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SStory: The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Theta of Houses Lungbarrow and Oakden (as related by his father, and not meant for publication). Chapter One. ←the title is just a Dickens joke, there aren’t more chapters
Author: Aralias
Rating: All Ages (reccer’s note: actually, writer, there is a bit of sex in this—not elaborately rendered, but I don’t think ALL ages are quite ready for some of these allusions, this isn’t a panto :p)
Word Count: 8152
Author's Summary: “It had come as no real surprise to the Doctor that the Master owned a fully functional genetic loom. Kidfic in which Five and Ainley!Master are living together for some reason and have a kid and also wacky parenting misadventures.”
Characters: The Doctor (5th), The Master (Ainley)
Pairings: Five/Ainley!Master
Warnings: None
Recced because:

“It was this combination of events that led the Doctor to kidnap his own son in the middle of night.”

So... you either like kidfic, or you don’t. Obviously there’s a lot of variation within the subgenre in terms of quality, but the actual idea seems a bit marmite regardless of that. I can only say that this fic’s sharp and wry and funny. There’s nothing smotheringly smarmy about it, despite the premise sounding like a vat of treacle the Candyman would for sure drown you in.

Why I like this fic more than is reasonable. )
[identity profile] x-los.livejournal.com
(I swear the next rec is pretty gen, I'm sorry y'all, this is just the subset of fandom I know well enough to rec competently in.)

Story: The Sleepwalker
Author: Aralias
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 20082
Author's Summary: “One day the Doctor woke up. (Eight/Master - written for the Buffy 'Normal Again' prompt on Best_Enemies)”
Characters: Charley Pollard, C’Rizz, Grace Holloway, Romana II, The Doctor (8th), The Master (Roberts), LOTS of Eight companions, in passing
Pairings: Eight/Roberts!Master
Warnings: Explicit Sex, Swearing (I’d add major character death, self-harm due to the mechanism of a plot thing)
Recced because:

The Doctor keeps swapping between his life on the TARDIS and a mundane AU where he’s a physicist teaching at Berkley in 2001, married to Roberts!Master and surrounded by people he knows in canon, but with switched-around names. Is it a fluff piece about them being humans and married and the Master mostly not being a terrible person who’d kill people? Or is it really disturbing and sad, a set up predicated on psychological weaponry (the origins of the Daleks’ Nightmare Child project) from the start of the Time War? Perhaps that depends on how creeped out you are by the ‘which of these lives is real’ “Normal Again” dilemma.

Why this fic is important. )
[identity profile] x-los.livejournal.com
Hello! I’m x_los here and on Teaspoon. I haven’t rec’d here before, and I solemnly swear I will lj-cut the many teal deers I have brought along with me.

Story: Kept Man
Author: Aralias
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 30953 words
Author's Summary: In Scream of the Shalka, REG!Doctor (the ninth Doctor who almost was) was seen travelling round the universe with a robotic Master for no apparent reason. The ninth Doctor (who actually was) has a much better reason for travelling with a robotic Master, given that his entire race are dead. This fic assumes that he was and that the Master just kept out of sight so as not to alarm anyone.
Characters: Jack Harkness, Jack Harkness, Martha Jones, Mickey Smith, Mickey Smith, Professor Yana, Rose Tyler, Rose Tyler, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (9th), The Master (Jacobi), The Master (Other), The Master (Simm)
Pairings: Shalka!Master/Nine, Shalka!Master/Ten, Doctor/Master generally implied
Warnings: Explicit sex, swearing (goodness, there’s a warning for that? Huh.)

Recced because:

A little about the author. )

Kept Man is relatively early but essential work from an essential writer in Doctor/Master and, really, the fandom. This fic tracks the first three series of the reboot, imagining that all along, an android version of the Master, built by the Doctor, lives in the TARDIS, preferring not to interact with the Doctor’s various human companions (a plot device that pulls on Scream of the Shalka’s presentation of the Doctor and an android Master voiced by Jacobi living together). It slots neatly into the show as we know it, but not in a facile, consequence-free ‘episode coda’ kind of way. ‘The Doctor keeps the Master on the TARDIS after the events on the Valiant’ is a big subgenre of Doctor/Master fic (especially the fic that came right after s3) (Kept Man is also probably a little influenced by Ariastar’s generally well-regarded Ten/Simm!Master alternate series—alternate series 4 and 5 are another sort of sub genre.). Aralias is engaging with that here, but pulling the trend/trope in directions that chime with her overall interests and sensibilities.

