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Story: The Worst Doctor Who Story Ever
Author: Astrid
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 608
Author's Summary: For April Fools Day, I present something I wrote last year as a parody of all the bad Doctor Who fics (well, bad fics in general). I'm very sorry about this, I really am.
Characters/Pairings: Eighth Doctor, The Master, Adric, Ace, Peri, Mel, Romana II, Sarah Jane (and more)
Warnings: none

Recced because: I laughed non-stop at this absurd yet accurate send up of badfic. We've all seen them- probably lurking in the dark corners of fanfiction.net: fics written as one endless paragraph, riddled with misspelled words, oblivious to punctuation or grammar. They usually feature a Mary Sue and some character bashing for good measure. This one ticks all those boxes perfectly, and I couldn't stop giggling as it hit every cliched trope in Doctor Who fandom over the head with a mallet. This fic is short, so the (intentionally) terrible formatting shouldn't be an obstacle to enjoying this hilarious parody. (And honestly the misspellings just make it funnier- I nearly lost it at 'Parry' and 'Ramona' LOL)
clocketpatch: A small, innocent-looking red alarm clock, stuck forever at 10 to 7. (A dozen words could travel so far)
[personal profile] clocketpatch
Story: So Our Story Goes
Author: MissNessarose
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1918
Characters/Pairings: Mel/Ace
Author's Summary: They meet ten years later, and perhaps by chance—but Ace knows that she won't let this chance simply pass her by. And so she doesn't.


Recced Because:

It's chicken soup for the soul.

In canon, Mel goes off with Glitz and who knows what happens to Ace. This fic picks up ten years later. It doesn't try to explain what happened in the interval, only that Mel is back on Earth now and Ace is running a charity. They meet by chance. Then they keep meeting on purpose.

This is a beautiful bit-by-bit romance, which grows organically with Mel and Ace slowly coming to the conclusion that all of their friends, and neighbours, and co-workers reached almost from the beginning. It's Ace appreciating Mel for her voice and crazy hair, not in spite of them. It's Mel solving problems. It's Ace making explosions. It's afternoons at the movies and walks in the park. It's the small moments which don't seem significant on their own, but, cumulatively, have more power than all the Nitro-9 in the universe. It's two people falling in love and it's beautiful.


A Taste )
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[personal profile] lost_spook
(And still continuing with the bonus anniversary recs...)

Story: In Training
Author: eponymous_rose
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 452
Author's Summary: The Doctor and Mel discover a strange sort of exercise regime.
Characters/Pairings: Sixth Doctor, Mel Bush
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It wouldn’t be Doctor Who without a lot of running, would it? And this is one of the most entertaining Doctor Who ficlets I know about running – and about companions getting to be sneaky and awesome. It’s just wonderful and guaranteed to make you grin.
[identity profile] annauq.livejournal.com
Story: Purpose
Author: Kesomon
Rating: All Ages
Author's Summary: Anyone who had chosen to stop and listen, to say a few words, to step inside his frankly magnificent time ship, had been there for a reason, even if they, or he or anyone else had yet to discover what that reason was.
Word Count: 541
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Adric, Barbara Wright, Evelyn Smythe, Ian Chesterton, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Jo Grant, Katarina, Martha Jones, Mel Bush, Nyssa, Owen Harper, Peri Brown, Steven Taylor
Warnings: None

Recced Because: It is an odd little story, exploring the idea of predestination paradoxes. Usually with this kind of thing, the Doctor is the one who changes the companion. He shows them the universe, and they become a better person because of that. It is quite easy to forget that the companions change the Doctor just as much as he changes them, and that is why I love this fic. It clearly shows the delicate relationship between the two, while also paying homage to the fact that the companions are amazing and usually go on to be amazing after their time in the TARDIS. The last line is a nice touch too, with the Doctor portrayed not as the all-knowing Time Lord, but the wanderer, the traveller who marvels at the beauty and mystery of the universe.
[identity profile] ghost2.livejournal.com
Story: The Shy, Retiring Multicolour Man
Author: johne
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2143
Author's Summary: This happened to Sherlock and me today, and I thought there ought to be some sort of record.
Characters/Pairings: Sixth Doctor, Mel Bush
Warnings: none

