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Story: Small Problems
Author: badly_knitted
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 10,161
Author's Summary A routine retrieval causes some very unexpected problems for Jack and Ianto.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones
Warnings: None

Recced because: I just finished reading this a few minutes ago, and it is so fun! And I couldn't believe when I ran through the tags and saw that this author hasn't been recced before. Amending that now! :D

Go and read this. You're in for a lot of laughs and cuteness!
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Story: The Mysterious Twig
Author: whatthefoucault
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 971
Author's Summary: Turlough discovers an odd bit of a plant hanging from the ceiling of the TARDIS console room. Memories and feelings ensue
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor/Vislor Turlough, Tegan Jovanka (mentions Jamie McCrimmon)
Warnings: None

Recced because: I'm fond of this short, fluffy, holiday fic where the Doctor and Turlough talk about why the Doctor hangs mistletoe in the TARDIS.
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Story: The End
Author: Evilawyer
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 1634
Author's Summary: The moment has been prepared for.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor/Eleventh Doctor
Warnings: BDSM, Explicit Sex, Explicit Violence, Non-Con

Recced because: Okay, okay, so this never happened in canon. But I'm fascinated by Ten, who is regenerating into Eleven, having hate sex with Eleven in this fic.
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Hello again! I'm here to rec all the way up to Christmas and the Christmas special, so let's go! I wanted to rec this fic the last time I recced here, but I hit my maximum number of recs. Here it is now:

Story: Venusian Aikido and Associated Disciplines
Author: Sproid
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 1631
Author's Summary: Featuring Benton learning fancy karate from the Doctor, and an annoyed Brigadier who keeps walking in on them with their hands all over each other.
Characters/Pairings: Third Doctor/John Benton, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart/John Benton/Third Doctor, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart/John Benton, Corporal Bell/Jo Grant, John Benton/Mike Yates
Warnings: Explicit Sex

Recced because: I love the interactions between Three and the UNIT crew featured here. I also like how the fic features Three's signature* Venusian aikido and shows him teaching it to others, not against the Villain of a Serial. And a jealous Brig tickles my id.

Venusian aikido is mostly featured in Three's serials, but other Doctors have used it in expanded material
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Sorry I'm a bit late! I had some internet connection problems about an hour ago.


Story: What He Didn't Say
Author: wishingstar ([livejournal.com profile] magic_7_words)
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3045
Author's Summary: Locked in a psychic fight for his life, Jack needs all the help he can get.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor/Jack Harkness, The Master (Simm)
Warnings: no standard warnings apply

Recced because: The Master tries to take Jack's immortality, all while testing the Doctor's devotion to Jack. I love wishingstar's Master here--his taunting is playful, yet full of malice, and his threats are all too real for the Doctor and Jack.
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SStory: The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Theta of Houses Lungbarrow and Oakden (as related by his father, and not meant for publication). Chapter One. ←the title is just a Dickens joke, there aren’t more chapters
Author: Aralias
Rating: All Ages (reccer’s note: actually, writer, there is a bit of sex in this—not elaborately rendered, but I don’t think ALL ages are quite ready for some of these allusions, this isn’t a panto :p)
Word Count: 8152
Author's Summary: “It had come as no real surprise to the Doctor that the Master owned a fully functional genetic loom. Kidfic in which Five and Ainley!Master are living together for some reason and have a kid and also wacky parenting misadventures.”
Characters: The Doctor (5th), The Master (Ainley)
Pairings: Five/Ainley!Master
Warnings: None
Recced because:

“It was this combination of events that led the Doctor to kidnap his own son in the middle of night.”

So... you either like kidfic, or you don’t. Obviously there’s a lot of variation within the subgenre in terms of quality, but the actual idea seems a bit marmite regardless of that. I can only say that this fic’s sharp and wry and funny. There’s nothing smotheringly smarmy about it, despite the premise sounding like a vat of treacle the Candyman would for sure drown you in.

Why I like this fic more than is reasonable. )
[identity profile] x-los.livejournal.com
Hello! Thought I'd close out the rec period with two REALLY different fics for the same pairing, to sort of--highlight Directions In/Ways With. (I may find a final gen/genish fic to properly close, because I feel fairly guilty...)

Story: Mercy
Author: Bagheera
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 3152
Author's Summary: “It's mating season for Traken males. The Doctor saves the Master's life.”
Characters: The Doctor (5th), The Master (Ainley)
Pairings: Five/Ainley!Master
Warnings: Explicit Sex
Recced because:

So this is some In Heat/Pon Farr fic—honestly, I wish Who fic played more with classic fanfic tropes? Not exclusively, obviously. I’m glad for the variety and the particularly of a lot of Who fic, but I still wish that we got our quota of the classics and new standards. Where you at, Cave Fic? Et tu, ridiculous A/B/O? I sort of feel owed these things, even where I don't particularly like the trope in question!

