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Your reccer for the next two weeks is Styrofoam monster on Teaspoon; I'll be posting on their behalf.

Story: Naked People
Author: Pluto
Rating: All Ages
Word count: 4,956
Characters: Tosh
Summary: Tosh finds confidence in the shape of a little rust-colored dress, and sees a side of herself that she'd like to keep. Slight AU (confident Tosh).
Warnings: none

Recced because: Tosh doesn't get enough love. The summary calls this story a slight AU, but it's that kind of AU that is so close to reality you can see it, and far enough that you feel its loss when you finish reading. Tosh is gorgeous and smart, and here she starts to realize it. The structure is excellent, composed of Tosh's interactions with not just her co-workers but also some very well-drawn OCs. Tosh's inner-doubts and struggles ring painfully true, as she explains to a girl much like herself just how she feels sitting in a bar: "You came here because it was better than going home and staring at the television and now you just wish you were home watching anything at all, because at least you wouldn't be paying seven quid a drink for the privilege."

The story is about self-confidence, self-doubt, and self-esteem. It's heart-warming and just a little bit tragic.

excerpt )
[identity profile] luckweaver.livejournal.com
Story: The Impossible Flirts
Author: LordRebeccaSama
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4,935
Author's Summary: Captain Jack Harkness and Professor River Song: two people that should never meet, but they do...multiple times across both their timelines. "The biggest flirts in all the universe, and you let them have coffee!"
Characters/Pairings: Other Character(s), River Song, The Doctor (11th), Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato
Warnings: n/a

Recced because: The amount of relationship building that went into every side of this story is frankly astounding. As is the effort that went into characterisation, particularly at different points in each of the character's lives. Everyone is in character, the voices are crisp, and you can really picture the scene. I like how they've managed to seamlessly fill in some of the gaps in River's backstory to make it work, while still referencing little nods in episodes, like A Good Man Goes to War. The fish and chips nod is a pleasure, too! I also like the amount of work that's gone into both the pop culture references (eg. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and into building new planets and species to play around with. Always a plus when there's some of that to add to a brilliant plot.

Another note - sorry that my reccing has been... sporadic. I underestimated the amount of real life that would happen this week and have spent half the week driving forth across the province of Nova Scotia and sewing.
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[personal profile] merryghoul
Story: Universes Apart
Author: atraphoenix
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5324
Author's Summary: They found each other through the skin of the universe.
Characters/Pairings: Gwen Cooper/Rose Tyler, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato
Warnings: None

Recced because: Rose and Gwen seem like the least likeliest of pairings. And yet this bittersweet fic, where Rose and Gwen communicate between Pete's World and the regular Doctor Who universe, makes this pairing work without forcing it in this fic.
[identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
I began my recs with an angsty crossover. Let's end with something VERY silly...

Story: Torchwood Goes Watercolor
Author: Canaan
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1207
Author's Summary: A strange being comes through the Cardiff rift. Stranger than usual, even. Torchwood/Looney Tunes crossover.
Characters/Pairings: Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Other Character(s), Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato
Warnings: None

Recced because: It's a Looney Tunes crossover and ships Jack with a toon - do you really need more justification than that?

A short extract )

I hope that you've enjoyed these recs - if so, please show your appreciation of the authors by reviewing the stories!
[identity profile] annauq.livejournal.com
Story: Purpose
Author: Kesomon
Rating: All Ages
Author's Summary: Anyone who had chosen to stop and listen, to say a few words, to step inside his frankly magnificent time ship, had been there for a reason, even if they, or he or anyone else had yet to discover what that reason was.
Word Count: 541
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Adric, Barbara Wright, Evelyn Smythe, Ian Chesterton, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Jo Grant, Katarina, Martha Jones, Mel Bush, Nyssa, Owen Harper, Peri Brown, Steven Taylor
Warnings: None

Recced Because: It is an odd little story, exploring the idea of predestination paradoxes. Usually with this kind of thing, the Doctor is the one who changes the companion. He shows them the universe, and they become a better person because of that. It is quite easy to forget that the companions change the Doctor just as much as he changes them, and that is why I love this fic. It clearly shows the delicate relationship between the two, while also paying homage to the fact that the companions are amazing and usually go on to be amazing after their time in the TARDIS. The last line is a nice touch too, with the Doctor portrayed not as the all-knowing Time Lord, but the wanderer, the traveller who marvels at the beauty and mystery of the universe.
[identity profile] lyakahime.livejournal.com
With the new switch to biweekly reccing, nonelvis has invited me to stick around for another week. Hooray! I'm going to finish my original planned slate of recs, then go through my backups list and pick another two or three to scatter over next week. So recs today and tomorrow, then periodically.