Recced because: I finally watched all of the Sherlock episodes, went looking for crossovers with DW, and found this one I really like. The Sixth Doctor and Mel yet again end up in the wrong place at the wrong time and encounter Sherlock, Watson, and Lestrade, who are investigating a murder. The amusing list of messages at the end makes it all even better.
[identity profile] blackrose42.livejournal.com
Story: Those People Down in Marketing
http://www.whofic.com/viewstory.php?sid=44899
Author: neveralarch
Summary: An office AU, where the Master is a programmer and the Doctor is in marketing, and they can't stand each other. Obviously.
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Characters: The Sixth Doctor, The Master (Ainley), Mel, Evelyn
Pairing: Sixth Doctor/The Master (Ainley)
Word Count: 1508
Why recced: Brilliant AU! The Sixth Doctor is very in-character and Mel is adorable as the Master’s best friend. Great dialogue, clever references to canon, and everything is just really cute. A very fun fic!
[identity profile] bunnyinnatardis.livejournal.com

My last recommendation of the week comes a bit late, but partly that is because I was debating which one of several to choose.  I'm an unashamed fan of the Tenth Doctor, but seeing as so many stories about him are recced, I turned my attention to earlier eras in search of great tales.  In fact, I looked in categories that don't get as much traffic, hoping to bring to light some real gems that the average reader might have passed by.  After careful consideration I end my week here on Calufrax right where I began: with another story by the very talented Shinyford.

Title: The War of Jenkins’ Ear (and Other Stories)
Author: Shinyford
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 7147
Author’s Summary: An old enemy encounters the Doctor, and regales him with stories of his life. With liquorice.
Characters: The Kandyman, The Seventh Doctor, Mel
Warnngs: none

Recommended Because the author manages to turn one of the most ridiculous foes of the Classic Era not only into a real villain, but a real character that you will both love and hate.  And he does so with delicious ease.

As with Anagram of the KaledsJenkins’ Ear is a tasty treat from beginning to end, beautifully crafted, technically a joy, and darkly funny.  That would be dark chocolate, to be precise.  To quote a review I saw of this story on another forum, Jenkins' Ear is "a love letter to the unloved."  The author mixes his ingredients with the confidence of a great chef, spices it full of imagery and metaphor without the story—or the antagonist—ever becoming too saccharine.  Not only do we get to see the Kandyman the way he should have been, we get to be properly scared of Vervoids.  Honestly, for a fan of the Classic Era, what could be better?  Shinyford takes a Classic enemy and a Classic Doctor and proceeds to tell a rich story (really a series of stories) that will leave you wanting more.  The narrator is wickedly funny, the Doctor is devilishly well-characterized, and the word play you’d expect is all there.  Old School Who fans will love this story.  New Era fans who haven't quite connected to the original series may find this to be their ticket in. Go ahead.  You know you want it.

They really don’t get much sweeter than this.

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Hello, Calufrax! I am back for my third go at reccing, and I hope it goes as well as the last two times :)

Story: Deuteragonists
Author: livii
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1037
Author's Summary: They're both the heroes of this story.
Characters/Pairings: Peri Brown/Mel Bush
Warnings: None.

Recced because: in my bookmarks, my notes section for this fic just says 'Lesbian Space Pirates!' I guess I... thought that was enough? I mean, it's enough for me. In case you need more: this fic is a fun and enthusiastic take on two characters that weren't always best served by their scripts or by the fandom. Mel and Peri really shine in this fic, and it's great to see them together, having adventures all their own.
[identity profile] solo-by-choice.livejournal.com
Story: Days Like Crazy Paving
Author: Lurky McLurklurk
Rating: All Ages

Word Count: 1248
Author's Summary: How many pasts can two people have?
Characters/Pairings: Ace/Mel
Warnings: None

Recced because: I love stories where the Time War’s effect on people other than the Doctor is explored. Also there’s timey-wimeyness, and femslash, and the connection between memory, reality, and myth. It’s deceptively simple and says a lot with a small amount of words.
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Hello Calufrax! I'm [personal profile] dbskyler. Here are some more of my favorite stories from the Teaspoon, which I am very excited to rec to you!

