[identity profile] scripsi.livejournal.com
Title: Any Colour You Like
Author: Calapine
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2744
Author's Summary: The Master's curious about his future wife.
Characters/Pairings: The Master (Delgado), Lucy Saxon
Warnings: references to self-harm and suicide ideation.

Recc'ed Because: This story is a paradox, but it works nevertheless. The Master invites Lucy Saxon into his TARDIS and she accepts. The Master is curious and a bit uncomfortable, unfailingly polite and perhaps he do things to Lucy’s mind she doesn’t remember after. He may do it to be kind. And Lucy is damaged, which anyone who has survived the Master probably has to be, but she is also not afraid anymore. The chemistry between them too are very interesting and it is a story which can be read several times. It also beautifully and poetically written.

Excerpt )
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[personal profile] nonelvis
Posting on behalf of Styrofoam monster on Teaspoon.

Story: Critical Angle
Author: Calapine
Rating: All Ages
Word count: 940
Characters: Tegan, Five
Summary: They say it's better here than anywhere else.

Recced because: Tegan is so well drawn here as the complex, confrontational and vulnerable person she is. This fic unravels the trauma that Tegan undergoes from traveling with the Doctor, tackles their complex relationship and how very distant and alien the fifth doctor can be. There are too many wonderful lines to list, but this one especially struck me: "She’ll think of Earth and he’ll tell her about all the wonderful places in the universe she’s never going to see because they’re too busy helping the not so wonderful places." Nothing is nice or neat in this fic. But despite that, it is the little moments -- Tegan dreaming of being a car mechanic, tea in the rain room, and Tegan's colonizing the cloister room -- that offer some humanity in the harsh and clinical prose.

A haunting fic.

excerpt: after the cut )
[identity profile] irishvampire13.livejournal.com
Story: Propositions for Peace
Author: Calapine
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1,123
Author's Summary: A compromise during the Time War.
Characters/Pairings: Romana II, the Master (Ainley version)
Warnings: None

Recced because: Two intriguing characters, interacting during their planet's darkest days. I think that pretty much says it all.

Edit: 1:15 AM

Actually, there is something to add. I just reread this mere moments ago. It's even better than I remembered. And I remembered it being excellent. Therefore...well, you can trust my judgment. ;-)
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Story: Set Yourself On Fire
Author: Calapine
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2634
Author's Summary: River Song, time, stories and choices.
Characters/Pairings: River Song, Tenth Doctor, Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory Williams
Warnings: None

Recced because: River is a fascinating character, and this fic really captures her spirit and her life. It's whirlwind and brilliant and glorious, just like River herself.

An excerpt )
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Story: Christmas Cutaway
Author: Calapine
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 1232
Characters/pairings: Eighth Doctor, Grace Holloway
Author's summary: Too much sugar in your tea: the Doctor and Grace at Christmas

Recced because: We could all use some Christmas-themed fluff at Christmas. This one is actually as thoughtful as it is cozy, being a conversation over Christmas dinner between Eight and Grace. (The author lists it as romance, and there's a small kiss, but there's nothing especially shippy about it, and it could easily be read as platonic too.) They talk about silly things and serious things, and the third-person present tense gives us Grace's down-to-earth POV, but with a somewhat dreamy quality, which works well for a story featuring the dreamy, enigmatic Eighth Doctor. A nice stand-alone vignette to warm a winter evening.

An excerpt )
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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: Heights

Author: Calapine

Rating: All Ages

Word Count: 905

Author's Summary: The Doctor, Jamie, and just the one parachute

Characters/Pairings: Jamie McCrimmon, Two

Warnings: None

Recced Because:

The Doctor and Jamie are on a plane. We don't know why they're on the plane or what will happen to them after they get back on solid ground, but that doesn't matter. The plane is crashing. Two and Jamie have a moment of adorable bickering which ends with inevitable clinging. It's just one scene out of an unknown, larger adventure, but with all of the missing episodes that seems distinctly Two-ish in itself.
A taste )
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The Fiftieth anniversary is upon us, and [livejournal.com profile] calufrax is celebrating with some bonus recs - I'm reccing a drabble or brief ficlet for each Doctor in honour of the show's special day. (I will, however, be spreading them out as much as I can over the weekend, so hopefully I won't spam your flists too much - but, after all, there will never be another fiftieth anniversary for the show - something had to be done!)

And so, going through the Doctors in no particular order, let's start now with Eight...

