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Fanfic: Children of Time
One Time Lord. One Great Detective. Two obsessed fanfiction writers…
There are things called Fixed Points in Time. They're events—births, deaths, decisions—that must always happen. They must always happen, no matter what... or Time will start to fold in on itself. Things like the signing of the Magna Carta, or Columbus's discovery of the New World... Or a certain meeting at St. Bart's, in 1881.
the Tenth Doctor

Children of Time is a Sherlock Holmes/Doctor Who crossover series, providing an AU to Season or Series 3 of Nu Who, "exploring what might happen if Holmes and Watson were substituted for Martha Jones as the Doctor’s full-time companions". The series is a collaboration by Aleine Skyfire and Riandra, under the shared account Wholmes Productions.

The series is currently in-progress on FF.N. Most of the following pages here on TV Tropes contain spoilers to kingdom come, as the groundwork for the series was laid out well in advance of the publishing. Read at your own peril.


This Series Provides Examples of:

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  • Aerith and Bob: Sherlock and Beth, and then their surnames make a flip: Holmes and Lestrade.
  • Animal Motifs: Used sometimes in-universe. Holmes is described as alternately aquiline and feline (as per Canon), Ten's Puppy Eyes get mentioned a fair bit, Moriarty retains his serpentine qualities, and Moran is as much the tiger as ever.
  • Author Appeal: See Creator Thumbprint below for the authors' trademarks.
  • Bad Dreams/Flashback Nightmare: Introduced in the very first episode with the Doctor, picks up traction in the Season 1 Finale, and never really leaves the series.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: We know David Tennant and Matt Smith, and Skyfire's illustrations with Holmes and Watson base the pair's looks off of Jeremy Brett and David Burke. Of course, Sally is a beautiful young woman, and then there's Beth, be it her canonical design, the illustrations, or her face-claim. Beth also teases Holmes by mentioning that Inspector Lestrade is not bad-looking, himself. Moriarty and Moran are never described in very great detail, other than both often wearing malicious expressions.
  • Black and White Morality: Even with certain character developments, the lines between Good and Evil remain very discernible.
  • Broad Strokes: Most notably with the TARDIS, who is an active character in these stories.
  • The Chain of Harm: James Moriarty's backstory is one that is all too common for the era in which he grew up — abusive father, eventually-lost mother, bullying brother. From there, the harm moves down to Holmes, which then moves down to Watson and Beth, who are vital in bringing about Moriarty's demise.
  • Character Title: Children of Time, "Smith and Holmes", "Men of England", "Child of Time", "Watson and Sparrow", "The Dying Detective".
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Basically all the heroes, and lampshaded a few times.
  • Conversational Troping: All the heroes are pretty Genre Savvy, and Beth in particular is One of Us.
  • Creator Thumbprint: Holmes!angst and Holmes!torture, anyone?
  • Darker and Edgier: Than both its parent works, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who.
  • Death Glare
  • Deconstruction Crossover: And how!
  • Determinator: The whole Five-Man Band and the two Season 1 Finale villains besides!
  • Emotional Torque: The series as a whole, the first season's finale as a trilogy, each episode of the finale themselves, and the first episode of the second season.
  • Fairy Tale Motifs: All over the place, and rightly so, considering that the love stories especially read like dressed-up fairytales with time travel.
    • The final episode of the first season plays this trope quite blatantly with the title "Every Good Fairytale".
    • One extracanonical idea of one of the authors has Katherine Watson traveling far back in human history and telling people the stories of her parents and her godparents in a way that they will understand, making those love stories the Ur Example for fairytales.
  • Fandom Nod: Rather a regular occurrence in-universe, alongside a few Take That's from Holmes and Watson.
  • Gambit Pileup: The first season finale (actually going straight into Xanatos Speed Chess) and then the first few episodes of the second season.
    • Beth and Moriarty are the main players in both cases, with Moriarty's gambits being elaborate while Beth's are downright fantastical.
  • Genre Roulette: As befits a daughter work of Doctor Who, adventure to near-horror to romance — and, yes, sometimes all in the same episode.
  • Genre Savvy: Any main characters — even main one-shot characters — that are not this quickly learn.
  • Happily Married: The Watsons in Season One and the Holmeses in Season Two.
  • Heroic BSOD: An unfortunately common occurrence.
  • In Harm's Way: Something of a Motif.
  • Inspired By
  • It Runs in the Family: Beth is initially a standard, isolated example. It gets more complicated later.
  • It's All My Fault: The Doctor's sentiment regarding the various fates of his Companions — makes another Motif.
    • Eventually espoused by Holmes and Beth, also, for different reasons.
  • It's Personal
  • Just in Time
  • Let's Get Dangerous
  • Literary Allusion Title: Several referencing the Canon itself, currently: "Dynamics of a Point," "The Dying Detective," and "A Full House".
  • Love Hurts: Definitely a running theme.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Well, we don't have just the Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes characters here. We also have Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century, Robin Hood, and tantalizing hints that fairytales and other myths might be truer than most people think...
  • May-December Romance: The Doctor and Rose, of course, as well as the Watsons and especially the Holmeses.
  • Mood Whiplash
  • More Hero Than Thou
  • My God, What Have I Done?
  • Name and Name: "Smith and Holmes", "Watson and Sparrow".
  • Not So Stoic: All the dang time...
  • Older Than They Look: A recurring element regarding the Doctor.
    • And then Holmes in Season 2...
  • One True Love: Interestingly, this seems to apply to only one couple, even though the series involves multiple couples. The Doctor is explicitly stated to have had other loves before Rose (including his wife, the mother of his children), and Watson had Mary before Sally. It is heartbreakingly easy, however, to see that Sherlock and Beth are the only lovers each other will ever have.
  • One-Word Title: "Gridson", "Stolen", and "Fractures".
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Regularly averted. If a character is shot, he/she is screwed. (The fact that one may have Time Lords or TARDI Ses nearby does not negate the severity of the gunshot wound — a victim might be healed quickly, but they will still be realistically injured first.)
  • The Power of Friendship/The Power of Love: The Central Theme — the overriding elements of the story are friendship, biological and spiritual family, and enduring romantic love.
  • Power Trio: With the Doctor and Holmes switching back and forth between The Kirk and The Spock, leaving Watson purely as The McCoy.
  • Realism: Some episodes undergo significant changes from the originals in the authors' quest for believability.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: The Doctor, of course, casually bends or breaks whatever rules stand in his way, and his Companions follow suit.
    • Dr. Kit Bennett has no problems in shielding a trio of civilians on a top-secret military base and investigating disappearances with them.
    • Beth appears at first to have been inspired in her rebellious tendencies by Holmes, but meeting her father makes it clear that the original Inspector Lestrade's strict adherence to rules faded out of the gene pool somewhere along the line.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Fully employed in the remix with pieces like "The Impossible Planet", "Order 66", and "The Life and Death of Amy Pond". These and other tracks are meant to accompany scenes similar to their original ones.
  • Stable Time Loop: Some do occur, "Watson and Sparrow" being the worst offender until you learn about Beth's full heritage in Season 2.
  • Take That: A Running Gag.
  • Trope Overdosed: Already before the first season is even finished, and no signs of stopping...
  • True Companions
  • Walking the Earth
  • Weirdness Magnet
  • Wham Episode: "Child of Time", wham. A teenage Beth Lestrade from Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century makes her debut and makes the series a three-way crossover. "Watson and Sparrow", wham. Sally Sparrow is about to become the mysterious second Mrs. Watson. "Dynamics of a Point", wham. Holmes and Watson have a terrible break-up, Holmes is quite visibly darker, and Moriarty is Back from the Dead. "The Dying Detective", wham. Holmes manages to make himself just about as soulless as Moriarty ever was, and Beth is killed. "The Long Goodnight" — Holmes and Beth marry. ...it would almost be easier to give examples of episodes that don't deliver a wham.
  • The X of Y: Children of Time, "Men of England", "Child of Time", "Dynamics of a Point".

