Fanfic: Series Thirty and Three Quarters

Isn't it obvious?... You and me, Shinji Ikari. We're going to save the world.

Series Thirty and Three Quarters (also known as Shinji and the Doctor and Doctor Who: The Evangelion Error) is a Doctor Who / Neon Genesis Evangelion crossover written by a troper known variously as philopoemen and machiavelli. One miserable, rainy day, fourteen-year-old Shinji Ikari meets a very odd man who calls himself the Doctor (specifically, the Tenth Doctor) on a train. Unfortunately, something else has followed them on-board. That's when the screaming and the running starts... and when Shinji's life starts to change. Because the Doctor is in, and where he goes, chaos is sure to follow...

The series serves two purposes: first, it's an excuse to have the various unresolved questions and mysteries of the Evangelion universe investigated by a - let's say - uniquely qualified individual. Second, it gives Shinji a mentor figure who - while having his own issues - still brings a lot of experience to the table. The question is, will it be enough to change the destiny of humanity?

Read it now on, on A Teaspoon and an Open Mind, or on Wattpad (book one; book two; now being translated into French!).

In addition to the character tropes present in the original work, this story provides examples of:

  • A Day in the Limelight: Episode 5 is this for Shinji's classmates.
  • And I Must Scream: The Doctor points out that the Evas are living beings trapped inside metal shells and are only allowed to move when a pilot is inserted into them.
    • Lilith, who is nailed to a cross in Central Dogma, constantly screaming for help. As it turns out, however, it is a purely autonomic reaction... as Gendo had removed her brain.
  • Author Tract: The author admits that the Doctor's speech to Misato in Chapter 23 is this, aimed mainly at those who wonder why Shinji never manned up in Neon Genesis Evangelion. The author, through the Doctor, points out that the boy was deliberately isolated and psychologically crippled from the get-go, and then never given the tools to cope with his pre-existing psychological issues plus the new ones he acquires over his "career" as a Child Soldier.
  • Badass Boast: The Doctor delivers a pretty nonchalant one when Shinji asks how long it should take to get through the door to the main LCL plant.
    The Doctor: "Eh. Call it at fifteen minutes? Ten if I don't break for snacks."
  • Badass Teacher: The Doctor, of course, once he becomes a teacher at Tokyo-3 First Municipal Middle School. Mr. Kongo, the shotgun-wielding math teacher who keeps the third-year students (and parents) safe, is one as well, by virtue of being ex-military and part of NERV's security detail for the school.
  • Child Soldier: How the Doctor views the pilots. Many at NERV are uncomfortable with using them (the decent ones at least), but see little choice in the matter, as the Evangelions are the only things that can fight the Angels, and only the children can pilot them.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Rei is apparently a follower of Asimov, and thus goes out of her way to save the other students in Episode 5.
    • This is part of Shinji's character development as the Doctor's influence causes him to graduate from Reluctant Hero.
  • Continuity Porn: As to be expected from a Doctor Who fic.
  • Cool Teacher: The Doctor teaches Shinji's class English, History, and physics.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Gendo who is the only person to figure out that the Doctor is a non-Angel alien from another world. He also manages to stay one step ahead of the Doctor the entirety of their confrontation following the latter's discovery of Lilith, with Gendo undermining the Doctor's accusations of the Angels' attacks being rescue attempts and NERV's torturing Lilith by pointing out that regardless of the Angels' intentions their success spells the end of all human life and Lilith is experiencing no pain and that her cries are autonomic reflexes. He is also planning on exploiting the Doctor for use against the Angels, and pitting the Time Lord against SEELE.
  • Fantastic Racism: Upon discovering that Rei is part-Angel, Misato, whose attitude towards Angels is nothing less the vengeful, wrestles over whether Rei can be trusted. After Unit-00 possesses Shinji and heads for Terminal Dogma, and Rei refuses to pilot Unit-01 against it, she contemplates shooting her.
  • Groin Attack: Misato delivers a particularly vicious one to the Doctor.
  • Historical In-Joke: Plenty, as per usual with The Doctor
  • Insomnia Episode: The first half or so of Episode 6 is this for Shinji, with circumstances constantly keeping him awake.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Done pretty often, usually by Shinji.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Asuka does this to The Doctor and Shinji from episode 6 onwards, after they continually ignore her for their own conversation.
