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Seventh Doctor
Protect and Survive by JJPOR [Reviews - 41] Printer Chapter or Story

1. Part I: Attack Warning Red by JJPOR [Reviews - 7] (4393 words)
As a child in the 80s, the strange and slightly scary notion of nuclear war was never far away, and it was even reflected in some of the Doctor Who stories of that era; Warriors of the Deep is practically a lecture on nuclear war, 80s style; Battlefield is peppered with references to it. It seemed to me that Ace, as a child of the 80s herself, moreso than some other companions for whom that is nominally their home era, would particularly thrive in such a story environment. So, this is my attempt, and I admit it draws heavily on some of the films and television programs depicting that particular brand of Armageddon; Threads, The Day After, Failsafe, and in particular Dr Strangelove, which remains one of my very favourite movies of all time. As always, I do not own Doctor Who or any of its associated copyrights; that would be the BBC and/or their individual creators.

2. Part II: Fallout Warning Black by JJPOR [Reviews - 5] (4967 words)
The next part. Some 1960s-style casual racism in this part, so be warned. I'll be honest; this fic does not get any more upbeat or uplifting; the nuclear angst continues, and there are references to some really old-school nuclear nightmare stuff; Hiroshima and so forth; some actual atomic scientists from back in the day are namechecked. I'm sure Curtis E LeMay was a really nice guy in real life, and a great American patriot, so no offence intended there. And any movie buffs among you will no doubt recognise the guy in the wheelchair with the Austrian accent; believe it or not, it isn't just a silly in-joke, honest.

3. Part III: Rocketsí Red Glare by JJPOR [Reviews - 2] (5312 words)
More nuclear skulduggery, more ill-advised Dr Strangelove in-jokes, and more Seven and Ace, getting up to something a little bit foolhardy even by their standards. Obviously, I have no real knowledge of what the United States' nuclear launch procedures actually involve, and have therefore embellished somewhat what little information the intrawebs have to offer. Oh, and a bit of Four continuity fanw*nkery just for the hell of it; actually, it is kind of relevant to the story. Enjoy, if that's the right word...

4. Part IV: Bombs Bursting in Air by JJPOR [Reviews - 3] (5800 words)
The story continues... A bit more talky Doctor and Ace stuff this part, but things are going to get moving in the next one. Oh yes, they certainly are... More oldschool Who continuity references too; apologies in advance for this particular one. And only one outright Dr Strangelove reference, you'll be glad to hear. All of the stuff about OTL and ATL and PODs is my sort of shout out to the newsgroup soc.history.what-if, where I used to hang out a few years ago, where those terms were used in the context of writing/arguing about AH scenarios such as this one. And they took a very dim view indeed of multi-POD timelines as well... Really unlikely PODs were said to be caused by Alien Space Bats; hopefully there'll be none of those in this story! :)

5. Part V: Duck and Cover by JJPOR [Reviews - 4] (6108 words)
The next thrilling instalment! If thrilling is the word... More weird Strangelove references, more blasts from the Doctor's past, more character-whumping, if that's your thing. Buckaroo and Mousetrap, if you're not familiar with them, are 80s-era children's games. I'm sure Ace would have played both in her time.

6. Part VI: Peace is Our Profession by JJPOR [Reviews - 4] (6524 words)
The next epic chapter!!! Some (sort of) answers this part, but more questions to go with them, and an old, old enemy of the Doctor's rears his head. Hopefully none of the relatives of the real historical figures featured here will read this and sue me, especially not the Kennedy clan. 1930s-style casual anti-Semitism and a little violence in this part, so be warned.

7. Part VII: Better Dead than Red by JJPOR [Reviews - 5] (7591 words)
The plot thickens. Ace does something terrible for the best of reasons, and so does the Doctor. Warning; some more violence this part (and some more names of historical figures taken in vain). I worry I may be getting into the sort of grim 'n' gritty territory I sometimes disapprove of in the NAs; oh well...

8. Part VIII: Protect and Survive by JJPOR [Reviews - 11] (9022 words)
The conclusion! Answers, though they may not be the ones the Doctor wants to hear, and a solution, of sorts; here's hoping it makes sense. More past Doctor cameos too. All of the quotations I have used as chapter headings in this fic are from the movie Dr Strangelove, and some dialogue in this part is taken from the Who stories Genesis of the Daleks by Terry Nation and Resurrection of the Daleks by Eric Saward. The Daleks belong to the Terry Nation estate. None of these things belong to me!



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