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Hello all! I'm [livejournal.com profile] newmoonstar, (aka Meadowlark on Teaspoon), and I'm glad to be back reccing for the next two weeks! I'm going to start with a fic I recently found which has immediately become one of my faves:

Story: See Ye Not That Bonny Road
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 12,195
Characters: Jamie McCrimmon, Eighth Doctor
Author's summary: Jamie McCrimmon is wounded, exhausted, and feels like a stranger in his own head.
Warnings: explicit violence (also spoilers for 'The War Games')

Recced because: Do you ever come across a fic that you read for the first time and immediately say to yourself 'omg, this is perfect'? This is one of those fics. I can't believe it hasn't been recced before, but I'm all too happy to do the honors!

Fresh off my first read of it, I'm still in flail mode, but I'll try to highlight it's strengths with a modicum of clarity:

First of all: Post-War Games Jamie. What happens to companions after they leave is a great subject for fic, and Jamie is a particularly interesting case, seeing as his memory is supposedly erased- but how can all the memories be truly gone after all the ways he's learned and changed? How can he forget the best friend he's ever had? In this story, he hasn't quite forgotten, and the memories come to him in snatches of ideas- and he makes sense of them in the context of his own time and culture. The references to Scottish faerie lore are perfectly fitting, and the attention the author has paid to all the little details made me, as someone who once considered getting a degree in folklore, absolutely delighted.

Second: The Eighth Doctor. The scenes between Eight and Jamie are spot on. Sensitively written, thoughtful, and a little bit heartbreaking, but in a good way. This fic does a beautiful job of highlighting the strength of the Doctor & companion bond regardless of which face he wears.

Third: Kirstie McLaren gets a featured role, in a way that makes her more than just an ancillary love interest to Jamie's story. (And hints at interesting possibilities for the future.)

Basically, this is a beautifully written, touching story, with a great mix of action/adventure and insightful character-based scenes. I could hear all the characters voices perfectly while reading it, and I'm accepting the whole thing as my new headcanon now. If you love Jamie and wish his fate had been different, reading this might be a tonic for some of those War Games blues. (Though I would advise having some tissues handy while reading it- the feels will sneak up on you!) Go forth and read: this fic is the kind of fic that ficcing is all about.
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Story: In Alien Soil
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1957
Author's Summary: Peri and the Doctor discuss botany, and the Doctor remembers what interests her.
Characters/Pairings: Peri Brown, The Doctor (6th)
Warnings: None

Recced because: Only the other day, I was discussing the venerable Who tradition of offloading surplus companions by marrying them off to random guest characters, and mentioned that I thought Vicki taking off with Troilus was actually one of the occasions when it worked as a storytelling choice. One of the more bizarre examples has to be Peri's apparent romance with Yrcanos at the end of Trial of a Time Lord. I think in recent years I've come around to the idea of it, however ill-advised it might seem. For one thing, it's a better outcome for Peri than the other alternative facing her in that particular story. For another thing, I've found that I actually quite like BRIAN BLESSED's turn in "Mind Warp" and his interactions with Peri - you can almost believe in their relationship if you, like, squint a bit. I also rather like the bizarre version of events given in the epilogue of the Target novelisation, where he somehow ends up as a pro wrestler in 1980s California with Peri as his manager. I think the main thing that's brought me around to quite liking Peri's ending, however, is that there is so much really nice fic out there about what she did next. And this, from a writer who needs no introduction around these parts, is a very fine example.

There is much more to this fic than that, however. We get a nice scene from the period when Peri was still travelling with Six, which features a discussion of botany (nice to see Peri getting a chance to use her expertise) and of Gallifreyan botany in particular. I'm a sucker for Gallifreyan worldbuilding at the best of times, but this is some tip-top stuff addressing a bit of lore we've all heard of but perhaps not thought too deeply about and in a genuinely science-fictional manner too. The part of the story set in Peri's post-Doctor period is just as good, with lots of nice hints about just what sort of society Krontep is (Yrcanos, you may not be entirely surprised to discover, is not some weirdly violent outlier as far as his culture and people go), and how Peri's time there hasn't always been easy but how she has managed to make a fulfilling life there. The main thing I like about this fic, however, is the great characterisation (something I always come back to when discussing fics I like); Peri and the Doctor both shine here, with Six's unique manner and verbosity coming through particularly clearly. I think it's Peri you'll remember afterwards, though, for her wit, her wisdom and her overcoming of adversity, as well as the heartfelt but not uncritical affection she has for both of the men in her life beyond Earth.

