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Thanks for a great week! Hope you enjoyed my tour through some of the smaller parts of Whofandom.

Story: Three Time Travellers in a Boat
Author: aces
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2496
Author's Summary: Absolutely no boats were harmed in the making of this story.
Characters/Pairings: Anji, Fitz, Eight
Warnings: none

Recced because: This is a story where there is no danger, no fear, no stress - just a quiet boating holiday for a trio that so deserves a moment of calm. The best part is that it is beautifully written and characterized: reading it is to immerse yourself in the sensory experience of the alien planet, and you feel the calm and the friendship of the characters as if it was happening personally. Aces writes an impeccable Anji in particular, and when she finds that moment of peace and happiness it's as if all is right in the world. Of course, soon enough there's probably some sentient mold going to take over the universe, but right as this story unfolds, the world is the greenest green and most beautiful blue and life is good.
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Story: Girl of Steel
Author: rosa_acicularis
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 4414
Author's Summary: "It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a blonde!" Rose Tyler has superpowers, a secret identity, and a really uncomfortable pair of tights. Remind you of anyone?
Characters/Pairings: Rose Tyler, Ten, Mickey
Warnings: none

Recced because: The author calls this a "demented AU", but I call it brilliant. This is a cracktacular romp through the Superman mythos with Rose as our heroine: she works at the Daily Planet with Lois, she fights crime, and she meets a skinny stranger with beeping devices who also has a secret alien identity. The story is both hilarious and, at the end, deeply touching. It also features a terrific cameo from Mickey, and with lines like “I’m an intrepid girl reporter. I know all sorts of things.”, how can you go wrong?
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Story: Plasticine and Shells
Author: shinyjenni
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3048
Author's Summary: Seven, Ace and Hex have a nice evening out.
Characters/Pairings: Seven, Ace, Hex
Warnings: none

Recced because: This is just the loveliest little story. When I first read it, my comment was that I wanted to pinch its cheeks and give it kisses, which is still true. Everyone is lovingly in character, there's a little mystery, Ace and Hex are just the right canon-level of shippy, and there's dancing - delightful. Even if you're not familiar with Hex from the audios, this is a great adventure to "meet" him in!
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Story: A John Smith Situation
Author: carawj
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 954 words
Author's Summary: Emily found herself sitting in a cell, her right arm handcuffed to a young woman in an extremely short skirt, who seemed to know a hell of a lot about UNIT.
Characters/Pairings: Jo Grant/Emily Chaudhry, Three
Warnings: none

Recced because: Brigadier Emily Chaudhry is from the excellent Big Finish UNIT audios. Jo Grant, is, of course, our lovely and beautiful Jo Grant. Together they team up to save the world from Ogrons and go travelling in the TARDIS and do a little kissing. This little bite of a story is just so cute, and funny, and perfectly in character. Give it a try even if you haven't listened to the UNIT audios, because Chaudhry is that great , especially here - and then listen to the audios because Chaudhry is just that great!
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Story: Anchorhold
Author: anactoria
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 3193
Author’s Summary: When you've lived as long as Liz has, and remembered so little, you cling to anything that gives you particularity.
Characters/Pairings: Liz X/River Song
Warnings: none

Recced because: This is just so incredibly beautifully written. The characterizations of Liz and River are spot-on, and the plot is clever and well put together. I didn't catch on right at the beginning as to the plot and enjoyed the mystery, so I won't spoil it in this review either. Even if you're quicker than me, I think you'll love this dreamy yet sharp and incisive piece.
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Story: Chasing Memories
Author: paranoidangel
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 15,080
Author's Summary: When Ian and Barbara return home in a Dalek ship, they're relieved to find it's the day they left. However, they soon find that a two year absence coupled with the dangers lurking around Coal Hill School means they're not going to be able to go back to their old lives that easily. AU from the end of The Chase.
Characters/Pairings: Ian/Barbara, Ace, Seven
Warnings: none

