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[personal profile] paynesgrey
Story: Lies and Loyalty
Author: Gallifrey Immigrant
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 499
Author's Summary: The wind flows through my hair as I wait. But she's not coming back this time.
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswald, Me, (Jane Austen)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: I really enjoyed the concept of this fic, especially in Jane Austen's point of view. Even as such a small piece, I really found there was a lot of depth to her encounter with Clara and Me, and it gives really nice fan service to Clara's interest and attraction to Jane, even when it was only a passing line in canon. The ending is very bittersweet in a way, and I like how Clara truly becomes like the Doctor in this, a renegade from the Time Lords, and the cost of Jane's excitement in knowing Clara, she has to lose her memories. A really insightful piece.
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[personal profile] dbskyler
Story: Z-67
Author: Llywela
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1206
Author's Summary: Missing scene from The Zygon Inversion.
Characters/Pairings: The Twelfth Doctor, Clara, Osgood
Warnings: None

Recced because: The Twelfth Doctor episode The Zygon Inversion had a callback to Classic Who days -- the gas which could destroy the Zygons by turning them inside out, Z-67, was developed by Harry Sullivan, a companion of the Fourth Doctor who was a medical doctor, a naval officer, and someone who had met the Zygons. It all makes sense, except for one little thing: would Harry Sullivan really create such a horrific weapon? This wonderful story explains what happened, and is the perfect explanation of Z-67 for those of us who know and love Harry.
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[personal profile] newmoonstar
Story: Gothic Romance
Author: vvj5
Rating: teen
Word Count: 7513
Author's Summary: It is a fact universally acknowledged that any beings splintered in time will inevitably run into each other. No law says it has to end well, though…
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswin Oswald, Scaroth
Warnings: none

Recced because: This is an entertaining and atmospheric short story that's part gothic novel parody, part heist fic, part timey-wimey sci-fi story, and combines characters from many different eras of Doctor Who in a very clever way. It's probably best read after you've seen 'City of Death' and know who Scaroth is, but the central concept of characters who are displaced in time and thrown together in unusual circumstances is probably easy for any Whovian to catch on to. You wouldn't think 'fake relationship' trope fic featuring a time-stream Clara & a classic Who monster could be so amusing, but you'd be wrong. With it's crisp dialogue, well-realized setting, and unexpected pathos toward the end, I could easily picture this making a very fine Big Finish audio. I thoroughly enjoyed this one the whole way through, and hope lots of others will too.
[identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
Story: The Number
Author: Shivver
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2128
Author's Summary: When Clara needs help with her computer to connect to the Internet, she calls a help line. But where did she get that phone number from?
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswin Oswald, Other Character(s)
Warnings: Missing Scene

Recced because: I love this author's work. She is another writer who has a tendency to see things we all miss and just run with it - and she runs well! This was inspired by Clara's address and by the phone number that was given to her by someone that led to her adventures with a certain time traveler we all know and love. There aren't many fics out there that tackled this idea. And of the ones that do, there are very few who do so with such style, imagination and fun! To sweeten the deal, there is a surprise character that I know a lot of you love and will make this fiction even more enjoyable than ever. This fiction is set at two different times - before the call and after...and it just rounds it off and makes the piece complete in a bittersweet, lovely way. This is a definite must-read for all! The answer, alas, has already been given on the show, but this was such a fun speculation, we'll dub it timey-wimey and call it 'alternate head-canon' (because it is just too perfect to NOT be head-canon!) I won't give too much away, but they say the first taste brings one back for more...

Just a tiny taste... )


See? So enticing! Now go..read...enjoy - and leave some love. And if you have the time, feel free to investigate her other works. They are well worth that time!

PhoenixDragon (aka Mandy)
[identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
Story: Elemental
Author: Clocketpatch
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2146
Author's Summary: His friends are stars, burning brightly. They are the earth he clings to. They are ripples across the water. They are his reason.
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswin Oswald, The Doctor (12th), Amy Pond, River Song, Rory Williams
Warnings: None

Recced because: Well, it is no secret (I'm sure!) how much I love this author's work! I love the descriptions, imagery and the way I can see the Doctor (and the Companions!) through her eyes. She always brings her best to the table with every word and sentence - and this is seriously no exception! This fiction describes the Companions (through them, of them) with the image of the elements - and it is extraordinary how she just nails them perfectly...and gives us an ending that is unexpected - and yet makes total sense in the aftermath of the rest of the fiction. I'm not giving this one away - this is definitely (like most of her works!) a Must-Read! Though a little taste to get one started never hurts, yes?

