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Well, that's another week of reccing done for me.  I hope you found a story or two that you liked, and that you thanked the author with a review.

Story: The Tale of the Strange Little Doctor
Author: JJPOR
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 5,086
Author's Summary: “I wandered lonely as a cloud…” A walk in the country and a chance meeting for the Seventh Doctor.
Characters/Pairings: Seventh Doctor, Ace McShane, Beatrix Potter
Warnings: None
 
Recced because:
Beatrix Potter seems like an author that the Doctor would want to meet.  The fact that Seven has a chance encounter with her adds extra interest for me, because Seven isn’t the Doctor that I would have imagined with her.  Yet in this story he seems like the perfect choice to provide advice on how to remember those you’ve lost, without letting it stop you from moving on with your life.  I love that he recites one of my favorite poems, and even quotes his Fourth self.  Also, the descriptions of the Lake District in this story are so lovely that it makes you feel like you are there. 

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Story: Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Blue Box
Author: Yamx
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 13,965
Author's Summary: John and Sherlock stumble across a strange blue box in Trafalgar Square. And that's the least weird thing to happen that day.
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler, Jack Harkness, Sherlock Holmes, Dr. John Watson
Warnings: None
 
Recced because:
This is a crossover that just had to happen, because the Doctor and Sherlock have so much in common.  Dealing with arrogant geniuses provides a number of parallels between John Watson, Jack and Rose too.  The story manages to blend the two universes together in a way that honors both, and stays true to the characters.  I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll just say that there are fun twists and turns throughout, and an absolutely delightful ending.    

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Story: Professors
Author: AND
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 540
Author's Summary: The professors of the Time Lord Academy look into the futures of the incoming class - a class including the future Master and Doctor.
Characters/Pairings:
Warnings: None
 
Recced because:
I have an extra short story for Friday, but it’s a fun one!  This relates how the academy professors feel about their latest class.  If the future foretold for any class could inspire them to get falling-down drunk, surely it was the class that contained both the Master and the Doctor.  I hope you enjoy this quick read; tomorrow’s rec is a lot longer. 

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Story: Where There’s Smoke
Author: Cyber Moggy
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1,809
Author's Summary: A mid-adventure evening without the Tardis.
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor, Tegan Jovanka
Warnings: None
 
Recced because:
I’m a sucker for any story where the Doctor talks about his past on Gallifrey.  This one has the added bonus of showcasing some of Tegan’s better qualities, and why she was a good companion for Five.  Sitting in the remnants of a civilization, which reminds the Doctor of home, is a great foreshadowing of the eventual fate of Gallifrey.

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Story: Painting Over Cracks
Author: BeNiceToNerds
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2,122
Author's Summary: The timeline repairs itself, as best it can. Some cracks are just easier to fix than others. Sally Sparrow's life changes yet doesn't when the Doctor's actions on the Byzantium wipe the Weeping Angels and their paradox out of existence.
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Sally Sparrow, Others
Warnings: None
 
Recced because:
What I like about this story is that the author really tried something different in making it timey wimey, and yet never lost the thread of the story.  It explores the implications of the cracks and universe re-boot, the multiple realities that the Doctor has in his head, and the nagging feeling that something else should have happened that some poor mortal humans have in their heads.  It was an ambitious undertaking, and I admire ambition.  It is also creepy, in the way that a story involving the Weeping Angels should be creepy.  

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Story: The Sound of Silence
Author: such_heights
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1,113
Author's Summary: The silence makes it easy, somehow. Amy/Eleven/Vincent, 5x10 missing scene.
Characters/Pairings: 11th Doctor, Amy Pond, Vincent Van Gogh
Warnings: None
 
Recced because:
The Starry Night is the first painting that I fell in love with when I was a child, so the description in this story of how Amy has felt about Vincent since childhood really resonates with me.  I think it is a lovely missing scene, and beautifully written.

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Hi, I'm LibraryLover82, aka Library_Lover on Teaspoon.  I'll be your reccer again this week.  Between what I have recced before and what others have recced my favorites list has been well represented here, so this is going to be a challenge.  Most of my recs will be fairly short stories, because that's all I've had time to read lately.  Hopefully that means you will have time to read them and leave a comment for the authors!


