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Hi!

I'm Cicci (ciccigreen on Teaspoon) and I'm your reccer this week! This is my third time reccing, and I've enjoyed it immensely the other two times. I alternate between being a Donna/Doctor and Ten/Rose-shipper, I love a well-written sex scene and I'm passionately interested in feminism and gender issues. I also read way too much hurt/comfort for my own good.

Without further ado, let's start the week off with some really good sex.

Story: Burn
Author: sinecure
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 1108
Author's Summary: Rose enjoys the view.
Character/Pairings: Tenth Doctor/Rose
Warnings: Explicit Sex

Recced Because:

Sinecure does the seemingly impossible in this little gem of a fic: writing PWP that's technically just sex but no plot, but really so much more. We don't know anything about the Doctor's and Rose's relationship in this fic, we don't know where in their time lines we are, and in fact, we don't even know what led them to have sex here in the first place.

But we don't need to.

Sinecure shows perfectly how to build an entire story that's just implied, but without leaving the reader unsatisfied. We don't need to know the details because we understand anyway.

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Story: Alternatively
Author: Isilien Elenihin
Rating: Adult
Warnings: Explicit sex, swearing
Word Count: 17391
Author's Summary: The TARDIS locks the Ninth Doctor out in modern-day London. While he's investigating a puzzling knot in the Time Lines, he runs into Rose Tyler, who's going back to school to get her A levels. What if there was no 'run?'
Genre: Alternate Universe, Angst, Character Study, Drama, Het, Hurt/Comfort, Introspection, Romance, Standalone
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor/Rose, the TARDIS

Recced because:

This is the first fic this week that I'm not reccing for the sex (though there's absolutely nothing wrong with it ;)). This is an AU where the Doctor ends up stuck in London, and to have something to do he takes a job as a teacher and guess who ends up in his class?

Some of you may recall the uproar a few weeks where Doctor Who was accused of being a racist show. While one may have different opinions on that, I don't think anyone can argue the fact that Doctor Who only rarely examines the problems of gender, race, sexuality, class and general privilege.

Which is why I find fics that delve into the probable realities of Rose's poor, working-class background especially interesting. We know that Jimmy Stone was a rotten egg, but he's especially nasty in this fic (prepare your hankies).  However, Rose's good humor and lust for life really shines through in this fic, and is even more poignant considering how rough her life has been.


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I apologize for the lack of post the last two days, I've been on the road and not connected to the internet. On Monday I'm going to France and I'm not sure how much internet access I'll have there, but I'll try to post as often as I can!

Without further ado, I give you today's rec:


Story: Petals
Author: Kate Andrews
Rating: Adult
Warnings: Explicit sex, mild drug use
Word Count: 5570
Author's Summary: There was, as it turned out, a handful of only slightly bruised rose petals hiding down the front of her knickers.
Genre: Het
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor/Rose,

Recced because:
Continuing the sex theme, I give you my absolute favorite sex fic, my go-to-fic, as it were.. It's a wonderful one-shot set in Amsterdam, and features in the author's words "explicit, slightly kinky sex" which means the Doctor and Rose shag in public on one of Amsterdam's many bridges. Guess what I was thinking about when I was in Amsterdam in April!

Petals is a bit like those photographs that are so sharp and detailed that they seem almost otherwordly. I'd call it magical realism except there's nothing remotely magical about it, but somehow it feels almost like a dream.

Kate Andrews has a very plain, no-nonsense writing style, she describes everything inexquisite detail but lets the reader draw his or her own conclusions on the feelings and thoughts of the characters' actions. A true masterpiece in the art of "show, don't tell."

Go read and give her some love.

"[The petals] are from my knickers, by the way." )

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Story: Cusp
Author: Value Turtle
Rating: Adult
Warnings: Explicit sex
Word Count: 27856
Author's Summary: It's weightless, on the cusp; thrilling, too, waiting for gravity to take effect and fall, fall, fall
Genre: Fluff, Het, Humor, PWP, Romance
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor/Rose, Jackie Tyler, Mickey Smith


Recced because:
I'm sensing a theme for this rec-period.

Sex.

To quote the lovely movie The Holiday: "Sex makes everything more complicated. Even not having it, because the not having it... makes it complicated." Don't the Doctor Who shippers know this well!

In this fic, however, Rose and the Doctor have sex. It details their first time, in great detail, and it's one of those fics that actually gets sex, how it works and how it's messy and complicated and not all sunshine and roses. And also that it's fun. I think so many fic writers forget that not all sex is earth-shattering, but that it doesn't mean it's not good. And people enjoy it because it's fun, not because it's perfect.

One of my pet peeves is where people who sleep with each other don't talk. Communication people! And Rose and the Doctor communicate here, and show that communication improves sex. I love to see that in fic.

