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Denial-Fic: Spoiler-Free

Story: Spoiler-Free
Author: wmr wendymr 
Characters: Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble
Rated: G
Spoilers: Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead
Disclaimer/Warning: Denial-fic for the Moffat two-parter. So there is no way on this earth I would ever claim the referenced storyline was mine!
Summary: "Where did they put it all? Wish I could just eat like that an’ never gain an ounce!" 

Crack therapy. Recommended that you do not read if you enjoyed the Moffat two-parter!




“Donna? Oh, my head... Donna!”


“Stop shouting, you pillock! Got a splitting headache as it is!”


“You too?”


“Bet mine’s worse than yours, alien-boy.”


“I wouldn’t bet on it. Ow... ow. Had a dream, too. Nightmare, I should say. Completely ridiculous one. All about this library planet in the fifty-first century. Well, the fifty-first century’s ridiculous - as if I’d go there. Too much risk of running into a friend of mine before I met him. But the library planet’s not so ridiculous. I’d like that. A planet full of books? Oh, yes. If there isn’t one, there should be-”


“I had that dream too, Doctor! Was there an archaeologist in yours, too? And something about shadows?”


“The Vashta Nerada, yes. But, honestly! Flesh-eating shadows? Shadows that eat and eat and eat?”


“Yeah, where did they put it all? Wish I could just eat like that an’ never gain an ounce!”


“Just played on fears, that dream did. Though even that was just stupid. We were supposed to stay out of the shadows, but we were running in and out of shadows the whole time, everywhere we went. That was completely illogical.”


“We had the same dream? How is that possible? Is that your ship getting in my head again?”


“If it is, she got inside mine too. But giving us the same dream - nah, she’d never do that.”


“Was it the same dream, though? It was like a bad rip-off of The Time-Traveller’s Wife. There was this woman, River Song, kept saying she knew you in the future. Completely unconvincing. I mean, barmy! If she really knew you she’d never have said half of that stuff. I’ve seen the way you react to anything that hints at your future or changing history.”


“Yep. That should’ve told you it wasn’t real. I’d never have let her get away with it. Soon as I realised she knew me in my future I’d have made her shut up about it. Anyway, she didn’t know me. Couldn’t have. Had to be making it up.”


“What makes you so sure? I mean, yeah, she felt like a complete fake to me, but you seemed to swallow it, all right. All that pretty boy stuff. An’ in my dream you said she knew your name.”


Acting! I was playing along, Donna! Trying to find out what she was up to. Cause that’s just it. Anyone who really knew me would never drop hints like that. And she couldn’t have known my name, either. Well... in the dream it seemed like I thought she did, but even I don’t remember my name. I don’t know what she whispered to me - could’ve been Bob for all I know - but it wasn’t long enough to be a Gallifreyan name.”


“Right, cause you all have names thirty-six syllables long?”


“Thirty-seven, actually. Really! But forget me. There was you, stuck off in a corner doing nothing until I tried to send you away, and suddenly you end up in a computer-generated world in a house! All domestic, with a husband and kids. You!”


“Oi! I almost got married, in case you’ve forgotten, alien boy! And I’m not on the shelf yet!”


“I’m not suggesting you are! Ow! Stop it! You’re a... Donna, you’re a very attractive woman. And intelligent. Yes, intelligent too. All right, you can stop slapping-”


“An’ that’s something else. Miss Evangelista! Remember her?”


“Course I do! I remember everything.”


“Yeah? Well, you ignored her. Everyone else was being cruel to her, and you didn’t care.”


“Well, that should’ve told you it wasn’t real. I wouldn’t do that, Donna, and you should know it.”






“Snap your fingers.”




“Cause in the dream you could open the TARDIS door like that.”


“Oh, now, that is just ludicrous. It’s impossible. It’s... it’s... The TARDIS would never let me do that. If I even tried it, she’d lock me out for a week.”


“Right. Yeah, course. But, Doctor, going back to the beautiful and intelligent stuff-”


“I told you you’re beautiful! And intelligent!”


“Not that! Miss Evangelista! What sort of universe is it when a woman can only be intelligent by being turned into some sort of freak?”


“Well, that should’ve told you it wasn’t real. Who looks like that? Who looks like that and doesn’t have reconstructive surgery?”


