[identity profile] x-los.livejournal.com
Story: The Renegade Tourbus
Author: Neveralarch
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1809
Author's Summary: “Matrix archives: mailing list section. Fragments from the 'Gallifreyan Expatriate Circular', commonly referred to as the 'GEC'.”
Characters: Iris Wildthyme, Romana II, The Doctor (3rd), The Doctor (5th), The Doctor (5th), The War Chief, Drax, The Master (Ainley), The Meddling Monk, The Rani
Pairings: a touch of Doctor/Master, but it’s comedic (and might, if we believe the Doctor, be a Trolling Turlough—a Trollough?) and doesn’t actually get to the warned-for Explicit (Chat) Sex: this is an ensemble piece uber alles
Warnings: Explicit Sex, Swearing
Recced because:

All the renegades have a mailing list, which Iris Wildthyme trolls. How many renegades? “To answer your question (more for the benefit of others interested) there are currently nine _official_ members of the list, of which only five are usually active. The other four are grandfathered from the original list created by Omega and distributed from the anti-matter universe.

Yes, before you ask, we do still distribute to all known universes. This is very difficult, technically speaking, and is also why I am moderator and not, for instance, Drax.” ←The Rani moderates. This fic spans several early Doctors’ worth of canon, and is fun for Three’s breezy email-voice alone.

“To: GEC list
From: morbius.brain.of
Subject: please remove

I, Morbius, am returned from the grave! And all I see in my inbox is spam from this list. I no longer wish to receive messages.

To: GEC list
From: romana.dvoratre.lundar
Subject: re: please remove

Could you take me off here too, please? I think the Doctor added me without my permission.

~Romana”
[identity profile] romanajo123.livejournal.com
Story: Metamorphosis
Author: Rose of Pollux
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 19872
Author's Summary: Season 6B, post-"The Two Doctors." After learning about Dastari's experiments on the Doctor, the Rani brings her old classmate, along with his Scottish companion, back to Space Station Chimera for a new series of experiments. With two Grigs of Androgums aiding the Rani, the Doctor and Jamie may never be the same again...
Characters/Pairings: Jamie McCrimmon, The Doctor (2nd), The Rani
Warnings: None

Recced because: Just the idea of the Second Doctor and Jamie facing the Rani is intriguing; and the author manages to execute it well with the characters' dynamic written perfectly and a very unique twist (which I won't spoil).
[identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
Yesterday's story was about Sky Smith, Sarah-Jane's adopted daughter. I went looking for more, accidentally put an "e" on the end of the name, and found this crossover:

Story: Wound Man
Author: Prochytes
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1209
Author's Summary: They should never have let Skye find out what she was. (Crossover with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Characters/Pairings: The Rani
Warnings: None

Recced because: I'm a big fan of crossovers, and of the Marvel Cinematic Universe which includes The Avengers, the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., etc. Here Prochytes takes one of the cliches of Dr. Who crossovers, a character who is unknowingly a Time Lord, and shows just how bad it can be. This story does rely to an extent on the reader's familiarity with the Marvel side of the crossover, especially Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but works reasonably well without it.

A short extract )
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Hello, [livejournal.com profile] calufrax! In a fit of muddle-headedness, I forgot to introduce myself yesterday (sorry!), but what’s a little non-linearity in this fandom? Anyway, I’m [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook (vvj5 on Teaspoon), and I’m your reccer for the next two weeks, steering us over the upcoming anniversary weekend (with some extra recs, gosh). I’m still very much in love with all eras of our favourite 50 year old TV series, so hopefully there’ll be something for everyone at some point along the way. And now, in terms of recs, I think I could honestly say I’m going from the sublime to the ridiculous here, so let’s waste no more time in idle chat…

Story: Just the Two of Us
Author: kesdax
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1155
Author's Summary: That one where the Master and the Rani get stranded on a desert planet.
Characters/Pairings: The Master (Ainley), The Rani
Warnings: None.

