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We've made it to the end of the bonus anniversary recs (if not the rest of my regular [livejournal.com profile] calufrax stint...)

Story: Starlight
Author: agapi42
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 129
Author's Summary: Stargazing by starlight.
Characters/Pairings: Barbara Wright/Ian Chesterton
Warnings:None

Recced because: Where else to end these bonus recs, but to come back to the beginning? And this is a beautiful fic-in-miniature, full of love, wonder and hope (and, yes, starlight), not unlike the show itself - sometimes, at least.
[identity profile] pitry.livejournal.com
Story: Five Hundred and Twenty, or Thereabouts
Author: agapi42
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2068
Author's Summary: Luke, Clyde and Rani are not a triangle, and they add up to more than a guaranteed one hundred and eighty.
Characters/Pairings: Clyde Langer/Rani Chandra/Luke Smith, Sarah Jane Smith
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It's a SJA fic, which is always a great way to start the week - and in this case, it's also incredibly sweet. What strikes me most about this fic is how intertwined the friendship and love between the main characters is. Like the triangle it describes, neither is more important than the other - they're both two sides of the same coin. Just like all three characters manage to be in character and their awesome selves.
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[personal profile] lost_spook
Story: Fall Forever
Author: agapi42
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 351
Author's Summary: Ian wonders where it began.
Characters/Pairings: Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright
Warnings: None.

Recced because: I think this may be the most beautifully written Ian/Barbara ficlet I’ve yet seen? Ian contemplates their relationship, where it’s come from and where it may be going. [livejournal.com profile] agapi42 really has a talent for this type of gorgeous, spare prose that nevertheless contains so much. It’s lovely.
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
The first of two recs I'll be posting today, to make up for missing yesterday. Another one I can't believe hasn't been recced already (but the tags do not lie!), because I think it's something special.

Story: Moments, Arbitrarily Gifted
Author: [livejournal.com profile] agapi42
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1,689
Author's Summary: "Time is a cruel thief to rob us of our former selves." Sometimes time gives something back. (Amelia Rumford/Vivien Fay from The Stones of Blood.)
Characters/Pairings: Amelia Rumford/Vivien Fay
Warnings: None

Recced because: One of the real pleasures to be had from Doctor Who over its many years, in my opinion, is its great supporting characters. Some of them are heroes, some of them are villains, some act as pseudo-companions for one story only and some are only bit-part players, but so many of them, thanks to that hard-to-quantify combination of writing and actor that Who manages to pull off uncannily often, are unforgettable creations, their legends carrying on in fandom to the extent that it's easy to forget that their actual screentime was so limited. And so it is with The Stones of Blood, a very strong story, imo, even if late-period Tom Baker doesn't appeal to all fans, and one that I like a great deal. One of the most interesting things about it is the portrayal of the two guest characters around which this story revolves, because while the kinds of things that people felt comfortable referencing in family television programmes have obviously changed over the intervening 30+ years, on the face of it the relationship between the two doesn't really seem ambiguous at all.

This story is a very fine exploration of the two characters, beautifully written and building on what the TV story showed us of Professor Rumford and Vivien and their life together. It's also a story about fractured time and people living their lives out of synch with each other in a way that seems to happen more often in the Whoniverse than you might think, as well as managing to make a couple of good points about feminist historical theory and matriarchy versus patriarchy. The centrepiece of it, though, is the subtle and well-rounded treatment of the two characters - it underlines the somewhat ambivalent ending of the TV story and will possibly make you think that while Four was probably doing what needed to be done, it was still a bit harsh of him. So go and read this and leave a review, because this story deserves more attention, I think.

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[identity profile] curuchamion.livejournal.com
Hi people! I'm Curuchamion, and I'll be your reccer for this week.

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Story: Liberation (The Clock Stops Remix)
Author: agapi42 or [livejournal.com profile] agapi42
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 380
Author's Summary: "The Doctor's exile is rescinded."
Characters/Pairings: Third Doctor, Jo Grant
Warnings: none.

Recced because: This story was written for me. That gives me, more than anyone else in the world, the right to say that it's perfect. It does exactly what I could never do with this concept - says what I always wanted to say in the sequel I couldn't write.

The original double-drabble, "Liberation", was about the end of the Third Doctor's exile: about how he still felt caged and broken, wondering if he was truly free. This story is also about the end of the Third Doctor's exile... but Agapi takes all the motifs and details of the original, changes the themes, and reworks everything into a breathtaking, glorious, heart-stoppingly beautiful piece of joy.

And the climax? The defining moment, the only possible snippet for this story?

There is no way I'm spoiling y'all for that. Read the fic. And when you've caught your breath again (and hugged your Doctor, and maybe rewatched that scene in "The Three Doctors" for good measure), be sure to leave Agapi a review, even though you'll be completely speechless. ;-)
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Story: Indomitable (The Homo Narrans Remix)
Author: agapi42
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1549
Author's Summary: The Earth will burn, but the story must survive. (Set prior to The Ark in Space.)
Characters: Della (from the Ark in Space)
Warnings: None

Recc'ed because: The new series has gotten me thinking about Classic Sci-Fi, and this story really embodies it. It is a tale of minor characters that appear in the Fourth Doctor's second serial, "The Ark in Space", and it examines the history leading up to the time when the Earth was abandoned because of the solar flares. It honestly is a sci-fi short story that happens to take place in the Doctor Who continuum. I love the way that the author examines history and mythos and how they are what gives purpose to continuing on. It is the story of an era faced with dire apocalypse, going forth into the breach, and surviving.