Well, go on - go and read it!

An Extract )
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Story: Adventures in Scientific Babysitting
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: all ages
Word count: 200
Characters/pairings: Liz Shaw [and Kate Stewart]
Author's summary: When Liz Shaw babysits, the science is going to get done right.

Recced because: This is an adorable little drabble that I absolutely think must have canonically happened. I love the idea of companions remaining in each other's lives after they leave the Doctor, and it just fits perfectly to imagine that the Brigadier would ask his former colleague to look after his daughter, since in 'The Power of Three' she did say someone had taught her that 'science leads'.

Not going to bother with an excerpt because it's so short. Just go read it and smile.
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Thank you, thank you, it's good to be back and I hope all of you will enjoy the next fortnight's reccing. I'd especially like to welcome all the members of Illinois's law enforcement community who have chosen to join me here on [livejournal.com profile] calufrax at this time...

...

Anyway, on with the fic:

Story: The Music Snob of Sherwood
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 200
Author's Summary: The Doctor does not have a very good bedside manner.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (12th), some "Merrie" Men
Warnings: None

Recced because: Well, we're five episodes in to Series 8 of New Who/the Twelve era/whatever you want to call it, and on the whole I'm enjoying it greatly so far. So I thought I'd definitely include at least one Twelve fic in this reccing run just to highlight the fact that a lot of people are already doing good work with the new Doctor and his era. I'm sure they'll be doing even better work when S8 is over and Twelve is bedded in and we know more about him, but stuff like this is very nice to be going on with in the meantime, very nice indeed. And I don't know about my fellow reccers on here, but I always get a certain satisfaction to securing the bragging rights of having recced hot-off-the-presses good fic like this before any of the rest of them got to it. ;)

I also thought this fic would be a good one to draw attention to at this point because it highlights one of the aspects of the new Doctor and his stories that I am especially enjoying, namely the Twelve's brilliant cantankerous spikiness; he may or may not be a good man, he shows signs of being a kind man underneath it all, but he quite a lot of the time is far from being a nice man, at least not when he's right in your face. Peter Capaldi plays this aspect of the Doctor (and let's be honest, pretty much all of the other ones too) brilliantly, and you can almost hear him spitting the words out in this nicely done double drabble. It also builds on what has for me so far been possibly the most purely enjoyable S8 story, the amazingly silly (this is not a bad thing in Who, if you ask me) Robot of Sherwood, and more than does justice to the side of the Doctor displayed in that particular episode.

And on top of all that, let's be honest; this is an author you know you're in safe hands with. She does not disappoint. And that goes for this fic too. Go and read, enjoy, and offer appropriate words of appreciation over on Teaspoon.


A Sample )
[identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
Story: A Problem of Background
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 5117
Author's Summary: The Doctor needs Martha's advice about a new companion.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones, Original Companion, The Doctor (11th)
Warnings: Explicit Violence, Non-Con, Character Study, Drama, General

Recced because: Well, part of the rec is 'Lyricwritesprose'. I mean, anyone who has read her work will understand what I'm talking about. She is one of the most recced writers here (top ten, actually) - and for a good reason. She consistently (and absolutely) blows everyone away with her stellar work. She can write every Doctor, every Era flawlessly and with a style that puts you right there in the thick of it. A gorgeous writer and well worth reccing every time. But that's not the only reason I'm reccing at this point.

