->''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 ''Series/DoctorWho'' / ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' 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, [[Creator/DavidTennant 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 -- ''[[CrazyAwesome uniquely]] [[MrExposition qualified]] [[GuileHero individual]]''. Second, it gives Shinji a [[EccentricMentor mentor figure]] who -- while having his own issues -- still brings [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld a lot of experience]] to the table. The question is, will it be enough to change the destiny of humanity?

Read it now on [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7366113/1/Shinji_and_the_Doctor Fanfiction.net]], on [[http://www.whofic.com/series.php?seriesid=3272 A Teaspoon and an Open Mind]], or on Wattpad ([[http://www.wattpad.com/story/14453706-doctor-who-the-evangelion-error-book-one book one]]; [[http://www.wattpad.com/story/23966816-doctor-who-the-evangelion-error-book-two book two]]).

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!!In addition to the character tropes present in the original work, this story provides examples of:
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: From Makoto's debrief after the Tenth Angel:
-->'''Makoto:''' To be fair to Shinji, it ''was'' pretty funny up until [[MoodWhiplash the screaming started.]]
* ADayInTheLimelight: Episode 5 is this for Shinji's classmates.
* AndIMustScream: 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.
** [[spoiler: 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.]]
** [[spoiler: The people who got turned into zombies in episode 5. They show up again in episode 9, and it turns out that NERV can't cure them; they can't eat, drink, or speak, and they have also retained their own minds. All that can be done for them is to make sure they are comfortable while they die]].
* AuthorTract: [[WordOfGod The author admits]] that the Doctor's speech to Misato in Chapter 23 is this, aimed mainly at those who wonder why Shinji never [[TookALevelInBadass manned up]] in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. 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 ChildSoldier.
* BadassBoast: 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."
* BadassTeacher: 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.
* BigBrotherInstinct: [[spoiler: Well, more like Genetically Engineered Cloned Little Sister Instinct, but Rei has this towards Shinji, who she knows is, genetically speaking, her brother:]]
** [[spoiler: In Episode 11 Part IV, her response to Asuka planning to make his life miserable is to tell her that, if she willingly and intentionally causes him any physical harm, Rei will ''kill her'']].
** [[spoiler: A deleted scene later describes the exact moment that inspired this confrontation -- she overheard Shinji and Asuka arguing about an earlier incident where the latter threatened him with a blunt knife. The scene is titled ''[[TranquilFury I can feel it coming over me]] [[Music/IFightDragons slowly]]''.]]
* ChildSoldier: 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.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Rei is apparently a follower of [[ThreeLawsCompliant 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 ReluctantHero.
* ContinuityPorn: As to be expected from a Doctor Who fic.
* CoolTeacher: The Doctor teaches Shinji's class English, History, ''and'' Physics.
* DescriptionCut: [[spoiler: Asuka is worried after Shinji got captured, as she knows Mari, one of the people who captured him, is insane, violent, and only listens to her brother, meaning Shinji is in trouble. Cut to Shinji playing Mario Kart [[GildedCage in captivity]]]].
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: In Episode 6, while severely sleep deprived, Shinji thinks about the dream he just had, wondering how you would even play [[Franchise/HarryPotter quidditch]] with an Eva. He then notices that Asuka and the Doctor are now staring at him, and they confirm that he just said it out loud.
* EveryoneHasStandards:
** [[spoiler: Despite trying to get Shinji to agree that he cares what Gendo thinks of him, Leliel!Shinji agrees that him not telling Shinji that Rei is (genetically) his sister is kind of messed up.]]
** [[spoiler:While she isn't exactly nice to Shinji, even Asuka is worried when he gets captured. Partially because [[AxeCrazy Mari]] was the one who took him. Asuka had to train alongside her in the past, and knows that she's a "complete psychopath" and that the only person she listens to is her brother, who is the only reason Asuka doesn't have more scars from that time]].
