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Hi, I'm [personal profile] newmoonstar (Meadowlark on Teaspoon) and I'm finally squeaking in before my reccing period is over with a few great stories for you all! First up:

Story: Genius Loci (The Evidence of Things Unseen Remix)
Author: AstroGirl
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 685
Characters: Leela, Fourth Doctor, the TARDIS
Author's Summary: Leela does not believe in spirits. But she knows there is something here with them.
Warnings: none

Recced because: It's an interesting look at how Leela views the TARDIS, and how her supposedly primitive upbringing none the less gave her the ability to understand and connect with it without the Doctor having to explain it to her. A very lovely and insightful vignette.
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Story: Nonsense All Compact (The Community Theatre Remix)
Author: Neveralarch
Rating: All-Ages
Word Count: 12644
Author's Summary: “Braxiatel directs amateur community theatre in the small village of Gallifrey. Romana is the Council Leader in Gallifrey, and uses theatre as a political distraction. Eventually they hold hands. (Mundane AU of Gallifrey.)”
Characters: Irving Braxiatel, Leela, Narvin, Romana II, The Doctor (8th), Andred, K9, cameos from Eight’s companions
Pairings: Romana II/Brax, Leela/Narvin, Leela/Andred
Warnings: None
Recced because:

This is a mundane AU remix of Aralias’s excellent The Importance of Being On Stage, which is also about Brax having to rustle the denizens of Gallifrey into amateur dramatics and well worth a read. Neveralarch’s version is funny (how could anything about Gallifrey as a middle England town and Brax being dragooned into running its am-dram fail to be funny?) and lovely, with great world-building that uses all kinds of canon well and doesn’t leave you feeling left out if you don’t remember who Samson and Gemma are (don’t worry, the Doctor doesn’t remember who they are either). It’s an ensemble fic before it’s anything else, though its shippy elements are variously satisfying and amusing.

I think you’d even dig this story if you didn’t know the Gallifrey audios and had only a passing familiarity with Big Finish. Brax is the Doctor’s brother and he has a morally-dubious art collection and also does grandiose political machinations back on the Time Lord ranch and pines after Romana and nothing ever works out for him—there, you’re good to go, enjoy.

Nice Ficbits Here )

The fact that this has 0 comments on Teaspoon and but two admirers on Ao3 is a travesty. THE CHARLEY CAMEO ALONE, PEOPLE!! Also, special prize for best use of a Monan Host. ...only use of a Monan Host.
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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] luckweaver.livejournal.com
Story: Tiger Tales
Author: Lissy Strata
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 3,002
Author's Summary: After an accident in a bio-engineering lab, the Doctor tries to get Leela to have the changes reversed. However, she rather likes her new form.
Characters/Pairings: Leela, Fourth Doctor
Warnings: Swearing

Recced because: Clearly, I have an interest for stories involving companions, and some degree of cat-like behaviour. Also, this one is just... fun. I was in stitches over and over, and sometimes you just need that. You can hear the Fourth Doctor, and I love how he interacts with Leela in this story. It's a follow-up to another story, but also works on it's own.
[identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
My next rec. is old-style Who, featuring the Fourth Doctor's most memorable companion:

Story: Lost Property
Author: Llywela
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 7069
Author's Summary: An average, hectic day at UNIT for Harry Sullivan takes a turn for the bewildering when the Doctor unexpectedly drops by with a strange new companion in tow.
Characters/Pairings: 4th Doctor, Harry Sullivan, Leela, Sergeant Benton
Warnings: None

Recced because: One of the fun aspects of this fandom is the ability to mix characters from wildly different parts of space and time, who never met in canon. Here Harry Sullivan meets Leela, and a certain amount of chaos ensues.

A short extract )
[identity profile] annauq.livejournal.com
I'm really terrible with posting this time round. Apologies for that.

Story Times Such as These
Author Neveralarch
Rating teen
Word Count 4755
author's summary The Time War is too large and complex and confusing to be viewed in generalities. Four personal stories from the War.
characters/pairings Irving Braxiatel, Leela, Narvin, Narvin, Romana II, The Doctor (8th), The Master (Other)
warnings None

recced because As is clear from my previous reccing spree, I am a huge fan of the Time War. The concepts fascinates me, and I like that we do not know for sure what exactly happened. It's perfect for angst, usually involves Romana and the Doctor being awesome, and gets to be quite dark and gruesome. See, there is no downside to the Time War! (aside from the fact that (spoiler) everyone dies, of course).

This story has all things mentioned, but is written with an unusual underlying sense of dread and despair. I simultaneously hated and loved reading it for exactly that reason. It's dark (pitch black in fact), but somehow totally irresistible. There is something about the writing which drew me in and made me read until the end, despite the fact that the characters I love so much made me feel wrong. Their actions feel alien, yet I can see them behaving in exactly that way when pushed to the edge and over it. It is not an enjoyable read, but by Rassilon is it a good one.
[identity profile] singeaddams.livejournal.com
Here I am again, Singe the Ever-Unready, for the next week. I love light, humorous stories starring any Doctor and any Companion but I do tend to gravitate towards the Classic series. I will do my best to provide a mixed bag of New and Old, however. Let's go!