Story: Symbiosis
Author: Calapine
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 443
Author's Summary: He is never alone.
Characters/Pairings: Eighth Doctor, The TARDIS
Warnings: None.

Recced because: The Doctor and the TARDIS and their unique relationship in a beautiful, terse piece. Where better to start the anniversary but with the Ship and her Thief, travelling together through the vortex?
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[identity profile] redjaywrites.livejournal.com
Author: Calapine
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1,721
Author's Summary: The Doctor and the Master go for a lovely drive in the country.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (10th), The Master (Simm)
Warnings: n/a

Recced because: Pure. Fluff. I love little AUs where these two run off and get to be a happy family of friends again! And then you go and ask Bessie into the mix and, well, frankly, I'm in love. Oddly enough it also has a charming feel of the British to it, which is a nice way to read something. The Master is a bit Stephen Fry-ish, too. Aaaaand then it punches you in the feels, in the middle. Read on, dear reader, at your peril! Your delicious peril...
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it, happy sixth night of Hanukkah to those who celebrate it, and happy Doctor Who Christmas Special Day to us all! As my last rec, I bring you some holiday fluff:

Story: Christmas in the TARDIS
Author: Calapine
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 639
Author's Summary: A very merry Christmas for Romana and the Doctor.
Characters/Pairings: Fourth Doctor/Romana II
Warnings: None

Recced because: I'll be honest with you. I'm generally not a fan of "characters celebrate Christmas" fic, but this is such a perfect piece of sweet, non-sappy, in-character Doctor/Romana fluff, it completely won me over. If you love Christmas fic, you're bound to love this; and if you don't, try it anyway, because it just might win you over, too.

an excerpt )
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This is it from me! Thanks for putting up with me, and I hope you found something worth reading that you hadn't seen before.

Story: Martha Jones, Angel of Death!
Author: calapine
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 2,083
Author's Summary: How not to kill the Doctor.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones/The Doctor (10th), the Black Guardian
Warnings: none

Recced because: For my last rec, I was going to pick something really deep and meaningful. The I realized I'd rather just rec something really really silly. So this is it! The premise is essentially that after Adeola (from Army of Ghosts) died, she was recruited by the Black Guardian and brought back to life as Martha Jones in order to kill the Doctor. It basically just gets more excellent and ridiculous from there.

excerpt under the cut )
[identity profile] biichan.livejournal.com
Story: There Can Be Only One
Author: Calapine
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: ~1400
Author's Summary: Five times in the life of Jamie McCrimmon when he became immortal and never left the Doctor. As you do
Characters/Pairings: Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon, Zoe Heriot, Liz Shaw, Fourth Doctor, White Guardian, Romana I, Ninth Doctor, Tenth Doctor
Warnings: Not actually a crossover. No heads are lost in the course of this fic.

Recced because: It's light and silly and very fun and quite clever. Zoe ends up looking into the heart of the TARDIS and accidentally makes Jamie unable to stay dead. So of course he gets to stay with the Doctor for the rest of his (un)natural life as an immortal highlander. Er. Not that kind of highlander. Really.

Jamie folded his arms, determined to stand his ground, even though he was, in fact, sitting up in bed. “I saw it in one of those talking pictures. He had to keep chopping off people’s heads.”
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[personal profile] elisi
There was no way I was going to let this week pass by without a little Doctor/Master! :)

Story: Things You Don't Want in the Night
Author: Calapine
Rating: All Ages.
Word Count: 1609
Author's Summary: Right after that Martian adventure with some homicidal water, the Doctor decides to have a nice sleep; the Master wakes him up.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (10th), The Master (Simm)
Warnings: The author gives none, although there are a few lines that might be unsuitable for younger people.
Recced because: This fic was written shortly after ‘Water of Mars’ aired, and it’s still my favourite coda to that episode (and it even fits in with canon, kinda). After all, who better than the Master to give the Doctor a few choice words after that particular imbroglio? It’s hilarious from start to finish, and yet has a deliciously dark undercurrent. Plus both characters are so perfectly portrayed that it truly does feel like a bit of canon left behind – the Doctor’s defensiveness, the Master’s glee... I can't count how often I've re-read it.
[identity profile] allonymity.livejournal.com
Story: C2H5OH (The Forever's Too Good To Be True Remix)
Author: Calapine
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1565
Author's Summary: The Doctor's always been a liar, now he's a drunk liar.
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler
Warnings:. none

Recced because: It can be hard to simultaneous capture the alieness of the Doctor and still stay true to the Doctor we see on screen, but this story does a great job of it. It gives just a glimpse of the darkness underneath the Doctor’s goofy exterior, and it’s enough to give you a shiver.
[identity profile] cakeordeath44.livejournal.com
 Title: A Little Rest for the Wounds
Author: Calapine
Rating: Adult
Word count: 690
Author's summary: The Doctor, a werewolf and a house in Brazil.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor/Ileana
Warnings: Sex, and Spoilers for Loups Garoux (Big Finish).