A little about why this fic is compelling and important. )
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[personal profile] nonelvis
Posting on behalf of Styrofoam monster on Teaspoon.

Story: Other Days
Author: aralias
Rating: all ages
Word count: 3569
Characters: Jackson Lake, Simm!Master
Summary: There were days when Jackson Lake woke up safe in the knowledge that he was Jackson Lake, mathematics teacher, friend to Rosita, and father of Frederick Lake. Then, there were other days.
Warnings: none

Recced because: Even though I was unfamiliar with Jackson Lake, I immediately fell into the narrative. The story is tightly written, using Jackson to give an outsider's perspective on the Master. Jackson/ the Doctor is a great character and his interactions with the Master were witty and smart. The ending packs a particular punch.
Oh, and the remixed drabble, linked in the author's note, is also very much worth reading.

Excerpt: after the cut )
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[personal profile] nonelvis
Posting on behalf of shape-shifter-malcolm-tucker.

Story: The Body Snatchers (or How the Master finally got inside the Doctor's body)
Author: aralias
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 5478
Author's Summary: Wacky body swap fic. Featuring some plot, and quite a lot of sex.
Characters/Pairings: Tegan Jovanka, The Doctor (5th), The Master (Ainley), Turlough
Warnings: Explicit sex

Recced because: I'm sorry that this is a bit plot-what-plot-ish, but it was too fantastic to pass up. Hilarious, full of ridiculous farce and fanservice for all the Doctor/Master shippers out there. Need I say more?

Excerpt: after the cut )
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Title: 'Til Ancient Alien Ceremony Do Us Part
Author: aralias
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1798
Author's Summary: Jason accidentally forgets to tell Benny that if she puts on the nice bracelet he's just 'bought' for her, they'll become soulbonded. Possibly forever. And, er, maybe hear each other's thoughts. Possibly forever. Benny is not pleased. (Set around series 3 of the audio series.)
Characters/Pairings: Bernice Summerfield, Jason Kane, Braxiatel
Warnings: Swearing

Recc'ed Because: I feel bad for poor Benny, but I love the humor and snappy dialogue in this story. I am not overly familiar with the audios, but I know Benny enough to tell she is well in character, and [livejournal.com profile] aralias does a good job fleshing enough of the series details out in the story that it still works if you don't know much of the canon. Good intentions go awry in this story, but then again, when Braxiatel is involved, it's never easy to tell what the intentions really are.

Excerpt )
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[personal profile] paranoidangel
And this is the last rec from me. I hope you've enjoyed at least some of these stories.

Story: Dr Harry Sullivan in... Another Exciting Adventure! (The ‘You Had To Be There’ Remix)
Author: aralias
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1408
Author's Summary: Watch Out, Opponents of Women’s Rights! Doctor Harry Sullivan is on your tail!
Characters/Pairings: None listed, but includes Harry Sullivan, Sarah Jane Smith, Fourth Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: It's written in an hilarious style from the point of view of someone who thinks Harry is a hero and everything he does is inherently heroic. Whereas the Doctor and Sarah aren't, of course.

Excerpt )

If you like this story don't forget to tell the author!
[identity profile] lyakahime.livejournal.com
Story: The Man In Black
Author: aralias
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 957
Author’s Summary: Like John Smith, Yana tells stories about a madman with his face and a time machine.
Characters/Pairings: Professor Yana, Chantho
Warnings: none

Recced because: In a word, haunting. We get so little time with Professor Yana in the series, and everything we see of him is focused on his work on the rocket. What else was he like? What were his hobbies? How did he interact with people who weren’t time-traveling alien scientists?

