Attaaaaaack. *stands ready to assist* They have a policy for dealing with that, right?
It’s one of those grey areas - it’s not outright plagiarism, they just …read your fic and then go and swipe the core premise and chars and some of the sentence ideas and then completely rewrite them in a way that’s not your work but…..
ok, I know, hive mind, someone writes something and a pile of other people go “oooh” and start wading in and playing with it. I love that. It’s great. Hell, Pontisbright and I were both working on similar post-Frontios stories at the same time that we happily riffed off and bounced off each others heads via email and LJ. But make no mistake - our works were DIFFERENT. STORIES. (hers spiralled off into a wonderfully plotty thing of multiple chapters from the same premise, whereas mine was an angst-soaked vignette descending into abject insanity and consequence)
This on the other hand…
ok. Check this as an example :
Timelords don’t sleep.
It meant you could get a lot done, for one thing. But it also meant there was no respite from reality. No little death, no slide from the cares and worries of the world into the blissful obliviousness of rest. The mind chased itself about in circles, a never ending parade of ideas - inspiration, guilt, sorrow.
The trick was to keep yourself busy. A mind pleasantly occupied in various tasks was a mind too busy to dwell on the darker side of existence.
The Doctor puttered aimlessly about the darkened halls of TARDIS night time, absently brushing at the walls with a handkerchief.
The Doctor was wandering the TARDIS corridors, since he didn’t need much sleep.
(it’s actually worse than that, but I don’t want to paste huge chunks of fic everywhere. I’ll pm you the links if you like, but beware: HUGE spoilers for stuff you haven’t seen yet)
Worse thing? This particular one is actually listed as being “inspired by” that exact. damned. Fic.