Story: And You Will Know Her By The Smile In Her Eyes
Author: James
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 21928
Author’s Summary: Jack is gone, and Ianto has discovered something very important that he needs Jack for. Will he find Jack in time, and, more importantly, what will happen when Jack does return? Mpreg.
Characters/Pairings: Jack/Ianto, cameos by the rest of S1 Team Torchwood
Warnings: Mpreg

Recced because: Everything James writes is amazing, but this is the amazing-est of them all. I’m a sucker for angst, tru wuv, and mpreg, so this fic is pretty much my fangirl trifecta. The writing is fantastic, and the characters are so wonderfully written you’ll forget you’re not watching canon. (Speaking of canon: the events of Children of Earth aren’t referenced, so this can’t properly be called a fix-it, but it pretty clearly operates in a world where CoE never happened/won’t happen.)

Jack actually plays a surprisingly small role for most of the fic, which gives Ianto the space he needs to step out from Jack’s shadow and demonstrate his underlying strength. It’s a story where you can love but still see clearly, be loyal without giving up your self-respect, and have faith but work hard to achieve your goals. The Doctor appears briefly to deliver a paeaen to love and devotion in the face of immortality (bring your Doctor/Whoever goggles) and the ending is eminently satisfying.
[identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
Story: Just Because They Protect You Doesn't Mean They Like You
Author: Nancy Brown
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 14122
Characters: Amy Pond, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Owen Harper, Rory Williams, The Doctor (11th)
Author's Summary: Working for Torchwood Cardiff means dealing every day with aliens, time travellers, annoying co-workers, and worst of all, tourists. A day in the life of someone who'd rather be somewhere else.
Warnings: Swearing
Recced because: When I started reading this I was drinking coffee, and ended up with coffee over my keyboard. It's fun and extremely silly, a day in the life of Torchwood 3. Warts and all...

Before the excerpt I should mention the introduction, which adds a few more warnings including "language, character death, necrophilia, dub-con, excessive whining, incredibly offensive humour." I don't find it offensive, but tastes differ



Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

6:13AM

***

The noise broke into the middle of Ianto's dream: a raucous buzzing and tweeting, like the repetitious caw of a thousand angry ... somethings. Birds? The dream morphed into terror -- giant, slouching, with skeletal black wings and razor-like beak -- then scattered to rags as he opened his eyes.

The noise continued.

Everything was dark. Ianto thrashed his limbs, did not encounter another body but did manage to unwind the blanket he'd wrapped around himself twice as he half-rolled, half-fell onto the floor. As he became more alert, he saw that he was nowhere near his bed but in fact had slept naked in the wardrobe.

His mobile kept ringing. He stumbled to where he'd dropped it on the night stand, flipped it open, and said in a sleep-roughened voice, "Yeah?"

"I woke you up."

Ianto rubbed a hand over his face. Events from the previous night made their presence known in his memory, pickled with a bit too much whisky and aged about three hours. "Did you catch the Weevil, then?" When the call came, Jack had kissed him stupid and told him to stay put. As Ianto had just experienced a fantastic orgasm, backed up against the wall of his wardrobe and buffered by shirts and suit coats, he hadn't been in the mood to argue.

"Yeah. Piece of cake. I didn't want to wake you, so I came back here."

"Thanks."

"I need you to get dressed and head in." Jack's tone was apologetic, but Ianto heard the distinct sound of his lover sliding back into boss mode. Jack may have sucked Ianto's brains out through points south last night, but this morning, he was all work.

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[personal profile] merryghoul
And now, something fun to close out my run here at [livejournal.com profile] calufrax.

Story: Torchwood, the Rift and the Wardrobe
Author: laurab1
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1982
Author's Summary: "This is us, with our underground base, our alien tech and our pet dinosaur. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if a fictional place is accessible via a wardrobe that washed through the Rift."
Characters/Pairings: Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Jack Harkness, Owen Harper, Rose Tyler, The Doctor (9th), The TARDIS, Toshiko Sato
Warnings: no standard warnings apply

Recced because: Torchwood Three, Rose and the Doctor end up in Narnia. Should I say more?
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[personal profile] merryghoul
I think it's high time I recced a Torchwood fic this week, and here's my first rec:

Story: Adjectives, or "Three Times Jack Didn't Shag a Member of His Team and the One Time He Got Played"
Author: Canaan
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1310
Author's Summary: What it says on the tin. Four character studies from Jack's point of view. Jack/Gwen, Jack/Ianto
Characters/Pairings: Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato
Warnings: no standard warnings apply

Recced because: The title pretty much explains what this fic's about, but this fic does a great job of explaining why Jack refused to have sex with his post-Suzie Costello team. Except for Ianto, of course.