Story: Procedure
Author: eve11
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 737
Author's Summary: Foreigners never read the signs, and they never planned for security.
Characters/Pairings: The 4th Doctor and Leela
Warnings: None

Recced Because: eve11 is a consistently good author and this entire scenario of the Doctor and Leela (LEELA?!) being held up by airport security struck me as very, very funny.

Snippet:

The metal detector buzzed. Bleary eyed, Jake swiped a small plastic bowl from the stash at his side and set it on top of the X-ray machine for his partner manning the gate. Pedro was the tall and silent type, so without looking up, Jake said, "Remove all items from your pockets and try again."

"Really?" came a booming voice. Jake looked up. A pair of bulging eyes blinked back at him from under a shock of brown curly hair. "Are you sure?"
[identity profile] ljgeoff.livejournal.com
Story: Hidden Corners
Author: vvj5
wordcount: 6460 in 7 small chapters
rating: general
author's summary:Various odd corners of the TARDIS explored across a linked circle of stories. The Doctor isn't always very tidy and sometimes that means trouble on a transcendental time machine.
characters/pairing multi-doctor and companion

recced because: For the jelly babies! It's fun, and I like fun. Enjoy!
[identity profile] brunhilde-1013.livejournal.com
Story: Five Time Romanadvoratrelundar Missed the Signs, and One Time She Couldn't Possibly Ignore Them
Author: JaneTurenne
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 6484
Author's Summary: The most powerful woman in the known universe has a tendency to attract admirers. She would probably find this a distinct annoyance—if she could ever be bothered to notice.
Characters/Pairings: Romana II, The Doctor (4th), Irving Braxiatel, Narvin, Leela, K9
Warnings: n/a

Recced because: This is just a joy to read.  The Gallifrey audios are my favourite corner of Doctor Who, and fic that deals with them is relatively hard to come by (although of unwavering quality).  The tale of Romana's many thwarted admirers makes for a genuinely funny story that nevertheless stays perfectly in character.  Part of JaneTurenne's gift is the uncanny ability to make every single line of dialogue she writes sound like it belongs in the characters' voices, and this is no exception: from the Doctor's theatrical boom to Leela's earnest directness, the dialogue sparkles with wit and humour.  One to bookmark and reread.
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[identity profile] redjaywrites.livejournal.com
It's me again! Getting this one in a little bit early because it's currently past 3am, and I'm having trouble sleeping. But hey, never too early for Doctor Who. In some alternative universe somewhere, I'm probably late. Which by no coincidence at all is the theme of this next rec...

Story: Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Author: Brunhilde
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2,230
Author's Summary: The Lady Romana is a powerful witch, a talent passed down from her mother and nurtured by Professor Irving Braxiatel of the Magical Academy. It is a talent that will shape her life.
Characters/Pairings: Irving Braxiatel, Leela, Narvin, Romana II, Other Character(s)
Warnings: n/a

Recced because: I found this one only recently, but I am an absolute sucker for an alternative universe and sci-fi and magic go eerily well together. The inclusion of Leela in this fic was a delightful surprise, and the society and world that has been built up for this story is as believable as any canon story from the show itself. The adaptations fit perfectly, and I like how the story is split up into scenes that span Romana's life. The dialogue is charmingly witty, the implications of what goes on behind the scenes the perfect addition, and the whole story could cut like a knife. A real gem, and well worth the three read-throughs I've just given it.
[identity profile] annauq.livejournal.com
And for today’s rec we are back to the Time War. No Romana this time (it was tempting but I realise not everyone likes her as much as I do).

Story: Nightmare Child (The Bad Dreams Remix)
Author: Livii
rating: all ages
word count: 1843
author's summary: "O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space—were it not that I have bad dreams." Susan, in the Time War.
characters/pairings: David Campbell, Leela, Susan Foreman, The Doctor (8th)
warnings: none

recced because: Instead I have a story with Susan, who is another fascinating character in Doctor Who canon because there is just so much we don’t know about her. Firstly, this story is a haunting character study of her; and secondly, I am always fascinated by stories which explore the relationship of the Time Lords with Time. This fic brilliantly contrasts that Time Lord life with Susan’s life on Earth through a collection of fragments. The result is a story about growing up, taking responsibility and facing consequences.

So many of Livii's fics have been recced here already, which I think shows that this is a fantastic fic. So go and read it.
[identity profile] annauq.livejournal.com
Hello everyone, I’m a Whovian over from Belgium, and I’ll be your reccer this week. It is my first time here so apologies if anything goes wrong. I will rec a variety of stories covering most eras of the show so I hope there is something for everyone to enjoy the coming week.

