|Reviews for Broken Faith|
| dontgiveahoot chapter 15 . 8/26/2011
I do love Martha's friendly banter with Ian about what they'd seen while travelling with the Doctor; it was almost like a good-natured version of the fight between Sarah Jane and Rose in School Reunion. And I'm glad that Ian recognises the strength and courage Martha possesses in order to manage what the Doctor has asked of her. He's right, there's always a choice - and Martha chose what was right even though it would be difficult and painful.
| dontgiveahoot chapter 14 . 8/26/2011
Well, it might have been hard to write, but personally I love this confrontation. When confronted with the truths Jack throws at her, Rose falls further into justifications and excuses, without ever seeming to understand exactly why murdering humanity in the present is so imperative or how it will prevent the future that she so despairs of. Jack is right, that logic has been used since time began to excuse the most inexcuseable of acts. And poor Victoria and Thomas Brewster...
| dontgiveahoot chapter 13 . 8/26/2011
This is great. The idea of ex-companions hunting each other down and forming a network is brilliant and plausible, and the way you've written them is brilliant. Polly's recollection of the change between the First and Second Doctors made me nostalgic, and we see Martha begin the tough task of spreading the Doctor's story all over the world.
| dontgiveahoot chapter 12 . 8/26/2011
This is an interesting look inside Rose's head. She has no qualms with using the Master as a sexual substitute until she can make the Doctor see things her way, and yet she dreams of the day when she and the Doctor lead the Human/Time Lord Empire 'to glory across the universe'. I wonder if she really thinks that once the Doctor 'sees the truth', that the Master will happily sit back and allow her and the Doctor to take charge? Or has she just not thought it through? She certainly seems to have not thought quite a lot of things through.
I love the use of TOMTIT to bring Rose through the crack between realities, and the reference to Agent Yellow. Best of all, though, was the idea that Rose was a companion he'd cared about and missed, but perhaps not as much as he'd thought he did. Certainly there are going to be companions that he would miss more than others - Susan and Romana would certainly be high on the list of special ones, at the least.
| dontgiveahoot chapter 11 . 8/26/2011
The fact that Martha can allow for the possibility of brainwashing for Rose, after everything that's happened and is happening this very instant, speaks volumes for Martha's strength of character. Poor Sarah Jane, to lose Luke so tragically, and so soon. This chapter begins the pattern of Martha and a previous companion bonding over shared stories of their lives with the Doctor, and the image of Martha and Sarah Jane working together to protect their planet warms my heart incredibly - I can see their faces at that moment in my mind, especially Sarah Jane firmly putting aside her grief as she offers her assistance. Beautiful, and a testament to the two wonderful women.
| dontgiveahoot chapter 10 . 8/26/2011
Ouch. The Master is right - even though he presented himself as a well-intentioned extremist, Rose did end up taking him at face value. Dear brave Jack recovers from a shot to the head and charges straight into another death, this one by the hands of the Master, while Martha supports the aged Doctor as best she can and leaves when she must.
Regarding Rose... wow. It's terrifying how she thinks that the descent of the Toclafane is 'beautiful', and disturbing that she considers Martha her 'replacement' and that the Doctor had been 'faithful' to her. Rose Tyler, what have you become? From being able to grant compassion to a Dalek, to shooting a friend in the head simply because he's *inconvenient*. The thing that makes this so powerful is that this is recognisably the Rose we know, only with all her finer qualities stripped away and all her worst qualities sharpened to piercing point. Rose is now a well-intentioned extremist herself, except that she has no real moral code to guide her extremism. She simply acts to ensure her wishes are fulfilled at any cost.
| dontgiveahoot chapter 9 . 8/26/2011
So, the revelation has come. Rose Tyler has married the Master and is apparently fully on board with his plans. The Doctor's initial shock and horror must be all that the Master had dreamed of. Of course, this is only the beginning...