Recced because: I’m not always fond of AUs, unless they actually do something clever with the original source material. This definitely fits that bill. This story starts from one tiny tweak to canon - Ian and Barbara returning home on time, rather than two years later. Doesn’t seem like much, but there are major repercussions since they are two years older and removed from their previous lives, and these are interestingly explored in the story. And then there’s the fact Remembrance of the Daleks is about to happen at Coal Hill School... All of the characterizations in this story are great, and I especially love the Ian/Barbara romance, of course, but there’s also Ian and Ace making Nitro-9 together, and Ian and Barbara getting to help smash up some Daleks with Seven and Ace is always awesome times. It’s a long story, but definitely worth your time!
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Hello Calufrax! It’s been three years since I’ve recced here, so I thought it was time for another go-round.

Story: Places of Safety
Author: Paranoid Seat
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2103
Author’s Summary: Erimem finds the most joy inside the TARDIS.
Characters/Pairings: Peri/Erimem
Warnings: none

Recced because: This story has such a great feel to it. The prompts for this story were “secret spaces” and “touch is the revolution”, and exploring these concepts through Erimem and her relationship with Peri is perfect. I’ve only heard two Erimem stories but her voice here sounds just right, and I adored this Peri. A great character study for an underexplored pairing.
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Story: The Less Than Perfect Daughter
Author: nonelvis
Rating: Teen
Author's summary: Martha is pregnant, but Rose just won't take responsibility. How can the Doctor convince his companion that sometimes in this life, you've got to step up and do domestic? (Written for violetisblue's Afterschool Special prompt on the LJ churchontime comm.)
Characters/Pairings: Rose/Martha, Ten
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~2,900

Recced because: This is a hysterical bit of crackfic, with a great, breezy style that's indeed very reminiscent of a Very Special Issue TV movie. The characters are exaggerated in just the right ways to suit the story, and in particular I found the Doctor's attempts to promote an (almost traditional) two-parent family a riot. Fun, fresh, cracky – perfect for a weekend!
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Story: The Strength To Hold On (The Halley's Comet Remix)
Author: stunt_muppet
Rating: Teen
Author's summary: Forty years in the life of Elizabeth Shaw, waiting for a paradox to unravel.
Characters/Pairings: Liz/Martha, Liz/OFC, Three, Eight
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~6,600

Recced because: And one more remix, which also does a fantastic job of pulling out something from the original story and creating a fabulous parallel story. The original is atraphoenix's excellent The Strength To Let Go, told from Martha's POV on meeting and re-meeting Liz forty years later, though very little time has passed for her. The remix gives us Liz during those long forty years, and creates a gorgeous portrait of her, a life lived half in waiting but never not lived. It's well-written, thoughtful, with some great imagery and excellent cameos by two different Doctors, helping nudge Liz along the path to understanding and appreciating what she has in her life. It's a terrific remix and a terrific story in its own right as well.
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Story: Sing-Along Songs (The “You Better Look Out For Mr Stork” Duet)
Author: biichan
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: Johnny and the TARDIS make music together.
Characters/Pairings: John Chesterton, the TARDIS, Barbara, Ian, Ten, Tegan
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~1,500

Recced because: This is a terrific example of a remix that really works. The original is Tigerkat's excellent Listening (previously recced on Calufrax here). This story is a wonderful, lovely take on the original, teasing out different aspects and full of lightness and love. The different POVs on display – the TARDIS' in particular, but also little Johnny and Tegan's – are perfectly done, and the story is full of great little details, like the TARDIS' joy at the new life being created inside her, the moon landing get-together/reunion (especially "Aunt Dodobird"!), and even the Inferno gets a mention. It's touching and terrific work.
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Story: The Ragged Edge
Author: Jonquil
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: He is but mad north-north west.
Characters/Pairings: Nine, Rose
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~520