(Also, I tried putting the whole subtitle in the header, but it cut off the D.  Blasted LiveJournal.)
[identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
Story: My Immortal 2
Author: Elisi
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 37130
Author's Summary: The Immortal is Captain Jack Harkness. This is what happened next. (TW S2 -> CoE) BtVS/TW crossover.
Characters/Pairings: Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Other Character(s), Owen Harper, Rhys Williams, Toshiko Sato
Warnings: Swearing

Recced because: I'm a sucker for crossovers and a big Buffyverse fan, and this is the latest instalment of the best and most canon-compliant Who / Buffyverse series, in which Jack is secretly The Immortal, a character discussed in Angel but never actually seen on screen. It's more serious than the first story, but still has time for romance and humour. I'm hoping that there will eventually be more in this series, but for now the story is complete.

A small sample - It helps to remember that Captain John and Spike were played by the same actor )
[identity profile] firefly124.livejournal.com
Story: Three Kids and a Baby
Author: Danse Macabre
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5878
Author's Summary: Previously titled 'Playtime'. An accident in the hub leaves Ianto and Rhys trying to work together to fix the situation and keep the rest of the team under control. Set series 2, after 'Meat'.
Characters/Pairings: Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Owen Harper, Rhys Williams, Toshiko Sato, canon pairings
Warnings: Language, Fluff

Recced because: Yes, it's another regression!fic, this time in the Torchwood Hub with bonus Ianto-Rhys interaction. (If you liked the audiobook Ghost Train, you'll almost certainly enjoy this, even though it's set much earlier and they don't know each other that well yet.) There is much cuteness with a side of character insight from the extrapolation of what the team might have been like as youngsters.

Teaser )
[identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
I'm [livejournal.com profile] ffutures, Marcus Rowland at Teaspoon, and I'll be reccing this week. Unfortunately the last month or so has been packed with minor disasters, and I've spent most of my time dealing with them, so haven't had as much time as I would like to delve into the archives. I hope that I've found some stories that you'll like and haven't been recced before; all are relatively short, due to time constraints.

Story: A Packet of Crisps and a Retcon Pill
Author: Jinxed_Wood
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1297
Author's Summary: The team have sent Gwen on a mission, if only she could remember what it was. Crossover with Sherlock BBC.
Characters/Pairings: Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato
Warnings: None

Recced because: Torchwood fic tends towards the gloomy - here [livejournal.com profile] jinxed_wood shows how much fun they can be, and for a bonus gives us an excellent crossover with the BBC's Sherlock. No spoilers, just Torchwood finding out how just how tricky Sherlock can be...
[identity profile] gibbous.livejournal.com
Hi, I'm gibbous, leamichelle on Teaspoon, and something far less polite practically everywhere else. My attention span currently holds the Guinness World Record for the 100m Sprint, so you can deduce that my recommendations are either going to totally rock or just be really pretty, so there's nothing lost either way. Enjoy!

Story: One Eighty One
Author: silvercocoa
Rating: Teen/PG-13
Word Count: 6,220
Author's Summary: There were three hundred sixty-six days that were never meant to happen. Toshiko Sato remembers up until the day she died.
Characters/Pairings: Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Toshiko Sato, Owen Harper, Rhys Williams, The Master (Simm)
Warnings: Salty language, violence.

Recced because: The Year That Never Was has always intrigued me, simply because of what it is: a bunch of stuff happened, except for the persistent fact that nothing happened at all. I just figured that since we were cool with being utterly screwed by Time Herself (that's what you get for messing with her boytoy), it would be okay to, you know, take soul abuse. After all, WWJDD? This lovely, incredibly story catalogues - weeks, days at a time - what Team Torchwood went through during the year of oppression and instigated terror by the hand of the Master. I don't usually do whump!fic in such epic proportions, but this was so believable and everyone was so in character that it completely overshadowed every reservation I had.
[identity profile] derekmetaltron.livejournal.com
We’re onto day four of the Metaltron Marathon of Whofic picking. The penultimate episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day is on today for those in Blighty (whilst you lucky Americans get to see the final one tomorrow) so I figured I should pick something today of a Torchwood number. And what’s better than a nice dose of AU harking back from the very first series?

Story: Live In Infamy
Author: livii
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1425
Author's Summary: Things did get worse after Pearl Harbour. AU for 1x12, Captain Jack Harkness.
Characters/Pairings: Jack/Tosh, Owen, Gwen, Ianto.
Warnings: Some Angst and eventual Character Death.

