Title: PetsRating: GWord Count: 683Characters: Steel, 4th DoctorSummary: After a draining assignment, Steel seeks out a pair of old friends for a little comfort. Post-Assignment #3.Author's Note: Just a What if? I wrote this back in September on someone's (don't remember who) suggestion and then forgot about it until now. My bad. :( PetsIt was a comfort, after such an assignment, to take refuge in a contraption that was neither machine nor animal but a harmonious combination of both. The lack of malevolence was soothing in the extreme. Steel laid his hands upon the soft-white walls, feeling the gentle reverberations hum through his blood. "Humans," he said to the Doctor, "are terrifying creatures."There was little the timelord could do but agree with that. He pushed the brown curls from his eyes and stared at his sudden visitor from his vantage point beneath the console of the TARDIS. "They certainly have their moments," he said carefully. "Although you might have knocked.""I did. The girl in the lab let me in.""Sarah Jane?""I suppose. I said I was a friend of yours.""And how exactly did you get into UNIT headquarters?"Steel flashed a small, feral grin. "Persuasion."Wiping engine grease from his nose with a handkerchief the size of a young flag of truce, the Doctor hauled his lanky body to its feet. "You look awful," he said cheerfully. "Not altogether, mind you. The last five hundred years or so have been very kind to you. But in a general sort of way—""I'm tired.""A kip would do you a world of good.""I don't sleep.""You should try it sometime, it's very restful—""Have you been to this planet, fifteen hundred years in the future?" asked Steel shortly.The Doctor's merry, manic eyes faded, as he accessed that sinister time. "I have. I wish that I could say I had not.""No animals? Not a one?""Not unless you count the laboratory specimens.""The pieces," Steel spat.The Doctor stared at the small blond man in the sober gray suit. Five hundred years before, the newly-minted Operator had stumbled into the TARDIS, driven by curiosity and personal demons to flee his own people for a time, and the Doctor had taken in his fellow exile, despite their great differences in philosophy. He had a brilliant mind for temporal mechanics, though he seemed afraid to let his talents have free rein, and he had been good company for Susan, in the early days before the Doctor had somehow gotten himself roped into babysitting those two schoolteachers... Despite being a good three centuries older than the Doctor, his white-blond hair and lost eyes had caught Susan's hearts, and she had loved him dearly. In the time that he had traveled with them, Steel had changed greatly, and he had clearly changed even more in the past five centuries, but one thing had obviously not mellowed with time: the Elemental's vindictive nature. Steel did not forgive."What happened?"Steel stroked the TARDIS gently. "We were assigned to escort a time capsule back to the thirty-fifth century.""We?""Sapphire—my partner—and I. But it proved more difficult than we had anticipated. The capsule was... a kind of amalgam of animal and machine—living animal... It was alive and it was angry. It wanted revenge.""I don't blame it.""Neither could I." Steel rested his cheek against the smooth, warm wall. "I didn't want to send it back. I didn't want to send it back with its crew because I couldn't be certain the crew would arrive alive. And... I didn't want to send the capsule back because I know they are going to destroy it."He sounded so forlorn that the Doctor couldn't help but smile in remembrance. "You always had a horrible habit of acquiring pets.""You've developed the same bad habit, so I've heard," Steel shot back. Then he shook his head. "It tried to destroy me. It made me nearly kill Sapphire. Heaven only knows what it did to Silver—not that he didn't deserve it," Steel added, with a hint of mischief. "But it wasn't evil. Just... angry. I felt sorry for it.""Then why did you send it back?""Sapphire made me. As she pointed out... it was their problem." The Elemental closed his eyes and simply absorbed the warm energy from the sentient time-ship.Comments plz!!!! :D
Oh nice - I like that rather a lot. (I was a big fan of S&S as a kid (as as well as DW) and have recently re-watched Assignments 1 - 5 for the first time since I was a kid.)Hope you don't mind me pointing out a typo: I was alive and it was angry. It wanted revenge."I" should be "It"...Edited at 2009-01-10 03:38 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks very much. :) Glad you liked it.And thanks for pointing that out. It's fixed now.
Aw, thanks very much. :) Glad you liked it.Welcome. Steel really fascinates me, in particular because he reminds me a lot of the Doctor, so it's nice to see the two together.And thanks for pointing that out. It's fixed now.No problem!
