Set after most of the events of Last of the Time Lords
, in a slight AU where the Master was unwillingly saved from death by being force-fed lifeforce by Jack.
I just finished reading this - I admit I got so caught up I spent a couple of hours at work reading when I shouldn't have. ;)
I'm not a Master/Doctor fan, still am not. I generally don't read that pairing unless I'm in the mood for the cheap thrill of a violent dark!fic. I saw a rec for it somewhere, though, about how great it was and decided to give it a try. There was enough Jack in it to keep me engaged, and it is, really is, a very, very good fic. And so very long (loves).
I have been and still am struggling with a little Jack/Ten fic for undermistletoe
that should not in any way be compared to the epic masterpiece mentioned above. Except that the few ideas or turns of phrase that I was particularly pleased with? They're almost all in omphalos
's story, like I lifted them right out. Especially one part where the Doctor talks about what he sees when he looks at Jack - it's almost word for word. :(
That's where the lament comes in. I know there's the great-minds-think-alike thing, and certain situations and relationships in canon lend themselves to similar interpretations, but one does so want to come up with something original in one's fic! Doctor Who is an old fandom and I'm new to it, so I have no idea what the common tropes are. It's probably silly to expect originality. But still... any writer reading this will know what I mean.
I'm not going to change my story because of this. If we all cut out everything that resembled what someone else had done there wouldn't be many stories out there. Just - *sigh*