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Story: Self-Preservation
Author: Memory Dragon
Rating: teen
Word count: 16429
Characters: Delgado!master, Three, Simm!master
Summary: Running for his life with the Master, the Doctor finds someone he just can't leave behind.
Warnings: This fic is part of a well balanced diet of angst and cuteness. The Master gets a bit beaten up (off screen abuse of the insane on backwater planets) and there is a small bit of violence towards the Doctor, but I don't think it's anything major. Just a bit of choking, really.

Recced because: Self-Preservation features two incarnations of the Master, and Memory Dragon writes them both splendidly (though of course, anything Memory Dragon writes with the Master is guaranteed goodness). This fic shows the trust between the 3rd doctor and his master, something that has been lost in their later regenerations, and the mercurial nature of simm!master, and offers a believable explanation for how Delgado becomes who he will be. The story is very much one of contrasts, a moment of truce in a conflict that almost feels like a farce because it's obvious in this fic that Three and his master don't hate each other - rather the opposite. The concern the 3rd doctor and Delgado!master show for each other only underscores how bitter their battles will become. The conversation between the two Masters was also well done, with Delgado characteristically dismissive of his older self's melodrama. And the ending is excellent.

I could go on about it all day -- go ahead and read it!

excerpt: after the cut )

Rec: Death

Mar. 26th, 2013 12:21 pm
[identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
Story: Death
Author: MemoryDragon
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 358
Author's Summary: The Doctor almost couldn't remember a time when the Master wasn't afraid of death.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (5th), The Doctor (Academy era), The Master (Academy era), The Master (Ainley)
Warnings: Angst, Hurt/Comfort

Recced because: This author really should be recced more! They have a lot of good fiction, scattered across many, many eras. Some of us have a habit of sticking to mostly one era - but this author (like my previously recced one), is very comfortable crossing from Classic to New and back again (sometimes even mixing the two). I was going to rec one of those - a fantastic X-Over between Classic and New - when this fiction caught my attention. The episode referenced has long haunted me (and fueled many a mental fic when I was small). The reflections within it are so truthful, there was no way I could waste the reccing opportunity on anything else! I could go on (and likely exceed the wordcount of the story itself), but this is one of those you just need to read. It is not very long at all, but there is so much packed into so few words, you'll find yourself reading it once, twice more just to squeeze every achey drop of nuance from this fiction that you can. A promise made and broken. A friendship that died long ago, yet still lives somewhere inside. Yes...definitely read this! And please let the author know how awesome they are, so we can continue to recieve gems like this one!
[identity profile] blackrose42.livejournal.com
Story: Rosemary and Time
http://www.whofic.com/viewstory.php?sid=41783
Author: Memory Dragon
Rating: PG-13
Summary: UNIT has finally found the Master, who went missing a month ago after being wounded. Relieved to hear the news, the Doctor finds that there's something still wrong with the Master. Uses the Master’s backstory from the Doctor Who novel “The Dark Path”, but reading the novel isn’t necessary to enjoy the fic.
Characters/Pairings: Third Doctor, (Delgado) Master, Jo Grant, the Brigadier, Doctor/Master pairing.
Warnings: None.
Recced because: Why should it always be the Doctor who loses his memory? This fic is a clever look at what would happen if the Master suffered amnesia. It’s a lovely, funny, sad, bittersweet story about what would happen if the Doctor and the Master were able to be friends again.
Excerpt: “It was, surprisingly enough, the Brigadier who made sure that no one commented or were allowed to collect on bets when Koschei had taken to sleeping in the Doctor's TARDIS, rather than the flat UNIT had provided for him. Or unsurprisingly, considering the man could be very discreet and the less said about office romances the better. The Doctor was more amused than anything, but he could tell Koschei at least appreciated the courtesy. Jo had been very put out, however, since she'd have won at least fifty pounds by his reckoning from earlier conversations he'd overheard.”
[identity profile] blackrose42.livejournal.com
Story: Let it Snow!
http://www.whofic.com/viewstory.php?sid=45867
Author: Memory Dragon
Rating: PG
Word Count: 5906
Author's Summary: The Doctor, the Brigadier, and Jo get pulled away to a winter wonderland, only to find the Master in the midst of a plot. Who will win the epic battle in the snow?
Characters: Third Doctor, The Master (Delgado), Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Jo Grant. Pairing: Third Doctor/The Master (Delgado).
Warnings: None.
Recced because: It’s completely and utterly adorable! Sweet and fluffy while still keeping everyone in character. This is exactly the kind of silly plan that Delgado Master would come up with and this is exactly how the Doctor, Jo, and the Brigadier would react. Great dialogue, wonderful use of Jo’s point of view, and great portrayal of Three’s era and its kind of humor.
merryghoul: river song (doctor who) [heart] TARDIS book, text: "I [love] spoilers" (river song spoilers)
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Story: Reminiscence
Author: Memory Dragon
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 990
Author's Summary: Walking through a market place looking for spare parts, the Master finds a reminder of his past on Gallifrey where he least expects it.
Characters/Pairings: The Master (Delgado)
Warnings: no standard warnings apply
Recced because: It's a Delgado!Master fic, and I have a soft spot for Delgado!Master (he's my favorite Master). This fic also humanizes the Master as he discovers memories he's forgotten in his quest for spare parts. But in the end the Master's still the Master, and the Master being the Master always puts a smile on my face.
[identity profile] allonymity.livejournal.com
Story: Lead and Follow
Author: Memory Dragon
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 11,223
Author's Summary: When the Doctor doesn't come to a moon the Master had taken over to stop him, the Master has to come up with a plot to get back the Doctor's attention: Learning how to dance West Coast Swing!
Characters/Pairings: The Master (Delgado)/OC, The Master (Delgado)/ The Doctor (3rd), The Doctor (8th),
Warnings:. none