More about why this fic's interesting )
[identity profile] x-los.livejournal.com
Story: The Renegade Tourbus
Author: Neveralarch
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1809
Author's Summary: “Matrix archives: mailing list section. Fragments from the 'Gallifreyan Expatriate Circular', commonly referred to as the 'GEC'.”
Characters: Iris Wildthyme, Romana II, The Doctor (3rd), The Doctor (5th), The Doctor (5th), The War Chief, Drax, The Master (Ainley), The Meddling Monk, The Rani
Pairings: a touch of Doctor/Master, but it’s comedic (and might, if we believe the Doctor, be a Trolling Turlough—a Trollough?) and doesn’t actually get to the warned-for Explicit (Chat) Sex: this is an ensemble piece uber alles
Warnings: Explicit Sex, Swearing
Recced because:

All the renegades have a mailing list, which Iris Wildthyme trolls. How many renegades? “To answer your question (more for the benefit of others interested) there are currently nine _official_ members of the list, of which only five are usually active. The other four are grandfathered from the original list created by Omega and distributed from the anti-matter universe.

Yes, before you ask, we do still distribute to all known universes. This is very difficult, technically speaking, and is also why I am moderator and not, for instance, Drax.” ←The Rani moderates. This fic spans several early Doctors’ worth of canon, and is fun for Three’s breezy email-voice alone.

“To: GEC list
From: morbius.brain.of
Subject: please remove

I, Morbius, am returned from the grave! And all I see in my inbox is spam from this list. I no longer wish to receive messages.

To: GEC list
From: romana.dvoratre.lundar
Subject: re: please remove

Could you take me off here too, please? I think the Doctor added me without my permission.

~Romana”
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(I swear the next rec is pretty gen, I'm sorry y'all, this is just the subset of fandom I know well enough to rec competently in.)

Story: The Sleepwalker
Author: Aralias
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 20082
Author's Summary: “One day the Doctor woke up. (Eight/Master - written for the Buffy 'Normal Again' prompt on Best_Enemies)”
Characters: Charley Pollard, C’Rizz, Grace Holloway, Romana II, The Doctor (8th), The Master (Roberts), LOTS of Eight companions, in passing
Pairings: Eight/Roberts!Master
Warnings: Explicit Sex, Swearing (I’d add major character death, self-harm due to the mechanism of a plot thing)
Recced because:

The Doctor keeps swapping between his life on the TARDIS and a mundane AU where he’s a physicist teaching at Berkley in 2001, married to Roberts!Master and surrounded by people he knows in canon, but with switched-around names. Is it a fluff piece about them being humans and married and the Master mostly not being a terrible person who’d kill people? Or is it really disturbing and sad, a set up predicated on psychological weaponry (the origins of the Daleks’ Nightmare Child project) from the start of the Time War? Perhaps that depends on how creeped out you are by the ‘which of these lives is real’ “Normal Again” dilemma.

Why this fic is important. )
[identity profile] x-los.livejournal.com
Story: Bargain
Author: Bagheera
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 2192
Author's Summary: “The Doctor strikes a bargain with the Master to save a companion's life.”
Characters: The Doctor (5th), The Master (Ainley)
Pairings: Five/Ainley!Master
Warnings: Explicit Sex, Non-Con - PWP
Recced because:


Ah, bless the mod for telling me different D/M pairings didn’t count as overloading on the same ship—I mean yes, you and I know this is cheating a bit, but really Calufrax is a database for posterity as much as anything, and it’s a shame and something that should be rectified if, somewhere on it, you can’t find someone stanning for the crème de la crème of any given pairing.

What's Good About Bargain? )
[identity profile] x-los.livejournal.com
Story: Living Things
Author: Bagheera
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 16865
Author's Summary: “How did the Doctor from Scream of the Shalka come to live with the Master?”
Characters: Shalka!Doctor, Shalka!Master
Pairings: Shalka!Doctor/Shalka!Master
Warnings: BDSM, Explicit Sex, Explicit Violence, Swearing
Recced because:

If the last rec was somewhat inspired by the premise of Scream of the Shalka, then this fic is the origin story that enigmatic serial almost demands. It starts out grounded in a really good reworking of the BFA Charlie arc, which elegantly explains how we get from Eight to Shalka!Nine, and why he is the Doctor he is (the circumstances of his regeneration might even hint at an explanation for this off-sequence Doctor). (You don’t need to know BFA to get the gist, though.) This initial set-up is bleak, and this story gives us an unusual, compelling treatment of physical weakness, depression and dependency of various kinds—not in a decorative or purely romance-provoking hurt/comfort kind of way, these are things the author’s clearly interested in exploring in and of themselves.

Not even all the reasons why this fic is awesome, but enough to them to be worth lj-cutting. )
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Hello! I’m x_los here and on Teaspoon. I haven’t rec’d here before, and I solemnly swear I will lj-cut the many teal deers I have brought along with me.

