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01 June 2005 @ 22:43
Not a Busman's Holiday  
Written for snowballjane for the Ninth Doctor Ficathon. I apologise in advance for the period and setting—I cheated horribly, and I know it. But I hope you enjoy it anyway. And I'll try and do better next time. Beta'd by queenofalostart, doyle_sb4, and giglet each of whom did her very best to make it not suck, for which I am grateful.

This is set after "World War III" however, no real series spoilers.

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Just Jennelfgirljen on 2nd June 2005 15:47 (UTC)
that was so lovely.
Thank you for sharing
ljctaraljc on 3rd June 2005 19:37 (UTC)
thansk for taking teh time to feedback, so glad you enjoyed it.
eruvadhril on 2nd June 2005 16:00 (UTC)
"I'm not entirely sure Australia ever left the 1980s."
Oh, SNAP.

... Actually, come to think of it, we haven't.
ljctaraljc on 2nd June 2005 19:40 (UTC)
I have been so waiting for someone to poke me about that... (and I am very fond of both Oz and Aussies, I just couldn't resist.)
Circe: who - earthling - alloutof_focuscirce_tigana on 2nd June 2005 17:29 (UTC)
::sighs happily::
ljc: doctor who MIBtaraljc on 3rd June 2005 19:44 (UTC)
squee!
(no subject) - circe_tigana on 3rd June 2005 19:45 (UTC) (Expand)
Samantha Wilkinsonsamantha2074 on 2nd June 2005 18:05 (UTC)
Since you seem interested in fixing minor nit-picks, here's a couple:
the cleanest ocean beaches you'll find in this part of the world without having to go back a millennia or two.

Should be millennium. I've seen this confusion over when to use the singular and when to use the plural form crop up a lot lately in fic.

where day trips crossed the international dateline were the norm

I think crossed should be either across or crossing.

She was is a completely new place

Eeep! The dreaded undetectable-by-spell-checker typo! I hate those bastards.

Still, she'd thought as she'd floated on her back, in the blue, blue water and listening to the call of gulls overhead, at least humans still existed (in one form or another) in the far-flung future. The thought of how lonely the Doctor must be, knowing that no matter where (or when) he travelled, he wouldn't ever run into another of his own kind.

I'm having trouble parsing the second sentence. It could be my error, or it could be as simple a matter as changing the first word to she.

Nit-picks aside, this is a nice bit of fluff, and you do a good job of setting the scene and the mood.
ljctaraljc on 2nd June 2005 19:34 (UTC)
Since you seem interested in fixing minor nit-picks

always always always, are you kidding? thank you so much! I shall tweak when I get home from work.

*fangirls you madly*
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ljctaraljc on 3rd June 2005 19:46 (UTC)
thanks so much, so glad you enjoyed it!
Lara: doctor/roselarakailyn on 2nd June 2005 23:02 (UTC)
Finally got a chance to read this, and I loved it. You had nothing to worry about with this (even if you did cheat a bit)! Your descriptions are lovely, and your Nine/Rose dialogue is spot-on as always. I loved how Rose figured out the Doctor's love for Earth - it seemed to come quite naturally.

And I'd probably be horrified too if she said that me about M*A*S*H. ;-)
ljctaraljc on 3rd June 2005 19:47 (UTC)
*blush* so glad you enjoyed it.
red wolf: wisdomredwolf on 3rd June 2005 10:57 (UTC)
Nice insight into the Doctor.
ljctaraljc on 3rd June 2005 19:50 (UTC)
thanks!
One Whose Honesty is Stronger Than Her Fear: firstfanamilyn on 4th June 2005 04:31 (UTC)
This is charming and dear in every way.

I'd comment more extensively, but it's terribly late and I'll just have to read it again to do that.
ljc: TARDIS callingtaraljc on 8th June 2005 03:19 (UTC)
*snuggles you*
chelseagirl on 4th June 2005 12:59 (UTC)
Delightful!

FWIW, "hoodies" is apparently a fairly new term in the UK -- a couple of years ago my English mum-in-law was over here shopping and bought some but she called them something else; had never heard the word. When we were in England a few weeks ago, they were all over the news, by that name, as a gang-related clothing item that has been banned from a shopping mall in Kent. Which, for some reason, amused the heck out of me.

ljc: doctor who MIBtaraljc on 8th June 2005 03:20 (UTC)
Thanks! So glad you liked it.

Re; Hoodies,I figure, if anyone would be up on the slang, it would be Rose (working in the dept. store). I'd never heard them called that either until a year or two ago here. They werejust hooded sweatshirts forever...
(no subject) - chelseagirl on 8th June 2005 13:32 (UTC) (Expand)
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ljc: dw_challengetaraljc on 8th June 2005 03:23 (UTC)
thanks so much! Originally, I had grand plans re: plot, but when I couldn't get them to gel, suddenly it seemed to make so much sense to have the great adventure of the day be a child with an ice-cream. And the whole thing sort of came together at the 11th hour....

I love that the Doctor loves our silly little planet. It makes me happy. People got so angry, when the show first started and they got wound up about the "stupid ape" comments, but I swear he only grouses out of deep affection.
Cheesehead in Paradise: Hugfinabair on 5th June 2005 03:36 (UTC)
Oh, this is truly wonderful, and I just read it right now and I want to hug the entire world! *GRIN*

Thanks.
ljc: doctor who MIBtaraljc on 8th June 2005 03:23 (UTC)
yays!
kyizi: doctor who (mine)kyizi on 7th June 2005 21:56 (UTC)
This is just excellent. I have to say that it's one of the best Doctor Who fics I've read. You've captured the Doctor perfectly. The slittle speach at the end was perfect. Absolutely wonderful :)
ljc: doctor who MIBtaraljc on 8th June 2005 03:25 (UTC)
thank you somuch, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! One of my betas actually made me giggle, when she pointed out the "outnumbered and outclassed" bit made humans sound like pidgeons. I then sang "food the birds, tuppence a bag" under my breath for 3 days...
(no subject) - kyizi on 18th June 2005 23:04 (UTC) (Expand)
Snowballjanesnowballjane on 9th June 2005 10:21 (UTC)
Sorry it's taken me so long to comment - this story is so much fun! And it's got references to M*A*S*H and "adventures with camels" and lots of lovely observation/description. It's not what I had in mind when I set the request at all, but I love it to bits. Thank you.
ljc: i'm okaytaraljc on 9th June 2005 22:58 (UTC)
yay! I am so incredibly glad you liked it! (sorry it took me so long tog et back to you--I've been buried in work all day). I felt horrifically guilty about the lack of actual plot, but I couldn't really get one to gel, so I switched focus at the 11th hour, and was worried it would disappoint you terribly...
Mireille: fan-fucking-tasticmireille719 on 9th June 2005 17:41 (UTC)
Oh, this is wonderful. All the details, and Rose figuring out a bit more about what makes the Doctor tick, and... just amazing.
ljc: lost (doctor)taraljc on 9th June 2005 22:59 (UTC)
yays!
Miss Stacy: doctor/rosearysani on 20th April 2006 17:16 (UTC)
hee! loved all the pop culture bits. pinky & the brain! mash! blade runner! (so kill me, that's one of my favourite cartoons, fave tv show, and fave movies. all in one. awesome.)

and i love his monologue. excellent. ^^