Story:  Girls’ morning after
Author: diabolicalfiend
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 615
Author's Summary: Iris' visit leaves Romana with a headache.
Characters/Pairings: Iris Wildthyme, Irving Braxiatel, K-9, Leela, Narvin, Romana II
Warnings: none

Recced because:

Gallifrey V came out recently, and to celebrate that I have this hilarious little ficlet for you all to start off the week. It captures the characters and the tone of the series perfectly, and it made me laugh out loud more than once. I always enjoy stories which show the author is familiar with less known facts in canon, as is the case here.
I almost didn’t read this because I don’t know Iris other than by reputation, but since she doesn’t actually feature here (other than by reputation!), it wasn’t a problem.  The characters are perfectly portrayed, especially Romana II and her wicked sense of humour.
The set-up for the story itself is quite ingenious, and brings out everything I love about the Gallifrey series. There is banter, humour and even a bit of political backstabbing. What more could you wish for on a Monday morning?

I realise the Gallifrey fandom is quite small, but I hope non-listeners will enjoy this too. The story does not require extensive knowledge of the series, so just give it a go (and perhaps check out Gallifrey after that!).  The author does not appear to have been recced before, which is also a bonus. 
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[identity profile] aralias.livejournal.com
Thank you very much for having me. Please give some of my obscure canon choices a chance. It may lead you down the road to a side of Who fandom you've not considered that is actually brilliant.

Today, I was planning on reccing a completely different Neveralarch story, and then I saw this one right below the moderately sensible choice I'd been planning, and I thought 'nobody knows what Gallifrey is or wants Age of Sail AUs of it', but... well, the other choice was more Doctor/Master and probably not as brilliant as this. So-

Story: The Very Model
Author: neveralarch
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 10070
Author's Summary: Being the tale of how Admiral Romana kept her job, how Rear-Admiral Braxiatel fought off the empire's enemies, how Leela of the Sevateem gained an audience with the Admirality, and how Captain Narvin was irritated by just about everyone. (A Gallifrey/Age of Sail fusion, where most of the characters are still Time Lords, even though that doesn't make much sense when they're on wooden ships.)
Characters/Pairings: Romana II, Leela, Braxiatel, Narvin, K-9s, and various other Gallifrey people who aren't on Teaspoon

Recced because: Reasons I love this fic that hopefully apply to more people who aren't me:

a) Age of Sail is a particular vice of mine. If you are fond of this genre, but haven't heard Gallifrey - give it a try.
b) I particularly like Age of Sail fics in which Romana is a headstrong admiral who beats people up with buckets, and Leela is a pirate. (A small category, alas). Other characters are also treated very well - K-9 is Age of Sail-ified most brilliantly, and Brax is sort of trying to take over the navy and Narvin is trying to play by the rules and is so angry that nobody else will.
b2) It is a true ensemble fic.
c) The narrative voice is consistently hilarious. And so is the dialogue.
d) For all that it is an Age of Sail AU, it is also a brilliant Gallifrey-type plot that you can actually get wrapped up in. Do you like intrigue and backstabbing? Yes. Great. Read this fic.

Excerpt )
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It's been fun, and as always the end has come too soon with too many stories unrecced - but here's one last before I go:

Story: Comeback of the Year
Author: the_seventh_l
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2905
Author's Summary: Leela misses her home and her people; the Doctor is just plain lonely. The two of them meet in an unorthodox manner.
Characters/Pairings: Leela, Sixth Doctor, Andred (Leela/Andred)
Warnings: Spoilers for The Invasion of Time and The Trial of a Timelord.

Recced because: Leela and Six meet again on Gallifrey. It’s a lovely exploration of Leela’s new life there, her relationship with Andred and how even with a different incarnation, she and the Doctor can still find ways to help each other. It’s about love, loss, friendship – and then there’s the inevitable and very amusing moment right at the end…
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Story: Human Behaviour
Author: st_aurafina
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1690
Author's Summary: The TARDIS learned a lot from her time in a human body; this doesn't mean she knows how to put a human together again.
Characters/Pairings: Idris, The TARDIS, Leela, Nyssa, Tegan Jovanka, Eleventh Doctor, Seventh Doctor, Ace McShane
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It's a beautiful and fascinating fic that follows on from The Doctor's Wife and explores the relationship between the TARDIS and Idris in a way that’s humorous, painful, and non-linear – and always coming back to the TARDIS with her Thief. In passing, there are some lovely cameos from past companions, especially Ace (and the brief interaction with Seven). It’s well worth a read - and then reading again and again.
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[personal profile] nonelvis
Story: The Eloquence of Angels
Author: Palgrave
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2,908
Author's Summary: The Doctor wouldn't normally have a conversation with a statue -- but then, he's never met one that moves before.
Characters/Pairings: Fourth Doctor, Leela, K-9
Warnings: None

Recced because: What if "Blink" wasn't the Doctor's first encounter with the Weeping Angels? Palgrave suggests it was the Fourth Doctor who first ran into them, deep in a family tomb with nothing but his wit, a dog whistle, and a scarf to protect him. The character voices here are spot-on, particularly Four's deadpan humor and Leela's fierceness, and there's very little that makes me happier than an author who can write the characters so that they sound exactly like themselves.