Recced because: A perfect little gem of a story. The Doctor has never been the typical Gallifreyan, and this gets at that exactly, and then applies those lessons to the rest of his life. He falls down, he bumbles, he takes chances; he takes on responsibility and he sees futures that he can't change. There's so much wrapped up in the few words, and it's funny and also very dark and sad all at the same time, with a chilling last line.
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Story: Leaving Footprints
Author: agapi42
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: History is so many small steps.
Characters/Pairings: Ian/Barbara
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~500

Recced because: After a long fic yesterday, here's a little bite of one today that manages to be absolutely pitch-perfect; it's an incisive look at what "making history" would be like for Ian and Barbara after they come back to Earth. As they watch the moon landing, we get brilliant insight into the implications space travel has on their lives, with just the right touch of cozy domesticity and love and friendship.
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Story: Somebody Else's Conventional
Author: aces
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: "This isn't conventional," Anji said. "This was never going to be conventional."
Characters/Pairings: Fitz/Anji, the Brig
Warnings: swearing
Word Count: ~7,800

Recced because: This is absolutely the perfect way to write Fitz/Anji, a pairing I am crazy for but know isn't popular – it's a slow build, working on their closeness, their friendship, and has just the right light touch. Both characters are written brilliantly, especially Anji which makes me extra happy as I adore her, and it's also interwoven with the most brilliant bits of continuity – Ace and Daleks, and the Brig, and Torchwood, and Nine – and little things, like open mic nights for Fitz. This is one of the best EDA-era fics I've read, and even if you're not very familiar with that part of the canon, I think this would serve as an excellent introduction!
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Story: Five Things That Don't Usually Happen When The Doctor and Rose Get It On
Author: Red Scharlach
Rating: Teen
Author's summary: A set of five deeply daft drabbles that explore exactly what it says on the tin.
Characters/Pairings: Nine/Rose
Warnings: hilarious sex-related euphemisms
Word Count: 500

Recced because: Even as a Nine/Rose fan, it's great to see fabulous humour fic like this, where the idea of perfect mutual compatibility between humans and aliens is skewered. Each scenario is hilarious, from awkwardness, a lack of genitalia, quality control issues, euphemisms attacking, and my personal favourite, the interplay of regenerative powers and orgasm (And also, that was just the best EVER). An oldie but a goodie, this one is sure to make you laugh until you cry.
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Story: Ten of the Sword/Sufficiently Advanced Technology
Author: Lurky McLurklurk
Rating: Teen?
Author's summary: A linked pair of post-Battlefield stories; one from Ace's point of view, one from the Doctor's.
Characters/Pairings: Ace/Shou Yuing, Seven
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~1,800 words

Recced because: Brilliantly conceived, these two stories are about separate events yet touch back on the same concept of alternate realities, of lives not lived linearly. Each also manages to be a wonderful story in its own right. Ace's section with Shou Yuing is handled with just the right light touch, and it's fantastic to see her insight and especially to see that pairing; and Seven's section is complex and gives so much food for thought. The icing on the cake are the two incredibly brilliant and enigmatic last lines that still gave me shivers on re-reading.
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Story: Monday's Child
Author: Palmetto
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: There's always that period of adjustment when a person first becomes a parent.
Characters/Pairings: alt!Pete Tyler, Rose, Jackie
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~920 words

Recced because: This is a great little look at a minor character who has more significance than he's generally given: the Pete of Pete's World, who has regained a wife who's not his wife, and especially, an adult daughter who is so much like him, but isn't his at all. As palmetto says, they're a bit of a Frankenstein family, and she does a great job of exploring what Pete's thoughts might be, his adjustment to a situation where he loves his daughter in near terrifying ways, despite not knowing how to show it. Quiet and careful, this is a satisfying fill-in of canon.
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Story: The War To End All Wars
Author: snowballjane
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: Searching for the victim of a miscarriage of justice, the Doctor and Rose visit a military mental hospital in 1918.
Characters/Pairings: Nine, Rose
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~3,800 words

