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Story: Tea and Variable Resistance
Author: Professor Pangaea
Rating: All Ages
Author's Summary: The Doctor hadn't mentioned any third eyelids, but he hadn't mentioned quite a lot of other things either.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Martha, Ian/Barbara
Warnings: None

Recced because: This story of the Doctor and Martha's 1969 Earth sojourn does a lovely job of portraying both the Doctor's essential, unknowable alienness, and his yearnings for human contact: his reaction to Barbara and Ian's infant son, his distant awkwardness around Martha (there's a scene between them which, though humorous, is uncomfortably reminiscent of any lonely, elderly human being seeking solace in younger company), the nightmares neither of them can or will discuss. Martha here is wry and intelligent, not yearning romantically for the Doctor but rather seeking any sort of clue that would allow her to understand him--though her own, personal flashes of insight bring her closer than she thinks. A very satisfying study of two individual characters and their sometimes unspoken friendship.
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Story: Red Double-Decker Buses Like You See In Science Fiction Pictures
Author: Livii
Rating: All Ages
Author's Summary: Funny enough, it's the sweetest declaration of love she's ever heard. --or-- "He really went around, saying 'I'm the Male Nurse', and people took him seriously?"
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor/Mrs. Moore
Warnings: None

Recced because: It's a funny, sweet but not sappy, inevitably melancholy story of one of my favorite companions who wasn't--Mrs. Moore from "Rise of the Cybermen"/"Age of Steel"--and her too-brief acquaintance with the Doctor. I like the amusing little details of life in the Cyberverse, and the sparky dialogue between her and Ten, and the underlying tension and fear that neither of them can quite disguise. Perfectly and concisely encapsulates how things could have been between these two characters, which made me all sad at the very non-fixit ending. Still, you know, they'll always have the Male Nurse.
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Story: Mistress of the Jolly Dark
Author: Kalima
Rating: Adult
Author's Summary: In 19th century London, a down-on-her-luck prostitute meets a strange little man with a red-handled umbrella.
Characters/Pairings: Seventh Doctor/OFC
Warnings: Graphic Sex, Horror

Recced because: I don't gravitate toward darkfic--as you've probably long since figured out--but this little parable of why Time Lord/human sexual relationships are a really, really, really, really, really bad idea fascinated me with its depictions of the Seventh Doctor's despair and inner demons (this Doctor is definitely the Oncoming Storm of the NAs), an original character skillfully fleshed out in a very few paragraphs and the atmosphere of dread suffusing their encounter right from the start. Please be forewarned that this is indeed a horror story featuring a very alien Doctor, and while he's sorry, so sorry for what he's inadvertently done, he still can't put things right in the end.
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(Making up for yesterday's forgotten rec:)

Story: Smile Like You Mean It
Author: Calapine
Rating: All Ages
Author's Summary: At the end, the Doctor didn't leave.
Characters/Pairings: Eighth Doctor/Grace Holloway, the Brig
Warnings: None

Recced because: Grace Holloway is never going to win any Most Popular Companion contests, but I always enjoy watching her respond to the Doctor's TARDIS invitation with, "You come with me!" In this story the Doctor does exactly that, and the slow mutual realization of how wrong they are for each other no matter how hard they try makes for painful, sad and fascinating reading. Even if the TV movie made you dyspeptic (nobody could blame you), this story will show you another side of Grace's character and her conflicted, sometimes contentious relationship with the Doctor. To be read when in the mood to indulge in a good bout of melancholy.
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Story: Nine and a Half
Author: AstroGirl
Rating: All Ages
Author's Summary: The Doctor's regeneration goes wrong. How wrong? Well, this was written for a zombie-themed ficathon...
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, Rose
Warnings: None

Recced because: Admittedly, you can sell me on nearly anything if you say the five magic words: "It's got zombies in it." That said, this story of "The Parting of the Ways" gone pear-shaped also stands out by virtue of being exceedingly funny, with an admirably unflappable Rose and a Doctor who, in the most literal sense possible, loves her for her braiiiiiiiiiins mind. A nice bit of cracky fun for all your crackfic needs.
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Story: Nights Like This
Author: Joan Milligan
Rating: All Ages
Author's Summary: A big loud man and a little old lady walk into a bar...
Characters/Pairings: Sixth Doctor/Evelyn Smythe (Big Finish audio companion)
Warnings: None

Recced because: Evelyn Smythe, for those unfamiliar with her, is a fiftyish historian with a steel backbone who gives as good as she gets, which is probably why she makes such a fine foil to the Sixth Doctor's abrasiveness and arrogance. This story, told in the style of a rambling joke that turns sweet but not sappy, shows this very odd couple in their element, arguing, drinking, dancing, laughing, alarming everyone around them without meaning to (and sometimes very deliberately meaning to) and generally being wrapped up in one another in a way that made me smile. Six is definitely not my favorite of the Doctors, but I like him with Evelyn, very much.
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Story: The Sanctity of Ordinary Things
Author: Raven
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: Jamie lived.
Characters/Pairings: Jamie (Nancy's son from "The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances," not Jamie McCrimmon), Nancy, Dr. Constantine; mentions the Ninth Doctor and Rose
Warnings: None

