Cos fic authors - nerds, fangirls, fanboys, and non-binary fan folks - look at the stigma and the cr*p of previous generations, and say NO!
No to stigma on mental health. No to body image stigma. No to silence on sh** that hurts people!
*takes a deep breath*
I have to be careful not to amp this up too much. It is, after all, 'just' a fanfic.
But it's 'just' a fanfic which says we're not gonna judge people for their struggles.
It's 'just' a fanfic which looks at the tolls - the emotional ups and downs - of life, and says, 'we're gonna discuss this.'
It takes a strong character - Dr Who as played by David Tennant - and shows his vulnerability.
It doesn't over-romanticise it, sugar-coat it, or place it in a neat box labelled 'emotional trauma' which can be taken down off the shelf or placed back on it according to plot requirements.
(Ok, I'm in a strange mood, and I openly admit to rambling, but humour me. 😅)
Not that this fic is perfect: it's not.