Story: Kept Man
Author: Aralias
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 30953 words
Author's Summary: In Scream of the Shalka, REG!Doctor (the ninth Doctor who almost was) was seen travelling round the universe with a robotic Master for no apparent reason. The ninth Doctor (who actually was) has a much better reason for travelling with a robotic Master, given that his entire race are dead. This fic assumes that he was and that the Master just kept out of sight so as not to alarm anyone.
Characters: Jack Harkness, Jack Harkness, Martha Jones, Mickey Smith, Mickey Smith, Professor Yana, Rose Tyler, Rose Tyler, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (9th), The Master (Jacobi), The Master (Other), The Master (Simm)
Pairings: Shalka!Master/Nine, Shalka!Master/Ten, Doctor/Master generally implied
Warnings: Explicit sex, swearing (goodness, there’s a warning for that? Huh.)

Recced because:

A little about the author. )

Kept Man is relatively early but essential work from an essential writer in Doctor/Master and, really, the fandom. This fic tracks the first three series of the reboot, imagining that all along, an android version of the Master, built by the Doctor, lives in the TARDIS, preferring not to interact with the Doctor’s various human companions (a plot device that pulls on Scream of the Shalka’s presentation of the Doctor and an android Master voiced by Jacobi living together). It slots neatly into the show as we know it, but not in a facile, consequence-free ‘episode coda’ kind of way. ‘The Doctor keeps the Master on the TARDIS after the events on the Valiant’ is a big subgenre of Doctor/Master fic (especially the fic that came right after s3) (Kept Man is also probably a little influenced by Ariastar’s generally well-regarded Ten/Simm!Master alternate series—alternate series 4 and 5 are another sort of sub genre.). Aralias is engaging with that here, but pulling the trend/trope in directions that chime with her overall interests and sensibilities.

A little about why this fic is compelling and important. )
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
Well, these past two weeks have sped by and I hope you've enjoyed the recs I've posted here as much as I have enjoyed sharing them. I'll just slip this last one in before handing reccing duties over to the inimitable [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook:

Story: Riddles in the Dark
Author: nonelvis
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1702
Author's Summary: The Great Intelligence easily sneaks onto the TARDIS. Defeating the Doctor, however, will be much harder.
Characters/Pairings: Jamie McCrimmon/The Doctor (2nd), the Great Intelligence
Warnings: None

Recced because: Well, mainly because this is a lovely, fluffy laugh-out-loud fic in which the Second Doctor finally gets that ultimate showdown he never got with the Great Intelligence post-Web of Fear and it takes the form of a somewhat whimsical riddle competition. Similarities to Bilbo's contest with Gollum in The Hobbit are entirely coincidental, the author assures us, and to be honest Professor Tolkien was never as funny as this. If you don't cackle like a fool at the bit with the pizza-related question then, quite honestly, I don't understand you at all.

This fic actually has quite a bit going on in addition to the great jokes. The Second Doctor, a character often thought of as quite difficult to capture in prose, is very finely portrayed here, with numerous moments and bits of dialogue that just ring true. Not only can you hear Troughton's voice at various points, you can picture his facial expressions. The idea of the Doctor having a romantic relationship with Jamie is presented so matter-of-factly and so tenderly that even if you're not a dedicated Two/Jamie shipper you'll find yourself getting behind it, and certainly you don't have to be into that ship to find the conclusion of the fic, and the means of the Doctor's victory over the Intelligence, very appealing indeed - a real "aww" moment, for me.

That pizza joke, though... :D Go and see for yourself. I'm not liable for anything you may spit out over your keyboard, by the way.

And that's your lot from me for now.


A Moment )
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Story: I could never live with me before you came along
Author: Nancy Brown
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 8664
Author's Summary: Canton Everett Delaware III is on a mission from God, er, River to put the band back together.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Canton Everett Delaware III, Jenny Flint, Madame Vastra, River Song, Rory Williams, The Doctor (11th), plus Anthony Williams and OCs
Warnings: None

Recced because: I was actually planning to rec another fic by this author, and I came across this more or less at random while looking for the other one on her Teaspoon page yesterday...and loved it. And couldn't believe it had no reviews and decided the best way of remedying that with a vengeance was to get it out here on Calufrax. So win/win for me - I get to rec this magnificent fic and still have one in the hole for my next reccing stint! :D

In all seriousness, though, this is a great fic, written with excellent characterisation and just common sense, decency and humanity. You know, like the best fics are. The fact that it also ticks quite a few of my fannish boxes as regards the tail end of the Eleven era (the Capaldinator is obviously brilliant, but I'm unashamed to say Eleven remains "my" NuWho Doctor) certainly doesn't hurt either. I've made no secret of the fact that I was, and am, seriously dissatisfied with the ending Amy and Rory got in The Angels Take Manhattan, not even because of their fates but mainly because of the slapdash way it was all plotted and the way we were expected to swallow rl attempts to plaster over those plot holes by authorial "word of god", so this sort of semi-fix-it (it doesn't actually fix it, but makes its point by illustrating one of the several blatantly obvious ways that it could be fixed) will always hold a certain appeal for me. The fact that it's wise-guy G-Man Canton Everett Delaware III, still one of my all-time favourite one-shot Who guest characters, who gets to be the main instrument of that sort-of-fix-it is, for me, the shiny cherry on top.