* ExactWords: While Rei has standing orders to consider academic obligations secondary to NERV's goals, she doesn't just run out the door every time she gets a hunch. That would be inefficient. [[spoiler: She sneaks out the window instead.]]
* FantasticRacism: [[spoiler: Upon discovering that Rei is part-Angel, Misato, whose attitude towards Angels is nothing less than 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.]]
** [[spoiler: Averted with Shinji. After finding out that she's a clone and part Angel, he asks the Doctor how he should talk to Rei. The Doctor assumes that Shinji's afraid of her because she's not human, and assures him that she's still the same person as before and he doesn't need to change anything. He then realises that Shinji was asking along of the lines of "how to talk to a girl he has a crush on". Later, Rei tells the Doctor that even Shinji seems to think she's a threat, since he's started avoiding her since he found out what she was. The Doctor reveals that it's actually because he found out that, genetically, she's his sister, and he's a bit embarrassed that he had a crush on her.]]
* GenreSavvy: Alongside the Doctor at times, Shinji has begun to catch on to several things, [[GunsAreWorthless like the Eva guns being useless]], realising that interrupting or [[ApologisesALot apologising]] to Asuka is usually pointless, and [[spoiler: realising that they are about to get attacked on the train in Episode 13 Part 1]].
* GroinAttack: [[spoiler: Misato delivers a particularly vicious one to the Doctor.]]
* HistoricalInJoke: Plenty, as per usual with The Doctor
* HorrifyingTheHorror: [[spoiler: In Episode 12, The Doctor manages to get inside [[EldritchAbomination the Angel]]'s Mind beam and shows it what he can do. Including what he did to [[KillThemAll Gallifrey]]. End result? ''The Angel runs away.'']]
* InsomniaEpisode: The first half or so of Episode 6 is this for Shinji, with circumstances constantly keeping him awake.
* LampshadeHanging: Done pretty often, usually by Shinji.
* MindRape: [[ForegoneConclusion It's an Eva fic.]]
* MistakenForGay: Asuka does this to The Doctor and Shinji from episode 6 onwards, after they continually ignore her for their own conversation.
* MundaneUtility: After being told the TARDIS now translates everything for him, Shinji's first question is: "So I can watch ''[[{{WesternAnimation/Animaniacs}} Animaniacs]]'' without the subtitles now?"
* NotSoDifferent:
** 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.
** The Doctor also later admits that he and Asuka both know something about pride, and dislike sharing the spotlight.
* OhCrap: The end of Episode 9 Part 3.
--> "Because," he said. "When we came in [[spoiler: ''The Thinker'' was leaning on his ''left'' knee.]]
* OnlySaneMan: [[spoiler: Somehow the Doctor ended up in this role and hates it.]]
* OtherMeAnnoysMe: The Doctor regularly converses with hallucinations of [[TheNthDoctor his past selves]], and is more often than not irritated by their presence. WordOfGod says that the feeling is mutual. The fic is set immediately after [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars "The Waters of Mars"]], and the previous Doctors aren't exactly happy with Ten at the moment.
* ParentalSubstitute: Alongside Misato, The Doctor acts as one to Shinji. Rei even lampshades it in Episode 13, referring to him as "an alloparental figure for Pilot Ikari".
* PetTheDog: Expect The Doctor to do this at least once for Shinji in every scene they share.
* PhlebotinumBreakdown: 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 [[spoiler: just as he was about to close a space-time rift to stop an angel traveling from the future]]
* PrecisionFStrike: Misato drops an F-bomb when [[spoiler: she meets a Weeping Angel.]]
* PopCulturedBadass: The Doctor's plan for Shinji seems to be this as he gives him lots of books to read [[spoiler:and it seems to work as shinji starts to make shout outs and actually cracks a joke!]]
* TheRealHeroes: 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.
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: 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).
** [[spoiler: Unit-00, while [[GrandTheftMe possessing Shinji]], unleashes an absolutely ''vicious'' one 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.]]
