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Story: A Perfect Heart
Author: Mandragora
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1033
Author's Summary: The story of a Queen, a curse and a perfect love.
Characters/Pairings: Seventh Doctor, Ace McShane
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It’s something out of the usual run of fics and it’s gorgeous, with an excellently done Seven and Ace, together in the snow – and an enigmatic fairy tale that may or may not be only a story. But then, there’s no such thing as “only a story”, is there?
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[identity profile] redjaywrites.livejournal.com
I am so, so sorry for the quiet! Life went a bit hectic, this week. ): Last few recs, coming up!

Story: The Nightmare Child
Author: Mandragora
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2,677
Author's Summary: A war in Hell collides with a war in Heaven
Characters/Pairings: Seventh Doctor
Warnings: war themes, explicit violence, swearing and horror

Recced because: Now, you see, I don't know much about the 7th Doctor but from what I know, this is an absolute gem, and I want to see more of him. A dark and mysterious tale about the Time War and the Master that actually makes me like the 8th Doctor movie a little more... The dialogue is amazing (can you see a theme in fics I like?), and so is how it ties Doctor Who canon in with real life warfare. It also has a nice snippy pace that works well and makes me feel a little breathless.
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
Well, hello Calufrax. I will be your reccer for the coming week. It doesn't seem like long since I was last reccing here. Time flies, as they say.

Story: Fade Out
Author: Mandragora
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2880
Author's Summary: A dying being of energy, a feline and a Time Lord's last days.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (7th), Wolsey (the Doctor's cat from the New Adventures novels)
Warnings: Swearing; animal death

Recced because: One of the reasons I have to keep coming back and reccing here is that I seem quite often nowadays to read new stories that immediately elbow their way to the front of my "to rec" list. I first came across this gem a couple of weeks ago and still have it on my mind. As I may have let slip one or two times, I'm a very big fan of the Seventh Doctor and while not quite as big a fan of some of the directions taken by the New Adventures after the original television series ended, they were the main outlet for my Who fandom for much of the time between the old series and the new. So reading about Wolsey and Seven's white linen suit and so on takes me straight back to those years. The appeal of this story to me goes beyond that, however. This touches on some deep themes that were starting to emerge in the televised Seven stories and were expanded on in the NAs before resurfacing more recently in the new series. The main one is the reminder that the Doctor, despite having great power (something the so-called Cartmel Masterplan emphasised and the new series is positively obsessed with) is still limited. He is still, for all of his abilities and longevity, only mortal. Probably. And then there is the exploration, particularly apt for a setting where time travel is a reality, of the nature of fate and destiny and how difficult it might prove to cheat them. We're in Turn Left or Waters of Mars territory here, and very definitely going down some of the same byways as Eleven's two series, especially the most recent one. Most definitely, though, this is a fine slice of late-period NA Seven, includes an extremely interesting author-created alien species and offers as good an explanation as any for the TV Movie's Gothic-themed TARDIS interior. And it has cats, for better and for worse.

A taste... )
[identity profile] derekmetaltron.livejournal.com
Ok, so my last day happens to be September 11th – ten years ago today we were all waking up to a very different kind of world than we had lived in previously. I considered trying to find something which might reflect this but on hindsight I think it’s better if we have something quiet and thoughtful to finish my run. In any case I really thank you for joining me this past week, for any comments you’ve sent my way, and I may well be up here reccing again soon! Bye for now!

Story: From Can To Can’t
Author: Mandragora
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5286
Author's Summary: The Doctor teaches Ace why he can and can’t interfere with history.
Characters/Pairings: Seventh Doctor, Ace
Warnings: Mild swearing, otherwise fine.

Recced because: Mandragora uses the Seventh Doctor to tell the logical question – if you had a time machine, wouldn’t it be tempting to use it to change history for the better? Or could that attempt make things much worse? And are there parts of history which can be altered over others. In light of the recent Let’s Kill Hitler episode this story manages to tackle that a little more expertly together without treading too much on what’s been said on the subject of changing the past. Seven and Ace are firmly in character and this makes for a great character piece between this much beloved TARDIS crew of mine.
[identity profile] atraphoenix.livejournal.com
Story: Echoes of Gallifrey
Author: Mandragora
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1547
Author's Summary: The Doctor, Romana, lunch and an echo of things to come.
Characters/Pairings: The Fourth Doctor, Romana II
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is a sweet story with some excellent exchanges between Romana and the Doctor, but it also has a slight edge when you read it with the new series in mind.

Cry for Me

Sep. 2nd, 2008 11:04 am
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Story: Cry for Me
Author: Mandragora
Rating: None
Word Count:  7063
Author's Summary: Ace faces the price she pays for travelling with the Doctor.
Characters/Pairings: Seven, Ace,
Warnings: Contains illicit drug use, swearing, and non-specific mentions of rape.

Recced because: After a particularly harrowing adventure, Ace leaves. While trying to decide what to do next she goes clubbing with a group of Australia university students. This story is gritty, harsh, completely dysfunctional, and very, very true to Ace and Seven. The characters, canon and OC, are frighteningly real in their dialogue and actions. The… I can’t say enough good things about this story. Read it. Read it now. It might break you a little bit inside, but it’s totally worth it.
 
Sample:
 
Jasmine looked down as she shook crushed ice into a metal container. “Glowing alien martini?”

Ace’s face didn’t move a muscle. Jasmine frowned slightly. “You don’t like martinis?”

“Don’t like aliens. At least, some of them not a million miles away.”

Jasmine made a face. “Are you calling me an alien? Here!” She gave the container a final shake and poured it into a martini glass, adding a slightly off-looking olive from a jar. “Try the alien semen drink.”

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Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

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