Recced because: A touching, sensual exploration of one of my favourite one-off characters in the Who canon. Ten is gloriously, awfully him, in all his brashness. Ileana has that desperate insecurity and strength shown in the audio. Truely wonderful.
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It's my last rec of the week! Thanks for having me - I hope you enjoyed the fic.

Story: Miniature Disasters
Author: Calapine
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4456
Author's Summary: A heartwarming tale of marriages and a baby.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones/The Doctor (10th), Romana II/The Doctor (8th)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: This story is one of those that just brings it all together. New Who, Classic Series, nods to the Gallifrey canon. Three different timelines all running in the same space. It's funny and interesting and clever, and it's one of the fics that got me started writing my own fanfiction. Miniature Disasters is just really, really good.
[identity profile] allonymity.livejournal.com
Story: Filthy Lucre
Author: Calapine
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1063
Author's Summary: Where the Doctor got his paper bag of cash from in The Lodger.
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, The Doctor (11th)
Warnings:. none

Recced because: This charming missing scene fic does a great job of integrating old and new Who. Both the Brigadier and Eleven’s voices are spot on, and the overall tone fits well with the episode it’s associated with. I could easily picture it as a wonderful “Children in Need” special.
[identity profile] ladymercury-10.livejournal.com
 Story: Stories We Tell Our Children
Author: Calapine
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3416
Author's summary: Tell stories; be kind; remember. A response to The Big Bang.
Characters: Eleven, River Song, Amy Pond, Rory Williams
Warnings: Spoilers for S5

Recced because: This captures the spirit of S5 perfectly.  It's gorgeously written and really touching.  It's almost enough to bring you to tears.  I'll leave you with an excerpt:

Under the cut )
[identity profile] faience.livejournal.com
Story: Antifreeze
Author: Calapine
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1194
Author's summary: A Time Lord and an anthropomorphic personification walk into a bar…
Characters: Ten, other character
Warnings: none

Recced because: Ten and Death meet in a bar, post-Doomsday. This short fic has some absolutely brilliant dialog and it never fails to make me laugh. Not convinced? Here's an excerpt:

Excerpt )


Apr. 1st, 2010 04:25 pm
[identity profile] shobogan.livejournal.com
Story: Orphans
Author: Calapine
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2199
Author's Summary: The Doctor meets an old friend, and gains a new perspective. (Pre-Rose)
Characters/Pairings: Nyssa/Ninth Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: The Doctor going to Nyssa after Gallifrey's death is an idea I've always been fond of, and Calapine executes it marvellously. The Doctor's raw anguish, Nyssa's older sorrow, conflicting emotions and no easy answers.

It's sad and sweet and difficult and hopeful, and I can very easily believe it happened.
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Story: Paternity
Author: Calapine
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1169
Author's Summary: The Doctor has a very important and obvious question for Sarah Jane.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, Luke Smith, Clyde Langer
Warnings: None

Recced because: The Tenth Doctor crosses over to the Sarah Jane Adventures to ask Sarah an obvious question, and it's just so much cracky fun. The story is very accessible even if you've never seen SJA, but if you are a fan of the show, you'll have extra appreciation for what happens at the end.

A teaser )
[identity profile] elliptic-eye.livejournal.com
Story: An Element of Blank
Author: Carmen Sandiego ([livejournal.com profile] calapine)
Rating: All Ages
Word count: 1,660
Author's summary: Wormholes, pubs, darts and a big fight scene. Written for the 2005 Multiverse challenge.
Characters/pairings: Nine, Jadzia Dax (from Star Trek: Deep Space 9)
Warnings: none

Recced because: It's the crossover that needed to happen. Though I didn't know that until I read it, of course.