Recced because: My favorite part about reccing is having the chance to highlight a great story that folks might otherwise pass up. On the face of it, this story should be labeled “crack,” but given some of the Master’s absurd plots in canon, is learning West Coast Swing really that far-fetched? . Lizzie, the story’s original character, is well-crafted and interesting, and the plot is engaging. Best of all is the characterization of Delgado!Master, who manages to be sympathetic, charming and evil (if not completely so) all at the same time.
[identity profile] daystarsearcher.livejournal.com
Story: The Master and Mrs. Pond
Author: Memory Dragon
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 13238
Author's Summary: Still waiting for her proper Doctor and Rory to find her again, Amy meets the Doctor's best enemy and gets chased around by a giant purple monster. So much for hearing embarrassing stories of the Doctor's childhood over chocolate!
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Third Doctor, Delgado!Master, Sergeant Benton

Recced because: Though this is technically the sequel to "The Sea Devils and Mrs. Pond," I chose to rec this one instead because I believe that it is in this story that Memory Dragon truly perfects the initiative of its predecessor, in glorious fashion. (And rest assured, "The Master and Mrs. Pond" is perfectly understandable if you haven't read the first one--all you need to know is that Amy is trapped in Three's era in an AU-ish limbo between Jo and Sarah Jane.) How glorious of a fashion, you ask?

Well, this is Amy "Force of Nature" Pond we're talking about here, dropped down into the proper, polite--perhaps even a bit repressed--Third Doctor's run. And in true Amy Pond fashion, she immediately smashes down that annoying line between text and subtext. She makes fun of the Master's TCE, points out that his schemes are rather rubbish, demands to know whether or not the Doctor and he are ex-boyfriends or if it's an unresolved sexual tension thing. Also, she flirts with him, demands chocolate, and nicknames him--well, I better not spoil it for you. Between her brash confidence and the Master's icy reserve, they are the perfect foils for each other. For such a funny fic, the ending is surprisingly and beautifully bittersweet: the Doctor and Amy can hold out hope for the Master, but the reader already knows his future. And both Amy and we know the future of the Doctor.

(Also, in both stories? Amy is working for UNIT. So she is surrounded by soldiers. Men in uniform. She flirts with everyone, and it is the best thing ever.)

Excerpt:

"You'll find the TCE is a much more elegant solution and much easier to clean up," the Master explained, gripping the weapon in his hands tighter. It was the only show of his temper, but it left Amy wondering if she was pushing a bit too far. He was the one with the weapon after all. "You will be shrunk down to a few mere inches, effectively killing you."

"So it shrinks things?" Amy asked, not caring about how far she was pushing him any longer. This was hilarious. "And I thought the bow tie and ruffles were a cry for help. No, that's not compensating for anything."
[identity profile] choco-chick.livejournal.com
So here's my last fic :( It was a lot of fun and I hope you all enjoyed them :)

Story
: Without You
Author: Memory Dragon
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 17056
Author's Summary: Surprised to find the Master at his home, the Brigadier is immediately suspicious. The Brigadier is eventually forced to admit the even more surprising fact the Master isn't there to stir up trouble. Faced with actually having to help the Master, the Brigadier resigns himself to a few more adventures.
Characters/Pairings: Simm!Master, Brigadier, Tenth Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: In the novel "The Face of the Enemy" the Master says the Brigadier makes a fairly worthy opponent (or something like that) and in this fic that respect for the Brigadier shines through. In The End of Time the Doctor dies and the Master lives but he doesn't know what to do with himself. He turns to the Brigadier for help/in grief - Not something I would've thought of myself but after reading this I was like: "Of course he would!" This fic rekindled my love of the Brigadier :) The evolution the Master's character goes through is well done and I just love the role the TARDIS plays :D

Oops! Just noticed part 3 is not up on teaspoon but thankfully it is here on her Lj.

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