Recced because: Fabulously written, this really showcases Nine and S1 Rose perfectly, and in the setting, helps illuminate some of the Doctor's experience with the Time War. 1918 is not a good time on Earth, and both characters' reactions and interactions in the mental hospital are very well portrayed. This is an old favourite that still holds up strong, with a lot of truth, and a lot of optimism, and a punch to the gut for an ending that still hurts, re-reading it a few years later.
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Story: From the Canyons to the Stars
Author: Elliptic Eye
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: The Doctor, Leela, and two friends sampling infinity.
Characters/Pairings: Four, Leela
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~870 words

Recced because: A gorgeous little bite of a fic, with absolutely dead-on characterizations for both Four and Leela, characters who don't get nearly enough attention. This story is so evocatively written; the desert, as Four and Leela experience it, comes alive, and is a third character in its own right. This left me feeling warm and just that bit of lost that the characters describe, all in a very good way.
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Story: Jack and Sarah Jane, Down the Lane
Author: Mhalachai
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: Jack Harkness really wasn't expecting to see Sarah Jane Smith behind door number one.
Characters/Pairings: Jack, Ianto, Gwen, Sarah Jane, Clyde, Luke, Maria
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~2,500 words

Recced because: This is sweet, fresh, and fun. Set after S2 of TW and S1 of SJA (so it's a bit scrambled by S4 of DW, but never mind that), Jack tries to recover a dangerous alien artifact and is rather surprised to meet Sarah Jane and her gang of teenagers, especially her teenage son, Luke. All the character voices are spot-on, with Ianto's internal observations on the whole thing especially hilarious, and the dialogue just sparkles. A very enjoyable piece.
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Story: Amuse Yourselves
Author: samfeasor
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: With the Seventh and Tenth Doctors busy saving a planet without them, Ace and Rose find ways to pass the time.
Characters/Pairings: Ace/Rose
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~1,000 words

Recced because: This is a little gem of a story – fresh, fun, sexy, and clever. Both Ace and Rose are very well written, and it’s not just my bias of wanting to see Ace paired up with every girl ever, because they really fit, here, and make a wonderful team. There’s some very funny lines, a lovely light feel to the proceedings, the girls wrong-footing the Doctor, and a terribly sweet and hopeful ending that avoids being at all sappy.
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Story: Another Day in UNIT
Author: catelfemma
Rating: Teen
Author's summary: One by one, the Brigadier's soldiers are being frozen.
Characters/Pairings: Benton/Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Harry Sullivan, Mike Yates
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~2,900 words

Recced because: Cute, clever, and funny, this is a great little slice of life for UNIT, with a bonus of some nicely handled inter-team slash. All the character voices are perfectly done, solving the mystery includes reading through archives, and Benton gets to save the day – and sneak in a kiss or two. This is just sheer good fun.
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Story: In An Interstellar Burst
Author: such_heights
Rating: Teen
Author's summary: Donna's got a teleport, Rose has an aversion to beaches, and maybe Martha's not quite as done with all of this as she thought. Next stop: everywhere.
Characters/Pairings: Donna, Rose/Martha
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~3,000 words

Recced because: A delightful little AU, wherein three excellent companions find a solution to all the problems presented in Journey's End and go out to explore the universe together. The friendship between the women is terrific (and Rose and Martha's relationship is subtle and hot), and it's comedic without being silly, sweet without being sappy, and lots of fun.
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Story: The Unplanned Pregnancy (of Rassilon)
Author: LizBee
Rating: Teen
Author's summary: It's the wrong bed, on the wrong planet, and he's sharing it with the Lady President. And that's just the start of Narvin's problems.
Characters/Pairings: Romana II/Narvin, Ten
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~1,500 words

Recced because: Well-written, well-characterized, and hysterical Gallifrey fic – what's not to love? Coordinator Narvin is regularly portrayed in this audio series as Romana's foil, but here we see there might be something more lurking under the surface. From lines of beauty like "Romana, I am not sending K9 out to find your sex tape—" and numerous hilarious skewerings of clichés, to a finale with Ten that's pitched just right, this is a delight.
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Story: Illumination
Author: Sarah
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: In which a grieving Doctor stumbles into the alt-verse, meets a certain old companion, and takes an inconclusive road trip.
Characters: Ten, Mickey
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~2,800 words

