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Not here from Calufrax; found you through another author...

I love this! Epistemological stories are tough to do well, and you have done it. These minute snapshots into a few lives the Doctor touched made me grin, made me sad and the last letter did set me back on my metaphorical heels.

Most impressed, thank you!

2009.08.18 - 11:24AM
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Different, and a lovely, bittersweet story.

Author's Response: Cheers! I admit, I was going for different... ;)

2009.08.17 - 11:12PM
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I'm catching up on reading Calufrax recs... and this was every bit as intriguing and brilliant as it was promised to be!

I loved the device of the letters, giving us little snapshots of the characters' lives (and of the Doctor's life).

And the ending!! OMG, I didn't see that coming! (And I loved it.)

Excellent choices and an enjoyable read!

Author's Response: Thankyou very much! I\'m glad you\'ve enjoyed it :)

2009.07.24 - 03:30AM
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Thoroughly enjoyed this! What a brilliant way to tell a story.

Author's Response: Cheers! Glad you enjoyed it ;)

2009.05.16 - 12:26PM
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AAAAAIGH! There I was, innocently reading along and enjoying the letters and WHAMMO.

Nicely done. :-)

Author's Response: Why thankyou :)

2009.03.19 - 09:59AM
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What a brilliant and original story! The evolution of the characters, shown so simply in glimpses, is believable and real. Bravo!

Author's Response: Thank you very much for the kind words! Glad you enjoyed it :)

2009.03.15 - 08:49PM
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This is excellent. Quite different.

Author's Response: Glad you enjoyed it! :)

2009.03.11 - 01:18AM
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I too took the train in from Calufrax, and the destination was well worth the trip. Very unique, and I like the passage of time that goes with it, the story and the people hinted at. all of it... I hope that the Doctor finds Katherine's brown box one day, though, I've got a feeling its going to end up buried Ark o' the Covenant style somewhere in the Torchwood Archives.



Author's Response: Glad you enioyed it, and thanks for the kind words! :)

2009.03.07 - 09:42AM
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Another reader from calufrax. :) This is fantastic! I enjoyed every minute of it. The consequences of a companion's leaving with the Doctor is something that I still think is underexplored, and you did a beautiful job with it here in very few words, while having the family grow in their understanding of what's going on. And then the end! What a twist! I loved it.

Author's Response: Thank you very much :)

2009.03.06 - 04:29AM
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Belatedly here via the rec on Calufrax. A moving and imaginative story with a surprisingly engaging storyline, given how little we actually know of what's going on (I don't mean that disparagingly, by the way!). And the final letter from Yvonne Hartman sent chills down my spine.

Author's Response: Those bloody Torchwood, always get in the way... ;) Thanks for the lovely review!

2009.03.05 - 03:46PM
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also here from calufrax - which clearly comes into its own in the gen OC world. this is great, and i almost certainly wouldn't have found it myself.

firstly - great title
secondly - all the letters have that great, hurried 'got to run!' feel to them (by which i mean, i believe in them as pre-holiday letters)
thirdly - what a great idea. i love that nothing's explained and so the doctor who world, which we all think of as total explicable, is properly bizarre again - much more 'blink' than 'love and monsters'. poor michael. he must be a glutton for punishment.

anyway, it's excellent and highly original and i'm glad i was pointed in this direction.

Author's Response: Thankyou for the kind words, glad you enjoyed it :)

2009.03.05 - 03:44PM
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also here from calufrax - which clearly comes into its own in the gen OC world. this is great, and i almost certainly wouldn't have found it myself.

firstly - great title
secondly - all the letters have that great, hurried 'got to run!' feel to them (by which i mean, i believe in them as pre-holiday letters)
thirdly - what a great idea. i love that nothing's explained and so the doctor who world, which we all think of as total explicable, is properly bizarre again - much more 'blink' than 'love and monsters'. poor michael. he must be a glutton for punishment.

anyway, it's excellent and highly original and i'm glad i was pointed in this direction.

2009.03.05 - 07:59AM
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Hey took a trip over from Calufrax. I reeeeally liked this story. While I was reading it I wondered if somehow this was from Classic Who but the more I read the sadder I felt. I LOVE reading stories that make me sad. They leave such an impact on me. Seeing the family go through its pitfalls all the while. People passing away. And the Whoniverse along the sidelines reminiscent of episodes like Love and Monsters and Blink. This really was a wonderful story and I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to read it sooner. :)

Author's Response: \"Sad is happy for deep people!\" :) I definitely had Love & Monsters in mind - one of my favourite Who episodes, and I\'ve always thought Jackie had a very strong point about the people who get left behind... Glad you enjoyed it :)

2009.03.05 - 07:33AM
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Here from Calufrax, and WOW!!!!! What a creative way to tell a tale of the Doctor, the Master and two sisters who didn't survive their travels with a Time Lord -- or rather, to hint at the tale, because ultimately we don't know it, but then again, Kate doesn't ultimately know it either. This is a glimpse into what it's like to be on the periphery of the Doctor's life, and a reminder that the periphery can be just as tragic and heartbreaking as the center-ring view we normally get (not to mention dangerous, with Torchwood One sniffing around at the end). Truly an amazing story.

Author's Response: I\'d say sometimes the periphery is even more tragic than the centre-ring - after all, the characters at the heart of the adventure understand why things are happening to them. The people who get hurt on the side normally have no explanation, just the tragedy. And thankyou for the kind words, glad you enjoyed it! :)

2009.03.05 - 07:30AM
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Oh, what a sad story! But it gives us a glimpse of the other side of travelling with the Doctor-- the human side, with consequences and not-necessarily-happy endings. I liked the twist at the end with Torchwood, heh.

(One question, in the 2nd to last letter I think you say "blue box" when you mean "brown box" at one point?)

Author's Response: AAARGH! Thanks so much for pointing it out. AND I\'ve went through the story to fix another mistake pointed out to me just a couple of days ago... *sigh* And thanks for the review, glad you enjoyed the story! :)