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[personal profile] paynesgrey2017-04-18 01:15 pm

Rec: Sleep and the Single Time Lord

Story: Sleep and the Single Time Lord
Author: nostalgia
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1,324
Author's Summary: The Doctor is tired but he can't get to sleep. Can Nardole help?
Characters/Pairings: Twelfth Doctor, Nardole
Warnings: None. 
 
Recced because: After the season premiere I was searching for a fic like this, mostly because I wanted to see a fic with Nardole. It's a a spot on characterization of Nardole, and I think it's very adorable he's trying to be helpful to the Doctor and comfort him. It's a platonic piece, but I do see a hint of Nardole caring a little more for the Doctor here. Still, Nardole is the perfect company for the Twelfth Doctor after River, and the author nails their relationship. Plus, Twelve is wonderfully grumpy and spot on as well. A very enjoyable, well-written piece!


paynesgrey: Doctor Who - Tardis // sakicons (drwho-tardis)
[personal profile] paynesgrey2017-04-17 12:33 pm

Rec: Silence Fell

 Story: Silence Fell
Author: nerdowl
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 450
Author's Summary: The universe's reaction at the end of the Time War
Characters/Pairings: The War Doctor
Warnings: None.
 
Recced because: I liked this little piece, and found it very lyrical and insightful, especially from the point of view from the universe itself as a character. It also touches on introspection of the War Doctor, and the piece feels deeper and vast in its language and portrayed feelings beyond it's small word count. Very enjoyable short fic, and it's good to see more pieces on this particular incarnation of the Doctor.
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[personal profile] paynesgrey2017-04-14 10:10 pm

Rec: The Worst Plan

Story: The Worst Plan
Author: Vigs
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1,315
Author's Summary: Takes place immediately after Family of Blood. Martha explains to the Doctor just how bad his plan was.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Smith, Tenth Doctor
Warnings: None.
 
Recced because: I think what I really enjoyed about this story was that Martha confronted the Doctor about her feelings and what she went through in "Human Nature/Family of Blood." I really admire the author's portrayal of Martha, touching upon her courage and her tenacity. I could totally see Martha doing this. She'd been mistreated too much before, sometimes by the Doctor himself, and I felt some relief on her part that she was able to express herself here. Great depth and introspection too. A little character-driven gem that should get more attention.
paynesgrey: The Impossible Girl (drwho-clara)
[personal profile] paynesgrey2017-04-12 02:49 pm

Rec: Lies and Loyalty

Story: Lies and Loyalty
Author: Gallifrey Immigrant
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 499
Author's Summary: The wind flows through my hair as I wait. But she's not coming back this time.
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswald, Me, (Jane Austen)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: I really enjoyed the concept of this fic, especially in Jane Austen's point of view. Even as such a small piece, I really found there was a lot of depth to her encounter with Clara and Me, and it gives really nice fan service to Clara's interest and attraction to Jane, even when it was only a passing line in canon. The ending is very bittersweet in a way, and I like how Clara truly becomes like the Doctor in this, a renegade from the Time Lords, and the cost of Jane's excitement in knowing Clara, she has to lose her memories. A really insightful piece.
paynesgrey: Doctor Who - Tardis // sakicons (drwho-tardis)
[personal profile] paynesgrey2017-04-11 12:01 pm

Rec: Go Home by Penny

Story: Go Home
Author: Penny
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 909
Author's Summary: Jamie wants to go home. The Doctor misunderstands. Confusion ensues.
Characters/Pairings: Jamie, Second Doctor
Warnings: None.
 
Recced because: This was an adorable little piece with a misunderstanding that brings about a sweet exchange between the Doctor and Jamie, as well as a bit of nice introspection on Jamie's part. The Second Doctor is perfectly in character too, and his disappointment in thinking Jamie is leaving him is enduring. Very enjoyable one-shot on these two characters.
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[personal profile] paynesgrey2017-04-10 09:50 am

Rec: Golden Future by perfectlyrose

Hello! Happy to be reccing again!

