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Title: Sweet Sorrow
Author: Alienist
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 912
Characters: Peri Brown, Fifth Doctor
Author's Summary: Peri stumbles across a box of memories.
Warnings: none

Recced because: The idea of the Doctor writing letters to his departed companions, saying things he wanted to say, but never to be sent, is an interesting one, and this little fic manages to pack a lot of emotion into it's short length. The letters presented here for Five's former companions are right on the nose, bittersweet though they may be, and it makes me wish I could read one for every companion.
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Story: Someone to Listen
Author: Alienist
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 791
Author's Summary: He does so enjoy assassins.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (5th), Turlough
Warnings: n/a

Recced because: I... really don't like the first person narrative, so for a story to jump out at me like this, written in the first person, it must be something good. Add to that the fact that Turlough isn't a companion I know well and really it's an unlikely pick. But in contrast to the chipperness of the last rec, this is a very emotion-driven piece, and you're on the edge of your seat. I was holding my breath from the very begginning, because it's always nice to hear the more dangerous side of the Fifth Doctor. You find yourself simultaneously before feeling for Turlough and pitying him; you can see his angle, but you also want the Doctor to survive. The conversation flows, and it feels perfectly real, with interruptions, changes in tone, the works. The ending is very touching, too.
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It's a two-fer Tuesday!  These were both so short that I decided to post both of them.

Story: Among Stars

Author: Alienist

Rating: All ages

Word Count: 640

Author's Summary: Turlough asks the Doctor why he didn't accept the Presidency.

Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor, Turlough

Warnings: Mild spoiler for The Five Doctors.

Recced because:

I like The Five Doctors, and this missing scene between Turlough and the Doctor explains his decision to run away from the presidency.  As I've mentioned, I enjoy glimpses into the Doctor's distant past, and this is a good one.  Sometimes changing yourself is as good as it gets.  

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Story: Ten First Times
Author: Alienist
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1010
Author's summary: The rebel becomes the activist. The activist becomes the recluse. The recluse becomes the renegade.
Characters/Pairings: First Doctor/Susan's Grandmother, Susan's Mother, Susan
Warnings: There's the potentially confusing factor of two characters sharing the same name (though it's easily figured out by context.)

Recced because: We don't really know much about the Doctor's life before he stole the TARDIS from Gallifrey. Oh, canon itself gives us the odd off-hand remark about the Doctors youth--the daisiest daisy and Roentgen blocks, such things are theories made of--but there's really not all that much that's concrete. Really, all we know is that Susan must have had parents once and so the Doctor must have once had a child and that child must have once had a mother (or another father.)

In Ten First Times, Alienist does a credible job of filling in the blanks of the Doctor's first few centuries and the life she creates for him feels very true. The prose is simple, spare, and affecting. By the end it's very easy to understand why the Doctor left.
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Story: Scars
Author: Alienist
Rating: General
Word Count: 704
Author's Summary: A corrupt monarch invades the Doctor's mind with sadistic curiosity.
Characters/Pairings: Five
Warnings: none

Recced because:
This is a type of fic I love – a character-study vignette. Scars makes me want to see more than the handful of Five stories I’ve already seen because this peek into his brain is so suggestive and intriguing. The language is sparse and evocative, which is just right for this kind of thing. There are these gorgeously poetic references to specific incidents in the Doctor’s life, many of which I can’t identify with my limited old-school knowledge – but they make me want to seek out the answers, and that’s a great thing for a fic to do.


Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

May 2017