Recced because: As it says, it’s the Master, and the Rani, stranded together on a deserted planet with a broken TARDIS. And, as it happens, a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Yes, people, if you’ve ever wondered what happened after the ending of The Mark of the Rani, here is your answer! It’s a fic filled with bickering, death threats, unaccountable moments of life-saving, and hyperbole. And a dinosaur. I grinned pretty much the whole way through, and I hope you will too.
[identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
I began this week with a very serious story by Prochytes; I'm ending it with an exceptionally silly crossover by the same author, an indication of his or her range as a writer.

Story: Face Value
Author: Prochytes
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1762
Characters: The Master (Simm), The Rani
Author's Summary: When Eddy’s world fails to make sense it isn’t always because of the substance abuse (crossover with "Absolutely Fabulous").
Warnings: None
Recced because: I'm a sucker for crossovers, and this one manages to be extremely silly and perfectly logical, which is a neat trick if you can pull it off. Multi-era and great fun.



“You gotta spring me fast, Eddy.” Patsy rasped. Orange overalls were not a good look on her. “I can’t hack it in the Big House. Do you know what happens to the pretty ones in prison? They’ll eat me alive, Eddy. They’ll SUCK ME DRY!!!”

“No one’s going to suck you, sweetie,” Edina soothed. She glanced around the cell (small and dirty) before her gaze settled on the guard (large and clean). His natty red cap reassuringly indicated that someone around here understood about Matching Their Colours. “How exactly did you end up in military jail?”

Patsy’s pout would have been visible from orbit. “The bitch Jackie.”

“Your sister?”

“No. Not my sister. That’s the point.”

“I’ve lost you, sweetie.”

“Shame she bloody didn’t. ‘Did you know I was actually adopted, Patsy?’ Well, it was a relief to find that out, obviously. Sheltering under the same family tree as the cat-fancier was always a curse. But then she started waving around this kitschy little pocket-watch that the orphanage had just sent her. And when she opened it,” Patsy tried, from force of habit, to inhale on an imaginary cigarette, “that’s when things got weird.”



This ends my week of reccing; I hope you've enjoyed the stories.

later The mods have pointed out that I forgot to include lists of characters - I've gone back through the week and edited the entries accordingly. Apologies if this has caused problems for anyone
[identity profile] biancaisabelle.livejournal.com
With the importance of names being a hot topic on the show lately.. This seemed fitting.


Story: Your Name
Author: blaidddrwg
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 24,226
Author's Summary: Exploring the names chosen by the Doctor and the Master, as well as their original, or 'real' names.
Characters/Pairings: Romana I, Romana II, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (Academy era), The Master (Academy era), The Master (Other), The Master (Simm), The Rani (Academy era)
Warnings: I suppose there are some incesty-tones here, if you go with the theory that Koschei and Theta are brothers, but they are easily ignored if you choose to do so

Recced because: Throughout both classic and new Who the Doctor and the Master keep intriguing and making us guess about their original relationship. This fic explores the possibility that they may have been brothers (twins, in fact) and it strangely seems to fit. I don't think everyone will agree with this theory, but it's a nice framework for this fic and truly transforms the Koschei/Theta dynamics into two sides of the same medal.
The first few chapters give a really good feel, I think, of what they academy might have been like and the shenanigans the both of them might have gotten up to. More interesting is the tension that already starts to spiral out of control as both boys grow up and their relationship already begins to fracture. blaidddrwg focuses on the inner thoughts and telepathic life of the two main characters very well as well, really drawing the reader into the relationship and letting the audience get very close. This fic is definitely an interesting window into Time Lord psychology and shed a light on a possible angle of the Doctor's and the Master's history.
The last two chapters link all this prior, non-canon history to scenes from canon, completing the circle in a way. We readers read the academy chapters with our canon-based background and in the last two chapters we review this familiar canon within the framework blaidddrwg has given us in earlier chapters.

