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Hi all! *waves awkwardly*
So my name is Bianca, a whovian hailing from the Netherlands, and I'll be reccing for you this week (:
I understand that for a part of you it's still Sunday, but well.. let's just view this as a bonus than, shall we? ;)

Besides, if you're going to read this fic (and I think you should) you're going to need the extra time...


Story: Terminal Decay
Author: Unslinky
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 3,071,407 (yes, you read that right - this is not a typo)
Author's Summary: Set shortly after The Planet of the Dead. AU to everything Doctor Who and Torchwood after that.
Characters/Pairings: Clive Jones, Francine Jones, Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Jack Harkness, K-9, Leo Jones, Luke Smith, Martha Jones, Martha Jones, Mickey Smith, Sarah Jane Smith, Sarah Jane Smith, The Doctor (10th), The TARDIS, Tish Jones, Tom Milligan, Torchwood (I've only copied the list of characters Unslinky indicated on Teaspoon because I do not want to spoil what happens in the story! :))
Warnings: Explicit Sex, Explicit Violence, Swearing

Recced because: This fic took Unslinky nearly two years to complete and it has just over a 1,000 chapters. I came across it when the fic had been growing for some time already, but rapidly caught up and then followed it all the way to the end. I realise three million words may seem rather daunting, but trust me when I say that once you start reading this fic, it becomes part of your life shockingly easily and quickly. (I'm rereading it at the moment - worth every step of the way.)

So what makes this fic so captivating? There is more Doctor!Whump out there in which he (nearly) dies [keeping open the outcome so as not to spoil you guys], after all, and those are not as epically long as this fic. There are several reasons.
One is that Unslinky's characterisation is amazing. Unslinky knows how people work, what makes them tick, what makes them laugh, and she manages to write the dilemmas that come with being/caring for a dying alien, the last of his kind, in a way that is incredibly realistic. There are no good or bad guys in this story - everyone has two sides. There will be moments when you really hate a particular character (at least I did), but later that will always be put into perspective because the reasons for their behaviour are revealed and you suddenly understand that even though sometimes people say or do things that make you want to punch them in the face, they're not all bad. Every story has two sides and nothing is ever only black or only white.
That brings me to my second reason: realism. The Doctor is suffering from a degenerating disease, which will kill him if nothing is done, and a lot of people (see character list and then some) get involved. That means there are a lot of angles to be written, a lot of point of views, tensions, opinions - not to mention that an illness as seriously as the one from which the Doctor suffers in this story simply can't be fixed in two or three chapters. The illness is described very naturally, over a period of time, and Unslinky gives us readers wonderful medical details and descriptions without making it too brainy too understand - and then of course there is also the psychological side. The Doctor has to accept that he is ill and that he needs help, he bonds to people in entirely new ways, but the other characters are also affected - they have doubts, are hurt, hope, work, scream, cry (everything you might expect of someone with a close friend who is dying). Rather than rush through events towards a happy ending [or not!], Unslinky isn't afraid of putting the main storyline on hold to be introspective or have a flashback. This doesn't impede the story at all, however, but rather adds to it, shaping the characters and making them incredibly real.
In the end, this didn't feel like a story, but rather as a journey. It has made me look at some characters in an entirely new way and by the time I got to the end I didn't think 'oof, I've finally read it', but rather 'why is this over already?'.


Preview )
[identity profile] allonymity.livejournal.com
Well, it’s my last rec of the week – I’ve had a great time finding a variety of stories to recommend. Now, for those who love the sugary goodness of a well crafted crack!fic, I’ll leave you with a song.

Story: Doctor Who, Broadway Style! Les Miserables
Author: azriona
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 3476
Author's Summary: The Master is plotting the enslavement of the Earth, and the Doctor is in a wheelchair. Whoever will be able to stop him? Martha Jones, that’s who! Featuring a lovely duet between Rose Tyler (yes, Rose Tyler) and the Doctor. It’s not just Crack!Fic, it's Musical Crack!Fic!
Characters/Pairings: The Tenth Doctor, The Master (Simms), Francine Jones, Clive Jones, Tish Jones, Lucy Saxon, Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Tom Milligan, Jack Harkness,
Warnings:. none

Recced because: The utter brilliance of this musical crack!fic is right there in the title. Les Miz fans, be prepared to start humming "At the End of the Day."
[identity profile] allonymity.livejournal.com
Story: Don’t Think You Knew you Were In this Song
Author: azn_jack_fiend
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 5769
Author's Summary: Mickey and Jack meet again after the events of Children of Earth. Mickey considers how his life has changed since their first meeting, how far he's traveled since then, and wonders what he'll say to Jack. In between, he remembers a long, strange dinner party with the Jones family.
Characters/Pairings: Mickey/Martha, Jack Harkness, Martha Jones’ family
Warnings:. none

Recced because: Mickey is a hard character to get a sense of as a whole person, but this story captures him brilliantly. It shows how and why Mickey matured during the series, and how he’s also still the same man. After reading this, the romance between Martha and Mickey makes perfect sense to me. The story also captures the lingering effects of the Year on the Jones’ family – how far they’ve come, and how they are still damaged. It’s also interesting seeing Jack through Mickey’s eyes. Mickey is the one person on Earth who knew Jack before he was mortal, and it gives him a unique perspective on the Captain.
[identity profile] garpu.livejournal.com
Story:  Valiant Tales
Author:  [livejournal.com profile] lindenharp
Rating:  All
Word Count: 100
Author's Summary: A series of drabbles about the people who lived, worked, and suffered on the Valiant during the Year That Never Was.
Characters: vary
Warnings: none

I can't believe these haven't been recommended before now!  [livejournal.com profile] lindenharp is writing a series of drabbles based upon people who were on the Valiant during the year between "Sound of Drums" and "Last of the Time Lords."  Each is only 100 words, but they pack a wallop.