Sorry for the ramble. Just read the fic and give the author some love!

"That wasn't bad. For a first time, I mean." )


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Story: Needing Someone
Author: EllyF
Rating: Adult
Warnings: Explicit sex
Word Count: 5846
Author's Summary: The Doctor and Donna are both grieving, and they turn to each other for comfort..
Genre: Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Missing Scene, PWP
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor/Donna


Recced because: Donna Noble.

I tried to rec as many Doctor/Donna fics as I could last time, since I feel it's the most underrated pairing and it deserves so much more love than it gets. Donna, if written right, has such potential in fics, both as a companion and as a romantic interest.

This is not a romance, per se, but a story of two people needing comfort and having only each other to turn to. Even though they've only just met, and know nothing of each other. Because sometimes, all we need is someone who understands. It touches on the incredible blow it must be to be betrayed by your fiancé at the altar, of Donna's sometimes fragile self-esteem, the Doctor's remoteness and his love for Rose and the loss of her. It also has a frank and insightful discussion about his feelings for Rose and best of all, it feels like it could have been canon, if Doctor Who was a show more aimed at adults.

"You don't have to worry about sullying me, Doctor." )
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Hi!

I'm [livejournal.com profile] saaammie (Cicci Green at Teaspoon), your reccer for these two (!) weeks. It's my second time reccing here at Calufrax and I enjoyed it a lot last time. It feels good to properly reflect on the stories I read, and why I want others to read them.

I'm a Swedish college student (or recent grad, actually), and I've been a Who-fan for about a year now. My favorite companion is Donna and my favorite genre is definitely hurt/comfort. I do enjoy torturing the poor characters.

Why is that, do you think? That hurt/comfort is such a popular genre?

Anyway. On to the first rec:

Story: Belle de Jour
Author: Chase820
Rating: Adult
Warnings: Explicit sex
Word Count: 10551
Author's Summary: After the Madame de Pompadour interlude, Rose realizes that loving the Doctor is a far trickier affair than she thought. What kind of girl must she be, to accept the man he is now? Answering that question will stretch her loyalty--and her sanity--to the breaking point.
Characters/Pairings: Rose/Ten, TARDIS

Recced because: This fic shocked me when I first read it. And I actually didn't like it very much, because it presents such a non-romantisized picture of the Doctor's and Rose's relationship. Partly why we all read fanfiction is to escape reality and dream, I think, and this fic's reality is a slap in the face, a bucket of ice-water.

Which is what makes it so good, of course.
Rose is very very human and young and the Doctor is terrifyingly alien and it can't ever really work out. But they make do. It's a fic about choices and consequences and expectations and fitting together despite it.

Plus it's seriously hot. Bring a fan.

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Story: Something More
Author: Petunia Bowl
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 19,539
Author's Summary: The Tenth Doctor and Donna come to terms with what happened to him on Midnight.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor/Donna
Warnings: Sex

Recced because: Am I boring because I'm reccing the same author twice in a week? Probably. Do I care? Nope! Because Petunia Bowl is awesome enough to be recced everyday, I just wish she wrote enough stories for me to do that.
And this is one of my favorite romances ever, any fandom. It's short and sweet, but packs so much into every sentence, from the things the Doctor doesn't tell Donna, to Donna's slightly unwilling realization that maybe she does love the Doctor, after all, to one of the sweetest, hottest and most in-character sex scenes I've read in this fandom. Writing good sex scenes is an art, and far from every writer can do it. To do it well involving two characters who aren't together in canon, and do it in a believable way, that takes true skill, which Petunia Bowl has.

I've enjoyed this week, thanks for having me! Hopefully you've discovered some new, enjoyable stuff.

She’s not in love with him though, because that would be spectacularly stupid. )
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Story: Hallucinations
Author: Aldanon
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 7,616
Author's Summary: It wasn't until Martha was on her way to America that the hallucinations began. A Year that Never Was story.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones, Amy Pond, Jack Harkness, Mickey Smith, Rory Williams, Tenth Doctor, Eleventh Doctor
Warnings: Sexual assault, violence, general YTNW-stuff.

Recced because: I mentioned earlier this week that I feel Martha was owed so much more by the Doctor for what she was through. I'm quite fond of fics where the Doctor is faced with all the horrors Martha that happened to her in his name, and Hallucinations is an amazing example of that genre. It's timey-wimey and a bit confusing and heartbreaking and a very realistic take of the world under Harold Saxon's rule. The splash of Eleven, Amy and Rory is a bitter-sweet addition.

I can't, I can't anymore, Doctor. Not after Japan. )
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What do you mean it's Saturday? It's still Friday I tell you! In.. plenty of places... Like... Like...

Anyway. Moving on!