Story: Anatomy of a Scene: Waters of Mars
Author: rickmaniac101
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1,230
Author's Summary: A slice of time as the Doctor makes a very key decision.
Characters/Pairings: 10th Doctor
Warnings: None
 
Recced because:
This explores what was going on in the Doctor’s head as he walked away from Bowie Base One.  I think it is an excellent portrayal of how conflicted and chaotic the Doctor’s feelings would have been at that moment.  You can imagine how he decided to go against everything he has been taught his whole life.

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Another week of reccing done.  I hope you found something you liked!

Story: The Girl at the Bottom of the Garden

Author: Atraphoenix

Rating: All Ages

Word Count: 1106

Author's Summary: Luke Smith has a new friend. She lives in the shed at the bottom of his garden.

Characters/Pairings: Luke Smith, Susan Foreman

Warnings: None


Recced because:

Darn it, I tried to rec authors who haven’t been recced before, but some of the stories I’ve marked as favorites are just too good to ignore.  I think Luke and Susan have a lot in common, since they are both very intelligent and slightly odd.  Luke’s fumbling attempts at romance are endearingly awkward, and would be even if he wasn’t a genetically engineered genius.

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Story: Mementos

Author: Time_Converges

Rating: Teen

Word Count: 1049

Author's Summary: Donna and the Doctor find a reminder of Pompeii.

Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble

Warnings: None

 

Recced because:

I love “The Fires of Pompeii” and I love Donna and Ten together.  It also echoes the scenes from Series 5 that make it plain that the Doctor loves to visit museums.  I know Time_Converges has been recced before, but since it was by me it almost counts as reccing a new author.  Don’t hurt yourself searching for logic in that last sentence; there is none.  :-)

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Story: Breaking Eggs

Author: Spikewriter

Rating: Teen

Word Count: 3318

Author's Summary: "You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs." "If you made an omelette, I'd expect to find a pile of broken crockery, a cooker in flames and an unconscious chef!" What if Romana had asked Duggan to come along at the end of "City of Death?"

Characters/Pairings: Fourth Doctor, Romana II, Duggan

Warnings: None

 

Recced because:

“City of Death” is one of my favorite classic Who stories, and Duggan is one of my favorite minor characters.  This is just a fun look at what it would have been like for him to travel with Four and Romana.  Predictably he picks fights, bashes people, and nearly causes an interstellar incident.  The dynamic between Four and Romana with him onboard is interesting too.   

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Story: Pros and Cons

Author: 51stCenturyFox

Rating: All Ages

Word Count: 1882

Author's Summary: You can't con a conman. Or can you?

Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Captain Jack Harkness, Lady Christina de Souza

Warnings: None

 

Recced because:

This is just plain fun, and the author really has the characters down pat.  I would love to see Jack and Christina together on screen sometime.  It also seems totally in character for the Doctor to prevent Christina from flying away with alien technology.

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Story: Five Times the Doctor Got in the Way of Captain Janeway (and One Time They Got Along Just Fine)

Author: vvj5

Rating: All ages

Word Count: 5,526

Author's Summary: Captain Janeway doesn't think much of time travellers and higher beings who turn up on board her ship.  The Doctor doesn't take much notice of prime directives.  It's a tea/coffee thing.

Characters/Pairings: Doctors One, Three, Six, Eight, Nine & Eleven; Vicki, Jo, Peri, Charley, Captain Janeway, various Voyager crew members

Warnings: None

 

Recced because:

This week I’m trying to rec mainly authors who haven’t been recced here before, but since this bit of crossover fun merges my two favorite SciFi fandoms it caught my eye.  The Doctors and companions are all spot-on, and so are Captain Janeway and her crew.  It’s always fun to see someone interacting with multiple Doctors, especially when it’s non-linear.  

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Story: Lonely Assassins

Author: Colma

Rating: All Ages

Word Count: 911

Author's Summary: Sometimes the Doctor thinks about Angel Bob. Spoilers for Series 5 and "Blink."

Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond

Warnings: None

 

Recced because:

Yesterday’s story was a bit long, so I picked a short one for today.  I guess I like this because I can imagine it happening, which is always a sign that the author has captured the spirit of the character and/or the story that inspired it.  I like the thought that the Doctor would try to find out more about the Weeping Angels, and would keep the book about them almost in the hope that he might need the reference material again someday. 