Just a taste... )


Go, read, enjoy - and please let her know how much her fiction rocks! I'm sure she will appreciate the Love!

PhoenixDragon (aka Mandy)
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[personal profile] lost_spook
Story: Queens
Author: Penny
Rating: A
Word Count: 4632
Author's Summary: "Honestly, Charley, I leave you alone for one afternoon and you get arrested for grand larceny!" Charley was just minding her own business in the lobby of the Hotel Delilah when a perfect stranger took her by the arm and declared that they were married. Now she's fallen in with a jewel thief and things are getting very silly indeed.
Characters/Pairings: Charley Pollard/Clara Oswald, Eighth Doctor
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It has Clara, Charley, fake relationships, and a jewel heist and it’s every bit as much fun as that sounds. Do I really need to say more? Don’t walk, run; it's a joy…

Have a snippet:

Taster )
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
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!
[identity profile] paynesgrey.livejournal.com
Back again to rec this week!

Story: A Controlled Substance
Author: nostalgia
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 1,033
Author's Summary: If Clara is an addict then she's not the only one.
Characters/Pairings: Twelfth Doctor/Clara Oswald
Warnings: Explicit Sex, PWP

Recced because: A very enjoyable story that plays on this notion that Clara is "addicted" to the Doctor, that she gets some sort of rush from not only their adventures, but the Doctor himself. Of course, it turns explicit, but I really like the dynamic portrayed by these two in this story, the back and forth, and how the Doctor readily indulges her. A satisfying read.
[identity profile] paynesgrey.livejournal.com
Story: Sleeping Beauty
Author: Pir8grl
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 592
Author's Summary: Missing scene from Mummy on the Orient Express.
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswald, Twelfth Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: This was a wonderful moment that we didn't get to see from the episode, and I think the author fit this missing scene in nicely, just like a perfect puzzle piece. Not only that, but some really great Twelfth Doctor introspection is captured here, especially his feelings toward Clara, and even more the intimacy that we do not see because he isn't the sort to express such things directly. Working with the TARDIS, the Doctor wants to bring an unconscious Clara to a peaceful, comfortable spot, and I think underneath it all, he wants to somehow keep her from leaving him. A really great little piece that has a lot of depth to it.
[identity profile] paynesgrey.livejournal.com
Story: Casanova
Author: BiteyMadLady
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 1,879
Author's Summary: Clara wants to meet Giacomo Casanova. Oh my.
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswald, Twelfth Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is really a delightful story with a great concept as Clara wants to meet another historical figure, and when the Twelfth Doctor realizes "who", he refuses for the most hilarious reason. Very amusing, and even though the writer calls this "crackfic" I think that it could totally be supported in canon, especially knowing how the tenth incarnation could be, and it just seems like a clever twist on the whole idea. Great Twelfth Doctor characterization too.
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Story: The First Sixty Seconds (Or Maybe the Fourteenth)
Author: Palgrave
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 523
Author's Summary: The Doctor's a bit confused. The brunette girl's not helping. Neither's the lingering taste of fish fingers and custard or the fact that his insides don't match anymore. (Spoilers for "The Time of the Doctor")
Characters/Pairings: The Twelfth Doctor, Clara Oswald
Warnings: None

Recced because: Starting right after his regeneration in "The Time of the Doctor," this fic gives us the first sixty seconds of the Twelfth Doctor's new life from his own POV. Moving skillfully from Capaldi's performance to meta about the show itself, it's very amusing and loads of fun.

A sample )
[identity profile] irishvampire13.livejournal.com
Story: Oh Thank Heaven
Author: ScooterTyme
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2,817
Author's Summary: In a million years, Clara wouldn’t have been able to figure it out, but somehow the Doctor had sprung up at least a good four feet in the air, easily clearing the shelving across the aisle in front of him. His outstretched arms held his net as far in front of him as he could, his coat and legs trailing back in a smooth arc... and for a single moment, he actually looked almost graceful. His landing was anything but.
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Clara Oswald, Seventh Doctor, Ace McShane
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It is just plain adorable and giggle-worthy! Two Doctors and their respective companions, on the trail of a...nah. You wouldn't believe me if I told you! Just read it, and enjoy!
[identity profile] doctorxdonna.livejournal.com
Sorry it's been so long between recs, I've been recovering from a nasty case of the flu.