Recced because: Sometime in the future, after Martha leaves him (this was written pre-S3), Ten returns to the altverse where he meets Mickey again, now old, and alone. The voices in this story are all beautifully done, and it’s tied together wonderfully. The Doctor reflects and learns about time, and getting to say goodbye, and the meaning of endings - Everything will be alright in the end, if it's not alright, it's not the end, the Doctor says – and while there’s no happy ending, the truth the story presents is absolutely right for this 'verse, and perfectly written. This is smart and careful and lovely.
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Story: Tread But Lightly (In These Cruel Shoes)
Author: Lilacfree
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: Set during Castrovalva and looks at the start of Tegan and Nyssa's friendship.
Characters: Tegan, Nyssa
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~1,800 words

Recced because: A beautiful little story set during Castrovalva, where Tegan and Nyssa bond over shared horrors perpetuated by the Master, their stories woven together with fairytales and histories. The use of language is fanciful and playful, there's interesting use of repetition of theme throughout, and both girls come off very true to character. It's light and dark in alternating moments, and altogether a unique and clever character study for two women who deserve this sort of fic treatment.
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Story: Pipe Dreams
Author: RainyD
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: She doesn't remember, but she does dream.
Characters/Pairings: Ten/Rose
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~2,200 words

Recced because: A gorgeous take on 'Rose remembering the events of Parting of the Ways', this piece carefully and slowly takes us through a build-up so that when she remembers, it feels truthful and plausible. Repetition is used perfectly, with dreams and colours, and Rose's character is handled very lovingly, and the Doctor's characterization is spot-on. It's dark and rather sad, with a romantic subplot that gives the story a bit of hope without being sappy or intrusive to the larger story being told (there's a strong gen element to the affair), and is overall very affecting.
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Sorry for the late start!

Story: On Water
Author: Significant Owl
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: The Doctor, Donna, and a beach. Post-Midnight.
Characters/Pairings: Ten, Donna
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~1,250 words

Recced because: This is everything a post-episode coda should be: thoughtful without being treacly or just navel-gazing, and reactive to the episode while also exploring new ideas and points of view. Donna is wonderfully characterized here, and the writing is perfect: careful and gentle, with two last lines that wrap the whole little thing up so beautifully. It's satisfying and very good.
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Story: The Waiting Room World
Author: stunt_muppet
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: One day the Earth will burn. A series of short ficlets, centered around the crew of the Space Station Nerva (From "The Ark in Space") before their hibernation.
Characters/Pairings: Noah, Vira, Lycet, Rogan (Noah/Vira and Lycet/Rogan implied)
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~1,600 words

Recced because: This is exactly the sort of thing fanfic can do so well – take some minor characters and really bring them to life. I don't remember the crew from Ark in Space terribly clearly, having seen the episode over two years ago now, but this made them real again to me, and beautifully so. The end-of-days feel is captured perfectly, but with that little spark of hope that makes the whole crazy endeavour the crew is on feel so real, and so heartbreaking. This is careful, quiet, and lovely work.
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Story: Best Served Hot
Author: Rivendellrose
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: An inspiring tale in which Harry Sullivan finally wreaks vengeance on his most hated foe.
Characters/Pairings: Harry Sullivan, Sarah Jane Smith
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~2,100 words

Recced because: This is impossibly adorable. Harry takes Sarah out for a fancy seafood dinner, and orders...the clams, of course! The whole feel of the story is light and fresh, with crackling dialogue and some absolutely perfect lines, such as "All right, you little devils," he addressed the butter-drenched gastropods, "take a good look at me." Sarah and Harry's relationship is pitched just right as well, very sharp and yet sweet and teasing, and it's just such a joy to see them out together, and Harry earn his victory as best he knows how.
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Story: The Power of Pol
Author: Van Donovan
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: Ben is shot and Polly is fearless. Watch out for the blink-or-you'll-miss-it cameo.
Characters/Pairings: Ben/Polly
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~1,600 words

