[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Right, hello again; I'm your tour guide on [livejournal.com profile] calufrax for the next two whole weeks. It's a bit early yet as I still have an hour to go on Sunday but I've got a full day planned tomorrow and might not get to it if I waited. Anyhow, I'm going to start with a story that I'm kind of surprised hasn't been recc-ed before. But, with all the new Doctor talk and the speculation about who might be cast (Idris Elba? Helen Mirren?), well, you might imagine why this story came to mind.

Title: Sunny and the Magic Box
Author: Amy Wolf
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 13678
Author's Summary: Sunny's read about wizards. They were never like this.
Characters/Pairings: Original Doctor, Original Companions
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: It's a possible glimpse into what might have been, now that the dice have been cast. Written back in 2007 but so much of it still reads true to the Doctor as a character, even to the rest of Tennant's run and Matt Smith's as well. It's part after-school adventure story like I used to read when I was ten, and it's part humor and part horror, with an instantly recognizable Doctor despite being "strangely translated." This is part of a series, of which the first story has already been recc-ed many moons ago, and the third is unfinished, but this one can be read standalone as well, and is rather brilliant at that :)

Excerpt )
[identity profile] thanatosx49.livejournal.com
Story: Last of Your Species Support Group http://www.whofic.com/viewstory.php?sid=10241

Author: Amy_Wolf http://www.whofic.com/viewuser.php?uid=1152

Rating: All Ages

Word Count: 2007 words

Author's Summary: Red Dwarf crossover, more or less.

Characters: Cassandra, Martha Jones, the Tenth Doctor

Recced Because: way back in the dark ages when I was an adolescent (also known as the mid to late 1990's) Doctor Who was on the local PBS station on Saturday nights. Right after, was Red Dwarf. In some ways, the shows were complete opposites, while in others there were a lot of parallels. This story has Mezelponian Mimic-Hawks and polymorphs, yay!
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com

The first part of tonight's double feature, to make up for missing Tuesday. We begin with another dark and unsettling piece, a war story from the biggest War of them all:

Story: Et in Arcadia Ego
Author: Amy Wolf
Rating: "All Ages" on the 'Spoon, but again I'd probably say "Teen"
Word Count: 2,244
Author's Summary: “I was there at the fall of Arcadia. Someday I might even come to terms with that.” – The Doctor, in Doomsday.
Characters/Pairings: Romana III, The Doctor (8th), various hapless OC Time Lords, and the Daleks
Warnings: War action, megadeaths, Daleks being Daleks with all of the gory detail the television stories by necessity leave out
Recced because: The Time War. I think it's one of the very few large additions to Who lore that the new series has made, to be fair, and definitely for me the only one that I wouldn't like to see retconned or forgotten any time soon. For better or worse, it has shaped the whole dynamic of the new series Doctors, their interactions to their companions and their attitudes to their adventures. And I suppose it's the idea of it - the greatest conflict the universe has ever seen, the Time Lords and the Daleks - and it'd have to be the Daleks, the ur-Who monsters, for my money the original and best - locked in combat for mastery of the entire cosmos. I am a big fan of Time War fic, and I think this is one of the very best examples out there.

I think the story shows its pre-End of Time origins - that story told us new things about the War that changed our view slightly from what we thought Nine had told us, and not necessarily for the better imho - but that's not a bad thing. It picks up on one of the many teasing throwaway references to the War the Doctor has let slip in the new series - the infamous fall of Arcadia - and really runs with it. The author manages to make sense of the idea of the Doctor, surely the least likely soldier anybody could imagine, actively participating in a war, and the way he does it seems wholly believable and in-character, as does the crushing sense of survivor's guilt he is left with after each of his escapades. You come away believing that somebody like Eight could turn into somebody like Nine under these circumstances. And it makes the Daleks the nightmarish, murderous, and above all merciless, horrors they are at heart but which they so rarely have a chance to be in any of their television outings. The best part of this story for me, however, is the way it is told; throughout, the author describes the various disasters and atrocities she is relating in a detached, almost nonfictional style that just increases the impact on the reader. Any Time War story that can casually toss in a line about the Daleks blowing up the sun gets my vote.

