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Story: Satisfaction Guaranteed
Author: Pitry
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 650
Author's Summary: Some people would complain about anything.
Characters/Pairings: None.
Warnings: None.

Recced because: You’ve got to wonder what it would be like living in the Doctor Who universe where every Christmas seems to be interrupted by alien invasion – and it’s not as if the rest of the year is much better (and even worse if you live in Cardiff). Well, this fic is a fun parodic piece dealing with that idea and should be guaranteed to put a grin on your face.
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Story: Lost in Translation
Author: Pitry
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 646
Author's Summary: The Doctor and Jack talk all the time: one of them opens his mouth and words come out. They never listen.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Jack Harkness
Warnings: Spoilers for "The Sound of Drums" / "Last of the Time Lords"
Recced because: Pitry knows a lot about linguistics, and she shows off her expertise here with her speculations about the effect of time travel on language. As fascinating as that is, however, the real power of this story comes from its quiet build and the incredible punch at the end.

A sample )
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
It's the first night of Hanukkah here tonight, which means it might already be Hanukkah for you, dear Calufrax reader, or else it's going to be Hanukkah, or the first night is already over depending on where you are in the world and, um, when you read this. Anyway, if you celebrate it, Happy Hanukkah! (Or Chanukkah, Chanukah, etc. -- they're all correct, as they're just various ways of putting Hebrew into our alphabet.) Today I bring you the gift of an appropriately holiday-themed fic:

Story: On Ill Spaceships and Chanukkah Miracles
Author: pitry
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 808
Author's Summary: "And this, Donna, is why I never park the Tardis on Earth when it's in need of repairs, ever again."
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, the TARDIS
Warnings: If you're very religious, you might find this irreverent.

Recced because: There isn't much Hanukkah-themed Doctor Who fic out there, but fortunately we have this, which is absolutely wonderful; light and fun and perfect for getting into a holiday mood. But first, for those who don't know the story of Hanukkah, a little background: it's the commemoration of a time when, after a military victory and rededication of a temple, oil that should have lasted for only one day miraculously lasted for eight days instead. According to this fic, the Doctor just may have had a little something to do with that miracle, albeit unintentionally. Which would be just like him, too.

A taste )
[identity profile] daystarsearcher.livejournal.com
Well, the end has come. For my last rec of the week, I'd thought I'd do something about goodbyes.

Story: You can't go home again
Author: Pitry
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2237
Author's Summary: Five postcards the Doctor got from Mel.
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier, Third Doctor, Mel Bush, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, Eleventh Doctor, River Song, Ninth Doctor, Sixth Doctor, Seventh Doctor

Recced because: Full disclosure: this was written for my prompt at [livejournal.com profile] dw_straybunnies. But I wouldn't be reccing it if Pitry hadn't taken my half-formed hopes and wishes and sculpted them into pure timey-wimey awesome.

For all of its randomness, Mel's goodbye to the Doctor in 'Dragonfire' is still one of the most affecting in the show's history. Her promise to write to the Doctor--never mind that he didn't have an address, she'd just stick a postcard in a bottle and throw it into space--perfectly captured some of her best qualities: her kindness, her whimsy, her overflowing optimism and desire to believe the best of everyone and everything. Of course, with a time traveler there's no way to make sure your letters get to him in order, and so this fic becomes two equally fascinating jumbled-up wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stories. On one hand, it's the tale of the Doctor, and how five postcards from a companion who's moved on affected him at critical points in his lives--both before and after he met her. And on the other hand, those five postcards tell Mel's story, the age-old tale of the young person leaving their mentor and striking out on their own, with all the attendant freedom and fear of that venture. These two stories twine together seamlessly, both rich in humor, pathos, and great characterization with everyone's voices ringing true.


