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Story: Making It Stranger
Author: Bad_Dickens
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 26,771
Author's Summary: The Doctor arrives in Arkham Asylum while Jack Harkness meets Batman. Cardiff must brace itself for a visit from the Clown Prince of Crime. A Batman/Nolan!verse cross over with Doctor Who and Torchwood.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (10th), the survivors of Torchwood S2 (Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Captain Jack Harkness), Martha Jones, Mickey Smith, plus crossover characters.
Warnings: Some violence, both physical and psychological and all of the attendant creepiness and tastelessness you'd expect from The Dark Knight version of the Joker.

Recced because: Who doesn't like a good crossover? Well, some people probably don't, but I'm not one of those people. I love a good crossover, and this is a very good crossover indeed.

Cast your minds back to the distant, heady days of 2008. We'd just picked our jaws up off the floor, for a variety of reasons, after watching Journey's End. We still had the festive rollercoaster thrill-ride that was The Next Doctor to come in a few months' time. How to kill some time while we waited? Well, the announcement that David Tennant would be leaving the role of the Doctor, eventually, and the attendant media scrum did that to an extent, but before that a lot of us, in the UK at least, went to the cinema and watched... Mama Mia. Not me, though - I was in the screen next door watching The Dark Knight and loving it.

This was before it made a squillion dollars at the box office and the fan backlash set in, before last year's rather Marmite-ish conclusion to the Nolan Bat-trilogy muddied the waters still further. At the time, TDK was the hot ticket (it had Eric Roberts from the Eight TV Movie in it!) and the late Heath Ledger's nightmarish Joker was burning up the screen just like Jack Nicholson's had back in 1989 (scarily, I can remember the hype around that one when it came out too). Good stuff. Even better, though, when my enthusiasm for the film and its world was still at its height, this excellent crossover fic was posted to the Teaspoon. I remember following it avidly, checking every day for updates, and generally lapping it up.

Essentially, this story takes the Batman and his rogues' gallery from the Christopher Nolan films and, via a bit of Rift-related jiggery-pokery throws them up against the Tenth Doctor and Captain Jack's much-depleted Torchwood Three team, with Mickey and Martha thrown in for good measure. Everybody's in-character, and gets nice character moments to boot, but it's also all hung on a good, well-plotted story in which everybody gets things to do and a chance to shine. The Joker is, as you would expect, a force of nature, using the villainous plot-armour that is basically his non-super superpower to throw a spanner into our heroes' works and put them through the wringer. And, to be honest, who doesn't think the idea of the Joker versus a Dalek is a good idea? Oh, right. Well, I do.

All this and Weevils too! Seriously, even if you're not a Batman fan, or a fan of the Nolan/Bale movies, go and read this just for the Who and Torchwood characters and their reactions to the off-the-wall situation. You won't regret it. And when you're finished, please leave your words of appreciation for the author.
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On how the Doctor has a tendency to pop up in the history books. Or story books. It's a little bit fairy-tale...:

Story: J’ai Vu Le Loup
Author: Bad_Dickens
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2010
Author's Summary: The Seventh Doctor, Ace, and a dark fairy tale.
Characters/Pairings: Seventh Doctor, Ace
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It’s Seven, Ace and a weird fairy-tale. The way the story is told at second hand leaves the reader uncertain of what happened and just what the Doctor did in a way that is nicely unsettling. (There’s always something creepy about Little Red Riding Hood, isn’t there?) And in another light, it’s the Doctor being the Doctor again – the one who turns up unexpectedly in storybooks and gives ideas to the Brothers Grimm, even if they will go and change things - as well as the one who has to make the difficult, cosmic decisions.
[identity profile] cakeordeath44.livejournal.com
 Hi! I'm your reccer for this week. Sorry I was busy yesterday. I'll try to get some newer stuff out, so it may be mostly eleven fic.

Saying that her is a five/ten fic for you, that's quite old but really good.