Story: Welcome to the House!
Author: Masterpwn
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 31896
Author's Summary: Multiple people who have never met each other are selected by a secret organization for unknown reasons and forced to survive in the most terrible place they have ever been in full of traps and monsters. It will take their best to stay alive and find out the truth, but the house will try everything to kill them. Is escape even possible? Will anyone even survive this? 10 go in, 1 comes out... Or so they say.
Characters/Pairing: Amy Pond, Clara Oswald, Donna Noble, Rose Tyler, River Song, Martha Jones, Rory Williams, the 9th Doctor, the 10th Doctor, the 11th Doctor
Warnings: Explicit violence, swearing, several major character deaths

As I've said before, I love a good AU, and this story fits the bill. Perhaps my favorite thing about it though is that we get a whole mess of characters who never got a chance to interact in canon working together towards a common goal. This story is full of surprises, twists, and turns-I never knew what to expect next, which is part of why I loved it so much. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did.
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[personal profile] merryghoul
Story: Perfect Package
Author: paynesgrey
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 205
Author's Summary: "He's going to love you."
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswin Oswald/Missy
Warnings: Non-Con

Recced because: Yes, this fic is short. But this fic was the first Clara/Missy fic I liked. I felt their dynamic in this fic was similar to their dynamic in canon, and I could see this as a missing scene that could have taken place before "The Bells of Saint John."
[identity profile] romanajo123.livejournal.com
Story: TARDIS Creche
Author: Pendragon
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2445
Author's Summary: The Doctor has the headache of a lifetime when his former companions are turned into children.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (12th), Clara Oswin Oswald, lots of cameos from many former companions
Warnings: None

Recced because: Since the last fic was kind of sad, here's one that extremely cute. i was initially unsure which of Pendragon's works to rec, but kept coming back to this one in particular. While the trope of 'companions being turned into children' may seem like a simple concept, this author handles it well by making the dialogue fit each character. This fic will almost certainly make you smile. :)
[identity profile] romanajo123.livejournal.com
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.
[identity profile] irishvampire13.livejournal.com
Story: All That Matters
Author: Pir8grl
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 244
Author's Summary: A tag scene to The Name of the Doctor.
Characters/Pairings: The Eleventh Doctor, the War Doctor, Clara Oswald
Warnings: None

Recced because: It's a brilliant closer to Season Seven, one which sets us up perfectly for the anniversary special. It also flawlessly shows the Doctor's self-contempt and protectiveness.
[identity profile] paynesgrey.livejournal.com
Story: Excalibur
Author: Dancingsalome
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 386
Author's Summary: “Doctor, why do you have a sword in the broom cupboard?”
Characters/Pairings: Clara, Twelfth Doctor
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Perfect characterizations of both the Twelfth Doctor and Clara Oswald. I also really enjoy this concept that the Doctor could have been Merlin, so having this particular sword makes a lot of sense. Wonderfully written and the dialog is spot on between Clara and the Doctor.
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
Story: Gentleman Caller
Author: locker_monster
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3819
Author's Summary: Who's the grey-haired Scottish man the Chandras keep seeing at Sarah Jane's house? Does she have a new boyfriend?
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswin Oswald, Gita Chandra, Haresh Chandra, Sarah Jane Smith, Sky, The Doctor (12th)
Warnings: None

Recced because: Like the rest of Doctor Who fandom, I was dismayed to hear of the untimely death of Elisabeth Sladen in 2011. Although it pales into insignificance by comparison, as much as I recognised that ending the series at that point was the right decision, I was also very sad to see the end of The Sarah Jane Adventures, my favourite Who spin-off (sorry, Torchwood!). I know I was not alone in this, nor in craving hints as to what might have happened next to the Bannerman Road gang, and especially how their paths might have crossed again with characters from the main series. So any fic that explores these areas is going to be one I want to read.

I find this fic particularly delightful for the way it focuses on two of my favourite SJA characters, Rani's parents Gita and Haresh, and for portraying them so vividly and in a manner that is so true to their onscreen characters. They both react exactly as you might expect to the notion of a mysterious new man appearing in Sarah Jane's life, which is to say completely differently and at considerable cross purposes. Another thing I find extremely interesting here is the way the author imagines how life might have continued for the characters following the end of the TV series, picking up on the hints in those final episodes to present a considerably altered status quo, with the younger characters moving on beyond school and parents and the newly introduced Sky coming more to the fore. This is no doubt the path the series itself would have followed had it been able to continue.