Recced because: This is actually an AU I considered writing myself once but never got round to, but in all honesty I’d say livii had done as great and sombre a take on this logical AU – what if Jack and Tosh had to remain in 1941 after all – and sees these two characters go through the slow path together, tearful and happy moments both. It’s a dark story but it also has one of my favourite rare pairings – Jack/Tosh. This very episode this story branches out of gave them some nice chemistry together and it forever made me wonder afterwards what this would have been like as a pairing, much as I adore Owen/Tosh and Jack/Ianto.
[identity profile] pitry.livejournal.com
Let's take a break from depressing fic, shall we.

Story: A Quarter of Your Kingdom
Author: Schildkroet
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 8,386
Author's Summary: Jack and the Doctor have saved the world. Again. Now it is up to Owen to save them, on threat of imaginary death. Such is the life of a doctor at Torchwood.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor/ Captain Jack Harkness, Owen Harper
Warnings: None

Recced because: It's fluffy fluff. But even though I have a very low threshold for fluff, it doesn't bother me or get on my nerves in the case of this story. A Quarter of Your Kingdom manages to be funny and fun and sweet. The Doctor and Jack show up back in Torchwood after an adventure gone somewhat wrong, and for the first part of the story, Owen finds himself being the Doctor's Doctor in a very Owen-ish, sarcastic way. The second part of the story has a lot of entertaining, comic scenes between the Doctor and Jack, and in between the comedy, a lot of sweetness appears.
[identity profile] pitry.livejournal.com
Hello! No, you're not wrong. I am Pitry and this is not December. But I'm going to help you pretend it is winter now (or summer, depends on where you are in the world) by reccing this week!
And we shall the week start with something funny.

Story: A Few Quiet Drinks
Author: jadesfire
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5,057
Author's Summary: This is a Torchwood/Discworld crossover.
Characters/Pairings: Ianto Jones, Toshiko Sato, Suzie Costello, Gwen Cooper, Owen Harper, Captain Jack Harkness, various citizens, denizens and other zens of Ankh Morpork.
Warnings: None.

Recced because: For a change, the summary doesn't say it all. Well, there's only a limit to how serious things can get when your crossover is Torchwood and Discworld, but still, what the summary doesn't tell is the mutual life of exasperation and eternal confusion the agents of Torchwood share with the various people of Ankh Morpork. But it's not just the comedy. You'd think it's impossible to write this crossover and yet keep both sets of characters in character, but whether it's Death picking up Suzie, Ianto and Igor sharing a grumble together, or Jack talking to Grannie Weatherwax, it's in character, it's funny, and it makes you wish Sir PTerry would write a Torchwood episode.
[identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
I'm [livejournal.com profile] ffutures (Marcus Rowland on Teaspoon), and I'll be reccing from May 2nd to the 8th. No special themes this time; just a mixture of straight whofic and some crossovers, different eras, etc. I should maybe mention that I don't consider Who/Torchwood/SJA to be separate universes, so don't count stories that involve more than one of them as crossovers.

Story: Every Jumped-Up Agency
Author: Livii
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1645
Author's Summary: Not even an alien invasion's straightforward at 13 Bannerman Road.
Characters/Pairings: Clyde Langer, Harry Sullivan, Luke Smith, Maria Jackson, Owen Harper, Sarah Jane Smith
Warnings:None
Recced because: With the recent death of Elisabeth Sladen I particularly wanted to begin with a story that featured Sarah Jane Smith, but with a fun story rather than angst. Eventually I found this, a nice example of the humorous possibilities of tampering with the fabric of space and time.
[identity profile] allonymity.livejournal.com
Story: Second Opinion
Author: DameRuth
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 8732
Author's Summary: Jack is showing signs of stress, and won't take any help from his team; Ianto decides it's time to enlist the help of a certain Doctor.
Characters/Pairings: Ianto/Jack, Ten/Jack, team Torchwood
Warnings:. none

Recced because: This story is my favorite in DameRuth’s wonderful Flowers universe because of fascinating interactions between Ianto and the tenth Doctor. Even if you don’t ordinarily read Torchwood stories, this one is worth a try. Ianto’s point of view reveals how utterly alien the Doctor can be, while at the same time still being entirely the Doctor.

Sleep

Oct. 26th, 2010 10:55 pm
[identity profile] roachpatrol.livejournal.com


Story: Sleep
Author: Sigyn
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 2,844
Author's Summary:
Owen is forced to drag a sodden and semi-conscious Toshiko home. What do you do with a beautiful, willing and emotionally vulnerable woman when you are already dead? Takes place after an unspecified horrific event, just before the events in Fragments and Exit Wounds.
Characters/Pairings: Owen, Tosh
Warnings: 2,660

Recced because:  What could be more seasonally appropriate that zombies? Zombies, and the ladies who love them? This is short, sad, sweet, and very plausible. I've always had a soft spot for Tosh and Owen's doomed romance, and this fic really cuts to the heart of the pairing and offers a quiet moment of grace.

