[identity profile] singeaddams.livejournal.com
Title: Revelation of the Aubertides
Author: Vali
Rating: All Audiences
Word count: 26,657
Author's summary: "A ragtag gang of female space pirates with no use for law and order, patriarchy or common sense take the Doctor and Romana hostage--and in the process, their ship becomes a new battlefield in a war thought long ended."
Characters: Doctor 10 and Romana
Warnings: None

Recced because: 10's popular so I was determined to rec something he was starring in but every story I clicked on over at Teaspoon pretty much made me hate him, David Tennant and anyone connected to both. My Teaspoon Roulette was weeeeeeak but [livejournal.com profile] eve11 came to my rescue with this story. I just finished it. I adored it. I admit to having reservations about the Man-Haters in Spaaaaace! aspect of it but Vali doesn't sink into cliche. These aren't Amazons or Alien Priestesses wafting serenely across the galaxy and the Doctor doesn't subdue or titillate them with his Manliness. The war they're suddenly fighting isn't the battle of the sexes either, it's one of the last shots of the Time War and it's done brilliantly.

'Aubertide's' long but packed with action, humor and heartbreak so it gallops along quickly. Each character is well-defined and lives and breathes with vitality. The detail is staggering but not overblown, I really envy Vali's sci-fi imagination. SO! There's Time War angst, 10 and Romana UST, fantastic alien worlds/cultures, creepy villains I wanted to strangle myself and pirates! PIRATES! C'mon!


"Hallo," it said, in appropriately high, childish tones. "I'm Harusa. I'm a space-pirate and I'm taking you with me."

Romana looked swiftly around the harbor, but saw no harassed-looking Borthosythian mums seeking a missing spawn. "Hello, Harusa," she replied. "I'm Romana. I'm a Time Lord and I'm afraid I must decline your invitation, I've business elsewhere."

Harusa considered this, forehead rippling with thought. "So what if I threatened to kill you!" she shouted, prodding Romana's leg a bit harder. "You have to come with me now, don't you!" She gazed up at Romana, uncertain. "You do, right?"

"I'm sorry," Romana said, "but I can't say I feel particularly threatened, and I do wish you'd stop poking at my knee. It's annoying."

Harusa mulled this over, double tongues darting out to catch a dragonfly veering off to the left, a flederkatze to the right. "Fine," she said, after much noisy chewing and swallowing, "so what would you say if I said we've got your friend the other Time Lord on our ship and we won't let him go unless you come along?" She put away the knife and, reaching into her bulging dress pockets, brandished a worn canvas trainer in triumph. "See?"

"I'd say it's good to know some things never change," Romana sighed. "Lead the way."
[identity profile] in-the-end.livejournal.com
Story: Velleity
Author: Jonquil and Vali
Rating: Adult
Word count: 5432
Author's summary: Theta and Koschei reap the benefits of complete miscommunication.
Characters/pairings: Theta/Koschei
Warnings: Graphic sex

Recced because: This is labelled as PWP, but there's a lot more to it than that; it's certainly the most in depth PWP I've read in a long while, and it has the most fantastic dialogue, and yet it has the most simple premise: Theta and Koschei are studying, then they have sex, then they go back to studying. It's simple yet perfect. And the sex? Well, it's just so in character with Theta so eager to please in any way he can.
[identity profile] stoplookingup.livejournal.com
Story: Nothing But Flowers
Author: vali
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 23,066
Author's Summary: There's flowers, sex and breakfast in bed, but the honeymoon's still over.
Characters/Pairings: Martha, Ten, TARDIS
Warnings: Doctor/other non-con and other not-vanilla acts

Recced because:
This beautifully written story presents us with a relationship of complexity and nuance, where oblique dialogue and flashes of insight combine to create an astonishing, if imperfect, mutual understanding between the Doctor and Martha. Nothing but Flowers deals with the themes of loss and persistence with subtlety and sensitivity, without insulting either the characters or the reader by oversimplifying or oversentimentalizing. I love the dialogue, snappy and witty, but beneath  that you can see the Doctor and Martha probing, looking for the boundaries of this relationship. In the end, there are no easy answers, but there is connection.

And then of course there are the flowers. And the sex.
[identity profile] tgjerusalem.livejournal.com
I should post this tomorrow, but I will probably not be home until very late, so here it is now:


Story: Parallax

Author: Vali

Rating: Adult

Word Count: 22628

Author’s Summary: The Doctor and the Master have a mutually revealing encounter on a very strange planet.

 

Co-written with Jonquil, a very AU, post-"Last of the Time Lords" cracky wallow in kink with a rich vein of fluff beneath the surface. It's of moderate importance to the action that the reader know that, just as in my other stories, the neck and collarbone are Gallifreyan erogenous zones; just blame that genetic link between Time Lords and vampires.

Contains consensual but somewhat rough BDSM and other not-vanilla acts; skip if this squicks.

Characters/Pairings: Doctor/Master(Simm)

Warnings: *Heavy* pain-fic here.  Consensual, but still intense. 

Recced because: It melted my brain.

[identity profile] biichan.livejournal.com
Story: Threads
Author: Vali
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: Romana finds that her tastes have begun to change.
Characters/Pairings: Romana I/Fourth Doctor, K9
Warnings: none that I can think of (unless you want me to warn for Classic Who)

Recced because: Of the two Romanas, Romana I definitely gets the less play in fandom. Is this because Romana's first incarnation was so standoffish? Less blond? Less overtly shippy with the Doctor? Probably the most likely explanation is that while fic with Romana II has her whole life ahead of her to play with, Romana I only really had the Key To Time Arc. Whatever the reason, it's rare to find well-written fic with Romana I in it and the fact that "Threads" is so very much more than just well-written makes this fic a joy to rec.

Vali takes Romana as we first meet her--a prissy young know-it-all straight from the Academy--and shows how she grows and changes over the course of the search for the Key To Time. It's a character study, but it's also a love story--or, rather, a falling-in-love story--between Romana and the Doctor. We see him through her eyes, nothing more than a crazy old vagabond at first and something altogether different at the end. There's also a good deal of commentary on Gallifreyan society, which sheds some light on why Romana might have chosen to regenerate at the start of S17.

In short, "Threads" is a real treat to read.

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