The highlight here, of course, is the great crossover it imagines which surely would have happened had SJA continued up to the present day (considering the episodes featuring Ten and Eleven) - the Twelfth Doctor meeting Sarah Jane Smith. It's done very well and hearwarmingly here, with Twelve showing as we might have guessed by now that his brusque exterior hides a somewhat less curmudgeonly centre, and of course has an added poignancy due to the rl reason that that encounter can never take place for real.

But enough of that - go and read this fic because it is really rather lovely, and please leave some words of encouragement for the author.


A Moment )
[identity profile] paynesgrey.livejournal.com
Hello, all! I'm a first time reccer here at [livejournal.com profile] calufrax but a long-time Whovian. I hope you like my recommendations this week. Cheers.

Story: About Last Night...
Author: Kittenmommy
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 5,876
Author's Summary: Clara and the Doctor keep waking up in bed together with no memory of how they got there.
Characters/Pairings: Twelfth Doctor/Clara Oswald
Warnings: Mild swearing and mild sexual situations.

Recced because: I started my reccing out with this because I LOVE this pairing, so I'm maybe a bit biased but what makes it so great is you have to get it JUST right, and Kittenmommy really does that, with their voices and behavior, and especially on how they react to this mysterious (and albeit awkward) situation that keeps happening to them. I enjoyed the writing style, the humor, the characterizations, and especially how they took it all in at the end.
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Hello [livejournal.com profile] calufrax! I am your recc-er for the next two weeks! And as penance for not getting my first rec out until Wednesday, here is a great long adventure story.

Title: Age of Gold
Author: James Stoker
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 30297
Author's Summary: The Doctor takes an incredible risk to tick off something on his bucket list, and unwittingly sets off a chain of events which will change the fortunes of millions of children.
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Clara Oswald
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: This is a twisty turning adventure written in a charmingly light and often humorous style that sometimes belies the complexity of the world building and the gravitas of the situations that unfold. With Eleven and Clara at the center of a new world of its own different original characters, mysteries, villains, and unfolding significance in the greater Doctor Who universe, this story reminds me very much of something we might see in a classic Fourth or Seventh era serial, but updated and brilliantly characterized so that both Eleven and Clara shine. Go take an afternoon and read it! But don't be disarmed by the style; you really do have to pay attention to all of the details to get the full effect of the storytelling.

Excerpt )
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[personal profile] lost_spook
And so the end is near, and I'm going out with a wave, but I hope you've enjoyed my recs - and if you've read anything you've liked, please don't forget to stop and let the author know.

Story: Gallifreyan Hand Porn
Author: thatsdemocracyforyou
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 639
Author's Summary: The Gallifreyans of the Citadel are almost a sub-culture of their own. They are composed of technicians, archivists, Time Lords, and many others alike, and among them all there is one particular thing in common... a great many gloves. Surely there is some interest and-- er-- inspired works.
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswald/Damon
Warnings: None.

Recced because: I love it when authors take an aspect of canon, read so much into it and then in fic, take what ought to be crack to its limits and sell it completely, and that’s exactly what the author does quite brilliantly here. You see, Gallifreyans wear gloves a lot. Could there be some sort of related taboo…? Of course there could. Throw in one Clara-splinter, a young Time Lord from Arc of Infinity, and, voila, you have some serious hand pr0n.
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[personal profile] lost_spook
I'm [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook and I'll be your reccer for the next two weeks. I'm very fond of most corners of the Doctor Who universe, so hopefully there'll be something for everyone before my time is up. Here goes...

Story: The Hump Day Party Mix
Author: eve11
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 4080
Author's Summary: Shuffle. Record. Rewind. Play.
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswald, Eleventh Doctor, Frobisher
Warnings: None

Recced because: It’s a wonderful romp of a 'missing' story, involving Eleven, Clara, centipede nuns, multiple thefts (sorry, procurements), nods to all sorts of corners of the Doctor Who universe, and Clara gets to run into a certain shape-shifting private eye. It’s a joy from start to finish, but it’s also got heart and depth, centering on the mix tape of the title and what it means to Clara.
[identity profile] newmoonstar.livejournal.com
Story: The Devil's Harvest
Author: vvj5
Rating: teen
Word count: 3395
Characters/parings: Sixth Doctor, Clara Oswin Oswald
Author's summary: Clara's alone in a wood in the middle of the night, but there's something else out there...

