ria_reads (ria_reads) wrote in epic_recs,

Insomnia by samchandler1986 (PG-13)

Title: Insomnia
Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing: Twelfth Doctor & Clara Oswin Oswald
Categories: Action, Adventure, plotty Gen
Length: Long [30045 words]
Warnings: there's a bit of violence and dark imagery and dark sci-fic themes

Author/Artist/Creator on LJ: n/a
Author/Artist/Creator Website: samchandler1986's AO3

Summary: It was meant to be a simple site-seeing trip to a space station. Instead, the Doctor and Clara find themselves drawn into the search for the kidnapped ward of a criminal faction.
Set between Flatline and In the Forest of the Night, canon-compliant.

The plot is simply compelling and amazing and the whole of the story is extremely well written and plotted. The Doctor and Clara start this like any of their not-on-earth-adventures and immediately end up stumbling into a conspiracy and the Doctor's own issues bleed through and they even stumble onto an old acquaintance from his years with Ace.

It's wonderful how the plot is compellingly driven forward and all the references to Who canon are worked in as clever world-building and without sidetracking from the main adventure.

The Twelfth Doctor and Clara are very in character and the voices are spot on - and that's not an easy feat to pull off. Even better all the other characters really come to life.

A real s/f gen adventure with the occasional strong hint of the Doctor having suppressed feeling for Clara, but not enough to say that this is a ship fic exactly.

Tags: fandom: dr who, genre: action/adventure, genre: science fiction, length: long, recs by ria_reads

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