Excerpt: Read more... )
[identity profile] humantales.livejournal.com
Story: No Mercy
Author: Otrame
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 14,089
Author's Summary: When two aliens are delivered to Cardiff via the Rift, the species is completely new to his team, but Jack has seen them before, and what he knows about them will lead to drastic action. Crossover with Alien Nation.
Characters/Pairings: Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Original Characters, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato
Warnings: Explicit Violence

Recced because: I love crossovers. This one takes a race from another show and drops them in Torchwood. There, we find that the universe doesn't always give happy endings, and we just do the best we can.

Enjoy! And review.
[identity profile] sahiya.livejournal.com
Story: Noble Pursuits
Author: Quean of Swords
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 52k
Author's Summary: In an alternate universe, alternate Donna Noble is a PA at H.C. Clements. Then, one day, her boss tries to feed her to his alien insect offspring. Lucky for her, she is rescued by Rose Tyler of the Insanely Rich Tylers and a mysterious man who calls himself 'the Doctor'... two people who seem to be a bit more familiar with her than they should be. The Doctor, Rose, and the team at Torchwood Alpha (a.k.a. The Warehouse) have to stop an insidious alien invasion before they've even had a chance to settle into their new lives. Will Donna have to chose between helping them or protecting her ailing grandfather?
Characters/Pairings: Alt!Ten/Rose Tyler, Alt!Donna Noble, Alt!Harriet Jones, Alt!Ianto Jones, Alt!Jackie Tyler, Alt!Martha Jones, Alt!Owen Harper, Alt!Pete Tyler, Alt!Toshiko Sato, Alt!Wilfred Mott
Warnings: None.

Recced because: This was one of this year's [livejournal.com profile] tardis_bigbang fics, and it. is. marvelous. Among the many things to look forward to: excellent writing, the human Doctor's slow adjustment to his new circumstances, and Donna being, well, Donna. Plus a most entertaining "aliens invading!" plot.
[identity profile] humantales.livejournal.com
Story: Never Say Never Again
Author: [livejournal.com profile] robling_t
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 38,434
Author's Summary: Jack's in trouble. Yes, that kind of trouble. What's a pregnant guy to do when the employee handbook says "no guns at the baby shower"?
Characters/Pairings: Torchwood Team, Martha Jones, The Doctor (10)
Warnings: Crack!fic, Mpreg, Baby!fic, Kid!fic

Recced because: I decided to close out my week of recs with my favorite piece of fanfic candy. This is crack!fic on steroids, and I reread it to give me a smile.

It's the third story (second long one) and my favorite in a series, Yours, Mine, and Ours, all set in this same universe. It departs from our universe after season 3 of Doctor Who/season 1 of Torchwood, but canon events in Torchwood still have an effect on the story. There's also a good bit of timey-wimey goodness as well.

But, ultimately, the reason to read this story (and the rest of the series) is simple: it's fun!

I've enjoyed being your reccer for this week and I hope you've enjoyed my selections.
[identity profile] humantales.livejournal.com
Story: Innocence Bound
Author: Danse Macabre
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 15,616
Author's Summary: AU of my story 'Return To Innocence'. The machine that converted Ianto mysteriously breaks.
Characters/Pairings: Ianto Jones
Warnings: N/A

Recced because: This is the first story in a series also called Innocence Bound. It is also an AU of the author's previous story, from the end of chapter 21, in which the deaging machine doesn't work.

I enjoy this story because it is fluffy (although some of the later stories in the series are darker). We get to see the youngest member of Torchwood behaving as a child, with all of the delights, aggravations and horrors that that involves.

And we get to see Tish, who is a Whoverse minor character whose story I would have enjoyed seeing continued (at least a little bit); here, you see how the Year That Never Was affected her and is still affecting her.

And, since Ianto's memories aren't gone, we get a paternal Jack who knows there's a pretty good chance he'll get his lover back, along with additional time (even if it is watching the child grow up.)

