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Review of chapter "What Comes is Better Than What Came Before" from LetsRandom
Review:
I really enjoyed this story. It was entertaining and tied the two series together in a brief, but realistic way.
Comments from author:
Glad to hear it. Thank you for the feedback.
Review By [LetsRandom] • Date [1 Nov 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "What Comes is Better Than What Came Before" from malnpudl
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I just listened to the (brand new!) podfic of this story, and had to come here immediately upon reaching the end to tell you how much I loved it. It felt like it should have been an episode in BOTH series. What a fantastic job of merging and maintaining the flow and feel of two different shows in one fic -- not to mention your absolutely impeccable character voices. It's been some time since I've read much in the Buffyverse, and your story made me remember how passionately I love the show and the characters. Thank you so much. This podfic recording will have a permanent place on my MP3 player so I can listen again and again. *many shiny hearts*
Comments from author:
Didn't reena do a great job with it? I'm totally indebted to the girl. I'm glad you liked the source material as well. Thanks so much for leaving the review.
Review By [malnpudl] • Date [24 Aug 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "What Comes is Better Than What Came Before" from (Past Donor)Deanie
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I'm slightly sad that Sarah Jane's missing from this "reunion" fic, because I love her. But I know that never would have worked out plot-wise.

Overall, excellent story. Nice blending of the two worlds while keeping the characters quite consistent. Nice use of the two Anthony Head characters too :) Very well written. I'd love to see more of this 'verse.
Review By [(Past Donor)Deanie] • Date [23 Oct 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "What Comes is Better Than What Came Before" from RevDorothyL
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What a lot of fun (and a really successful combination of 3rd-season Scoobies and the 'School Reunion' plot)! Plus, there seemed to be a bit less Buffy-bashing in this version of how the gang learns that Angel's back from hell, perhaps thanks to the extra perspective on the universe supplied by the Doctor and Rose.

Very good work!
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [8 May 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "What Comes is Better Than What Came Before" from (Past Donor)AmarinRose
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The Doctor may have understood something about Angel's soul, but I wonder what he was trying to tell Buffy? That the door could be deadlock-sealed?
Comments from author:
No, the Doctor's not quite sure he believes in souls, and Buffy sort of demolished the dead lock seals anyway. =) The subtext was pretty loaded, but a rough approximation is this: the Doctor figured out exactly what happened in the spring, and Buffy was telling him that she still loved Angel regardless. The Doctor supports this. And you can always relock a door if you've got the key to it around. =) Hope that makes it a bit clearer.
Review By [(Past Donor)AmarinRose] • Date [28 Dec 08] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "What Comes is Better Than What Came Before" from lorwen
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truly awesome story.
Review By [lorwen] • Date [15 Aug 08] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "What Comes is Better Than What Came Before" from Javian
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Neat story! Nicely concluded.
Review By [Javian] • Date [28 Jul 08] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "What Comes is Better Than What Came Before" from amvb
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I really enjoyed this a lot! Great job. I particularly thought the characterization of the Doctor was dead on.
Review By [amvb] • Date [27 Jul 08] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "That Can't Be Right" from loyaleskamoe
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This was really just an overall fantastic story. I'm very partial to the high school years, and always enjoy reading fics that take place then. This was one of the bests. Thank you very much for writing it!
Comments from author:
Aww, thanks. I'm gonna get all blushy.

This is actually the first fic I've written in a long time dealing with high school Scoobies. I forgot how much fun they were. It was also useful to have their situation from the autumn of season three, where they're trying to get back to normal after a summer of grieving, and be able to use that to show Rose that teenagers aren't immortal, that heroes can fail, that people can and do die, and that she needs to be aware of that. I really wanted to preserve the themes from the original episode, and I hope that it came through.

Anyway, thank you for reading it and reviewing.
Review By [loyaleskamoe] • Date [1 Jul 08] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "What Comes is Better Than What Came Before" from Nosi
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I particularly liked Angel's laid-back response to Rose's gibe about the age gap in this chapter.

A nice conclusion to what has been a really fun story to read. Others have said it also : You've blended these two 'verses so well while keeping everyone in character. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for that possible sequel. Hope you enjoy your trip.
Comments from author:
The trip is going well, thanks so much, sorry it's taken me so long to get back.

