[[caption-width-right:247:One Time Lord. One Great Detective. Two obsessed fanfiction writers…]]
->''There are things called [[ArcWords Fixed Points]] in Time. They're events--births, deaths, decisions--[[BecauseDestinySaysSo 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 Literature/SherlockHolmes[=/=]''Series/DoctorWho'' [[{{Crossover}} crossover]] series, providing an [[AlternateUniverse 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 [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1758544/Aleine-Skyfire Aleine Skyfire]] and [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/3677015/Riandra Riandra]], under the shared account [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/4285380/ 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:


[[folder:entire series]]
* AerithAndBob: Sherlock and Beth, and then their surnames make a flip: Holmes and Lestrade.
* AnimalMotifs: Used sometimes in-universe. Holmes is described as alternately aquiline and feline (as per Canon), Ten's PuppyEyes get mentioned a fair bit, [[spoiler:Moriarty retains his serpentine qualities, and Moran is as much the tiger as ever]].
** [[spoiler:And, of course, there's Beth's AffectionateNickname for Sherlock...]]
* AuthorAppeal: See CreatorThumbprint below for the authors' trademarks.
** Skyfire and Riandra are known for their active female characters -- Mary Watson herself gets near-ActionGirl status in Riandra's ''Fanfic/AStudyInRegret''.
** DarkerAndEdgier is also a favorite of the pair.
* BadDreams[=/=]FlashbackNightmare: Introduced in the very first episode with the Doctor, picks up traction in the Season 1 Finale, and never really leaves the series.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: We know Creator/DavidTennant and Creator/MattSmith, and "Child of Time" and "Fractures" make it clear that Holmes and Watson strongly favor their attractive acting counterparts, Creator/JeremyBrett and David Burke. Of course, [[Creator/CareyMulligan Sally]] is a beautiful young woman, and then there's Beth, be it [[WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury her canonical design]], the illustrations, or [[Creator/LivTyler her face-claim]]. Beth also teases Holmes by mentioning that InspectorLestrade is not bad-looking, himself. [[spoiler:Moriarty and Moran]] are never described in very great detail, other than both often wearing malicious expressions.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Even with certain character developments, the lines between Good and Evil remain very discernible, with lines that should not be crossed.
* BroadStrokes: Most notably with the TARDIS, who is an active character in these stories.
** Also the plasmavore, who shape-shifts her appearance.
** [[spoiler:Elements from WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury get some reworking for the sake of realism.]]
* TheChainOfHarm: 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.
* CharacterTitle: ''Children of Time'', "Smith and Holmes", "Men of England", "Child of Time", "Watson and Sparrow", "The Dying Detective".
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Basically all the heroes, and lampshaded a few times.
* ConversationalTroping: Beth in particular is OneOfUs.
* CreatorThumbprint: [[Fanfic/AStudyInRegret Holmes!angst]] and [[Fanfic/DeliverUsFromEvilSeries Holmes!torture]], anyone?
* DarkerAndEdgier: Than both its parent works, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who.
* DeathGlare
* DeconstructionCrossover: And how!
* {{Determinator}}: The whole FiveManBand and the two Season 1 Finale villains besides!
* [[EmotionalTorque 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.
* FairyTaleMotifs: 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 UrExample for fairytales.
* FandomNod: Rather a regular occurrence in-universe, alongside a few [[TakeThat Take That's]] from Holmes and Watson.
* GambitPileup: The first season finale (actually going straight into XanatosSpeedChess) and then the first few episodes of the second season.
** [[spoiler:Beth and Moriarty]] are the main players in both cases, with [[spoiler:Moriarty's]] gambits being elaborate while [[spoiler:Beth's]] are downright fantastical.
* GenreRoulette: As befits a daughter work of ''Doctor Who'', adventure to near-horror to romance -- and, yes, sometimes all in the same episode.
* [[spoiler:HappilyMarried: The Watsons in Season One and the Holmeses in Season Two.]]
* HeroicBSOD: An unfortunately common occurrence.
* InHarmsWay: Something of a {{Motif}}.
* InspiredBy
* ItRunsInTheFamily: Beth is initially a standard, isolated example. It gets more complicated later.
* ItsAllMyFault: The Doctor's sentiment regarding the various fates of his Companions -- makes another {{Motif}}.
** Eventually espoused by Holmes and Beth, also, for different reasons.
* ItsPersonal
* JustInTime
* LetsGetDangerous
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: Several referencing the Canon itself, currently: "Dynamics of a Point," "The Dying Detective," and "A Study in Family".
* LoveHurts: Definitely a running theme.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: Well, we don't have ''just'' the Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes characters here. We also have WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury, Robin Hood, and tantalizing hints that fairytales and other myths might be truer than most people think...
* MayDecemberRomance: The Doctor and Rose, of course, as well as [[spoiler:the Watsons and especially the Holmeses.]]
* MoodWhiplash
* MoreHeroThanThou
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone
* NameAndName: "Smith and Holmes", "Watson and Sparrow".
* NotSoStoic: All the dang time...
* OlderThanTheyLook: A recurring element regarding the Doctor.
** [[spoiler:Moriarty in the season 1 finale.]]
* OneTrueLove: 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 [[spoiler:before Sally]]. It is heartbreakingly easy, however, to see that [[spoiler:Sherlock and Beth]] are the only lovers each other will ever have.
* OneWordTitle: "Gridson", "Stolen", and "Fractures".
* OnlyAFleshWound: Regularly averted. If a character is shot, he/she is ''screwed''.
* ThePowerOfFriendship[=/=]ThePowerOfLove: The CentralTheme -- the overriding elements of the story are friendship, [[ThickerThanWater biological]] and [[TrueCompanions spiritual family]], and enduring romantic love.
* PowerTrio: With the Doctor and Holmes switching back and forth between TheKirk and TheSpock, leaving Watson purely as TheMcCoy.
* {{Realism}}: Some episodes undergo ''significant'' changes from the originals in the authors' quest for believability.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: 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 [[spoiler: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]].
* StableTimeLoop: Some ''do'' occur, "Watson and Sparrow" being the worst offender until you learn about [[spoiler:Beth's full heritage]] in Season 2.
* TakeThat: A RunningGag.
* TropeOverdosed: Already before the first season is even finished, and no signs of stopping...
* TrueCompanions
* WalkingTheEarth
* WeirdnessMagnet
* TheXOfY: ''Children of Time'', "Men of England", "Child of Time", "Dynamics of a Point".

