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14 December 2008 @ 11:54 pm
Doctor Who Fic: Laundry Now Appearing Thursdays Only  
Posted to dwfiction
Crossposted to time_and_chips


Title: Laundry Now Appearing Thursdays Only
Pairing/Characters: Nine/Rose/Jack
Rating: PG13
Spoilers: Rose, The Empty Child, The Doctor Dances
Summary: A wardrobe change leads to playful banter and laundry
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


"Right then! Where to next?"

Once they'd all trundled inside, out of breath from their brisk jog to make it to the TARDIS before something else went awry, the Doctor headed for the controls, ready to get going again.

"You want to go somewhere else already?" Jack huffed, amused, hands on his hips as he raised his eyebrow at the Doctor.

"Oh, he's like that all the time," Rose said dismissively as she flounced by. "Fancy a trip to Egypt to watch the pyramids being built?"

"I've been there," the Doctor scoffed as he got the TARDIS going again. "The movie was better." He ran around the console, pushing levers, hitting buttons, making the odd percussive adjustment when it wheezed and clanked. "How about DarNad? It's a lovely planet as long as you go before the carnivorous plants are in bloom."

"I know I haven't been with you guys long, but what I want to explore?" Jack put out his arms to gesture around him, as if stunned they hadn't thought of it already. "Is the TARDIS! Seriously, I haven't seen that much of it past my own bedroom and, well, your bedroom..." He gave Rose a wink then looked over to the Doctor and let out a lusty chuckle. "Oh, ho ho... And your bedroom... But I know there's more to it! There's got to be some rooms worth checking out. Hell, I'm not even sure where the laundry room is!"

"Hmm, that's a bit problematic," the Doctor said, tapping an index finger to his lips as if pondering the suggestion, his tone purposefully not making it clear if he was being serious or sarcastic. "The laundry room's only there on Thursdays."

"How about the wardrobe?" Rose piped up. "I've been wanting to spend some time going through the outfits in there. Racks and racks of all sorts of dresses and capes and crazy hats! We can find some interesting clothes and make where they came from our next destination!"

"Offer a woman the universe and she wants pretty dresses," the Doctor mock complained.

"Just for that," Rose smacked him on the arm as she headed for the hallway. "You're getting put in a corset."

"That I'd like to see," Jack mused, giving the Doctor an appreciative once over before trotting down the hall after Rose.

The Doctor finished setting the TARDIS then strolled after them, in good humor. "I think I'd look rather fetching in a corset actually..."

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"What do you think about this?"

Rose paraded over to where Jack and the Doctor were changing clothes, modeling a long scarlet dress laced low across the back, baring a fair amount of skin.

"Lovely, but it laces up the front." The Doctor twirled a long finger to gesture her to turn around.

"Well, that way it wouldn't cover my tits!" she exclaimed, writhing as she tried to turn and look at her back.

"Some planets," the Doctor joked, discarding one shirt with a frown and plucking another from the rack to examine - forehead furrowed as he tried to figure out where exactly the arm and neck holes were, "they just have no morals."

"Sounds like my kind of planet," Jack snarked. "Suddenly I'm getting on board with this idea of picking where to go by what they wear." He wrestled his way out of a set of braces that had more in common with a tesseract than any pair he'd ever worn and pulled yet another rejected shirt over his head, tossing it on the rather large pile at his feet.

"Well, I appear to have come at the right time," Rose teased, her eyes going between the two shirtless men.

"Put that dress on properly and we'll be even," Jack taunted in return.

"I was just thinking we're not going anywhere soon if you two can't find outfits to wear..." The edges of her lips turned up, betraying the sly machinations of her mind. "There are other ways we could pass the time..."

"Yes, doing laundry," the Doctor groused, giving up on yet another shirt.

"Ah, but you said the laundry room is only there on Thursdays," Jack pointed out.

The Doctor picked up the pile of laundry next to Jack and plopped it in his arms.

"Trust me, this is a time machine, and that means it's Thursday somewhere..."