Story: Golden Future
Author: perfectlyrose
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1451
Author's Summary:The Doctor is rather fascinated by an anachronistic blonde with impossible timelines that he stumbles across on a asteroid bazaar.
Characters/Pairings: Eighth Doctor, Rose Tyler
Warnings: None

Recced because: I really liked the concept of this fic, and Rose's situation really made me curious to see more of her and what she was up to, but having her run into Eight really felt like it could happen and this would be the way the characters would react. The author really picks ups on their chemistry, as if Eight had been Nine or Ten, but she creates something a little bit new with them too. Cute piece, and great characterizations.

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[personal profile] dbskyler2017-04-09 11:40 am

Rec: At Last a Dragon, by paranoidangel

Story: At Last a Dragon
Author: paranoidangel
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 985
Author's Summary: John Chesterton doesn't believe in Father Christmas, the Tooth Fairy or the Doctor.
Characters/Pairings: The Tenth Doctor, John Chesterton
Warnings: None

Recced because: John Chesteron is the son of Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton, the first human companions of the First Doctor. Now a rock star going by the name of Johnny Chess, he never believed the crazy stories his parents used to tell him of this mythical alien called "The Doctor." You don't believe in dragons either, do you? At least, not until you meet one . . .
dbskyler: (dalek tea)
[personal profile] dbskyler2017-04-08 12:35 am

Rec: alive [the time they talked], by alex_unsigned

Story: alive [the time they talked]
Author: alex_unsigned
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3569
Author's Summary: Sexy is - oh, what's that word, something sad and huge and beautiful - Idris is dead, House is attacking, and the Doctor is too close to being alone in his own head. (The Doctor's Wife, from the TARDIS's perspective. One-shot.)
Characters/Pairings: The TARDIS, the Eleventh Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: Written from the TARDIS's perspective during the episode The Doctor's Wife, this fic goes beyond the episode to explore the Doctor/TARDIS relationship in a way that's powerful and moving. It's difficult to write the TARDIS well, but this fic does a wonderful job of capturing her and her Thief.
dbskyler: (dalek tea)
[personal profile] dbskyler2017-04-06 10:39 am

Rec: Valentine's Day, This Year, by koshiroryuu

Story: Valentine's Day, This Year
Author: koshiroryuu
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2441
Author's Summary: How do you hold a memorial for people who don't even remember they died?
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones
Warnings: None

Recced because: Shortly after I first figured out what Calufrax was, I read this fic, and I immediately wanted to rec it on Calufrax. But it was recced by someone else long before I got the chance, and there's a reason for that: this is one of the best fics on Teaspoon. So here I am reccing it again, and if for some reason you haven't read it yet, go read it now. It's about Martha Jones dealing with the aftermath of the Year That Never Was, and it's personal and powerful, and the ending is so touching and uplifting it just made me cry again even though I already knew what happens.
dbskyler: (dalek tea)
[personal profile] dbskyler2017-04-04 11:36 am

Rec: Chilled, by ClocketPatch

Story: Chilled
Author: ClocketPatch
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1522
Author's Summary: Rory warms up a cold Doctor.
Characters/Pairings: The Eleventh Doctor, Rory Williams
Warnings: None

Recced because: The Doctor is suffering from hypothermia, and Rory takes charge. I love a good hurt/comfort fic, and this is an especially good one, with both Eleven and Rory firmly in character. This fic will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy, and sometimes we all need that, including the Doctor.
dbskyler: (dalek tea)
[personal profile] dbskyler2017-03-31 03:37 pm

Rec: Soldiers Without Guns, by Paladin

Story: Soldiers Without Guns
Author: Paladin
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 7999
Author's Summary: Alternate ending to the Poison Sky. The Doctor tries to save the world from the Sontaran threat but finds that even Time Lords shouldn't neglect the paperwork.
Characters/Pairings: The Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble, Martha Jones, UNIT
Warnings: None

