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Vindication!

Because canon is so important to me...


When I first posted "After the Crash", my story about the Fifth Doctor going to talk to Romana after meeting himself in "Time Crash", someone commented that this couldn't have happened, because Romana didn't return from E-Space until much later, possibly as late as the Eighth Doctor, and therefore Five would not have tried to contact her. Of course this bugged me, because I try to stay true to canon unless I'm writing in a specified AU.

"Bugged me" probably isn't strong enough. I posted the story in 2015 and it still rankles me.

I don't remember which audio it was, but one of them had the Sixth Doctor and Romana, with Romana already Madam President, and that made me feel a bit better, bringing Romana's return from E-Space as early as the Sixth Doctor.

I just finished listening to the Fifth Doctor's Key 2 Time trilogy, which is a sequel to the Fourth Doctor Key to Time series. Without spoiling it, the story makes it very clear that Romana has already returned from E-Space. Thus, my story fits into canon! Finally! It only took three years, but now I can rest easy.

By the way, I enjoyed the Key 2 Time. The first two were fun enough, though nothing to write home about. The third was very good, not only tying together the entire trilogy but also referring back to the original Key to Time without requiring intimate knowledge of what happened there. The two introduced recurring characters, Amy and Zara, have fascinating journeys of their own in the series, and they continue on in their own Big Finish series, Graceless, which I'm keen to pick up. Though oddly, in the new series, Amy is now Abby. No idea why.

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flowsoffire
Mar. 10th, 2018 08:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, I definitely thought about a Sixth Doctor vs. Romana audio too—plus, you know, what with all that time travel, do they have to be linear? Still, good the Key 2 Time trilogy fixed your problem :) I really liked that one, too, btw! I'm listening to so much Big Finish these days, it's amazing all the wonderful stuff there is out there :)
shivver13
Mar. 11th, 2018 08:54 pm (UTC)
Because I'm a stickler for details, I have to say yes, actually, they have to be linear. The First Law of Time states that Time Lords (and I think time travellers in general) must stay in temporal sequence with each other and that they cannot meet themselves. The Doctor generally obeys the first part, and the second part, well, he does break it, but usually it's an accident or because the Time Lords asked him to.

I'm still slowly listening to audios, but not very quickly (at most one a week) so I'm pretty far behind. And I neeeeed to listen to the rest of the Gallifrey series because I want to get to the new stuff, which is about Gallifrey during the Time War. I'm glad you liked the Key 2 Time!
flowsoffire
Mar. 12th, 2018 09:14 pm (UTC)
Okay :) I understand then. Got to follow the laws of time!

There are SO MANY! I'm listening to the Unbound series atm. Haven't checked out Gallifrey yet, though I'm definitely meaning to at some point!
shivver13
Mar. 12th, 2018 09:58 pm (UTC)
Oooo! Unbound! The only one I've listened to is "Sympathy for the Devil", which I loved. I have the sequel and I'm looking forward to listening to it. The one I really want to hear, though, is "Exile", which I believe is Arabella Weir as the Doctor.
flowsoffire
Mar. 13th, 2018 07:48 pm (UTC)
They're all great so far! "Exile" is the next one I'll be listening to. I'll let you know what I think :) I loved "Sympathy for the Devil", too!
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