“Not everyone wants to have surgeons cutting up their bodies! But that’s not my point, you stupid prawn. Didn’t you think it was all sort of... sexist? I mean, Miss Evangelista. Then me, stuck at home with kids - I mean, yeah, I seemed to love the bloke I was married to, and the kids, but I’d never want to be at home all day. Not now I’ve really seen what there is out there. And did you notice that River Song had the same life? Kids. Three kids. She didn’t look remotely maternal to me.”


“So you’re saying that whoever planted this dream in our heads is sexist?”


“Looks like it to me, mate! Wait... planted? You think someone made us have this dream?”


“Can’t see any other explanation for us both having the same dream at the same time.”


“Unless it really happened?”


“Nah. Can’t have. See? The TARDIS hasn’t been anywhere in the past forty-eight hours... oh.”


“Oh? You mean we really did go to that planet?”


“Nah. Never.”


“It was a dream?”


“Oh, yes.”


“So what was the oh for, then?”


“Cause I know how it happened. Someone breached the TARDIS’s defences and got inside our heads.”


“But that should be impossible!”


“Should be, yup. Little legacy left by an old friend.”


“What’s that supposed to mean?”


“There’s a message. Listen.”


If you’re hearing this, then it means you foiled my plan and you got the TARDIS back. Well, rats anyway. Still, I hope you enjoyed my little surprise. It’s so much fun messing with your mind. You’re so deliciously gullible. Shame I won’t be around to see your reaction, you and whatever pretty young thing you have travelling with you now. How did she feel seeing you with a future love who wasn’t her, hmm? Oh, and I do hope you liked my final little touch. CAL. Wasn’t that just perfect? Like HAL, only not. Compulsive Accomplished Liar. Just like me, really. Isn’t that just brilliant? Haha and bye-bye.”


“Who was that?”


“Believe me, you don’t want to know.”


“If you say so. Anyway, I’m glad it was only a dream. God, am I glad!”


“Me too.”


“Still, I suppose it could’ve been worse.”


“It could?”


“Yeah. My dream-world husband could’ve been you!”



- end



( 49 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 9th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
Hee! Now it's a toss-up which one I enjoyed more, the Moffat two-parter or your fic! I do like affectionately irritated snarkiness (and you can just hear the actors' voices reading this) Nice stuff!
Jun. 11th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
Wow, thank you! That's a huge compliment if you liked the episodes :)))
Jun. 9th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
My new canon. Fixed. All better.

Should've had the Doctor wonder why she introduced herself if she supposedly knew him. And why she asked him if he didn't like archaeologists. Then later she wonders when it is for him and realizes he doesn't know her yet after mentioning a few times. She's a wee bit slow, I think.
Jun. 11th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you. And, yes, there's so much more that just doesn't add up, isn't there? Sloppy writing, sloppy characterisation, sloppy character development all round.
Jun. 9th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
It was all a horrid dream. Deep breath......and relax. It's all better now. This made it all better. =)
Jun. 11th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
Thank you! If only it really was a dream... but at least, knowing Moffat, it'll never be referred to again. Just endless references to the fifty-first century and squareness guns. :P
Jun. 9th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
LOL! While I did enjoy the two-parter, I also enjoyed this little exploration of the flaws and holes that *did* exist in it (hey, I said I thought it was a good story, not that it was utterly *perfect*), and I love the way you worked the characters' voices. Definitely how they'd discuss such an experience! :D
Jun. 11th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
Thank you! Again, it's a real compliment that someone who enjoyed the episodes likes this too :)

The Doctor and Donna are such fun to write, aren't they?
Jun. 9th, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
Fanfic - the best revenge.
Jun. 11th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
Jun. 9th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)

There is a reason why I have not dared to watch the two-parter yet. If it's not vital to continuity, I think I might just skip it.

This will do nicely as my canon instead. *grins*
Jun. 11th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
Well, it's written by Moffat, ergo you can assume it completely ignores all other continuity and will never be referred to again ;)

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it :)
Jun. 9th, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
*applauds* Now there, that's the way to work around it all. I had this theory going that River Song is Jack's sister and was just being a terrible tease, but of course your version works far better! Same goes for the sexist approach and of course the shadow running.

Makes it all mum more better, to know he doesn't think he can open the TARDIS doors by clicking his fingers-what's with the God complex anyway? That's a bit too much lately.

Anyway, this absolutely is my canon now. Thanks for straightening things out for me.
Jun. 11th, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
Personally, I have no theories about River Song because in my state of denial-ville she never existed in the first place ;)

So glad you enjoyed this - and, yes, that finger-snapping was just stupid. What's the betting he never does that again either? *grin*

Glad I could straighten things out for you! ;)
Jun. 13th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... Think moving to Denial-ville would be difficult? It sounds like a nice place to live.