The author gives Canton an OC boyfriend, fittingly also a smart-mouthed hard-boiled cop type, who is also the everyman observer of the Doctor's strange world, as they go about reuniting Canton, the Paternoster Row crew, Amy and Rory and their adopted son Anthony, and eventually River and Eleven himself, and even get a bit of fraught adventure along the way. Throughout, we are reminded deftly and thought-provokingly of the difficulties and dangers facing same-sex relationships over the ages, with Vastra and Jenny's relationship also portrayed with great perceptiveness and sensitivity. I think the main thing I like about this, though, is the obvious love for the diverse cast of characters; even the ones that don't get that many lines (Eleven, actually) are vividly portrayed; as I often say of fanfic I find has particularly true-to-life characterisations, you really can hear the voices as you read it.

So get over there and see what you think, and please leave some words of appreciation for the author...!


A Taste )
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Title: Future
Author: Styrofoam Monster
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 423
Author's Summary: They are not humans, and they will not be Time Lords.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor/Simm!Master
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: A dark, imaginative, and brutal AU where the Doctor and the Master end up on Earth, almost domestic but with old habits that die hard. There is an amazing amount of depth packed into so few words. The poetic dread of being the last of their kind, of fitting nowhere, not even with each other--simmers just under the surface of this story, unstated but pervasive. I love the discussion of Gallifreyan synonyms and tenses. I am not sure whether to be happy or sad at the ending.
Excerpt )
[identity profile] lyakahime.livejournal.com
Getting the last one in under the wire! I was planning to only rec crossovers this week, but then I found this fic and I couldn’t not rec it. So the last one breaks the mold. Thanks for having me, all, and to all a good night!

Story: And Indeed There Will Be Time
Author: kaydee_falls
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 42816
Author's Summary: In 1919, Harriet Derbyshire was killed while investigating the disappearance of Torchwood Four in Dublin. In 2009, UNIT pulls a dying man out of the Irish Sea with a one-word message: Torchwood. Martha joins up with Jack's team in Cardiff to track down the errant branch of the organization -- before a time-traveling race of aliens can change the course of history as we know it. (Jack/Ianto + team)
Characters/Pairings: Jack/Ianto, Donna Noble, Gwen Cooper, Martha Jones, Mickey Smith, UNIT
Warnings:

Recced because: I love a good twisty time travel mystery, and this fic delivers on all counts. The Jack/Ianto pairing is so background you’ll hardly notice it, so don’t come into the fic expecting romance; this is all action adventure time travel plot mystery, all the time. Well-drawn OCs, a richly realized setting, a fantastic mystery, and insanely good writing – you’ll be up late reading it, just as I was!
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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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Story: Assignment: Unremembered
Author: Orinoco II
work count: 25644
Complete: Yes
Author's description: By 1969, Torchwood is aware of the Silence. Even if they can't remember them. In the wake of the moon landing, Freelance Agent Jack Harkness is ordered to investigate. But a certain FBI Agent is also on the case.
Rating: Adult/explicit sex. Also it says slash but I wouldn't call this true slash.

Why I recced it: I love Canton and I love Jack, so Jack/Canton make a kind of Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of fic-love. But that's not all -- it's just very well written. As one reviewer commented: " Your characters practically leap off the page and the plot was very believable." WinWinWin!
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
Story: Acting
Author: manyshadesoflove
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1,391
Author's Summary: Torchwood may like to think it's a secret organisation, but there are people out there who know what they're about. Though there's got to be a reason so few do.
Characters/Pairings: Ianto Jones/Jack Harkness, Other Character(s)
Warnings: None, although the use of Retcon in interpersonal relationships is not to be condoned.

Recced because: I really like Torchwood, you know? As I may have mentioned during previous reccing runs, there was a time when I was a little leery of identifying myself as a Torchwood fan, because...well, it was a bit dodgy, wasn't it? As the years have passed, however, I've managed to be true to myself and own up to it, even embrace it. And I'm not even talking the classy stuff like Children of Earth. I liked Miracle Day. Yeah, you read right. Especially the plane episode. And as for "classic" TW, i.e. S1-2, well, I can't hold my hands up and claim every single episode is a work of genius...or even that good, in a lot of cases, but my fondness for the thing as a whole only increases as time goes by and it recedes into history, because I think at this point I would be very, very surprised if we ever got another telly series. That's a sad thought, isn't it?

So oldschool TW fics like this one, with mentions of Ianto and Tosh and the gang (even Owen!) appeal to my sense of nostalgia for the "classic" era. And this is a very likeable fic with an excellent narrative voice describing Team Torchwood and their activities from a wry informed outsider's p.o.v. It's also got a good handle on one of the central aspects of the "classic" TW setting, one which the show itself used to poke fun at with increasing regularity as time went on, namely the absurdity of trying to keep an organisation like theirs, with the situations it dealt with and the less-than-subtle people it employed, secret in a city of 300,000-odd people. Especially when the secret organisation's name was written on the side of their SUV...