Even if you don't feel you can agree on the idea that the Doctor and the Master are brothers, I'd still advise you to read this fic if only because it offers so many interesting new angles to this set of characters who seem to be forever spiralling together - pulling and pushing at each other constantly.


Preview )

Rec: Paean

Aug. 3rd, 2012 12:07 am
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Story: Paean
Author: neveralarch
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 3806
Author's Summary: There are different forms of want, and different forms of need.
Characters/Pairings: The Master (Ainley), The Master (Delgado), The Master (Other), The Rani
Warnings: Swearing, off-screen sexual content, some consent issues.

Recced because: I like reading asexual character fic. I never thought a character like the Master could be portrayed as asexual, but after reading this story, I was convinced.
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Hi! Here's the first of my recommendations this week - I hope you all enjoy.

Story: The Only Renegade Time Lords Not To Be President This Time War
Author: aralias
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 6,508
Author's Summary: In which Braxiatel and Romana are not president (though not for lack of trying). Meanwhile, various other unsuitable people are.
Characters/Pairings: Iris Wildthyme, Irving Braxiatel, Leela, Narvin, Romana, The Doctor (8th), The Master (Other), The Rani, (also, Drax, Salyavin, Darkel, and K-9)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Last time I recced, I did a theme set of BFA fics. I'm not going to try for that this time, but I figured I'd start with an awesome story about a set of somewhat obscure characters. This is the story of who was president of the Time Lords during the Time War (practically everyone), and I think it's funny even if you're not a bit obsessed with BFAs in general and the Gallifrey series in particular. But if you are, you'll find a lot of nods to the canon which make the fic amazing.

excerpt under the cut )
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com

Story: Cake and the Rani
Author: [livejournal.com profile] primsong 
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 11,098
Author's Summary: In which the Master takes up baking, Three disapproves of his culinary planning and Ten loses his britches, with the Rani's help. No TARDISes were harmed in the making of this fic.
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Sergeant Benton, The Doctor (3rd), The Master (Delgado), The TARDIS, UNIT, The Doctor (10th), The Rani and other characters
Warnings: In spite of the worrying implications of the author's summary, surprisingly none

Recced because: I'll be candid right at the outset and admit that I may have had some tangential involvment in inciting this particular fic, or that at any rate I may have been involved in some of the discussions that led to it being incited. A couple of years ago, on a Doctor Who forum that I frequent, a kind of fictional prompt or challenge arose quite by accident from some chance remarks made by members of the forum. To cut a long story short, people started writing humorous fics with one common premise; they all featured Ten, naked, chained to Three by the Master and both of them covered in cake. Despite the worrying potential, I don't think any of these fics veered into the obvious places you might think from that summary. And so a genre was born. Cakefic. And this story remains one of the premier examples.

Now, I don't expect anybody who wasn't a participant to care at all about the previous paragraph, but I still think they should read this fic. Not only does [livejournal.com profile] primsong manage to take a pretty silly prompt indeed and weave from it a decent, lengthy and not wholly frivolous story, but she does it with such a deft touch and affection for all of the disparate characters involved. I think one of the things that I really respond strongly to in Doctor Who fanfic is the sense you get in some stories of the writer's deep, abiding love for the show and its characters, and especially when it's clear that love extends across more than one era of the show without fear or favour or fan-wankiness. And that's what I get when I read this fic. Ten and Three and the Master and the Rani and the UNIT bods are all drawn with such affection and insight into their essential natures. And there are some telling little moments, like Three's wistful realisation when he sees his future self's TARDIS that his own exile isn't forever, or the Rani's businesslike ruthlessness and her spiky relationship with the Master, even if it's Delgado!Master in this instance. And it's pretty funny indeed. And it features Ten naked, chained to Three and covered in cake. So go and read it.