Go and read it and leave a word or two of encouragement for the author.


A Brief Excerpt )
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
I thought we could all use something light-hearted today, and slightly whimsical. Fortunately I have just the fic:

Story: One Long Night
Author: Amy Wolf
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1538
Author's Summary: The Doctor attempts to solve a problem of storage space. Complications ensue.
Characters/Pairings: Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon, Victoria Waterfield
Warnings: None

Recced because: It's the Second Doctor, with Jamie and Victoria! Yes, that's practically reason enough. But there's more. The Doctor goes shopping! There's IKEA furniture! And best of all, there's a wonderful tie-in with a piece of Ninth Doctor canon, and the origin of a tool that makes Doctor Who history. Read and enjoy.

To tempt you. )
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Story: Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
Author: Amy Wolf
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 6792
Author's Summary: "I'm half-human, on my mother's side."
Characters/Pairings: Doctors 1-13, Susan, Victoria, Sarah Jane, Romana II, Tegan, Peri, Ace, Grace, Jackie, Martha, Original Companions
Warnings: None

Recced because: "I'm half-human, on my mother's side." That one little line from the TVM is arguably the most hated piece of dialogue in the history of the show. But what if it were true? This fic explores what that might mean for the Doctor and his relationships with humans, using the device of showing thirteen different conversations where thirteen Doctors touch upon -- or just manage to avoid touching upon -- the subject. It's a skillful exploration, dripping with nicely drawn characterizations, and the ending is wonderful.

a snippet )
[identity profile] gaia-lulia.livejournal.com
Since we just had a regeneration scene, let's have a story that picks up directly after the regeneration from 8 to 9.

Story: Castaways
Author: Amy Wolf
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: Between the Time War and Rose.
Word Count: 16097
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (9th)
Warnings: None

Recced because:
This is the story that first convinced me that Doctor Who fanfic was worth reading. :D If that's not convincing enough, try this: The Doctor, fresh from from the end of the Time War, crashes in the Philippines in the 31st century (not 21st century London! Amazing!). It could have been yet another character study of angst!9 (and god knows, there's angst in this story), but Amy Wolf gives us a plot, and good side characters along with our character study. This is a story about a Nine- damaged and confused- who's finding his way back to being the Doctor.

A small sample )
[identity profile] ionlylurkhere.livejournal.com
Femslash recs this week!

Story: Isobel's Zoe
Author: Amy Wolf
Rating: Adult
Word count: 1200
Author's summary: What can go on between two women, besides photography.
Characters/Pairings: Zoe/Isobel Watkins (from The Invasion)
Warnings: Explicit Sex

Recced because: This fic does everything right. Both women are very well characterised, with a clear contrast being drawn between Zoe's openminded 21st century perspective (as broadened further my travelling with the Doctor) and Isobel's dealing with attitudes to homosexuality that she's absorbed from the culture of her time. It's that bit of characterisation that's my very favourite thing about it: I don't think I've seen a better handling of the issue in fanfic before or since: most of the time, it's handwaved away and when it's not it tends to be either superficial or clunky. The sex is both integral to the plot and very hot, even while walking that tightrope. And on top of all that, it slots perfectly into its moment in canon.
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[identity profile] carawj.livejournal.com
Story: Being Educational
Author: Amy Wolf
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 338
Author's Summary: Aliens demand that the Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe all share a bed. Zoe uses the chance to learn a few things.
Characters/Pairings: Jamie McCrimmon/The Doctor (2nd)/Zoe Herriot
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It's sweet and very, very funny - I giggled all the way through it. It's wonderfully in-character, and really captures the OT3 element perfectly. Worth reading even if you're not familiar with this era, because it'll actually give you a great idea of the joy that is Two, Zoe and Jamie.
[identity profile] pimpmytardis.livejournal.com
How about some porn for a Monday?