Oh, I so hope you're right. They're not really good with continuity anyway, so we might get lucky.

You did. And I will sing your praise wherever I can!
Jun. 10th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
I actually enjoyed the two-parter (well, FotD more - but that's 'cause I totally fell for Lee, poor guy), but now I'm really wishing this was the ending for it. xD I liked River's monologue (even though she was totally ripping previous characters through the whole thing), but this is just too perfect. That's definitely something the Master would do, 'n Donna's closing line? Brilliant. xD
Jun. 11th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
Thank you! There's no better compliment for this than having someone who enjoyed the episodes like it too.

Yes, Lee was sweet and I felt sorry for Donna, but that also felt like such cynical manipulation - of her and of us, the audience.

And, yes, that would be Donna's worst-case scenario, wouldn't it?
Jun. 10th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
I am going to choose to completely ignore that two-parter in favour of this, which is a far better explanation of things than "It really happened" and a damn sight more intelligent, in my opinion. Thank you very much!
Jun. 11th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm really glad that I could help you in your state of denial. There are quite a few of us living over here now!

Glad you liked this.
Jun. 10th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Even though I didn't hate the eps, I love this. :-D
Jun. 11th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)
Jun. 11th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)

I actually enjoyed the first episode, and I eagerly waited for the second episode to explain things. Only it . . . didn't. Nothing made sense, and even the few explanations we got were flawed. Never before have I disliked an episode, but now? Sorry to say it, but I won't ever be watching that one again.

So, my first choice to make it all better? River Song is really Jack during a temporary sex change (so he wouldn't cause a paradox by living twice during the 51st century) and playing a monumental joke on the Doctor. My second choice? Your fic, absolutely. :D
Jun. 14th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC)
I won't be watching either of them again! It's just... no. Did not like River Song, did not like the idea that sticking people in a VR world with a fake life makes everything better, just... did not like.

And, because River Song made me dislike her almost from the moment she spoke, I can't see her as Jack *shudder* ;) Glad you liked this, though! Thank you :)
Jun. 11th, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
Oh, a dream? Yeah, that makes much more sense. So when's the next Handwavers United meeting being held? (Let's hope no more this season!)
Jun. 14th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC)
Yes, let's hope! And thanks - glad this helped :)
Jun. 14th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
I'm actually sitting a bit on the fence about the episodes. Just haven't found the time for the re-watch. They left me... kinda eh, maybe, I don't know. Enjoyed some bits, was annoyed by others (the Miss Evangelista thing comes immediately to mind). I adored Donna, but then I have Donna adoring tendencies. Still, it's Moffat, thus I must give them a second chance. Though the forced happy ending bit... not so much.

Still, back to the matter at hand... I really enjoyed this. Loved the voices -- I could all but hear them. There is something magical about good Doctor Donna banter. And this is very good. :)
Jun. 15th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! There really is a huge mixed reaction to that two-parter: complete, unreserved love, or... not so much. I know it's easy, when you love an episode, to overlook stuff that might not have been so well done - I've done it myself plenty of times - but IMO there's a lot in there that's badly done, unconvincing or just plain idiotic.

Anyway, I'm delighted that you enjoyed this :) The Doctor and Donna are just brilliant, indeed :)
Jun. 16th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
Bwhahaha! I love it! Especially

“Oh, now, that is just ludicrous. It’s impossible. It’s... it’s... The TARDIS would never let me do that. If I even tried it, she’d lock me out for a week.”

I can't see the Tardis responding to finger snaps. I figure she was just humoring him. But he better not try it again. ;)
Aug. 1st, 2008 11:45 am (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you liked it :)
Jun. 17th, 2008 10:29 am (UTC)
There you go, this is exactly what happened after the two episodes, and I'm sticking to it. Thank you for writing my canon. ;)
Aug. 1st, 2008 11:45 am (UTC)
LOL! Thank you - glad I could help ;)
Jul. 3rd, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Haha. Brilliant.
Aug. 1st, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Jul. 4th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
this is absolutely, madly, amazingly perfect. i wish it'd ended up like this, with the Master and all that. it would've made me CRACK UP. you should send this along to the Moff. maybe he'll do that. or something.

loved how you put the Master. made me giggle. 'Like HAL, only not.' i lawl'd.
Aug. 1st, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)
Oh, I doubt very much that Moffat would remotely be interested in thisd. From all I see of him in interviews, he's a complete believer in his own publicity and thinks he can do no wrong :P His vision of the Doctor is so far from mine that I may not be able to watch his era. Ah well.