  • Mundane Utility: After being told the TARDIS now translates everything for him, Shinji's first question is: "So I can watch Animaniacs without the subtitles now?"
  • Not So Different:
    • The Doctor sees a lot of himself in Shinji, and decides to stick around to help him.
    • The Doctor and Misato are this as well, being the only two figures of any authority who proactively care for Shinji despite wildly different methods and ideologies.
    • The Doctor points out to Asuka (something Shinji unintentionally overhears) that she and Shinji aren't that different. Shinji comes to the realization himself when he intuits that both he and Asuka both hunger for the recognition that someone values their existence.
  • Oh Crap!: The end of Episode 9 Part 3.
    "Because," he said. "When we came in The Thinker was leaning on his left knee.
  • Only Sane Man: Somehow the Doctor ended up in this role and hates it.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: The Doctor regularly converses with hallucinations of his past selves, and is more often than not irritated by their presence. Word of God says that the feeling is mutual. The fic is set immediately after "The Waters of Mars", and the previous Doctors aren't exactly happy with Ten at the moment.
  • Pet the Dog: Expect The Doctor to do this at least once for Shinji in every scene they share.
  • Phlebotinum Breakdown: The Doctor's TARDIS is broken due to him crossing into another universe. Meta-wise, this is to give the Doctor an excuse to stay and help Shinji instead of running off
    • The Doctor's sonic screwdriver breaks just as he was about to close a space-time rift to stop an angel traveling from the future
  • Precision F-Strike: Misato drops an F-bomb when she meets a Weeping Angel.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: The Doctor's plan for Shinji seems to be this as he gives him lots of books to read and it seems to work as shinji starts to make shout outs and actually cracks a joke!
  • The Real Heroes: When Shinji asks why he should save people, The Doctor points to the Japan Heavy Chemicals volunteers who despite not being alien geniuses or mecha pilots are still risking their lives to help fight an angel in their own way.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: The Doctor delivers a pretty quick one to Asuka if for no other reason than to make her shut up.
    • He also gives one to Misato earlier for NERV's use use of child soldiers, ignoring Shinji's PTSD, and deliberate attempts to isolate him. In both instances, the Doctor feels that he went too far. In the case of the former instance, it's the fact that Asuka, for all her faults, is a fourteen-year-old girl. In the latter, he's blaming Misato for things that she is not complicit in (the PTSD or isolation) or has little choice but to accept (the use of children as pilots).
    • Unit-00, while possessing Shinji, unleashes an absolutely vicious against Asuka, claiming that Shinji despises her for how she treats him and pointing out that for her playing at being an independent, self-sufficient Badass, she's actually been manipulated by NERV her whole life, and that she subconsciously aware of this but is so desperate for validation she's in denial. It caps off the speech by calling Asuka a "doll", a word at the root of all Asuka's trauma.
  • Red Herring: Around episode 8/9, the reader is led to believe that the Daleks and/or Cybermen would be making an appearance. It turns out neither of them do, as the real enemies of the episode are the Weeping Angels.
  • Secret Keeper: Shinji, of course.
  • Shown Their Work: The author seems to know a bit about Jewish mysticism. A few examples:
    • NERV's system of security clearances appears to be based on the Sephirot from Kabbalah.
    • During one meeting with SEELE, Gendo mentions the "Teacher of Righteousness", a mysterious figure from the (actual) Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • There Are No Therapists: And The Doctor notices.
  • Techno Babble: Often.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: Episode 6 has a whole bunch of time travel and time-related shenanigans.
  • Two-Teacher School: The Doctor ended up teaching English, Chemistry and History because the other teachers either died or are recovering from being turned into zombies.
  • Wham Line: "...who's that?", directed from Shinji to the Ninth Doctor
    • "Just call me Bob, miss," the voice said. "Everyone does."
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The Doctor makes the argument that even though Rei isn't human, she's still a person and should consider herself as such.