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"(NF?) The Only Thing"
 
   Monday, May 6, 1689
Marseilles, France

If anyone had noticed the tall red box standing near the quayside, no one had seen fit to remark upon it - and this in spite of the fact that it was completely out of place in its setting, being a tall red box in a place where boxes tended to be neither tall nor red. In spite of its unusual appearance, it seemed somehow to be completely ordinary, doing nothing, attracting no attention.

Even when the three people came pelting down the quay as fast as they could run, flung the doors open, and plunged inside, nobody around seemed to notice. The furious mob of pistol- and sword-waving young men who had been in hot pursuit of the trio ran straight past the tall red box, entirely failing to take note of it or consider that their quarry might have taken refuge within it.

A few moments later, with a flashing of the lamp on its roof and a strange grinding wheeze, the TARDIS Phoenix faded away and disappeared, leaving no trace that it had ever been there beyond a square impression in the dust - an impression that was wiped away moments later by a stray swirl of seaside breeze.

In the Phoenix's Console Room, the three travelers leaned against various of the room's coralesque structures, panting.

"I'll give you this, Julie," said Jack Harkness with a slightly haggard grin, "you've definitely got a way with people."

The tall, auburn-haired young woman to whom he was speaking shrugged expressively. "All I said was that the Baron was an indifferently educated halfwit. Which he is."

"I don't think that's what he took offense at, actually," Jack told her. "I suspect it was probably the 'inbred, impotent catamite' part."

"I admit part of that was speculation," Julie conceded.

Jack laughed. "Good to know," he said. Then he turned to the timeship's pilot. Rose Tyler still stood leaning forward against the Phoenix's control console, one hand braced amid the improvised-looking helm controls, shoulders hunched under her black leather jacket. "Hey," he said, putting a hand on her shoulder. "You OK?"

Rose turned her head to look at him, a puzzled expression on her face. "I think so," she said, and then, "Just got a - stitch in my side. Can't seem - to catch - my breath."

Then, as Jack stared at her in horror, a trickle of blood ran from the corner of her mouth. She moved her other hand, which she'd had pressed against her side inside her open jacket, and then blinked in consternation to find it streaked with crimson. Looking down at herself, she registered the stain spreading slowly under her white T-shirt.

"... Oh," she said, then stumbled away from the console, nearly falling. Jack caught her and half-walked, half-dragged her across to the brown leather settee that stood at the base of one of the coral support columns.

"How'd that happen?" Rose wondered, sounding somewhere between confused and indignant, as she hiked up her shirt to regard the wound.

"One of the Baron's men must have hit you on our way out the window," said Jack, his usual flippancy erased by urgency as he dug around under the console for the first aid kit. "Just hang on."

"How did I not notice getting shot?" Rose demanded, sounding more annoyed than anything else.

Jack returned to her side, propping the kit open on the settee next to her, then set to work with the medical scanner. "Come on, come on," he mumbled.

Julie crouched next to the settee and took Rose's hand in both of hers. "I'm so sorry," she said, bowing her head over their hands. "This is all my fault."

"Hey, hey, relax," said Rose, patting their hands with her bloody free one; then, muttering, "oh, sorry," she removed it.

"Relax? How can I relax?" Julie demanded. "I could have restrained myself, for once in my life. I could have not needled the Baron to the point of violence. But I did it anyway, because I thought it would be fun, and now look what has happened!"

"It's just a flesh wound," said Rose, but as she said it, Jack looked up from the scanner, his face grave, and shook his head.

"If you've got a canister of nanogenes kicking around someplace, now's the time," he said with a weak attempt at a smile. Julie all but collapsed, her forehead on their still-linked hands, weeping bitterly.

"OK, then, not just a flesh wound," said Rose, her voice a bit fainter. "On to plan C... " she murmured, closing her eyes.

Jack set the scanner aside and took her free hand. "Rose," he said urgently. "There must be someplace we can go to get help. Give me some coordinates and I'll see what I can do."

Rose opened one eye and gave him a sardonic look, then emitted a chuckle that turned into a cough. "We know what you can do when I let you drive, 'Captain' Harkness," she said wryly. "It involves glaciers."

In spite of her grief, Julie had to laugh at that, though it transmuted instantly into a stifled sob. Rose sighed and settled back on the couch, looking for all the world like she was just tired and trying to get comfortable.

"Rose," said Jack sharply. "C'mon, stay with me. Have we got a, a distress beacon or something? Can't we call the Doctor? Or Griffin, or Romana, or somebody?"