Bringing the Doctor face-to-face with Dax is simple and inspired, particularly with the newly-orphaned version 9.0. Nine and Dax's camaraderie and maybe friendship is rough around the edges but deeply satisfying. Their differences are as important to their understanding of each other as their similarities, and An Element of Blank is really just a fantastic look at both of them.

Excerpt )
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Story: Outside In
Author: calapine
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1205
Author's Summary: Two wars, two obsessions; killing the alien.
Characters/Pairings: Nine, Ellen Ripley

Recced because: One of these days, we will run out of stories to rec that [livejournal.com profile] calapine has written. Today is not that day. Outside In is a dark and twisted look at the Doctor in a very low point of life. And since it's crossed with the 'Alien' series, Ripley's outlook is just as bleak. Which begs the the question: just which alien are they trying to kill?
[identity profile] radiantbaby.livejournal.com
A somewhat early morning post as I have a busy day ahead...

Story: Tapestry
Author: Carmen Sandiego/[livejournal.com profile] calapine
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 4547
Author's Summary: The Doctor, River Song, the way things go.
Characters/Pairings: Ten/River
Warnings: None

Recced because: Honestly, any story that starts out with a reference to the Ouroboros has immediately got my rapt attention as a Hellenic!geek, but that's just the beginning/ending of this lovely and intricate fic. The love story of the Doctor and River Song is portrayed here as something of a fairy tale -- almost ethereal and otherworldly, lyrical and gorgeous. Like the darkness swiftly creeping into a Grimm tale, though, this tale also has its own darkness interspersed throughout -- the inevitability of Time and, for want of a better word, Fate. Still, despite all that, the strength and beauty of the connection between River and the Doctor shines through and gives them/us hope. I think this is an excellent portrayal of this complex relationship and, I don't say this about many fics, but I can say with assurance that this story is my fanon for Doctor/River.

Excerpt behind cut )
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Story: Persephone
Author: Carmen Sandiego
Rating: All Ages - None - Drama
Word Count: 1946
Author's Summary: Martha's a Time Lord now.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones, The Doctor (10th)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: This is the first story that made me take the possibility of Martha/Master seriously.
[identity profile] ionlylurkhere.livejournal.com
Story: Frozen, like me
Author: [livejournal.com profile] calapine/Carmen Sandiego
Rating: not given, but I'd say All Ages
Word count: 1600
Author's summary: Take comfort where you can, and wrap up warm in winter.
Characters/Pairings: Nyssa/Tegan, Five
Warnings: None

Recced because: Because they're my OTP, dammit, and they're captured perfectly here. The story evokes its harsh wintry setting perfectly, setting up a fantastic contrast with the warmth they provide one another, and the different ways it expresses itself given their different but complementary personalities. Fabulous.
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[identity profile] jinxed-wood.livejournal.com
Story: 17 Reasons Why Romana is (better than) the Doctor
Author: [livejournal.com profile] calapine (Carmen Sandiego on Teaspoon)
Wordcount: 1165
Rating: All Ages
Author's Summary:Cause she is, y'know.
Characters/Pairings: K-9, Romana II, The Doctor (4th)

Recced because: I know you all know about my unshakable belief that Romana pawns the entire multiverse - whether my proof for this theory is sound is another story! The truth, I suspect, lies somewhere between Shrodinger's cat and Newton's apple tree... this wee story shows 17 of the steps between.
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[identity profile] akashasheiress.livejournal.com
Story: And Hate the Idle Pleasures of These Days
Author: Calapine
Rating: Doesn't say. Let's make it Teen, just to be sure.
Word Count: 1957
Author's Summary: When Harry Met Lucy
Characters/Pairings: Simm!Master/Lucy Saxon
Warnings: Evilness, violent imagery.

Recced because: This is a sort of prequel to Beauty Was the Cause of That Effect. Basically, ''Harry'' meets Lucy at a ball, becomes fascinated by her quiet insanity and decides that she's the ''one''. Recced because of the wonderful language and the almost beautiful madness of Harry and Lucy's relationship.
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[identity profile] jinxed-wood.livejournal.com
Story: Making Time (Lords)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] calapine (Carmen Sandiego on Teaspoon)
Wordcount: 1477
Rating: Teen (For Language)
Author's Summary: The pocket watch has to die. (A Withnail & I crossover)
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (8th), The Doctor (webcast 9th)