This wonderful piece – short and, yes, bitterly sweet – is a character study of Yana, through the medium of the stories he tells to children. After all, the truth lies at the bottom of the stories we tell of ourselves.
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Hi, I'm [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook (vvj5 on Teaspoon) and I'm your reccer for this week. I'm very fond of pretty much all eras and flavours of our favourite show, so hopefully there'll be something for everyone along the way...

Story: Messing About on the Computer-Generated River
Author: aralias
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2191
Author's Summary: Written for bardingtide's [livejournal.com profile] morepolitics prompt: The Eighth Doctor appears and spirits Romana away from an official event so they can go have a picnic.
Characters/Pairings: Romana II, Eighth Doctor, Irving Braxiatel
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It’s delightful. Romana ventures into the Matrix in search of advice and finds instead the Doctor with a picnic and a punt – and possibly some useful advice, after all. The author suggests some knowledge of the relevant Big Finish audios would be useful, but I think it makes a perfectly intelligible (and not really spoilery) scene/story all its own. It’s funny, light and charming with an undercurrent of sadness – and hope. I think the best I can do is an excerpt:

Excerpt )
[identity profile] blackrose42.livejournal.com
Story: The Doctor's 500 Year Diary
http://www.whofic.com/viewstory.php?sid=39493
Author: aralias
Characters: Third Doctor, The Master (Delgado), Jo, U.N.I.T.
Pairing: Third Doctor/The Master (Delgado)
Word Count: 2729
Rating: PG
Summary: In the course of the years recorded (unclear exactly how many), the Doctor confides his hopes, his dreams, his assessment of his wardrobe choices (v.g.) and his continual frustrations with the Time Lords - particularly the one who keeps annoyingly coming to visit him. It's difficult enough to keep his new regeneration resolutions already.
Why this must be read: It's hilarious! The Doctor's diary entries are hilariously snarky and really quite in character and his denial of his feelings for the Master is adorable. His friendship with Jo is also wonderful, going clothes shopping with her and talking to her about his conflicting feelings towards the Master. Completely adorable!
Excerpt: "10pm: Told Jo about the Master’s proposal. We both agreed that half a universe would give us significantly more wardrobe space, but that this wasn’t a good reason to accept a proposal from a ruthless megalomaniac, even if he is quite attractive and v polite. Am too young to get married/rule the universe anyway."
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Hi! Here's the first of my recommendations this week - I hope you all enjoy.

Story: The Only Renegade Time Lords Not To Be President This Time War
Author: aralias
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 6,508
Author's Summary: In which Braxiatel and Romana are not president (though not for lack of trying). Meanwhile, various other unsuitable people are.
Characters/Pairings: Iris Wildthyme, Irving Braxiatel, Leela, Narvin, Romana, The Doctor (8th), The Master (Other), The Rani, (also, Drax, Salyavin, Darkel, and K-9)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Last time I recced, I did a theme set of BFA fics. I'm not going to try for that this time, but I figured I'd start with an awesome story about a set of somewhat obscure characters. This is the story of who was president of the Time Lords during the Time War (practically everyone), and I think it's funny even if you're not a bit obsessed with BFAs in general and the Gallifrey series in particular. But if you are, you'll find a lot of nods to the canon which make the fic amazing.

excerpt under the cut )
[identity profile] janeturenne.livejournal.com
Story: Le Donne che Piangono (the Weeping Women)--The ‘Thrice Cursed’ Remix
Author: aralias
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3429
Author’s Summary: Gallifrey is silencing its women.
Characters: Romana II, The Doctor (8th), The Rani
Warnings: None
Recced because:

The fic of which this is a remix--Nameless, Faceless by voodoochild--has been recced here before, and deservedly; it’s a brilliant, chilling look at the women of Gallifrey during the Time War. Le Donna che Piangono has a very high bar set for it, then, but it clears it with space to spare. Aralias has captured the best and worst of the Time Lords (and Time Ladies) in a single fic, their strength and pride and the corresponding vices of ruthlessness and arrogance, and shown just how narrow the line between the two can be. The characterization and voices are flawless, and the atmosphere is just as beautifully terrifying as in the original. It’s a brilliant re-interpretation, and entirely worth a read.