Excerpt:

Dear Doctor,
I’ve spent the last five days with this wonderful family. They were very kind, and not at all what you’d expect from a family of man-eating fish. I quite like it here. But I don’t think I’m staying. It doesn’t really feel like home. I’m starting to think it might have been a mistake to leave you. But I think I’ll travel a bit longer, give it another go. I hope this postcard finds you well.
Mel.
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[personal profile] nonelvis
Story: You, Me and the Baobab Tree
Author: Pitry
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1,565
Author's Summary: Bloomin' Lovely are now making deliveries all the way to the Horse-Head Nebula. Regular fees apply.
Characters/Pairings: Gita Chandra, Sarah Jane Smith, Mr. Smith, Eleven
Warnings: None

Recced because: It isn't hard to believe that Gita Chandra, always hatching another ambitious plan to promote Bloomin' Lovely, would work out a way to extend her delivery range far, far outside London. Roses are easy, and even a request for a baobab straight out of The Little Prince is no trouble for the indomitable Gita, who isn't going to let anything as minor as Earth's existing flora catalog – much less Sarah Jane's insistence that Earth isn't ready for alien contact – limit her ability to serve her customers.

Excerpt: after the cut )
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[personal profile] lost_spook
Story: SA: Superheroes Anonymous
Author: Pitry
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1007
Author's Summary: The Doctor goes to a support group.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne, Peter Parker
Warnings: None.

Recced because: I was originally thinking of reccing a different story by this author, but what does anybody need more in the middle of the week than a bit of wonderful crack!fic to lighten things up?

In this, the Tenth Doctor decides to go to a support group for superheroes, and suddenly finds that his angsty confessions are not getting the reaction he expects. It makes me grin every time I read it, right down to the ending. (Which is one of my favourite things, along with Batman’s cynicism about everyone being after his money… “Sorry.” *snerk*).

And while being very much a cracky crossover that lovingly pokes fun at Ten’s inclination to existential angst, it’s also another fic that celebrates in its own way how wonderful this nearly-50-year-old show of ours is.

Fade Away

Nov. 7th, 2010 08:42 pm
[identity profile] madmerry.livejournal.com
Story: Fade Away
Author: Pitry
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3411
Author's Summary: It was supposed to be different this time. He's human, he can't regenerate - he was supposed to die before her.
Characters/Pairings: Jackie Tyler, Pete Tyler, The Doctor (Duplicate 10th)
Warnings: None

Recced because: I wanted to rec something from the classic series, and very nearly did, when i stumbled across this piece. It's lovely and haunting and the style Pitry (the author) uses allows the story to have an emotional impact outside of the sequence of events inside the story, which stops it from, sinking to morose or melodramatic levels of emotion. It's a beautiful story that I didn't want to risk it not being shared until my next turn reccing.


In the end, I guess I did lie to you guys, as these recs were mostly newer series with classic touches thrown in; for that I apologise. However, I do hope you enjoyed my recs even half as much as I enjoyed reccing them and I PROMISE next time will have more classic tales. Until we meet again!
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[personal profile] nonelvis
Story: But Oh, Those Human Women
Author: Pitry
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1,200
Author's Summary: Brannigan and Valerie – life on the motorway
Characters/Pairings: Brannigan/Valerie
Warnings: None

Recced because: One of my favorite stories from the [livejournal.com profile] who_like_giants Minor Characters Ficathon, "But, Oh, Those Human Women" is the tale of how human and cat fall in love and learn to accept their mutual differences. Brannigan isn't a typical cat, nor Valerie a typical human, but their relationship issues will be familiar to any couple: their fear of losing their partner, their relief at having found someone who'll put up with their idiosyncracies.
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[personal profile] lost_spook
Story: Dear Mike: If You See A Blue Box
Author: Pitry
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1926
Author's Summary: The Williams family goes on holiday every year, leaving instructions for their neighbour.
Characters/Pairings: None, Tenth Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is something of an oddity as fics go, but I like it very much. In one sense, it’s a Doctorless story and in another his presence is all over it. A haunting short story in letters that explores the Doctor’s effect on one family over 40 years. It’s humorous, moving and chilling by turns and it provokes questions rather than offering answers.

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Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

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