* RedHerring: Around episode 8/9, the reader is led to believe that [[spoiler: 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.]]
* SanitySlippage: Shinji has regularly scheduled "Crazy Days" to help him avoid this. Being sent out against an Angel on the day he was supposed to have one [[HilarityEnsues results in a somewhat hilarious scene]]. [[MoodWhiplash Well, until the screaming started]].
* SecretKeeper: Shinji, of course.
* ShoutOut: Probably far too many to name.
** Asuka really likes calling Shinji [[Series/{{Scrubs}} girl's names]] in this one. (Up through the end of Episode 8, at least.)
** In Episode 9, the cyborg [[spoiler: delivery woman]] stalking Makoto is based on the Major from ''[[{{Franchise/GhostInTheShell}} Ghost in the Shell]]''. Other characters from the same franchise get name-dropped.
** Episode 10 sees the Doctor pull [[{{VideoGame/HalfLife}} a crowbar labeled PROPERTY OF BLACK MESA]] out of storage.
** In the bonus material for Episode 10, it's revealed that one of the people who worked on the [[FlamingSword phosphorus]] [[{{BFS}} blade]] is one [[Series/{{Mythbusters}} Adam Savage]]. He is informed that "[[RuleOfCool because it's cool]]" does ''not'' constitute a form of strategic value.
** During Part 1 of Episode 11, Shinji complains that [[Series/{{Clerks}} "I'm not even supposed to be here today."]]
** Episode 12 features a brief SeinfeldianConversation about ''[[{{Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe}} The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe]]''.
* ShownTheirWork: 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 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sephirot Sephirot]] from Kabbalah.
** During one meeting with SEELE, Gendo mentions the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teacher_of_Righteousness "Teacher of Righteousness"]], a mysterious figure from the (actual) Dead Sea Scrolls.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: And The Doctor notices.
* TechnoBabble: Often.
* TimeyWimeyBall: Episode 6 has a whole bunch of time travel and time-related shenanigans.
* TookALevelInBadass: Shinji, who is now completely willing to stand up for himself, snark at people, is able to come up with clever plans to deal with Angels, and [[spoiler: [[NoSell no sells]] Leliel attempts to [[BreakThemByTalking break him]], rejecting his old philosophy, makes it clear that he has faith in The Doctor even though he's quite aware that The Doctor is not perfect, and is able to figure out that he's not actually talking to his inner self after the voice demonstrates that it knows things Shinji has never learned. Inner!Shinji claims [[BlatantLies he just repressed them.]]]]
* TranquilFury: [[spoiler: Rei shows absolutely no emotion while informing Asuka that, if she intentionally causes Shinji (her biological brother) any physical harm whatsoever, Rei will kill her. She does this after pressing the emergency stop on their elevator hard enough that its screen cracked]].
* TwoTeacherSchool: The Doctor ended up teaching English, Chemistry and History because [[spoiler: the other teachers either died or are recovering from being turned into zombies.]]
* WhamLine: "...who's that?", directed from Shinji to [[spoiler: the Ninth Doctor]]
** [[spoiler:"Just call me Bob, miss," the voice said. "Everyone does."]]
** From the end of Episode 11 Part V:
-->[[spoiler:'''The Doctor:''' [[note]]''(examining a microfilm containing the Chinese Government's newest economic plan, which hasn't been implemented yet)''[[/note]] Communist Party's still in charge over in Beijing, yeah? And they still organize everything into five-year plans ''à la'' Mao?]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Kaji:''' Last I checked. Why?]]\\
[[spoiler: '''The Doctor:''' So why's this one only go up to the end of the year?]]
** The last line of Episode 11:
-->[[spoiler: "Yui Ikari" The Doctor swallowed. "Shinji's mother ''was'' [[ArcWords Project Zero]]."]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The Doctor makes the argument that even though Rei isn't ''human'', she's still a ''person'' and should consider herself as such.