Recced because: I've always thought there was something...suspect... about Marwood and Withnail. This amusing little crossover explains it all. Pass me the port.
[identity profile] pimpmytardis.livejournal.com
Story: Cartographers
Author: [livejournal.com profile] calapine
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2892
Author's Summary: Former companions during the latest invasion. (Set during tSE/JE.)
Characters/Pairings: Barbara Wright/Ian Chesterton, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Harry Sullivan, Jo Grant, Liz Shaw, Polly Wright/Ben Jackson, Ancelyn/Winifred Bambera
Warnings: none given

Recced because: This is a great shapshot of some Classic companions as the Daleks are at it again in tSE/JE. The pacing and characterization are stellar; it's insightful, funny, and ultimately delves into what being the Doctor's influence is really about. This has sailed straight into my personal canon.
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[identity profile] akashasheiress.livejournal.com
Story: Beauty Was the Cause of That Effect
Author: Calapine
Rating: All Ages, according to the author
Word Count: 3076
Author's Summary: It's the little things that bring two crazy people together.
Characters/Pairings: Simm!Master, Lucy Saxon, Simm!Master/Lucy
Warnings: General sociopathy by both characters, the Master snapping a bloke's neck, violent imagery

Recced because: Like the author said, it's about two people being brought together by their mutual insanity. Calapine makes you believe that yes, this is indeed how it must have happened. Lucy is wonderfully mad: a bored rich girl with a taste for death and Saxon!Master is his own delighful self, including something bordering on admiration for Lucy's potential for evil.
[identity profile] morgeil.livejournal.com
Story: Passing the Torch
Author: Carmen Sandiego
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1433
Author's Summary: Just before dying, the Doctor passed on his awesome legacy to Donna Noble.
Characters/Pairings: Donna Noble, Romana II, Jack Harkness, Martha Jones, Sarah Jane Smith, Simm!Master, the Brigadier.
Warnings: Profanity.

Recced because: Hilarious Donna-centric crack!fic. Written well before the S4 finale and at times disturbingly prophetic. Made me giggle lots.
[identity profile] livii.livejournal.com
Story: People of the Universe
Author: Carmen Sandiego
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: They talk under a dark sky and know it's not forever.
Characters/Pairings: Romana II/Susan
Warnings: none
Word Count: 872

Recced because: This is another tiny story that manages to be packed tight with ideas, images, and beautiful characterization. It's a gorgeous pairing, and the voices and mood are just right. Once a year, in the cold, the two women meet: their discussions about the past, the future, and all the possibilities in between illuminate each character in an understated but very moving way. It's a lovely piece of work.
[identity profile] pimpmytardis.livejournal.com
Story: Mistitled
Author: [livejournal.com profile] calapine
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1595
Author's Summary: The one way the Doctor could remember his name.
Characters/Pairings: River Song/Ten
Warnings: None

Recced because: Calapine does the impossible. She manages to tell the story of River and the Doctor's name in a beautiful and poignant way that doesn't detract from the mystery that's driven the series for 45 years. I can only hope the Moffat years live up this.
[identity profile] livii.livejournal.com
Story: A Little Rest for the Wounds
Author: Carmen Sandiego / Calapine
Rating: Adult
Author's summary: The Doctor, a werewolf, and a house in Brazil.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor/Ileana de Santos
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~700 words

Recced because: Ileana is from the Loups-Garoux Big Finish audio, and as that suggests, she is indeed a werewolf; her interactions with the Fifth Doctor are revisited during a meeting with the Tenth Doctor in this short but very effective piece. The story is beautifully written, with lines such as On his back, her nails are claws are nails are claws which just pop with imagery, and both characters are perfectly drawn, with the Doctor looking for a little respite from his worries and his past, and Ileana being able to see through him, and show his fallibilities. It works wonderfully.
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[identity profile] persiflage-1.livejournal.com
Marvellous Martha Jones

I'm recommending Martha Jones-centric fics all this week but they're not all Martha/Ten.

Story Bombardment of Positive Ions
Author: Carmen Sandiego
Author Summary: Martha Jones and the UNIT Christmas Party.
Characters: Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart, Harry Sullivan, John Benton, Liz Shaw, Martha Jones, Sarah Jane Smith, Second Doctor
Rating: All ages
Word count: 2601

This is a very humorous story about a Christmas get-together of the Doctor's former Companions at the Brig's house with a fair amount of amusingly snarky point-scoring from earlier Companions. And Martha gets to meet the Second Doctor:

Martha looked up. A sprig of mistletoe. Oh. Well she couldn't, obviously. And he -
The Doctor kissed her, and it was soft and gentle and entirely welcome. When he pulled away, Martha looked into his eyes and found no apologies or regrets or excuses. If anything, he looked rather pleased with himself.
"That was...nice," she said, unable to keep the smile from her lips. "Much nicer than last time."
"Last time!" said Jamie, poking his round the door. "Here, Doctor, what's this about then? You dinnae see me going around kissing lassies I've just met. I think you’ve got some explaining to do."