Angel back in the day was supposed to be sort of cool, the funny side only really emerged on ATS. I tried to stick with the lurk-in-the-shadows-Angel. Thank you for the compliment, and I'm so happy that you enjoyed it.
Review By [Nosi] • Date [15 Jun 08] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "What Comes is Better Than What Came Before" from TOM
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One of the best crossovers with Dr Who I ever read! Could make a great episode!
You got everything right. The characterization - Both shows- is astoundingly good. You do have these characters, and their way of speaking, down pat. The plot's funny, fast paced, and so Dr Who ... and the dialogues are excellent.
Great job! Sequel?
Comments from author:
Well, I can't claim the plot, that's from School Reunion, the original episode. But seeing as my number one aim is always to stay in character, I can squee anyway. =)

Sequel... perhaps sometime in the autumn. Maybe have the Doctor come interfere with a Buffy episode this time. And hey, internally consistent universe with Captain Jack in it... this could be fun.

Thanks for the review!
Review By [TOM] • Date [9 Jun 08] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "What Comes is Better Than What Came Before" from Richardthrnnsx
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Great Doctor and Rose, nice blending of the Scoobies into the plot and well written interactions, smooth close to the story too. Very well done.

Thanks for sharing Richard3116
Comments from author:
Oooh, yay, was totally nervous/writer's blocked on the end, and you liked it. Huzzah!

Thank you for reviewing.
Review By [Richardthrnnsx] • Date [9 Jun 08] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "What Comes is Better Than What Came Before" from wyvernwolf
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This was brilliant!

I really enjoy the way you write these combined universes and especially like the interactions between Buffy and The Doctor. The dynamics you have between the two are always good, whether it be as friends or otherwise.

The ending was great, you managed to tie up the loose ends with relation to this story but leave it open enough that you could always write a sequel, time and inspiration permitting of course.

All your forays into the Buffy/Who verse are fun reads and I look forward to more.

ps. Have a great time on your trip!
Comments from author:
Aww, thanks for the p.s... and also for the compliments. Though to be honest, it's not so much me that makes Buffy and the Doctor, so entertaining together, it's the two characters (check my recommended stories for a series of drabbles called "On the Tin," Beneficia has a slightly darker take on their relationship, and it is profoundly, profoundly good). So thank you to Joss and Russell again, I suppose.

Anyway, thanks so much for the reviews, it's the serial reviewers like you that I wind up really writing for and who influence what shows up on the page. Hope I see you at the next update!
Review By [wyvernwolf] • Date [9 Jun 08] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "What Comes is Better Than What Came Before" from MissJulie
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Thanks for posting the last chapter, and for having Angel in it, although I'm more of a Ten/Buffy fan in this..er-fandom. Anywhoo, good end to a good series, and I'm looking forward to you writing more in the Better with Two universe.
Comments from author:
Yes, yes, Better With Two is absolutely next. I am about to leave for ports foreign for the next six weeks, so when "next" is, well, it isn't entirely clear. But it's going to be done before the end of the year.

As I think the whole Tempus Frangit series makes clear, I am a huge proponent of Ten/Buffy, I love the way they complement each other and that as a pair, they're even more than the sum of their superior parts. But so much of love is timing, and with this story, and the two of them meeting at this point in their lives, it just didn't work. Which is not to say that my proclivities won't show up if I wind up continuing this universe as well. Ten's just so good at reminding Buffy life is worth living. (And one of these days, I am actually going to get over my fear and write Jack Harkness in.) =)

Anyway, so glad that the ending worked for you, I had the worst time trying to sort it all out. And thanks so much for reviewing, it makes writing so much easier and it just puts a big old smile on my face. I'll see you at the next chapter. =)
Review By [MissJulie] • Date [8 Jun 08] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "What Comes is Better Than What Came Before" from arkeus
Review:
Quite nice.

I liked the rhythm, and the end, while bittersweet, had an extra of of honey in it :D
Comments from author:
I'm glad you liked it. It took me forever to figure out how to end it, but I like this way. It... fits somehow.
Review By [arkeus] • Date [8 Jun 08] • Not Rated
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