And the way this fic deals with that issue makes a lot of sense and remains true to the spirit of the series, because of course while Torchwood's half-hearted attempts at secrecy were patently absurd, and the source of some good jokes, if the organisation wasn't secret that was a big part of the setting fatally undermined. They had to keep it up somehow, and this fic suggests how. And no, it goes beyond the liberal use of memory-erasing drugs. The way this fic suggests that the team managed their business also fits Torchwood Three's ethos as an organisation; they were always too cool for school, or certainly had a good go at trying to be.

In addition, this is a very strongly-written fic. As well as the wry viewpoint and voice mentioned above, it's also witty, funny and affectionate and just a little bit saucy too. Oh, and if you can identify which New Who episode the character revealed as the narrator of this fic appeared in, and know of his meta-connection to Ianto, then you're doing well. A super-fan, probably. ;)

By the way, this isn't the last Torchwood fic I'll be reccing over these two weeks. Not by a long shot.


An Appetiser )
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Story: Before We Rest
Author: Sproid
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2352
Author's Summary: Benton looks after a slightly injured Brigadier, and sets some doubts at rest in the process.
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart/Sergeant Benton, UNIT
Warnings: None

Recced because: I find this short piece, looking into the lives of some of our friends from UNIT, touching. And I like hurt/comfort when it's done well. It's certainly done well in "Before We Rest."
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Story: Three To Tango
Author: Biichan
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 1436
Author's Summary: The true story of what happened on the way back to Paris. (Probably.)
Character/Pairings: Fourth Doctor, Romana, Duggan
Warnings: Explicit Sex, Swearing

Recced Because:

Duggan!

Okay, there are other reasons. For example, this fic is also hilarious, hot, and very well written. Biichan has nailed Four and Romana's condescending City of Death patter. Poor Duggan is obviously in way over his head, but he's not adverse to confusing circumstances. In fact, he seems rather to be enjoying them...

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A Teaser-Taste )
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Story: The Pandora Project
Author: Calapine
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 53,658
Author's Summary: At the end of series three, the Doctor and the Master end up travelling together and totally manage not to destroy each other or the universe. More or less. Meanwhile, Martha gets a job offer from UNIT, Jack fails to realise his team are a bit useless, and there's a giant squid for no good reason whatsoever.
Characters/Pairings: Ten/Simm!Master, Jack Harkness, Martha Jones

Recced because: This story has been on my to-be-recced list practically since [livejournal.com profile] calapine first posted it to LiveJournal, but I haven't gotten around to reccing it until now because I wanted to re-read it first, and could never quite find the time to sit and read a 53,000-word fic. But I thought I'd spend a few minutes at least skimming it this weekend ... except that "skimming" suddenly turned into "do nothing else until you finish reading this amazing fic in its entirety."

Seven years after Series 3, fandom has long since turned "the Master survived the events on the Valiant and travels with the Doctor instead" into a well-worn trope, but rarely is it handled as wittily, in-character, and compellingly as it is here. There are cameos from Classic Who characters, endless snark between the Tenth Doctor and the Master, and yes, a giant squid -- a vampire squid, to be exact, because if you're going to have a giant squid in a Doctor Who story, it might as well be a vampire, too. And there is also, of course, a fine plot holding all of this together, one that seamlessly blends the classic series with the new one, but saying more would spoil it. If you didn't have weekend fic-reading plans before, I hope you do now.

Excerpt: after the cut )
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Story: Allodynia
Author: Lilith Babylon
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 3696
Author's Summary: The white-hot fire is everywhere, his neurons screaming for relief. And he can't block the signal, he can't shut the chemokines down, but there is one thing he can do.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (11th), The Master (Simm)
Warnings: Explicit Sex, Explicit Violence, Non-Con

Recced because: Do you love the Master? Do you love the tight tension, the hint of something more between the Doctor and the Master? Do you love to watch that explode; to come apart (while knitting everything together) in a lovely, twisted, terrible way? Don't lie. Of course you do. That hint of smoky, grinning, joyous darkness in all of us needs feeding now and again - and this tale...ohhh, this tale feeds it for sure! If you've always wanted to see the Master at some of his worst and yet, looking his finest while doing it - this is the fiction for you!

The lovely thing about the Master has always been deadly calm, patience, planning and the long-game as his goals. He displays these gorgeous qualities the best when he is completely focused on his old friend and enemy, the Doctor. Of course, we know a lot of the things he does is to get the Doctor's attention; but when the Doctor actually becomes the main focus of his attention. Well. That's when things get messy. (Unnggghhh!!)

Whereas yesterday's story was (ultimately) about strength, hope and friendship - today's story is about power, despair, pain and a mangled, perverted sense of love (and ownership). Obsessive, horrifying, frightening...and utterly, sinfully delicious. This is all about taking care of that darkness within. That toothy, smiling touch of horror that we all carry within will enjoy it. As will you. You can admit it.