Story: Gearbox (The Won't Miss a Piece Remix)
Author: neveralarch
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 6103
Author's Summary: “How does the TARDIS work?” asks Ace.
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Seventh Doctor, Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton, First Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon, Zoe Herriot, Second Doctor, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Third Doctor, Romana II, Fourth Doctor, Erimem, Fifth Doctor, Melanie Bush, Sixth Doctor, Hex Schofield.
Warnings: None

Recced because: It's a work of brilliance, and I really mean that. The structure of it -- interspersing scenes between the Seventh Doctor and Ace with scenes between earlier Doctors and their companions -- is very well done, and the writing is top-notch, but all of that is almost irrelevant once you come to realize the central conceit of the fic, which is truly a thing of marvelous beauty. If you don't know all the Doctors or companions involved, don't worry, because this is a fic where knowing the characters isn't important (I don't know them all either). All you really need to know about is the TARDIS -- and you might just pick up a new piece of fanon by the end.

A teaser )
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[identity profile] jinxed-wood.livejournal.com
Story: The Real Mother Goose
Author: [livejournal.com profile] livii
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 4,465
Author's Summary: Amy Pond has lost her baby girl. She has a week to find her.
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Amy Pond, Anji Kapoor, Dodo Chaplet, Mel Bush, Nyssa, Polly Wright, River Song, Rory Williams
Warnings: None

Recced because: An alternative take on a 'A Good Man Goes to War', in which Amy uses River's Vortex Manipulator and goes on a bittersweet journey to find her daughter - and meets some of the Doctor's old companions along the way...
[identity profile] daystarsearcher.livejournal.com
Well, the end has come. For my last rec of the week, I'd thought I'd do something about goodbyes.

Story: You can't go home again
Author: Pitry
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2237
Author's Summary: Five postcards the Doctor got from Mel.
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier, Third Doctor, Mel Bush, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, Eleventh Doctor, River Song, Ninth Doctor, Sixth Doctor, Seventh Doctor

Recced because: Full disclosure: this was written for my prompt at [livejournal.com profile] dw_straybunnies. But I wouldn't be reccing it if Pitry hadn't taken my half-formed hopes and wishes and sculpted them into pure timey-wimey awesome.

For all of its randomness, Mel's goodbye to the Doctor in 'Dragonfire' is still one of the most affecting in the show's history. Her promise to write to the Doctor--never mind that he didn't have an address, she'd just stick a postcard in a bottle and throw it into space--perfectly captured some of her best qualities: her kindness, her whimsy, her overflowing optimism and desire to believe the best of everyone and everything. Of course, with a time traveler there's no way to make sure your letters get to him in order, and so this fic becomes two equally fascinating jumbled-up wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stories. On one hand, it's the tale of the Doctor, and how five postcards from a companion who's moved on affected him at critical points in his lives--both before and after he met her. And on the other hand, those five postcards tell Mel's story, the age-old tale of the young person leaving their mentor and striking out on their own, with all the attendant freedom and fear of that venture. These two stories twine together seamlessly, both rich in humor, pathos, and great characterization with everyone's voices ringing true.


Excerpt:

Dear Doctor,
I’ve spent the last five days with this wonderful family. They were very kind, and not at all what you’d expect from a family of man-eating fish. I quite like it here. But I don’t think I’m staying. It doesn’t really feel like home. I’m starting to think it might have been a mistake to leave you. But I think I’ll travel a bit longer, give it another go. I hope this postcard finds you well.
Mel.
[identity profile] daystarsearcher.livejournal.com
Story: In The Blood
Author: Lurky McLurklurk
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 9267
Author's Summary: For Ace McShane, P.I., her latest case brings her face to face with her own past.
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane/Mel Bush

Recced because: Uh, did you see that summary? Ace McShane, Private Eye. I mean, yes, okay, I could also talk about the seamless integration of sci-fi tropes into a film noir setting, or the fine detail woven throughout that makes this version of 1930s San Francisco come alive in fascinating and entrancing ways. And I suppose I could mention how wonderfully in-character Ace and Mel are, and how tender and sweet their love story is. But honestly, if the words "Ace McShane, Private Eye" didn't make you want to click that link, then the only explanation is that your brain has shorted out after being overloaded with excess amounts of awesome.

I mean, seriously. Ace McShane. Private Eye.

Excerpt:


"Perhaps you're not aware of your reputation, Miss McShane."

"Oh, I have lots of reputations," Ace said. "Which one were you talking about?"

"That for all your ... eccentricity"--she gave Ace an appraising glance that was clearly supposed to indicate that wearing a suit was the height of bizarre behaviour--"you're the best person to go to for situations involving strange phenomena. The sort of thing the San Francisco Police Department simply don't know how to deal with."

"These lights and sounds ... It's not just electric lights and people shifting things around, is it?"

"I don't know how much credence to give to some of the wilder reports," Westerfield said. "But if even half of them are true ..."

