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Doctor Who

Tenth Doctor

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An Inordinate Fondness by Dame Ruth

'"It's like being stuck inside a New Age relaxation video!"' This extended vignette meanders a bit, but with excellent character voices & interesting world building, I'm happy to go along for the ride

[Added 05/08/2008; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Doctor Who; Characters: Donna Noble, Tenth Doctor]

Paleolinguistics, Paleolinguistics (The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis Remix) by Astrogirl & KindKit

'A language with one speaker is a dead tongue. A language with two is alive.' Intriguing pair of shorts which highlight the differences & similarities between the Doctor & the Master

[Added 15/07/2008; Character Piece; <1000; Doctor Who; Characters: Tenth Doctor, the Master]

The Red Maw and the Blue Box by Lindenharp

'You would have laughed to see him. He belonged to one of those nearly-bald species that have no proper pelt, just a patch of fur on top of the head. His face was as pale as wet sand, and his hair mud-coloured. His eyes were brown, though no one who looked into them would dare call them mud-coloured.' Lindenharp expands a throwaway line from canon and gives a chilling outsider's perspective on the Doctor

[Added 04/08/2015; Drama; 1000-2500; Doctor Who; Characters: Tenth Doctor, OCs]

So Let the Bells Ring Out by Doyle

'The flat hadn't burnt down and the Doctor hadn't disappeared; the microwave was in a hundred bits across the living room floor, but since it had fallen off the back of a Dixon's lorry in the first place he didn't think Jackie could complain too much.' Mickey, after 'The Christmas Invasion'. Doyle has an eye for dialogue, and the characters are all absolutely spot on

[Added 12/07/2008; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Doctor Who; Characters: Mickey Smith, Tenth Doctor, Jackie Tyler, Rose Tyler]

Ulysses by Rheanna

'It's like a fingerprint on his soul, the one remaining touch of the fantastic on a life which has been in every other respect absolutely and perfectly unremarkable.' Insightful AU in which 'Human Nature'/'Family of Blood' ended differently

[Added 11/07/2008; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Doctor Who; Characters: John Smith, Tenth Doctor, Martha Jones, Joan Redfern]