Escape from Solitude
|Title:||Escape from Solitude|
|Date(s):||25 April 2010|
|Fandom:||Mary Renault, Doctor Who, Torchwood|
|External Links:||archived on LJ|
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Escape from Solitude is a short crossover story by mysid, based on Mary Renault's 1953 novel The Charioteer and the television series Doctor Who and Torchwood. It slashes Alec Deacon, a supporting character in The Charioteer with Jack Harkness, a character from Doctor Who, spun off as protagonist of Torchwood.
When Alec Deacon goes into The White Pony, a pub frequented by the gay crowd in Bridstow, an unfamiliar American tries to pick him up. Despite the man's good looks, he's not immediately interested. Jack, on the other hand, is decidedly intrigued.
The author's notes suggest this justification for the story premise:
In the Doctor Who episode “The Doctor Dances,” Jack, masquerading as an RAF captain, implies that he’s visited England during the blitz several times. Why couldn’t he have met Alec (from The Charioteer) on one of those visits? Jack’s good-looking; Alec’s good-looking; they both like good-looking men.
Comments to the story include the following: