You convinced me that Doctor/Martha was possible... and then you broke my heart. Somehow the bittersweetness of it makes it stronger. And yet... I wish you'd write a sequel in which they get back together.
Oh man I feel like I've been punched in the gut. Damn those paradoxes! Brillant story, thanks for writing.
omg sads. TARDIS, you are a cruel, cruel mistress.
Oh my! This was so beautiful and so heartbreaking.
The end left me completely gutted and feeling as if I had gotten the wind knocked out of me! But it was so well done at the same time!
This is beautiful, such a wonderful antidote to all of the Rose crap that's infested this place. And as sad as the ending was, I still loved it; it was very true to the series, and doesn't tamper with canon. Bravo!
Oh, wow. This is fantastic. Really, just... wow. The idea itself is brilliant, and the image of Martha talking to a penguin the hallway, ever so politely, just makes me smile. All of the paradoxes were so brilliantly written, and the sheer JOY in the story is just... oh. Yes.
There is a lot of telling instead of showing in the narration - especially at the beginning of chapter five, the bit on Time Lord sex drive and so forth. It doesn't read as smoothly as if the same details came out in dialogue or the character's actions, and while the dialogue all sounds like the characters, some of the narration from the point of view of Martha or the Doctor didn't sound EXACTLY in character.
But the ending... oh God. That moment of the Doctor standing in the rain and Martha standing in the sunlight was the most chilling thing, and you pulled it off so well, it's like a punch in the gut. I really admire the inventiveness of the entire story - at the beginning, it seems like it's typical shipper fare, but all the little details of their trips, the TARDIS, and the memories of Martha and the Doctor are what make it really shine.
I read this on LJ first. Then it was rec'd on calufrax the Teaspoon rec Comm and I avoided re-reading it because of knowing the ending and knowing I'd sob all over again as I did the first time. But I was in the mood for it today - and it's still heart-breakingly beautiful and *even* knowing the ending this time around I still sobbed...
*cries* Not quite sure what to say, I've gone kind of non-verbal trying to think about this fic. Powerful and beautiful.
Oh, I love this. Wish there were more fic exploring what Gone Year might have done to the TARDIS, and that all of it was half as good as this. Dumping the Doctor in the middle of a Renaissance-themed disco—what a perfect, unforgettable image for the TARDIS's sickness!
Oh dear! That twist at the end was definitely a shocker. Your writing is captivating. I don't normally ship Doctor/Martha, but this story completely swept me up. The insights about the healing power of joy were strong. Sequel? Happy sequel? Por favor?
The bit with the penguin is sheer brilliance! Martha's attempt to deal with it politely is great. However, I do rather want to see an outtake where Jack is called in and does make a pass at the penguin.
I REFUSE! that can't be the end! *sob*
ridiculously well written. i loved every moment, even if it was all a lie and you broke my heart at the end.
I loved this story, and the fact that in the end, The Doctor still isn't able to truly reveal how he feels. Instead, he just chooses to move forward. There's something very stoic about it, something that is intrinsic to him being the Doctor.
I think I hate you a bit now - and that's a huge compliment, trust me! They had such a wonderful time, and it was a very fun fic to read, especially the paradoxes. Penguins! :~D Also, you wrote it so very well, with very IC reactions from the both of them, and I really didn't see that ending coming at all.
This makes for a very different and very sad love story (and difference is always a huge plus), but even so I've always been a sucker for happy endings. I'd love to see an alternate ending to this, or even better - another Doctor/Martha story, since there are far too few of those around! *hints unsubtly*