This is literally a 'history' fiction (in a manner of speaking). The Doctor not only goes back to see a Companion we have not seen since Ten's Era, but he brings someone only she can help. There are some shocking elements to this fiction - but then, there should be. With the turmoil going on in today's world - racial tension, profiling and horror being committed against people for the very fact their skin color isn't white - this fiction...fits. It tells us that our history (for all that it has changed), has only changed slightly. It is a good historical fiction. It is a fiction that is well worth the read for the characters, the remembrance of not-so-good days in the past. And how one little girl could be rescued (and just may do the same for others), by the man with a time machine and good intentions - even as he may not be equipped to handle everything the universe can throw at him. That's why he has friends. That's why he needs people to keep him steady and remind him that sometimes, he isn't the only one saving people. Though really, the bravest and best character here is the one the author created that this fiction is centered around. You will love her, feel for her, be proud of her. In the world she grew up in, life was sketchy and difficult and brutal - but she was a rock against it. There are a lot of reasons to recommend this fiction. I have barely scraped the surface (and likely, I have done so poorly) - but I could be here all day with all the reasons this fiction is a must-read and one that will change how you see the world and all of our places within it. But I will not do that. I will let you discover this for yourself. But as always, I will give you a small taste to get you going with this tale...

Small taste below the cut )


Ahhh, a wonderful, terrible, beautiful and perfect fiction. Please do tell her what you think. And let her know that her work is missed...
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
Story: They Say
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 744
Author's Summary: The oppressed rely on whispers.
Characters/Pairings: None, directly.
Warnings: Some references to slavery and the violence and brutality involved in same. Nothing graphic, however.

Recced because: Another author who has become no stranger to these pages in recent months and years, and there's a reason for that. If you ask me (and seeing as you're reading my rec post, in some sense you already have), Lyricwritesprose is one of the very best new Whofic writers to emerge onto the scene in the past few years, maintaining a consistently high standard of interesting fics with things to say about Doctor Who, its characters and universe that are worth thinking about. This fic is no exception.

There's a wariness among some Who fans regarding what I've heard referred to as the fetishising of the Doctor. The tendency, perhaps, to invest him with godlike or superheroic status over and above that of an extremely clever and resourceful adventurer in time and space. Probably the prime example in many of these fans' minds would be the moment in Forest of the Dead - "Look me up." I think the point is that the Doctor shouldn't be able to rely on the power of his reputation alone in confrontations with powerful enemies - and I think it's an opinion Stephen Moffat has at least paid lip service to in the idea of making the Eleventh Doctor "anonymous" again and portray him as deliberately trying to lower his profile in the universe, even if this was perhaps not executed perfectly in practice.

This fic deals in these sorts of areas, takes them head on, and paints a brilliantly thoughtful and original picture of the, for want of a better term, Whoniverse and what it must be like to exist in it. This is a dangerous cosmos, the author makes clear, perhaps more dangerous than the series itself occasionally remembers, filled with conflict and oppression and evil. And yet, quite literally its saving grace, it has the Doctor. And this isn't the Doctor as some sort of lionised godlike superhero - his personality and indeed existence are immaterial. This is about the footprint the Doctor leaves, the effect his actions have upon the universe he exists in and the lives of the people living in it, and the hope that footprint provides for all of the others out there in the darkness, regardless of whether they know how or why it exists. It is, quite simply, lovely stuff, the kind of thing I really relish in a good fanfic.

I would characterise this as a companion piece to the author's other story "Invisible Road", which was also recently recced on the comm. That's more than worth your reading time as well. If I were you, I would go and read both of them right now and leave appropriate words of encouragement for the author.

A Taste )
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Title: Invisible Road
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2376
Author's Summary: It. Is. Defended.
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: A creative and lyric re-telling of modern legends with familiar faces, from a truly alien perspective. The world-building of Sycorax culture is fantastic and the POV is inspired and the legend . . . well, it's one that will have you cheering and crying and everything in between. Absolutely, it's what Ace's charity is all about, and it's what she's done in her time since leaving the Doctor. Brilliant OCs and the first person narrative really bring this gem of a story to life.