Rose gave another sigh, opened her eyes, and told him as sternly as someone in such a weakened state could tell someone, "Will you please stop wittering? I have to concentrate. I'll be back in a minute."

So saying, she closed her eyes once more, sinking fully back onto the cushions. After a few seconds her brow furrowed as if in puzzlement; without opening her eyes, she mumbled,

"... that's funny... "

And then, with a long exhalation, she went absolutely still.

Jack blinked tears from his eyes and stared at her in horror. "Oh no," he whispered. "No, no, no."

With a sharp intake of breath that made her startled friends jump back, Rose suddenly sat bolt upright. Her eyes snapped open, an eerie glow flickering behind them.

"Oh yes," she said, in a vaguely uncanny impression of the way the Doctor often said it, and then she seemed to explode in a roaring storm of otherworldly orange light that poured from the sleeves of her jacket and the collar of her shirt. The Console Room's lights flickered, the gravity fluctuated, several of the overhead hoses disconnected with writhing sprays of steam, and sparks burst from a number of places on the console. Relays chunked and clattered somewhere beneath the deckplates as automatic failsafe systems sprang into action. Above the sudden cacophony, Rose's voice soared in a high, sustained wail that might've been anguish, or ecstasy, or both.

Then, as abruptly as it began, it was over, and Rose sprawled back on the settee in the sudden dim quiet, blinking wide-eyed at the ceiling, her chest heaving as if she'd just surfaced from slightly too long underwater.

"Whaaaa!" she cried, sitting up and looking at her hands. Shaking her head, she got unsteadily to her feet and looked around at the shambles she'd made of the Console Room. "Woo! Now that's what I call a bloody ride! A-plus plus plus would buy again!" She raised her hands and pushed them through her hair, then dropped them to her sides and shook herself like a wet dog. "Somebody kiss me."

Julie straightened up from the defensive crouch she'd assumed when Rose had... whatever she'd just done. She hesitated, but only for a moment, since truth be told, she'd wanted to do exactly that since she'd first met this gorgeous mad Englishwoman.

So she did.

"Hmm," said Rose with a judicious expression once Julie had released her. "Not bad! Never kissed a girl before. On the other hand, I never died before either. It's a day for firsts! I - whoa, 'ang on." With a sudden thoughtful frown, she felt at her upper chest, first one side, then the other. "That's new," she mused. "Take some getting used to. They're not even in sync. Kind of a bossa nova thing going on there. I wonder if that's bad?" Shrugging, she turned to Jack, who stood staring at her with bafflement all over his face. "What?" she asked.

He looked at her for a few more seconds, then said, "... You didn't change."

Rose went to the console and looked at her dim reflection in the surface of the blank master monitor, then turned back to Jack. "'Course I didn't. Why would I want to?" she asked, then grinned. "Look at me."

"What just happened?" Julie wondered.

"Sorry, right, no briefing," said Rose. "Bit distracted. You know, the whole fatal gunshot wound thing. What were we doing?"

Before either of her companions could answer, the Phoenix lurched as if she had struck something. More sparks, more smoke, and from somewhere far away, the low and ominous tolling of a bell.

"Oh!" said Rose brightly, clearly thrilled with the discovery, as she commenced grappling with the sparking console. "Crashing! Brilliant!"

Julie and Jack looked at each other, then lunged for handholds.

"The Only Thing" - a New Frontier(?) mini-story by Benjamin D. Hutchins
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  FIG. 1 Professor Rose Tyler Gryphonadmin Apr-27-13 1
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             RE: FIG. 1 Professor Rose Tyler mdg1 Apr-27-13 6
  Notes Gryphonadmin Apr-27-13 2
     RE: Notes twipper Apr-29-13 9
     RE: Notes Croaker Apr-29-13 10
         RE: Notes Gryphonadmin Apr-29-13 12
     RE: Notes dstar Apr-29-13 11
  RE: (NF?) The Only Thing Matrix Dragon Apr-27-13 3
     RE: (NF?) The Only Thing jhosmer1 Apr-29-13 7
         RE: (NF?) The Only Thing Gryphonadmin Apr-29-13 8
             RE: (NF?) The Only Thing SpottedKitty Apr-29-13 13
                 RE: (NF?) The Only Thing Matrix Dragon Apr-29-13 14
                     RE: (NF?) The Only Thing Mephronmoderator Apr-30-13 17
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1. "FIG. 1 Professor Rose Tyler"
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   In case you need reminding:

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4. "RE: FIG. 1 Professor Rose Tyler"
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   >In case you need reminding:

Am I the first to remark how much this iteration of Rose looks like a grown-up Jenny Quantum?