Story: To Err is Human
Author: Lilac Summers
Rating: Adult/NC-17
Word Count: 53,374
Author's Summary: Donna is the (un)lucky companion stuck with the Doctor in 1913 this time around; she's not quite sure how to deal with this sudden change in situation. Mostly she just blames the TARDIS. Uses season 3 episodes "Human Nature" and "Family of Blood."
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor/Donna
Warnings: Insanely funny situations, some sex and great angst

Recced because:
Who doesn't love a good HN-rewrite? And this is my absolute favorite ever, all categories. Not because it's Donna (even though that is lovely) but because it's brilliant on so many levels. It's so funny in places that you might wanna refrain from eating while reading (like when Donna steals ready-made food from the TARDIS because she can't cook.), seriously hot (John Smith, Donna, wall...) and at the same time, heart-wrenching (try reading the where John Smith begs for his life without tearing up!) and beautiful.

Lilac Summers is a fantastic writer, and even if you don't like D/D, you WILL like this because good writing is good writing, no matter the pairing, which Lilac Summers proves. She makes John Smith into his own man, not just the Doctor with lost memories and Donna is tossed between confusion, jealously, attraction, irritation and doubts, just as it should be.
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Story: Vision
Author: Darcie
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 13,532
Author's Summary: When one sense fades, the others are said to sharpen. But will that be enough as the Doctor and Rose face a distressing situation?
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor,Rose
Warnings: None

Recced because: Seriously, how come no one has recced this before? Several of Darcie's fics have been recced, but this is the best, in my humble opinion. It's pretty well-known but I don't want anyone to miss this gem.

Rose and the Doctor get in trouble in a jungle when the Doctor is injured and temporarily loses his sight. It's up to Rose to get them to safety, and the Doctor is too focused on himself to pay attention to her...

An absolute must-read. Go go go.
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Story: Rondo Veneziano
Author: Petunia Bowl
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 8,945
Author's Summary: The Doctor and Donna bump into a young man who bears a striking resemblance to someone we know.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Donna, Casanova
Warnings: None

Recced because: Oh, Donna Noble, you beautiful, brilliant thing. And let me tell you, few people write Miss Noble better than Petunia Bowl. Rondo Veneziano is a lovely, long one-shot where Donna and the Doctor attend a masked ball in Venice, the Doctor looks at maths book and Donna strikes up a conversation with a handsome stranger in a blue coat. A man who looks quite familiar, when she thinks about it...

This is not a ship-fic (even though I read it as one), but what's great about it is how perfectly Petunia Bowl captures Donna and the Doctor's relationship by using the eyes of a stranger. That the stranger happens to be Casanova is just icing on the cake.

“But really, though. You’re him. The Casanova? )
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Story: The Boy Waits
Author: HermitKnut
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 3,714
Author's Summary: We know so much about Amelia Pond. But what made Rory who he is today?
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Rory williams, a dash of Amelia Pond.
Warnings: References to child abuse

Recced because: I admit it. I'm a sucker for well-written hurt/comfort. And boy does HermitKnut fulfill that desire. While I'm more of Nine and Ten gal, I love this version of the Doctor and I absolutely adore this Rory Williams (I'm sorry, Rory Pond.). This was written before season 7, where Rory was a blank slate except from loving Amy Pond and being a nurse. And he does these things in The Boy Waits too, but we get hints of a very difficult past. Nothing is graphically described, but one doesn't need a lot of imagination to paint a vivid picture of Rory's childhood. Rory becomes all the more lovely in his gentleness, patience and love because of it.

Excerpt:
“Rory Pond,” he repeats, his voice quieter now, slightly more serious. “You’ve always followed her, haven’t you?” )
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Hi!

I'm [livejournal.com profile] saaammie or as I'm known over at Teaspoon, Cicci Green. I'm a Swedish college student who really should outgrow the whole fanfic thing, but so far I haven't. I'm also a pretty new member to the Who community, in fact, I only discovered DW back in May, but it only took one episode to get me hooked, and here I am.

I've slowly started to watch old Who, but haven't got far, so all my recs will be New Who.

So, let's start my reccing week! Are you excited? I'm excited!

Story: Knocking
Author: Asrai
Author's summary: Martha Jones always knocks.
Rating: G
Spoilers: Human Nature
Word count: 500
Warnings: None
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones

Recced because: This is a brilliant little fic that totally proves you don't need to use many words to perfectly describe situations and characters. While Martha isn't my favorite companion, I admire her strength and tenacity and I felt very keenly after Human Nature/Family of Blood that she deserved so much more of an apology than she actually got. I also believe the stay in 1913 probably affected her much more than we actually got see.

Asrai remedies this, but does in in a perfectly believable way. This is exactly how the Doctor, clumsy fool that he sometimes is, would act. Asrai proves, in a few short sentences, how much 1913 changed Martha and does it without a single unnecessary word.

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