Essentially, this story puts a smile on my face.
[identity profile] biichan.livejournal.com
Story: 1967, the Chestertons and all that
Author: catelfemma
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 5287
Author's summary: 1967 was a lovely year for all sorts of reasons, and Captain Jack Harkness was pleasantly surprised to find two old friends of a Doctor he'd never known there as well.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness/Ian Chesterton, background Barbara Wright/Ian Chesterton, Owen Harper, Ianto Jones, Toshiko Sato, "Algy"
Warnings: none that I can think of, really

Recced because: One of the things I love about this fandom is that you can pick the most random pairings--characters that never even meet onstage--and someone somewhere has written a fic about it (and chances are, it'll be good too.) In this case, the improbable pairing is Jack Harkness with Ian Chesterton and catelfemma makes it work. Of course, it probably helps that Ian and Barbara are swingers. They're married in the fic and although it's not the main pairing, what we see of their relationship is very sweet. The main pairing itself is equally endearing, with Ian's nervousness at being with a man for the first time being gently soothed by Jack. (It probably helps that despite technically being a Torchwood crossover, Jack's portrayal in the fic is more in line with his less emo Doctor Who characterization.) The build-up might be slow, but it's in no way boring.
[identity profile] joking.livejournal.com
Story: Mobius
Author: Canaan
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5472
Author's Summary: To save the universes, they had to save the Doctor. To save the Doctor, they had to save Donna. To save Donna, a certain non-Euclidean geometry was required. Timey-wimey angstfic with some h/c moments.
Characters/Pairings: Jack/Rose, Jack/Ianto, Tosh, Owen, Gwen, Donna, Jackie, others
Warnings: None

Recced because: This fic, which fills in the missing period in Rose's life during Turn Left when she was looking for Donna, is dark and difficult and thorny. It's full of sharp angles that stab and jab until you hurt. It's about might-have-beens and should-have-beens, and it's never easy or smooth, but it's worth every painful moment. Canaan writes wonderful darkfic, and here she serves up the best.
[identity profile] joking.livejournal.com
Hello! I'm known as Poetry over on the Teaspoon, and I'll be showing you the New Who and Torchwood fics that have dazzled, shocked, and delighted me these past few months. I'm particularly fond of Jack as a character, but I'll try to show you a variety of wonderful characters.


Story: Six Hundred Seconds
Author: Nancy Brown
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 4564
Author's Summary: Five proper goodbyes Jack said, and one the Doctor didn't.
Characters/Pairings: Jack, Ten, Tosh, Owen, Ianto, Lisa, Alice, Steven, various others
Warnings: None

Recced because: I had a very hard time choosing a story from Nancy Brown's incredible Rabbit Hole AU series to rec. In the end, I chose the story that started it all. This is a story about a gift the Doctor gives Jack to try to make up for all that he's lost. The gift has an expiration date, though, and you can feel every second draining away. The sequels to this story also come heartily recommended.
[identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
Story: My Immortal
Author: Elisi
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 86417
Author's Summary: After settling in Rome in 2004, Buffy started dating a man known only as 'The Immortal', and who was - by all accounts - entirely too good to be true. What if one of his other names was 'Captain Jack Harkness'? This crossover explores how this could be possible, ties the two 'verses together (including all those flashbacks) and shows why Buffy and Jack were perfect for each other at that point in time. Canon compliant in the extreme.
Characters/Pairings: Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Other Character(s), Owen Harper, Suzie Costello, Toshiko Sato
Warnings: Swearing

Recced because: My main fanfic habit is Buffy / Angel, and My Immortal is simply the best Whoverse / Buffyverse crossover I've read, which somehow combines elements of both canons without ever putting a foot wrong, and does so with style in a beautiful romantic comedy, and without any changes to canon in either fandom (if you ignore the "season 8" Buffy comics). The Immortal is probably the most mysterious figure in the Buffyverse - although he never appears on screen he's the focus of The Girl In Question, one of the funniest episodes of Angel, and Jack Harkness fits the role to perfection. It helps if you know a little about the Buffyverse and its characters, vampire slayers, etc., but it isn't essential. There are two sequels, both much more serious in tone.
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Story: Last One Out
Author: joonscribble
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 10,787
Author's Summary: The years pass with Owen watching. Spoilers through "A Day in the Death."
Characters/Pairings: Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato, Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Gwen Cooper, Martha Jones
Warnings: Character death

Recced because: Thoroughly AU now, this story starts from where we were left after Torchwood's "A Day in the Death" and takes us to its logical conclusion: aside from immortal Jack, the person who seems slated to be the last surviving member of the team is Owen. The story takes place over many years, with Owen going on as the others age and eventually die, until he and Jack are the last ones left. And that's when a twist shifts the story from good to utterly brilliant, and it's all just simultaneously heartbreaking and beautiful. What I find most amazing about this fic, though, is that Owen is faithfully portrayed as the complete and utter prat he was back then in the show, and yet he also is an ultimately sympathetic character. So sympathetic, in fact, that you might just find yourself crying for him at the end. Don't say I didn't warn you.

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[identity profile] pitry.livejournal.com
'Ello! I'm Pitry and I shall be your reccer for this week. In the unlikely event this week will turn out to be a trainwreck, the emergency exits are here, here, here and everywhere! Also, oxygen masks are available.

