Fanfiction has a pretty interesting relationship with Doctor Who — after all, ever since the 80s, most of the people writing for the show grew up as fans, and that’s even more true today — indeed, both Russell T. Davies and Stephen Moffat started out writing fanfiction. And with features like canon-slash and built-in AU (Alternate Universe) timelines, the contemporary Whoniverse shows seems like a playground built especially for fanfiction.
While you might have to seach for a while to find the real gems, a little well-written fic here and there can really help when the show itself doesn’t manage to give us everything that we’d like to see. And with a season finale like “Journey’s End”, it can be a balm for the soul. (Oh, Donna!)
So, without further ado, below the fold are some of my favourites, for the purposes of taking the sting away — I’d recommend these even to those who don’t normally read fanfiction (spoilers for Doctor Who S4 and Torchwood S2, if anyone is still hasn’t seen them):
- An Interstellar Burst by Such Heights (Rose/Martha, Teen) is an alternate — and very feminist — ending to “Journey’s End” — as far as I’m concerned, this is how it should have happened!
- A Few Days in the Life by Unfolded73 (slight Doctor/River, All Ages) follows the Doctor in his travels in the days after “Journey’s End”, and most importantly, shows that Donna is completely awesome regardless of whether or not the Doctor is in her life.
- In Another Life by Sam Storyteller (Rose/human!Doctor, Teen) — for everyone who found the final Bad Wolf Bay scene a bit lacking. This is a multi-chapter fic, so I recommend sitting down to read it when you have a bit of time spare, but it’s well worth it. Sam is also the author of the famous Torchwood LOLcat fic.
- And lastly, because I can’t help injecting a little Torchwood into everything, Lessons From Yesterday by Demotu (Jack/Ianto, Teen) is a lovely tag to “Exit Wounds”, looking at the way that Jack deals with the loss of Tosh and Owen. (What can I say — I’m a sap at heart. ;))
And because I know that reading fic isn’t everyone’s thing, here are some pretty pictures of Whoniverse women kicking arse:
Donna with her magnifying glass:
Leela with her knife:
From Doctor Who World
Toshiko and her 133t haxxor skillz:
Sarah Jane defending the world (again):
Gratuitous out-of-place Starbuck:
From Daemon’s TV