Recced because: The concept of what it must be like for Clara in the Doctor's time-stream, to be all those Claras, different yet the same, over and over, is an intriguing idea only just touched on in the show. This fic is a very well-done take on that concept. You can hear the voice of the Clara we know perfectly in this fragment of her, and her brief meeting with the Sixth Doctor here works very well, as he's equally well-written. This is an eerie story with some mentions of gore, and obviously, because it's a time-stream Clara, this version of her does die, but it's fascinating to hear her thought process as she realizes what's happening, and heartbreakingly poignant too, especially at the end. This story would be perfect reading for Halloween, but I had to rec it today, because I want everyone else to go read it too.

An excerpt )
[identity profile] luckweaver.livejournal.com
Author: elisi
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 41,098
Author's Summary: "Why is it only ever the bad guys who have a proper plan?" The Master's son finally meets the Daleks. And he thought it a good day. (Hugely AU rewrite of TSE/JE with Eleven and Clara and a host of extras.
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, The Master (original), River, Jack, Clara, Davros, Daleks, OCs
Warnings: Death, strong language, violence

Recced because: Elisi's work is always an utter gem to read, especially when she delves into the world of AUs. I also have an ulterior motive for reccing this one, because I've been along for the ride all year since she started it. 'A Good Day' is a brilliant AU version of Journey's End, starring Eleven, River, the Master, Clara, Jack and a small host of OCs. It is an emotional roller coaster from start to finish and takes a wildly different approach to the missing Earth than the original story.
[identity profile] ljgeoff.livejournal.com
Story: A Child's Story
Author: sonofabunk
Rating: teen
Word Count: 18256 (six chapters)
Complete: Yes
Pairings and/or Characters: Clara Oswin Oswald, 12th Doctor, 8th Doctor
Author's description: The discovery of alien technology. A writer of children's stories. Infighting within UNIT. The Congress of Vienna. And two different Doctors in two different eras trying to find someone to trust.

This is a bit of a dark tale, but excellent for all that. New writer, it looks like! Hopefully lots more to come.

I love fics that I can get lost in, that show instead of tell and that turn in unexpected ways. This one is complete, but not -- be warned that there's a cliff hanger ending and the author hasn't updated with a promised second story. Still, I think that this one is more than worth the read. Enjoy!
[identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
Story: River Song, Coda da Capo
Author: Profrobert
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3961
Author's Summary: The Twelfth Doctor, while still completing his regeneration, endeavors to rescue River Song from the Library's computer, but he hasn't quite thought things through.
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswin Oswald, The Doctor (12th), River Song
Warnings: None

Recced because: Although we're only three episodes into the Twelfth Doctor's career, there are already plenty of stories appearing; I decided to check them out. This one interested me because it seems to have the characterization dead right, including the Doctor's confusion immediately after his regeneration, and gives us a neat plot that takes advantage of his mental and emotional state to give us a "fix-it" for River Song that doesn't quite go as planned. As a bonus, it's by an author who hasn't been recced here before; currently he doesn't have any other stories on the archive, but some reviews might encourage him to write more.

A small sample )
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[personal profile] clocketpatch
Story: I see, I see (And It Sees Into Me)
Author: PhoenixDragon
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 4814
Author's Summary: It was unusual to have a High Inquisitor from Senior Command come for an inspection in the middle of wartime to begin with. It was even more unusual for that same HI to arrive with not one, but two advisors; those advisors carrying their own ranks and insignia from the upper echelons of Command. Commendante Rychtell didn’t know whether to be flattered or frightened, but he figured a good dose of both wouldn’t hurt.
Character/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Clara Oswald, Amy Pond, Others
Warnings: Graphic Horror

Recced Because:

Where to begin? There are several things going on in this fic which I love, but since this needs to be a concise rec and not an essay here are the main three:

1. The trippy, confusing, cold opening, which drop kicks you straight into this wonderfully complex tangle of a story. I say confusing, but it's confusing in that good, brilliant way where it's supposed to be a bit baffling until you hit about mid-way through and then, suddenly, everything snaps into place with a chilling logic that makes you want to re-read everything that's gone before.

2. Commendante Rychtell. As villains go, he's despicable in the worst ways possible. Except... he's also so completely human. I enjoyed the complex world-building standing behind this character, but even more so, I enjoyed how he was dealt with at the end and what this says about Eleven and his own demons, and the choices we all make and live with.