If you are ever going to read a Master/Doctor story, one that touches on all the undistilled resentments and unrequited sexual tensions between them (with a decidedly lovely twist at the end), this is your fiction. This is so, so accurate and horrifying and it has become a personal type of canon for me, because if the Master ever got the chance, well...you'll have to read to find out, yes?


Small taste of Darkness here... )



Guhhh, yes!! Yes, yes, yes!! That ending...mmmm...*Shivers* I certainly hope you read this delightful fiction - and if you did, please leave the author a review. As you know, I firmly believes this only nets us more Awesome in the end. And who doesn't want more awesome?!

My last rec is tomorrow, guise - I will try to make sure it is a good one. Until then -

*HUGS to All*

Mandy
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[personal profile] nonelvis
Posting on behalf of shape-shifter-malcolm-tucker.

Story: The Body Snatchers (or How the Master finally got inside the Doctor's body)
Author: aralias
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 5478
Author's Summary: Wacky body swap fic. Featuring some plot, and quite a lot of sex.
Characters/Pairings: Tegan Jovanka, The Doctor (5th), The Master (Ainley), Turlough
Warnings: Explicit sex

Recced because: I'm sorry that this is a bit plot-what-plot-ish, but it was too fantastic to pass up. Hilarious, full of ridiculous farce and fanservice for all the Doctor/Master shippers out there. Need I say more?

Excerpt: after the cut )
[identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
Everyone's always busy on Mondays, so let's start week 2 with something short:

Story: Drabbling Through History
Author: Yamx
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 687
Author's Summary: Five drabbles connecting DW/TW characters with historical events/persons.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (9th), The TARDIS, Jack Harkness, Other Character(s), Rose Tyler, The Doctor (10th), The TARDIS, Amy Pond, Other Character(s), The Doctor (11th), The TARDIS, Jack Harkness
Warnings: Explicit Sex

Recced because: 100-word Drabbles are an interesting form of fiction, and are hard to write well - here Yamx has written six in which the Doctor and friends interact with various historical and legendary events. In view of the shortness of the chapters I haven't included an extract.
[identity profile] doctorxdonna.livejournal.com
Story: Spare Parts 'Verse
Author: Fogsblue
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 8888
Author's Summary: Rose and some other companions meet an interesting quirk of Time Lord biology.
Characters/Pairing: 9th Doctor, 10th Doctor, 11th Doctor, the Master (Simm), Rose Tyler, Donna Noble, Jack Harkness, Reinette
Warnings: Explicit sex

Recced because: This is crackfic at its most delicious. There are plenty of fics that deal with the differences between Time Lord and human biology, and this one deals with-you guessed it-a certain talking part of the Doctor's anatomy and the hilarity that ensues when his companions encounter it. Scottish accents...they're not just for Time Lords anymore!
[identity profile] quiche-lorraine.livejournal.com
Story: Parting Gifts
Author: navaan
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 8399
Author's Summary: Jack, post COE, tracks down and confronts the Doctor about why he didn't come to save the day. The Doctor, immediately post WOM, is in a really bad place mentally to be having this conversation.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness/Tenth Doctor
Warnings: Explicit Sex, Swearing

Recced because: Mature look at two traumatized and broken characters. All the emotions and the blaming and evading of issues is handled well in my opinion and the character’s feel very real and in character. It’s deliciously angsty and the sex is angry and not comforting, but the ending is deliciously bittersweet. It’s one of my favorite stories for this pairing.
[identity profile] quiche-lorraine.livejournal.com
Story: What Rassilon Hath Joined Together…
Author: x_los
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 7481
Author's Summary: Utter crack. After Five Doctors, the Doctor fails to escape Responsibility and, to add insult to injury, is presented with a long-outstanding marriage contract.
Characters/Pairings: Ainley!Master/Fifth Doctor
Warnings: Explicit Sex with consent issues, spanking

Recced because: It’s cracky, it has arranged marriage and weird Time Lord marriage costums and it has hot sex. Do I need to say more? Well, it’s also amazingly written. The character voices are great. There are nice bits about their romantic backstory and the emotions feel all very true. There is also a sequels story to this, that’s worth reading.
[identity profile] annauq.livejournal.com
Hello everyone, I am back for my second round of reccing. I don't know if I will be able to share the new limit of ten stories with you, as I am moving to London for my freshers week this week, but I'll do my best. Let's start with a lovely story starring my favourite Doctor and (one of) his awesome companions!

Story: Dangling Conversation
Author: aces
Rating: All ages
Word count: 3963
Author's summary: It’s not so much that he doesn’t fancy girls as he loves one bloke in particular.
Characters/pairings: Fitz Kreiner/Eighth Doctor
Warnings: none (except the angst. Oh, the angst).

Recced because: I really, really like it. The fic is a beautiful, quiet moment between two of my favourite characters, seen through both their eyes. The childlike wonder of the Doctor in part one is placed in such nice contrast with the angst filled musings of Fitz in part two, and the setting (the TARDIS' ball room!) only adds to it. The two parts are slightly different, and I see them as two takes on the same situation, rather than being the same story. Still, both parts are amazing and you should definitely read them both.