Excerpt )
[identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
Hello, hello everyone! I'm [livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon (or PhoenixDragon at Teaspoon) and I am your reccer this week! I do have a favorite era (who doesn't?) but I'm going to try to mix it up and rotate through a few other Doctors and Companions just give some variety. Tis the spice of life (and fanfic), yus? Onto the first Rec!

Story: Little Details
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1022
Author's Summary: Sometimes, the Doctor messes up on the little things. Set immediately after "Vampires of Venice," featuring Rory's first morning on the TARDIS.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Rory Williams, Eleventh Doctor
Warnings: Fluff, General

Recced because: We can't just say 'It's Lyricwritesprose' and that be enough of a rec? No? Well...this little tidbit is part of a bigger series (Madman in a Box) but it reads beautifully as a standalone as well. I encourage you to read the whole series, but if you are just wanting a taste *giggles a bit* this is a good way to introduce yourself to said series (or just enjoy yourself for a few minutes of entertainment - something this author is rather smashingly brilliant at)! Now imagine - it is Rory's first morning in the TARDIS. Amy is rather used to this strange creature she calls her best friend. There is no breakfast (as of yet), but the kitchen is a bit of a wreck cause...well...you'll just have to find out! A nice little wayward slice of life with a Madman when there are no guns and slavering, angry mobs to be running from. Though sometimes...one wonders if those things may just be preferable. *Grins* Don't forget to tell her she is awesome. If you do - maybe she'll make more!

An Excerpt for the curious... )
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Title: Boxing Day
Word count: 6830
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Author summary: While trying to cope with grief and survivor guilt, Wilf meets the one person he never wanted to see.
Characters: Eleventh Doctor, Wilfred Mott
Warnings: None

Recced because:
I always enjoy fics where Wilf and the Doctor meet up again. Wilf is one of my favourite companions anyway, and because they share a secret, and they're both old men by their species' standards, it seems that they'd really have a lot to talk about. This is a well-written story in which Wilf encounters Eleven and gets an opportunity he really should have had in the series. It does a good job showing the differences between Ten and Eleven, and showing Wilf's reaction to a new Doctor. It also contains this amusing and pithy description of Eleven:  Extra chin, hold the eyebrows.
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Story: Doro Theon
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1659
Author's Summary: The night after Fenric, Ace asks a question.
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, The Doctor (7th)
Warnings: None
Recced because: This is a lovely coda after the somewhat abrupt end of "The Curse of Fenric." It's sweet in a quiet, subtle way that makes sense for the characters, neither of whom are terribly touchy-feely, and despite its short length it is very thoughtful. It's also really keen observation of the characters, and a little bit of a celebration of the things to love about Ace. And the end is unexpected and really perfect.

excerpt under the cut )

Pointed

Oct. 10th, 2012 03:36 pm
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Story: Pointed
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 657
Author's Summary: Every now and then, her thief stops taking gentle hints.
Characters/Pairings: Peri Brown, The Doctor (6th), The TARDIS
Warnings: General, Humor, Vignette

Recced because: I have a special love for Six. There aren't many who share that love, but those of us that do know where to find our Six!Fix - and this author always delivers. She is highly popular (and oft recced) for a very, very good reason. She KNOWS the Doctors through and through - and Six is no exception. She gets the joke of it all and brings it to the fic-table with a flourish that leaves me dry-mouthed with envy and wanting more despite my jealousy. Her Six is everything we see and then some: dry, brassy, loud, uncompromising, witty and quick-tempered. But he is also THE DOCTOR and she shows that with a humorous pen that has no rival. This is a tale about a Thief and his Blue Box - and how She would like to remain a Blue Box thank-you-very-much. A delightful tongue-in-cheek fiction that shows the Doctor knows more than he reveals and that his Machine knows (and loves him) even better than that. Though...he really needs to ask HER before deciding certain things.