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Hello Whoniverse!   I'm LibraryLover82 (Library_Lover on Teaspoon), and I'll be reccing again this week.   I tried to mix up the story length a bit, but most of them are quick reads, because that's usually what I have time to read.   There will be a healthy dose of New Who, a strong flavor of Classic Who, a dollop of Sarah Jane Adventures and just a tiny pinch of Torchwood, so I hope you find something you like.   I have also tried to rec mostly authors who have never been recced here before, because I think it's easy to fall into a habit of only reading familiar authors and you can miss some good things when you do that.   As always, please tip the authors with a comment!

Story: Seven Days in a Year that Never Was

Author: Ebbyzone

Rating: All Ages – One story rated Adult

Word Count: 14,932

Author's Summary: Seven days in the life of Martha Jones during the year she walked the Earth for the Doctor.

Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones, Tenth Doctor, others

Warnings: None

 

Recced because:

I'm starting with the longest one.  It’s somewhat unusual to rec a series, but these stories could easily just have been chapters in one story, so I decided to go for it.   I really like how Ebbyzone describes some of the moments Martha had during the YTNW when she wasn’t actively running for her life.   Martha’s memories of happier times with her family are what I imagine she would have thought about a lot during her travels, both because she was worried about them, and because it gives her strength to remember what normal feels like.   There are mild spoilers for the novel “The Story of Martha” in this, but to be honest that book disappointed me a little.   These stories didn’t.

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Well, this is my final rec for the week.  I hope you have enjoyed at least some of my choices.  Goodbye until the next time!


Story: Reflection

Author: Clare

Rating: All ages

Word Count: 1502

Author's Summary: In "The Tomb Of The Cybermen", the Doctor asked Jamie to help Victoria find some clothes more suited to her new life as a member of the TARDIS crew.  What happened between then and when we next see her?

Characters/Pairings: Jamie McCrimmon, Victoria Waterfield

Warnings: None

 

Recced because:

I was looking for a Second Doctor story to rec, because one of the biggest travesties of the Whoniverse is that so many of his episodes are lost.   Even though the Doctor isn't really present in this story, it is too interesting to not get more love.   Clare uses choosing more appropriate clothing as a metaphor for Victoria saying goodbye to her old life and moving on.  Plus, Jamie helping a young woman with her corset? Priceless.

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Story: The Purloined Poet

Author: Philyra

Rating: Teen

Word Count: 17,327

Author's Summary: The Doctor and his new friend Emma encounter America’s darkest and most misunderstood poet on a train in 1849. Pursued by strange bird-like aliens, they are forced to jump into unknown dangers.

Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Original Companion

Warnings: None

 

Recced because:

I am a fan of Edgar Allen Poe, and clearly so is Philyra.  I love stories that take kernels of truth about a real person, and then imagine how they might have come to pass; this story does that extremely well.  It also contains scary, original aliens.   As a trio who have all suffered heart-breaking losses, the Doctor, Emma and Poe make a great team.  The final chapter contains an idea that I now like to consider reality, even though it is about a fictional character.

 

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Story: Waterloo

Author: Aralias

Rating: Teen

Word Count: 1808

Author's Summary:

The Doctor is so ill that he fails to show up in time to foil the Master's newest plot, which is unacceptable.

Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor, Ainley!Master

Warnings: None


Recced because:
Happy Friday!  We all need a little Doctor/Master fluff from time to time.  This story explores something that I consider canon, and I don't believe that DW has a lot of canon; the Master really does everything just to get the Doctor's attention.  Also . . . a planet full of intelligent otters who love ABBA?  It deserves a rec for that idea alone!

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Story: Most of All

Author: thirty2flavors

Rating: All ages

Word Count: 1217

Author's Summary: It’s been months since he spent any decent amount of time on the TARDIS, what without eight-hour layovers as part of a daily routine, and so the prospect of finding a mug he hasn’t used in a room he hasn’t been in is, frankly, unsettling.

Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor

Warnings: Spoilers for Planet of the Dead.

 

Recced because:

This takes inspiration from one of my favorite deleted scenes between the Doctor and Donna.  It explores how the Doctor knows that his most recent companions would disapprove of his decision to travel alone, and yet he can't bear to lose another.  This implies that what he really can't bear is to let go of Donna.  It also mentions one of my all-time favorite poems, and is just too beautifully written to not have more reviews!

