I wrote this for the TARDIS Big Bang challenge this year, so fair warning: it is LONG. Hope you all will enjoy it anyway, though. :-)
Title: The Centre of the Universe
Spoilers: New Who--"Rose"; Classic Who--through "The Caves of Androzani" to be on the safe side; Big Finish--"Circular Time: Winter," "The Gathering," "Spare Parts," "Primeval," "Winter for the Adept," and the Thomas Brewster trilogy.
Betas: rivendellrose and st_aurafina
Notes: Huge thanks to my beta readers, rivendellrose and st_aurafina, for your honesty, thoroughness, and sometimes unexpected expertise. Also to my cheerleader, Medie, without whom this would probably never have been finished. This is especially remarkable because she doesn't know Five's era at all, but still kept me going with her enthusiasm for a character she'd never met. :-) I would also be remiss if I did not express a debt of gratitude to the story "Orphans" by Carmen Sandiego. When I first hit on the idea of reuniting Nine with Nyssa years ago, I immediately went in search of fanfic. At the time, that story was the only one I found, but it was enough to keep the idea alive in my imagination. I've tried to honor it the best I can by writing what I hope is a very different story. Also, due to the depth and richness the Big Finish audio adventures added to the Doctor and Nyssa's history and relationship, I drew rather heavily on their canon to supplement what we saw on screen. I tried to make the references clear enough that you shouldn't have to have heard the audios to understand them, but familiarity with them might enhance the experience.
Summary: In the aftermath of the Time War, a wounded TARDIS brings a dying Doctor to the one person who might be able to save not only his life, but also his will to live: Nyssa of Traken.The Centre of the Universe