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Well, that didn't seem like two weeks, did it? If I didn't know better I'd say something was going on with space and time. As usual, my reccing stint has flown over and I didn't manage to post all of the fics I had on my list, which means I'll have to sign up again. I'd strongly recommend you to think about it too. I will leave you with this lovely bit of fluff, until next time:

Story: Time And Relatively Distracting Innuendo-related Scandals
Author: TheBigCat
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1,144
Author's Summary: A CIA agent was sent to bring Clara and Ashildr back to Gallifrey. That was the Time Lords’ first mistake.
Characters/Pairings: Ace, Ashildr/Me, Clara
Warnings: None

Recced because: I don't know about you, but I really liked Series 9/Season 35, and its ultimate ending, with the mostly-dead Clara and immortal "Me" taking off Doctor-like in a stolen TARDIS was, assuming they don't get revisited at some point, practically incitement to commit fanfic. What I like about this fic is that it takes its lead from that finale episode, but does so in a way that is more or less completely at odds with the generally heavy tone of the Twelfth Doctor's last round of adventures. It's not trying to make any big points about mortality, fate or the state of the universe, it's just silly, frothy, somewhat slashy and extremely amusing indeed. I for one was cackling quite a bit while reading it. Well, to be honest, I cackle quite a lot, but this made me cackle even more.

And the stroke of genius is the inclusion of the surprise guest character. Of course the restored Time Lords wouldn't just take the existence of a pair of living space-time anomalies careering recklessly around the universe lying down, of course they'd send an agent to hunt them down. Making that agent Ace, however, wins this fic several billion bonus points from me, and even makes a kind of sense in light of the long-ago 90s novel canon and/or John Nathan-Turner's reported brainwave of sending her to the Time Lord academy as a way of writing her out of the series during the Season 27 that never happened. Ace, as it turns out, isn't actually terribly good at hunting fugitives for the Celestial Intervention Agency, but given her deep anti-authoritarian streak it makes sense that she wouldn't actually be trying that hard. Indeed, she mainly seems to be interested in exchanging rather charged banter with her would-be quarries, and very funny it is too.

So if you're looking for something light and enjoyable to round off the weekend, this could well be the fic for you. Go and have a look and if you like it (I think many of you will) be sure to let the author know. And if you're like me, you'll be beaming to yourself for some time afterwards just at the bit where we find out who Gallifrey's new President is. I hope Chris Chibnall is of the same mind as this author!


A Preview )


And that, for now, is that. See you around soonish, I hope!
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Story: Purpose
Author: TheBigCat
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 3590
Author's Summary: “Now do you see? Bernice Summerfield must die. Can’t you see that she needs to die?”
Characters/Pairings: Bernice Summerfield, Irving Braxiatel, Other Characters
Warnings:  None

Recced because: I have recently gotten into the Bernice Summerfield series of audios and on my search for fics for them, came across this.  This story is intense and exciting; with a unique style that wouldn't feel out of place within the canon of the audios.
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Story: A Tale of Two Osgoods
Author: TheBigCat
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 459
Author's Summary: Schrodinger’s Girl. Entangled at the quantum level. She’s Osgood, and she’s Osgood, and this is their story. (Spoilers for The Zygon Inversion)
Characters/Pairings: Osgood

Recced because: I was not exactly a fan of S9's Zygon two-parter, but one thing I did like about those episodes was the expansion of Osgood's character, particularly her steadfast refusal to identify whether she was human or Zygon, because it simply didn't matter. TheBigCat takes this one step further with a look into the Osgoods' internal dialogue: they finish one another's sentences, feel one another's pain, and understand each other on a level no one else does. It's a sweet, compact story that packs a lot of insight into a small number of words.

Excerpt: after the cut )
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Story: Inhuman (and other tales through time)
Author: TheBigCat
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 3096
Author's Summary: Nobody expected Thomas Schofield to become a famous author. Possibly the person most surprised by it was Schofield himself.
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Hex Schofield, Clara Oswin Oswald, The Doctor (7th), Other Characters
Warnings: None, but quite a few spoilers for several Big Finish audios featuring the Seventh Doctor, Ace, and Hex.