Excerpt: after the cut )
[identity profile] trdimension.livejournal.com

I like Leela. She's different and unique. She's not afraid to kill, and she's as tough as the leather that (barely) covers her modesty. She's certainly not your typical 'screaming assistant' - and she's all the better for it. 



Story: Right of Passage
Author: shinyford
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5716
Author's Summary: The Doctor seems unwilling to take Leela on a trip, having just rescued her from her home world. Is there unfinished business under the three moon's of her planet's past?
Characters: Leela, The Doctor (4th)
Warnings: None

Recced because: Here we have a tale narrated by Leela herself. Her portrayal is spot-on, and it's fascinating to see the always-wonderful Fourth Doctor through her eyes. The story is full of danger and intrigue and lots of laughs. It's about a young girl who dreams of becoming a warrior, an ancient demon trapped within the TARDIS, and a mysterious stranger called Norman. Well, sort of. You'll see what I mean. 
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Story: A Country of Smaller Wars
Author: levendis
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 23,303
Author's Summary: Looking for home in all the wrong places: Narvin, professional voyeur and artful patriot, follows his ex-president, a con-man, and a savage through alternate universes only to find himself pretty much, but not quite, back where he started.
Characters/Pairings: Narvin/Romana II, Leela, Irving Braxiatel, K-9
Warnings: Swearing.

Recced because: This is one of the best Gallifrey fics I've ever read, and that's already a quality subset of Doctor Who fandom. This rec is later than I expected, because I got so caught up in rereading the story that I kind of forgot I was reading it for a reason.

A Country of Smaller Wars follows the plot of the Gallifrey series of audios from Coordinator Narvin's perspective, before moving beyond the latest audios and into speculation for the next ones. The fic takes knowledge of the Gallifrey series more or less for granted, but if you haven't listened to Gallifrey I really recommend the audios as well - personally, I think they're the best work Big Finish has done in the Doctor Who universe. And then you can come back and enjoy the fic!

If you've already listened to Gallifrey, then you should definitely read A Country of Smaller Wars. It has some fascinating conceits and a really great take on Narvin, and Narvin and Romana's relationship. Also, a fantastic Leela. I am running out of adjectives, here - you should just read this.
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Story: Into the Fire
Author: Daystar Searcher
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 777
Author's Summary: A warrior like Leela would be the first volunteer for any dangerous, last-ditch plan the Doctor would have against the Daleks. And they would want to make an example of her.
Characters/Pairings: Leela, Eighth Doctor
Warnings: Implied major character death / torture (nothing very explicit in the fic itself, however)
Recced because: Yes, I've yet another short fic to rec to you, but one that's incredibly powerful. This is Leela, Warrior of the Sevateem, at war against the Daleks. The writing is evocative, and Leela's characterization is perfect. You can hear her voice in the narrative, and feel her fierce spirit. Leela herself would approve of this fic, and I can think of no higher praise.

An excerpt )
[identity profile] singeaddams.livejournal.com
Title: Technical Training
Author: lyricwritesprose
Rating: G
Word Count: 200
Warnings: threats of violence
Characters: Leela, the Doctor (fourth)
Author Summary: Speak clearly. Let it know who's in charge. And above all, show no fear.


Recced Because: It's short, sweet and hilarious! Leela and the Doctor's technology come to an understanding, by god...
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
Story: Feed Your Head
Author: whovian42
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 29,593
Author's Summary: The tenth Doctor offers to take a grad student River Song on an anthropological study; the study is side-lined when they discover something has altered 1960's Earth History. Along the way they receive help from some surprising sources.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (10th), the Doctor (7th), the Doctor (4th), Ace, Leela, River Song, various historical figures associated with the 1960s counterculture.
Warnings: Some swearing
Recced because: I don't know about you, but I never tire of multi-Doctor stories, and especially not ones doing something as interesting as this. Cards on the table: I was one of the people who beta-read this back in 2009, but I hope that doesn't disqualify me from putting in a good word for it here, because I think all of you should read it and that you might enjoy it rather a lot if you do.

2009 seems like a long time ago now. This story was written pre-Eleven, pre End of Time, even; pre-finding out what the deal actually was with River. Hard to think there was a time when all that was known of her was what was seen in the Library two-parter. The relationship between Ten and River is at the core of this story, and due to when it was written very different to what we've watched unfold during the Eleven years. This is a different River with a different backstory and a different way of looking at the world, written with insight and affection. I can't honestly say that I prefer the "canon" version of Doctor/River from the television stories over this one (and that's probably a massive understatement on my part).

As I said, it's also a multi-Doctor story, and the portrayals of Four and Leela and Seven and Ace in this are just as deftly done - especially, for my money, Seven and Ace, and especially Ace. That alone makes me like this story a great deal.

I think the thing that really recommends this story to me, however, is the plot and the setting. It takes Ten's throwaway remark about Janis Joplin's coat and expands it via a little Alternate History sleight-of-hand into a nightmarish psychedelic vision of a 1960s that is very different to our universe's, where monsters become leaders and heroes become villains and our Doctors and their companions have to fight to save causality itself.

So go and read it, and if you enjoy it (you will, I think), let the author know.


Some Tennish Repartee )
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[identity profile] aralias.livejournal.com
Story: A Family Affair
Author: bagheera
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 19860 (still planning to podfic it!)
Author's Summary: Leela and Narvin in a buddycop story, set between 3.4 "Mindbomb" and 3.5. "Panacea"
Characters/Pairings: K-9, Leela, Narvin, Romana II, various excellent OCs
Declaration of interest: I not only ran the ficathon that spawned this fic, I also betaed it.

Recced because: When Gallifrey the series is good it has a cracking whodunnit type plot (where whodunnit is taken for whobetrayedme/whoissecretlyonmyside) and lots of cracking dialogue between people who either dislike each other but are pretending not to, or respect each other but find the other person utterly exasperating. The series is very funny, and very engaging, and it reaches its height in series 3. This brilliant fic should be a real episode of Gallifrey, because it has everything that a good episode of Gallifrey should have (except an appearance from Braxiatel). Then again, as an interpretation of the buddycop genre it's perfect, giving our protagonists, the free-spirited hunter and the by-the-book spy, time to get to know each other and misunderstand one another in between its action set pieces. It also works as Gallifrey-lover fan-service, featuring (almost) all our favourite Gallifrey regulars and lots of original characters, who all feel like favourite characters we've just not noticed in previous episodes. It also gives Narvin a convincing and compelling backstory, and fleshes out Leela's relationship with Andred. Some absolutely hilarious things happen, and the dialogue is pitch-perfect. I know it's long, but don't let that put you off. It won't feel that long.

Excerpt:

“When I entered basic training, I found this immensely frustrating. Machines don’t dissemble or act illogically. They obey their own laws to a fault. You can be a perfectly good data technician without ever coming across a moral dilemma. As a spy, you don’t just have to make compromises. You have to compromise yourself. You can’t afford trust or friendship or honour. To uphold your most precious ideals, you sometimes have to betray them. That’s what Andred tried to do, and it broke him. It would break you too, if you ever tried it.”

“It did not break you.”

Narvin glanced at Leela, unsure if that was a question, or a statement, or an expression of doubt.

“No,” he said. “I find it doesn’t affect me very much.”




As part of [livejournal.com profile] pod_aware I have recorded yesterday's rec, ceremony for the living, which can be downloaded here.
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[personal profile] neveralarch
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] derekmetaltron.livejournal.com
It’s my penultimate day of fiction gathering and of course Doctor Who is on tonight (well for me anyway). But since we’ve already had a visit from Amy and Rory, let’s see what the Fourth Doctor and Leela are up to instead!

Story: Running All The Time
Author: Sigyn
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1908
Author's Summary: The Doctor had been treating Leela like a student, trying to teach her history and her heritage, how to see the universe through the lens of scientific truth, rather than superstition and ritual. He was slowly stripping away a lifetime of savage brutality, in an attempt to reveal the brilliant and singular woman he knew her to be. But he began to suspect his one-side training was robbing her of something just as precious as her intellect.
Characters/Pairings: Fourth Doctor, Leela
Warnings: None

Recced because: Leela was one of those Companions which as a child I didn’t totally ‘get’ at the time since I saw her in the odd story as merely ‘some sort of savage type’. Whilst this is the case the truth is that if you look past that and her appeal for the Dads in the audience she’s a fantastic companion because of her view on the universe. Leela isn’t stupid but merely ignorant of aspects of society she has never seen and yet often some of her lines on the show demonstrated a keen mind interested to understand and give her own opinions. This story is great because Sigyn takes the Doctor’s desire to educate her as seen during the show and display that it is important that Leela should retain parts of her old life as much as embrace new ones. In short - the Doctor can learn from Leela as much as she can from him. This very idea has made Leela one of my favourite companions as an adult and this fanfic a clear demonstration of that fact.
[identity profile] derekmetaltron.livejournal.com
Hey everyone, it’s September 9th! You know what that means? We’re 107 days away from Christmas! And what better way to celebrate the festive season way, way too early than by fourteen tales of Winter Wonder with – get this – EVERY Doctor, Sarah Jane, Torchwood and K9?