3. Eleven and all of his companions, past and present. They're just gorgeous together. Always.

A teaser-taste:

Under here )
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[personal profile] lost_spook
Story: Clarification
Author: Prochytes
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2538
Author's Summary: It is a truth universally acknowledged that Captain Jack Harkness is hard to forget. So why does one conquest never remember his name?
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Clara Oswin Oswald, Gwen Cooper, Rhys Williams, Eleventh Doctor (Clara/Jack)
Warnings: Swearing.

Recced because: It’s sharply written, contains an unexpected (but entirely logical) pairing, and it's very funny. Clara Oswald and Jack Harkness are bound to meet, in this case, repeatedly. What’s bothering Jack is why Clara can never remember who he is each time it happens again. I can’t decide what’s the funniest part – Gwen’s suggestion that it's because the sex isn’t as great for Clara as it is for Jack, or the effect of the Doctor's arrival on Torchwood’s tendency to bad language but it's a thoroughly entertaining read from start to finish.
[identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
Story: Cyber Souls (and Bleeding Hearts)
Author: 10timelord4ever
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 5935
Author's Summary: AU, Nightmare in Silver. The Doctor gets taken over by the malevolent Cyber-Planner.
Characters/Pairings: Other Character(s), The Doctor (11th)
Warnings: Non-Con, Alternate Universe, Angst, Hurt/Comfort

Well, sorry about the rec-change - but it seems the Awesome I recced was already recced (which was how I found it in the first place, naturally)! Good thing I double-checked! Eeeep! Apologies for that. I have no replace it with the fic-rec that I had originally planned for (and should have stuck with *laughs*) Again. Apologies! Now...onto the rec!

Recced because: I have a weakness for the Cyber-Planner. I'm quite sure a few of us do, actually. He was diabolical and yet we could relate to him. He was funny and sexy and edgy - and terrifying just because he was all those things (and so much more). He was the Doctor and yet he was not. He was a desperate machine that had the upper hand, even as it was the only hand he had to play. He was losing, even as he won - and somehow, that only made him more compelling.

This tale here is part of a larger, darker universe, but stands very well on its own. I must admit, I devoured every chapter as it came, loving the idea of the Cyber-Planner taking over, dominanting the mind that was not made for him, laying claim to that mind, reworking it to suit himself and his purposes. The deeper he burrows, the more horrifying and terrible he becomes: his ruthlessness, his joy in destruction one of those things that makes you wonder if he discovered this on his own (getting a taste of emotion, of something more than mere machine), or if he found that within the Doctor and adopted it for himself.

I have enjoyed (loved, let's just say Loved because that is More Accurate) every tale where the Cyber-Planner either got his revenge or just hung around a little longer than our heroes thought he did. This fiction is no exception - and the author not only nails down the voice of this formidable foe - they do so in a way that somehow makes the creature that much more menacing. I love that. I absolutely adore it, really! There is nothing like a bad guy being a bad guy...and once more, the Cyber-Planner gets the upper hand (and fast)! Watching this fiction unfold is like the grimmest of horror movies. You wish sometimes you could turn away and yet you are compelled to read, to find out if it gets better, if the heroes win - or if it only gets worse.

Of course, I can't tell you the ending. Would spoil the whole thing. But trust me - I think you'll enjoy the ride! Just mind the warnings before you dive in. There are a few bits in here that do a little more than skim the darkness - but if you have a hearty constitution for that (and if you revel in it as I do), you will certainly not let it deter you from reading...


Small taste here... )



Ohh, see? Wicked Awesome (as well as just WICKED)! I certainly hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed sharing it. Please drop the author a note if you enjoyed - maybe they will grace us with more (which I wouldn't quibble about at all). Until tomorrow!

*Hugs to All*

Mandy
[identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
Story: Fight Our Own Shadows
Author: apolesen
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 8190
Author's Summary: Something worse than a nightmare haunts Clara’s sleeping mind. [AU of the Clara arc, picking up sometime after 'The Name of the Doctor'. This fic is basically possible to read without previous knowledge of Faction Paradox.]
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswin Oswald, Faction Paradox, The Doctor (11th)
Warnings: Alternate Universe, General, Horror, Mystery

Recced because: Okay, this one will likely not be coherent. At all. There will be a lot of screaming and flailing because Eleventy-Eighth Doctor Adventures. Go look up the Faction Paradox. TARDIS-Wiki. Do this. Because this fiction?! My gods... I had the pleasure of stumbling across this last night and I was so utterly blown away, it immediately hopped the line for reccing Right Nao. If you know the EDAs you have an advantage (and you know how creepy these bad guys are), if not - like I said, TARDIS-Wiki - because this is a fiction every Whovian Needs to Read. I am that serious.