I've read this about 6 times since it was first posted and it makes me laugh every single time.
[identity profile] livii.livejournal.com
Story: Closed Circle
Author: Calapine
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: A junkyard and a goodbye and everything starts again.
Characters/Pairings: First Doctor/Rose Tyler
Warnings: none
Word Count: 1,300 words

Recced because: Beautiful and heartbreaking, this is a tremendous story, and not at all crackfic as the pairing might suggest. Rose is an old woman, now, and one who has always loved and been loved by the Doctor; she returns to him, at the beginning, and we get a fascinating look at the circularity of time, and the way endings can be a beginning too. Careful, gentle storytelling and lyrical writing are the icing on the cake; she is old and she has always been in love, Rose reflects, a great premise with top-notch execution.
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[identity profile] netgirl-y2k.livejournal.com
Story: People Used to Dream About the Future
Author: Calapine
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 36858
Author's Summary: The world ended sometime in March 2006. This is, of course, a lie. Just like everything else in this story. Nobody bothered to tell the Doctor, Jack or Rose though.
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, Jack, Rose
Warnings: None

Recced because: I almost didn't rec this fic, not because it doesn't deserve it, but because I'm really not sure I can say enough good things about it. It's just that good.

The Ninth Doctor, Rose and Jack arrive in London 2006 to find the planet on a precipice, a familiar enemy and a struggling group of survivors that contains more than one familiar face. This fic mixes classic and new who with more success than any other fic I've ever read, the pacing is brilliant, the characterisation superb. And as for the ending, after I finished it you could quite easily have knocked me down with a feather.
[identity profile] violetisblue.livejournal.com
(Making up for yesterday's forgotten rec:)

Story: Smile Like You Mean It
Author: Calapine
Rating: All Ages
Author's Summary: At the end, the Doctor didn't leave.
Characters/Pairings: Eighth Doctor/Grace Holloway, the Brig
Warnings: None

Recced because: Grace Holloway is never going to win any Most Popular Companion contests, but I always enjoy watching her respond to the Doctor's TARDIS invitation with, "You come with me!" In this story the Doctor does exactly that, and the slow mutual realization of how wrong they are for each other no matter how hard they try makes for painful, sad and fascinating reading. Even if the TV movie made you dyspeptic (nobody could blame you), this story will show you another side of Grace's character and her conflicted, sometimes contentious relationship with the Doctor. To be read when in the mood to indulge in a good bout of melancholy.
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Story: Love Of His Life
Author: Carmen Sandiego
Rating: Unrated
Author's summary: The Doctor loves - foolishly, unconditionally, brilliantly - through all his lives.
Characters/Pairings: Second Doctor/Jamie, Third Doctor/Jo, Theta/Koschei(/Ushas), Fourth Doctor/Romana, Eighth Doctor/Romana, First Doctor/Barbara (unrequited), Barbara/Ian, First Doctor/Cameca, Tenth Doctor/Reinette, Susan, the Brigadier, Martha and numerous other companions mentioned. Also, from the deity corner, Pain, Death, and Time.
Warnings: Should I warn for Gallifreyan mythology?

Recced because: If someone is a thousand years old or more (or even if they're the nine-hundred years they claim to be), it's very silly to presume that they've only loved once in their life. This fic expresses that concept beautifully. It's wonderfully written, with lyrical prose and a firm grasp of canon. The incorporation of Pain, Death, and Time--the three Gallifreyan goddesses--lends a perfect note of unease. I almost didn't rec this, because hasn't everyone read something by Carmen Sandiego? But this fic just gets it so very right that I couldn't help myself. If you haven't read this already, please do. (It's not really as long as the pairing list makes it sound like. It's actually just under three thousand words.)

I'd also like to say that it's been a distinct pleasure to rec to everyone this past week. Due to the generosity of our mods, who let me sign up for another week, I'll be back at the end of April. Quite frankly, I can't wait!


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