[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com

Greetings, fellow fanfic aficionados (try saying that three times, fast) - I will be doing my best this week to meet all your reccing needs. Let us kick off with something that I personally find to be right up my fan-fictional street:

Story: Cheer Up, Emo Time Moppet
Author: LizBee
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 7,504
Author's Summary: The Doctor and Romana's secret alien lovechild learns some hard truths about life.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (10th)/Romana II, Rose Tyler, Sarah Jane Smith
Warnings: None

Recced because: Well, if any of you are at all familiar with my previous reccage or indeed output in Whofic, that little "/" between the "The Doctor (10th)" and "Romana II" may strike you as a significant clue. I think it's debatable whether or not somehow bringing Romana back from E-Space/the dead and having her interact with the new series Doctors and their companions would actually be a good idea on TV for a variety of reasons; it can, however, work very well indeed in fic, and this is a very good example. Here we have Romana returning from her long sojourn with the Exo-Universe...with Livia, her and the Doctor's by-now adolescent daughter, in tow. Yes, I'll leave you to digest that idea and imagine exactly how it might play out when Ten (of all Doctors) and his modern-day associates are confronted with this state of affairs, and then gently suggest that you rush over to the Teaspoon and see that whatever you imagined, it wasn't as funny, as well-thought out or as true to the various characters as this story.

I can never get enough of Doctor/Romana, personally, but this isn't the only thing, or even the main thing, going on in this story. Ten and Rose are probably never going to be in my list of favourite Doctor-companion teams, but their interaction here is very well portrayed in a way I wish the TV stories had managed more often. Sarah Jane is very well done too, and K-9 (both of him) is...well, K-9. Above all, young Livia's self-centred teenage point-of-view which continually misses the nuances of the relationships between the other characters (as we are prone to do at that time of life) is a hoot.

This author is no stranger to these pages, but anybody's who's read any of her works will know there's a reason for that. I first read this one a good two or three years ago, or maybe longer, at I think the recommendation of a Livejournal associate, and I'm somewhat shocked to see that I never left a review on it, because it's something I've gone back to more than once and always thought fondly of in between times. Indeed, rereading it before posting this, I was struck by how many of its ideas I must have taken on board and how they have clearly influenced my own efforts to write new series Doctor/Romana fic. Fellow Calufraxers, I urge you, don't be the discourteous fool I was - when you read this (as I'm assuming you will), please leave a small indication of your appreciation for the author.

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[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Story: Time Present and Time Past
Author: Rivendellrose
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3694
Author's Summary: The Doctor stops in on Brighton beach, and meets an old friend under very unusual circumstances.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor/Romana II
Warnings: None.

Recced because: To be honest, I'm not sure if this was jossed by "End of Time" or not (I think it's up for debate), but either way, this story is amazing. Set sometime after "Journey's End," the Tenth Doctor stops by Brighton beach and impossibly comes across Romana. What happens next is basically just a conversation, but what a conversation it is -- all about life, and death, and the Time War, and what it means to know that your time is coming to an end. It's also gorgeously written, and the last line is especially wonderful.

An excerpt )

rec: heat

Feb. 13th, 2008 09:05 pm
ext_6531: (DW: Ten/Romana)
[identity profile] lizbee.livejournal.com
Story: Heat
Author: Nostalgia
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 997
Author's Summary: Ten, Romana, and some alien biology
Characters/Pairings: Ten/Romana, Martha
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is a story about my OTP having hot alien sex, so naturally I'm a bit biased in its favour.  But it's rare to find a fic that so embraces the alienness of the Doctor and Romana.   In the restaurant, he licks dripped wine from her wrist and they pretend that they can't speak any language but their own. She and the words taste of home, and his blood rushes to answer hers. They edge closer until denial becomes pointless and her fingers work his tie off before the food arrives.

"Heat" is almost unbearably short; every time I read it, I get to the end gasping for more.  In the aftermath of the Time War, Gallifreyan biology has become a visceral force, from the cellular level outwards.  This is essentially a series of vignettes divided by interruptions: dialogue, meta about Time Lord sexuality, the speculation of nameless outsiders.  Deceptively simple, unbearably powerful.  They lose track of casuality, play with time simply because they can. He touches her skin with an echo, teases her with three seconds into the future. They spend eternity in a telepathic feedback loop and she slithers, quantum, over him.  I'll freely admit that I'm jealous, because a story this complex should be nearly impossible to write, and Nostalgia makes it look easy.  But it's the reader who wins out; I just read this twice more, preparing my rec, and my admiration has only increased.
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Story: The Inaccurate Conception
Author: nostalgia ([livejournal.com profile] nostalgia_lj)
Rating: None Given, I'd say All Ages
Word Count: 1909
Author's Summary: You can't repopulate an entire species from two individuals. But most people assume you should at least try.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor/Romana
Warnings: None given*

Recced because: Hi, I'm [livejournal.com profile] eve11 and I'm reccing on the comm this week, hopefully enough of a variety of Doctors, companions, lengths and styles to keep everyone on their toes, at least. So, um, I figured I'd get the crack-fic out of the way early? Seriously, though, I do love those crazy stories in which Romana busts in on the Tenth Doctor's whole 'Last of the Time Lords' gig. In this one, nostalgia takes the 'repopulate the species' trope and runs with it, to rather hilarious effect. Romana's posh annoyance is a great foil to the Doctor's manic exuberance, and well, if these two are a cross-section of the Gallifreyan species and their take on offspring, then I think the fic also goes a long way toward explaining looms. Enjoy!

Snippet )

*I'm not sure what things to warn for, and in most cases I'd rather not warn than do so, especially if the author doesn't-- is it okay to just stick with the labels given on the archive?


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