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Well, my tenure as the purveyor of recs is now over. I'm rounding it off with a superb fic that reflects my love of minor characters. Hope you enjoyed the fics!

Story: Six Lessons
Author:nonelvis
Rating:
 Teen
Word Count:
 2,422
Author's Summary:
 Five things Anita learned from River Song, and one thing River learned from Anita.
Characters/Pairings: River Song, Anita
Warnings: None.

Recced because: I confess that I have an absolute love of fic that is told from the point of view of minor characters, and here, Anita's point of view is bang-on. Moreover, this is River Song - wonderfully portrayed with all of her bristling wit and confidence - in a bit different capacity than we have seen her: she's a formidable teacher whose lessons are not necessarily anchored to any kind of course syllabus. The dialogue is cracking throughout and, as the reader, you're absolutely immersed in each of the scenes through it. But, underlying each scene is a subtlety of emotion that really hits you when you get to the fic's culmination. In all, it's wonderful and definitely worth a read.

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Happy Saturday! Today we're era hopping.

Story: A Shift in Perspective
Author:Persiflage
Rating:
 Teen
Word Count:
 50234
Author's Summary:
 The Tenth Doctor goes missing and it's up to Martha Jones to track him down again, but it proves both harder and more instructive than she expects.
Characters/Pairings: Sarah Jane Smith, The Doctor (All incarnations), The White Guardian, Torchwood, a plethora of companions
Warnings: Spoilers for just about everything. They are warned for in the author's notes of each section.

Recced because: Set a few months after series 4, "A Shift in Perspective" sends Martha on a journey that has her meeting the Doctor - yes, every incarnation of him. What stands out about this particular fic (and Persiflage's writing in general) is her nuanced and strong portrayal of Martha Jones: she's independent, she's strong, and she does what she has to do. Part of the charm of "A Shift in Perspective" is the fact that you get to see glimpses of Martha interacting with all of the Doctors (who are all impeccably characterized) as well as many of the previous companions. Moreover, the fic is fast-paced and features a solid plot alongside the solid characterizations. Overall, a wonderful fic to park yourself and read on a summer day (or on any day, really).

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Because Second Doctor era needs more love and it's Friday, here's a fun romp. :)

Story: The Investigators
Author:johne
Rating:
 PG
Word Count:
 1839
Author's Summary:
 She's an up-and-coming photographer in swinging London. She's a genius from the future who's working as a model to make ends meet. Together, they fight crime!
Characters/Pairings: Zoe Herriot, Isobel Watkins
Warnings: None.

Recced because: "The Investigators" is a fun mash-up of the Second Doctor's era and something vaguely reminiscent of "Charlie's Angels." But the characters are dead on - Zoe is in girl genius mode and Isobel proves to be resourceful just in the nick of time. It tromps shamelessly through the clichés of the genre (and really, this is part of its charm), complete with terrible German accents and a cameo appearance by the Brigadier as the shadowy man behind the femme fatales. A campy, witty, tone pervades the whole tone of the fic and it is very easy to imagine yourself watching the action sprawled out in front of a floor television with rabbit ears.

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How about a fic from the new series for today?

Story: One Long Starless Night, Two Soldiers Met at a Crossroads
Author:teacupnosaucer
Rating:
 Teen
Word Count:
 1942
Author's Summary:
 Rory receives an unlikely visitor: a man both like him and not. Someone makes a promise they could never keep. But for a little while, anyway, things aren't quite so lonely. A story in four parts.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Rory Williams, Jack Harkness
Warnings: Spoilers for the end of series 5.

Recced because: This fic chronicles the adventures of the Lone Centurion during the events of the series 5 finale and his meeting with another man in a similar predicament: one Captain Jack Harkness. It weaves both eras together nicely, dropping small details throughout, and is achingly bittersweet and intimate throughout. This piece captures the pervasive loneliness of those who are fixed in a world that is constantly in flux. The last section, in particular, will leave you with a bit of a broken heart.

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Today's rec is brought to you by the letter "C", for comedy and crossover.

Story: The Uterine Corollary
Author:DameRuth
Rating:
 PG
Word Count:
 304
Author's Summary:
 Jack tries to teach Raj how to talk to women, and they both get a surprise (crossover with Big Bang Theory).
Characters/Pairings: Jack, Raj (From The Big Bang Theory)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: This fic hilariously puts The Big Bang Theory's Raj, who is unable to talk to anything female unless he's intoxicated, and puts him in conversation with Jack. It's short, sweet, and there's a clever and hilarious twist at the end that mentioning anything about would spoil...overall, it's just a fun romp.
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Happy Tuesday to everyone. Today we have a trip back into the slightly mythical past.

Story: The Old Man and the Police Box, and other impossible tales
Author:Rowena Zahnrei
Rating:
 PG
Word Count:
 12,838
Author's Summary:
 In 1913, a British schoolteacher named John Smith wrote a short story destined to become a classic. Entitled "The Old Man and the Police Box," it tells the tale of an eccentric inventor from the land of Gallifrey who steals a miraculous time ship and sets sail for adventure.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones, Rose Tyler, Susan Foreman, The Daleks, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (1st), The Doctor (4th), The Doctor (9th), The TARDIS
Warnings: For purists, Lungbarrow is taken as canon here.
Recced because: This fic uses the framing device of the Journal of Impossible things to great advantage. It is, essentially, a collection of the central stories that make the Doctor who he is related by one John Smith (and cleverly edited by Rowena Zahnrei). Each journal entry comes accompanied by an editorial gloss before continuing on with Smith's parts, which border on elegant stream of consciousness. The effective mix of styles for this collection is just part of its charm, however. The stories themselves weave through canon beautifully, piecing the Doctor together from the strange point of view of the outsider who is relating what we know as the inside. Overall, this is a wonderful collection of stories that you might find yourself reading through in one sitting, like you did with childhood storybooks.

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Hello everyone, I'm [livejournal.com profile] sciathan_file and I'll be sending some recs your way this week. I hope everyone can find a fantastic fic or two to love as much as I do!

Story: Making Do
Author:Thirty2Flavors
Rating:
 PG
Word Count:
 2,434
Author's Summary:
 Life goes on for Donna Noble.
Characters/Pairings: Donna, Shaun Temple
Warnings: Spoilers through "The End of Time."
Recced because: Thirty2Flavors is generally brilliant at just about whatever she turns her pen to, and this fic is no exception. Among a plethora of fix-it fics, this one takes what canon has thrown at us and runs with it. What this piece does with Shaun's character is particularly admirable: he emerges as a fully formed character through the prose rather than just an alternative that Donna has to take now that her former life has been denied to her. There are still bittersweet fragments of that other life sprinkled throughout, but the life that Thirty2Flavors forms here for her is every bit as everyday fantastic as Donna deserves.

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