| dontgiveahoot chapter 8 . 8/26/2011
I love the scene where the Doctor discusses Gallifrey with Martha and Jack - primarily because he acknowledges that the Master's current psychological condition has many possible factors and triggers, rather than simplifying matters to place all blame on a single childhood incident that every Gallifreyan went through.
| dontgiveahoot chapter 7 . 8/26/2011
It's disappointing that the companion did not recognise the edited footage for what it was. I'd be surprised if anyone who was reading carefully hadn't yet guessed at the identity of the companion, actually. The Master does a very good job twisting the truth - he edits out the Doctor's obvious embarrassment at misjudging Donna's swing, and his offer of 'one chance' - but still it's sad to think that the companion in question doesn't seem to question the absence of those things, or to consider for one moment that the footage may not show the whole truth. Still, 'taking his word for it' instead of asking questions fits in with her previous canon behaviour, and it means that now 'the weapon' is ready - a living, thinking, feeling weapon.
| dontgiveahoot chapter 6 . 8/26/2011
Again, not much to say, other than I love all the little Classic-Who details sprinkled in the Doctor's thoughts alongside the episode's failed attempt to save the Jonese and the phone call, and I think it's very clever the way you hinted even this early that the Master's disdain for the Doctor's companions is his mistake.
| dontgiveahoot chapter 5 . 8/25/2011
Everything has its time, and everything ends, but there's a difference between accepting that and being forced to watch it or endure it. Even so, it's disheartening that a companion to the Doctor immediately begins to accept the Master's whole argument that the Doctor can't really be a good man because 'a good man would not allow this to happen' without questioning just what alternative there is at the end of the universe. And I've said it before and I'll say it again: If somebody asks one of the Doctor's companions "can you name anyone who has truly changed for the better from their time with him?" and they can't answer "Yes. Me." at the VERY least, then something went very wrong somewhere. Surely this companion in particular should not only be able to include herself, but should also be able to name at least two other people who changed for VASTLY the better for meeting the Doctor?
| dontgiveahoot chapter 4 . 8/25/2011
There's little to say about this chapter because of the close parallels to the televised episode, but I do like how the Doctor twigs immediately that Martha isn't the sort of person to vote for someone without knowing their policies or platform just because they 'sounded nice'. And the explanation of what the Toclafane were was great - vengeful ghosts angry at being written out of existance!
| dontgiveahoot chapter 3 . 8/25/2011
The Master is continuing to plan and set things in motion. Given that the TARDIS had to create a 'fracture in reality' just to fetch the companion, there's really only one young woman it can be, isn't there? Still, I'll try not to speak a name in the interest of not spoilering future readers who glance at the reviews first.
I loved how the Master thinks disparagingly of his Trakenite self and his Bruce self - it reminded me a lot of the Doctor's habit of looking back on his previous regenerations with disdain (Two and Three bickering, Six complaining that Five had a 'feckless charm', etc.) I wonder if it's a trait of Time Lords in general? 'Thank Rassilon I'm not HIM/HER any more!'
| dontgiveahoot chapter 2 . 8/25/2011
I love this look inside the Doctor's head during that first jump back to 2007 London. I love how quick Martha is to recognise the voice and realise that if the Master could be anyone at all, he could be Prime Minister. It was one of the things I loved about the episode as well. Brown hair or not, it was obviously vital that his wife's face remained hidden.
| dontgiveahoot chapter 1 . 8/25/2011
I've read this, loved it and reviewed it on Teaspoon, but I'll do it properly here. One of my favourite parts of this fic is the absolute cavalcade of continuity porn - it seems like you've seen pretty much every episode, heard every audiobook or radio play, read every novel, and you manage to bring most of it into a cohesive whole with explanations that make sense in-universe. Your love for the Whoniverse as a whole really shines through, both Classic and New.
Chapter-wise, I love the Master musing coldly over the best way to destroy the Doctor utterly - to demolish his trust in what he believes in most of all. His companions. He's quite right, all he has to do is 'find the one that will break the easiest and hit him the hardest', and the Doctor will fall. However, as always, the Master underestimates the Doctor's ability to regain his footing.