Story: Christmas
Author: darkestboy
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 20,432
Author's Summary: A collection of Christmas themed stories throughout Time and Space. Spoilers from all of Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures and K9.
Characters/Pairings: 9th Doctor, Rose Tyler, Mickey Smith, Jackie Tyler; 5th Doctor, Peri Brown; 10th Doctor, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, The Cybermen; K9 Mark 2, Alistair Gryffen; 7th Doctor, Ace, Mel Bush, Sabalom Glitz; 8th Doctor, Grace Holloway; 4th Doctor, Leela, Romana II; Jack Harkness, Alonso Frame; 3rd Doctor, Liz Shaw; 1st Doctor, Steven Taylor; 11th Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright; Sarah Jane Smith, Luke Smith, Clyde Langer, Rani Chandra, Jo Jones, Santiago Jones; 2nd Doctor, Ben Jackson, Polly Wright; 6th Doctor, Evelyn Smythe.
Warnings: None

Recced because: darkestboy is one of those authors who has done the seemingly impossible and written fan fiction for nigh-on every corner of the Doctor Who Universe, yet he has yet to receive any significant recognition for it, which is a tad unfair. This collection in question via a logical theme is a perfect example of this fact and every short story is great, ranging from the lost Christmas for Rose Tyler, to Winter reunions with Grace Holloway and Liz Shaw to the 1st Doctor dressed as Santa Claus! A fine introduction to this author’s work. The idea of a set of stories for all the Doctors is inspired too and he’s already started a second one for spooky Halloween. Indeed I’m thinking of trying something similar myself! Hope you like this!
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Hi, I'm [livejournal.com profile] agapi42 and I shall be your reccer for this week. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin.

Story: Imitatio
Author: JaneTurenne
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3114
Author's Summary: Romana, Narvin, Leela and Brax: reflections on heroism, in the image of a certain renegade.
Characters/Pairings: Romana, Narvin, Leela, Brax
Warnings: None

Recced because: The Doctor isn't in the Gallifrey series of audios. That doesn't mean he's absent, as this fic so beautifully shows. It's a gorgeous character study of the four main characters and their personal acts of heroism through the first three series, with absolutely wonderful prose.

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[identity profile] janeturenne.livejournal.com
*waves* Hello all! I’m Jane, and I’ll be your reccer this week. I’ve never met a corner of the Whoniverse I didn’t like, and this week’s recs will include stories set during Classic Who, New Who, and in the Big Finish Audio ‘verse. I’m particularly fascinated by the Time Lords as a species, so every rec this week will include at least one Time Lord or Time Lady other than the Doctor (though he’s in plenty of them too).

This first rec is set in the Gallifrey audio ‘verse. Let me just take a moment here to say to those who have not heard Gallifrey: Look at your life. Look at your choices. And then go forth immediately and listen, for lo, it is amazing.

Story: On Her Lady President’s Secret Service
Author: neveralarch
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 13025
Author’s Summary: Narvin and Leela tracking down spies in the Citadel. And also fighting with people. And fighting with each other. And having discussions about CIA training methods. But they also track down spies.
Characters: Irving Braxiatel, Leela, Narvin, Other Character(s), Romana II, K-9 Mark I
Warnings: Explicit Violence
Recced because:

I’ll admit from the top that I am wildly biased where this story is concerned, because it’s got tons of Narvin in it, and Narvin is quite possibly my favorite character in the whole of the Whoniverse. But I think anybody who’s at all familiar with the Gallifrey audios is bound to enjoy this story just as much as I do, because it’s a solid piece of writing in every possible way: excellently plotted, perfectly characterized, with all the wit and dry humor that are so characteristic of the show itself. In addition, this fic is unusual for being set during Gallifrey’s first season, so not only does it have the ‘Torvald’ plotline to play with, it also serves as an excellent antidote to the shifting paradigms of season four, grounded back on the Gallifrey we knew, before wars, plagues or alternate universes. If I had to pick one single candidate for the classic Gallifrey fic, it would be On Her Lady President’s Secret Service.

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[identity profile] persiflage-1.livejournal.com
This is my last rec this week (and the longest fic!). I hope everyone's found at least one new story to enjoy!

And don't forget - if you've read and enjoyed any of the fics this week, leave a review (however brief) - such things are better than meat and drink to us fic authors.

Story: A Time of Grace
Author: Rivendellrose
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 44439
Author's Summary: Following the Time War, Romana discovers that she has enemies she'd rather forget, friends she's never met, and a duty to the memory of her planet.
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Gwen Cooper, Jack Harkness, K-9, Leela, Lucy Saxon, Martha Jones, Other Character(s), Other Character(s), Other Character(s), Other Character(s), Other Character(s), Romana II, Romana (Author Created)

Recced because: It's a brilliant post-Time War fic that combines Classic and New Who seamlessly.

There was a... thing, in the Tardis control room.

The Doctor had picked it up on a dark, ravaged moon in the Equinos system - one of those places he hadn’t really meant to go to, but had nonetheless found himself landing on after entering random coordinates into the Tardis’ systems. The last time he’d been there there had been the first tiny, delicate sparklings of life beginning to burst out on its icy, rocky surface. Now, nothing.

Nothing except this thing. The thing, as he’d begun to think of it. It was almost at the point of developing independent capitalization in his mind, and that was, in his experience, never a good sign.

