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Story: Chilled
Author: ClocketPatch
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1522
Author's Summary: Rory warms up a cold Doctor.
Characters/Pairings: The Eleventh Doctor, Rory Williams
Warnings: None

Recced because: The Doctor is suffering from hypothermia, and Rory takes charge. I love a good hurt/comfort fic, and this is an especially good one, with both Eleven and Rory firmly in character. This fic will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy, and sometimes we all need that, including the Doctor.
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Story: Happiness
Author: nostalgia
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 3242
Author's Summary: In which John Smith is very happy with his life.
Characters/Pairings: The Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, River Song
Warnings: Swearing

Recced because: John Smith has everything he needs in his life to be happy -- a marriage, a mistress, and a rewarding career as a writer. So what's wrong? It's not clear at first what's going on, but when the truth is revealed, it's devastating.
[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)
[identity profile] irishvampire13.livejournal.com
Story: Easter Bunnies
Author: betawho
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 775
Author's Summary: The Doctor's caught up in the childlike joy of Easter, to the embarrassment of his companions. So how do they distract him?
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, River Song, Amy Pond, Rory Williams
Warnings: None

Recced because: A bit of Easter fun, care of an author who excels at Eleven/River fluff. You're welcome. :D
[identity profile] irishvampire13.livejournal.com
Story: In Which Rory is the Next David Attenborough
Author: promethia_tenk
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 370
Author's Summary: Rory and Amy make fun of the Doctor's flirting technique.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Rory Williams, Eleventh Doctor/River Song
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It makes me giggle every single time! It is precious and adorable, and very much in keeping with the characters' personalities. I want to hug them--I want to hug the writer! And I'm just a smidge envious; I wish I'd come up with this, or that I were as good at fluff.
[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.
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Here's a good long adventure for the weekend :)

Title: The Empath Cell
Author: Megaceryle
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 53007
Author's Summary:Something is wrong in Leadworth: Amy remembers a trip that never happened, and a local man has won the lottery and aged forty years instantly. The Doctor's search for answers leads him across the universe to an ancient civilization of empaths, who may be harboring a secret about a Time Lord who came before.
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Amy, Rory, OCs
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: I always love a good sprawling adventure, and this one is intriguing. It takes a while to build, and doesn't end up where you would expect. It explores the link between the Doctor and the TARDIS and the consequences of meddling with their shared psyche. It doesn't rely on particularly flowery language or style to tell the story, rather its understated prose lets the characters, plot, and world-building take its time and speak for itself. It introduces a range of cool new characters that are all three dimensional and not necessarily what they seem to be at first, that I want to know more about what happens to them after the ending credits. The range of new characters that are given enough room to flesh out beyond what you would expect, along with the mystery, danger and intrigue make this story read like a classic Eighth Doctor Adventure novel, and though the author's Eleven is mad and clever as ever, I can definitely see echoes of Eight in him as well.

Excerpt )
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[personal profile] nonelvis
Hello, [livejournal.com profile] calufrax! For once I'm here in my capacity as reccer, not as the mod, so expect recs from me for the next two weeks. (Although as always, if you'd like to rec – and everyone is welcome to do so! – leave a comment in the signup post or send me an ask on Tumblr.)

Story: A Few Things and a Lizard
Author: Beer Good
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2,820
Author's Summary: When Clara doesn't join him after the events of "Deep Breath" the Doctor picks up another companion. A big, sexy woman with legs up to here, a tail that won't quit, and big, nasty, pointy teeth. Yes, the Doctor is joined by a T Rex in the fix-it fic to end all fix-it fics.
Characters/Pairings: Adric, Clara, Danny, Harriet Jones, Ianto, Jack, Martha, Rory, Sarah Jane, Wilf, Twelfth Doctor, Simm!Master
Warnings: None

Recced because: The Doctor has had many companions over the years, but never, to the best of my knowledge, a T. rex, much less the one from "Deep Breath." And let's just say it's remarkable how differently certain situations might have played out had a gigantic carnivore been brought into the mix. (Davros never stood a chance.) Best of all – and unlike a number of companions – our dinosaur friend finally gets a happy ending, and a fate she earned far more than what really happened to her in her one onscreen episode.

Excerpt:
after the cut )
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Story: Can't escape you
Author: fate_incomplete
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 936
Author's Summary: Every minute since he left had been a fight, a fight to not turn around and run back to her.
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond/Rory Williams
Warnings: None

Recced because: This angsty piece, about the Doctor trying and failing to travel without Amy, tugs at my heartstrings. The imagery in this fic is, in my opinion, well crafted, and the writing feels poetic to me.
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
Ahoy there, Who fanfictioneers! As always when I begin a new stint reccing here on [livejournal.com profile] calufrax, I am struck by how little time at all it seems since last time I did this, and how long it in fact was. Tempus fugit and all that. Well, without further ado, allow me to kick off this round of recommendation with something of a rare gem:

Story: Bounce
Author: Nancy Brown
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 5,470
Author's Summary: A mysterious device affects the lives of the Doctor and his friends.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Canton Everett Delaware III, Jenny Flint, Madame Vastra, Rory Williams, Strax, The Doctor (11th)
Warnings: None, apart from some references to Victorian-era murders

Recced because: Well, full disclosure, this was written in response to one of my prompts in the EleventyFest ficathon, way back in 2013. When I gave the prompt, though, I don't think I was expecting it to elicit anything as seriously good as this bit of prime Eleven-era fic. This is the fic I was going to rec last time around before being distracted, magpie-like, by another story by the same author, but this time I'm making very sure indeed to put this one front and centre.

The story follows the trail of a strange, and possibly deadly, presumably alien device across three time periods, and with three groups of investigators. In the Victorian era, Madame Vastra, her wife Jenny and the inimitable Strax are called in by Scotland Yard to consult in a case of multiple murders. Meanwhile in the late 1960s, G-Man Canton Everett Delaware III looks into a slew of missing persons against the backdrop of the countercultural anti-war movement and the Nixon administration. And finally in futuristic Scotland, the Doctor and the Ponds are drawn to a museum of extraterrestrial curiosities. The skill with which the author weaves these various strands together to tell a single story, using time travel pleasingly to tie the plot together, is only one of the several great things about this piece.

I especially enjoy the way the different eras each have their own distinctive style, from the Sherlockian stylings of Vastra and Jenny's nineteenth century adventures to the hardboiled inner monologue that drives Canton's sections (and I don't think you have to find him as cool a character as I do to really dig those parts). As with those of this author's other works that I have read, it is the characterisation and the voices that I find most compelling about this. Canton's private-eye-esque patter aside, the Doctor-Amy-Rory team TARDIS (one of my favourite of all time) really shine here, and even Strax gets one excellent, and very Strax-like, exchange.

I urge you - don't walk, (metaphorically) run over to the Teaspoon and read this one, and please be sure to tell the author how much you liked it.


An Extract )
[identity profile] paynesgrey.livejournal.com
Story: R.A.P.T.U.R.E
Author: PhoenixDragon
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1,865
Author's Summary: It wasn’t ideal in his own mind, but humans needed a change of pace now and again - and if it made them happy, he was more than willing to give them anything that they needed, anything that they wanted.
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, OCs
Warnings: Horror descriptions

Recced because: Gosh, this story really hits you in the gut. An eerie, haunting concept that just leaves you breathless through the whole fic. Very intriguing story which makes you want more, but it’s also perfect as it is with the way it ended. This author is madly talented, you can tell, and this is one of her best.
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
Story: I could never live with me before you came along
Author: Nancy Brown
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 8664
Author's Summary: Canton Everett Delaware III is on a mission from God, er, River to put the band back together.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Canton Everett Delaware III, Jenny Flint, Madame Vastra, River Song, Rory Williams, The Doctor (11th), plus Anthony Williams and OCs
Warnings: None

Recced because: I was actually planning to rec another fic by this author, and I came across this more or less at random while looking for the other one on her Teaspoon page yesterday...and loved it. And couldn't believe it had no reviews and decided the best way of remedying that with a vengeance was to get it out here on Calufrax. So win/win for me - I get to rec this magnificent fic and still have one in the hole for my next reccing stint! :D

In all seriousness, though, this is a great fic, written with excellent characterisation and just common sense, decency and humanity. You know, like the best fics are. The fact that it also ticks quite a few of my fannish boxes as regards the tail end of the Eleven era (the Capaldinator is obviously brilliant, but I'm unashamed to say Eleven remains "my" NuWho Doctor) certainly doesn't hurt either. I've made no secret of the fact that I was, and am, seriously dissatisfied with the ending Amy and Rory got in The Angels Take Manhattan, not even because of their fates but mainly because of the slapdash way it was all plotted and the way we were expected to swallow rl attempts to plaster over those plot holes by authorial "word of god", so this sort of semi-fix-it (it doesn't actually fix it, but makes its point by illustrating one of the several blatantly obvious ways that it could be fixed) will always hold a certain appeal for me. The fact that it's wise-guy G-Man Canton Everett Delaware III, still one of my all-time favourite one-shot Who guest characters, who gets to be the main instrument of that sort-of-fix-it is, for me, the shiny cherry on top.

The author gives Canton an OC boyfriend, fittingly also a smart-mouthed hard-boiled cop type, who is also the everyman observer of the Doctor's strange world, as they go about reuniting Canton, the Paternoster Row crew, Amy and Rory and their adopted son Anthony, and eventually River and Eleven himself, and even get a bit of fraught adventure along the way. Throughout, we are reminded deftly and thought-provokingly of the difficulties and dangers facing same-sex relationships over the ages, with Vastra and Jenny's relationship also portrayed with great perceptiveness and sensitivity. I think the main thing I like about this, though, is the obvious love for the diverse cast of characters; even the ones that don't get that many lines (Eleven, actually) are vividly portrayed; as I often say of fanfic I find has particularly true-to-life characterisations, you really can hear the voices as you read it.

So get over there and see what you think, and please leave some words of appreciation for the author...!


A Taste )
[identity profile] romanajo123.livejournal.com
Story: Kiss the Cook
Author: IrishVampire13
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2189
Author's Summary: "Please tell me these are actual, proper chicken eggs," Rory told the Doctor, fishing a carton out of the refrigerator. "Earth chicken eggs. I don't want to crack one of these things open and have to fight off a fire-breathing Venusian quail, or something!"
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, River Song, Rory Williams, The Doctor (11th)
Warnings: From the Author's Note: " A tiny little smidge of light naughtiness, hardly worth upping the rating for."

Recced because: This fic was posted only a few days ago and it already got my attention. A fun slice of life moment with the Eleventh Doctor and his companions (and cookies!) that is well-written and perfectly captures this TARDIS team.
[identity profile] irishvampire13.livejournal.com
Story: Can't Run from Me
Author: fate_incomplete
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 920
Author's Summary: The one thing he can't run from is himself.
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory Williams
Warnings: Slightly scary

Recced because: I've developed a fascination for stories featuring psychological horror, and this very aptly fits the bill! If you've a taste for that sort of thing, then you're very much in luck! ^.^
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Story: Set Yourself On Fire
Author: Calapine
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2634
Author's Summary: River Song, time, stories and choices.
Characters/Pairings: River Song, Tenth Doctor, Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory Williams
Warnings: None

Recced because: River is a fascinating character, and this fic really captures her spirit and her life. It's whirlwind and brilliant and glorious, just like River herself.

An excerpt )
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Story: The Doctor Cooks (The Eleventh Time Lucky Remix)
Author: paranoidangel
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3264
Author's Summary: The Doctor offers to cook dinner for Amy and Rory. What could go wrong?
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond/Rory Williams, First Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright, Susan Foreman, Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon, Zoe Heriot, Third Doctor, Jo Grant, Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, Fifth Doctor, Tegan Jovanka, Nyssa, Sixth Doctor, Evelyn Smythe, Seventh Doctor, Ace McShane, Eighth Doctor, Charley Pollard, Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler, Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble.
Warnings: None

Recced because: The Doctor claims he can cook. Actually, as it turns out, the Doctor has always claimed that he could cook. This fic starts off with the Eleventh Doctor promising to cook a special meal for Amy and Rory, and then moves on to a series of flashbacks that show past Doctors, past companions, and past culinary (mis)adventures. Much of it is very funny, but there is also a wonderful depth to the writing, especially in the framing story of Eleven, Amy, and Rory.

A teaser )
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Hello! I will be your reccer for the next two weeks, and I'm excited to share some of my favorite fics with you! I hope you find in these recs at least one new favorite of your own.

First up:

Story: Stories with Swordfights
Author: ClocketPatch
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1659
Author's Summary: Rory Williams loves his family. He loves his wife. He loves his son. And he loves his daughter. Of course he does. Except…
Characters/Pairings: Rory Williams/Amy Pond, River Song
Warnings: None

Recced because: Set after "The Angels Take Manhattan," Rory thinks about River, and wishes he could have gotten to know her as her father. It's beautiful and moving, and the ending is wonderful.

A small sample )
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Story: Level Complete
Author: thebigcat
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1313
Characters/Pairings:  Ten, Eleven, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, River Song
Author's Summary: AMY POND used SLAP. ELEVENTH DOCTOR has been INJURED FATALLY.


Recced Because:

LOADING…
LOADING…

I am a sucker for hilarious crack, and this is hilarious crack of the first order. Gain new companions while avoiding the nefarious inference of the WILD CRACK. This fic is Eleven's first two series re-imagined as a snarky text adventure game. And did I mention it's really funny?


A taste )
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Story: a message to lead myself here
Author: [livejournal.com profile] wave_of_sorrow
Rating: all ages
Wordcount: 2,105
Author’s Summary: In which Eleven accidentally invites Nine (and, by extension, Jack and Rose) to watch him die.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Jack Harkness, River Song, Rory Williams, Rose Tyler, The Doctor (11th), The Doctor (9th)
Recced because: Many of [livejournal.com profile] wave_of_sorrow’s stories play with timelines in a way that  I love.  I chose this one to rec because I appreciate it on both a technical and emotional level. [livejournal.com profile] wave_of_sorrow pulled off writing this in a format with many extremely short, one-sentence paragraphs. It’s a format that can often drive me batty because some writers use it to scream "Look! Everything I'm writing is Important!" That wasn’t the case here, because the author wrote with emotional heft as well as economy. The story itself threatened to choke me up at times, with what  I consider a spot on illustration of the relative youth of both the Doctor and River in this situation. And of course River and Nine, two damaged souls, connect in fascinating ways. There was more than one spot where the tears threatened to come, despite the story's brevity.

A taste:

"The Doctor knew he was..." )

[identity profile] cpsd90.livejournal.com
Story: Unless, Perhaps, Someday, A War
Author: haveloved
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 6,080
Author's Summary: She has realized since that forever is fragile. Forever can be taken away. But the fight cannot be taken out of Rose Tyler. Rose, as the dimension cannon is built and she finds herself working through the Doctor's timeline and trying to figure out what exactly is the mystery behind Donna Noble.
Characters/Pairings: Rose Tyler, Pete Tyler, Donna Noble, The Doctor (10th), Rory Williams, The Doctor (8th), Grace Holloway
Warnings: Mild Swearing

Recced because: The quotation that gives the title its name sets the tone for the story:
“Probably we’ll die without ever seeing each other again.”
“Yes, probably. Unless, perhaps, someday, a war…”
- Hiroshima, Mon Amour

It is war and destruction that brings Rose Tyler back, not her belief in forever, but it is because of who she is that she comes back at all. One of the wonderful things to me about Doctor Who is its concern with who we are--the people we choose to be and the people we become through the choices we make, often in impossible situations. We cannot control the world around us or what other people choose, much of the time, but what we can choose is how we respond. It is these choices that make us who we are, and when everything else is so fragile, perhaps that is what matters the most.

Rose knows this already by the time she gets trapped in the parallel world--indeed, it is perhaps the reason she does get trapped in a parallel world--but when she returns, years have passed for her, and she has grown and changed yet again.
This fic bridges the gap between the Rose Tyler we last saw saying good-bye to the Doctor on Bad Wolf Bay and the Rose Tyler who uses the dimension cannon to get back to the Doctor. I have always been fascinated by dimension cannon stories and by what Rose must have experienced en route to her return and how she must have changed, and this is my very favorite.
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
Story: Ports of Call
Author: rutsky
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1,192
Author's Summary: They eventually discovered he'd lied about New York
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond/Rory Williams, River Song
Warnings: None as such, but does contain a good dose of grit and reality in its portrayal of Amy and Rory's post-Doctor relationship.

Recced because: I think it would be fair to say that I was, and definitely remain, a huge fan of the Eleventh Doctor and his era. I even, gods help me, genuinely think that New Who would have been very much the poorer without Steven Moffat's tenure as showrunner and that most (most!) of his judgments and instincts as writer and general head-honcho-type have been bang on the money. I recognise that as a whole the era had good stories and bad stories, as every Who era does, but I refuse to subscribe to arguments that it somehow declined in quality over the course of its run or that "it was time for a change". I'm very much enjoying the Twelve era so far and think Peter Capaldi is nothing less than a demigod in human form, but I could have lived with another season or two of Eleven, no problem at all.

Having said all of that (just so you know where I'm coming from)...

I @#&%ing hate The Angels Take Manhattan. Or at least its ill-conceived ending which, imho, fails on so many levels I'd be listing them all night and clocking up more words than the fic I'm theoretically reccing. Your mileage, as they used to say, and as is the case with all things fan-related, may and probably does vary. I consider it a poor exit for the two companions I consider to be probably the best (certainly when considered as a pair) of the 2005 series.

So, having laid my cards so verbosely on the table, I probably wouldn't classify this fic as a fix-it (which the author admits to being in two minds about) so much as a statement of the facts as they stood at the end of said story. One senses perhaps in reading the piece that the author was as nonplussed by that ending and as aware of its gaping plot-holes as I and, going from comments I read at the time, quite a lot of other people were. That's really beside the point, though. I'm not reccing this fic because its author happens to come down on my side in a fanw*nky argument, but because it highlights two really important things about the Eleven era.

The first of these is that Eleven was a bit of a slippery customer, morally. I'm not really convinced by some of the PR efforts to paint Twelve as a particularly edgy and ruthless Doctor, although he's certainly more up front about it, because it always seemed that Eleven got up to some dodgy stuff, more or less constantly and unapologetically (although he did tend to hide it behind his goof-ball exterior) and I think most of the time we the audience were supposed to notice that and think about it. I say most of the time, because some of the dodgiest stuff he did, though, particularly in his personal relationships, went more or less uncommented upon and indeed tacitly condoned "by the show", for want of a better term. I think even as big a fan of Eleven and his era and Moffat's work as I will admit to being, or indeed somebody really invested in the relationships between the characters, can see some of the morally problematic things that are going on there and wonder why "the show" seems unaware of them. It's an important aspect of the era and one I see confronted in too few fanworks. This one takes it head on; this Doctor's a liar, and not always for good reasons.

The other really important thing about the Eleven era this fic highlights and plays homage to, one of its central planks, is the relationship between Amy and Rory. These are two imperfect people (like all of us) and they have this very complicated, not always easy, bond but it ends up being one that they both draw strength from and one that neither of them can live without. This fic examines that complex relationship warts and all and the way Amy's and Rory's situation in Manhattan after parting from the Doctor might have affected it. It also confronts us with the incredible strength both of these characters have shown in adversity and the toll the sorts of adventures they have been involved in have taken upon them. I would say that that is the main selling point of this fic for me, apart from the fact that it is very well-written; it is unflinching in its consideration of how this situation might really play out. For a supposed "fix-it", it pulls few punches, either in its portrayal of the characters, their relationship and their predicament, or in considering the off-screen Doctor and his actions. And it does so not out of a desire to bash but out of a deep concern and investment in the material and the characters. Good stuff, in other words.

Anyway, thanks for reading my rant. Now go and read the fic and tell the author how much you liked it. ;)

A Taste )
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I'm afraid my time at [livejournal.com profile] calufrax has come to an end again. But I have one more rec before I leave you all...

Story: Room For Three
Author: platypus
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 1969
Author's Summary: In Amy's Choice, the TARDIS was contaminated with psychic pollen. What if it had been sex pollen instead?
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond/Rory Williams/The Doctor (11th)
Warnings: Explicit Sex

Recced because: I have another tropey fic weakness: sex pollen! And this is an AU where the heroes give in to it--it's unfortunate for them, but fortunate to us.
[identity profile] morganfm.livejournal.com
Hello all! This is my first time reccing, like, ever, and I am so excited to share some really excellent stories with all of you! My two ships are Ten/Donna and Doctor/River, but I enjoy anything that's really well written. Fics I enjoy are often of a happier or more emotional persuasion, often containing many giggles and fun banter.
This first fic I'm reccing is by the lovely [livejournal.com profile] starjargon, for whom I am honored to beta and who kindly returns the favor. I think you'll all really like it.

Story: May The Best Woman Win
Author: Starjargon
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2948
Author's Summary: Martha and Rose both care deeply for the same man. So of course, the only logical thing to do is fight for him. With jousting poles. AU, obviously.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Canton Everett Delaware III, Donna Noble, Harriet Jones, Harriet Jones, Jack Harkness, Jack Harkness, Lynda Moss, Martha Jones, River Song, River Song, Rory Williams, Rose Tyler, Rose Tyler, Sarah Jane Smith, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (11th), The Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is a very fun, enjoyable fic that has pretty much every nuWho companion out there, as well as three different Doctors. Incredibly well written, with a strong, even representation of opposing characters, and some fantastic plot twists. It's one of my favorites that she's written, because she handles the complexity of dealing with so many different characters and emotions all at once in such a masterful and brilliant way.
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Story: Felis Catus Temporus
Author: Lissy_Strata
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 6032
Author's Summary: The Doctor needs Peri's help, but can she stop laughing long enough? (This fic has evolved into a series of unrelated cat stories.)
Character/Pairings: Sixth Doctor, Fifth Doctor, Third Doctor, Second Doctor, Eleventh Doctor, Peri Brown, Tegan Jovanka, Nyssa, Ace McShane, Second doctor, Polly Wright, Ben Jackson, Jamie McCrimmon, Jo Grant, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Delgado!Master, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, Sarah-Jane Smith, K-9
Warnings: Kitties

Recced Because:

Awwww, who's a kitty! Mostly the Doctor. Though several companions, enemies, and by-standers are also affected by acute Felis Catus Temporus in this adorable sequence of fic which answers several important, kitty-related questions such as: What happens when K-9 meets a kitty? Do kitties get along with nitro-9? Can you put a kitty in a fez?

If you want to know, read on and find out (just be aware that the resulting cute may leave you incapacitated with kitty!love for an unspecified duration…)



A Teaser-Taste )
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Story: Still Life
Author: eve11
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 934
Author's Summary: "The most tranquil place in the universe, and you're lamenting a lack of ungulates."
Characters/Pairings: Eleven, Amy/Rory, the TARDIS
Warnings: none

Recced because: Okay, this story was written for a prompt I left in last year's Eleventyfest fic exchange, but I'd rec it anyway, because it's as soothing and tranquil as the Eye of Orion itself. Besides, sometimes (usually Mondays), you need something soothing and tranquil. It's a deceptively simple slice-of-life piece that serves as a lovely coda for "The Doctor's Wife," in which everyone, Time Lord, companions, and TARDIS, gets a much-needed moment of peace after a difficult ordeal.

Excerpt: after the cut )
[identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
Story: Five Days
Author: jinniyah
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 6786
Author's Summary: The Doctor spends five days locked in a prison at the mercy of the very worst of humanity. And when Amy and Rory finally succeed in gaining his freedom, his ordeal is not over. Not by any means.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Rory Williams, The Doctor (11th)
Warnings: Non-Con, Angst, Hurt/Comfort

Recced because: Let me start out by saying, this tale is not for the faint of heart. It is not fluffy, it is not pretty, it is not 'cut and dry'. This is gritty, this is terrifying, this is raw and terrible to contemplate. This is a tale of holding on until you can't anymore. It is a tale about trust. It is a damned dark fiction, but there is hope buried within it. There is love. There are bonds and secrets here that could take a lifetime, but it is a tale that tells you of the journey those who love you will make to understand, to help you, to hold it together when you cannot. This is a tale of strength. Of deep and terrible sadness. And it is dark!fic at its finest.

This supposes reality into a fantasy world. This takes the Doctor out of a 'children's show' setting and imposes a very real idea, a very horrifying idea into the universe of Who. We know that he has been everywhere. That he has witnessed a lot of awful things and maybe has even been subjected to some of them. The show has danced around the concept of the Doctor not only knowing, but immersing himself in some of the darkest places, the most heinous of environs. Sometimes you have to shake hands with the devil and all that -

But what if you aren't in a dark, secret, terrible place (just a cell, a jail, something every place, every race, planet and civilization seems to have), but something terrible happens and there is no one to save you? What if you are the one who needs saving, but there is no one there to do so - and you have a reputation for not only saving yourself but others around you? People who expect you to be stronger, to be better (at least, from your POV)? It is just an ordinary misunderstanding, an ordinary situation (for our intrepid heroes), that ends up being very, very awful, very quick. There isn't a lot of graphic description, but one gets the hint rather quickly. And we aren't dealing with an ordinary person going through trauma, but a lonely 'god' who doesn't wish to impose on those who love him and call him their friend, their family.

Honestly, I could go on about this fiction forever. It is raw, real, terrible, wonderful, stark, bleak - and yet there is hope (some of the best dark!fics have that). There is love and friendship and strength. There is understanding and the will to understand. There is the beginnings of healing. There is forgiveness and redemption and lawful retribution. All in under 7000 words. Read this, be blown away - but be prepared. There is pain in there. So please, please, please mind the warnings...

Small tidbit here... )


An excellent fiction that any person with a taste for the darker side should read. Go, read - and tell the author how they have floored you, how they have made you feel. I'm quite sure they would love to hear from you...

*Hugs to All*

Mandy
[identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
Story: She Stole My Heart
Author: MusicMad
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1337
Author's Summary: Rory's having trouble with his wedding vows, and some time later the Doctor is surprised to find them lying around. SPOILERS FOR COLD BLOOD.
Characters/Pairings: Rory Williams, The Doctor (11th)
Warnings: Character Study, General, Introspection

Recced because: Anyone who knows me, knows of my love of Rory Williams. He was a fascinating character, if only because he wasn't a typical Companion. Do I long for more glimpses of him? Oh yes, even now I do. Do I wish there had been more friendship shown between him and the Doctor (because trust me, if they didn't eventually become friends, they wouldn't have tolerated each other long, Amy or no Amy). He was steadfast, stable, pragmatic and practical. And yet, he still loved the stars and the adventures in his own quiet way. The loss of him in Cold Blood was rather devastating to me. Here is a character that I'm just getting to know, that is more than he seems to be - just ripped away. And it was the way he died that floored me. It stunned me.

And it stunned the Doctor.

I think up until that point, the Doctor and Rory circled one another, but Amy was their centerpiece. They didn't really bother to know each other: Rory's jealousy prevented it and the Doctor wasn't comfortable with someone who treated him with a low-grade suspicion bordering on hostility. And yet, the Doctor was the one who went and got him, encouraged him to stay, understood Rory in ways even Amy couldn't understand him. I think he was growing rather fond of him and the little tastes of something more (underneath) that Rory displayed. And then he was gone. I loved the fact that the Doctor seemed to mourn him, even as Amy could not. That Rory's death shook his world just a little. I'd also like to think that this fiction happened, because it backs all the beliefs and hopes of mine listed above. It is so very Rory - and Eleven's response is so very Doctor - how can it be anything but canon? Read, enjoy - and I'm sure you'll quite agree with me on this one...


Small sample here... )



Ahhh, see? HEADCANON. Please leave feedback and let them know how much they Rock. With my Rory obsession, I'm ALWAYS on the lookout for more. And if we give Love, this author just might provide it!

*HUGS*

Mandy
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
My last rec! I hope you've enjoyed reading as much as I've enjoyed sharing my favorites. Don't forget to feed the authors! For the last rec, let's pick one from last September's EleventyFest:

Title: The Stars May Behold My Tears
Author: Nancy Brown
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 3075
Author's Summary: Megan gets to know the regulars at the coffee shop, even the regulars who don't always know her.
Characters/Pairings: Eleven/River, Amy/Rory, OC/OC
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: [livejournal.com profile] nancybrown wrote so many awesome stories for EleventyFest. Adventures, humor, slice of life, erotica; she wrote all of it and it was all brilliant. This one is a love story that unfolds from the stories we are more familiar with, turned unfamiliar as they are seen from an outsider POV. We get to know Eleven and the Ponds out of order, as just another few in the progression of regulars at a late-night cafe. And of course the timey-wimey family is a mystery, but they are only one story among many, and not necessarily the most important one for Megan.

Excerpt )
[identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
And for my fifth rec, some light flirtation from Captain Jack...

Story: Unexpected Visits
Author: Betawho
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 500
Author's Summary: What if Captain Jack met River's parents?
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Jack Harkness, River Song, River Song, Rory Williams, The Doctor (11th)
Warnings: None

Recced because: Families are always embarassing, and families with time travellers especially so. This short romp shows why...

A short extract )
[identity profile] doctorxdonna.livejournal.com
Story: Should I Stay
Author: valforeverblue
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 41703
Author’s Summary: So many years have passed since she was left behind with a clone of the man she loved. Desperate to return home, Rose Tyler was ready to do whatever it takes to make that happen. But something unexpected happens. She suddenly finds herself back in her own universe on a beach that resembles the very one she was visiting. And there, standing a short distance from her, was the Doctor.
Characters/Pairing:11th Doctor, Rose Tyler, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, Brian, Williams
Warnings: None

Recced because: It doesn’t let the Doctor off the hook for just leaving Rose and the Metacrisis at Bad Wolf Bay without considering whether that was what they wanted, too. It tells a heartbreaking story of what happened to Rose and her family after the Doctor left them there, and how she comes to find him again, albeit in a different body than the one she knew him in. It also gives an interesting look into what Amy and Rory think of this newcomer to their group, and how they feel about her relationship with the Doctor as it relates to River Song.
clocketpatch: (wee!Amy)
[personal profile] clocketpatch
Story: Ordinary Human Days

Author: nonelvis

Rating: Teen

Word Count: 4048

Author's Summary: This time with Amy and Rory was going to be different.

Characters/Pairings: Eleven/Amy/Rory, Eleven/River

Warnings: Recreational drug use

Recced Because:

I am actually astounded that no one has beat me to reccing this, because it is hilarious (it really should have a tea-near-keyboard warning on it), sexy, clever, and one of the overall best Eleven/Amy/Rory fics I've ever read. It continues such diverse marvels as: Eleven attempting to cook breakfast, Eleven being angry at primitive kitchen appliances, jokes about the UNIT dating controversy, futuristic petunias, Sharkrace 3000, and a scene inspired by this post from texts from the TARDIS.

There's so much going on that when I went to fill out the reccing form I was a bit stunned to realize it's only a little over 4000 words. And, however whacky it all gets, the character voices read true throughout. It's about the Ponds being a strange, dysfunctional, happy, ridiculous family who continue to be all of those descriptors whether they are rocketing across the cosmos on the back of a magical space whale, or sitting around the kitchen eating cereal.


A taste )
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[personal profile] paranoidangel
Story: Fare
Author: honeynoir
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1886
Author's Summary: The Doctor cooks for Amy and Rory. (Spoilers for Vampires of Venice.)
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Rory Williams, Eleventh Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: There are two elements to this story, each of them interesting in their own right, but together they make a nice contrast. There's Rory's worry about how Amy feels about him and how she feels about the Doctor, and then there's the humour of the Doctor cooking. Rory is great in this, dealing with the madness around him.

Excerpt )

If you like this story don't forget to tell the author!
nonelvis: (DW Amy hat)
[personal profile] nonelvis
Story: The Pond Continuum
Author: kaydee falls
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 5,407
Author's Summary: Five people who have never heard of the Ponds (but might have met them anyway), and one who has.
Characters/Pairings: Amy/Rory, Amy/Rory/Jack, Martha, Sarah Jane, Rose, Ninth Doctor, Canton Everett Delaware III
Warnings: Swearing

Recced because: "The Angels Take Manhattan" left a giant-sized hole in canon for fic writers to fill: namely, how Amy and Rory spent their years in the past. Kaydee Falls posits quite reasonably that they could have met any number of characters with whom we're already familiar -- Martha during the Depression, Rose during Elizabeth II's coronation, Jack during World War II, and others. The characterization and voices are spot-on, and there's a gentle sense of humor that feels completely in keeping with the Ponds' unconventional relationship to each other, not to mention their unflappability when it comes to accepting the unusual, like a stranger in Barcelona, Spain berating himself for not mentioning something travels in time.

Excerpt: after the cut )
[identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
Story: Crossings
Author: Betawho
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1370
Author's Summary: Rory always knew the Doctor had other friends on Earth. He just never expected to meet one.
Characters/Pairings: Rory Williams, Sarah Jane Smith
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Stories where Companions meet out of the usual contexts, without knowing their connection, are always fun. Here Sarah Jane needs a little first aid, and just happens to end up being treated by nurse Rory Williams...

A small sample )
clocketpatch: A small, innocent-looking red alarm clock, stuck forever at 10 to 7. (We're all stories)
[personal profile] clocketpatch
Story: Still the Same
Author: audreyii_fic
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1578
Author's Summary: S7, pre-TATM. Rory is done traveling; Amy is not. (Follows themes of The Power of Three.)
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Rory Williams, Eleven
Warnings: N/A

Recced because:

In the Power of Three the Doctor's companions came to a realization: it is next to impossible to lead two lives. But, the hardest choices are always between two good things, and, at the end of the episode, they decided to continue trying… Alas, then the Angels happened and they lost both options. And perhaps that was a kindness.

This tragic fic postulates what might've happened if they'd made a different decision; if both of them had made a different decision; if Amy had decided to keep travelling while keeping it a secret from her husband. Amy knows it's wrong. The Doctor knows it's wrong. And Rory… he probably knows. This fic is utterly heart-wrenching because, as I read it, I can't decide which course Amy should choose either, I only know, as she does, that not choosing will eventually end in tears.


Sample )
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Story: Once Upon a Time
Author: nostalgia
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2691
Author's Summary: The Doctor's life on Gallifrey is not all it seems.
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Romana III, Braxiatel, Amy Pond, River Song, Rory Williams
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is one of those rare fics where you finish reading it and then think, "Wow." And then you go to read it again. I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that reading this fic is like experiencing what is happening to the Eleventh Doctor -- the slow realization until the "wow" at the end.

a very small sample )
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
Story: Feedback
Author: ClocketPatch
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2,918
Author's Summary: Explosion. The packed clod of ice smashed into the side of Amelia's head. It didn’t break off into powder like a proper snowball. It thudded against the ground beside her, shattering just as another ice ball hit.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Rory Williams, The Doctor (11th)
Warnings: Some fairly close-to-the-bone discussion of Amy's childhood traumas

Recced because: If you've been paying any attention to the comm at all, you will know by now that Clocketpatch is a very safe bet indeed when it comes to finding some fic that will consider interesting angles using interesting prose stylings and interesting choice of language. Fic worth reading, in other words. My main reason, however, for giving this author another rec on the comm so soon after her last one is that this story is, not to put too fine a point on it, really good - which surely should be reason enough?

Cast your minds back, as I asked you to do the other day, not to the heady days of 2008 and The Dark Knight, but rather back to 2010 and Series 5 of new Doctor Who. I think one of the things that sold me, and a lot of other fans, on the idea of Amy Pond as a companion was the very real sense given in The Eleventh Hour and some of the subsequent episodes that our Amy, she wasn't quite..."normal". How could she be, after the raggedy Doctor and his blue box had so impinged upon her life at such an early stage? And for a lot of people who don't consider themselves quite "normal" (and who of us is, really?), that was a cool and aspirational thing, even if it was one of the several cool things from S5 that Steven Moffat still hasn't quite followed through on (although there is still the 50th Anniversary special, he says, hopefully, perhaps delusionally).

The thing is, though, just what kind of childhood trauma did that glib line about biting "three psychiatrists", or the very real sense that Amy is regarded as a Leadworth "local character" by the likes of Mrs Victor Meldrew, what did that conceal? And this fic takes that idea head-on, and pulls few punches. It is raw, thought-provoking, somewhat disturbing stuff. And the amazing thing is that that (which would provide sufficient material for an entire fanfic in itself for most of us) is only this fic's opening section. It goes on very rapidly to set up an actual storyline, a real science-fictional predicament and then to pull back and remind us that what is really important is Amy and Rory and the Doctor, this Team TARDIS, undoubtedly one of the very best in the entire run of the new series to date, and their complex, not always easy, three-way relationship.

It's an indication of what a good fic this is that, quite in spite of the devastating insight into Amy's character and just what price she paid by encountering the Doctor all those years ago, its actual highlight is the lovely Doctor-Rory-Amy interactions with all of their nuances, reminding us that as cool as Clara is (and she's very cool indeed, imho), we lost a lot when we lost the Ponds.

I know I say this a lot, but I mean it: go over to the Teaspoon, read the fic, tell the author how awesome you thought it was. :)

An Extract )
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Title: Little Monsters
Author: Inkfire
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 376
Author's Summary: Mels Zucker always runs, falls often, and rises again each time. This one time though, pain holds her down. She might need fixing. She won't stand for that. Exploring the relationship between the Leadworth kids.
Characters/Pairings: Mels, Amy, Rory (kids)
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: Short and stinging, it's a fantastic glimpse at the girl who would become River Song. Part of her made a point to search out her parents as children in Leadworth, but her history and her destiny came too, even if Amy and Rory couldn't possibly know. There are lots of layers to this story and it shows that history, even with such a small snapshot in so few words.

Excerpt )
[identity profile] thanatosx49.livejournal.com
Story: The Runaway Doctor http://www.whofic.com/viewstory.php?sid=39595

Author: BananaQaiquiri http://www.whofic.com/viewuser.php?uid=13694

Rating: All Ages

Word Count: 11,467 words

Author's Summary:
The Eleventh Doctor is relaxing inside the TARDIS when a certain skinny man with sticky-uppy hair materializes inside it, wearing a tuxedo and a cheeky grin. He takes the Doctor to an unexpected place, where they run into several familiar faces.

Characters: Amy Pond, Donna Noble, Jackie Tyler, Rory Williams, Rose Tyler, Sarah Jane Smith, Sylvia Noble, Wilfred Mott, the Eleventh Doctor, the Duplicate Tenth Doctor

Recced Because: Now wouldn't we all love to see this one on the telly? For one thing, it's wonderfully in character and absolutely hilarious.
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[personal profile] nonelvis
Story: Afterthought
Author: Inkfire
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1,355
Author's Summary: "In Rory's dreams, there is a little girl that dances right beyond his reach, lost and found." Some Rory insight about his relationship with his daughter. Includes references to Amy and Eleven.
Characters/Pairings: Rory Williams
Warnings: None

Recced because: Saying "this is a fantastic Rory character study" doesn't even begin to do this story justice. "Afterthought" dives into Rory's longing for the daughter he never got to see grow up -- a daughter he knows is just fine and having a wonderful life, but whose youth was robbed from him, as well as from Amy. It makes sense that a man who spent 2,000 years guarding the woman he loved would be haunted by his inability to protect his own child, and Inkfire makes Rory's innermost thoughts feel real and visceral. This is one of those stories where it's nearly impossible to choose my favorite quote; the language is that beautiful, and the emotions that raw.

Excerpt: after the cut )

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