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Review of chapter "Millennium" from Elgin
Now this is a bit more like it! :) Easily a well-deserved 10 out of 10 rating.

Normally, when somebody writes material that’s ‘tweaked canon’^ I’m usually not very impressed. And let’s not kid ourselves, here: for the most part, A Charmed Regeneration is essentially the Paul McGann Doctor Who film with the original Charmed Ones helping out the Doc instead of Grace Holloway, so it qualifies for the ‘tweaked canon’ label – the Master has the same plan, Doctor Eight has the same dress sense and regeneration origins, it climaxes on New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day of 1999/2000, etc.

(^I.e. for the most part consisting of the exact same events as canon, often with only one or two minor details are changed.)

It’s not until right near the end, during the final battle, that we start seeing major-league differences in the plot-driven aspect of the story. Now that was very nicely done, and (in my opinion) your chosen method of using the Charmed Ones to help defeat the Master beat the original film all hollow.

But here’s what really, really makes ‘A Charmed Regeneration’ work, what makes it into an example of what every ‘tweaked canon’ fanfic should aspire to emulate:

The character interaction.

The plot-driven elements are mostly the same: the Master has the same evil plot, the Doctor has the same basic intended method of countering it, just with a surprise twist during the climactic battle. The character-driven side, however, is absolutely fantastic stuff, and I honestly feel it’s an enormous improvement over the original film.

The Halliwells – being much more accepting of the idea that ‘weird stuff really does happen’ than Grace – let Eight exposit at much greater (and more entertaining length) than happened in canon, and he offers a scientific explanation for magic that both makes sense and is actually presented in an interesting manner. They think he’s a bit odd, but when he tells them he’s an alien, they don’t waste a lot of time protesting that that can’t be possible or think he’s insane, and are (sensibly) much more concerned with cracking on and saving the world.

The dynamic between Eight and the Charmed Ones is a true joy to behold: they might need a bit of a pause every so often to try and catch up with everything he’s just gabbled out about space, aliens and the Earth getting turned inside out, but they seem to honestly like him, and do a decent job of keeping up with his high-speed explanations.

Would I read a sequel? Too bloody right I would! If you write it, I’ll read it. :)

Fantastic work – my hat’s well and truly off to you.

Best wishes,

El :)

Edited to add: Well, you're more than welcome, and I'd be only too happy to beta read any sequels to this gem. I have to confess that I'm not very knowledgeable about the 'Charmed' canon, and I have barely passing knowledge at best of the Paul McGann 'Doctor Who' radio serials, but I can help out with the 'nuts and bolts' side of things (checking for minor spelling, punctuation, grammatical and continuity errors) and I'm not too shabby where fight scenes are concerned.

Thanks again,

El ;)
Comments from author:
Well, my main goal in writing this story was exploring the impact that the Doctor and the Charmed Ones would have on each other, so I'm glad to hear that I succeeded in that goal.

Sequel-wise, as with "Webs and Witches", I might get around to one once I've finished some of my current projects; there's certainly a few reality-warping problems that the Charmed Ones have faced over the years that could attract the Doctor's attention under the right circumstances...
Review By [Elgin] • Date [25 Jun 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Truth About Magic" from VillageOrchid
I like how the Doctor's explanation of all magic being some form of science to be bullcrap based on his own definition of science being all encompassing. One could just as easily say there is no science and everything is magic... and that some magic follows rules and formulas and some magic is harder to access requiring other elements to activate.

EDIT: I thought you did well. In character for the Doctor, but that said it is the Doctor's bias.
Comments from author:
Sorry; are you saying that you liked the explanation, or that you didn't?

If you didn't, I apologise, but that's just how the Doctor sees things; for him, all past examples of 'magic' have had some kind of scientific explanation, and he's witnessed various examples of magic-like occurrences in past stories that lead him to describe the magic he's dealing with here in the terms presented.

EDIT: Thanks for clarifying, and that was the main thing I was trying to accomplish; the Doctor accepts magic, he just sees it as science because that's the way he sees things like this.
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [16 Feb 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Millennium" from VillageOrchid
I liked how you gave the charmed ones things to do in the story that made a difference.
Comments from author:
Well, why write a new version of a pre-existing story if you're NOT going to make changes?
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [16 Feb 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Time's Champion?" from VillageOrchid
I enjoyed how you "drew" the POV of the charmed sisters.
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [16 Feb 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Millennium" from Bushido
Great story, if a bit brief for my tastes. I could see the potential for future stories in this setting. Maybe Prue survives due to the Doctor's influence and when they find Paige it frees Prue up to be the Doctor's Companion for a while.
Review By [Bushido] • Date [16 Feb 11] • Not Rated
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