He reminds you of the Doctor? Really? How so? And if applicable, which one?
Ten, most of all (but also Seven and One to a certain extent) - it's his alienness, and the way he interacts with both Sapphire and Silver. I was strongly reminded of Ten, Martha and Jack in Utopia watching Sapphire, Steel and Silver interacting in that particular Assignment.(And it's not just me - an LJ friend who watched the show for the first time at the same time I was re-watching it, got exactly the same vibe for Assignment 3!)Edited at 2009-01-10 04:01 pm (UTC)
Having just finished Assignment 3, I found this to be really cool. I haven't watched much early Doctor, but this was a really good cross over. Very smooth writing. ^_^
Thank you very much! I highly recommend early!Doctor, if only to see the different kinds of science fiction being made around the same time in Britain (4th Doctor, S&S, Blake's 7, etc).
I've seen two of the lost Second Doctor episodes and I have plans on seeing the rest, in amongst everything else I need to watch. ^_^ Oh, and a little bit of Baker from Youtube.
Such a lovely vingette. The usual disclaimers apply;) moar pls!
Steel totally got in because he flashed his UNCLE business card...Glad you liked! ;)
Great work, nice to see these two interacting, and the backstory is intriguing.Small typo: 'Not unless you could the laboratory specimens' - I think it should read 'count'.
Glad you enjoyed it, thanks for the heads-up. It's all fixed. :)
Oh I really enjoyed that. Good characterization of Doc 4 and SteelI really like the idea of Steel babysitting Susan- I can see him in the old black and white tardis looking and dressed like Illya :)I wonder if you have seen this (its posted by a fellow bluemeany) http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=97fEOiUfMVg&feature=channel_pageIts dear Mr McCallum being very Time Lordy (well a very confused baby time lord) He's even started building himself a little tardis in the upstairs room. He's sharking for a companion too.
I have this very sweet image of a very young Steel being Susan's first crush.And yes, I have seen that clip--matter of fact, I've got the whole episode! And it is one of my favorites...
Oooh! Would LUUUUUUUUUUUUUURVE to see more of Steel and DocBaker hanging out. I know I owe you a crapton of Silicon & Quartz stuff, so maybe we could make a trade? Though I have been having a hard time nailing down any single story line. I'm also waiting for the brother to come back with a verdict on a completely crack but oh so very rabid cross-over tribble involving one of his characters. If he'll let me do it, it will be the win and awesome, and brain's will be liberally ravaged in good measure.
I actually don't see them hanging out too much... once Sarah Jane goes, DocBaker isn't on Earth very much. I could possibly offer a story of how Steel stumbled into the TARDIS in the First Doctor's time (and how Susan had a crush on him)... And you know what happens when you let the cross-over tribbles loose:
Well that didn't take long. I was surprised initially, but upon reflection I really shouldn't be. That universe would actually be a pretty good place for Silicon to roam around in. We'll have to sit down and talk about what you're doing with him. Feel free to use him, I just think it's funny that you've taken my only semi-developed character and setting him loose in your own fic. I definitely need to see what you've written for him, because you've been a better mom to him than I have, and I need your status reports!
Aw. (hugs Steel)(Steel looks affronted)Edited at 2009-01-11 06:12 am (UTC)
Not as affronted as Avon would look. ;)
I'm not so sure about that. 8-)
The difference being, Avon habitually carries a sidearm...
Ooh, wow. Beautiful. I have a particular fondness for fic that treats the TARDIS as sentient (so much rarer than it should be) and I love how you've had Steel interact with her here.Again - beautiful!
(A thousand apologies for the hideously late reply!)I've always thought of the TARDIS as alive and aware, and the capsule in Assignment #3 always seemed to me like the antithesis of the TARDIS--alive in the physical sense, but not meant to be aware or conscious. Of course, it was...Thank you again for you comment, and I'm pleased you enjoyed the story. :)Edited at 2010-04-07 01:16 am (UTC)
Oh, I love this! I absolutely love it!The idea that Steel is older than the Doctor is interesting; we tend to think of the Doctor as the oldest and wisest one around, especially now that the Time Lords are gone.
It's a bit of a conundrum in my head; I'd say that while Steel is temporally older, the Doctor experientially the elder of the two.
Well, the Doctor goes where he wants, does what he wants. Steel is assigned, and so has less chance to experience lots of different things.
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