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It's a two-fer Tuesday!  These were both so short that I decided to post both of them.


Story: Among Stars

Author: Alienist

Rating: All ages

Word Count: 640

Author's Summary: Turlough asks the Doctor why he didn't accept the Presidency.

Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor, Turlough

Warnings: Mild spoiler for The Five Doctors.

Recced because:

I like The Five Doctors, and this missing scene between Turlough and the Doctor explains his decision to run away from the presidency.  As I've mentioned, I enjoy glimpses into the Doctor's distant past, and this is a good one.  Sometimes changing yourself is as good as it gets.  


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Story: A Butterfly for Every Storm

Author: Nostalgia

Rating: All ages

Word Count: 527

Author's Summary: Martha's tattoo is oddly appropriate.

Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Martha Jones

Warnings: None


Recced because:

I like so much about this short piece it's hard for me to explain why I like it.  Blending an idea from a throwaway line in The Shakespeare Code, Freema's real-life tattoo, and two of the Doctor's personas into a powerful ficlet takes skill.  Nostalgia uses the butterfly as a symbol of the Doctor's companions; ephemeral creatures that flit through his life so briefly.  The last line packs a real punch.


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Hi, I'm LibraryLover82 (Library_Lover on Teaspoon), and I'll be your reccer this week.  I read a little bit of everything, and even though I like Torchwood and SJA, this week will be all about Doctor Who.  I've tried to do a good mix of story length, era, and characters, so hopefully you will find something you enjoy.

Story: Somnambulists

Author: ClocketPatch

Rating: All ages

Word Count: 15,271

Author's Summary: "We live to survive our paradoxes" - The Tragically Hip

Characters/Pairings: Academy Era Doctor

Warnings: None


Recced because:

It almost wouldn't be a week on Calufrax without a story from ClocketPatch, so I'm starting there!  This is one of those stories that makes you ask, “How has this never been recced here before?”  I really like glimpses into the Doctor's distant past.  This story doesn't just give you a glimpse; it invents it.  Words like timey wimey, ambitious, breathtaking, and amazing don't do it full justice.  I don't know how CP kept her story lines straight long enough to write this, but I'm so glad that she did.

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I’ve had a lot of fun reccing this week, and I hope that people enjoyed the stories I picked.  It is really hard to narrow it down to 7 choices, especially when so many good ones have been recced already, but I highly recommend doing it.  I’ll definitely sign up to do it again!

 

Story: Homecoming
Author:
Time_Converges

Rating: All ages
Word Count:
3,547
Author's Summary: The connection between Donna and the Doctor is much more complex than we thought.  Set post the Journey’s End fix of your choice.

Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble
Warnings: None

Recced because: I couldn’t let the week end without a story that included the amazing Donna Noble.  The fact that this assumes a fix happened post Journey’s End is just a bonus.

This takes our heroes to Gallifrey, where they meet a boy named Theta who’s scared about leaving home for the Academy.  Donna’s influence on the Doctor’s life started much earlier than either of them realized.  I love that the Doctor gets to revisit home, show it to Donna, and close a personal time loop.  With one sentence Donna manages to comfort both Ten and young Theta.  I also enjoy Donna's reaction to Time Lord clothing.

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Story: The Man with No Name
Author: Frostfyre
Rating: Teen
Word Count:
99,372
Author's Summary: He hadn't really counted on getting into a pub brawl over the color of his coat on some speck of a planet, or signing up with a crew of petty criminals.  Still, the Doctor had always wondered what really happened to those Lost Colonists from Earth.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Other characters
Warnings: Swearing, violence

Recced because: I know . . . I’ve already recommended a story by Frostfyre this week.  In my own defense I didn’t know that they were by the same author when I was putting my list together.  Once I realized, I couldn’t decide which one to drop.  Is it my fault Frostfyre is good?

I know this is a long story, but I don’t recommend it lightly.  I had heard of the Joss Whedon series “Firefly”, but had never seen it, or the related movie “Serenity.”  I decided to give this crossover fic a try, and was hooked immediately.  Hooked as in I didn’t really accomplish much else until I finished reading it, and I tell everyone I know that they should read it.  I have seen the movie now, and I think that the author did a very good job of portraying all the characters.  It is also an interesting portrait of the Doctor dealing with the aftermath of “Doomsday.”  It is long, but worth the ride.  It’s the best crossover fic I have ever read. Strike that; it is some of the best fiction I have read.  Now I need to buy the box set of “Firefly.”