The thing came up to about the top of his breast-bone, and was about as wide as his arms could reach around, though it tapered a bit at the top. When he first saw it he’d had the sick thought that it was a new kind of Dalek armour that had somehow survived the war, but closer inspection hadn’t borne that out. It was gold, but the shape and design of it was completely unlike their circular knobules and venting. It wasn’t made of dalekenium, anyway, but some other metal equally impervious to all the scans he’d subjected it to. The elemental make-up seemed somehow familiar, but he couldn’t quite put a finger on it.
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
It's my last rec of the week. Thanks for coming along with me and letting me tell you guys about my favorite fics once again. This one just went up yesterday but I've loved it ever since I read it on lj and when I saw it on the "most recent" update list it was like a present to make my last recc day all that much easier.

Story: Comon Issues in Child Care
Author: neveralarch
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4873
Author's Summary: From a prompt by aralias: "Some sort of Gallifrey babyfic - yes, that's what's happening here." Set in a idyllic future of the canon, where both the K-9s are there and also Elbon is not a zombie.
Characters: Irving Braxiatel, K-9, Leela, Narvin, Other Character(s), Other Character(s), Other Character(s), Romana II, Romana II, The Doctor (8th)
Warnings: None

Recc'ed because: Gallifreyans can handle all of the machinations and political manouverings from millennia-old society, but add one tiny humanoid baby and...well. I am not all that familiar with the Gallifrey chronicles but loved all of the characters that show up here and how they all deal differently with the little baby that the Eighth Doctor drops in their laps. This really is a delight of a fun story, told in a round robin format as the baby changes hands, and the characterizations are a peach.

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[identity profile] aralias.livejournal.com
Story: Time Lords Made Us Do It
Author: Bagheera
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 978
Author's Summary: After "End of Time", the Time Lords figure out that their only hope for survival is to give the drums to the Doctor. (Gallifrey crack fic).
Characters/Pairings: Romana 2, Braxiatel, Narvin, Leela, K-9, (various Doctor/Master in the background)

Recced because: Another Doctor/Master fic, but one that distinguishes itself by never actually featuring those characters. As the summary notes, this is a Gallifrey fic, first and foremost, and is largely about those brilliant characters trying to tackle a problem - that problem just happens to be making the Doctor and the Master have sex, something that some characters find discomforting (very funny), and others are completely fine with (also very funny). It's largely dialogue based, which works well in an audio fandom and with such distinct voices, it's well structured, and cleverly punctures the pomposity of much of 'End of Time'.

Excerpt: "Andred once showed me this psychic union you speak of," Leela said thoughtfully. "I was not impressed."

Coordinator Narvin made a horrible grimace that seemed to say: I did not need to know this. Romana privately agreed.
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Hey, hi! I'm neveralarch, and I'm going to be your reccer this week. It's going to be mostly fic based on the Big Finish audio series, but there will probably be some other areas of the fandom represented as well. I hope you'll check the stories out even if you're not familiar with the specific source material - they're all really good.

Anyway! On to the fic.

Story: The Storyteller
Author: atraphoenix
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2969
Author's Summary: Leela's stories begin with one Time Lord and end with another.
Characters/Pairings: Leela/Romana II, Sarah Jane Smith
Warnings: None.

Recced because: I read this fic before I listened to the Gallifrey audio series and before I watched almost any of Four, back when I only had a vague idea of who Romana or Leela were. This fic serves as a lovely introduction to both of their characters, and Leela in particular. Leela's struggle to live in and to change Gallifreyan society is depicted without shying away from the difficulties. But Leela doesn't lose hope, even at the bittersweet end.
[identity profile] allonymity.livejournal.com
Story:Twelve Years and Four Psychiatrists
Author: Sanguine Ink
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3906
Author's Summary: Why Amy needed four psychiatrists. Cameos from Doctors 1-10.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Rory Williams, Doctors 1-11 plus companions
Warnings:. None

Recced because: This is the best explanation I’ve read so far for Amy’s personality and how the twelve years of waiting affected her. The story is extremely funny, and could almost be considered crack!fic, except that the Doctors are all perfectly in character, and their encounters with Amy seem wonderfully plausible.
[identity profile] biichan.livejournal.com
Story: Five Times Lord Braxiatel Had Occasion to Regret The Doctor’s Exile Very Deeply Indeed (And One Time He Wished The Doctor Would Just Sod Off Forever)
Author: x_los
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 8119
Author's summary: The Doctor is many things to many people, but to Irving Braxiatel he is the universe's most annoying little brother.
Characters/Pairings: Braxiatel, Susan, Delgado!Master, Fourth Doctor, Fifth Doctor, Tegan, Turlough, Ainley!Master, Sixth Doctor, Evelyn, Peri, Romana II, Leela, Eighth Doctor, Narvin
Warnings: spoilers for the Gallifrey audios in the final part

Recced because: It sucks to be the Doctor's older brother. It really, really sucks. And nobody knows that better than “Irving” Braxiatel. Luckily, nobody suffers quite as beautifully as Brax does, either, which is a good thing as this fic is pretty much as it says on a tin: an exercise in showing all the many ways that the Doctor has ruined Braxiatel's life. No, wait, let me rephrase that: all the many hilarious ways that the Doctor has ruined Braxiatel's life. Because this fic is one of the funniest I've read in a long while. And, oddly enough, it's one of the better character studies too.

