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Story: The Silent Land
Author: AJK
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 33,156
Characters/pairings: First Doctor, Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton
Author's summary: A lost tomb, an archaeological dig, a near death experience and reality starts to slip.
Warnings: none

Recced because: This is an exciting and suspenseful adventure story that kept me completely absorbed through all five chapters. Set in the interval between Susan's departure and Vicki's arrival, it features the First Doctor, Ian, and Barbara joining an archaeological dig on Earth in the year 1999, and encountering some seemingly supernatural phenomena from Ancient Egypt. Featuring a fascinating dose of Egyptian mythology, using Classic Who's penchant for characters who are physical doubles of our regulars to good effect, and including a good deal of playful and charming banter from our TARDIS team (and a good amount of Barbara/Ian shippiness), this is an entertaining and satisfying story that I'm glad to have stumbled across.
[identity profile] ghost2.livejournal.com
Story: Nameless
Author: dbskyler
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 565
Author's Summary: "Even the word 'Doctor' is false. Your real name is hidden. It burns in the stars, in the Cascade of Medusa herself."
Characters/Pairings: Other Character(s), Susan Foreman, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (1st)
Warnings: none

Recced because: I've read some very good stories that address the issue of why the Doctor hasn't revealed his real name. This one, which is described as an "experiment" by the author in reply to a review, is a wonderful character study written in an unusual style that really works. Various characters from the First Doctor era through the Tenth Doctor era are mentioned as the story builds to a beautiful finale. The last couple of lines make a perfect ending.
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
Story: Serendipity
Author: Thriaemis
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2,315
Author's Summary: In which Theta Sigma doesn't just dig his own grave, but Braxiatel's as well. Braxiatel has roughly two micro-spans to think 'Rassilon's balls, a cliff,' before he crashes back onto the earth and loses all the air in his lungs in a single whump.
Characters/Pairings: Irving Braxiatel, The Doctor (1st)
Warnings: None

Recced because: There's a school of thought in Who fandom that the less we know about the Doctor's origins and his years on Gallifrey before he took the momentous decision to nick a TT capsule and go on the lam the better. Certainly that element of mystery about exactly who or what the Doctor was and what had led him to that abandoned scrap yard in 1963 has always been important part of the series' central premise (indeed it's right there in the title), not least because when it first began the production team themselves knew no more about the character's past than the audience did. And largely the series has continued in this vein ever since, with hints and snippets gradually revealed about that part of the Doctor's life or lives, but even in the modern era really no more than that.

And this is almost certainly the best way to go about things, because not only does it mostly leave room for the rich tradition of weird and wonderful Gallifrey-related lore developed in various Who spinoff media over the decades, it also leaves plenty of space for fan extrapolations upon that lore, such as in this very well done fic. Taking bits and pieces that have been suggested by various sources over the years and extrapolating upon them according to the whim of the author, this is a delightfully warm and whimsical bit of fannish speculation about the young Doctor's family life and friendships, as he goes on an early adventure and falls foul, characteristically, of his own curiosity and sense of adventure.

The portrayal of the Doctor's relationship with his brother is really top notch, capturing all of the petty antagonisms and frictions of that sort of relationship, while also showing that deep down they really do love and need each other. Of course, this is a Gallifreyan childhood, so there are also some good insights and speculations concerning how a budding Time Lord's experience of that time of life would differ from a human's, as well as lots of nice references and nods to different bits of Who's not-really-canon. Most of all, it is told with great humour and compassion, with an ending that will leave you smiling wistfully.

Highly recommended - go over to the Teaspoon and give it a whirl.


A Preview )
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Story: Breaking the Bounds
Author: vvj5
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2416
Author's Summary:The TARDIS is nothing more than the Doctor’s means of escape – or so he tells himself. Any other thoughts concerning a mere machine would be quite nonsensical, wouldn’t they?
Characters/Pairings: The First Doctor, Susan Foreman, the TARDIS
Warnings: None

Recced because: Shortly after leaving Gallifrey with his granddaughter, the Doctor does his first bit of TARDIS maintenance. It's expertly written, with great character moments, but what I particularly love about this fic is how it shows us the beginning of what is, arguably, the central relationship of the entire series: the Doctor and the TARDIS. Next stop: everywhere.

An excerpt )
[identity profile] scripsi.livejournal.com
Hello! I’m your reccer for the next two weeks. i hope you will enjoy the fics!

Title: She First Spotted Him in Malachite and Vases
Author: annariel
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1869
Author's Summary: River Song chances upon the First Doctor at the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Characters/Pairings: First Doctor, River Song
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: I have a special fondness for stories where River meets past regenerations. I am sure she would see the Doctor out. This story is so charming and the Doctor gets charmed too, while still being much himself. And River is her usual flirty self, ready for some adventure. Then throw in a Armelian Neutron Manipulator in the mix… It’s good fun, but with a touch of sadness too, as is fitting in a story with River Song.

Excerpt )
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[personal profile] nonelvis
Story: The Boy in the Barn
Author: Nostalgia
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1,647
Author's Summary: Backstory. (Spoilers for Hell-Bent and Planet of the Spiders)
Characters/Pairings: One

Recced because: It's New Year's Day, at least in my time zone, so let's take things back to the beginning, shall we? In fact, let's take things all the way back to the point where the Doctor is still a little boy, and his problematic parentage renders him less than suitable to be raised in Gallifreyan high society. But this isn't to say that there aren't people who care for him, who do their best to set him on the right path – and who teach him he can be loved, and respected, and most of all, worthy. It's a bittersweet but ultimately hopeful story, and one of my favorites of the past year. I hope it becomes one of yours, too.
[identity profile] romanajo123.livejournal.com
Story: Steal Away into Eternity
Author: Meadowlark
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1515
Author's Summary: The Doctor takes his young granddaughter for a very long trip- and they make their first encounter with their new home.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (1st), Susan Foreman, Other Characters, The TARDIS
Warnings: None

Recced because: It is a beautiful and well-written take on a scene that many fans (myself included) have been curious about, the Doctor and Susan's initial departure from Gallifrey.
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[personal profile] merryghoul
Well, this is my last rec for my reccing period. And I can't help but to end this period on a crackly note.

Story: An Unearthly Child- Jane Austen Style!
Author: Meadowlark
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2779
Author's Summary: Ever wondered what it would have been like if Jane Austen had written for Doctor Who? Possibly it would have been something like this- here's the very first episode, re-written in the style of a Jane Austen novel.
Characters/Pairings: Barbara Wright/Ian Chesterton, Susan Foreman, First Doctor
Warnings: no standard warnings apply

Recced because: I recently saw this spot-on Austen parody of the opening scenes in "An Unearthy Child" and fell in love with it on the spot. I think it's a brilliantly executed cracky idea, and something I wouldn't mind seeing in more fanfic.
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[personal profile] lost_spook
Story: All Your Life Before You (The Natural Course of Events Remix)
Author: AstroGirl
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 3740
Author's Summary: Susan is perceiving many things she's never seen before. One of them is Ace.
Characters/Pairings: Susan Foreman/Ace McShane, First Doctor, Susan Q
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It’s a gorgeous fic, written for the recent Remix challenge, with Susan’s time-sensitivity so beautifully painted throughout – the things she’s starting to see as she travels in time, and there’s something symbolic and circular in the first and last Classic Who companions encountering each other like this. It’s just wonderful and I had to rec it.

Have an extract:

She looks at Ace and gasps a little, because there's her timeline, too. Its beginning is carefully patterned, woven rigidly into some greater framework as if by an unseen craftsman, but before it reaches its end, it blossoms out into something fluid and free. And in the middle, there is a storm, an exuberant chaos, a turning place where it tangles up with Grandfather's life, and a small spot where it rests against Susan's own. It's bright and beautiful and confusing. Susan reaches out to touch it, and finds her fingers touching Ace's hair instead.

"Are you all right?" Ace says again. Her voice is quieter now, her brow furrowed a little in concern.

And, without warning, everything folds in on itself, pasts and futures collapsing down suddenly into one moment, two girls, and a bench.
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
To lighten the mood for the last rec of my stint, another First era story but one that is fun and a bit tongue-in-cheek and a bit bittersweet in its examination of old TV/film in general.

Title: Movie Night
Author: Pendragon
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2177
Author's Summary: Lights out! Film rolling! It's classic movie night in the TARDIS.
Characters/Pairings: First Doctor, Steven Taylor, Vicki
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: It's just a fun and very cute scene. It would seem to work as with Eleven and the Ponds as it does with Steven, Vicki and One. There is some self-referential irony and a bittersweet nod in there as well, considering how many of the First Doctor episodes were lost.

Excerpt )
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Title: Lost in the Echo
Author: PhoenixDragon
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2812
Author's Summary: When he cut and ran from the Vortex, the thud-thud-thud of his hearts like drum-beats within his ears, he knew they had deemed him a coward. Unfit. Unbecoming material for Time Lord.
Characters/Pairings: Borusa, Irving Braxiatel, The Master (Academy era), The Rani (Academy era), The Doctor (1st)
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: Great world-building, and a chilling and very believable backstory for how Koschei started on the road to the incessant sound of drums. The Time Lord mythology is both intriguing and mysterious, and I love how the Master's downfall is brought about by his own brilliance and insatiable desire--not just to know, but to cement his own superiority in his mind and chase away his insecurities.

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 )
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[personal profile] lost_spook
Story: Finest Hour
Author: Prochytes
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 544
Author's Summary: Five occasions on which the First Lord of the Treasury met the Last Lord of Time.
Characters/Pairings: Winston Churchill, Sixth Doctor, Peri Brown, Third Doctor, Eighth Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, First Doctor, Second Doctor.
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Regardless of how people might feel about the use of Churchill in Doctor Who, this is a smashing fic that looks at how and when he met the Doctor (and when the Doctor met him, which isn’t the same thing), and feels as if it gets so much in, that I can’t believe the total word count is a brief as it is. Oh, and the best bit? The tantalising hints about how the Doctor got on with the other Prime Ministers…
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[personal profile] lost_spook
Story: When In Rome
Author: Meadowlark
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 3362
Author's Summary: The TARDIS team explores an abandoned villa in ancient Rome, and Ian and Barbara discover the wine cellar. Cracky shenanigans ensue.
Characters/Pairings: Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright, First Doctor, Vicki
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Here’s a story to give everyone’s spirits a lift as we struggle towards the end of the week! Just how did the TARDIS team stumble over a handy abandoned villa – and what made them stay? This fic explores the gap in The Romans with much humour and warmth, and the author captures the four adventurers perfectly, even in more unusual (but completely plausible) circumstances. It’s delightful, and guaranteed to leave you smiling by the end.
[identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
Hello, again, [livejournal.com profile] calufrax! I am PhoenixDragon (aka Mandy) and I will be your reccer for the next two weeks. Let's kick off the recs with some fun and a few giggles, what say you?

Story: A Fleeting Passion for Facial Hair
Author: neveralarch
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1564
Author's Summary: A very serious multi-era fic about the Master's beards.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, The Doctor (11th), The Doctor (1st), The Doctor (2nd), The Doctor (3rd), The Doctor (4th), The Master (Ainley), The Master (Delgado), The Master (Other)
Warnings: Humor

Recced because: Okay, this is sheer Crack. I mean, I read this and I laughed so hard, I think I sprained my ribs. Sadly the author has never acknowledged the bill for that, but she did post this at Teaspoon, just so I could rec it for you here. *Beams*

This is a Very Serious observation about the Master and his Beardiness (and sometimes lack thereof) throughout his own regenerations. His pursuit of the Perfect Facial 'Do - and the Doctor's mixed (and heartfelt) reactions throughout. Even if you have never seen Classic Who , I'm sure this will still be a laugh. I know at the very least, you might've seen pictures of the Master and his various attempts to decorate his chin with luxurious, artistic (and under-appreciated) styles that can only be admired by the true believers in the masterful pun intended expression of...of hair on one's face. But if you still need convincing -

I might just have a modest sample beneath the cut )


Of course, the rest can be found at the link above. Please enjoy! And let her know how much you did!
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[personal profile] nonelvis
Posting for shape-shifter-malcolm-tucker:

Story: First Steps
Author: Charamei
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 21476
Author's Summary: There's being born, and then there's being born into a world with no adults, no clothes, no food and a terrifying alien Thing upstairs. When their Looms birth them straight into the middle of an emergency, can Our Heroes muddle through?
Characters/Pairings: Irving Braxiatel, The Doctor (1st), The Master (Academy era)
Warnings: None

Recced because: Firstly, this is utterly adorable and completely fantastic. Unfortunately, there aren't an awful lot of accurate Academy - era fics out there, so it's really good to find one. I suppose I should say that, despite this being insanely cute, features some eldritch-y type monsters and a fair amount of suspense for our little Loomlings. Oh, yeah, LOOMS. Which are explained really, really nicely to those who may be unfamiliar with the intricacies of Gallifreyan biology. Which is complex. Plus, the Doctor Who Extended Universe needs a little more recognition.

Excerpt: after the cut )
[identity profile] doctorxdonna.livejournal.com
Story: 1of1 - New Doctor on the Block
Author: Margaret Price
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1382
Author’s Summary: Series of silliness post Parting of the Ways. No spoilers, just for fun. 5 stories...so far. More to follow? Who knows.
Characters/Pairing: 1st Doctor, 2nd Doctor, 3rd Doctor, 4th Doctor, 5th Doctor, 6th Doctor, 7th Doctor, 8th Doctor, 9th Doctor, Rose Tyler
Warnings: None

Recced because: What’s the fun in being part of a fandom if you can’t laugh at yourself every once in a while? A humorous story that pokes fun at the idea of the Doctor’s previous incarnations being jealous of the attention the other’s get in the fanfiction world, and debates whether certain types of media are or are not, in fact, considered canon.
[identity profile] doctorxdonna.livejournal.com
Story: Beyond the Veil
Author: AceOnGallifrey
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1827
Author’s Summary: The Tenth Doctor discovers that his song isn't ending: it's just leaving to join in a greater melody, above and beyond death itself. Oneshot of various pairings and much joy.
Characters/Pairing: 1st Doctor and Susan Foreman, 2nd Doctor and Jamie McCrimmon, 3rd Doctor and Jo Grant, 4th Doctor and Romana, 5th Doctor and Vislor Turlough, 6th Doctor and Peri Brown, 7th Doctor and Ace McShane, 8th Doctor and Grace Holloway, 9th Doctor and Rose Tyler, 10th Doctor and Donna Noble, 11th Doctor and River Song, 12th Doctor and Michael, 13th Doctor and Inez
Warnings: Just for feels, folks.

Recced because: An interesting look at Time Lord afterlife. What happens to the Doctor we know and love when he regenerates? AceOnGallifrey posits the lovely theory of Timeheart and what it’s like, and if you’re not trickling a tear or two by the time you’re done reading it, then I’d be surprised.
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Story: The Divine Feast of Akhaten
Author: Pendragon
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2954
Author's Summary: The Doctor takes Susan to Akhaten.
Characters/Pairings: Susan Foreman, First Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is the story of how the Doctor and Susan ended up on Akhaten. It's really interesting to see how different he acts to when he visits with Clara. It's great characterisation as to what he and Susan were like before they spent a few months living in London in the 1960s.

Excerpt )

If you like this story don't forget to tell the author!
[identity profile] brunhilde-1013.livejournal.com
Story: A Spot of Festive Shopping
Author: vvj5
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2636
Author's Summary: Tegan's on an unexpected Christmas shopping trip with the wrong Doctor.
Characters/Pairings: Tegan Jovanka, The Doctor (1st), The Doctor (5th)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It's time to break out the Christmas recs!  And what a great story to start with.  Tegan and the First Doctor bond over Christmas shopping, and it's festive in the very best of ways: by having as its focus two characters who are thrown together and end up having a huge amount of fun.  At Christmas.  With costumes and mince pies and department stores.  I read this with a smile on my face the whole way through, because Tegan and the First Doctor just work so well together that I can absolutely see this happening.  Go forth and read!

have a snippet.... )
[identity profile] doctorxdonna.livejournal.com
Story: So, 11 Doctors Walk Into A Bar
Author: enchantment
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2873
Author's Summary: The First Doctor takes Susan out to celebrate her birthday. When he steps away, Jack Harkness introduces himself and attempts to make Susan his next conquest. It's up to the other ten Doctors to make sure that he doesn't succeed.
Characters/Pairings: 1st Doctor, 2nd Doctor, 3rd Doctor, 4th Doctor, 5th Doctor, 6th Doctor, 7th Doctor, 8th Doctor, 9th Doctor, 10th Doctor, 11th Doctor, Jack Harkness, Susan Foreman
Warnings: None

Recced because: I had a bad day and needed a laugh, and this one never fails to put a smile on my face. This one is witty and endearing, in a what-it-says-on-the-tin sort of way, and enchantment does a good job capturing the personality and mannerisms of each individual Doctor. It left me in stitches the first time I read it, hopefully it will do the same for you. :)
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[personal profile] lost_spook
My final rec for these two weeks! Thanks for bearing with me, especially through the bonus anniversary recs, and I hope you found something new to read. And if you did, don’t forget to feed the authors – love and comments make the world go round (or something like that).

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

Recced because: It’s a beautifully written fic that’s the perfect blend of old and new. The Doctor now, and at the beginning, Susan and the TARDIS, and his most recent companions, tracing parallels and spaces between them, and memory and forgetting. As I said, it’s really beautiful and a lovely reminder of how this one sprawling series does all connect up in the end.
[identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
Story: The Endless Doctor
Author: Beshter
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 14067
Author's Summary:The Doctor's life has been shaped from the beginning by these strange beings known as the Endless. All find the Doctor fascinating and each leave an impression on his very long journey. A crossover between Doctor Who and The Sandman comics by DC/Vertigo Comics.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (11th), The Doctor (1st), The Doctor (4th), The Doctor (8th), The Doctor (9th), The Doctor (Fatal Death)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: My favourite comic series, the one that re-kindled my interest in comics after years of barely paying them any attention, has to be Neil Gaiman's Sandman, in which the main characters are the Lord of Dreams and other anthropomorphic personifications. Here Beshter finds reasons for The Doctor to meet them. It's a very effective fusion of these universes, as a series of excellent vignettes. It's the first time this author's been recced here, I suspect it won't be the last.

A small sample )
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[personal profile] clocketpatch
Story: Unquiet Night
Author: johne
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1314
Author's Summary: There are times Susan just won't stop screaming
Characters/Pairings: Susan Foreman, One
Warnings: N/A

Recced because:

This fic is set in the murky era of Susan and the Doctor's early adventures. They aren't called Susan and the Doctor yet; they are a mysterious pair, a strange old man and an unnamed child showing up unexpectedly in the night. And, as the outsider POV makes clear, they are aliens and unfamiliar with the world their exile has brought them too. The child who will be Susan is very young here, but her need for food and warmth is already forcing the man who will one day be the Doctor to depend on humans – and also, to defend them.

Sample: )

 
[identity profile] annauq.livejournal.com
Story: From here to infinity
Author: Timesfool
rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3960
Author's Summary: When the Tardis experiences catastrophe and the Doctor disappears, Nyssa is left alone - or is she?
characters/pairings: Nyssa, River Song, Susan Foreman, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (1st), The Doctor (5th), The TARDIS
warnings: None

recced because: There is so little good Nyssa fic out there, and I am thrilled to be able to share this with you. Honestly, who doesn't love Nyssa? In my opinion she is one of the most fascinating characters the show has created, and I'm forever sad that her character was not explored more in the series.

This fic not only does a cracking job at portraying Nyssa's awesomeness, it also throws in some other well-loved characters, resulting in 3000 words of the ultimate timey wimey excitement. I can't be the only one who squeals at the idea of Nyssa meeting River Song, or Susan, or Sexy, or the First Doctor.

It is a story filled to bursting with funny and heartwarming scenes, where the TARDIS is treated as a real character and Nyssa gets a chance to shine. What more could you possibly want?
[identity profile] annauq.livejournal.com
Today is something lighter after yesterday's angst.

Story: Awkward Questions
Author: Gary Merchant
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 996
Author's Summary: Not even the Doctor can answer everything.
Characters:Adric, Grace Holloway, Ian Chesterton, Jamie McCrimmon, Nyssa, The Doctor (1st), The Doctor (2nd), The Doctor (3rd), The Doctor (4th), The Doctor (5th), The Doctor (6th), The Doctor (7th), The Doctor (8th), The Doctor (9th)

Recced because:It's a play on the numerous (intentional) plot holes and is-it-canon-or-not-canon-questions all Whovians have to deal with at some point. With fifty years of series, not everything always makes sense. Two events from the history of the show can completely contradict each other and still both be awesome (a big cheer for timey-wimey stuff!). This fic takes that fact and runs with it, exploring 8 different scenes from Doctors 1 to 8 with humour and wit. The scenes used here are (in)famous throughout the fandom, and reading about them brought a knowing smile to my face. It's under a thousand words, so even if you're in a hurry, check it out. And if you like it, there is a sequel too!
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
Story: Ten Times the Doctor Hates the Daleks
Author: Derek Metaltron
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2,871
Author's Summary: Across ten incarnations the Doctor has faced a enemy who has cost him friends and allies, planets and stars, his very home world. They are the Daleks, and these are ten tales of how he has learnt to hate them.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctors (1st to 10th), various companions and supporting characters, Davros and the Daleks
Warnings: None

Recced because: I'll admit to something of a fannish obsession with the Daleks. Not so much the Daleks as we see them most of the time on screen, but the idea of the Daleks. Because it really is a great concept, and a fantastically horrible one when you really think about it. Which I have, probably a bit too much. The thing about the Daleks, however, while I obviously reject vehemently the idea current in fandom that it's possible to see them too often in the series, is that they rarely live up to the power of the concept in their TV outings. Often they fill a role that could be played by any generic aliens and/or robots with a bit of a search-and-replace on the script. And that, I often find, is where good fanfic comes in.

Whether the Daleks obsess the rest of you as much as they do me or not (I suspect not, in most cases!), they do occupy a unique place in the history of Doctor Who, both in-universe and in terms of the lifespan of the series itself. They're the original Who monsters, and still the benchmark against which new pretenders are measured. Even the Cybermen, probably the second most iconic Who monsters, were originally an attempt to find "the next Daleks". And in story terms, the Doctor already had an ultimate archenemy - he knew it and perhaps more importantly they knew it - long before the Master ever showed up and started telling people to obey him. I'll be very disappointed if they don't play a prominent role in the 50th Anniversary story.

And this excellent fic meditates upon that idea, the pivotal and perhaps unique role the Daleks have played in the Doctors lives, through examining the way the Doctor reacts to them. I don't think it's unwarranted to talk, as the fic does, about the Doctor hating the Daleks. Look at Nine's spitting fury in the new series episode Dalek for Exhibit A. We perhaps don't like to think as fans about the Doctor hating anybody, he's meant to be better than that and to hold himself to a higher standard - and the fic explores that as well. As much as the Doctor has been subjected again and again to the Daleks' ingrained evil, their murderous and destructive deeds again and again, he still doubts that giving in to hating them, and doing to them what that implies, is something he should be doing. It's the same moral dilemma posed by the famous scene from Genesis - does he have that right? Does feeling for them what they feel for him make him as bad as they are? This fic examines that idea through the eyes of all ten Doctors extant at the time it was written, and comes back to that essential truth about the Doctor and his relationship with his greatest enemies. As much as they've done, and as much as he's seen of that, as much pain as they've caused him, at the end he is better than they are, in moral terms, so he'll always have that doubt, and always hold back, and end up always having to fight them again.

It's a fic I really like, anyway. Please go and read it, and please leave some words for the author.

A Sample )
[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] eve11.livejournal.com
My last rec of the week! As always, it's been a pleasure. Don't forget to pm me with a suitable email address if you would like a list of the stories you've reviewed on Teaspoon.

Title: The Time Lord's Handbook of Regeneration
Author: Awdures
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3799
Author's Summary: The Doctor really does never have simple, easy regenerations. There's a good reason for that.
Characters/Pairings: Doctors 1 through 11
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: The Doctor's regenerations over the years are the change points that help define both his continuity and his differences. I must admit when I was confronted with the vast history of Classic Who after being introduced through New Who, my first instinct was not to watch in order but to start with all of the endings. And as such, with all of the beginnings as well. This is a series of vignettes that take us through each experience, at the best what may be considered an appendix of cautionary tales for the titular pamphlet. One constant amid the change: the Doctor never does anything by the book.

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[identity profile] shelwass.livejournal.com
Story: A Promise of Forever
Author: bluedawn
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 9206
Author's Summary: A mysterious blonde girl keeps showing up in each of the Doctor's lives, only staying long enough each time to save his life and slowly steal his hearts. By the time he figures out who she is, is it too late for their promise of forever?
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor/Rose; 1st Doctor, 2nd Doctor, 3rd Doctor, 4th Doctor, 5th Doctor, 6th Doctor, 7th Doctor, 8th Doctor, 9th Doctor, 10th Doctor, Rose Tyler, Donna Noble, Ian Chesterton, Sarah Jane Smith, Donna Noble, Barbara, Susan,
Warnings: Explicit Violence, Swearing, Non-Con (The final warning is tagged on Teaspoon, but I have yet to figure out why).

Recced because: Bluedawn's muti-era Doctor/Rose love stories are simply brilliant. The idea that the Doctor might have loved Rose throughout all of his lives is particularly appealing to me, and she captures just how bittersweet it might be to have them cross paths long before he's supposed to know her. Plus, every one of Doctor voices are unique and spot on, and Rose's interactions with each of them is priceless. Also, t's a very unusual post-Doomsday Ten/Rose reunion story.






“I ask again...who are you? What is your name? Why do you keep showing up in my life, my lives?” he asks, knowing that he probably will not receive an answer for his troubles. At least she spoke to him this time.


She merely shakes her head at him as she did in his second life and the sad smile returns.

“Can’t you stop it? Can’t you get out?” he asks, desperately hoping for both him and her that she can.

Although, it’s nice to have a defender, a sort of guardian angel, on Earth. Not that he needs her help. Of course not. But then again...

“Who says I want out?” she asks, steel replacing the sadness in her voice. “I made my choice, Doctor.” There is something in her voice when she says his name. Something that makes him nervous and excited at the same time. The air grows heavy and he has received no answers from the mysterious human. She will be gone in a second.


“What choice? When? Who are you?” He shouts a litany of questions at her, hoping she’ll answer even one.







As always, be sure to let the author know if you enjoy it!
[identity profile] annauq.livejournal.com
Story: A benevolent abduction
Author: Lydia hunter
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4067
Author's Summary: Ian tells his children about how their mother saved him and Susan from a madwoman with the very best of intentions.
Characters/Pairings: Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton, Susan Foreman, First Doctor
Warnings: none

Recced because: I needed something lighter after yesterday’s dark rec, and then I found this in my bookmarks. A whole alien culture is created within the space of a few thousand words, as well as a lovely domestic scene. The story is a heart-warming look at life for Ian and Barbara after their days in the TARDIS. It is also a great mini first doctor tale.

Ian and Barbara are often overlooked by younger fans like myself who started watching in or after 2005, and that is a great shame. The First TARDIS team might be nearly fifty by now, but that doesn’t make them any less brilliant. All four of them are perfectly characterised in this story, especially Ian is his wonderful self. The reactions of the children to their parents’ story are fun and utterly believable.
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[personal profile] paranoidangel
Story: Relax!
Author: Lissy Strata
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 475
Author's Summary: A nice day out ends with a mad dash back to the TARDIS.
Characters/Pairings: Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton, Susan Foreman, The Doctor (1st)
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is a nice, light fic in contrast to yesterday's. It is a short fic with the typical tale that we all know of the TARDIS landing somewhere and the team ending up running back to it. There's a bit more to it than that, but to tell you what it is I'd spoil the whole fic. So I'd just go and read it, it won't take long.

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If you like this, don't forget to tell the author!
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[personal profile] paranoidangel
Story: Vermin in the Lower Zoo
Author: Daystar Searcher
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 2138
Author's Summary: What if 'The Edge of Destruction' had marked the end of the Doctor's moral ambiguity in a different way, and his character had transitioned not into a hero, but a villain? One who demanded punishment for insubordination, and a price for ferrying two stowaways home.
Characters/Pairings: Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton, Susan Foreman, The Doctor (1st)
Warnings: Explicit Sex, Non-Con

Recced because: Anyone who knows me knows that I don't read fic with sex in because the sec never seems to be important. So you know this one must be good. In this case the sex isn't important - but that in itself is important. It is a horrifyingly dystopian AU, but there is something compelling about it, in the way that Ian and Barbara deal with the situation they find themselves in, that makes it hard to stop reading and harder to forget.

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If you like this, don't forget to tell the author!
[identity profile] doctorpancakes.livejournal.com
Story: Soaring
Author: Astellya
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1206
Characters: Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton, Susan Foreman, First Doctor
Author's Summary: Barbara, Ian, and enormous birds. Just a bit of fluff.
Warnings: None
Recced because: With all due respect, there's nothing "just" about fluff! This is a lovely, quiet little moment for Barbara and Ian, and the tiny glimpse we get of the world they're on is really quite beautiful, the kind of thing a 1960s television effects budget wouldn't likely have been able to afford, no matter how far you stretched it. Plus, the little exchange between One and Susan at the beginning is wonderfully sweet.

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[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Title: Lost In Translation
Author: Lissy Strata
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 22029
Author's Summary: The TARDIS's translation circuit is sabotaged by small, furry aliens. Then it all goes downhill from there.
Characters/Pairings: First Doctor, Ian, Barbara, Susan
Warnings: None. Except don't be drinking anything while reading.

Recc'ed Because: I am so happy that this story got finished in time for me to rec it! The entry says Unfinished but the last chapter is entitled "Epilogue" and it's...well it's a fantabulous ending to a hilarious romp, so I'm going to call it finished for the purposes of recc-ing. Since I recc-ed a very dark and bleak story yesterday, now it's time for something completely different. I'm talking about cantankerous One, earnest Susan, Ian and Barbara adjusting to the weird Life and Times that come with the TARDIS... and a community of alien Possums, complete with generals, angry moms, angry mobs of moms, cults, scientists, insecure teenaged soldiers, LARP-ers, and sci-fi writers. Possums. With names like Murray, Philly, Squigly and Maude. Whose children stay out to all hours of the day and likely forget their protective sunglasses. There is also mystery, celebrations, kidnappings, captures, escapes, rituals, games, reluctant apologies, and a trial. Oh, and did I mention the TARDIS translator circuit goes missing early on?

Honestly I don't read a lot of the first Doctor. I'm not very familiar with the era, but this story makes me want to read more. It is like what would happen if the very first TARDIS foursome starred in a Whovian Panto play. Actually, much of it reminds me of the silliness (brilliant silliness) of the Big Finish Audio "The One Doctor." Anyhow, I laughed. A lot. Even if you've never seen one episode of William Hartnell & crowd, this story will make you laugh too. The visuals are cracktastic, the story zips all over the place (although manages to seamlessly switch around POVs very effectively), and well, it's just plain fun.

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[identity profile] lindenharp.livejournal.com
For the end of the week, here’s a fic that takes us back to the beginning.

Story: Where Were You When...?
Author: JJPOR
Rating: teen
Word Count: 2823
Author's Summary: Some people make history. Some people participate in history. Most of us just watch it from the sidelines. Happy 47th birthday, Who!
Characters/Pairings: Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton, Susan Foreman, The Doctor (1st)
Warnings: none

Reced because: I love outsider stories, in which we see familiar characters through the eyes of strangers. JJPOR shows us the events in a certain London junkyard on an evening in 1963 from the POV of three OCs. Their identity is both surprising and obvious, and consistent with canon.

“Just a bird,” Terry said. George relaxed, hand creeping away from the pistol again. “Not bad looking, mind you.” Terry practically leered at the mirror.

“Bloody hell, son,” George spluttered as she came into his own field of vision. The girl was slim, darkly pretty, but… “She’s carrying her school bag!”

“Give her a couple of years,” Terry grinned as the girl walked past the van, oblivious to his gaze.

“You’re disgusting,” George told him. “Youngsters today…you’ve got it on the brain!”

“What?”

“It!”


Go, read, and if you enjoy, please let the author know.

Souvenirs

Sep. 19th, 2012 11:05 am
[identity profile] trdimension.livejournal.com

Fezzes are cool. The Doctor knows it, and now we all know it, too. It's simply a fact of life, one of those accepted rules of the universe and all of creation. It's the ultimate type of headwear. Forget the fedora or the Panama or even the Stetson - it's all about the fez. 

Story: Souvenirs
Author: doodleswriter357
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1080
Author's Summary: The Doctor doesn't just like to wear a fez because it looks cool. It's a memory of someone important and a promise that he made to himself.
Characters: Susan Foreman, The Doctor (11th), The Doctor (1st)
Warnings: None

Recced because: The fez is an icon, a cultural symbol that's come to represent the Eleventh Doctor and, perhaps, all of modern Doctor Who in general. Which is odd because it seems like the Doctor just stumbled across one in The Big Bang and randomly started wearing it. Did we miss something? Is there a deeper story here? Of course there is. And now you can read it. 
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[personal profile] neveralarch
Story: A Bad Habit (The Master Never Learns Remix)
Author: rynne
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2,605
Author's Summary: The Master and the Doctor usually manage to understand each other, no matter how many situations they get themselves into.
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Peri Brown, various versions of the Doctor and the Master
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Remixes are one of my favorite things in fandom. If you're not familiar, they're basically fanfics of other fanfics - taking someone else's work and giving it a new spin, a new perspective, or expanding it somehow. In this fic, Rynne started with A Bad Habit by Hokuto, which is a fun short piece about the Doctor and the Master working together, and expanded that idea into a series of confrontations and cooperative moments between the Doctor and the Master. I think the story succeeds both as a good example of a remix and as a good fic that can stand on its own.
[identity profile] sue-denimme.livejournal.com
Story: Learn to Fly
Author: RGRoberts
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 971
Author's Summary: He learns her, and she learns him. Over the years, the Doctor and the TARDIS bond like few Time Lords and TARDISes ever have.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor and the TARDIS
Warnings: None

Recced because: This fic supplements the canon episode The Doctor's Wife so well that it's hard to believe it was actually posted to Teaspoon roughly three years *before* the episode aired. One might indeed imagine that Neil Gaiman could have seen and been at least partly inspired by it. Of all the TARDIS fics I've seen, none have summed up the fractious yet loving relationship between a time ship and her Thief nearly so perfectly or so poetically. (This is another one that is not really about any one specific Doctor, though Ten is mentioned at the end.)
[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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