand covered Rose's. "It's supposed to encourage people to get to know each other, bond as a team. I got to do it twice and it's a blast. Trust me."
"You won't like Accalon Four. Trust me, I'm a doctor."
She groaned. "How long have you been saving that one up? Just for that, I'm on Jack's side. Accalon Four, here we come."