Title: A Hull of a Time
Author: Bad_Dickens
Rating: All ages
Word count: 1290
Author's summary: The Fifth Doctor, Tegan, and Turlough in Hull in the 1920s. Wonder who they'll meet?
Characters/Pairings: Tegan Jovanka, The Doctor (5th), The TARDIS, Turlough, Kathy NightingaleWarnings: None

Recced because: The unfinished story of Blink is Kathy's marriage, and her simultaneously uplifting and depressing fate is explored in this fic. Added to this is a nice character student of the fifth Doctor, Tegan and Turlough. A lovely, bitter sweet snapshot.. And the ending is fantastic.
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Hi, I'm [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook (vvj5 on Teaspoon) and I'll be your reccer for this week. I'm in love with all eras of the show, so hopefully there'll be something for everyone. To start with, let's find somewhere really unobtrusive to hide for a bit, and pass the time with a funny fic...

Story: Nine Hours, Give Or Take
Author: Bad Dickens
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2457
Author's Summary: Donna in the toilet, the Doctor in the broom cupboard. Exciting? Oh, yes.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It’s short and fun, two things that are important on a Monday. I always love it when fan fic authors take some anomaly, throwaway line, or plot hole, and instead of complaints, explore it with inventiveness and humour. Clearly, it occurred to Bad Dickens that, during Partners in Crime, Donna and the Doctor spent about nine hours in their respective hiding places. Nine hours. Donna and Ten. Yes… The result is far more entertaining than a tale of a toilet and a broom cupboard has any right to be.
[identity profile] gaia-lulia.livejournal.com
Hello! I will be reccing this week. I warn you; I have a weakness for Jack Harkness (though I won't be reccing exclusively Jack fics). We begin with a story set in the years between the Game Station and the Torchwood series.

Story:1896
Author:Bad_Dickens
Rating:All Ages
Word Count: 3622
Author's Summary:
As alluded to in 1996, Jack Harkness made the acquaintance of Oscar Wilde. Was he out to kill him or to save him?
Characters/Pairings:Jack Harkness
Warnings: Nond

Recced because:
Mainly because I adore the idea of Jack meeting Oscar Wilde. The fic itself is well-written. It does a good job of portraying the sad circumstances of Wilde's life. You understand the empathy that Jack has for him, not just because he's a famous writer, but because he's so tragically doomed.
A small sample )

1900

Apr. 4th, 2009 12:51 am
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Story: 1900
Author: Bad_Dickens
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 21497
Author's Summary: The Doctor, Vicki, and Steven visit the Paris Exposition of 1900, make some new friends, and investigate strange happenings..
Characters/Pairings: First Doctor, Steven Taylor, Vicki
Warnings: none

Recced because:

In the author’s own words ‘“1900” is a love letter of sorts to Paris.’ It’s a breathless historical adventure which whirls along on a cloud of phenomenal research and first hand experience; Paris is in this story. She is as essential a character as the Doctor or Steven.
This could easily have been a first Doctor episode – well, perhaps not the hot air balloon chase scene with Steven, that might have been a bit beyond the 1960s budget and SFX department to pull off – but it’s all presented with such a deft touch and caring hand. All of which is, in itself, enough to recommend this fic; furthering adding to its case is the fact that Steven and Vicki are the companions of choice. Theirs is a pairing which gets little love in fic, and has lost most of its actual footage to the bonfires of time. They are brought to life so vividly in this fic –
it’s a bit lengthy, but it’s definitely worth the plunge!
[identity profile] jo-mako.livejournal.com
Story: Ian and The Beatles.
Author: Bad Dickens.
Rating: All Ages.
Word Count: 2571
Author's Summary: Ian pops out to get some milk in 2000. What of life and the Doctor since 1966?
Characters/Pairings: Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton, The Doctor (1st)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: My favourite kind of idea for a fic. A former companion has moved on with their life and they suddenly find themselves mixed up with the Doctor and the madness that is his!

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Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

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