Recced because: Companions' post-TARDIS lives are almost always something to think about. This story explores one possibility for Hex's future in a creative way.
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Story: Full Moon, Full Moon
Author: TheBigCat
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 4824
Author's Summary: In which the Doctor is an ex-chemistry teacher (recently fired), Ace might possibly be a werewolf, and they both sort out things with absolutely no explosives- which is a shock to both of them. (Survival AU)
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Seventh Doctor
Warnings: N/A

Recced because:
It was a challenge deciding which of TheBigCat's many excellent fics to rec this week. She writes across eras and in a variety of styles and tones. Finally, I decided on Full Moon, Full Moon because:

1) it features Ace and Seven, one of my all-time favourite Doctor-Companion combos

and

2) it's wonderful and unique take on them unlike anything I've read elsewhere.

This is an AU, but how much of an AU is left up to the reader's imagination (is it a timeline which took a different path, or is it a completely different reality?). Ace is a werewolf (or, more accurately, a were-cheetah), and the Doctor is… a mystery wrapped in a puzzle tied with an enigma. He's a recently fired chemistry teacher. He may also be a Time Lord – or possibly a wizard. Who knows? This fic is full of questions without answers, but that's because the plot is less important than the magnificent, mentor-student friendship between Ace and her Professor, which is the same in any universe.

There is great dialogue, lovely descriptive prose (a lot of it about tea, and I had to make a cuppa while re-reading for this rec, because it kept making me thirsty), and loads of references to other companions/villains/past episodes for those who like spotting continuity nods. And, of course, there are lots of questions marks (not just on the Doctor's jumper) to keep you wondering what might happen next long after the fic is finished and the browser window closed.

Sample:

Under Here )
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Story: Fifteen Minutes
Author: TheBigCat
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4845
Author's Summary: Solving a murder mystery on a train? All in a day's work for the Doctor and Ace.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (7th), Ace
Warnings: Some mild murder/violence

Recced because: Well, it's no secret by now; I love the Seventh Doctor and Ace, both individually and collectively as they go about writing wrongs, fighting for justice and generally injecting a little anarchy into space and time. And this fic offers a fine example of them doing what they do best, unplugged, as it were; no aliens, no universe-threatening eeevills from the dawn of time, just a Professor and his eager pupil unable to stand by and let evil go unpunished and just too good at it for any hapless villain who isn't even an alien or an aforementioned eeevill to stand a chance (although comparatively small-scale evils are still, you know, evil and as far as Seven and Ace are concerned still need to be sorted out). Just to make it even more impressive, they do it all aboard a moving train carriage in the space of time it takes to get from one station to the next.

Even more than a lot of other Doctor-companion relationships, I think a big part of the appeal of Seven and Ace is their interactions with each other, the banter and conversation, the way there's always more to what they say to each other than simple exposition. It's the way they interact, more than anything, as well as the teacher/pupil relationship and the genuine bond of friendship and affection they have even as he's testing her half the time and the rest of the time they're lying to each other more often than not. This all shines through in this fic, with some delightful Seven-Ace repartee and all of the little quirks and tics you come to expect from the pair of them. Like most of the best Seven fiction (fan and otherwise) it's told from Ace's p.o.v. and manages to pack in a lot of subtle characterisation by showing the world through her unique lens. And the Seven portrayed here is, I would say, extremely Seven-ish, with some great little bits of business that you can imagine Sylvester McCoy carrying out with aplomb were this a scene from a television story.

Anyway, go over to Teaspoon and see what you think, and be sure to let the author know that you like it (because I'm sure you will).


A Sample )
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Story: Level Complete
Author: thebigcat
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1313
Characters/Pairings:  Ten, Eleven, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, River Song
Author's Summary: AMY POND used SLAP. ELEVENTH DOCTOR has been INJURED FATALLY.


Recced Because:

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I am a sucker for hilarious crack, and this is hilarious crack of the first order. Gain new companions while avoiding the nefarious inference of the WILD CRACK. This fic is Eleven's first two series re-imagined as a snarky text adventure game. And did I mention it's really funny?


A taste )

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Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

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