A Teaspoon And An Open Mind: A Doctor Who Fan Fiction Archive

Penname:TheDoctorDeborah (Deborah Latham)
Member Since:2010.05.05
Although I am more than three years older than “Doctor Who” itself – though not than ‘himself’, despite the fact that some days it feels like it! – my ‘first’ Doctor was Tom Baker, who I met at the age of 16 when I won a competition to ‘Draw a Monster to Frighten Doctor Who’ with a meeting with him and Louise Jameson as the prize; the pencil portrait I had done of him has been adorned by his autograph ever since…

However, though I love all the incarnations of the Doctor for differing reasons (and now, Peter Capaldi…! (like him, as a 15-year-old I had a letter about “Doctor Who” printed in the Radio Times)), my primary allegiance is given to the Tenth Doctor, and it was he who motivated me to start writing fanfic. Thus, after my first offering, ‘Calling Time’, I began to write the story arc you will find below, set in the time frame between ‘The Waters of Mars’ and ‘The End of Time’ (and even slightly beyond, as you will have realized if you’ve had the tenacity to plough through them all) – and for Jack Harkness, the interval between ‘Children of Earth’ and ‘Miracle Day’. I wanted to explore storylines and aspects of the Tenth Doctor’s situation that Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat and their respective teams (with a particular nod to Mark Gatiss, of course – how could I not?) might consider legitimate extrapolations of his story.

And I stubbornly maintain my view that David Tennant’s characterization of the Tenth Doctor, taken in conjunction with his entire body of work both on stage and on screens of both sizes, makes him a contender for the best actor not only of his own generation but quite conceivably a couple either side (and, yes, I’m aware that includes Olivier, Gielgud, Richardson, McKellen, and so on!).

When I’m not being ‘TheDoctorDeborah’, I’m Deborah Latham; I live in Taunton, Somerset, England, and have at time of writing been married for more than 35 years (and, moreover, to the same man throughout – how about that?!). But, like the rest of you, my ‘fictional’ heart belongs to the Doctor, and always will!

(PS: September 2015 Update – Thank you for bearing with me while you wait for the final story in the arc (assuming that you are) – progress towards ‘Closure’ is now being made - slowly! My screenplay for Peter McLeish (see my website) - which features a tall, lean, dark-haired Scotsman (sound familiar to anyone?) - has now been submitted to the BBC's Writers Room, where it will doubtless now do an impeccable impression of having been sucked into a wormhole from whence it will never emerge... (Still, I thought it was worth a punt, given that the most common (known) reaction to the book has been that it is "unputdownable"! (Don't look at me - I didn't invent that word!))
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Stories by TheDoctorDeborah [7] Favorite Stories and Series [2] Favorite Authors [1]
All In The Mind by TheDoctorDeborah [Reviews - 0]
Story Arc 3 of 7: The Doctor's third encounter with Finn Thornton takes them both to some very dark places indeed. Just how much terror and distress can someone's mind endure before they can't take any more? And who is the owner of the mysterious Voice? Is this someone that the Doctor will encounter again in the future of his own personal timeline?
Tenth Doctor - All Ages - None - Action/Adventure, Drama
Characters: Other Character(s), The Doctor (10th)
Series: None
Published: 2011.01.06 - Updated: 2011.01.07 - Chapters: 20 - Completed: Yes - Word Count: 39477

Calling Time by TheDoctorDeborah [Reviews - 0]
An unbelievable event happens to Alex Allison, leading to a completely unexpected - and, to her, absolutely impossible! - meeting.
Tenth Doctor - All Ages - None - Action/Adventure, Alternate Universe, Character Study, Humor, Introspection
Characters: The Doctor (10th)
Series: None
Published: 2010.05.05 - Updated: 2010.05.05 - Chapters: 5 - Completed: Yes - Word Count: 11607

Felindre's Fortune by TheDoctorDeborah [Reviews - 0]
Story Arc 4 of 7: Recovering from the traumas of their conflict with the Voice in the Mind Machine ("All In The Mind"), the Doctor and Finn Thornton visit Felindre, one of the most beautiful planets in the Universe, only to find it is under threat both from within and without. Who has murdered one of the astrogeologists? Who is doing everything they can to avoid anyone else discovering the nature of the danger approaching Felindre? Who is prepared to kill the Doctor and Finn when they start discovering the truth? And what is the mystery of Felindre itself? Just what is Felindre's fortune?
Tenth Doctor - All Ages - None - Action/Adventure, Mystery
Characters: Other Character(s), The Doctor (10th)
Series: None
Published: 2011.07.26 - Updated: 2011.07.28 - Chapters: 27 - Completed: Yes - Word Count: 55067

Here Be Dragons by TheDoctorDeborah [Reviews - 0]
Story Arc 6 of 7: The last time Finn Thornton saw Jack Harkness, he was half the Universe away. But, as the Doctor himself once observed, “The thing about Jack is that you can never count on him being where you last saw him...” Now, like a bolt from the blue, Jack is back on Earth and back in Finn’s life, needing to access the Doctor’s mind in hers; the Earth is in extreme and imminent danger, and, with time dangerously short, access to the Doctor’s memories in Finn’s head may be the only way to save the planet. As she helps Jack fight for the Earth’s survival, Finn finds that the Doctor’s promise that he’s still looking after her has a totally unexpected meaning...
Tenth Doctor - All Ages - None - Action/Adventure
Characters: Jack Harkness, Other Character(s), Sarah Jane Smith, The Doctor (10th)
Series: None
Published: 2014.04.14 - Updated: 2014.04.16 - Chapters: 18 - Completed: Yes - Word Count: 42403

Ice World by TheDoctorDeborah [Reviews - 0]
Story Arc 2 of 7: It's August 2009, and the Doctor impulsively decides to take Finn Thornton for a second trip in the TARDIS - to Kvitverden, the "White World". It's a decision that has unexpected consequences for the planet and every individual on it - one of whom is someone the Doctor wasn't expecting to meet.
Tenth Doctor - All Ages - None - Action/Adventure, Drama
Characters: Jack Harkness, Other Character(s), The Doctor (10th)
Series: None
Published: 2010.10.05 - Updated: 2010.10.06 - Chapters: 18 - Completed: Yes - Word Count: 40356

Missing Persons by TheDoctorDeborah [Reviews - 0]
Story Arc 5 of 7: The Doctor learns something shocking about Finn Thornton's future, but when he has taken her to the planet Eutychia and they there encounter the mysterious man Finn saw only once before - on Felindre - both of them will have to grapple with the concept of a future in which there are missing persons...
Tenth Doctor - All Ages - None - Action/Adventure
Characters: Other Character(s), The Doctor (10th)
Series: None
Published: 2014.02.18 - Updated: 2014.02.21 - Chapters: 30 - Completed: Yes - Word Count: 68891

Serendipity by TheDoctorDeborah [Reviews - 0]
Story Arc 1 of 7: When the Doctor investigates some strange energy transmissions in the vicinity of the small Welsh village of Cwm Seren, he and new acquaintance Finn Thornton find they have discovered the source of an epidemic of memory loss problems in the local population. The situation develops into one neither of them will ever forget…
Tenth Doctor - All Ages - None - Action/Adventure, Drama, General
Characters: Other Character(s), The Doctor (10th)
Series: None
Published: 2010.05.28 - Updated: 2010.06.01 - Chapters: 16 - Completed: Yes - Word Count: 41631

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