Amy H. Sturgis (eldritchhobbit) wrote,
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Crazy Tommy, Revisited

As you may know, I've been searching for fan fiction and related materials that include "Crazy Tommy"/"Shotgun Tommy" McKay (from the "Heroes" episode of The Professionals) as a major character, as opposed to a quick allusion, such as "You don't want to end up like Tommy." Here's what I've found thus far. If you know of any stories or other works I've missed, I'd be grateful if you'd let me know. Thank you!

Warning: Spoilers and slash follow.


1. & 2. "The Cow's Christmas" and "Fairy Tale" by Elspeth Lee
These are two related re-tellings of It's A Wonderful Life; "The Cow's Christmas" is the darker of the two stories and includes character deaths. In both Bodie/Doyle tales, Tommy serves as the ghost who shows Cowley how the world would have been different without him. Neither focuses on Tommy's character, but we do get a glimpse of Tommy in the afterlife. (Both are from The Hatstand.)

Quote (the same for both stories):
"You're dead, MacKay."

"I am."

"I've had too damned much to drink."

"True enough, but that's a whole separate issue. Seems the big man thought I was a bit too vengeful in my last op and says I need to do one last good deed before I can get the final assignment in the sky. Sent me down to help you."

3. "My Brother's Keeper" by Anna Parrish
Set a month after Tommy's death, this story involves the reconciliation of Bodie and Doyle and a renewal of their relationship. As the two work through their past difficulties, we learn that Bodie was briefly partnered with (and sexually involved with) McKay before partnering with Doyle, but he found that McKay was too violent and fond of killing for his taste. Later, when Bodie and Doyle were a couple, Bodie had a brief encounter with Cowley, causing Doyle to turn to Tommy's significantly rougher affections in an effort to forget Bodie. (From The Hatstand.)

Quote (from Bodie about Tommy):
"He told me he'd dreamed of dying, of getting it while we watched." He shuddered in his lover's arm as he remembered with clarity Tommy's telling of the nightmare, of the blood that covered the man's body at the water's edge.

4. "Trigger Happy Tommy" by Laura
This songfic ("Trigger Happy") is framed as Tommy McKay's own "Agent's Perception of Self and CI5" essay for the CI5 Psychoanalytic Unit. McKay believes his family died for a reason: to show him evil and set him on a single-minded path to destroy it. (This is from the Prosfanfic Website.)

'Expect your reward in heaven', they say. I don't require reward there either. I feel great, soaring ecstasy every time I pull the trigger and I know that one day, to grasp my father's hand and know I did what I had to do and did it well, will be recompense enough.

5. "The Last" by goodnightlady (And tremendous thanks to her!)
This explores the last minutes of Tommy McKay's life and tells what happened in between the moment he fell and the moment Doyle found him. (From The Hatstand.)

There were black spots, that much was not bollocks. Black spots exploding on a white background. There was the violent burst of blood, also, pulsing into the back of his throat, pumped up by his heart. But the last thing there was, the best thing, happened to be the dreadfully amused expression on his face as he lifted his left arm. His heart fluttered, twice, and before he felt the swirling black pit of complete nothingness rush up to meet him, to swallow him, he had the satisfaction of knowing that his death had been a good one.

Tommy McKay had died as he had lived … with two fingers up at the world.

6. "No Man's Land" by bistokidsfan77 (And tremendous thanks to her!)
This provides an alternate ending to the episode "Heroes" in which Tommy survives, but he isn't the only one wounded.

“It’ll be all right, sunshine,” Bodie crooned. “Just you wait and see.”

“It better be,” Doyle growled fiercely, finally looking up to see Tommy gazing at them intently.

The pain of his wounds had slid down amongst the things that he paid little attention to. It took dedication, but he’d had lots of practice managing pain. He watched Bodie and Doyle cling to each other as he lay ten or so feet from them on the muddied and bloodied grass next to the dead.

7. "Lost Souls" by przed
This two-part tale draws a parallel between what Tommy and Bodie both became due to loss. Bodie/Doyle, character death.

"Must have," Bodie said noncommittally. And then curiosity won out over his better judgment. "Who's that?" he asked, nodding at the picture still visible at the top of McKay's pocket.

"What?" McKay looked down and automatically pushed the picture back into his pocket, his face going hard as Bodie watched. "Oh, that. No one. Just some people I used to know."

"Oh," Bodie said, not wanting to intrude any further into McKay's business, not wanting to know anything about him that would make him human, make his behaviour understandable. He just wanted to be able to think of him as that mad bastard Tommy, a rabid dog who'd be best off put out of his misery.

8. "Coda to Heroes" by PFL
Flashbacks to between Tommy's past explain Tommy's final moments and what he saw in Bodie and Doyle.