(Which, oddly, makes a lot of sense)

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5. "RE: FIG. 1 Professor Rose Tyler"
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   >Am I the first to remark how much this iteration of Rose looks like a
>grown-up Jenny Quantum?

I don't think so, it sounds familiar - though in fairness it might've been you who said it the first time, too.

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6. "RE: FIG. 1 Professor Rose Tyler"
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   >I don't think so, it sounds familiar - though in fairness it might've
>been you who said it the first time, too.

It wouldn't surprise me (I've done that before). Search engine says I haven't, though.

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2. "Notes"
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   LAST EDITED ON Apr-27-13 AT 01:04 PM (EDT)
 
- Yes, that is Julie d'Aubigny de la Maupin.

- And Captain Jack Harkness. In the same TARDIS. At the same time.

- That is in fact the settee from The Settee of Trokhaimartolgriffin.

- I didn't actually set out to design this incident so that it happened while the Doctor was in Barcelona, but it unfolded that way, and I decided I rather like it. The question now is whether Rose will even mention it the next time he sees her, or leave him to figure out for himself that it happened.

- This is probably why the Phoenix's desktop theme got reset. Which probably didn't get explained at all in the following series of Professor Enigma.

- It's not a bad thing that her two hearts are asynchronous; they're supposed to be. It'd be a bad thing if they weren't.

- By rights, they should be about to crash into seven-year-old Amelia Pond's back garden, but I'm not sure that's actually what happens next, if only because, well, do I really want to subject that poor child to La Maupin and Captain Jack as well as Post-Regenerative Rampancy (Manic Phase) Professor Tyler? Good grief, what would she grow up to be with a set of formative influences like that?

--G.
Somewhere in my mental cast lounge, I think Rory just made the "well actually" face from the time when the Doctor asked him rhetorically what he would do with two Amys.
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9. "RE: Notes"
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> - And Captain Jack Harkness. In the same TARDIS. At the same time.

And on a completely unrelated note, the profile for my Warshade in CoH was as follows:

Leftenant Jane Harkness, MI-5, Retired.

No relation.


I was always very amused by the occasional private Tell amounting to 'Hey..."


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10. "RE: Notes"
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   LAST EDITED ON Apr-29-13 AT 04:28 PM (EDT)
 
> - Yes, that is
>Julie
>d'Aubigny de la Maupin.
>
> - And Captain Jack Harkness. In the same TARDIS. At the same time.

The Audience Is Now Properly Terrified.

Thank you, Mr. Hutchins.


>
> - By rights, they should be about to crash into seven-year-old Amelia
>Pond's back garden, but I'm not sure that's actually what happens
>next, if only because, well, do I really want to subject that poor
>child to La Maupin and Captain Jack as well as
>Post-Regenerative Rampancy (Manic Phase) Professor Tyler? Good grief,
>what would she grow up to be with a set of formative influences like
>that?
>
>--G.
>Somewhere in my mental cast lounge, I think Rory just made the
>"well actually" face from the time when the Doctor asked him
>rhetorically what he would do with two Amys.

Given my opinion of Ms. Gillian's already-extant 'yow!' factor, I have to say that I'm part of the crowd standing behind Rory wearing the "I'm with Stupid" t-shirts.

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12. "RE: Notes"
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   >>Somewhere in my mental cast lounge, I think Rory just made the
>>"well actually" face from the time when the Doctor asked him
>>rhetorically what he would do with two Amys.

>
>Given my opinion of Ms. Gillian's already-extant 'yow!' factor, I have
>to say that I'm part of the crowd standing behind Rory wearing the
>"I'm with Stupid" t-shirts.

Yes, well, rather. I mean, I was just remarking to my colleagues the other day that one of the main difficulties to be overcome in importing Amy into mainstream UF (we've already seen her New Albion incarnation) is that if someone sat down at a sort of hypothetical CAD terminal and set out to design Gryphon's Ideal Woman, the result would basically be Amy Pond* and I've already done that plot. :)

--G.
* assuming the Tall Redhead preference bit is set. If it isn't, he defaults to petite brunettes.
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11. "RE: Notes"
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   > - By rights, they should be about to crash into seven-year-old Amelia
>Pond's back garden, but I'm not sure that's actually what happens
>next, if only because, well, do I really want to subject that poor
>child to La Maupin and Captain Jack as well as
>Post-Regenerative Rampancy (Manic Phase) Professor Tyler? Good grief,
>what would she grow up to be with a set of formative influences like
>that?

Fun?