Excerpt below the cut )


Read, laugh, enjoy - and then tell her how wonderful she is!
[identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
Hello, hello all!! I'm [livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon (PhoenixDragon) - and I am your reccer this week! *Waves* I know I am severely behind, so I figured I would treat you with two nummy recs today (spaced out over the day) and two nummy recs tomorrow (same routine) - and we'll get back to normal by Friday! I'm normally a 'darkficcer' by nature - but you will find these recs range all a manner of genres - and hopefully there will be something for everyone! So let's get to the first rec!

Story: Faces
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: All Ages/PG
Word Count: 2161
Author's Summary: The Doctor explains regeneration to Rory and Amy. Set shortly after the end of "The Big Bang."
Characters/Pairings: AmyPond, Rory Williams, Eleventh Doctor
Warnings: Introspection, Missing Scene

Recced because: I'm a sucker for a fantastically penned Doctor - and we all know Lyricwritesprose has that arena covered for every Doctor imaginable. I'm also a sucker for a good tale from Rory's POV - and she covered that flawlessly as well! This has fast become one of my favorites, because it is a quiet moment after all the excitement - time to catch one's breath and reflect. The Doctor makes the most of that time and tells Amy and Rory the risks are not theirs to take - and why. There is a lovely moment where the Doctor chides Rory and it starts the conversation from there. The Regen conversation never really seems to come up - when is there time? But why did Amy and Rory not freak out more at the beginning of S6 when the Doctor started to regenerate? As always this author explains all that and so much more, with a flair and style that pulls you into the story and keeps you riveted until the end!

Sample Below the Cut... )
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Story: Of Strangers and Second Chances
Author: lyricwritesprose
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1459
Author's Summary: After "Boom Town," Team TARDIS needs to find a place that will welcome an egg with no Family.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Rose Tyler, Slitheen, The Doctor (9th)
Warnings: Spoilers for Boom Town, obviously.

Recced because:

This is probably my favorite of the stories I've recced this week. It describes an event that must have happened, but was never shown. And lyricwritesprose (who has been heavily recced on this comm, and rightly so) manages in a few words to create Raxacoricofallapatorius- politics, pop culture, media and all. And the portrayal of the Doctor, Rose and Jack here is marvelous. If you like outside POV, world-building and gorgeously blatant allusions to folklore and fairytales, then you'll love this story as much as I do.

A small sample )
[identity profile] ladymercury-10.livejournal.com
Story: Freedom and Lies
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1255
Author's Summary: The Doctor says very disturbing things when he feels that he has to. An attempt to make an out-of-character idea in character.
Characters/Pairings: Rory, Eleven, a couple OCs
Warnings: None, but the author's note includes this disclaimer: Although there is no onscreen non-con, one OC is in a very abusive situation and there is definitely non-con in the back-story. Also, another OC is thoroughly humiliated.
Recced because: This is a really lovely observation of the ways the Doctor is terrifying and wonderful, not to be trifled with and yet fundamentally gentle and kind. It also deals with bringing hope to horrible situations. As usual, Lyricwritesprose hits all the right notes in the characterization.
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Story: Color Coded for Your Inconvenience
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1124
Author's Summary: Peri and the Doctor talk about visual spectrums. The conversation goes to the obvious place.
Characters/Pairings: Sixth Doctor, Peri Brown
Warnings: None
Recced because: Lyricwritesprose gets recced here a lot, and there's a reason for that. This story shows off the author's skill with descriptive phrases, characterization and verbal banter, and as a special bonus, it's got the best explanation for the Sixth Doctor's coat that I have ever come across.

A taste )
[identity profile] singeaddams.livejournal.com
Title: Technical Training
Author: lyricwritesprose
Rating: G
Word Count: 200
Warnings: threats of violence
Characters: Leela, the Doctor (fourth)
Author Summary: Speak clearly. Let it know who's in charge. And above all, show no fear.