Story: The Alien-Fighters' Social Club
Author: such_heights
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2540
Author's Summary: [A Torchwood/Stargate: Atlantis crossover] Sheppard and his team were to stay based with Torchwood Three until such a time as the Daedalus was in orbit. A chance to improve inter-organisational relations, apparently.
Characters/Pairing Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato, Ianto Jones, Stargate Atlantis team (Sheppard, McKay, Teyla and Ronon).
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It's the old age question of science fiction. What's the faster ship, The Enterprise or the Millennium Falcon? Who's the worse alien menace, the Daleks or the Borg? Which team is more incompetent, Torchwood or Sheppard's Atlantis team? This deliciously hilarious crossover makes sure to answer at least one of these questions. Even though I'll forever have a soft spot for the franchise, I'm not a big fan of Stargate Atlantis. But this story not only exploits the best of both worlds, it also feels quite accessible for those who are not familiar with the crossover.
[identity profile] ihasstopwatch.livejournal.com
Story: Back Home
Author: Van Donovan
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 14,923 (six chapters, each averaging at about 2,500 words)
Author's Summary: Turlough returns to Earth, not entirely of his own volition, and finds that while some things have changed, some are exactly the same.
Characters/Pairings: Turlough/Tegan, Turlough/Owen, Turlough/Various others/implied, Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Toshiko Sato
Warnings: Explicit sex, swearing
Note: (this is taken from the A/N at the beginning of the first chapter) Helps to be familiar with Turlough's run on Doctor Who, or at least his intro triology/exit serial. Basic Torchwood knowledge helpful, but not required. Set in the three month glossed-over gap in Torchwood, somewhere probably late 2007, early 2008.

Recced because: The author managed to capture Turlough's personality perfectly and in such a subtle way that it's hard to pinpoint exactly what makes the characterization so perfect. The descriptions of things Turlough smells and feels are so detailed that it's hard to not imagine you're standing right there alongside him. And the intimate moments, while not as explicit as the warning implies, focus more on the emotions between the characters and not the physicality. Overall, a beautiful story that leaves you wanting more by the time you've finished the last chapter.
[identity profile] ihasstopwatch.livejournal.com
Story: 10 Uses For Post-It Notes
Author: Erin Giles
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1,153
Author's Summary: Just as the title says. (Aka Owen and Ianto have a slight obsession with office stationary.)
Characters/Pairings: Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Toshiko Sato, and Owen Harper
Warnings: none

Recced because: Even though each 'point' in the 'list' that makes up this fic is, as far as I can tell, 100 words long (I didn't count), this doesn't have the slightly unfinished feel that some drabble collections can have simply because of the restrictions on that genre. Instead, they are wonderful little peeks into the lives of the Torchwood team - sometimes funny and sometimes, a little more on the serious side. With very few words, the author captured the personalities of each character beautifully.
[identity profile] cosmic-celery.livejournal.com
Story: Aces and Eights
Author: joonscribble
Rating: All ages
Author's summary: After the longest night in the Hub, Owen has to do final documentation for Lisa Hallett's corpse.
Characters/Pairings: Owen Harper
Warnings: Swearing
Word Count: 1190

Recced because: For me, Owen Harper is one of the most interesting and layered characters in Torchwood, but in fanfic he's often short-changed as the bastard in the background. [livejournal.com profile] joonscribble writes Owen wonderfully, with his complexities, and this story offers a rare glimpse into the softer side of Owen without making him out of character.
[identity profile] jenny-gwen.livejournal.com
Story:Period Blues

Author: Sphinxey
 
Rating: Teen

Word Count: 2412

Author's Summary: Owen is tactless and Gwen gets upset. As the title suggests, if you have a problem with discussion of the female menstrual cycle don't read. Part two of 'A Port in the Storm'. Can be read as a stand alone piece but will make more sense if you read Frustration first.

Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper, Toshiko Sato, Owen Harper, Jack/Gwen
 
Warnings: None.

Recced because: First off, you will appriciate this if you are female. As as Jack/Gwen shipper, I *love* this fic, and how sweet Jack is in this. Comfort, Jack/Gwen, and chocolate ice cream. That's aweswome.
[identity profile] jenny-gwen.livejournal.com



Story: Twenty Things About Tosh

Author: mari4212

Rating: All Ages

Word Count: 6429

Author's Summary:
These are the things that form her life.