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3. "RE: (NF?) The Only Thing"
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   The look on the Doctors face when he realizes Rose has regenerated into herself will be one of the most hilarious combinations of sheer delight and indignation ever. I'm not sure if I want it to be Ten or Eleven for that :lol

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7. "RE: (NF?) The Only Thing"
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   Well, historically, female Time Lords have always been better at regeneration. (Romana, Destiny of the Daleks).

Of course, historically, the Doctor's always been absolute rubbish at regenerations, as well. Sometimes, (Third to Fourth, Fifth to Sixth) he seems like he's not going to regenerate at all and just die. I suspect that he wasn't paying attention in that class (he and the Master were probably getting into trouble playing pranks on other students :)


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8. "RE: (NF?) The Only Thing"
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   >Well, historically, female Time Lords have always been better at
>regeneration. (Romana, Destiny of the Daleks).

The main problem with relying on that evidence is that that scene is - and I realize I'm about to speak ill of St. Douglas here, Zarquon forgive me - terrible.

Anyway, it's not clear from this whether Rose deliberately didn't change, or if it just sort of... happened (or didn't happen, as you like). She may not know that herself, come to that. She's hardly in any condition to think critically about it here. :) Unlike Romana, she's certainly got some of the Doctor's post-regeneration manic-episode thing going on here. Even if your physical appearance doesn't change, it's a dicey business, regeneration - particularly that first one, given the wholesale internal changes that come along with it.

>Of course, historically, the Doctor's always been absolute rubbish at
>regenerations, as well. Sometimes, (Third to Fourth, Fifth to Sixth)
>he seems like he's not going to regenerate at all and just die.

Mm. He also has a chronic problem with the recovery curve; usually has to go and have a bit of a lie-down.

--G.
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13. "RE: (NF?) The Only Thing"
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   >"Please be quiet. I'm focusing on a dress size."

Ah, that's one of the episodes you've seen? Heh, I was always tickled by the phrasing of how this one's described on the DVD box: "the Doctor faces the greatest war criminal in the Universe... and Hitler".

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14. "RE: (NF?) The Only Thing"
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   > "the Doctor faces the greatest war criminal in the Universe... and Hitler".

And then Rory punches him in the face and locks him in a closet, once again demonstrating why the Last Centurion is one of my favorite companions.

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17. "RE: (NF?) The Only Thing"
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   >And then Rory punches him in the face and locks him in a closet, once
>again demonstrating why the Last Centurion is one of my favorite
>companions.

I noted recently to Gryph, who hadn't watched a bit of Season 6, that Rory completes his Badass Transformation with eight words, delivered almost casually, and yet with such utter certitude that even Daleks should worry:

"Would you like me to repeat the question?"

Then I linked him to the scene and he found himself agreeing with me.

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15. "RE: (NF?) The Only Thing"
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   LAST EDITED ON Apr-30-13 AT 01:37 AM (EDT)
 
>Ah, that's one of the episodes you've seen?

At this point I believe I've seen all the episodes I actually want to see, and know more or less generally what happened in the ones I've opted to let lie. I am, for instance, fully au courant with the second half of Series 7 to date. (And while I generally do not have any real idea what the fuck is going on at any point in Series 6, at this point I have at least attempted to watch most of it. :)

>Heh, I was always tickled
>by the phrasing of how this one's described on the DVD box: "the
>Doctor faces the greatest war criminal in the Universe... and Hitler".

"As first dates go, I'd say that's mixed signals."

--G.
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18. "RE: (NF?) The Only Thing"
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   Now I'm looking forward to someday seeing River Song and Indy crashing a Federation Nazi Party rally.

River: Well, I was on my way to this gay Gypsy bar mitzvah for the disabled when I suddenly thought "Gosh, the Third Reich's a bit rubbish. I think I'll kill the Fuehrer."

Indy: Nazis. Why did it have to be Nazis?


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19. "RE: (NF?) The Only Thing"
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   >Now I'm looking forward to someday seeing River Song and Indy crashing
>a Federation Nazi Party rally.
>
>River: Well, I was on my way to this gay Gypsy bar mitzvah for the
>disabled when I suddenly thought "Gosh, the Third Reich's a bit
>rubbish. I think I'll kill the Fuehrer."
>
>Indy: Nazis. Why did it have to be Nazis?

This forum needs a "Like" button. Or at least a "me too" button.

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20. "RE: (NF?) The Only Thing"
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   >Now I'm looking forward to someday seeing River Song and Indy crashing
>a Federation Nazi Party rally.