[[folder:season one]]
* ArcWords: "Fixed Points in Time" for Season 1.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: They pop up with distressing frequency.
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: Sally (though unquestionably a [[TheSmartGal Smart Gal]]), Beth (carries shades of TheChick at times), and the TARDIS, respectively.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: An Arc Idea.
* BigBad: 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'' [[BiggerBad behind it all]]: [[spoiler:Professor James Moriarty]].)
* BreakTheCutie: Oh, dear ''heavens''. The Doctor earliest in the season, but also [[spoiler:Holmes and Beth, Beth's case going on to ''KillTheCutie'']].
* BrokenBird: Kit in spades by the end of "Manhattan". [[spoiler:Beth]], mid-"Together Or Not At All".
* ByronicHero: Holmes, oh so much.
* CharacterDevelopment: 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, [[spoiler:from a good man to an even better one to not so good to better than ever]].
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: a Companion can go wrong]], and Beth becomes another by showing how completely [[spoiler:a Companion can be devastated and even destroyed]].
** Watson [[CallingTheOldManOut calls out the Doctor]] just once, but [[spoiler:Moriarty]] viciously, mercilessly deconstructs the Doctor every chance he gets and with very little falsehood.
* DistressedDude: Something of a motif for poor Holmes throughout the season.
* FirstLove: Holmes is this for Beth, to the point where she's certain he'll be her only love.
* {{Foil}}: Holmes and the Doctor to each other.
** Sally to Beth -- a little older, a little wiser, a little more knowledgeable, and possessed of considerably better luck with her love life.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the tradition of the Nu Who seasons, the "episodes" contain quite a bit of foreshadowing for the finale.
* ForegoneConclusion: Season 1 is just retelling [=NuWho's=] Season 3 with Holmes and Watson, right? WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong
* HeterosexualLifePartners: 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 [[spoiler:(and, in Sally's case, soon married)]].
* HumansAreGood: Espoused frequently by the Doctor, as per normal, which makes his meeting [[spoiler: Moriarty]] all the more shocking for him.
* ManHug: The Doctor likes to dish these out to his boys when he's very happy and affectionate -- ''or'' after particularly harrowing experiences.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The season kind of runs on this.
* [[spoiler:NiceJobFixingItVillain]]
* PleaseDontLeaveMe
* RedOniBlueOni: At first, Beth's red to Holmes's blue.
* TimeParadox: A recurring concern, considering that the Doctor has taken on two Companions who truly have destinies to fulfill.
** [[spoiler:This is why Kit tells Holmes to protect Watson and never mind about her...]]
** [[spoiler:And then comes "Dynamics of a Point".]]
* TimeTravelTenseTrouble
* WhamEpisode: "Child of Time", ''wham''. [[spoiler:A teenage Beth Lestrade from ''WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury'' makes her debut and makes the series a ''three''-way crossover.]] "Watson and Sparrow", ''wham''. [[spoiler:Sally Sparrow is about to become the mysterious second Mrs. Watson.]] "Dynamics of a Point", ''wham''. [[spoiler:Holmes and Watson have a ''terrible'' break-up, Holmes is quite visibly [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry darker]], and Moriarty is BackFromTheDead.]] "Every Good Fairytale", ''[[OverlyLongGag wham]]''. [[spoiler:Holmes and Beth end up marrying, and Beth is killed.]] ...it would almost be easier to give examples of episodes that ''don't'' deliver a wham.