Recced Because: It's short, sweet and hilarious! Leela and the Doctor's technology come to an understanding, by god...
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Hello everyone. I'm [livejournal.com profile] elisi and I'll be your reccer this week. I'll try my best to bring you a varied bunch of stories, starting with one which features a very rare pairing indeed. :)

Story: Sweet Sixteenth or Close Enough
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 714
Author's Summary: Mels has a good time. Rory experiences the joys of time-scrambled fatherhood. Mels/Jeff, albeit nothing long-term.
Characters/Pairings: Mels/Jeff, Rory Williams
Warnings: None

Recced because: This fic is my fault, in that the basic idea was mine. (Essentially - why was Jeff watching porn that made even the Doctor's eyes widen?) My speculation caused Lyricwritesprose to write this, which is now my head-canon, and should be yours too. Oh, and it's laugh-out-loud funny!
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
Story: A Still More Terrible Night Awaits Us
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1,278
Author's Summary: The distinction between cosmic horror and cosmic wonder is at least partly one's point of view.
Characters/Pairings: Ace, the Doctor (7th), the Master (Ainley) and a famous 20th Century author, although to say more than that would be to give the game away.
Warnings: None, really...
Recced because: Well, mainly because it's a particularly fine entry in the annals of one of the more skilled and prolific authors the Teaspoon has acquired in recent months. Lyricwritesprose has been very productive indeed over the course of the past year or so, and consistently good across the whole of this output. This is one that I only read very recently for the first time, but it instantly grabbed me, and I think it's only right in the circumstances to share.

I think this story probably works a lot better if the reader is (as I will confess to being) at least reasonably aware of the oeuvre and recurring themes of the real life author who appears in it as a guest character; it works especially well if you are also familiar with said author's somewhat idiosyncratic prose style, which here is the subject of a pastiche simultaneously as amusing as it is impressive. I really cannot be more specific than that, because a lot of the joy of this story, for me anyway, was in the slowly-dawning recognition of exactly who the character was, had to be, confirmed in the final line. I think, though, that the story still works very well even if the reader is not familiar with the guest character's works; I think it says something very perceptive about the Doctor and his adventures that some Who fans might hesitate to recognise. We see the Doctor, by and large, from the point of view of his devoted companions and pseudo-companions he acquires in the course of the various stories; what must it be like, though, to see the Doctor and his adventures from the outside, looking in? Without going overboard on the "Time's Champion"/"Time Lord Victorious" stuff that can occasionally be a bit too much, this story reflects on that side of the Doctor's nature and how he and his associates might sometimes appear to those who stumble, unawares, upon this world. And indeed upon what a vast and uncaring universe, full of powerful and dangerous beings, the Whoniverse often appears to be.

Above all, though, this is a very well-written story by a top-notch Who fanficcer currently at the height of their powers - I urge you, go and read it now and leave a few words of acknowledgement for the author.


A Most Squamous and Loathsome Excerpt... )
[identity profile] sleepismyfriend.livejournal.com
And so my reccing time has come to an end. For a first time reccer, this is definitely a harder task than it looks! But, I've enjoyed my time throughly! Till next time! :)

Story: Goodbye
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1273
Author's Summary: Nobody should have to die without knowing that they're valued. And time can be rewritten.
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor/River Song, The Brigadier
Warnings: Character Death

Recced because: I felt like starting and ending the week with Brigadier stories. The awesome part about this goodbye story is that it really doesn't feel like goodbye. <3 Nicholas Courtney/The Brigadier.

Excerpt:

"And that," the Doctor said, "is the closest I've ever seen her to starry-eyed hero-worship. She's usually self-confident to the point of smugness. Bit of a scramble sometimes to impress her, actually." He didn't look as if he minded the prospect.

And if the Doctor described someone as overly confident–actually, it was probably because he honestly didn't see the irony. Some things didn't change, no matter how the face did. "You're Earth's champion," Alastair said.

"I've been known to borrow the title when grandstanding," the Doctor admitted. "It's not as if it's exclusive. Sarah Jane, Ace, Martha Jones–a fellow named Jack will carry the title, intermittently, for quite a long time indeed–but when we don't need it, we all know who to return it to." He pulled one of the chairs close to the bed and sat down, that slightly mismatched face a study in contradictory emotions. "In thirty centuries, three times my life and thirty times yours, children will still learn about you. Generations have grown up safe and free because of things that you did." Alastair realized, with a stab of sympathetic embarrassment, that the Doctor was crying. "I thought you ought to know."
[identity profile] daystarsearcher.livejournal.com
Hullo, it's me again. Let's start things off with a bang!