Excerpt: )
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[Entirely irrelevant, but yay, ‘tis Saturday, and I have such a lovely Saturday-ish rec to share…]

On what it is like to live in the TARDIS with the Doctor (Yes. It is just as crazy/amazing as you thought it would be):
Story: Death in the Tealeaves
Author: aralias
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1807
Author's Summary: The Doctor likes tea, but this morning tea seems not to like him.
Characters/Pairings: Eighth Doctor, Lucie Miller
Warnings: None.

Recced because: This story is a sheer joy from start to finish. It may feature Eight and Lucie (perfectly characterised; I can hear Paul McGann and Sheridan Smith in my head as I read), but it’s absolutely the sort of thing that happens in between adventures when you travel with the Doctor – any Doctor – and I love fics that give us glimpses of the madness of TARDIS life. There are no spoilers and all you need to know is this: the Doctor loves tea, really loves tea. Lucie Miller is less fussed about tea and tea-related anecdotes, but she is handy with a frying pan when there’s tea-related trouble in the TARDIS kitchen. Oh, and it’s just gorgeously written throughout, and a really fun romp. (No, not that sort of romp, even if Lucie is wearing her penguin pyjamas…)
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Story: Writing History
Author: aralias
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1268
Author's Summary: Written history alters everything.
Characters/Pairings: Evelyn Smythe, The Doctor (6th)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Evelyn isn't one of my favorite audio companions, but this short does her justice. Evelyn's position as a historian traveling through time is fascinating, and something I wish the canon had done more with on a regular basis. Writing History fills in that gap admirably.
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Story: A List of the Lost
Author: aralias
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3889
Author's Summary: Five times the fifth Doctor was alone with one of his companions, each time after losing someone else.
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor, Adric, Nyssa, Tegan, Turlough, Peri
Warnings: References to character death

Recced because: The Fifth Doctor traveled with a lot of companions, and he traveled with a lot of companions who also traveled with each other. But no one travels with the Doctor forever. In a series of vignettes, this fic explores each companion's reaction to the loss of someone, and in so doing, explores how each companion sees his or her own relationship to the Doctor. Taken individually, the vignettes are a wonderful series of character studies; added together, they are a study on the Doctor himself, and an insightful look into the Doctor/companion relationship.

an excerpt )
[identity profile] biichan.livejournal.com
Today's rec is a very special kind of crossover called a "fusion." Normal crossovers are when two canons meet. Fusions are when they synthesize.

I suppose the easiest way to describe the difference between a normal crossover and a fusion is using the colors blue and yellow. A crossover is a pattern: something simple like blue polka dots on a yellow background or something complicated like paisley. A fusion is the color green.

Story: The Grandparent Trap
Author: aralias
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5108
Author's summary: Early into her stay on Dalek war-torn Earth, Susan meets a girl who looks exactly like her. (Doctor/Master)
Characters/Pairings: First Doctor/The Master, Susan Foreman, Sharon, Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton, Vicki
Warnings: Spoilers for The Dalek Invasion of Earth as well as The Parent Trap, sort of. Needless to say, the plot goes a bit AU.

Recced because: This is the story of how Susan meets her long-lost identical twin Sharon and how they fix up the Doctor and the Master's mess with togetherness. It is my absolute favorite Doctor/Master fic in the world. Which, I suppose, isn't surprising, because it steals its plot shamelessly from one of my favorite movies as a child: The Parent Trap. By which I mean the original sixties version that used to play on the Disney Channel, with Hayley Mills (and Hayley Mills!), not the Lindsey Lohan remake which didn't even exist until I was in high school. (Speaking of Lohan remakes, the original Freaky Friday with Jodie Foster is also way better, although the book is best of all.)

ANYWAY, I am utterly impressed as a fic, both on its own merits (the writing quality is top-notch) and by its merits as a fusion. Every time I reread it I notice new echoes of the original Parent Trap movie. I just love this fic so very, very much and I hope you all will love it too.

“I’m a Time Lady,” the other girl said, which was also a very silly thing to say on Dalek-infested Earth, where the lords and ladies of time were not exactly welcome dinner guests.