"Very well. I charge two hundred dollars a day," Ace said. "Plus expenses." That was from a film, but one of the first things Ace had learned when she'd set up shop was that her clients had just as little clue about what the going rate was as she did. Hiring a detective wasn't the sort of thing you did everyday, after all.
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Story: Turn Your Back
Author: Singe
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 21943
Author's Summary: The Eleventh Doctor had a simple philosophy about public nudity. "If it embarrasses you, turn your back." Hmmm, what about the other Doctors? Here are ten humorous vignettes with a central theme of nakie-ness.
Characters/Pairings: Doctors 1 through 10 and various companions (ETA for the intrepid calufrax tagger: Susan, Ian, Barbara, Victoria, Jamie, Liz Shaw, Brigadier, Mike Yates, John Benton, Sarah Jane, Adric, Tegan, Nyssa, Melanie Bush, Ace, Jo Grant, Martha Jones)
Warnings: Swearing
Recced because: Honestly, how can you pass up a story with that summary? Do you need more? Okay, it's ten stories that go effortlessly from era to era, that are quirky and imaginative and funny and outlandish. They are also well-written and fun, inducing a little bit of ear reddening blushes at times, but also exploring concepts of friendship, acceptance, vulnerability, and the tendency of the Doctor to gravitate to gift shops in more ways than one. And well, if it's not your cuppa you can always turn your back...

Small excerpt (chapter 7) )
[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!
[identity profile] ghost2.livejournal.com
Story: You're So Sweet, Elise
Author: BetaCadabra
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4181
Author's Summary: Growing tired of its erratic behaviour, Mel persuades the Doctor to upgrade the TARDIS to a newer model, with hilarious consequences. Well, just consequences.
Characters/Pairings: Sixth Doctor, Mel, TARDIS
Warnings: none

Recced because: This is a fun story that I found buried in the Sixth Doctor section a few years ago. I remembered it when it came time to rec again (yet somehow never managed to review it until now). It's an amusing take on the idea of what might happen if the Doctor ever did get an updated TARDIS. The new model, Elise, has a distinct personality and proves to be useful in a number of ways. I was just waiting to find out what her fatal flaw might be, because she seemed too good to be true. Also, this is a story where a TARDIS speaking out loud makes sense to me. One of my favorite sections is the visit to Honest Rassilon, the TARDIS dealer:

The owner, Honest Rassilon, was not the legendary Time Lord himself, but a minor Gallifreyan who had adopted the name in the hope that it would give him more authority. He was sorely mistaken. He was a shifty character, to say the least, and Mel wondered if the Doctor had chosen the right place to trade in his TARDIS. Unfortunately, for reasons he kept to himself, the Doctor refused to visit Gallifrey itself, so this was obviously the only option available to him.
[identity profile] biichan.livejournal.com
So Primsong has already done her first rec, but since it's still Sunday in my time zone, I figured I'd do my last. And since Remix Redux just opened their archives today, I thought I'd rec a remix done two years ago (which is coincidentally the first time I participated.)

Story: Superb (The Sex-O-Matic Venus Freak remix)
Author: LizBee
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1913
Author's summary: Romana has improved on the Doctor's technique by quite a bit.
Characters/Pairings: Romana/Strella/Reinhardt, Romana/Mel, Romana/Tosh, Romana/Harry, Romana/Simm!Master, Romana/Lucy, Romana/Sarah Jane, Romana/Martha, Tenth Doctor
Warnings: no actual on-screen sex (though there's plenty of implying)

Recced because: It's silly, naughty, and just plain fun, not mention pretty darn funny as well. I especially enjoyed the running gag about week-long Time Lady orgasms. (The story it remixes, Livii's she'll be superb is fun as well, but Magicallaw already recced it two years ago.)


Everything you ever heard about Time Lord sexuality, or the nonexistence thereof, is a lie.

Okay, historically it's true that Time Lords were a bit repressed. The grandeur and majesty of the heritage of Rassilon didn't exactly lend itself to elaborate scenes of debauchery. But these days, there are only a handful of Time Lords around, and it's safe to say the species is, as a whole, pretty damn sexy. If a skinny man in a suit offers you a ride in his phone box, you'd best pack your good knickers. If a dapper madman takes you out dancing, you should resign yourself to the inevitability of a night of passion and bad pop music. If a sweet-looking blonde gives you a flirtatious look over the rim of her cocktail glass--

But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
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[identity profile] aralias.livejournal.com
It's actually Monday for me now, but I only just realised I'd missed my final day. This is a good one to end on.