Story: Dragons of the Mind
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 23831
Author's Summary: In a dark and unfamiliar landscape, Ace struggles to save people while trying to figure out whether she's being played—and by whom.
Characters/Pairings: Eleven, Ace McShane, original characters
Warnings: mental manipulation, psychological horror, vague references to abusive situations, and one or two strong swear-words.

Recced because: Have you ever loved anything about Ace McShane, ever? Then you need to read this story. Right now.

Let me expand. Would you like a story that depicts Ace's life beyond the Doctor and portrays her in all that new maturity, but still keeps her wonderfully and recognizably Ace? That explores the echoes of Seven in Eleven's personality that we got a glimpse of in 'The God Complex?' A story with original characters that are vivid and engaging but don't overwhelm the plot? A story so tense that once you start reading it, you will be unable to stop? Mysterious goings-on and an unseen villain and tests of faith and cryptic behavior and high stakes and ohmygod seriously what are you still doing reading this description when you could be reading this story?!

(Also, while it's not a story about homophobia, there's an exchange towards the end of Chapter Six that has become my go-to thing to read when dealing with real life prejudice.)

Excerpt:

"–God, oh, God, please–"

And then he stopped. The hair on the back of Ace's neck rose.

She flashed the torch up to Curtis's face.

It was absolutely calm. Despite the darkness, his pupils were so tiny that his eyes didn't look quite real. "Kill her," Curtis said serenely.
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Story: Du Liebes Kind, Komm, Geh Mit Mir
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 12,035
Author's Summary: Some time after she moves to America, Maria Jackson gets wrapped up in mysterious temporal events and Sarah Jane's past.
Characters/Pairings: Alan Jackson, Maria Jackson, Sarah Jane Smith, The Doctor (4th)
Warnings: None

Recced because: It's nice to see Maria in America and it's interesting and fun to see her with the Fourth Doctor. It's also a good plot and, since it's written for the girl saves boy ficathon, it's good to see Maria saving the world, with the Doctor helping.

Excerpt )
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Story: Inspiration
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2794
Author's Summary: Endurance is its own kind of heroism.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones, Tenth Doctor, Nyssa (in background)
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is a wonderful, uplifting fic that is full of marvelous ingredients. First off, it's an amazing piece of world-building, with a very well-drawn original character. Second, Martha gets to use her medical skills to help combat a plague. Third, Nyssa, a companion of the Fifth Doctor, gets an important mention. But best of all, it's a fic about heroism, just as Doctor Who is a show about heroism. The Doctor swoops in, fixes things, and leaves, but others stay and slog, and become heroes by dint of their endurance. As made plain in this fic, these latter types of heroes can be the most inspiring of all.

a taste )
[identity profile] allonymity.livejournal.com
Greetings! I post as Allonym on the Teaspoon and I will be your reccer this week. As usual, I’ve tried to find a variety of recs - hope you find something you like.

Story: Practical Mythology
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 14,263
Author's Summary: Jack Harkness is a conman and a survivor. He doesn't believe in legends. And he shouldn't be running towards the invisible menace—but he is.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Rose Tyler, The Doctor (9th)
Warnings:. Explicit Violence, Swearing

Recced because: There are a lot of great “Jack finds his place on the TARDIS” stories, but this one is my favorite. Lyricwritesprose does a wonderful job with the little details that bring a story to life and give it depth. The Doctor especially is well characterized, his many facets revealed as Jack puzzles out his traveling companions.
[identity profile] daystarsearcher.livejournal.com
I'm back! And I come bearing gifts!

