Series Title: The Mirror Universe
Story Titles: Hall of Mirrors and Altered Images
Author Name: wendymr (aka wmr)
Series url: Series Link 1
Alternate Series url: Series Link 2
Content Rating: All Ages and Teen respectively (I would probably consider them Teen-13 and Mature respectively, as there are mentions of sex in the first story and sex scenes in the second).
Length: 75,567 and 73,328 words respectively
Series Summary: After Doomsday, Rose is convinced that the Doctor will find her some day. But what if she finds him, and he’s not the Doctor she’s expecting?
Hall of Mirrors: Eventually, she will have to accept that this time he really does mean it. That sometimes impossible really is impossible. Post-Doomsday.
Altered Images: He wants his memories back. But what price will he have to pay? Sequel to Hall of Mirrors. Warning: Some violence, especially in earlier chapters.
I could probably fill up this blog by rec’ing all of Wendy’s stories individually, and to date she has nearly 300 posted for the Doctor Who fandom alone! Her stories which feature the 9th Doctor, Jack and Rose are particular favorites of mine. She writes all three characters in a way that captures the camaraderie and silliness of the trio, as seen in the Series 1 episode “Boom Town,” as well as the sincerity, immense emotional depth, and correspondingly deeply-felt hurts, love, and joy of which all three characters are capable.
This series, set in Pete’s World, post-Doomsday, features Rose Tyler, who is busy and content in her academic pursuits and job at Torchwood, but still longs deeply for the Doctor. When she stumbles upon an Alt!Nine one day, things go both better and worse than she could have imagined. Wendy writes Alt!Nine in a very unique way. Although he does not at first know her, he eventually seems to remember something of Rose – their first adventure facing the Nestene Consciousness. And yet, he is definitely this universe’s Doctor. Not surprisingly, Wendy, whose talent in depicting multi-faceted characters is matched only by her ability to create entrancing plots, has an intriguing, wibbly-wobbly, sci-fi-y theory to explain this conundrum which makes the entire series all the more captivating.
In the first story, the focus is on the Alt!Doctor and Rose, their unusual working relationship, and how it ultimately develops into a friendship which brings them both a sense of giddy joy and hopeful renewal, such as they have only ever experienced together. In the second story, there is a split focus between the progressing relationship of the Doctor and Rose, and the problems of Capt. Jack Harkness. Alt!Jack is more focused on the issue of his lost memories than Rose’s original Jack had the opportunity to be. And when Alt!Jack decides he must get his answers at the end of the first story, the series quickly becomes even more exciting and terrifying, with some momentous hurt/comfort scenes along the way.
If I were able to adequately describe why and how much I love Wendy’s stories, I might be able to give her a run for her money as an author. Lacking her concise, descriptive gift, I can only say that Wendy is one of the most talented authors in the DW fandom, and if you haven’t completely immersed yourself in her stories, you are missing out on some of the most insightful, character-driven, heart-felt stories ever to feature the Doctor. They’re fantastic.
Please Note: There are some brief scenes in Altered Images of a violent nature involving Jack. Also, please note that Altered Images contains some non-graphic slash scenes.