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Story: Well Met in Sunlight
Author: xwingace
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 3,082
Author's Summary:
Shakespeare didn't get to see the TARDIS the first time he met the Doctor.  But he's smart enough to know what it is when he comes across it later.

Characters/Pairings: Shakespeare, Madame de Pompadour, Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith
Warnings:
None

Recced because: If you’re like me and you like “The Shakespeare Code,” “The Girl in the Fireplace”, and the Fourth Doctor, have I got a story for you!  Shakespeare walks into a strange blue box (this isn’t a joke) expecting to see Ten and Martha again, but there is a different pair traveling in the TARDIS.  (See, there was no punch line.)  He is accidentally transported through space and time, where he meets someone else who knows his Doctor.  It is a charming story, with just a hint of disappointment that the Doctor isn’t the right one.

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Story: Name Magic
Author: Storyseller
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1,548
Author's Summary:
In a universe where there never was a Doctor, there is a Time Lord without a name.

Characters/Pairings: The Master, Romana I, Borusa, The Rani, Braxiatel
Warnings:
None

Recced because: I find this a fascinating look at what might have been.  This explores what the Master’s life would have been like without the Doctor’s influence.  By “conventional” standards it was better, but he seems to feel in his soul that he was never meant to be conventional.  Holmes and Moriarty, good and evil, yin and yang . . . nature abhors a vacuum.  Is life really better if you always feel incomplete?

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Story: Dancing on the Head of a Pin
Author: Whovian42
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 603
Author's Summary:
A prose-y day in the life of the Doctor in sudden short story form.

Characters/Pairings: Unspecified Doctor and Companion
Warnings: None

Recced because: Today’s selection proves the adage that good things come in small packages.  This is a lovely portrayal of the nature of the relationship between the Doctor and a companion.  The author doesn’t really specify which doctor or companion, so you are free to insert the pair of your choice.  I like one of the lines in this so much I added it as a favorite quote on my Facebook page.  See if you can guess which line!


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Story: A Time for Peace
Author:
Frostfyre

Rating: All ages
Word Count:
12,987
Author's Summary: There is a time for everything, and a season to all things under heaven.  In the light of a funeral pyre, the Doctor decides the time is come for him to make peace with some ghosts of the past.

Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Barbara Wright, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Ace McShane, Tegan Jovanka
Warnings: None

Recced because: Even though this is officially a Tenth Doctor story, fans of the First, Third, Fifth and Seventh Doctors may enjoy it more.  After his solitary memorial for the Master, the Doctor decides to visit some old friends, for closure.  Each chapter is a stand-alone story, and they are all good.  My personal favorite is The Wake, in which the Doctor visits an old friend who has his own memories of the Master.  No one can comfort a battle-weary Doctor better than an old soldier.  It is full of rich, and often delightful, details.

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Hello!  I am LibraryLover82, and I’ll be reccing this week.  I read a bit of everything, so I’ll be bringing you a mix of good stories from the Teaspoon archive.  I’m trying to vary the story length, as well as the characters.  I can’t completely avoid authors who have been recced before, so I’m not even going to try.  As far as I know, none of these stories have been recced here before.

Story: The Valiant Tales
Author: RobinC
Rating: Teen
Word Count:
3,200
Author's Summary: A series of drabbles about the people who lived, worked, and suffered on the Valiant during the Year That Never Was.

Characters/Pairings: Primarily Other characters, with appearances by the Tenth Doctor, The Master(Simm), Lucy Saxon, Tish Jones, Francine Jones, Jack Harkness
Warnings: Some explicit violence

Recced because: I’m going to start the week on an unusual note by
recommending a series.  Never fear; it is a series of drabbles, which makes the length about the same as a regular story.  This author can do more with 100 words than some people can do with 1,000.  These are portraits of people who were either forced to work on the Valiant, or who volunteered to work there, during the Year That Never Was.  In 100 words RobinC paints a picture of the best and worst of humanity, and illustrates just what a terrible year it was.  Some are surprising, some are shocking, some make me cry, and some make me proud to be a human.  They all make me think; is this what I would have done if I had been there?

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