Story: Walks Through Walls
Author: eve11
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3996
Author's Summary: "Just remember, Doctor. In the midst of the whirlwind, Peladon will always welcome you."
Characters/Pairings: Six, Erimem, Peri, Frobisher, Iris, Mel, Evelyn, Charley (and Eight).
Warning: Spoilers for 'The Bride of Peladon'.

Recced because: It's a beautiful thing, built around a very simple prompt - Six gets Erimem a new cat. This he does, and there's clearly a great kinship between this Doctor and the cat (Five was not so fond of them) and that's great, but eve11 doesn't leave it at just that. Instead, Erimem lives out her life on the slow path and Six shows up with all his companions at various times in her life, and each meting shows us something different about Erimem, who is living her life very well without the Doctor - which is something else to be glad of. I must also admit that anything with Frobisher and/or Iris in it, and done well, is likely to bring me great joy. And this does - though, unlike anything else I've recced - it is somewhat bittersweet.

Excerpt )
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[personal profile] lost_spook
Story: SCRUPLES
Author: eve11
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1043
Author's Summary:It's important to stick to your principles.
Characters/Pairings: Sixth Doctor, Melanie Bush
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is essentially a character piece and a rather splendid one at that. It explores a neglected TARDIS team; it’s sweet, funny, yet telling in places and absolutely what Mel and Six got up to in their spare time. What more can I say?
[identity profile] sneakyangel.livejournal.com
Story: Working On A Dream
Author: tromana
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 679
Author's Summary: Melanie Jane Bush taught herself to be a happy child.
Characters/Pairings: Mel Bush
Warnings: None

Recced because: I've changed my mind about this rec so many times because tromana has written so many wonderful fics. The main reason I chose this one is because tromana tries to explain why Mel is so perky. I love reading childhood fics (thats a hint by the way, tromana!) when the author really understands the character and tries to figure out their past. tromana knows and understands Mel incredably well which really shines through in this fic.

And with that, I say thank you for letting me rec this week. I hopw you have enjoyed the fics!
[identity profile] sneakyangel.livejournal.com
Story: Five Times Charley, Mel, or Glitz Almost Died (But Didn't)
Author: amaresu
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2165
Author's Summary: What it says on the tin. Five planets, five almost deaths.
Characters/Pairings: Mel/Charley, Glitz.
Warnings: None.

Recced because: First of all, amaresu is one of my favourite authors and I'm shocked none of her fics have been recced here. Five Times Charley, Mel, or Glitz Almost Died (But Didn't) is part of amaresu's Charley/Mel series, The Terrors and Triumphs of Space Piracy: A Girl's Own Paper. It's a pairing that I would never have put together but they work incredably well. Both Charley and Mel have had to toughen up so they arn't exactly the same as when they were in the series, but their changes are realistic. After spending so much time with Glitz, some of his personality is bound to rub off of Mel and Charley.

rec: parts

Dec. 26th, 2008 01:48 pm
[identity profile] elyssadc.livejournal.com
Story: Parts
Author: Primsong
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5051
Author's Summary: It's a wonder the TARDIS was still holding together after all this time - of course, she'd had plenty of creative repairs.
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton, Jamie McCrimmon, Jo Grant, Mel Bush, Sarah Jane Smith, Susan Foreman, Tegan Jovanka, First Doctor, Second Doctor, Third Doctor, Fourth Doctor, Fifth Doctor, Sixth Doctor, Seventh Doctor, TARDIS
Warnings: None

Recced because: A series of seven vignettes, one for each of the old skool Doctors. In each story the Doctor needs the help of his companion in order to effect repairs on the TARDIS. Each vignette is absolutely perfect, and the companion-specific ways in which the Doctor has to patch the old girl together are delightful. A feel good series perfect for this post-holiday lazy day.

a small taste... )
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Story: Den of Thieves
Author: livii
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 897
Author's Summary: "You've gone for ages, you've already gone, you're still here, just arrived, haven't even met you yet. It all depends on who you are and how you look at it. Strange business, time."
Characters/Pairings: Mel/Ace/Seventh Doctor
Warnings:

Recced because: Space Pirate Mel is a favorite trope of Mel fans. Here livii presents a bit of a darker look at this trope. The Mel presented is still Mel, but she's a bit darker, a bit less carefree. This is a lovely character story of how Mel might have turned out.

excerpt )
[identity profile] avarill.livejournal.com
Story: Five Time Jenny Met One of the Doctor's Companions
Author: Netgirl_y2k
Rating: G
Word Count: 1145
Author's Summary: Jenny saves some civilisations, does a lot of running and meets some of the Doctor's old friends.
Characters/Pairings: Mel Bush, Mickey Smith, Romana II, Sarah Jane Smith, Tegan Jovanka, Jenny
Warnings: None

Recced because: A fun exploration of Jenny's love of life and her innocence as she learns about her father from the people who know him best.
[identity profile] eponymous-rose.livejournal.com
Title: Five Phone Calls the Doctor Never Received
Author: the_seventh_l
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2749
Author's Summary: He knew buying a mobile was a mistake. Five phone calls across the years that make up the Sixth Doctor's life.
Characters/Pairings: Sixth Doctor, Evelyn Smythe, Frobisher, Peri Brown, Mel Bush, Others
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is a refreshingly original take on the old "five things" format, drawing on bits and pieces of the Sixth Doctor's era and quietly solving the little mysteries that arise. It's also one of those rare fics that can bring in characters from other fandoms without a jolt - and despite all these disparate elements, the author draws them together nicely with the running motif of the phone itself. A fun, fascinating, and surprisingly poignant look at the Sixth Doctor's era.
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[personal profile] amaresu
I'm rounding off my Big Finish week with a rec for Mel and one for Peri. Big Finish may not have created them, but they've done some rather wonderful things with them.

Story:A Trump Lead
Author: Sheila Adamson
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2787
Author's Summary: The Doctor treats Mel to a lesson in probabilities and card play.
Characters/Pairings: Mel, Seventh Doctor
Warnings: please None

Recced because: This shows the way in which Mel and Seven interacted together wonderfully. The story starts off with Mel angry at the Doctor, for a number of things, but mainly because people died and he wouldn't go back and save them. Through explaining the game of Bridge to her Seven explains about changing the past. It's a beautifully written allegory.



Story: The Sky Was Good For Flying
Author: Doyle
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1883
Author's Summary: The Doctor trespasses on a royal garden and meets someone he didn’t expect to ever see again.
Characters/Pairings: Peri, Sixth Doctor
Warnings: Just for how Peri left the Doctor

Recced because: TV canon leaves what happens to Peri up in the air. There are two conflicting stories, both from unreliable sources. Doyle makes a future for Peri that is wonderful and exactly what she deserves. Also the Sixth Doctor gets resolution in the matter as well.
[identity profile] morgeil.livejournal.com
Story: My Country is the Whole World (or four women Ace never kissed)
Author: Netgirl_y2k
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1560
Author's Summary: The truth is, I often like women.
Characters/Pairings: Ace/Mel, Ace/Martha, Ace/Rose, Ace/Romana II
Warnings: None

Recced because: My favorite femslash fic. And this is coming from someone who isn't as fanatical about Ace as some people... Some excellent pairings here, each sensitively and expertly written. Highly recommended.
[identity profile] morgeil.livejournal.com
Story: Time After Time
Author: Bibliophile1887
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5874
Author's Summary: Someone is changing Earth's history for the better. And it's up to the Doctor and Mel to stop him. Whatever the cost.
Characters/Pairings: Sixth Doctor, Melanie Bush
Warnings: None

Recced because: It's hard to find good Mel stories. And this is probably the best one I've read! It's intriguing and powerful, with a excellent twist ending.
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Story: Like Nobody's Watching
Author: Andraste
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: The Doctor has been dancing for a long time.
Characters/Pairings: Doctors One through Ten, also Barbara, Ian, Vicki, Ben, Polly, Benton, Romana I, Tegan, Turlough, Evelyn, Mel, Charley, C'rizz, Rose and Jack. (Apologies to the unfortunate person doing the tags...)
Warnings: None

Recced because:
Ten Doctors, thirteen companions and a hell of a lot of dancing (that's dancing, not 'dancing'). I really appreciated the fact that this went for some less usual Doctor-companion pairs - Benton, C'rizz, the Seven segment being about Mel instead of Ace. I loved this for the humour and the insight, but what pushed it into must-rec category was the last section, with Barbara dancing at her wedding with a strange man in a pin-stripe suit, bringing the dance right back to the beginning.

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