I've only read a few EDAs, but this feels like it could easily be part of the range. It's shippy in exactly the right way (when is anything involving Eight and Fitz not shippy), an the characters feel true to themselves. Most of all though, it is a beautiful exploration of a complicated (friend)ship.

Go read it!
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[identity profile] redjaywrites.livejournal.com
Edit: I have put in a link now, sorry!

Story: Cross Purposes
Author: johne
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1,103
Author's Summary: The Monk has been arrested for tampering with the timeline. But he's not the only person in the room with an interest in changing history.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Romana II, The Doctor (2nd), The Doctor (8th), The Meddling Monk (Eight/Romana II, Jack Harkness/Second Doctor)
Warnings: n/a

Recced because: Crack ships that someone work out to not be crack. A nice melding of my favourite Doctor with one a little bit more classic. Some brilliant one-liners (the best is from Romana II, somewhere near the end), and a hell of a lot of verbal sparring, which for me often makes a fic. It's also a pretty clever one, with a lot of world-building obviously done in the background.
[identity profile] thanatosx49.livejournal.com
Story: The Courtship and Marriage Rituals of Time Lordshttp://www.whofic.com/viewstory.php?sid=50276

Author:Lyakahttp://www.whofic.com/viewuser.php?uid=18628

Rating: All Ages

Word Count: 8855 words

Author's Summary:
Or, how the Doctor and the Master finally stopped courting and got married, to the relief of most of the known galaxy and the confusion of the humans in attendance.

Characters: Lucy Saxon, Martha Jones, 10th Doctor/the Master

Warnings: Spew alert! Do not attempt the ingestion of food or liquids while reading this!

Recced Because: This is probably the funniest thing I've ever read, hence the spew warning. I'm not into slash fics usually, but this one is too good to pass up. I laughed until I cried, then laughed some more. Man U, enough said.
[identity profile] lyakahime.livejournal.com
I think this will be my last. Thanks for having me :)

Story: Getting Through
Author: travels_in_time
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3182
Author's Summary: He can't save them all. But if he's very lucky, maybe he can save just one.
Characters/Pairings:Ten/Simm!Master, Susan

Recced because: Confession time: I was bawling like a baby during Ten's farewell tour. Visiting all of his friends before he died was such a Ten thing to do. But the fridge logic moment is inevitable: how does he go from 'epic confrontation with the Time Lords' to farewell tour? Isn't he forgetting something? Or - let's be honest - someone? Someone who just exhibited a potential character turnaround of the sort Ten has canonically begged for on his knees? Someone whom leaving is tatamount to killing, since he can't exactly expect any kind of warm welcome back on Gallifrey? Never mind the whole 'burning' thing... I love you for many things, RTD, but the evenness of your writing is not one of them.

Fortunate, then, that travels_in_time has stepped up to fill the gap. If there were such a genre as an End of Time fix-it, I suppose this would be it: once more into the Time Lock, to right the last great wrong. Susan appears (rejoice!) to inject some added poignancy, a link from the beginning of time to its end (if you'll forgive me). This is the way Ten ought to have gone out: with none of the truly important things left undone.

Speaking of endings, this is going to be my last rec. Thanks again for having me! If you liked something I recced please let the author know. There's no such thing as too many reviews.
[identity profile] lyakahime.livejournal.com
Story: Heart Heard of, Ghost Guessed
Author: x_los
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 11771
Author’s Summary: Stealing the contents of the Matrix from Gallifrey’s capitol is easy! And so is a desperate, naïve Theta Sigma. Depending on where you are in your personal time-line.
Characters/Pairings: Delgado!Master/Theta , Theta/Koschei, future Doctor/future Master
Warnings: none

Recced because: I wanted to end on a happy note, and this is the fic I always reread when too much angst has gotten me down. Which isn’t to say the fic is fluff – parts of it are rather a bit angsty – but you can’t have an up without a down. The journey has plenty of emotion, meaning that it really earns its satisfying, heartwarming conclusion.

Best of all, the coda is cleverly set in some ambiguous future, which makes it the ultimate handwave-y fix-it. No matter what sadness has just aired on my TV, this fic is able to reassure me that one day everything will be okay.
[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] lyakahime.livejournal.com
Story: Prey of the Cheetahs
Author: neveralarch
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 5869
Author’s Summary: There are strange things happening at Cambridge, and they seem to be connected with the appearance of a black cat. (A Three-era retelling of Survival.)
Characters/Pairings: Three/Delgado!Master (also Three/Cheetah!Delgado!Master); the Brigadier, Jo Grant, Liz Shaw, and Sergeant Benton
Warnings: none

