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Doctor Who

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Experimental Science by Corona

'Donna pushes the phone under her chin, talking into the mouth piece with both hands full and it's a bit fiddly but it's not like she isn't used to all that plastic and metal and shiny parts. She's barely concentrating because Melanie's telling her about how woman past a certain age shouldn't wear hot pants and tights without expecting to be mercilessly ribbed for all eternity.' Corona captures Donna's voice perfectly in this bittersweet but ultimately optimistic take on her fate. I wish this were canon

[Added 10/01/2014; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Doctor Who; Characters: Donna Noble, Wilfred Mott, OCs]

The Polar Bears' Golf Club by Doyle

'Travelling with the Doctor, she'd sometimes thought about dying, but she'd never imagined it like this ... while she was posing as a schoolboy and wearing a really big false moustache.' Longer adventures are relatively rare in this fandom and this is a real treat, with just the right blend of slapstick humour, wacky action & clever plotting

[Added 05/08/2008; Drama; 2500-6000; Doctor Who; Characters: Rose Tyler, Ace, OCs]

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]

The War to End All Wars by Snowballjane

A precisely characterised short story, with more of the feel of an episode than much Ninth Doctor fiction. While the WW1 setting is a common one, here it's used to good effect in drawing parallels with the Doctor

[Added 22/07/2005; Drama; 2500-6000; Doctor Who; Characters: Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler, OCs]