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ladygray99ladygray99 on December 15th, 2008 08:16 am (UTC)
I think nine was a good doctor I just don't think the writing matched the performance. From what I've seen he was trying for a darker more modern doctor but the writers hadn't found a modern doctor voice for him, they just seemed to cobble bits of old doctors together. I think if he'd given them another season to really match story, tone and character they could of had something remarkable. But that might just be 40K worth of film school talking.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on December 15th, 2008 08:23 am (UTC)
Hee! Well, you're allowed some armchair criticism at that price. ;-)

I admit to being dismayed at how little time CE gave it. I mean, this is a series known for its longevity. Why sign on if you weren't going to stick around for at least three years? /grumbles/

I kind of had the thought that they hired too good an actor for the role and they needed someone less talented who'd be glad for the job and stick around for a while in order to boost their ego recognizability to the public. Ergo Tennant.

I just hope he's not leaving because his head got too big. I'm fairly certain people won't be lining up to see him play Hamlet five years from now.

But don't listen to me - as I said, staunch Nine!girl. ;-)
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 15th, 2008 08:31 am (UTC)
I hated Dr. Who until the new stuff. It was marathoning while I was horribly sick after my getting my tonsules out as a kid and I couldn't get up to change the channel. I associate it with the memory of being miserable. When it got re upped I don't think anyone including the BBC necessarily expected it to fly. It had it's cult fans but there was a chance they'd reject a modern Who and there was an equal chance that the casual viewer would just think 'low budget scifi' and not tune it. Plus the BBC is notorious for it's contracts. The guys who do Top Gear are still having to renegotiate their contracts nearly every year since the BBC wont pick up anything for more than a season at a time, just in case. Plus there's the scifi type cast fear that all actors seem to have. I think you can blame Star Trek for that.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on December 15th, 2008 08:38 am (UTC)
Sci Fi's a crapshoot. You can end up with a millstone around your neck for the rest of your career or you can be Harrison Ford and be eternally revered as Han Solo. Still, even talentless William Shatner's had a long and varied career post-Kirk, so much so he's getting known more for Boston Legal now. I maintain that talented actors do well regardless of role stigmas (Viggo Mortenson has nothing to fear post-LOTR IMHO), so it's not all something that can be blamed on the genre.

BBC=on crack. Seriously. Taking a hot show like Torchwood, making fans wait like 2 years for the next season AND then making it only a brief miniseries instead of a real season?

No wonder they're in the UK. They'd be fired in a matter of days in Hollywood. :-P
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 15th, 2008 08:43 am (UTC)
The writers wanted Martha Jones to come in for the next TW. The BBC didn't want to give her a contract because she signed up to do a drama with ITV as well. The writers had already written three eps with her when the BBC got pissy so they had to scrub all of that and re write. That was a big part of the delay. Then the BBC implemented their new money saving policy. Basically they said they didn't want to sign any new talent and didn't want to give any more money to old talent so no new TW team, enter rewrites part two.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on December 15th, 2008 08:46 am (UTC)
I amend my previous statement.

BBC=idiots on crack

Clearly they need to learn the American ideal behind *spending* money to make money...
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 15th, 2008 08:47 am (UTC)
But that would be so unbritish. ;-)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on December 15th, 2008 09:05 am (UTC)
Perhaps, but there's a reason why American television is tops all over the world and we only get British shows on one tiny cable channel. ;-)
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 15th, 2008 09:37 am (UTC)
Living in New Zealand I spend a lot of time defending 'American Cultural Imperialism'.

"No one's making you buy our shows, no one's putting a gun to your head and making you watch them."

There's plenty of world class talent down here but no one's willing to spend the money to make it worth wild for them to stay on the island. Flight of the Concords tried to get their own show down here. No one wanted to fund it, now they're a big hit on HBO and the NZ entertainment industry is all proud because they're kiwis.

It's the same reason the very best British actors are living in LA. It's the only way they can earn enough to put their kids through collage.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on December 15th, 2008 09:46 am (UTC)
Sadly, it's all about economics. The US simply has economies of scale no other English speaking nation can match. We can make one show - CSI - and have over 20 million people watch it at once here, thus making tons of money - way more than enough to fund a 1 million per episode to make drama. A tiny show like SPN on the CW? Gets piddly ratings in the US, but still more people than probably a very highly rated show in Australia. Numb3rs' 6-9 million viewers can pay for quite a few seasons of Rob Morrow et al. When a foreign channel has less than a million people watching? Hard to get advertisers to pony up enough dough to build a show from scratch with decent talent.

That said, we do have some good shows. We just also put out some embarrassing crap too (King of Queens and Yes Dear come to mind, but not in a happy way).