Here's the first one, "The Accountant's Tale":

I was an accountant in the USAF Quartermaster Corps until the new regime drafted me. When rocket factories need steel, I decide which mills must overproduce; which workers are transferred across the world.

My ancestors were Crow Indians: nomadic warriors. Their wartime triumph was counting coup: touching an armed foe with a stick, leaving him alive but humiliated.

I manage small deceptions. Redirected shipments of rice. Disappearing truckloads of blankets. Guards’ medicine going to an orphanage. If discovered, I'll be guest star on “Morning Execution”. Until then, I honor my ancestors, counting coup on the Enemy of the World.
[identity profile] fearlessfirefly.livejournal.com
Story: Girl Anachronism
Author: Willdew
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1292
Author's Summary: No more Lazarus. No more Harry. They're through with men; they shan't be tricked again.
Characters/Pairings: Clive Jones, Francine Jones, Leo Jones, Lucy Saxon, Martha Jones, Tish Jones
Warnings: Spoilers for the end of season 3, of course.

Recced because: Unconventional femmeslash is one of my most favoritest things to read, so a story with Tish/Lucy makes my heart sing with joy. The language is lovely, the characterization pitch-perfect, and it highlights a pairing there should definetly be more of in fandom. So, go and read!
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Story: Stepping on a Butterfly
Author: Bobsyeruncle
Rating: All Ages - Swearing - Angst
Word Count: 9144
Author's Summary: Little white lies; the Reaper flies, the Doctor cries, Martha dies.
Characters/Pairings: Clive Jones, Francine Jones, Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Jack Harkness, Leo Jones, Martha Jones, Martha Jones, Mickey Smith, Other Character(s), Other Character(s), Rose Tyler, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (Duplicate 10th)
Warnings: Character death

Recced because: It's my favorite post JE story. Martha does things on her terms all while calling the Doctor on his massive bullshit and forcing him to address his tendency of failing to let others make their own decisions.
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All my recs this week will be Martha centric.

Story: Electric Avenue
Author: Bobsyeruncle
Rating: All Ages - Swearing - Character Study, Het
Word Count: 28009
Author's Summary: “You never talk about her…” Rose’s comment about Ten’s and Martha Jones’ travels triggers strong emotions as the Human “Doctor” reflects navigating the complexities of personal and social relationships and Ska beat of Brixton in 1969, and his third incarnation and the companion who left him for a man named Jones.
Characters/Pairings: Second Doctor, Third Doctor, Tenth Doctor, Clive Jones, Harriet Jones, Jackie Tyler, Leo Jones, Martha Jones, Original Companion, Original Companion, Original Companion, Pete Tyler, Rose Tyler
Warnings: None.

Recced because: This is my favorite 1969 fic. I love how Bob addresses the racial realities of 1969 and how she made the Old Who characters really interesting for this New Who fan. FYI, there is a sequel, but it's still a WIP finished now. It's called To Be A Queen In Bondage.
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Story: Valiant
Author: MeiLin
Rating: adult
Word Count: 38,526
Author's Summary: The Story of the Year that Wasn't, from the viewpoints of almost everyone involved.
Characters/Pairings: Clive Jones, Francine Jones, Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Jack Harkness, Leo Jones, Lucy Saxon, Martha Jones, Owen Harper, The Doctor (10th), The Master (Simm), Tish Jones, Toshiko Sato
Warnings: It's the Year that Wasn't, and it's not fluffy. It is long - but rewarding.
Recced because: Firstly, because MeiLin has written what might be the definitive exploration of the Year That Wasn't here. Secondly, because she is a master at taking minor characters in a greater drama and seeing them as they could be, then writing them into reality. Even more important, she makes those minor characters integral to the Whoniverse she explores and the stories they inhabit. Once you meet Shae Han, you'll see what I mean.
And with that, my week of recs is over. I had a blast doing it, (although I apologize for posting rather more slowly than I should have occasionally,) and I hope you enjoyed at least some of the stories I presented. Thanks!

[identity profile] elyssadc.livejournal.com
Story: Sew it up, but you still see the tear
Author: [livejournal.com profile] thedeadparrot
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3,852
Author's Summary:She's realized that she wants to build herself a new life, a bigger one, one that can fit people who aren't the last of the Time Lords. Martha Jones in the aftermath.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones, Tom Milligan, Clive Jones, Francine Jones, Tish Jones, Jack Harkness
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is one of the most beautiful Martha stories I've ever read. It's a look at who she became after The Year That Never Was, and the effect that year had on her family and their relationships with one another. The author also does a magnificent job of showing us how Martha ended up engaged to Tom and working for UNIT. This is the Martha Jones I know and love and this story is an absolutely gorgeous love-letter to the character. It's all the little details that make it so fantastic.


a small taste... )
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Story: High Windows
Author: Paristani
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 963
Author's Summary: "I know some of you were sceptical about the relationship between the Soup Dragon and the Iron Chicken but it really is necessary that a series made for the posthuman era have that kind of emotional resonance and I just want to reassure you that I’ve allayed the concerns of those critics privately. We won’t be hearing from them again."
Characters/Pairings: Clive Jones, Martha Jones, The Master (Simm), Tish Jones
Warnings: Swearing

Recced because: Fair warning: this is one deeply twisted, disturbing story, and if you didn't already know the Master was a sick bastard, you will by the end of this fic. It's also got some of the blackest humor I've ever seen, so if the concept of "Master TV" appeals to you, this may be your kind of story. It manages to simultaneously horrify me and crack me up, which is pretty impressive for something less than 1,000 words long.

AU, taking place during "Last of the Time Lords," with Martha onboard the Valiant.

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Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

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