Box in the Box
Reviewed by Kathryn A on 9th August 2009 (1)
Tags: Short Story
Summary:He might deserve to die, but the Doctor still saves him. She deserves to be saved, but the Doctor might still lose her.
This was nominated in the Smith Awards, so I had expected it to be good, but it wasn't.
Reasons why I didn't like this: (1) Lacks subtlety; telling and not showing, and ALL-CAPS emoting. (2) The author portrays execution as something beyond the pale, something that could never ever be justified no matter what the circumstances were. But I disagree with the author's idea of a "just" solution to the problem. I feel that the solution is tantamount to psychological torture, and actually executing the villain would have been cleaner and more just. It wasn't poetic justice either.