Recced because: There's a bureaucrat at UNIT who wants the paperwork on the device the Doctor used to eradicate the Sontarans' poison gas in The Poison Sky. Did the Doctor file a Hazardous Emissions Management Plan? Not only is this fic extremely funny (and strangely plausible), but the twist at the end is brilliant.
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[personal profile] dbskyler2017-03-29 10:23 am

Rec: Z-67, by Llywela

Story: Z-67
Author: Llywela
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1206
Author's Summary: Missing scene from The Zygon Inversion.
Characters/Pairings: The Twelfth Doctor, Clara, Osgood
Warnings: None

Recced because: The Twelfth Doctor episode The Zygon Inversion had a callback to Classic Who days -- the gas which could destroy the Zygons by turning them inside out, Z-67, was developed by Harry Sullivan, a companion of the Fourth Doctor who was a medical doctor, a naval officer, and someone who had met the Zygons. It all makes sense, except for one little thing: would Harry Sullivan really create such a horrific weapon? This wonderful story explains what happened, and is the perfect explanation of Z-67 for those of us who know and love Harry.
newmoonstar: (Doctor Who: Victoria)

Rec: The Worst Doctor Who Story Ever by Astrid

Story: The Worst Doctor Who Story Ever
Author: Astrid
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 608
Author's Summary: For April Fools Day, I present something I wrote last year as a parody of all the bad Doctor Who fics (well, bad fics in general). I'm very sorry about this, I really am.
Characters/Pairings: Eighth Doctor, The Master, Adric, Ace, Peri, Mel, Romana II, Sarah Jane (and more)
Warnings: none

Recced because: I laughed non-stop at this absurd yet accurate send up of badfic. We've all seen them- probably lurking in the dark corners of fanfiction.net: fics written as one endless paragraph, riddled with misspelled words, oblivious to punctuation or grammar. They usually feature a Mary Sue and some character bashing for good measure. This one ticks all those boxes perfectly, and I couldn't stop giggling as it hit every cliched trope in Doctor Who fandom over the head with a mallet. This fic is short, so the (intentionally) terrible formatting shouldn't be an obstacle to enjoying this hilarious parody. (And honestly the misspellings just make it funnier- I nearly lost it at 'Parry' and 'Ramona' LOL)
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Rec: Gothic Romance by vvj5

Story: Gothic Romance
Author: vvj5
Rating: teen
Word Count: 7513
Author's Summary: It is a fact universally acknowledged that any beings splintered in time will inevitably run into each other. No law says it has to end well, though…
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswin Oswald, Scaroth
Warnings: none

Recced because: This is an entertaining and atmospheric short story that's part gothic novel parody, part heist fic, part timey-wimey sci-fi story, and combines characters from many different eras of Doctor Who in a very clever way. It's probably best read after you've seen 'City of Death' and know who Scaroth is, but the central concept of characters who are displaced in time and thrown together in unusual circumstances is probably easy for any Whovian to catch on to. You wouldn't think 'fake relationship' trope fic featuring a time-stream Clara & a classic Who monster could be so amusing, but you'd be wrong. With it's crisp dialogue, well-realized setting, and unexpected pathos toward the end, I could easily picture this making a very fine Big Finish audio. I thoroughly enjoyed this one the whole way through, and hope lots of others will too.
newmoonstar: (Aztec Barbara)

Rec: Genius Loci (The Evidence of Things Unseen Remix) by AstroGirl

Hi, I'm [personal profile] newmoonstar (Meadowlark on Teaspoon) and I'm finally squeaking in before my reccing period is over with a few great stories for you all! First up:

Story: Genius Loci (The Evidence of Things Unseen Remix)
Author: AstroGirl
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 685
Characters: Leela, Fourth Doctor, the TARDIS
Author's Summary: Leela does not believe in spirits. But she knows there is something here with them.
Warnings: none

Recced because: It's an interesting look at how Leela views the TARDIS, and how her supposedly primitive upbringing none the less gave her the ability to understand and connect with it without the Doctor having to explain it to her. A very lovely and insightful vignette.
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[personal profile] nonelvis2017-03-05 01:28 pm

