Pairing: Martha Jones/Ninth Doctor
Fic Title: Bloody Nature
Link: here at AO3
Rating/Warning(s): Teen; Pre-WWII medicine and war injuries
Why This Must Be Read: I view Martha and Nine as two underappreciated aspects of Doctor Who that would be amazing together. There's not a whole lot of fic of them out there, but what's there is worth the read. Bloody Nature is a retelling of the Human Nature/Family of Blood arc from Season 3, only with Nine instead of Ten, and located in Cardiff 1926. In this story, the Doctor hides as John "Johnny Big Ears" Smith, a dock worker in Cardiff, while Martha works as a nurse in the poor areas of the city. This story examines the social issues of the time, while also slowly bringing together Martha and "Johnny". That is, until the Family forces things to a head.
And, damn, she must have lost track of time. The men had packed up their lunch things and were filing past her. Old Will tipped his hat, so the others did as well. Including Johnny Big Ears.
Johnny Big Ears said his name was John Smith. He shouldn't have been everyone's friend, with his English accent and lack of any history whatever, but he was, and he accepted his instant nickname with an enormous smile.
"Miss," Johnny said. Martha nodded. He looked well.
After lunch, two more fevers—she made a note of that in her book, to check at the hospital and see if something was going around—and back to Sally to check her cut arm.
Dusk. She was tired, but she borrowed Gareth's bicycle and went up the hill to visit the TARDIS.
"Hello," she said when she opened the door. It felt like the machine was listening. "Doing all right?"
She dusted the console. The light blinked slowly.
"I saw him today. He's looking well."
The light blinked.
"I miss him," Martha said.