Series Title: Another Word for You
Author Name: surrexi
Series Url: Story Link 1
Content Rating: All Ages – Teen
Status: Two completed stories in this series
Length: Novel-length (13,769 and 23,973 words each)
Series Summary: Rose is trapped in a parallel universe. Jack runs Torchwood III. And the Doctor travels the stars. That’s how it is. Until one man’s folly brings Rose back home. Because in the end, they are Rose and Jack and the Doctor. And nowhere is quite right if they aren’t together.
This is such a lovely version of how we might’ve gotten Jack, Rose and the Doctor back together post-Doomsday! I really, really loved it and have come back to re-read it more times than I can count.
The first story in this series, “Pawns in the Game,” takes place within Torchwood Season 1, episodes 12 and 13. When the Rift is opened, Rose Tyler appears in Cardiff, making the episode “End of Days” all the more exciting. I adore the affectionate interactions between Rose and Jack in this story. Little things, like the way he kisses his fingers to the words “Bad Wolf” in that old dance hall, or the way he greets her on the plaza, manage to convey so much emotion without the author falling into the trap of telling us that Jack loved and missed Rose. It’s beautiful.
The second story in the series is The Wolf at the Door, which picks up just where “End of Days,” left off and “Utopia” began. However, things go quite differently in this story than they do in the episode, “Utopia.” As I think back upon it, it would have been easy for this story to be boring, because there isn’t as much action as in the previous one. But the author’s skill easily prevents that from happening. The reunion(s) are beautiful and poignant, Martha’s reaction to meeting Rose in this manner is perfect, and the ending of the story just makes sense in a way that leaves me wishing canon had followed suit.
With both stories, it is ultimately the emotions and the solid characterizations which sell the series. This is definitely a must-read for anyone who grieved over “Doomsday” and “Parting of the Ways.”