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For my last rec of the week, a return to Gallifrey, and two very different takes on the same pairing from the same author: one dark with a hint of sweetness, one sweet with an edge of darkness, each an excellent take on Romana and Braxiatel and their centuries of twisted chemistry.

Story: Tutoring
Author: lizbee
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 1097
Author’s Summary: Braxiatel has a special interest in Romana.
Pairing: Romana/Braxiatel
Warnings: Explicit Sex

Let’s put this as simply as possible: there isn’t a lot of het sex written in Classic Who, and this is almost certainly the hottest I’ve ever read. It’s more than a PWP, in that there’s some leadup and a great deal of atmosphere, but the sex is definitely the focus, and it’s very, very well done. The issue of Romana and Brax’s age difference is touched on (it’s set during Romana’s time at the Academy) but isn’t allowed to dominate, and it ends on just the right bittersweet note.

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Story: Needs Must
Author: lizbee
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 644
Author’s Summary: Romana and Braxiatel have some unfinished business. Post-"Panacea".
Pairing: Romana/Braxiatel
Warnings: None
Recced because:

My personal headcanon on Braxiatel and his hopeless pash for Romana largely involves him being unwilling to admit to himself how much the woman who is his President isn’t the same girl he fell in love with all those years ago. This fic plays on that idea very effectively, with an additional note of him being just as ensorcelled (though differently) with the older and wiser version. Add to that a Romana who clearly has been shaped by her many experiences--as traveler, President, and captive of the Daleks--and the result is a fic that crams an enormous amount of complexity and depth into a very short word count, with a chilling ending that will stick with you long after the story ends.

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Story: Cold Comfort for Change
Author: birdsarecalling
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 22,575
Author’s Summary: In a universe where the Master works for the Celestial Intervention Agency, the Doctor and his companions inevitably find themselves on the wrong side of the law.
Characters/Pairings: Third Doctor/Delgado!Master, Adelaide Brooke, Original Companions
Warnings: Swearing
Recced because:

This is a story that begins in a zeppelin above an acid lake on an alien world and only gets better from there. If that isn’t enough to sell you, I’m not sure what else I could possibly say to change your mind.

Seriously, though: this fic is an AU wherein the Master (still calling himself Koschei) is an Agent of the CIA, Three has a fully-functional TARDIS, and they end up playing just the cat-and-mouse game you might expect. That would be brilliant enough, but what makes this fic exceptional is the unique Team TARDIS--Adelaide Brooke (much younger and with a wonderfully fleshed-out personality), Mohandas Gandhi, and Gamma, Twenty-Third Chief Executrix of the Google-Exxon Imperium--and the wonderful sense of humor with which it’s written. It’s a wildly enjoyable read, start to finish.

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Story: Le Donne che Piangono (the Weeping Women)--The ‘Thrice Cursed’ Remix
Author: aralias
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3429
Author’s Summary: Gallifrey is silencing its women.
Characters: Romana II, The Doctor (8th), The Rani
Warnings: None
Recced because:

The fic of which this is a remix--Nameless, Faceless by voodoochild--has been recced here before, and deservedly; it’s a brilliant, chilling look at the women of Gallifrey during the Time War. Le Donna che Piangono has a very high bar set for it, then, but it clears it with space to spare. Aralias has captured the best and worst of the Time Lords (and Time Ladies) in a single fic, their strength and pride and the corresponding vices of ruthlessness and arrogance, and shown just how narrow the line between the two can be. The characterization and voices are flawless, and the atmosphere is just as beautifully terrifying as in the original. It’s a brilliant re-interpretation, and entirely worth a read.

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Story: Need
Author: Lamiel
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 40,243
Author’s Summary: It isn't about what they want.
Characters/Pairings: Ten/Simm!Master
Warnings: BDSM, Explicit Sex, Explicit Violence, Swearing
Recced because:

There are a whole lot of ‘The Doctor and the Master travel together after the Year That Wasn’t’ fics, but few that play with that familiar theme in such an elegant, satisfying and sexy way as this one. And what makes this particular fic unusual, in my opinion, is the fact that it addresses the full range of both Time Lords’ personalities, Ten's in particular. The Master is still violent, still a would-be conquerer, but he's also got those protective instincts towards the Doctor that are such an important part of Delgado and Ainley's characters. The Doctor is still a peace-loving hippie hero, but he's also subject to the 'vengeful god' moments that many ficwriters forget when writing Ten. The sex is hot and well-penned, and manages the difficult balancing act of including kink without being eaten by it; there's some punishment/pain play, but it's there because it's relevant to the plot, and not just as kink for kink's sake. The Time War, and its aftereffects on both of them, are dealt with well and convincingly. Overall, this fic is a very enjoyable read, and well worth a look.

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

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

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

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

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