I have often made mirror comparisons between Eight and Eleven. I have reflected one against the other and - everyone knows the Love I harbor for my two 'Es'. I make no small matter of that fact. But this? This fiction makes sooo much sense. The second I started reading, I wanted this as Canon because 'OMG, the Sense-Making!'. I don't understand how no one put this together before, but I suppose it took the genius of this writer to not only draw the concept out, but lay it all out so perfectly. My only problem? THERE ARE NO REVIEWS AT THEIR ELJAY. And only ONE at Teaspoon. This blows my mind. I don't understand how that happened. So I am bringing this here and imploring you all to read. Because this? This is an epic fiction - the sheer concept so grand I felt my brain tilt. And if you read it, you will understand what I mean. Because - PERFECTION.

Just a small sample... )


Yes. You must read this. EVERYONE MUST READ THIS. Then tell them how genius they are. We might get more excellence like this for it...

*HUGS*

Mandy
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Title: The Damage
Author: LunaRowena
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1878
Author's Summary: She doesn't want to hurt him. She just doesn't want to be hurt by him. He's too busy running from himself.
Characters/Pairings: Ace Mcshane, Clara Oswald, Eleventh Doctor
Warnings: NOne

Recc'ed Because: It's actually the third part of a series but I read it before the others and I think it stands alone very well. I love Ace and this story touches on how the Time war affected her and how she was hurt when the Doctor left her behind. It is also ambiguous, doesn't pull its punches, and a reminder that the Doctor's brand of running causes damage for himself as well as those left behind.

Excerpt )
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[personal profile] clocketpatch
Story: it's a bit dodgy this process

Author: lyricalprose

Rating: All Ages

Word Count: 1873

Author's Summary: (Twelve/Rose). Rose, jumping with the Dimension Cannon, happens upon Eleven as he regenerates.

Characters/Pairings: Twelve/Rose, Eleven, Clara

Warnings: None

Recced Because:

When you write into the future you do so with the knowledge that your interpretations stand a good chance of being Jossed. The regeneration depicted in this fic is not the regeneration we saw at Christmas time, but that's okay. With all of the Dimensions Rose jumped between I like to think that this happened somewhere. It's not a pairing I usually ship, but even as a non-shipper I found this story compelling and excellent. It is Rose's story, more than it is the Doctor's or Clara's, but the characterization of all three is very good and the glimpse of Twelve (Thirteen? One-B? Whatever fandom decides on for Capaldi…) is marvellous.

If you're willing to take a chance on a story that is a bit AU and contains a Doctor that we haven't seen much of yet then you couldn't take that chance with a better story than this.


a taste )
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Story: Temporal Displacement
Author: Nostalgia
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2,287
Author's Summary: In which Clara may or may not be pregnant.
Characters/Pairings: Eleven/Clara
Warnings: swearing; possible dubcon during offscreen sexual activity

Recced because: In a universe with canonical time travel, a hero who regenerates instead of dying, and villains who can literally threaten all of reality itself, how much more of a leap is a temporally displaced pregnancy? Not much of one, in my opinion, and it's the premise of this story: Clara is going to be pregnant with the Doctor's child in three weeks, and she doesn't want to be, so surely as long as she and the Doctor avoid each other, everything will turn out fine, right? But of course, that's far easier said than done.

With this premise, you could go creepy or comedy, and while the creepy approach would be equally fine with me, Nos' touch here is much lighter. "Temporal Displacement" is breezy and funny without going over the top into crack – and ultimately, it's a surprisingly romantic tale.

Excerpt: after the cut )
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My final rec for these two weeks! Thanks for bearing with me, especially through the bonus anniversary recs, and I hope you found something new to read. And if you did, don’t forget to feed the authors – love and comments make the world go round (or something like that).