Rec: Ladies Living Sequentially, by rutsky

Story: Ladies Living Sequentially
Author: rutsky
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2,672
Author's Summary: Liz Shaw wanted someone to talk about her old, odd world. Jo Grant was the perfect someone.
Characters/Pairings: Liz Shaw, Jo Grant

Recced because: I was looking for another story to rec this week, preferably one involving Liz Shaw, whom I adore, and I ran across this gem I'd somehow missed. rutsky is a reliably good author, and here she takes on one of my favorite tropes: the one where two companions who never met in canon meet up to dish about the Doctor. Jo and Liz have lived long, full lives by now -- the story takes place after the death of both the Brig and Sarah Jane -- so they bring the wisdom and perspective of age to the conversation, while still sounding exactly like themselves. It's a delightful read, and I'm very glad I found it.

Excerpt: after the cut )
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[personal profile] nonelvis2017-03-01 09:12 pm

Rec: Cluster-Bombing, by Prochytes

Story: Cluster-Bombing
Author: Prochytes
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 3,410
Author's Summary: (Crossover with "Sense8"): Five times Torchwood ran into the cluster, and one time they didn't.
Characters/Pairings: Gwen Cooper, Jack Harkness, and the Sense8 characters Will, Riley, Nomi, Amanita, Lito, Hernando, Sun, and Mr. Whispers

Recced because: How often do you see a Sense8/Torchwood crossover? I know this is the only one I've seen, and it's got everything I love in a Torchwood story -- specifically, Gwen Cooper being a take-no-prisoners badass -- as well as the most vital part of any fanfic (for me, anyway) -- specifically, characters who sound like themselves. Prochytes nails each sensate's voice, and the whole story feels so natural and well-realized that it's hard to believe it isn't canon for either show.

Excerpt: after the cut )
newmoonstar: (Doctor Who Barbara)

Rec: I Can't Stand by merripestin

It's been fun reccing again and I hope everyone has enjoyed these stories as much as I have. (And if you did, don't forget to thank the authors with a nice review!) One more little drabble to rec before my stint is over:

Story: I Can't Stand
Author: merripestin
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 117
Characters: Third Doctor, Jo Grant
Author's summary: Without Jo to make the tea. (hate challenge drabble for lj:dw100)
Warnings: none

Recced because: This is a poignant vignette of a moment from an ordinary day for the Third Doctor after Jo has left. In a just a few simple sentences, it beautifully paints a picture of how much he misses her. A top notch, heartbreaking little piece.
newmoonstar: (Aztec Barbara)

Rec: The Silent Land by AJK

Story: The Silent Land
Author: AJK
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 33,156
Characters/pairings: First Doctor, Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton
Author's summary: A lost tomb, an archaeological dig, a near death experience and reality starts to slip.
Warnings: none

Recced because: This is an exciting and suspenseful adventure story that kept me completely absorbed through all five chapters. Set in the interval between Susan's departure and Vicki's arrival, it features the First Doctor, Ian, and Barbara joining an archaeological dig on Earth in the year 1999, and encountering some seemingly supernatural phenomena from Ancient Egypt. Featuring a fascinating dose of Egyptian mythology, using Classic Who's penchant for characters who are physical doubles of our regulars to good effect, and including a good deal of playful and charming banter from our TARDIS team (and a good amount of Barbara/Ian shippiness), this is an entertaining and satisfying story that I'm glad to have stumbled across.
newmoonstar: (Doctor Who Barbara)

Rec: Afterward, Clear the Table by Styrofoam monster

Story: Afterward, Clear the Table
Author: Styrofoam monster
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1795
Characters: Jo Grant, The Master (Simm)
Author's summary: AU. Jo Grant has a visitor.
Warnings: none

Recced because: This is a sad but interesting AU in which an older Jo converses with an oddly familiar visitor who shows up on her doorstep bearing grave news. The ensuing conversation alternates between measured wariness and stark candidness as old wounds and new are brought up, with the passage of time and the burden of grief poignantly leveling the playing field between them for one brief moment. A fascinating character study.