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Story: Gentleman Caller
Author: locker_monster
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3819
Author's Summary: Who's the grey-haired Scottish man the Chandras keep seeing at Sarah Jane's house? Does she have a new boyfriend?
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswin Oswald, Gita Chandra, Haresh Chandra, Sarah Jane Smith, Sky, The Doctor (12th)
Warnings: None

Recced because: Like the rest of Doctor Who fandom, I was dismayed to hear of the untimely death of Elisabeth Sladen in 2011. Although it pales into insignificance by comparison, as much as I recognised that ending the series at that point was the right decision, I was also very sad to see the end of The Sarah Jane Adventures, my favourite Who spin-off (sorry, Torchwood!). I know I was not alone in this, nor in craving hints as to what might have happened next to the Bannerman Road gang, and especially how their paths might have crossed again with characters from the main series. So any fic that explores these areas is going to be one I want to read.

I find this fic particularly delightful for the way it focuses on two of my favourite SJA characters, Rani's parents Gita and Haresh, and for portraying them so vividly and in a manner that is so true to their onscreen characters. They both react exactly as you might expect to the notion of a mysterious new man appearing in Sarah Jane's life, which is to say completely differently and at considerable cross purposes. Another thing I find extremely interesting here is the way the author imagines how life might have continued for the characters following the end of the TV series, picking up on the hints in those final episodes to present a considerably altered status quo, with the younger characters moving on beyond school and parents and the newly introduced Sky coming more to the fore. This is no doubt the path the series itself would have followed had it been able to continue.

The highlight here, of course, is the great crossover it imagines which surely would have happened had SJA continued up to the present day (considering the episodes featuring Ten and Eleven) - the Twelfth Doctor meeting Sarah Jane Smith. It's done very well and hearwarmingly here, with Twelve showing as we might have guessed by now that his brusque exterior hides a somewhat less curmudgeonly centre, and of course has an added poignancy due to the rl reason that that encounter can never take place for real.

But enough of that - go and read this fic because it is really rather lovely, and please leave some words of encouragement for the author.


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[identity profile] cpsd90.livejournal.com
Story: And the World Keeps Spinning
Author: locker_monster ([livejournal.com profile] locker_monster)
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2,032
Author's Summary: While Donna might not remember, the world remembers Donna. And she’s still the best temp in the universe.
Characters/Pairings: Donna Noble, Martha Jones, Sarah Jane Smith, Jack Harkness, The Doctor (10th), Rose Tyler
Warnings: n/a

Recced because: One of the great things about the Doctor is that he helps his companions to see what was already there, to develop the brilliance that they already possessed. They become who they are because of the Doctor, but not because he makes them that way--it was always there, he just helped to bring it out. One of the saddest moments in Journey's End (and this is saying something, since the end of the episode is full of them) is after the Doctor returns Donna (sans memories) to her house and she barely acknowledges him when he leaves. Donna's loss is so great that she doesn't even know what she's missing. What's even sadder to me, however, is that this is the note we leave Donna on (at least at this point), and this seems false to her story. Donna was always brilliant, but the Doctor offered her the opportunity for her to see that, and now it seems like that all has been lost. But surely, if Donna was always brilliant, she would be brilliant with or without the Doctor, and the story here explores that through vignettes about Donna's life after Journey's End. The bonus is that these vignettes also include other companions and even the Doctor himself.

Eidetic

Mar. 1st, 2013 12:00 am
[identity profile] annauq.livejournal.com
About a year ago I watched The War Games, and was left with a hole which needed to be fixed. This story is the best ‘Zoë remembers’ story I’ve come across, and I thought I’d share it with you all.


Story: Eidetic
Author: locker_monster
rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1058
author's summary: there are others who have forgotten the Doctor.
characters/pairings: Tenth Doctor, Zoë Heriot
warnings: none

recced because:

This story is simply beautiful in all its aspects. The language and the descriptions recreate Zoë’s entire life and character in just a few sentences, and the characterisation is just perfect. The parallels between the war games and the ending of series four are obvious, yet here they are handled with a subtlety and delicacy I’ve not seen before.

It’s also a touching look inside the Doctor’s mind, and how he never really lets go of those who leave him. In just a thousand words the author explores this and creates a heart-warming look at the bond between the Doctor and his former companion.

I really cannot describe the feel and brilliance of this story any more without giving it all away, so please, just go and read it. Even if you don’t know who Zoë is, give it a try.

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