The sound of a dematerialization made them all look towards the TARDIS–but she was showing no signs of immanent departure. Indeed her sturdy blue frame seemed to silently rebuke them for doubting her reliability. In the direction they’d all just turned from, someone coughed. In unison three heads swiveled back to the plant. A man in a human business suit hovered above the manzanita.

“You stop right there, Master, that plant is endangered!” Peri yelled, standing as if she planned to fight him off the bush.

“Peri,” the Doctor sighed, “not everyone who’s made unwise facial hair decisions and wants a chat with me is the Master. Sometimes it’s only Shakespeare, or, in this case, Irving Braxiatel.”
[identity profile] livii.livejournal.com
Story: From the Canyons to the Stars
Author: Elliptic Eye
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: The Doctor, Leela, and two friends sampling infinity.
Characters/Pairings: Four, Leela
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~870 words

Recced because: A gorgeous little bite of a fic, with absolutely dead-on characterizations for both Four and Leela, characters who don't get nearly enough attention. This story is so evocatively written; the desert, as Four and Leela experience it, comes alive, and is a third character in its own right. This left me feeling warm and just that bit of lost that the characters describe, all in a very good way.
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Story: La Vie Boheme
Author: Doctor Tam
Rating: All-Ages
Word Count: 2075
Author's Summary: A non-linear character study: "He composes a symphony for accordion and dog whistle, goes pike fishing in the Thames, and gets a sunburn on his nose. After all, the universe isn’t his responsibility."
Characters/Pairings: Four, The Brig, Harry, Sarah Jane, Leela, Romana I, Romana II, K-9
Warnings: None

It's not too hard to scratch the surface with Four (teeth & curls, scarf, jelly baby, hello!), but he's always seemed to be one of the more difficult Doctors to get beneath the surface with.

This story not only goes deep, but also provides a lovely illumination of Four: his fears, his hopes, his motivations, and his interactions with his friends and companions. Even the non-linear nature of the story is perfectly suited to the Fourth Doctor (and the sections are scattered to great effect).
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Story: The Devil You Know
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lizbee
Wordcount: 1,828
Rating: Teen
Author's Summary: Romana sees the Time War at close range.
Characters/Pairings: Leela/Romana II/The Doctor (8th)

Recced because: I have a severe weakness for Time War fic, especially when it involves Romana - throw in Eight and Leela, and it becomes a very special tale indeed. This is a tender portrayal of their intertwining relationships - and it has a delicious twist at the end.
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Story: Here and Far Away
Author: carawj
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1160
Author's Summary: She remembers that she died, but everything is different now.
Characters/Pairings: Leela/Romana, Leela/Rose
Warnings: Spoilers for 'Turn Left'

Recced because: It is, quite simply, fantastic. I can hear Leela's voice perfectly whenever I read it, and Romana and Rose are brilliantly written as well. I'm so glad this was posted on Teaspoon this week, so I had the chance to rec it before anyone else. The characters are all strong and, somehow, subtly fragile. This is the sort of story you'll want to read again and again.
[identity profile] ionlylurkhere.livejournal.com
Story: Remnants
Author: katuah
Rating: All Ages
Word count: 2200
Author's Summary: What does the Doctor do when his current Companions are asleep? How does he explain his life to them? Does he think often about the ones who were with him before? What about the things they leave behind in his TARDIS - or in his heart?
Characters/Pairings: Leela, K9, Four/SJS
Warnings: None

Recced because: Leela as a character, and Four/Sarah Jane as a ship, don't get enough attention in my opinion, but here they're both done very well indeed (in particular, Leela's background is used very well, without demeaning her, and the treatment of the ship strikes me as perfect for all Doctor/human stuff). And it makes good use of the TARDIS, which always gets two thumbs up from me.
[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.
[identity profile] silly-cleo.livejournal.com
Story: Second Fiddle
Author: LizBee
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1114
Author's Summary: It's a perfectly normal (that is to say, disastrous) day for the TARDIS crew, except that Martha finds she might be playing second fiddle. Again.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones, Romana II, Tenth Doctor, Leela, Martha/Romana, Romana/Leela
Warnings: None

Recced because: I've been resisting reccing this one for ages and I really don't know why. It's possibly the first Classic Who fic I ever read yet I keep coming back to it again and again and it always makes me happy. It's actually partly responsible for how much I adore Romana II and it has wonderful Martha voice. I suppose I'm reccing this one for the same reason I've recced a lot of others this week, it has several lines that you come across and every time you just think "...Yes, exactly" and that, to me, is marvelous and a big part of what a good fic ought to do. I dunno. It has Romana/Martha AND Romana/Leela, ALL IN ONE FIC. What more could you want, except for it to be longer?

Anyway, that's all from me. I've had a lovely time reccing this week, sorry again for being a bit inconsistent!

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