Recced because: It's a beautiful character study of Jamie's life and times after "The Doctor Dances," full of perfect little details--the other Blitz children concluding the Doctor is Jamie's father, stories lingering of a ghost child begging to be let into people's homes, Nancy feeling an emotional connection to Rose decades on, both she and her son still shying away from the word "Mummy." Jamie in this story is his own person charting his own destiny, and yet forever altered and changed by his chance encounter with the Doctor: He's been made to appreciate both the "ordinary things" of the title, and all the extraordinary things that lie beyond. An excellent example of a "Doctor-lite" story in which the Doctor's presence lingers on long after he's stepped back into the TARDIS.
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Story: Don't Look Now, But Your Ways Have Parted
Author: Red Scharlach
Rating: All Ages
Author's Summary: Rose thinks she has lost her one true love for ever, but then she realizes that they could still be blissfully happy together--if only that stupid Doctor bloke would stop getting in the way.
Characters/Pairings: Rose/Jack/other ("other's" identity is a spoiler), Tenth Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: Good crackfic is a thing of beauty and a joy forever, and this one never fails to make me start laughing right from the opening paragraph. The author bills this as "an affectionate look at the cliches of Ten!Fic," thereby proving the old adage that the best satire has some love and regard for its target, and it's equally funny (IMO) whether you ship Rose and the Doctor or whether you don't. Regarding the mysterious "other," I don't know whether you'd classify that particular relationship as het, slash or something singular, but in the end it really hardly matters.
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Story: All This Season of Snow and Sins
Author: Cherry Ice
Rating: All Ages
Author's Summary: Romana, after the Time War. Jack, at the Time Agency. You can't fight a war, because the war always wins.
Characters/Pairings: Jack/Romana II
Warnings: None

Recced because: I've never been a big fan of Captain Jack, but I'm a big fan of Cherry Ice's Captain Jack: He's a fully realized character, not just a walking collection of one-liners, and his darker aspects seem both plausible and earned. This story of Jack's pre-"Empty Child" encounter with a mysterious, traumatized Jane Doe makes the Time Agency feel like a real (amusingly, sometimes creepily anachronistic) place, gives the Time War actual fallout and consequences and has a Romana who feels like her idiosyncratic, incisive self even when she's not all there. Their gradual attraction to each other is both humorous and melancholy, and also feels earned. A very fine portrayal of a pairing I'd never considered before I read this.
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Story: Come Back to Tell All (I Shall Tell You All)
Author: Amberite
Rating: All Ages
Author's Summary: An overview of the Third Doctor's life, around the themes of his traumatic exile and his fashion sense.
Characters/Pairings: Third Doctor/Brig, Fourth Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: I was fascinated by the idea of the Third Doctor's dandyism as an outgrowth of his Earth exile, clothes making the man because the man was remade without his consent and has no idea who he really is beneath the surface. This story drives home just how stranded, frightened and lost the Doctor was without his TARDIS, old companions or previous identity, which makes his slow acceptance of this forced regeneration and joyous embrace of the next one all the more satisfying to read. The slash content is brief and largely offstage (as well as being a symptom of the Doctor's identity crisis itself, in its own way), but if you're in it for the velvet capes, you're in the right place.
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Story: Into Warsaw
Author: Etherati
Rating: All Ages
Author's Summary: The Doctor has said goodbye many, many times, and the message rarely changes, no matter it’s a person or a universe.
Characters/Pairings: Implied Eighth Doctor/Romana II
Warnings: None

Recced because: It chronicles the final days of the Time War, and the final time two good friends will ever see one another, without descending into melodrama; it captures the special, elusive nature of the Doctor and Romana's relationship, without turning sappy; and it lets the Doctor deliver a goodbye message to Gallifrey that is both chilling and perfect. Or, in the words of that old Frankie Goes to Hollywood song, "Mine is the last voice you will ever hear. Do not be alarmed."
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Story: No Company for Old Men
Author: Cryptile
Rating: All Ages
Author's Summary: "Who are you and what did you do with the Brigadier?"
Characters: Ninth Doctor, the Brig
Warnings: Swearing

Recced because: I love stories where people keep skirting straightforward talk, but communicate the real facts in the interstices: The Ninth Doctor can't quite tell the Brig about the Time War, the Brig can't quite tell the Doctor he's dying, but slowly the truth comes out of its own volition. It's not at all unrelieved angst, though--there's a good deal of whimsical humor, the easy casual conversation of old friends and the Brig, in his own fashion, celebrating the ultimate worth of his "small" human life. (The Doctor's many ill-fated attempts at home repair also amused me far too much.) If you want a story that really captures the special relationship between the Doctor and the Brig through the decades, this one is an excellent choice.

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