She would have come that day if he had asked. He'd heard the promise in her voice. She should have died a soldier's death. She was nothing but a number to the killers. He would show no mercy to them. He made a vow he would keep—until there was as little left of him as her. No choices.

In Print Form:

9. from Proslib: "Fading Echoes" by Elaine Leeke
This story takes place immediately after the events in "Heroes." Doyle thinks back on how McKay initiated an affair between the two of them, loveless but based on powerful attraction and mutual respect, and he mourns his fallen colleague. Bodie watches.

So Tommy was dead. Poor mad bastard, Shotgun Tommy. But all Doyle had seen when he looked in his hard eyes had been a man pushed as far as he could go before falling off the edge.

So much had been done to him, so much taken from him, that he really hadn't cared about death, it could only be better than what he had from life. Robbed as he had been of everyone who could have loved him.

10. & 11. Available from Waveney Zine Shop: "Cries in the Night" by MacJordan and "A Clown's Cannon" by Setter, both in Compounded Interest III by AMC Press, 1994.

"Cries in the Night" is an established Murphy/Tommy story that takes place immediately prior to the events in "Heroes." Murphy suffers from repeated visions of the Bean Si, harbinger of death. Tommy at last provides Murphy an undisturbed night of sleep, but only by encountering the Bean Si himself and denying her a hold on Murphy. The story ends after Tommy's defiant meeting with the Bean Si, as his last operation begins. (Note: in the story, Tommy jokingly claims to the son of George Cowley and Princess Margaret.)

"Are you defining mental health, MacKay? Oh, I forgot you're an expert on mental disorders, aren't you?" sneered Murphy.

MacKay was suddenly beside Bodie, pushing him out of the way and grabbing Murphy by the shirt. Pulling him up to eye level, Tommy stared deep into his eyes and answered in a very soft but commanding voice. "Yeah, I'm an expert. My mind's been prodded and poked by every trick cyclist they could con into looking. I'm a text book case of neuroses and psychoses." Dropping him back into the chair, he added "Tell us or tell Ross, but don't, don't tell us there's nothing wrong."

"A Clown's Cannon" begins with an implied, but not overt, established Macklin/Tommy relationship, as Macklin tries to draw McKay back from a coma suffered during a CI5 operation. We learn the history of Tommy's lost wife and son, and the story of how Macklin (a past military friend of McKay's) reconnected with Tommy after the tragedy. Macklin eventually succeeds where Cowley and Kate Ross failed in bringing Tommy back to consciousness to help conclude the operation.

"Hello. Can I help you?" Tommy said as he silently approached the figure.

"Yes. I'm Brian Macklin -- I'm a friend of Mr. McKay's. Do you know where I might find him?"

"A friend? Tommy has no friends. He's crazy, didn't you hear?" Tommy replied while trying to place face and name.

12. Available from Neon Rainbow Press: "Anniversary" by H. Ann Walton in Mates #1 by Featherpaw Press
This story follows a Murphy/Tommy relationship from the death of Tommy's family through the aftermath of "Heroes." It explains how Murphy was on the scene of the murder of Tommy's wife and two young sons, how he took McKay in on a kind of suicide watch, and how the two eventually developed a romance that lasted through Tommy's death. Passing mention is made of a past Cowley/Tommy relationship.

A loud knock on the front door of his flat brought Murphy from the limbo of telly land. He swung wide the door in surprise, after checking through the security peep hole. Tommy McKay stood on the other side, kit bag in hand.

"Cowley thought I needed a babyminder. 'Fraid I'd off myself, I suppose, and it seems you volunteered to change my nappies."

Murphy closed and relocked the door.

"Going to have to improve your security, though. Where's my room?"


13. (currently offline) "Requiem" by Barb Jones
This poem offers a postscript to "Heroes," describing Tommy's burial through Cowley's eyes.

Quote (from Cowley's point of view):
Duty and Honour lie cold in my heart,
But courage burns bright in the young.

In Print Form:

14. Available from Waveney Zine Shop: "Ta Deum for Tommy" by Linda Terrell in Down Under Express 1 by Clarke and Keating, 1992. In this poem the speaker reflects on how McKay died not because of hate but because he'd lost everyone he loved, and how the same could happen to the speaker if he loses his partner.

Tommy McKay offed himself today.
But that's not what the reports will say.

Tommy Gun by bistokidsfan77

The Professionals Page from the John Castle Gallery
(be sure to see the "Crazy Tommy Lives" Photo Essay, as well)

The Professionals: "Heroes" from Lisa's Video Frame Capture Library

The "Heroes" Transcript from The Hatstand

And an appropriate quote for the day:

Doyle: No man's land.

Tommy: Someone has to cross it, if we're going to be home in time for tea.

from "Heroes," The Professionals
Tags: fan fiction, the professionals

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