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27 September 2011 @ 10:59 pm
Fic: ‘Facing his reality.’  
Title: Facing his reality.
Fandom: Doctor Who.
Rating: (G)
Time Period: During season 6, after The God Complex: just after dropping off Amy & Rory.
Summary: A quiet conversation.

Author's Note: This is quick ‘n’ dirty (for definition see the F. A. Q.).

I know I’ve not done justice to the TARDIS’ personality in this but I’ve felt like letting her have a conversation with the Doctor for a while; this moment seemed to present itself for just such an occasion.

All characters contained herein are the intellectual property of the BBC & Steven Moffat; I am not affiliated with nor endorsed by them.


Alone, he sits and, one leg over the other, he runs a hand over his face; in this moment, he feels every one of his years.

“Voice interface please,” he says to the air.

Rose Tyler appears.

He groans quietly. “No, not guilty.” His hand lands in his lap. “Sexy,” he quietly asks.

Idris is there.

“Well, old girl,” he leans back in the chair, “it’s just you and me now.”

“I am not Old Girl. I am a voice interface.”

“Oh,” he sits up, “don’t be like that!” He stands and looks directly at the console. “I asked for her because I want to talk to you.” He pats the console. “You and me, together at the last.”

Idris flickers.

He leans against the console, face forward, hands on the edges, and stares down. “I’m too old,” he murmurs. “Too old and selfish.”

You weren’t always old.

He spins, facing the holographic image. “Don’t do that.”


“Be psychic,” he promptly replies. “Speak through the image. Speak, don’t think.”

“You are being precious, my thief. And you’re not old.”

A brief smile of relief before he lightly leans, this time with his back to the console. “Yes I am. So very old, very selfish and not very wise.”

“I was older than you when I stole you,” she replies.

He raises an eyebrow. “When you stole me?”

“Yes.” She frowns, once more trying on this face. “Why so sad, thief?”

“I’m going to die,” he baldly informs, “and I’m still asking the question.”

“Who says you will die?”

He swings the monitor round to face her. “It’s a fixed point in time.” He knows what she can see: his image next to the plain facts stated. The place and date of his death. “And I know who will do it.”

“You helped her. I told her what to do to save her parents. She changed.”

“That doesn’t mean she won’t do it,” he answers. “It just means she didn’t do it then.”

“You won’t die at the lake of Silence,” she firmly replies. “It won’t happen.”

He narrows his eyes. “Are you breaking your rules and telling me what will happen?”

“No,” she simply states. “I know you, my thief. You will not die and, if you do? You will not go quietly.”

“Are you quoting Dylan Thomas?”

She smiles, faint and wistful. “Instead of concentrating on what’s not happened yet, why don’t I take you somewhere?”

“A farewell tour!” He announces excitedly; excitement that doesn’t quite reach his eyes. “Where should we go first?”

“I am a voice interface.”

“You would do that,” he shakes his head. “Why not find somewhere exciting and see if we can fly through it?” He flips switches and toggles knobs.

where you need to go

He studies the roof and smiles. “Somewhere exciting,” he smiles, “it is.”
storywriter84: Dr Who - Idris and 11storywriter84 on September 27th, 2011 01:25 pm (UTC)
Excellent. Idris! 11! Tardis!! This was nice. Thank you.
F. J.: Lantern & Candles: Warmmorethanacandle on September 27th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I very much enjoyed writing this!
Armchair DM: Igor: Joy! Joy! Joy! Joy!armchairdm on September 27th, 2011 01:50 pm (UTC)
Oooh. Just where's exciting that he hasn't been yet?

Actually, it makes me wonder what the TARDIS thought of the randomiser being added...
F. J.: Lanterns: Warmmorethanacandle on September 27th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
Oooh. Just where's exciting that he hasn't been yet?
There's probably plenty of places in the universe!

Actually, it makes me wonder what the TARDIS thought of the randomiser being added...
I don't know if I wanna know.
     Mandy: Eleven - Doctor-Tardisa_phoenixdragon on September 27th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, perfect!! This is absolutely awesome and so...so TARDIS and ELEVEN!! Thank you.

F. J.: Golden Candlesmorethanacandle on September 27th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
You're welcome and thank you; I wasn't very certain if I should have written this but I'm very glad I did.
ShadowTurquoise: TARDIS Idrisshadowturquoise on October 15th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
I just found this and I love it! You captured my OTP beautifully!
F. J.: Three candlesmorethanacandle on October 15th, 2011 07:28 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!