[[folder:season two]]
* BrokenBird: Beth is definitely this at the start of the season, and if Season 1 could be said to be ultimately about Sherlock's CharacterDevelopment, Season 2 might well be ultimately about hers.
* CelebrityParadox: Actually averted. ''Series/DoctorWho'' and ''[[spoiler:WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury]]'' do not exist as TV shows in the story's universe, but [[Series/SherlockHolmes Granada]], Series/{{Sherlock}}, etc. ''do''.
* DaddysGirl: Beth as noted by several people, her boss included.
* GoodIsNotNice: NSY and cryptnosis. To be fair, not all Yarders are jerks like Chief Inspector Grayson.
* IconicOutfit: Beth kind of likes the deerstalker-and-Inverness look, and insists that the Inverness, at least, should be kept for familiarity purposes.
* InsatiableNewlyweds
* LargeHam: [[spoiler:Moriarty]] carries definite shades of this, certainly enjoying messing around with the heroes.
* ManBehindTheMan
* NoSmoking: [[spoiler:Sherlock]] is genuinely surprised that [[spoiler:Moriarty]] smokes, since smoking is an illogically destructive habit and thus illegal in 22nd century Britain.
* NotSoDifferent: While the Season 1 finale served this up on [[spoiler:Holmes and Moriarty]], there are shades of this now with ''Beth'' and [[spoiler:the Moriarty clone]].
* PassiveAggressiveKombat: Comprises the majority of (early) encounters between [[spoiler:the Holmeses and Moriarty]].
** Plus, this is pretty much the entirety of Beth's relationship with her dad's boss.
* RefugeInAudacity: Beth, whether facing Grayson or her number one enemy.
* SnowMeansLove: Subverted in the final episode: Literature/SherlockHolmes and [[WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury Beth Lestrade]] are already [[HappilyMarried married]] when London receives her first snowfall of the season. Sherlock looks at his bride, standing enraptured in the snow, and tells her that [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming he's just fallen in love with her all over again]].
* VillainousCrush: [[spoiler:Moriarty's]] behavior towards [[spoiler:Beth]] is made of this trope.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: [[MeaningfulName Richard Brooke]].
* [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend Violently Protective Wife]]
* TheWarOnTerror: Alluded to, via the anti-cryptnosis organizations.
* WorldWarThree: Mentioned by Beth as having been the reason for the redesigning and renaming of London.

[[folder:The [=TARDISodes=]]]
* BiggerOnTheInside: 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 [[Creator/TomBaker Tom Baker's]] sentiment.)
* CoolShip: The plot-less format of the minisodes allow more of the TARDIS to be explored.
* DramaticIrony
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Right after this trope has been applied to Tesla and Westinghouse, Bram Stoker gets in on the action... in Paris, of all places!
* LighterAndFluffier: 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.
* NoodleIncident: 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.
* ShipTease: The pre-finale [=TARDISode=] for Season 1 has Holmes giving Beth a tour the best he can... with alternating moments of awkwardness and cuteness.
* TeamMom: The TARDIS never rests, watching over her boys...

[[folder:The [=221B=] collection]]
* {{Adorkable}}: Sherlock.
* AngerBornOfWorry: One [=221B=] is devoted to this theme, Beth's concern taking the spotlight.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: Sherlock and Beth, all the time.
* {{Fanservice}}: As remarked below, it's pure shippiness... with some ''actual'' fanservice thrown in.
* GoodParents: Any story involving the Watsons and little Kathy.
* HappilyMarried: From season 2 on, it's kind of the point of the set.
* LighterAndFluffier: As a rule. After all, the original point of them is shipping... although even that doesn't exclude them from gut-wrenching angst...
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple