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I'll try my best to squeeze in one more rec after this, but not too sure about my odds of fitting in the time.  If this is my last, then thank you for having me!  I'm not usually a vocal participant in online communities, often quite content to silently lurk, but this has been a blast.  Hope you've enjoyed the recs this week!

Story: Harmony (a Doctor Who Novella)
Author: thebunnyinthetardis
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 60,264
Author's Summary: The Slow Path had never been as agonizing as now. Years had passed since that fateful day when the Doctor had left him with Rose Tyler on a desolate beach in Norway. Years for both of them--and while life had gone on, he was reasonably sure his had not been the fairy tale the Time Lord might have intended it to be. Now, as fate would have it, their paths were once more to cross, leading them on a journey through Time, a journey in Space, and a journey toward Wholeness. A voice he cannot identify calls. A 17th century cannon ball lands in the garden. A blue box he never thought he would see again lands in the forest. And a Time Lord is running out of Time.
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, metacrisis Doctor, Rose Tyler, and the other usual suspects
Warnings: Swearing

Recced because:  A few of thebunnyinthetardis' works have been recced, and for good reason. She's an excellent writer.  The voice she uses for the metacrisis Doctor is unique, and the perspective she brings to his character is moving, enlightening, and rings true in every aspect.  It's a painful journey, but it doesn't stagnate and wallow in angst, and is an excellent adventure romp as well as wickedly insightful character development.

This is another long fic, but most of the fics I read are long ones.  I love authors who take the characters on a journey that progresses them beyond what we know and already love about them, and the longer format really gives authors space to play.  In this particular story, thebunnyinthetardis starts with a mystery and artfully feeds us hints and clues in amongst the adventure, building the background of what has transpired in the metacrisis Doctor's life.  It's beautifully done, and the anticipation made me race through the story the first time, and then I went back to re-read it leisurely.  I have a great appreciation for the care and attention she pays to environment, atmosphere, and characterization, and there is more than enough meat in this story to bear up to several re-readings.

There are many TenToo/Rose stories - it's a dime-a-dozen genre in New Who fics, but it's an understandably rich area of canon to mine.  This one is very special and worth a read, even if you're a bit tapped out on the genre.  My eternal pet peeve is the blithe idealisation of the Doctor's transition to humanity and his relationship with Rose, and I'm much more taken with this gritty, honest take.  It's harsh but hopeful, and the adventure plot makes it a very true-to-Who story.  All around a great read.


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Story: Scheherazade
Author: ZephyrHawk
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 90,207
Author's Summary: Heroes. Monsters. Villains. Witches. True Love. Not just your basic, average, everyday, ordinary, run-of-the-mill, ho-hum fairy tale.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble, Rose Tyler, other characters
Warnings: Explicit violence

Recced because:  The best crossovers weave bits of lore together to create a cohesive story, and in the very best, you can't see the seams between the different worlds.  This fic gets pretty close to that ideal.  The structural formula of Doctor Who is all about exploring new worlds through fresh eyes, and so lends itself readily to crossovers.  ZephyrHawk brings us into the world of the comic book series Fables.  I haven't read the comics myself, but it was easy enough to follow the story.  I probably would have found it a richer experience knowing the Fables history, but there are easily enough clues to fill in any blanks.

The basic framework is a reworking of Scheherazade, the woman who told the sultan a story every night for a thousand and one nights in order to belay the execution that awaited her on the following dawn.  It's a structure also used in the Fables prequel, 1001 Nights of Snowfall.  In this fic, Rose is the storyteller, telling the tales of her adventures with the Doctor to entertain the sultan.  All of the scenes with Rose are through the sultan's eyes, and filtered through the understanding and lore of the Arabian Nights mythos, which is a singular challenge and achievement unto itself.  ZephyrHawk painstakingly builds the relationship between Rose and the sultan as she changes in his eyes from a "wild animal" brought to his court as a conquest and a captive, to a spellbinding storyteller that he falls in love with and who holds him in thrall. I find the language and perspective in these scenes beautifully crafted.

On the flip side, interspersed with Rose's tales and the sultan, the Doctor and Donna are exploring the world of the Fables and preparing for a rising battle that is one part magical clash and one part paradox with encroaching reapers.  Just having Donna alone is a selling point for me - done well, Donna is my very favourite companion.  I find the plot gets a little messy and that the subplot gets a little short shrift (though it could be I'm missing some info that a Fables fan would fill in automatically), but the story doesn't really suffer as a result, and in the end...well, let's just say that the fairytale stories get a proper fairytale ending.  A pat ending, but appropriate and sweet all the same.

It's a lengthy read at 90,000+ words, and I now enjoy dipping into it for certain scenes and chapters when I come back to it.  If you're up for a longer read, I do recommend it, along with all of ZephyrHawk's stories.  She has a lovely grasp of language, and there are passages that are pure poetry. 

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Story: Hush
Author: lysia
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 2643
Author's Summary:
A slashy alternative take on the scene in the warehouse in 'End of Time' before the soldiers kidnap the Master. The Doctor finds his
nemesis in the wasteland and tries to protect him. The Master decides to play a game.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor/Simm!Master
Warnings: Explicit sex

Recced because:   In the author's notes, lysia says she wrote this as a challenge to herself to escape from the trap of being too chatty when she writes.  I haven't been lucky enough to read any of her other stories, but I think she succeeds at her self-challenge.  There's no dialogue in the entire story, but it is gripping and personal and entirely captivating.

The relationship between the Doctor and the Master is so twisted I feel like I'd need a psychology degree to understand it fully.  There's an obvious power play dynamic between the Doctor and the Master in any incarnation, but Ten's desperation for a connection to his people makes the relationship between Ten and Simm!Master particularly messy.  In a lot of fics, that dynamic falls into some pretty dark territory, and can often ignore the fact that there is a deep connection between them.  I like lysia's take because while the Master does artfully pull the Doctor's strings and manipulate him through a mix of kindness and cruelty, in the end the Master knows when the game is over, and when it would go too far.  He lives to best the Doctor, not destroy him - whatever melodrama he may drum up, he loves the game far too much to risk losing his opponent.  And, no matter what face he puts on it, he needs the Doctor as much as the Doctor needs him.

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Hello!  I'm idelthoughts on Teaspoon, and it's my first time reccing on Calufrax. I tend to read mostly New Who fics, but I've tried to select a diverse(ish) sampling of some of my favourites.  So many of my favourites have already been recced, so it's been a challenge!  I'll do my best, and hopefully there will be something for everyone to enjoy.  I'll start with my favourite of the bunch:

Story: The Larks, Still Bravely Singing, Fly
Author: cyberjulie
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2904
Author's Summary: The Eighth Doctor, recovering from an act of finality no one else could have brought to pass, finds a moment's grace in the last place he would expect.
Characters/Pairings: Eighth Doctor, historical figure
Warnings: None

Recced because: If you don't know the story of Christmas Day Truce in 1914, I urge you to read up on it.  It's one of the magic moments in history where people show themselves capable of being better, in a way that the Doctor always urges us to be.  It's touchingly written, and the World War I battlefield is the perfect real-world background against which to set the battle-weary Eighth Doctor.  The romanticism and bleak desperation of the Great War is the most apt parallel for the Time War than I can imagine. 

John Alexander McCrae is a great choice of historical figure to bring into the DW world.  My favourite Who stories, especially from the Classic Who eras, are the ones that go back in time and make history live.  I really enjoy didactic storytelling - I suppose it's why I have such a soft spot for YA fiction in general.

(As a total aside, and on a note of ridiculous Canadian patriotism, the one-off encounter with McCrae as a notable historic figure and the general structure of the fic reminds me of the Canadian Heritage Moments that used to run on the CBC in an effort to bolster public pride and knowledge of Canadian history.  If you know what I'm talking about, then you get a Super Secret Canada Club High Five from me.  And if you don't know what I'm talking about and want to have a good chuckle at Canada's expense, then go look it up on youtube.  There are quite a few, but I think the most notable is 'Doctor, I can smell burnt toast!', though I also recommend the one on Sam Steele, the Klondike Mountie.)

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