Story Title: Illyria by TARDIS_stowaway
Author Name: TARDIS_stowaway
Story Url: Story Link
Content Rating: Teen
Series Summary: Three years after Doomsday, Rose finds her new universe’s version of the Ninth Doctor. Rose may be running for her life, but she’s not the one most in need of rescue. Also, the TARDIS looks like a ticket booth. The title of the series comes from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
I have a weakness for post-Doomsday fics. I love fix-its (where Rose and the Doctor aren’t separated), Reunion fics (where they’re separated, but find their way back to one another), and especially Alt!Doctor fics – in which Rose encounters alt!versions of the Doctor; i.e., one which is native to Pete’s World.
Illyria is one of my top favorite fics in the fandom, particularly in this genre. I love the gruffness of alt!Nine, particularly after he’s been alone for so much longer than the Ninth Doctor in Rose’s world was after the Time War. He has very valid reasons not to want a companion. His discussion about the companions he has had is heartbreaking and all too real. I appreciate the discussion and his POV all the more, though, after understanding the truths he attempts to lay before Rose.
This is one of my most oft-recommended fanfic picks thanks to the emotional fulfillment, the exciting skin-of-your-teeth escapes and captivating drama, as well as the stellar characterizations. But mostly, I love recommending this fic because it’s just plain fun!