Story: Lady of the Flowers
Author: [livejournal.com profile] amy_wolf
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 746
Author's Summary: Cameca wore flowers in her hair every day after the Doctor left.
Characters/Pairings: Nine/Cameca
Warnings: Explicit Sex

Recced because: Expanded from a kinkmeme story, this is a gorgeous, tender portrait of both. It's sweet and a bit sad as Nine and Cameca find an unusual connection as they face the ends of their civilizations.
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Story: Some Are Boojums
Author: Amy Wolf
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1765
Author's Summary: What I tell you three times is true - AU from Last of the Time Lords.
Characters/Pairings: Lucy Saxon, The Doctor (10th), The Master (Simm)
Warnings: none

Recced because:

Some Are Boojums is a mind-trip, a slippery thing to grasp, and an amazing feat. It is amazing. In the spirit of the story I’ll tell that three times: Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! I’ve read it at least eight times, and new meanings unfurl themselves each time.

Amy_wolf has taken Lewis Carol’s epic nonsense poem The Hunting of the Snark and used it as the basis for a truly inspired glimpse at what might have happened had the Master lived at the end of The Last of the Timelords. The Master narrates the story to various unidentified companions, and, as he slips further into insanity, you can’t help but feel sorry for him. As for the Doctor, well, his insatiable desire to ‘fix’ things is worrying to say the least!

You don’t need to have read Lewis Carol’s poem to understand this story (I hadn’t the first time I read it), but I encourage you to seek out that poem anyway, since it’s readily available online and makes for a good mind-trip in and of itself.
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Story: Because We Have Survived
Author: AmyWolf
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 14389
Author's Summary: It's a book. A stupid book. Cheap paper and blank pages. How's it supposed to fix anything?
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (8th)
Warnings: None

Recced because: This story has two of my favourite things in it: an alien point of view, and the healing of things broken.

The form of the story is a first-person journal, yes, but written by an alien in a psych ward in the year 4992 who is afraid that everyone thinks she's crazy. Except that we know she isn't. In walks Martha Jones, and you realise that she and the Doctor are undercover... and the plot thickens.

The whole thing works magnificently.
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[identity profile] avendya.livejournal.com
Story: Always Walking Away
Author: Amy Wolf
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2808
Author's Summary: "He never thought he'd say that many goodbyes to the same person."
Characters/Pairings: Susan Foreman, Romana I, Romana II, Martha Jones, Ten, Eight, One
Warnings: rather dark

Recced because: First, I should mention that this is complete crack. However, it's also so well-written it's almost plausible, and the ending is rather chilling.

Excerpt: He’s trying to work it out in his head, the order in which it all happened. First for her, not him. He knows how it all played out for him. Knows far too well. Can’t forget the goodbyes. He needs to see it from her end; not what he tried to show her, but what she saw. What she took, not what he wanted to give.

That way, hopefully, he can understand why they’re always saying goodbye. And why she always comes back.
[identity profile] biichan.livejournal.com
Story: Holding On
Author: Amy Wolf
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1372
Author's summary: The strength to let go. AU from Doomsday.
Characters/Pairings: Rose Tyler
Warnings: Doomsday spoilers.

Recced because: One of the most common types of New Who fic to find on the Teaspoon (secondary only to Ten/Rose reunionfic) are alternate universe fics where Rose did not, in fact, end up leaving the Doctor at the end of Doomsday. Generally this is perceived to be a good thing by all and Rose gets her happily ever after. Amy Wolf takes the basic premise of Doomsday AUs and she turns it on its head. What if love isn't enough? The Doctor may be a Time Lord, blessed with seeming eternal youth until his next regeneration, but Rose Tyler is only too human. She ages. She changes.

She finally noticed her forty-year-old face in the TARDIS bathroom one otherwise ordinary day.

That was why she’d left.

Forty years old, or around there. Middle-aged, at least. And Sarah Jane Smith was right about one thing. His companions do look younger every year. There’d been new people on the TARDIS; men and women, boys and girls, and an occasional being without gender or determinable age. She’d accepted this, letting him take on other traveling companions. Whoever he wanted, as long as there was no romance or sex with anyone but her. Back then, she hadn’t realized how little that meant. She came to realize it, eventually.