Recced because: Do you like cats? Do you enjoy this pairing? Then you, like I, probably spent the entirety of Survival with your jaw unhinged at the sheer amount of slash on the screen. I love the fandom trend of rewriting Survival with different Doctors and Masters, and this Three-era retelling shines, with well-written dialogue and characterization. For bonus points, it showcases the old-school UNIT crew, even to the point of including both Liz AND Jo. It’s just a shame there will never be a televised episode in which Delgado gets to rub up against Pertwee like an oversized cat.
[identity profile] lyakahime.livejournal.com
Story: Finding Ianto
Author: Blackbird Song
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 14930
Author’s Summary: A long time ahead, in a space bar far, far away, Jack gets a message he didn't expect.
Characters/Pairings: Jack/Ianto, various OCs
Warnings: None

Recced because: Let me put it this way. You know that Star Wars/Torchwood fusion you want, where Jack Harkness is Han Solo? Except how you don’t actually want that, particularly, because then you have to deal with everything that’s going on in the Star Wars universe, when all you really want is to watch Jack buckle swashes and dash handsomely about and navigate through a rich and well-realized universe, awash with alien culture and mind-boggling sights?

(Oh, and for bonus points, if it could also double as a CoE fix-it and allow Ianto some space to show off exactly how awesome he is, that would be great, am I right?)

Too much to ask from one fic? Apparently not, because Blackbird Song has written it. This is what would happen if Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina and Finding Nemo had a baby in the Whoniverse. And then that baby starred in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It’s funny, it’s sweet, it’s an adventure story, and it has heart. I can’t recommend this enough.
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[identity profile] redjaywrites.livejournal.com
Me again! Bit of a busy day today so today's rec is a little late! For that, have some PWP.

Story: Boxed In
Author: nonelvis
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 1,636
Author's Summary: Eleven/Dream Lord, anything dark and disturbing.
Characters/Pairings: Dream Lord, Eleventh Doctor
Warnings: Dub!con, bondage, claustrophobia, sexual themes

Recced because: This is a dark one and will definitely be the only outward PWP that I rec, but I do have a thing for the Dream Lord and psychoanalysis, and so I don't think it's too much of an outlier from my interests. And besides it is, really, very hot, and hits quite a number of my kinks. The author writes a very believable plot - canon-wise, though how believable porn is in Doctor Who is, I suppose, in the eye of the beholder - and the voices are very accurate, which is really a plus when you read anything. It's also a nice insight into the Doctor's mind and his past relationships, and has a good syntax that progresses at a good pace and leaves you on a great cliffhanger that makes you entire re-think the Pandorica...
[identity profile] ellyfanfic.livejournal.com
This is my last day for recs. Let's end where we began, with a bit of Doctor/Jack:

Story: Tourist Trap
Author: tweedymcgee
Word count: 1166
Author summary: Welcome to the fortieth century, ladies and gentlemen. Jack's found a new job. The Doctor's forgotten to read the guidebook.
Characters: Ten/Jack
Warnings: Explicit sex.

Recced because:
This makes me giggle every time I read it. Jack has a new job, which he excels at, but he's thrown off his game just a trifle when the Doctor, whom Jack hasn't seen for years, happens to wander through his door. But Jack is a professional, so he recovers quickly from his shock, and the Doctor is cheerfully oblivious to his slight discomfort. If Douglas Adams wrote slash, this is how I think it would read. Jack is befuddled but determined to do his job, the Doctor throws himself into local customs with enthusiasm, and the result is hot and funny.
[identity profile] ellyfanfic.livejournal.com
Title: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Word count: 1558
Author: Topaz Eyes
Author summary: It was time to accompany the Doctor back to his TARDIS.
Characters: Jackson Lake, The Doctor (10th)
Warnings: Fleetingly described sex

Recced because:
Well, first of all, how many stories feature a pairing between Ten and Jackson Lake? I haven't run across many, but it makes perfect sense to me-- they formed a very close bond in a brief amount of time. After all, if Jackson hadn't had other obligations, he might well have wound up travelling in the TARDIS. This story is a nice coda to "The Next Doctor," which fills in something we didn't see onscreen, but which seems quite believable. I love Jackson, and this story, which is from his POV, really manages to get across his formal speech patterns, his loss and grief, and his heartfelt concern for the Doctor's all-too-evident pain. It's a well-written and touching little piece about two wounded people seeking comfort from one another.
[identity profile] ellyfanfic.livejournal.com
Hallo, everyone! I am your reccer for the week-- and I do apologize for the ridiculously late start. I have too many kids with dentist and orthodontic appointments *smiles ruefully*. Sorry! I'll do better tomorrow. Those who know me know that I am a big Ten/Donna shipper, but I'm a fan of many sorts of stories, and will be reccing a variety of fics.

Story: When You Have To Go There
Word count: 7142
Author: sahiya
Author's summary: Traveling just isn't the same without a home to come back to.
Characters/pairings: Nine, Ten, Eleven/Jack, Amy
Warnings: None (sex occurs but is not described, teen rated)

Recced because:
I have a big soft spot for Jack/Doctor fics. But the relationship between them is complicated. It's hard to find a fic that really shows the full extent of how complex a relationship between a constantly-travelling Time Lord and an immortal could be, or how the relationship might shift from Nine, to Ten, to Eleven. This one handles the complexities of the relationship well. It's also very touching, and brilliantly written.

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