    season one 
  • Arc Words: "Fixed Points in Time" for Season 1.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: They pop up with distressing frequency.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Sally (though unquestionably a Smart Gal), Beth (carries shades of The Chick at times), and the TARDIS, respectively.
  • Because Destiny Says So: An Arc Idea.
  • Big Bad: Torchwood is revealed in episode 5 and rears its head again in episodes 9 and 10. (Only, at the end of episode 10, you find out who is really behind it all: Professor James Moriarty.)
  • Book Ends: The first episode starts with the Doctor saving an unconscious Holmes. The last episode ends with Beth bringing him back from the dead.
    • Both episodes basically start with his having been healed in the TARDIS.
  • Break the Cutie: Oh, dear heavens. The Doctor earliest in the season, but also Holmes and Beth, Beth's case going on to Kill the Cutie.
  • Britain Is Only London: Justified, as its Holmes and Watson's hometown and so closely associated with them.
  • British Accents: Comes up every now and then. Holmes and Watson, of course, speak have pre-BBC, pre-20th century accents, which becomes important for Beth when she's working out who they are. Beth herself can speak a decent Cockney; her family spends summers in the UK, so she's gotten the hang of that particular accent without losing her own Midwestern one. The Doctor's own Estuary accent is mentioned early on in Holmes's thoughts. Kit deliberately switches from a Midwestern accent to a middle-class London one in 1940s New Mexico.
  • Broken Bird: Kit in spades by the end of "Manhattan". Beth, mid-"Every Good Fairytale".
  • Byronic Hero: Holmes, oh so much.
  • Character Development: This season is a characterization-heavy set of stories, all very linked and leading to the hugely character-driven events of the finale.
    • More specifically, the season is really about Holmes's development as a person, from a good man to an even better one to not so good to better than ever.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Katherine "Kit" Bennett.
  • Deconstruction: This season follows both the Davies and Moffat lines of thought regarding the darker side to the Doctor and his adventures.
    • Holmes becomes a heartbreaking example of just how far a Companion can go wrong, and Beth becomes another by showing how completely a Companion can be devastated and even destroyed.
    • Watson calls out the Doctor just once, but Moriarty viciously, mercilessly deconstructs the Doctor every chance he gets and with very little falsehood.
  • Distressed Dude: Something of a motif for poor Holmes throughout the season.
  • First Love: Holmes is this for Beth, to the point where she's certain he'll be her only love.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Foil: Holmes and the Doctor to each other.
  • Foreshadowing: In the tradition of the Nu Who seasons, the "episodes" contain quite a bit of foreshadowing for the finale.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Season 1 is just retelling NuWho's Season 3 with Holmes and Watson, right? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: It's a motif in this season, and truly lovely to see...
    • Holmes and Watson, of course... and this season delves into why their friendship is important.
    • Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse. The series upgrades their real-life friendship to best-friendship, and it's really very precious.
    • Beth and Sally, who quickly become best friends and who are both already in love (and, in Sally's case, soon married).
  • Humans Are Good: Espoused frequently by the Doctor, as per normal, which makes meeting Moriarty all the more shocking.
  • Man Hug: The Doctor likes to dish these out to his boys when he's very happy and affectionate — or after particularly harrowing experiences.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The season kind of runs on this.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain
  • Please Don't Leave Me
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: At first, Beth's red to Holmes's blue.
  • Time Paradox: A recurring concern, considering that the Doctor has taken on two Companions who truly have destinies to fulfill.
    • This is why Kit tells Holmes to protect Watson and never mind about her...
    • And then there's "Dynamics of a Point".
  • Time Travel Tense Trouble