Characters/Pairings: Toshiko Sato, The Torchwood Team

Warnings: None

Recced because: This fic is beautiful. Seriously. It’s almost as if it’s an official episode, an episode about who Tosh really is, not just where she came from (2x12, ‘Fragments’). It’s really lovely. If you like the character Tosh, you should completely read this. Even if you don’t like her, at least try it!
[identity profile] pitry.livejournal.com
Story: Future-Perfet-In-Past
Author: Veldeia
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 13,564
Author's Summary: Dead Weevils and an unconscious Doctor amount to a mystery more challenging and less straightforward than usual for the Torchwood team.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Captain Jack Harkness, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato, Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones
Warnings: None

Recced because: Torchwood/ Doctor Who crossovers can be either extremely cool or extremely terrible. This one's definitely on the "extremely cool" side - a double mystery surrounding the Doctor and weevils (what else?) is at the centre of this lovely adventure. The best thing about this possible crossover is very apparent in this story - the tension between the Torchwood team (and their way of doing things) and the Doctor, who finds himself working with them in order to solve the mysteries: Torchwood are trigger-happy (as usual), the Doctor is condescending (as usual), and Jack is, well, Jack. This could have been treasured for the simple fact I find a lot of Doctor/Torchwood stories to be terrible, but it's actually a good, interesting, funny story, that leaves a fuzzy feeling once it's finished.
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[identity profile] lizbee.livejournal.com
Story: A Long Night Is Full of Dreams
Author: [livejournal.com profile] nonelvis
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2769
Author's Summary: Five days -- and six nights -- in the life of Martha Jones.
Characters/Pairings: Martha/various

Recced because: This is a marvellous character-study of Martha. Though written before "Reset", and thus no longer canon-compliant, the writing (of all the characters, not just Martha) feels true. Martha's relationships are explored in a series of frankly erotic dreams, while her waking days are spent piecing together her life in the wake of the Doctor and the Year That Never Was. A worthy tribute to a complex character.
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[personal profile] lost_spook
Story: What Planet Are You From?
Author: TigerKat
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 755
Author's Summary: Howl Jenkins lives near Cardiff. Torchwood is in Cardiff. Howl Jenkins does magic. Torchwood notices magic. Crossover with Howl's Moving Castle. Tiny spoiler for Fragments.
Characters/Pairings: Captain Jack Harkness, Toshiko Sato, Owen Harper
Warnings: None

Recced because: I love Doctor Who (well, obviously) and I love Diana Wynne Jones's books. Someone crossing the two as well as this (all right, Torchwood to be pedantic, but still) is rare enough to be a possible case for national rejoicing. Two of the handsomest, vainest and troublesome characters in sci-fi and fantasy running into one another (and with such a simple, good reason)? Toshiko is rational, Sophie is sensible, Howl causes trouble and Owen ends up as a frog. My one complaint is: how could the author not have left us an account of the rest of the week?
[identity profile] pimpmytardis.livejournal.com
Story: Seven Days That Shook Captain Jack's Pants
Author: [livejournal.com profile] redscharlach
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 3184
Author's Summary: There is a little-known Welsh saying: "Never judge a man until you've spent a week in his pants." Captain Jack Harkness is that man. These are his pants.
Characters/Pairings: Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Owen Harper, Rhys Williams, Toshiko Sato
Warnings: Cracky sex

Recced because: Some Friday LOLs, of course! This fabulous parody shows a week of Torchwood's zany ineptitude, sexy shenanigans, and some of the silliest aliens ever. This had me laughing out loud even on the nth reread.
[identity profile] garpu.livejournal.com
Story:  The Manly Art
Author:  MeiLin
Rating:  Mostly all ages, but one is adult
Word Count: 606-3701
Author's Summary: The collected adventures of knitting!Jack, which aren't as ridiculous as they sound. ;) Dedicated to the Who Knits community on Ravelry.
Characters: Mostly Torchwood
Warnings: One story does have explicit sex.

MeiLin's series is a set of short stories about Jack, who knits.  These came about from a discussion on the Who Knits group on Ravelry about which character would be most likely to knit.  I really love the idea that Jack knits, and it fits with the time periods he's lived through.

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[identity profile] stellastars.livejournal.com
Story: Five Things Owen Harper Remembers and One Thing He'll Never Forget
Author: scarlettgirl
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 611
Author's Summary: "Memories are like acid and some deserve to burn."
Characters/Pairings: Owen Harper
Warnings: Season 1 of Torchwood, swearing, angst, and if you're squicked by the thought of needles, you might want to look away from Chapter 2.

Recced because: We all have our favorite characters and our less-than-favorite characters. To be honest, Owen Harper has never been a favorite of mine. However, I think it's a sign of truly great writing when an author can take a less-than-favorite character and make you feel for them. Each of the six drabbles in this series draws you in, makes you see the world from Owen's perspective, and is like a punch to the gut. Scarlettgirl's masterful use of the drabble format and deftness for writing Owen makes this a piece not to be missed.

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