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Story: in a dim light
Author: Branwyn
Rating: general
Word Count: 799
Author's Summary: Romana is a slave of the Daleks, and the Doctor is a nightmare incarnate.
Characters/Pairings: Four, Romana
Warnings: none.

Recced because:
Another character study, also in the context of a confinement (get the feeling I have a soft spot for these?).  I love how the author captures that way Four and Romana have of conversing in calm, measured tones -- that lightness in the dialogue, no matter what the situation. It’s that British impassiveness, that stiff upper lip carried to the nth degree, that just makes the emotion and the connection come through all the more, and the effect is heartrending. (Note: I only just discovered before posting that this is based on a Big Finish audio, The Apocalypse Element. It’s fascinating and quite readable without knowing that, though.)
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Story: Heroic Hearts
Author: Persiflage
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 11,476
Author's Summary: On her wedding day, Martha Jones finds there's more to her fiancé than she had realised.
Characters/Pairings: Martha, Ten, other characters
Warnings: none

Recced because:
And now for something completely different: pure wish-fulfillment. Done well, as it is here, this genre tells a story that would never be told onscreen, and yet it’s exactly the story we long to hear. The wonderful thing about this fic is that the author has found a way to give us a happily ever after that doesn’t utterly violate the characterizations we’ve seen onscreen, but is still romantic, sweet, and satisfying. She does it through some creative timey-wimey stuff  – and then brings us back to the “current” generation for closure.
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Story: Moon Revenge
Author: Meredith
Rating: General
Word Count: 8,152
Author's Summary: There's a fine line to walk, he'll realize. There's a place between despair and recklessness, and he's about to die by the lessons he's forgotten.
Characters/Pairings: Ten, Rose
Warnings: none

Recced because:
This story is disturbing. Very, very disturbing. With Girl in the Fireplace as its jumping-off point, it looks unflinchingly at the very darkest aspects of Ten. In this story, Ten is at his most selfish,  thoughtless, and impulsive; Rose is trusting and naive. That combination gives us a glimpse of a nightmarish outcome that sheds a glaring, unforgiving light on the characterizations we saw in season 2. I love the author’s daring originality as  she compels the reader to follow her through this difficult journey – and then plants a fragile seed of hope at the end. This story is not for the sentimental or the faint of heart – or for that matter for those who can bear to find no fault in Ten -- but its power and insight are undeniably compelling.
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Story: Scars
Author: Alienist
Rating: General
Word Count: 704
Author's Summary: A corrupt monarch invades the Doctor's mind with sadistic curiosity.
Characters/Pairings: Five
Warnings: none

Recced because:
This is a type of fic I love – a character-study vignette. Scars makes me want to see more than the handful of Five stories I’ve already seen because this peek into his brain is so suggestive and intriguing. The language is sparse and evocative, which is just right for this kind of thing. There are these gorgeously poetic references to specific incidents in the Doctor’s life, many of which I can’t identify with my limited old-school knowledge – but they make me want to seek out the answers, and that’s a great thing for a fic to do.
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Story: Nothing But Flowers
Author: vali
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 23,066
Author's Summary: There's flowers, sex and breakfast in bed, but the honeymoon's still over.
Characters/Pairings: Martha, Ten, TARDIS
Warnings: Doctor/other non-con and other not-vanilla acts

Recced because:
This beautifully written story presents us with a relationship of complexity and nuance, where oblique dialogue and flashes of insight combine to create an astonishing, if imperfect, mutual understanding between the Doctor and Martha. Nothing but Flowers deals with the themes of loss and persistence with subtlety and sensitivity, without insulting either the characters or the reader by oversimplifying or oversentimentalizing. I love the dialogue, snappy and witty, but beneath  that you can see the Doctor and Martha probing, looking for the boundaries of this relationship. In the end, there are no easy answers, but there is connection.

And then of course there are the flowers. And the sex.

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