Story: Lies Told to Children
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1274
Author's Summary: The Doctor explains why he travels with humans, or possibly just spins a tale.
Characters/Pairings: Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton, First Doctor, unspecified Doctor

Recced because: I thought I'd start off the week with the Doctor who started it all, and when it comes to First Doctor fics, nothing compares to this one. It's gorgeously written, deeply affecting, and just so goddamn smart. On one hand, the lies of the title refer to the xenophobia taught both consciously and unconsciously to the children of Gallifrey (a goldmine of a subject that far too few authors tap). On the other hand, the Doctor tells the story of his moral evolution and changing attitude towards humans by using the framework of a fairy tale--and a metaphor is a kind of lie as well. The way this story compares and contrasts these two kinds of lies, all through the lens of the Doctor struggling to understand what makes someone a good person--and more importantly, what makes someone a person at all--will leave you with the most wonderful combination of heartache, warm fuzzies, and geeky glee.

Excerpt:

This is false from beginning to end, of course. But there's more than one kind of lie. There are lies like the notion that electrons go around atoms in sedate planetary orbits: false but useful, good for making pictures in your head. And then there are the other kind.

You'll have to decide for yourself which sort this is. Imagine--

Imagine that you were born in a fairy-tale kingdom that shines like a diamond. Imagine you grew up there. And imagine that every day, in a thousand tiny ways, that kingdom whispered, we are the only real, true people in the world.
[identity profile] avarill.livejournal.com
Hello! I'm [livejournal.com profile] avarill and am offering recommendations this week.

Story: Sexy Dresses
Author: lyricwritesprose
Rating: G
Word Count: 1273
Author's Summary: There is a reason why the Doctor has never had all that much luck repairing the chameleon circuit.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (1st), The Doctor (unspecified), Susan Foreman and The TARDIS.

Recced because:

After The Doctor's Wife I can't get enough of good TARDIS-pov fic, and this is one of the best I've read. Lyricwritesprose perfectly captures the TARDIS's voice, as portrayed by Idris.

(ETA: Thanks Pers! :: Facepalm:: )
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com

Story: Night Terrors
Author:
Lyricwritesprose
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 8529
Author's Summary: People have called Rory Williams brave. He doesn't always feel that way.
Characters/Pairings: Rory Williams, the Doctor (11th)
Warnings: In the author's own words: "It's worth noting that while this story isn't violent, it does reference House's psychological torture. It would rate a mental manipulation warning, if there was one."

Recced because: Unlike most of the stories I'll be reccing this week, this is one that I only read very recently. I was put onto it by a member of my flist here on LJ, who spoke very highly of it, and when I read it I immediately saw why. I'm almost certain somebody else would have recced this on here at some point had I not done so, but you know, I thought I'd pre-empt them. For the nonexistent bragging rights of reccing something first (which may only exist in my head), and because this story is just that good that it deserves as wide an exposure, as quickly as possible.

The story follows Rory in the middle of one sleepless night soon after the events of "The Doctor's Wife", as he tries to come to terms with his experiences in that story and the private fears they have triggered in him, as well as having a typically bizarre conversation with Eleven in the TARDIS console room which leads on into darker areas. What makes this story special, and had me going "instant classic!" even as I was reading it, is the portrayal of its two main characters and the bizarre, dangerous world they inhabit. From descriptions of the TARDIS's internal geography and the ways it interacts with its inhabitants, to riffing on Eleven's various quirks and mannerisms, the author's creativity and sheer love for Doctor Who and its foibles shine through. And then there is the portrayal of the Doctor as seen through Rory's eyes, the author doing an excellent job of conveying the frightening alienness of him combined with his whimsical nature, and captures his voice perfectly. The most magnificent aspect of the tale, for me, though, is the portrayal of Rory as a viewpoint character, with all of his inner fears and insecurities and hints at unspoken traumas of his past, and the overwhelming sense that he is much more of a hero than he gives himself credit for. Also nicely handled are his lingering Roman memories and his chilling recollection of what it was like to be an Auton too.

And the author-created alien who makes a guest appearance is well worth reading about too.

So all I can say is read this, you won't regret it. In fact, I would hope you'll all like it as much as I did.

A Pretty Spiffing Excerpt )


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