“So am I!” Susan said, which was also- well, you get the idea.

“Maybe you’re one of the people I was supposed to be keeping an eye on,” the other girl said, frowning. “But I think grandpapa would have mentioned you looking exactly like me.”

“Exactly,” Susan agreed, “except for the hair.” Her own short hair had proved both fashionable (in the 1960s) and practical, but she couldn’t help envying the other girl’s long braid.
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Story: When We Were Six
Author: aralias
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2099
Author's Summary: The Doctor takes Peri on holiday to Devon, except it isn't Devon: it's Strathclyde.
Characters/Pairings: Sixth Doctor, Donna Noble, Peri Brown, Wilfred Mott
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Written for the 2009 Sixathon (the challenge being ‘all the companions’), the Doctor contemplates a red-headed six-year-old companion before we ever saw or heard of wee!Amelia - her name's Donna Noble. The interactions between the two (and Peri) are lovely, with the voices spot on, as are Wilfred’s proud grandfatherly reactions at the end. And debating the rights and wrongs of kidnapping a six-year-old, arguing about whether the Doctor might be a clown or a superhero, and Donna's reason for being in Strathclyde - it's brilliant, and funny, and clever. And there’s a bright pink hat. Possibly a planet of the hats, as well, but that’s for another day. What more could you want?
[identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
Story: The Brigadier's Wedding
Author: Aralias
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 5166
Author's Summary: For a man profoundly against public displays of emotion, the Brigadier had certainly had a lot of weddings. The Doctor is invited to Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart's third wedding, but accidentally goes to all of them.
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Clyde Langer, Jack Harkness, Jo Grant, Liz Shaw, Sarah Jane Smith, Sarah Jane Smith, Sarah Jane Smith, The Doctor (10th), Turlough
Warnings: None
Recced because: A good strong plot is always nice, but character is just as important. This story is a lovely example of character-driven comedy, with the Doctor attempting - not always successfully - to get his head around human marriage customs and be the perfect wedding guest.

A small sample )
[identity profile] slash-addict.livejournal.com
Story: The Masterplan
Author: aralias
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 11557
Author's Summary: Sequel to 'Wonderwall': At the Doctor's request, the Master helps end the Time War, makes the Doctor a lot of tea and has sex with him repeatedly. It's all very nice, which makes the Master wonder if he's losing.
Characters/Pairings: Romana II, The Doctor (8th), The Master (Roberts)
Warnings: Explicit Sex, Swearing

Recced because: Although this is the second in the series Wonderwall/Masterplan you really don’t need to read the first one to understand this. I eludes to the important parts. Although I would recommend reading because very good. I love this because the Doctor and Master get a happy ending and the time war is not lost. I like a happy end once in a while.
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Story: Failing to Collide
Author: aralias
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 6,833
Author's Summary: Written for LJ's tardis_gen, for the prompt: Tegan Jovanka in the Year than Never Was. In which Tegan misses the Doctor.
Characters/Pairings: Tegan, Simm!Master, the Brigadier
Warnings: None

Recced because: Martha couldn't have been the only of the Doctor's companions willing to fight for him during the Year That Never Was, and Tegan, who's always been half on alert for the Master to turn up again, ends up joining the resistance by default when she's recognized by a Toclafane. It isn't the first time she's had to support what she considers to be a half-assed plan of the Doctor's, but she knows the consequences of letting the Master win, and fights along with the tattered remains of UNIT to bring down Saxon – quite by accident, restoring her own faith in the Doctor as well.
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Story: Waterloo

Author: Aralias

Rating: Teen

Word Count: 1808

Author's Summary:

The Doctor is so ill that he fails to show up in time to foil the Master's newest plot, which is unacceptable.

Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor, Ainley!Master

Warnings: None


Recced because:
Happy Friday!  We all need a little Doctor/Master fluff from time to time.  This story explores something that I consider canon, and I don't believe that DW has a lot of canon; the Master really does everything just to get the Doctor's attention.  Also . . . a planet full of intelligent otters who love ABBA?  It deserves a rec for that idea alone!

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