[identity profile] zeeziegallifrey.livejournal.com
(Depending on exams, this may or may not be my last rec for the week. If so, it's been lovely reccing for you, and I hope you've enjoyed these fics as much as I have!)

Story: Come to Dust
Author: Cryptile
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3760
Author's Summary: "Everything has its time, everything burns, and everything dies. Rose Tyler reflects on her time with the man in the blue box."
Characters/Pairings: Rose Tyler, Ninth Doctor, Tenth Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: I must admit that while I very much enjoyed her series, I am not Rose Tyler's greatest fan. But sometimes a fic comes along that highlights the greatest pieces of her character and most of all her growth. This is that fic, and it is absolutely wonderful.
First of all, I have to note the gorgeous structure. You'll understand better when you read it (and you really should read it), but its division into elements of learning fits perfectly with the story--the physical structure truly adds to the fic instead of just containing it. On to the fic itself: all I can say is that there were just so many moments when I found myself thinking "Yes, exactly!" and understanding Rose's character far more clearly than I had before. I would honestly recommend this to anyone remotely familiar with these characters--it's an utterly fantastic, beautiful, and fascinating read!
[identity profile] sue-denimme.livejournal.com
Story: Make the Man
Author: Cryptile
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1768
Author's Summary: Ode to a black leather jacket.
Characters/Pairings: Ten, Rose (but Rose isn't really in it much)
Warnings: None

Recced because: The "new Doctor picks his outfit" scene is a hallowed Doctor Who ritual. Here Cryptile explores Ten's change of clothes and how it signaled inward changes as well, contrasting Nine's forbidding, no-frills ensemble with the almost aggressive quaintness of the classic series incarnations, and offering a possible reason why Ten in turn dressed the way *he* did.

What's really amazing is that this story was posted nearly a month before New Earth first aired, when Ten was still shiny and new and his surface had yet to be scratched.

Oh, and the last line especially is a killer.
[identity profile] joking.livejournal.com
Title: Man in the Blue Box
Author: Cryptile
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 616
Author's Summary: A fairy tale. Possibly.
Characters/Pairings: Unspecified Doctor, unspecified companions
Warnings: None

Recced because: I decided to wrap up this week with a fic that's about the threads that tie together all the Doctors, about his fundamental nature. I love stories that take the form of fairy tales, and this one is pitch-perfect, its words all fey and beautiful. The ending may make you tear up a little.
ext_17473: (communal joyful weirdness)
[identity profile] missbaxter.livejournal.com
Hey folks,
Many apologies for the late start to my reccing week; my brain has been occupied for the last few days with trying to wheedle a historic Scottish property into exhibiting a cake the size of a tennis table in its Great Hall....This may or may not tell you something about my taste in fic. At any rate, let the reccage commence :-)

Story: Here There Be
Rating:General (some swearing)
Word Count:32,036
Author's Summary: Rose Tyler battles Prehistoric Beasts, Torquay housewives and her new therapist.
Characters/Pairings:Rose Tyler, Mickey Smith, Jake, Pete Tyler, Jackie Tyler, OMC
Recced because:This is one of the first fics I read when I was discovering Doctor Who, and in a lot of ways, it's still my benchmark as far as good fic is concerned. It's set in Pete's World after the events of 'Doomsday', and is both a terrifically well-written character piece that makes me thoroughly identify with Rose in a way that the show never quite managed to do, and is also a rollicking good tale to boot. The pacing is lively and built around a deadpan sense of humor and all of the characters are given unexpected, truthful, tender, plausible moments which really build on how Season Two left them. The original characters are just that and the dialogue fizzes throughout. And there's dinosaurs. Come on, guys, dinosaurs. Who doesn't love a T-Rex?
[identity profile] cakeordeath44.livejournal.com
Hello, I am CakeorDeath44, you're friendly neighbourhood reccyer for the week. Hope you enjoy the stories I recommend.

Hey Now Hey Now
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 7243
Author's Summary: Rose Tyler learns about universal constants.
Characters/Pairings: Rose Tyler, The Doctor (10th), The TARDIS
Warnings: Swearing, very mild.

Recced because:

"And for all things then lost, and the cold hearth, and her riven heart, she drowns the world in her tears."

Because it contains this line?

All right, perhaps you want something more. One of the surprising things about Doctor Who is that, for a show that is so brash and loud and big and camp (in a good way) most of the time on the television, it lends itself spectacularly well to introspective, poetic, lyrical and intelligent pieces of writing. This story shows the relationship between Rose and the Doctor, and Rose’s character herself with subtlety, beautiful language and lovely vignettes. Using as a muse a Crowded House song. If that isn’t talent, I don’t know what is.

