[identity profile] x-los.livejournal.com
Hello! I’m x_los here and on Teaspoon. I haven’t rec’d here before, and I solemnly swear I will lj-cut the many teal deers I have brought along with me.

Story: Kept Man
Author: Aralias
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 30953 words
Author's Summary: In Scream of the Shalka, REG!Doctor (the ninth Doctor who almost was) was seen travelling round the universe with a robotic Master for no apparent reason. The ninth Doctor (who actually was) has a much better reason for travelling with a robotic Master, given that his entire race are dead. This fic assumes that he was and that the Master just kept out of sight so as not to alarm anyone.
Characters: Jack Harkness, Jack Harkness, Martha Jones, Mickey Smith, Mickey Smith, Professor Yana, Rose Tyler, Rose Tyler, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (9th), The Master (Jacobi), The Master (Other), The Master (Simm)
Pairings: Shalka!Master/Nine, Shalka!Master/Ten, Doctor/Master generally implied
Warnings: Explicit sex, swearing (goodness, there’s a warning for that? Huh.)

Recced because:

A little about the author. )

Kept Man is relatively early but essential work from an essential writer in Doctor/Master and, really, the fandom. This fic tracks the first three series of the reboot, imagining that all along, an android version of the Master, built by the Doctor, lives in the TARDIS, preferring not to interact with the Doctor’s various human companions (a plot device that pulls on Scream of the Shalka’s presentation of the Doctor and an android Master voiced by Jacobi living together). It slots neatly into the show as we know it, but not in a facile, consequence-free ‘episode coda’ kind of way. ‘The Doctor keeps the Master on the TARDIS after the events on the Valiant’ is a big subgenre of Doctor/Master fic (especially the fic that came right after s3) (Kept Man is also probably a little influenced by Ariastar’s generally well-regarded Ten/Simm!Master alternate series—alternate series 4 and 5 are another sort of sub genre.). Aralias is engaging with that here, but pulling the trend/trope in directions that chime with her overall interests and sensibilities.

A little about why this fic is compelling and important. )
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[personal profile] nonelvis
Posting on behalf of Styrofoam monster on Teaspoon.

Story: Set Yourself on Fire
Author: livii
Rating: all ages
Word count: 1081
Characters: Leela/Jacobi!Master
Summary: War, in fragments: Gallifrey's two greatest defenders.
Warnings: none

Recced because: This fic imagines the Master and Leela as warriors of Gallifrey, bound together by their determination to protect their home. They are not friends, but comrades-in-arms, sharing something deeper than trust in the cataclysm of the Time War. The prose is sparse and evocative, and the relationship the two share is uncertain and oddly beautiful. Leela is proud and brave; the Master is proud and almost brave. But the ending shows where they differ.

Excerpt: after the cut )
[identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
Story: through this disappearing land
Author: Lyaka
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 13711
Author's Summary: The man he’d been once would have laid down next to Cass and died in defiance of war. The man who had drunk from the cup acknowledged that war was a grim necessity. The man he’d become? The Warrior didn’t yet understand what he would or wouldn’t do, but he had a feeling he was about to find out. The War Doctor is summoned back to Gallifrey, as the pace of the Time War accelerates towards destruction.
Characters/Pairings: Romana II, The Daleks, The Doctor (8th), The Doctor (9th), The Master (Jacobi), The Time Lords,
Warnings: Character Study, Introspection, Standalone

Recced because: There always needs to be more about Gallifrey during the Time War. I have read many, many fics about the Time War. I have written a few myself. There is still so much mystery to be delved into. So much richness to be explored.

This fiction does that. There are no words to describe how this fiction blew me away. I was asked to beta and I have to say...I read this and practically cried because of the sheer perfection. It was my honor to beta this glorious work: there were a few surprises twists, a few characters we know well seen from a new light, new depths to the War Doctor and a fresh, yet even more sinister feel to the hierachy of Gallifrey. The political machinations alone were mind-boggling and complex, yet laid out in a way that makes sense of it all. The skewed, tilted view of the Time Lords and how they descended into madness with this War is laid out step by step and it is frightening how easy that slide seems to be from the depiction. An intelligent, secure (rather stagnant) people become vicious, manipulative and blood-thirsty very quickly. They always had that potential, but this fiction showed it soaring to new heights. Couple the fear that is displayed here with a nice dose of ruthlessness (and horror) embroil the Universe's Champion...and you get this fiction. Glorious. I am reccing this because GLORIOUS. A definite must-read for all.


Small modest sample behind the cut )


Go...read...enjoy! Then tell her how much this rocked your world!
[identity profile] pitry.livejournal.com
Story: In Dreams
Author: rickmaniac101
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 3290
Author's Summary: Time Lords don't, by design, dream. But the Doctor is a very different sort of Time Lord.
Characters/Pairings: Third Doctor, Fifth Doctor, Seventh Doctor, Eighth Doctor, Ninth Doctor, Tenth Doctor, the Master (Delgado), the Master (Ainley), the Master (Roberts), the Master (Jacobi), the Master (Simm)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It's a fic that starts with Gallifreyan language, continues with the Doctor waiting for a bus, and has the respective Doctors and Masters - well, challenging each other, or rather, the Doctor challenges himself. And run away from that challenge in the same time. What is there not to absolutely love?
[identity profile] choco-chick.livejournal.com
And now for something lighter:

Story
: Cafestrovalva
Author: x_los
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 13390
Author's Summary: “You could very easily be poisoning these people. You might be attempting to weaken this time line by feeding it a steady diet of anachronisms—softening it up in preparation for a larger plan. You might, Master, be capable of anything. Or at least of anything but running a tea shop.”
Characters/Pairings: Eight/Jacobi!Master
Warnings

Recced because: This is the kind of Master I often love. When he acts more like Shalka!Master and is not as insane as Simm!Master. This is the Master who wanted to split the Universe with the Doctor. But instead of offering him the Universe he is now offering him tea ;) Eight is wonderful and flighty and petty and very very confuzzled. The Master has the patience of a saint ;)

Although I assume most D/M fans have already read this fic I felt I had to rec it especially since I was unsure of it at first and almost didn't read it. I'm so glad I did! And so should you! :D
[identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
Let's end the week with an epic crossover!

Story: Rebuilding a Life
Author: Settiai
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 40641
Author's Summary: Near the end of the Time War, Fitz Kreiner finds himself stranded on Earth in an unfamiliar time and place. His life moves on, whether he wants it to or not. (Crossover with "NCIS.")
Characters/Pairings: Anji Kapoor, Compassion, Donna Noble, Fitz Kreiner, Harriet Jones, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Martha Jones, Other Character(s), Rose Tyler, Samantha Jones, Sarah Jane Smith, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (4th), The Doctor (8th), The Doctor (9th), The Master (Jacobi). Fitz / Tony.
Warnings: None
Recced because: I've gradually moved from ignoring NCIS to becoming a fan, and this is an excellent NCIS crossover (with several other secondary crossovers brought in, as far as I can tell, for the sheer fun of it) spanning several years which for once doesn't tell everyone everybody's secrets in the first five minutes of the story, and stars an amazing number of doctors and companions. I was very surprised to find that it has never been recced here, because it turns up on NCIS rec lists fairly often, but delighted to have this opportunity to introduce it to a wider audience.

You don't need much knowledge of the NCIS characters, they're described as they appear in the story, and the viewpoint is always Fitz, initially as an outsider gradually meeting and getting to know them. In some ways a little ignorance of the show helps, because some of the canon NCIS events have more impact!

And that concludes my week of recs - greatly looking forward to seeing what comes next.
[identity profile] golden-orange.livejournal.com
Story: Masterchef
Author: JJPOR
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 3648
Author's Summary: Ten. Master(s). Cake. No chains or nakedness this time, though. Don't look so disappointed.
Characters/Pairings: The Master (all of them), Ten, Donna
Warnings: None

Recced because:
It's such an obvious idea I can't believe I haven't come across it before; we've had multi-Doctor stories, why not multi-Master ones? It takes a challenge about Ten (being naked), Three (being chained to Ten) and cake and twists it to provide a hilariously cracky story about the Master attempting to collaborate with himself to bake the Doctor a birthday cake of all things. They collaborate about as well as the Doctor usually does with himself in these situations; personalities clash, minor irritants bloom and the Delgado Master in particular seems less-than-impressed by what his future has in store for him. Bliss.
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[identity profile] lizbee.livejournal.com
Story: Drumbeat
Author: [livejournal.com profile] atraphoenix
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2191
Author's Summary: “Yes, but you are biased when it comes to the subject of the Master, are you not, Madam President?”
Characters/Pairings: Romana/Master
Warnings: A bit of sex,

Recced because:  I love stories set during the Time War -- good people sacrificing principles and lives to save the unsavable.  This story captures it well, as Romana is driven to resurrect the Master.  Their interplay is dark and hot -- Jacobi!Master doesn't get nearly enough play.  This leaves me wanting more, but also a bit fearful of seeing what comes next.
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Story: Childish Things
Author: trollopfop
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 916
Author's Summary: "An orphan in the storm. I was a naked child, found on the coast of the Silver Devastation. Abandoned, with only this."
Characters: The Master (Jacobi), Romana
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is a perfect combination of sinister and infinitely plausible, tying a few threads of canon together and giving us a new spin on the Time War. Brilliant.
[identity profile] biichan.livejournal.com
Story: Gaze into the Abyss
Author: JJPOR
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 22, 811
Author's summary: She wanted to make a difference; she wanted to do good. She wanted to be able to say that she had done something more with her life than simply watching. Most of all, she wanted to be like him, to please him. Events dictated otherwise.
Characters/Pairings: Various Doctors/Romana II, Leela/Andred, Davros, K9, Fourth Doctor, Seventh Doctor, Eighth Doctor, Jacobi!Master, Daleks, and various assorted Time Lords
Warnings: Sad and long. Bring tissues. Also, explicit violence (but then it is a war story.)

Recced because: Tonight you get two Calufrax recs from me! I've already recced the short one; this is the long one. Believe me, it's worth every sentence.

Gazing Into the Abyss is, without a doubt, my favorite Time War fic. It's written from the perspective of Romana and through her JPOR does an excellent job of showing the horrors of war. We begin with Romana in all her youth and idealism, wanting to do good and finding the role of President as the perfect way to accomplish this and we end at the end of Gallifrey herself, the final hour. It's sad and heartbreaking, but the writing is beautiful and there were moments reading this where I forgot that it isn't actually canon. I cannot recommend this one more.

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