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[personal profile] lost_spook
Story: Anachronisms
Author: agapi42
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1820
Author's Summary: Time travellers aren't all that is out of place in England, 1848.
Characters/Pairings: First Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It’s charming and sweet and funny, and very Doctor Who-ish from start to finish.

This is another one of those stories that Big Finish must have been mad to turn down last year. And proof that in any incarnation the Doctor can’t do something as simple as posting a letter without nearly causing a temporal paradox, getting his companions into trouble and finding something alien hiding in an unlikely place.

Plus, it’s beautifully written, the characterisation of the early TARDIS team is lovely –Barbara worries over what the Doctor might do without her and Ian while the Doctor – well, after causing all of the above, the Doctor is off down the pub…
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[personal profile] amaresu
Story: Fade and Flower
Author: Agapi42
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2343
Author's Summary: “To live in this world, you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.”
Characters/Pairings: Susan/David, Barbara/Ian, First Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: I wanted to have a happy Susan ending, even if it starts at the beginning with a crash landing in a junk yard. This does have a bit of a fractured style to it, but I feel like that adds to the story. This is an interesting look at Susan as she lives her life and deals with some of the consequences of other people messing with time.
[identity profile] livii.livejournal.com
Story: Leaving Footprints
Author: agapi42
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: History is so many small steps.
Characters/Pairings: Ian/Barbara
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~500

Recced because: After a long fic yesterday, here's a little bite of one today that manages to be absolutely pitch-perfect; it's an incisive look at what "making history" would be like for Ian and Barbara after they come back to Earth. As they watch the moon landing, we get brilliant insight into the implications space travel has on their lives, with just the right touch of cozy domesticity and love and friendship.
[identity profile] silly-cleo.livejournal.com
Story: Sugar And Spice (And All Things Nice)
Author: Agapi42
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 4418
Author's Summary: Spicy sweetness, Martha thought, and liked the sound of the words together.
Characters/Pairings: Martha/Romana, Martha Jones, Romana II, Romana III, Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble.
Warnings: None.

Recced because: This fic just makes me grin like a loon every time I read it. As a matter of fact, I think the first time I read it I bounced around my flat for an evening squeaking about the cute that is Martha/Romana, having fabulous adventures and being cooler than the Doctor. ;) I'm flicking through it again, trying to come up with more coherent reasons to read it but it's Martha and Romana, having adventures in time and space, it's really really lovely. :D
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[identity profile] carawj.livejournal.com
Story: Linear Loop
Author: agapi42
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 956
Author's Summary: Living a linear life just means that time travel takes a bit longer.
Characters/Pairings: Harry Sullivan, Sarah Jane Smith, Harry/Sarah
Warnings: None

Recced because: This manages, in so few words, to be the definitive version for me of what happened between Harry and Sarah Jane right after she left the Doctor. It somehow conveys Sarah Jane's emotions brilliantly, in lovely, simple language that doesn't go over the top and isn't too angsty or flowery. And there's a fantastic example of wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey that actually works and makes sense and is quite, quite wonderful.
[identity profile] livii.livejournal.com
Story: Echoes
Author: agapi42
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: It slips away, hides in the cold and the white and the dark. (Spoilers for 'The Stolen Earth'.)
Characters/Pairings: Harriet Jones/Rose Tyler
Warnings: none
Word Count: 633

Recced because: This is just absolutely gorgeous: a possible snippet of time post-The Stolen Earth, frozen in an afterlife that may or may not be real. Harriet is beautifully drawn, and the story crackles with vivid description while also maintaining a dreamy, gauzy feel. For such a small bite of a story it's incredibly satisfying, and the last two lines are just dynamite.
[identity profile] livii.livejournal.com
Story: Photocopy
Author: agapi42
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: A smudge of ink and the story changes. (Spoilers for the PDA The Time Travellers.)
Characters/Pairings: Ian/Barbara, First Doctor
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~ 1,200 words

Recced because: This is heart-breaking and beautiful. The story is actually about another Ian – one from an alternate timeline in the BBC PDA book The Time Travellers. It's a fantastic book, and a fantastic hook for a fic, and we see the options – what could have been, the slight alteration, the smudge of ink, the wedding ring. As always, this Ian is strong, moral, funny, and in love with Barbara through all his iterations. Lovingly written, I think this would be enjoyable without having read the book, because it's so Ian, and his love, and his hope, and his amazingly large heart.
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[identity profile] netgirl-y2k.livejournal.com
Story: Six Ways Barbara and/or Ian Might Have Died and One Way They Never Did
Author: agapi42
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1353
Author's Summary: Across the timelines, fates diverge. What could have been might be, somewhere.
Characters/Pairings: Barbara/Ian, Martha, First Doctor, Tenth Doctor
Warnings: Character Death

Recced because: I am sucker for AUs and this fic is a series of six really interesting ones looking at Barbara, Ian, their adventures and what night have been but thankfully wasn't. As you can probably tell from the title this fic isn't exactly a barrel of laughs all the way through but the ending still manages to be one of the sweetest and most uplifting things I've read in this fandom.

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