Story Title: Assimilation
Author Name: wendymr (aka wmr)
Story url: Story Link 1
Alternate Story url: Story Link 2
Content Rating: Teen
Length: 3,488 words
Story Summary: “He’ll be back, yeah?
In re-reading this favorite story, what startled me the most was how short it is. “Assimilation” packs quite a punch for only 3,488 words. It has long stood out in my mind as quite the epic tale. But that is due entirely to how concisely worded Wendy’s stories are, as well as how visually and emotionally evocative her writing is. This story, in particular, contains such big concepts, with a vivid historical setting (England, 1911), a dramatic plot, and passionate emotions, that it feels as if it ought to take chapters to do justice to this story and its far-reaching implications. However, unlike me, Wendy is not a babbler. She manages to say so much with so few words, and yet leave the reader with this grand tale indelibly printed upon their mind. I’ve read it numerous times, yet on each occasion I feel as if I find something new.
The story’s plot sounds fairly simple. The Doctor disappears while Jack and Rose are visiting England in 1911. They’re left with little more than their wits, muscles and the clothes on their backs to get by during an extremely socially restrictive era. The story is more than a tale of survival, though. There is a rich emotional depth to this story, from the first sentence until the last. And in spite of my love for stories set during this time period, it is those emotions which can be credited with making this story stay with me for so many years.