A Brief Extract )


[identity profile] janeturenne.livejournal.com
Story: Le Donne che Piangono (the Weeping Women)--The ‘Thrice Cursed’ Remix
Author: aralias
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3429
Author’s Summary: Gallifrey is silencing its women.
Characters: Romana II, The Doctor (8th), The Rani
Warnings: None
Recced because:

The fic of which this is a remix--Nameless, Faceless by voodoochild--has been recced here before, and deservedly; it’s a brilliant, chilling look at the women of Gallifrey during the Time War. Le Donna che Piangono has a very high bar set for it, then, but it clears it with space to spare. Aralias has captured the best and worst of the Time Lords (and Time Ladies) in a single fic, their strength and pride and the corresponding vices of ruthlessness and arrogance, and shown just how narrow the line between the two can be. The characterization and voices are flawless, and the atmosphere is just as beautifully terrifying as in the original. It’s a brilliant re-interpretation, and entirely worth a read.

Excerpt: )
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Story: Nameless, Faceless
Author: voodoochild
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3943
Author's Summary: There are no Time Ladies on Gallifrey any longer. The entire universe knows of the Weeping Angels. These two facts are connected.
Characters: Romana III, Susan Foreman, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (8th), The Master (Simm), The Rani, Wilfred Mott
Warnings: None

Recc'ed because: One of the lines in the End of Time mentioned Time Lord dissenters and Weeping Angels in the same breath, and I always wondered whether the connection was something the writers had explicitly thought about or just something RTD threw out there on a whim. Well, voodoochild takes that idea and spins it into a mythos that is fascinating and chilling, like the myth of the banshee or the Fates, but somewhat in reverse. The narrative voice weaves the events of the last days of the Time War through with mystical context and metaphor, like a legend passed down by storytellers for generations. The end is chilling and amazing and it works--oh, it works brilliantly.

Excerpt )
[identity profile] madmerry.livejournal.com
Story: With Justice and Honour
Author: JJPOR
Rating:All Ages
Word Count:2559
Author's Summary:“I swear to protect the Ancient Law of Gallifrey with all my might and brain. I will to the end of my days with justice and with honour temper my actions and my thoughts.” SPOILERS for Waters of Mars
Characters/Pairings:Other Character(s), Other Character(s), The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (Academy era), The Master (Academy era), The Rani (Academy era)
Warnings: None, aside from Spoilers for Waters of Mars

Recced because: I waffled in reccing this piece. I know the author and I recced the author last time I recced and while that may look like favouritism; it doesn't stop the author or this piece, in particular, from being just that good. Rather than commit reverse nepotism I have decided to rec this. With Justice and Honour is an an academy days tale, and I know many are put off by those, but this piece was written post-Waters of Mars and in that light this early days tale takes a strange sort of ambiguity that haunts the reader. Also, as this story happened so long before any we have seen in canon (using only what the series entitled Doctor Who shows as canon to avoid arguments without end)it also lends that sort of haunting ambiguity to some other, classic era events (The Key to Time in particular). As usual, JJPOR (the author) spins a tightly woven tale that manages to hurt without being angsty and manages to heal while straying closer to the Valeyard side of the Doctor.
[identity profile] elliptic-eye.livejournal.com
Story: It's Getting Boring by the Sea
Author: Netgirl_y2k
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 400
Author's Summary: “If you told me what room the giant bees were in, I'd know not to open that door.”
Characters/Pairings: Peri Brown/the Rani
Warnings: AU

Recced because: It's just a brilliantly fun romp. In an alternate universe somewhere, Peri Brown isn't romantically saved from drowning by Vislor Turlough—she's romantically saved by the Rani, instead. All for the cause of science, of course.

Netgirl combines the Rani's wryness with Peri's naïve abrasiveness to get great chemistry, and then proceeds to give a series of swift peeks at a magnificent show we never got but that I'd watch in a heartbeat. And there are, most importantly, giant bees.

Excerpt )
[identity profile] librarylover82.livejournal.com

Story: Name Magic
Author: Storyseller
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1,548
Author's Summary:
In a universe where there never was a Doctor, there is a Time Lord without a name.