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  • Broken Bird: Beth is definitely this at the start of the season, and if Season 1 could be said to be ultimately about Sherlock's Character Development, Season 2 might well be ultimately about hers. Initially after Sherlock's rejuvenation, she seems okay, but future episodes prove that she's very much not to the point where even Professor Moriarty remains concerned about her.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Actually averted. Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century do not exist as TV shows in the story's universe, but Granada, Sherlock, etc. do.
  • Daddy's Girl: Beth as noted by several people, her boss included.
  • Good Is Not Nice: NSY and cryptnosis. To be fair, not all Yarders are jerks like Chief Inspector Grayson.
  • Iconic Outfit: Beth kind of likes the deerstalker-and-Inverness look, and insists that the Inverness, at least, should be kept for familiarity purposes.
  • Insatiable Newlyweds: Still sort-of newlyweds and having been parted for so long... the Holmeses get very romantic very often.
  • Large Ham: Moriarty carries definite shades of this, certainly enjoying messing around with the heroes.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The entire first episode, due to being a direct continuation from the previous one. If you haven't read the season 1 finale episodes beforehand, "Renascence" will quickly give away the majority of it all.
  • Man Behind the Man
  • No Smoking: Sherlock is genuinely surprised that Moriarty smokes, since smoking is an illogically destructive habit and thus illegal in 22nd century Britain.
  • Not So Different: While the Season 1 finale served this up on Holmes and Moriarty, there are shades of this now with Beth and Moriarty.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Comprises the majority of (early) encounters between the Holmes and Moriarty.
    • Plus, this is pretty much the entirety of Beth's relationship with her boss.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Beth, whether facing her boss or her number one enemy.
  • Villainous Crush: Moriarty's behavior towards Beth is made of this trope.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Richard Brooke.
  • Violently Protective Wife
  • The War on Terror: Alluded to, via the anti-cryptnosis organizations.
  • World War III: Mentioned by Beth as having been the reason for the redesigning and renaming of London.

    The TARDISodes 
  • Bigger on the Inside: Beth postulates that the TARDIS isn't so much bigger on the inside as that she's simply an entire universe inside. (Which, actually, is Tom Baker's sentiment.)
  • Cool Ship: The plot-less format of the minisodes allow more of the TARDIS to be explored.
  • Dramatic Irony
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: Right after this trope has been applied to Tesla and Westinghouse, Bram Stoker gets in on the action... in Paris, of all places!
  • Lighter and Fluffier: On the whole. They definitely start out on a light note with a tour of the TARDIS, but the second TARDISode plunges right into good ole gut-wrenching angst.
  • Noodle Incident: What happened when the Doctor & Co attended a cinema event in Paris is never actually shown (taking place between "The Icarus Experiment" and "A Study in White"), but much discussed later on.
  • Ship Tease: The pre-finale TARDISode for Season 1 has Holmes giving Beth a tour the best he can... with alternating moments of awkwardness and cuteness.
  • Team Mom: The TARDIS never rests, watching over her boys...

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