Glad you liked this! Thank you :)
Aug. 4th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
i know, i know. but we can dream... *sigh* his vision of the Doctor is a bit askew to mine, but i think i'll live. or learn to accept it, maybe, because i srsly want to be on DW, and he'll probably still be in charge in a few years.

you're quite welcome. now i have to go ask people to help me find all the fics i've missed while i was away from the internet for like three weeks. that'd be like... back 25 pages on T&C. urgh.
Dec. 28th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
I'm late reading this fic but this version of those horrible two episodes was good. About Moffat, ouch. I fear that he'll James Bondify the doctor, with him flirting with a few Doctor Who girls whom he'll forget in the next episodes (which will please the die hard geek fans), and will write scary episodes. But he is unable to write emotional stories, stories, like Doomsday or CoE, which leave the viewers in tears. He just can't.

About River Song... god, just her name makes me cringe. In a contest for the worst Mary Sue name, she would win and beat Bella Swann, that's saying something. And who would honestly believe that our prude doctor who takes YEARS to just KISS the girl he is crazy in love with, would hook up with a violent woman who makes him watch her die, a woman from the 51rst century? I mean, hello, bisexual, free, sex walking humans!! The doctor and someone like her? On what planet?

Well, planet Moffat, maybe. He has showed in his episodes how characterization is just a word he isn't familiar with.
Jul. 6th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
Gawd you are BRILLIANT!!!
Aug. 1st, 2008 11:49 am (UTC)
Thank you :) Glad you liked it
Aug. 2nd, 2008 08:56 am (UTC)
OK...I liked and disliked parts of both episodes. (David's, and Catherine's, acting saved a lot of scenes, or at least helped.)

But your snarky review fic is made of awesome :)
Aug. 30th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
Thank you for writing that. *hugs you and feels relieved*
Apr. 16th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
Hello hope you don't mind me jumping in here I've sort of been lurking around, reading your stuff for a while ;)

Gotta say I liked the two-parter if only for the same reason that I liked Blink and Midnight as well: they scare me and I enjoy a good creeping out. But this...this fic was absolutely fantastic! Great job! :)
May. 22nd, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
Hey! First, welcome! I'm delighted that you're enjoying my fic :) Second, thank you for your review - I'm very happy that you liked this. Hope you like the other stuff you've been reading!
May. 22nd, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
You're very welcome! I have really been enjoying all of your stuff :D
Dec. 24th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
This is a deeply unsettling and upsetting story! I shall retreat to the closet to cry and rock myself sadly.

Or, you know, laugh hysterically. Whichever.
Dec. 24th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
ROFL! Well, I suppose it all depends on whether or not you actually liked the Library episodes :) For those of us who loathed them... well, just make sure your closet is real and not a Moffat-created CGI one with invented kids lurking inside! *g*
Jun. 16th, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
Hated River Song. Hated these eps. Love your fic!!
Darn you Moffat!
Sep. 30th, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC)
ROFL. I love this. S5 & 6 is also all just a concussed dream 11 had after he smacked his head on that tree.
Mar. 26th, 2014 09:25 am (UTC)
Nothing like a good denial fic! Anyway, this is quite the good snark fic! I especially like the part about this being a bad rip-off of "The Time Traveler's Wife" because it so was! And so was The Girl in the Fireplace! And so was all of Series 5 and apparently anything to do with River Song! (I stopped watching after series 5 and am currently debating whether to watch it on Netflix.)

That book (and now movie) was mediocre and Moffat's rip-offs of it are more mediocre. Puella Magi Madoka Magica did the time-traveling love story thing better and the time-traveling part wasn't even revealed until episode 10 of 12.

I enjoyed the Doctor and Donna commenting on the sexism going on because it is very sexist that the same glitch that makes Miss Evangelista more intelligent also gives her a nightmare face like one of those spooky pictures from The Ring. It made no sense that the Doctor just stood idly by while Miss Evangelista was bullied by the other crew members either.

I am correct in thinking that the Master is the one who planted that dream? That note sounds like something he would write, particularly the insinuation that Donna would be jealous over the Doctor having a different love interest. The Master does often get jealous of the Doctor's relationships with the companions and during the End of Time he was in full-on jilted ex mode. Oh, and I liked that last line in the story; it's so in character.
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