Characters/Pairings: The Master, Romana I, Borusa, The Rani, Braxiatel
Warnings:
None

Recced because: I find this a fascinating look at what might have been.  This explores what the Master’s life would have been like without the Doctor’s influence.  By “conventional” standards it was better, but he seems to feel in his soul that he was never meant to be conventional.  Holmes and Moriarty, good and evil, yin and yang . . . nature abhors a vacuum.  Is life really better if you always feel incomplete?

[identity profile] pimpmytardis.livejournal.com
Story: A Bit of Bother
Author: Gary Merchant
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2157
Author's Summary: A quiet night at the local police station - but not for long.
Characters/Pairings:
Warnings: The Master (Ainley), The Master (Delgado), The Meddling Monk, The Rani

Recced because: Things get weird when some renegade Time Lords are taken into police custody for causing a ruckus. It's funny and the officer's log POV is refreshing and creative. I always enjoy re-reading this one.
[identity profile] pimpmytardis.livejournal.com
Story: With Still No Master Plan
Author: [livejournal.com profile] biichan
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2079
Author's Summary: The Rani's back in business, the Master's not quite dead after all, and it's all Lucy Saxon's fault.
Characters/Pairings: Rani/Lucy, the Master, Ten, Donna
Warnings: None given

Recced because: Lucy hooks up with a fobwatched Rani, the Doctor babbles a bit, and the Master boogies to the KLF. What's not to love?
[identity profile] fantasyjax.livejournal.com
Well then - this has been my recs week. I hope that despite the somewhat sporadic posting, I've managed to provide a good reading experience. Two more left... and I actually like to think I saved the best for last.

~*~

Story: With Enemies Like These
Author:
Honourable Jester
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 16,492
Author's Summary: A question of Martha's sets the Tenth Doctor off down memory lane, back to his sixth incarnation, and a disturbing encounter with the Rani and the Master.
Characters/Pairings: Ten, Martha, Six, Ainley!Master, the Rani.
Warnings: Non-con, graphic sex, swearing, violence.

Recced because: Due warning - when I say non-con, I mean a serious, powerful look at rape as a concept, crime and weapon. This highly disturbing, highly effective story probes the ragged edges of the Doctor/Master/Rani dynamic while providing a fantastic portrayal of all three. The Master here is at his most indestructible, mesmerising and wretched self, nor does the author shy away from the Rani's clinical evil. Caught between the two, the sixth Doctor shines in his strength and his vulnerability. And somehow the whole ordeal manages to be - I wouldn't call it sexy, but it's quite a sensory experience that manages to balance captivating and repulsive almost magically. Longer than my other recs, but reads with bated breath.

The story is incomplete. I'm not sure if the author plans to take it up again. I'm rather hoping this would help.


~*~

Story: "Yeah, I Know What an Allegory Is," Said Ace
Author: merripestin
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 100
Author's Summary: There once was a man who married goldfish.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (Seventh, presumably)
Warnings: None

Recced because: It is possibly the best drabble ever written in the fandom. A solid knife to the gut. Indescribable in its perfection. 100 words and the Doctor's life with his companions is summarized in awe and love.



Enjoy!
[identity profile] livii.livejournal.com
Story: Space Between
Author: Biichan
Rating: Teen
Author's summary: On an out-of-the-way alien planet, Susan and her grandfather find someone they never thought they'd see again.
Characters/Pairings: First Doctor/the Rani, Susan
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~2,450 words

Recced because: This is frankly brilliant: it's hilarious and well-written, with a great plot, and also manages to get in all sorts of terrific little bits of fanon that I loved about Gallifrey, Time Lords, and that band of rogues the Doctor ran with. One and Susan meet up with Susan's granny once again, now ruling over a planet in exile, as imperious and brilliant as always. We get Susan backstory, the Rani causing Susan's interest in and stay on Earth, meeting people in the wrong order, some well-deserved (and tasteful!) getting it on for One, and I even enjoyed the reference to the Looms, for goodness' sake. Rassilon approves.

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