[identity profile] pimpmytardis.livejournal.com
Story: Downtime
Author: [livejournal.com profile] cryptile
Rating: None given
Word Count: 4418
Author's Summary: So much for leaving at Christmas . . .
Characters/Pairings: Jackie Tyler, Mickey Smith, Rose Tyler, The Doctor (10th), The TARDIS
Warnings: None given

Recced because: No second chances? A masterful story, at turns touching, chilling, and humorous. Set between "The Christmas Invasion" and "New Earth," it deals with a newly-regenerated Ten fixing the TARDIS while Earth-bound with the Tyler family. There's a beautiful through-line about change and the development of the new Tenth Doctor.
Here's an excerpt of my favorite scene )
[identity profile] fantasyjax.livejournal.com
Story: An Irksome Word and Task
Author: Cryptile
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 9529
Author's Summary: The stars are going out all over Creation, and he's at a Christmas party. In Lannet.
Characters/Pairings: Shalka!Nine, Alyson Cheney
Warnings: Swearing. Also creep.

Recced because: Very much a fic for the advanced class: it's freaky, it's scary, it's rambling and difficult to keep up with and it is overwhelming when the pieces finally click together and you really, truly realize what's going on. It's also, surprisingly, a very funny story, capturing Shalka!Nine's particular flavor of bitter, broken hilarity to perfection, and does not forget to carry Alyson from rather generic companion model to extremely much a person in her own right. If you're only ever going to read one Shalka fic, make it this one.
[identity profile] sabra-n.livejournal.com
Story: Here There Be
Author: Cryptile
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 32,036
Author's Summary: "Rose Tyler battles Prehistoric Beasts, Torquay housewives and her new therapist."
Characters/Pairings: Rose Tyler, Mickey Smith, Pete Tyler, Other Character(s)
Warnings: None

Recced because: There are dinosaurs. Well, there's that, and there's also a post-"Doomsday" Rose, working for the ramshackle alternate Torchwood with Mickey and Jake, babysitting her younger sister, and attending therapy forced on her by her employer. This is the best Cyber!verse story I've read, where moving on from the Doctor is neither fast nor easy, but it happens.

Also, there are dinosaurs. That's the really important bit.
ext_17679: (rhube)
[identity profile] netgirl-y2k.livejournal.com
Story: The Lonely God(zilla)
Author: Cryptile
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1732
Author's Summary: Because nothing else is canon . . .
Characters/Pairings: The Fifth Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa, Adric
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is hands down one of the funniest fics I've ever read. Missing Heathrow, again, the Doctor lands the TARDIS inside a cinema screening Godzilla. He proceeds to explain the history of the franchise desperately trying to ignore his companions bickering, sniping and generally just trying to make themselves heard.

My favourite part is the author describing the voices of the TARDIS crew, anyone who describes Adric's voice as the kind of voice one invariably heard at art openings and political gatherings; a sort of collected, slightly smug type of diction that you wanted to hit repeatedly with a brick deserves serious fandom points in my book.

And I don't want to ruin the twist at the end but it's excellent.
[identity profile] wendymr.livejournal.com

Story: Jackie Tyler in the Fourth Dimension  
Author: Cryptile

Rating: None given; I’d say all ages

Author's summary: Jackie Tyler hates time travel.

Characters/Pairings: Jackie Tyler, with guest appearances from Ninth Doctor, Tenth Doctor, Eleventh Doctor, Rose Tyler, Ace McShane

Warnings: Author warns for swearing; it’s pretty mild

Recced because: If you love Jackie, as I do, this is the Jackie fic to read. It’s about Jackie’s relationship with the Doctor(s), with her daughter and also with life in general. If you loved Jackie and Nine snarking at each other, this story will have you alternately laughing out loud, exclaiming that’s EXACTLY right!, and maybe even shedding a little tear on occasion. In a way, it’s also a love story, but it’s not romantic love; it’s the love between two people who can never make up their minds whether they like or hate each other. There are two incredibly touching scenes, very subtly written, both of which left me with a lump in my throat. On the other hand, we have crossing timelines, a Welsh Doctor who plays the spoons, Rose defending the Earth with Ace and a missing finger. This story is unmissable.

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[identity profile] violetisblue.livejournal.com
Story: No Company for Old Men
Author: Cryptile
Rating: All Ages
Author's Summary: "Who are you and what did you do with the Brigadier?"
Characters: Ninth Doctor, the Brig
Warnings: Swearing

Recced because: I love stories where people keep skirting straightforward talk, but communicate the real facts in the interstices: The Ninth Doctor can't quite tell the Brig about the Time War, the Brig can't quite tell the Doctor he's dying, but slowly the truth comes out of its own volition. It's not at all unrelieved angst, though--there's a good deal of whimsical humor, the easy casual conversation of old friends and the Brig, in his own fashion, celebrating the ultimate worth of his "small" human life. (The Doctor's many ill-fated attempts at home repair also amused me far too much.) If you want a story that really captures the special relationship between the Doctor and the Brig through the decades, this one is an excellent choice.


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May 2017