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Drabble: Life of a Time Lord

Drabble: Life of a Time Lord
Fandom: Doctor Who
Beta: The lovely starxd_sparrow
Characters: The Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble
Rating: G
A/N: Thanks for souleswanderer for the encouragement.

Donna was quiet. Very quiet.

“Are you all right?”

Donna glanced at him from underneath damp eyelashes. “Yeah.” She wiped her face with the soft purple fabric.

“It’s not your burden to bear,” the Doctor said with finality as if his words were law.

Her response was quick. “But it’s yours?”

He didn’t look up. “Yep.”

“That doesn’t seem fair,” she murmured.

“Life of a Time Lord.” There was no pride in his voice as he released the lever and the TARDIS began to dematerialize. “It’s rarely fair.”



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Apr. 16th, 2008 12:57 am (UTC)
Aw. So short but it says all that needs to be said. Great work!
Poor Doctor, really. I loved that episode, but it broke my heart.
Apr. 16th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, it was very short. Drabbles are the only thing I seem to have time for. I'm suffering from a motivational issue as well.

Poor Doctor is right. *sniff* Thanks for taking the time to review!
Apr. 16th, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
I liked Donna, I liked the comment re 'the little girls', which was unfair granted, but the no nonsense telling that she would call him on stuff, was refreshing, and I had been prepared to dislike her as I didn't like the cHristmas special.
Apr. 16th, 2008 05:52 am (UTC)
oh, sorry, I liked the drabble too. I thought it captured the right tone cf the above comment.
Apr. 16th, 2008 10:46 am (UTC)
I've thoroughly enjoyed Donna thus far. I think she's exactly what the Doctor needs right now. :)

Thanks for the review!
May. 9th, 2008 05:15 am (UTC)
Yeah, she's my favorite companion thus far, I think. Much as I like both Rose and Martha; I like that she's not classically beautiful or brilliant or amazing in a crisis or anything Mary Sueish, just a nice, ordinary woman with a caustic tongue and, as it turns out, a really good soul, which is pretty much the Doctor's primary requirement.

and yeah, she calls him on his shit, which is also a good.

anyway, yeah, per drabble: nice, that's definitely the unspoken subtext to "it's not fair" there.
May. 9th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
Exactly! Those are all the reasons why I love Donna. She's real. :)

Thanks for the kind review.
Apr. 16th, 2008 08:25 am (UTC)
I rarely like drabbles but I love this one. It's so concise! And the line that sticks out the most to me (because I can see/hear the Doctor saying it so clearly in my head!) is He didn’t look up. “Yep.” Which I know is a strange, sort of throwaway line to notice, but hey! :)
Apr. 16th, 2008 10:45 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm flattered you decided to read this especially since you're not fond of drabbles.

Isn't interesting how certain lines pop out at us? ;) Thanks again for taking the time to read and review!
Apr. 16th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
Aw. ::cuddle Doctor:: Nice work!

I love Donna. She's perfect for him--not willing to let him off easy, but not judgmental, either. Just what he needs.
Apr. 16th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
I'm thoroughly enjoying Donna thus far. :) I think she's going to be great for him.

Thanks for the review!
Apr. 16th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
How did I skip over this? Silly me.

I love the quiet, sort of hush tone to this. Short, simple sentences. Short, simple responses. Perfect for where they were at the end.
Apr. 16th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
I just posted this last night so you're not late at all! :)

Short, simple sentences. Short, simple responses.

That's exactly what I was thinking. The typical babbling Doctor wasn't around at the end of the episode.

Thanks for the lovely review!
Apr. 19th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
::wants to hug both Ten and Donna::

::also wants to smack them, just a little::

I like to think that Donna putting her hands on top of his on the lever meant that she was taking half the responsibility so he wouldn't have to bear it all. She shouldn't let him get away with claiming the entire burden himself after the fact. And the silly Time Lord should listen to her. But, of course, that's not something the Doctor's ever likely to do, is it. Poor, messed up Time Lord.

Beautiful drabble! :-)
Apr. 19th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
I agree that Donna placing her hand on the lever with his did show she was supportive of him and what he had to do. I just think centuries of piling on the guilt is a hard habit to break. I also don't think the Doctor's very likely to share his burdens no matter how much we think he should. Those are just my thoughts, though. :)

Thanks for the kind review! I'm always happy to hear your thoughts.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
::nods:: Centuries of using one set of coping mechanisms would not be an easy thing to change. Your drabble descibes his likely reaction perfectly, especially in that last bit...

“Life of a Time Lord.” There was no pride in his voice...

Just those two phrases tell it all. Like I said, beautiful drabble. :-)
Apr. 19th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, and consider yourself poked. :P
Apr. 22nd, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)

Got my notebook right here, while I'm sitting alone in the office. Scribbling into it busily. :-)

Still not finished with the timestamp fic for Passing Notes, though.
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