Recced because: This is just delightful: written for me in a ficathon, it gets Ben and Polly exactly right, and they are just too cute for words here. Polly gets to wear a fabulous dress, Ben gets to see her turn it into a mini, they fight Cybermen – the perfect returning enemy for them to face - and there's even a cameo by a young Harry! Sweet, funny, and a loving look at some very underrepresented characters.
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Story: The Girl From Someone Else's Future
Author: Nostalgia
Rating: Teen
Author's summary: "You've got lovely skin," he tells her. "The hands of a mathematician."
Characters/Pairings: Ten/Zoe
Warnings: implied sex
Word Count: ~ 800

Recced because: This is absolutely heartbreaking, yet gorgeous and compelling (especially in the wake of Journey's End, though this was written long before). Ten visits Zoe, (mostly) all grown up, living her organized life in her linear, efficient world, and remembering nothing (except, maybe, dreams of things that never were). Both characters' voices are dead on, from a Doctor who knows he shouldn’t do this and yet can’t stop himself from leaving a mark, to a Zoe who admits to possibilities but hasn’t had the experience to let her free herself from her background and upbringing. This is beautiful and cold, and the last two lines are devastating.
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Story: Light and Shadow
Author: Every Little Breeze
Rating: Teen
Author's summary: The Seventh Doctor and Ace land in rural Wales in 1966, where the Doctor meets an old friend with some unfinished business.
Characters/Pairings: Seven/Ray (from Delta and the Bannermen, Ace
Warnings: non-graphic sex
Word Count: ~3,000 words

Recced because: Objectively, Delta and the Bannermen might not be one of the Seventh Doctor’s best serials, but I thought it was tremendous fun, and in particular I absolutely adored spunky, mechanically-minded Ray. This is a sweet story, set a few years later, with the Doctor accidentally ending up in Ray’s little Welsh village, and discovering that sometimes maybe he can stay, just for a little while. Ray is written wonderfully, Ace and the Doctor’s relationship is also well drawn, and overall while the story is a touch slight, it’s also cute, possible, and rather hot.
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Story: Old Soldiers
Author: AstroGirl
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: What the Brigadier and other UNIT folks were doing during some of the events of the new series.
Characters: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Doris Lethbridge-Stewart, John Benton, UNIT
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~ 4,000 words

Recced because: A brilliant take on some new skool via old skool UNIT characters; this story follows the Brigadier, dear old Brigadier who never gives up, never stops wanting to help (and be a part of things, something he finds shameful but is so terribly human), and the major events of World War Three, The Christmas Invasion, and Army of Ghosts/Doomsday. It's plotty and slips perfectly into the canon (I'd like to believe this happened!) and has great cameos from Doris and in particular Benton, who is written exactly right ("I've heard you say it yourself often enough, and, if I may say so, it would be a crushing disillusionment if I had to start doubting your word now" he says about the Brig, which is so perfect). A sensational story, and the last line is a killer.
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Story: Few of days, full of trouble
Author: Rivrea
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: Five things that never happened to Mickey Smith and Ace McShane.
Characters/Pairings: Ace, Mickey (some Ace/Mickey)
Warnings: none
Word Count: 1000 words

Recced because: Five pitch-perfect little ways that Mickey and Ace could have (and should have) met; each is a gorgeous little slice of possibility. From a thirtyish woman in some retro punk outfit, who’s chain-smoking in the corner, to prison breaks and time-hoppers, to the idea of Ace joining the Ten, Rose, and Mickey TARDIS crew, to kissing in the Trevi fountain, the writing is lovely and intriguing, with terrific construction that plays with time in all the right ways, and is just delightful as a whole.
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Another fun week – thanks! And after six days of femslash, let's close out with one gen. :)

