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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 (even more specifically, in the period of time when he was travelling between "Doctor Who S30E16 "The Waters of Mars"" and "Doctor Who S30 E17-18 "The End of Time"") 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).


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

  • Actually Pretty Funny: From Makoto's debrief after the Tenth Angel:
    Makoto: To be fair to Shinji, it was pretty funny up until the screaming started.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Assassin Outclassin': The Doctor's interactions with Seele assassins tend to result in this. He goes from simply disabling them to tricking them into near-deathtraps with ease. It gets to the point where Shinji's only reaction to the failed EVA pilots blowing up the train that The Doctor was in with two dozen tank-busters is to ask if they actually saw any hit him.
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  • 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.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Well, more like Genetically Engineered Cloned Little Sister Instinct, but Rei has this towards Shinji, who she knows is, genetically speaking, her brother:
    • 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.
    • 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 I can feel it coming over me slowly.
  • 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.
  • Death by Adaptation: of the "dies earlier than in canon" variety- Shigeru Aoba, of the Bridge Bunnies, is 'killed' (via being sent back in time) by a Weeping Angel.
  • Description Cut: 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 in captivity.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: In Episode 6, while severely sleep deprived, Shinji thinks about the dream he just had, wondering how you would even play 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.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • 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.
    • While she isn't exactly nice to Shinji, even Asuka is worried when he gets captured. Partially because 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.
  • Exact Words: 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. She sneaks out the window instead.
  • Fantastic Racism: 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.
    • 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.
  • Genre Savvy: Alongside the Doctor at times, Shinji has begun to catch on to several things, like the Eva guns being useless, realising that interrupting or apologising to Asuka is usually pointless, and realising that they are about to get attacked on the train in Episode 13 Part 1.
  • Groin Attack: Misato delivers a particularly vicious one to the Doctor.
  • Historical In-Joke: Plenty, as per usual with The Doctor
  • Horrifying the Horror: In Episode 12, The Doctor manages to get inside the Angel's Mind beam and shows it what he can do. Including what he did to Gallifrey. End result? The Angel runs away.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: In keeping with the canonical Theme Naming of characters after World War II warships, the math teacher at Shinji's school is named Kongo. It's doubly meaningful, as he elderly but still a Badass Teacher, while the Kongo was one of the older battleships in service in the IJN during the war but still saw a lot of service.
  • Mind Rape: It's an Eva fic.
    • The Doctor points out that Shinji's life so far, given the amount of manipulation he's been through, the trauma, and the lack of any sort of psychological therapy of any kind, has been one fourteen-year-long mind rape. He and Misato are not happy about this.
    • One angel tries to do this to the Doctor. This ends badly... for the Angel, that is.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Asuka does this to The Doctor and Shinji from episode 6 onwards, after they continually ignore her for their own conversation.
  • Mr. Exposition: One reason Ritsuko doesn't like the Doctor is that he explains stuff that she normally explains.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: NERV tries to confiscate a ladder the Doctor used to defeat an Angel. They plan to stick it in an archive and give it a name like "The Ladder of Jacob," with other important relics.
  • 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.
    • The Doctor also later admits that he and Asuka both know something about pride, and dislike sharing the spotlight.
  • Oh, Crap!: The end of Episode 9 Part 3.
    "Because," he said. "When we came in The Thinker was leaning on his left knee.
    • When the Doctor and Misato are watching Leliel start to vomit things from her shadow, they realize that they're in the "Splash Zone" when an office building nearly hits them.
  • 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. It's unclear how much independence they have, since John Smith is able to have a quick conversation with Shinji without the Doctor knowing, and they can apparently choose whether or not they want to argue with Ten. It should also be noted that this is hardly unusual- canon multi-Doctor episodes usually devolve into bickering among his incarnations fairly quickly.
  • Parental Substitute: 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".
  • 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 (similar to how the TARDIS had a breakdown when going to Pete's World). 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).
    • He also gives one to the First Doctor at one point, pointing out that he's the only incarnation still arguing against helping, as none of the others ever got as cold as he did near the end.
    • Unit-00, while 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.
  • 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.
  • Sanity Slippage: 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 results in a somewhat hilarious scene. Well, until the screaming started.
  • Secret Keeper: Shinji, of course.
  • Shout-Out: Probably far too many to name.
  • 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.
    • The Doctor at one point mentions that Jesus preferred to be called Josh. The name Jesus does in fact come from a Hebrew name that's usually anglicised as Joshuanote 
  • Talking the Monster to Death: The Doctor accidentally does this when he convinces the Angel-possessed Jet Alone that blowing itself up under the Rift in Tokyo 3 wouldn't just wipe out the humans preventing it from getting to its goal, it would probably blow up the planet as well. The Angel agrees and blows itself up right then and there rather than go through with its plan.
  • There Are No Therapists: And The Doctor notices. Specifically, he notes that Tokyo-3 has no therapists anywhere in the entire city, and that the data networks and books have any and all psychological aid texts carefully removed so that no one can get any sort of relief or aid- perfect for making sure that people are able to be manipulated.
    • It goes further- there are actual laws that prevent people from approaching the Pilots, keeping them deliberately isolated and lonely, and the psych profiles for the pilots are just there to say "They are experiencing these symptoms, ignore them and don't provide aid." Misato is furious when she finds out.
  • Techno Babble: Often.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: Episode 6 has a whole bunch of time travel and time-related shenanigans.
    • The Weeping Angel that attacks NERV is Angel Bob, from "The Time Of Angels", which took place in the Eleventh Doctor's run, when the Doctor in this story is the Tenth. This is foreshadowed when the Doctor questions how an Angel fell into the Void, which is exactly how the Eleventh took out Angel Bob and his fellow Angels.
  • Took a Level in Badass: 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 no sells Leliel attempts to 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 he just repressed them.
  • Tranquil Fury: 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.
  • 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."
    • From the end of Episode 11 Part V:
    The Doctor: note  Communist Party's still in charge over in Beijing, yeah? And they still organize everything into five-year plans à la Mao?
    Kaji: Last I checked. Why?
    The Doctor: So why's this one only go up to the end of the year?
    • The last line of Episode 11:
    "Yui Ikari" The Doctor swallowed. "Shinji's mother was Project Zero."
  • 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.

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