Story: days that should have been
Author: lyricalprose
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1584
Author's Summary: He tries not to go back to the places he took Susan. (Or, the Doctor and memory – things remembered, and things forgotten).
Characters/Pairings: First Doctor, Susan Foreman, Tenth Doctor, Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Eleventh Doctor, Clara Oswin Oswald
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It’s a beautifully written fic that’s the perfect blend of old and new. The Doctor now, and at the beginning, Susan and the TARDIS, and his most recent companions, tracing parallels and spaces between them, and memory and forgetting. As I said, it’s really beautiful and a lovely reminder of how this one sprawling series does all connect up in the end.
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[personal profile] lost_spook
Hopefully, we've all recovered from the anniversary, so I'm back with my regular recs now...

Story: I’ll have to come to you
Author: honeynoir
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1670
Author's Summary: The Doctor maps Clara's lives and learns that she can still surprise him. Oh, and there are Daleks. / 'She was his big friendly button, his reset after the dark days.'
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Clara Oswin Oswald, Twelfth Doctor
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It’s a beautiful look at the Doctor and Clara, in the past and the future, with wonderfully fractured glimpses of her many lives, and the confusion of it for the Doctor. It explores some of the consequences of that, but lightly, and not without humour and there's sharp characterisation in the short snatches that comprise the whole that is the story. It’s lovely.

Ghost Girl

Oct. 8th, 2013 02:17 am
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Hi everyone, I'm Clocketpatch and I'll be your designated reccer for the next two weeks. I've tried to keep a companion theme, with a compilation of recs celebrating and exploring the strange, often tumultuous relationship the Doctor has with his companions, and how, while he enriches their lives, at the end of the day its him who needs them the most...

First up is one of the many beautiful fics to come out of the recent Eleventy_fest ficathon:

Story: Ghost Girl
Author: NancyBrown
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 455
Author's Summary: She isn't a ghost. This isn't a ghost story.
Characters/Pairings: Clara, Eleven
Warnings: Character death

Recced because:

Clara is straining to jump out of this fic and be noticed. I could practically hear her shouting out in the last line. Using the ghost quotes from Hide ("We're all ghosts to you" and "This isn't a ghost story; it's a love story") as a framing motif, this fic explores Clara's complex and often uneasy relationship with the Doctor, gives her some adorable back story, and illuminates a few of her more interesting echo lives. There are also some nice references for Classic Who fans. All of this is done in a little under 500 words, and all of those words are well placed and chosen with an artist's care.

Sample: )
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
We've come to my tenth and last rec. Thanks for letting me share some of my favorite fics with you!

Story: All Maps Welcome
Author: kaydee_falls
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1722
Author's Summary: She knows she's not the only person to ever have traveled with the Doctor. It's a comforting thought.
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswald, the Eleventh Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: It's gorgeous. It's about Clara and the road she takes, but it's also about the road that all companions of the Doctor take. It's beautifully written, and uplifting, and a great tribute to the legacy of everyone who travels with the Doctor, and has their lives changed thereby.

an excerpt )
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Story: Story About a Girl
Author: ClocketPatch
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3809
Author's Summary: The most precious moments come between waking up and falling asleep
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswald, Rose Tyler, the Ninth Doctor
Warnings: Offstage character death

Recced because: Clara said in The Name of the Doctor, "I don't know where I am. It's like I'm breaking into a million pieces, and there's only one thing I remember. I have to save the Doctor." What was that like? This brilliant fic delves into Clara's experience of one of those lives, and it wasn't just any life, either -- it was the life where she saved the Ninth Doctor during the events depicted in the episode Rose. As a bonus, we get to find out that Clara's splintered lives aren't all about the Doctor, either; in this particular life, she gets a very special and personal chance to say goodbye.

an excerpt )
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
My last of the two-week stint! I hope everyone has enjoyed me blathering on about my favorites. Don't forget to feed the authors. I'll end with:

Title: Sleep and Death are Brothers
Author: TygerTyger
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3865
Author's Summary: Junior doctor, Clara Oswald, never in her life expected to meet anyone like the Doctor. If only he wasn’t on his deathbed.
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswin Oswald, The Doctor (11th)
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: It's a short, surreal mystery, where the setting may not be what it seems, but the sadness it's steeped in hits close enough to the truth to keep hurting when the scales are lifted. It has wonderful dialogue & imagery, fluid and changing yet accepted as such, the way you only can in dreams. From the author's notes, it's her own attempt to get her head around Clara, early early on in Series 7. What's also fascinating about it is that even though it was written only back after the airing of "The Snowman," it still fits seamlessly into the adventures in series 7b as well. Clara is brave and smart and kind, all of the ingredients the Doctor needs to keep his center, in any univese real or imagined.

Excerpt )

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