Story: Cartography
Author: eponymous_rose
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: A map is a symbolic representation that highlights relationships between elements of space. Some analogies write themselves.
Characters: Ace, Hex, Seventh Doctor
Warnings: none
Word Count: 1463

Recced because: This is just the most darling and wonderful piece of work; each character is drawn so perfectly it blew me away, and their interactions are absolutely adorable. From Seven's cheating to Hex passing on secrets, tied up with Ace making a choice that makes the already fabulous story even better, this is packed full of aliens, adventures, friendship, and just that right hint that we're being told a bigger story, and that the characters are, as the story says, finding their own directions.
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Story: Fire Answers Fire
Author: aces
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: “A bike,” Martha said, looking it over as best she could in the dark. “You travel through time on a bike.” She looked up at Dorothy again. “How safe is that again?”
Characters/Pairings: Ace/Martha
Warnings: none
Word Count: 1923 words

Recced because: This story makes great use of the Year That Never Was setting: it provides the characters with motivation but is carefully placed as a backdrop to let Ace and Martha shine through. Ace (or Dorothy, as she's now calling herself), is older and wiser, and together they examine themselves and the role the Doctor plays in his companions' lives. It's quiet and fierce at the same time, and gentle without being at all sentimental. Really terrific.
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Story: People of the Universe
Author: Carmen Sandiego
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: They talk under a dark sky and know it's not forever.
Characters/Pairings: Romana II/Susan
Warnings: none
Word Count: 872

Recced because: This is another tiny story that manages to be packed tight with ideas, images, and beautiful characterization. It's a gorgeous pairing, and the voices and mood are just right. Once a year, in the cold, the two women meet: their discussions about the past, the future, and all the possibilities in between illuminate each character in an understated but very moving way. It's a lovely piece of work.
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Story: Echoes
Author: agapi42
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: It slips away, hides in the cold and the white and the dark. (Spoilers for 'The Stolen Earth'.)
Characters/Pairings: Harriet Jones/Rose Tyler
Warnings: none
Word Count: 633

Recced because: This is just absolutely gorgeous: a possible snippet of time post-The Stolen Earth, frozen in an afterlife that may or may not be real. Harriet is beautifully drawn, and the story crackles with vivid description while also maintaining a dreamy, gauzy feel. For such a small bite of a story it's incredibly satisfying, and the last two lines are just dynamite.
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Sorry for the accidental double-rec: here, have this one instead!

Story: Boys (or, Down With The Patriarchy!)
Author: uktechgirl
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: Doctor Who/Angel crossover. Shortly after taking up residence at Wolfram and Hart, Angel’s office plays host to a certain blue box.
Characters/Pairings: Ace/Fred, Seventh Doctor, various Angel characters
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~3,400 words

Recced because: This is an absolutely brilliant story. The crossover really and truly works (and I'm not generally a fan of Angel, so it had to work extra hard for me), bringing in Ace, who has something of a Slayer about her, and intertwining Fred and Ace's storylines, as well as the mythologies of both shows, all without trying too hard and forcing things that don't fit. All of the voices, from both teams, are dead-on perfect (Angel at the beginning is particularly hilarious), and the style is intriguing and manages to be appropriately serious while also having a light touch. And Ace and Fred make a fabulous team, with the relationship aspect played softly, hinting at something between the two women that could be amazing.
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Story: Gravity
Author: schildkroet
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: Jenny soon learns that the cosmos is a better place if you can share it.
Characters/Pairings: Jenny (from The Doctor's Daughter)/Astrid
Warnings: none
Word Count: 735 words

Recced because: I wasn't crazy about Jenny on the show, but this story treats her so lovingly it won me over; I already adored Astrid, and this is a perfect examination of what could be post-Voyage of the Damned. This is a beautiful little bite of a story, with Jenny learning, exploring, and running both from and toward her past, and finding an ally in an unexpected form. They are each other's centre of gravity: together they can take on the universe.

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