That was also why she left.
[identity profile] biichan.livejournal.com
Story: The Slow Path, or Two and a Half Centuries in Two and a Half Days
Author: Amy Wolf
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 16598
Author's summary: AU from Girl in the Fireplace.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor/Reinette, Rose, Mickey, Various Historical Figures
Warnings: only if you want me to warn for awesomeness

Recced because: This fic is excellent. It's complex and well-researched and wonderfully detailed. There's a sense of history to it and a sense of geography too. It's well-plotted and well-structured and just very, very good. It's one of my favorites. And as always, Amy Wolf's characterization is faultless.

Plus, there's a scene where William S Burroughs gives the Doctor drugged tea in a room full of Beat Poets and a great cameo by Led Zeppelin. What's not to love?
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[identity profile] netgirl-y2k.livejournal.com
Story: Once Around the Wheel
Author: Amy Wolf
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 8634
Author's Summary: This never happened. So why does it keep ending?
Characters/Pairings: Ace/Martha
Warnings: N/A

Recced because: This is quite simply the best Year-that-never-was fic that I've ever read. It's gorgeous, painful and brilliantly written. It'll make you utterly convinced that Martha met Ace during that year, and it'll break your heart just a little bit.
[identity profile] biichan.livejournal.com
Story: After Life
Author: Amy Wolf
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: ~20,000
Author's summary: Rationally speaking, you know you’re not dead. Also, there aren’t eight other people in here, and you aren’t trapped in Jean-Paul Sartre’s vision of Hell.
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, Sixth Doctor, Second Doctor, Seventh Doctor, Fourth Doctor, Third Doctor, Eighth Doctor, Fifth Doctor, First Doctor
Warnings: Spoilers for pretty much every Dalek episode or regeneration ever. Oh, and second-person narration.

Recced because: This fic is important to me, because it was the first Doctor Who fic I fell in love with and even now, months later, it's still one of my favorites. It's beautifully written and elegantly structured and it's one of the few fics that pulls off second-person narration perfectly.

There's a symmetry built into the structure of the fic, which takes place wholly inside the Doctor's mind while he's busy regenerating during The Christmas Invasion. The Ninth Doctor is sent on a quest that he doesn't quite understand at first, one that takes him back through his incarnations and then forwards again. It deals with the nature of guilt and the nature of casualty and the importance of accepting all parts of oneself, even the parts one would rather not. It's a fic I really think everyone in this fandom ought to read, it's just that good.

Here, have a short excerpt... )
[identity profile] samantha2074.livejournal.com
Story: Stories You Don't Tell
Author: Amy Wolf
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2,909
Author's Summary: She was simply the wrong mother for the wrong son.
Characters/Pairings: Original Character, the Doctor (pre-series)
Warnings: None

Recced because: Why I don't mind the half-human bit from the TV Movie: stories like this that take a throw-away line and give us a thoughtful, detailed backstory to go with it, along with an intriguing take on what might make the Doctor tick. And a story about the failures and frustrations of motherhood hits me in the gut in a really personal way. The story may be short, but the author packs such detail and emotion into it that I'm haunted by it long after I've read it.
[identity profile] doyle_sb4.livejournal.com
Story: Harry and the Tuesday Girl
Author: Amy Wolf
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: He should know about nameless and eccentric by now.
Characters/Pairings: Harry Sullivan (het), Jack, Sarah
Warnings: None

Recced because:
I found an old entry of mine written after I'd watched my first Harry Sullivan story. I was distinctly unimpressed with him. This surprised me because I love Harry; so something happened in the interim period to completely change my perspective on him, and I have a feeling this story was a large part of that. I dithered back and forth about what to put in the characters/pairings line above, but I think it's enough to say that it's about Harry meeting a woman who has no name - or lots of them - and what unfolds from there.

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Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

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