The thing about River is that I think she's one of those characters who it's fun to know is around the universe someplace, so long as you very rarely, if ever, actually have to deal with her. :)

(Also, there are certain... logistical problems with what one might call her Canonical Deal as applied to UF. On the other hand, I do faintly regret not having thought of her a bit sooner, as she's a natural choice for the other NAU archaeology prof Liara offhandedly says can cover for her if she's not back on campus by September in Shepard's 11 Act I.)

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22. "RE: (NF?) The Only Thing"
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   >(Also, there are certain... logistical problems with what one
>might call her Canonical Deal as applied to UF. On the other hand, I
>do faintly regret not having thought of her a bit sooner, as she's a
>natural choice for the other NAU archaeology prof Liara offhandedly
>says can cover for her if she's not back on campus by September in
>Shepard's 11 Act I.)

I know very little about Doctor Who, but something like that could be Stalinized into place and I wouldn't be bothered by it.
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this world created by the
hands of the gods
everything is false
everything is a LIE
the final days have come
now
let everything be destroyed

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23. "RE: (NF?) The Only Thing"
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   >something like that could be
>Stalinized into place and I wouldn't be bothered by it.

Oh, I'm thinking about it. I mainly haven't done it yet because altering and re-upping the audio edition is a minor hassle. :)

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21. "RE: (NF?) The Only Thing"
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   >(And while I generally do not have any real idea what the fuck is
>going on at any point in Series 6,

Don't worry too much on this point: I think it's supposed to be like that, in between the "AHA!!!" moments when you realise another jigsaw piece just fell into place.

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16. "RE: (NF?) The Only Thing"
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   >Well, historically, female Time Lords have always been better at
>regeneration. (Romana, Destiny of the Daleks).
>
>Of course, historically, the Doctor's always been absolute rubbish at
>regenerations, as well. Sometimes, (Third to Fourth, Fifth to Sixth)
>he seems like he's not going to regenerate at all and just die. I
>suspect that he wasn't paying attention in that class (he and the
>Master were probably getting into trouble playing pranks on other
>students :)

My personal head-canon for Doctor Who (for which I claim no actual _evidence_) is that regeneration involved the Time Lord essentially 'restoring' his body from 'back-up' but where that 'back-up' is alternate possiblity of their life that never came to be. So it's possible that they will look very similar but the odds are against it. Also the post-regeneration issues are usually because a section of the Time Lord's mind is straightening out the real memories from those of the alternate timeline that only exists in the new body's mind.

Of course, I also treat the 12 regenerations as more the 'Gallifrey Book of Records' number than as a hard limit. It's not as if Time Lords go out of their way to surpass it but if you're dying _anyway_ then you may as well try.

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24. "RE: (NF?) The Only Thing"
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   >Even when the three people came pelting down the quay as fast as they
>could run, flung the doors open, and plunged inside, nobody around
>seemed to notice. The furious mob of pistol- and sword-waving young
>men who had been in hot pursuit of the trio ran straight past
>the tall red box, entirely failing to take note of it or consider that
>their quarry might have taken refuge within it.

It's a good thing TARDISen have that somebody-else's-problem effect. Otherwise what would bystanders think when they saw two or three excited-looking people emerge from (what seems to be) a very small confined space?

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25. "RE: (NF?) The Only Thing"
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   >It's a good thing TARDISen have that somebody-else's-problem effect.
>Otherwise what would bystanders think when they saw two or three
>excited-looking people emerge from (what seems to be) a very small
>confined space?

They'd probably stand there and critique it as an intriguing work of art, if said TARDIS happened to be in a gallery at the time... <grin>

-- Bob
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26. "RE: (NF?) The Only Thing"
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   LAST EDITED ON Nov-08-13 AT 09:55 PM (EST)
 
I might have mentioned this somewhere else, but evidently not in this thread, and I happened to be reminded of it, so I figured I'd come in and point it out. This story is called The Only Thing because of a verse in a Fall Out Boy song, "Thriller" (no relation to the Michael Jackson track), that always makes me think of Professor Tyler and the Doctor:

The only thing I haven't done yet is die
And it's me and my plus-one at the afterlife
Crowds are won and lost and won again but our hearts beat
For the diehards...

--G.
so long live the car-crash hearts...
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27. "RE: (NF?) The Only Thing"
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   Incidentally, now that it's just two weeks until the 50th Anniversary Special, has anyone else seen this trailer yet?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mkq8pnvsnQg

And there's an extended version on the BBC site (might only be viewable in the UK)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01lb74r

Looks like the fat lady's clearing her throat and turning to the last page in the music book...

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