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Story: World's End
Author: Doctor Tam
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1,327
Author's Summary: The end of the Time War.
Characters/Pairings: Romana II, The Doctor (8th)
Warnings: Some violent war/disaster imagery.

Recced because: This fic takes me back. It speaks very clearly to my inner fanboy, who remains obsessed with Doctor/Romana and unhealthily interested in just what the heck went down in the Last Great Time War.

It's a bit shocking to think that it's almost a whole two years since the 50th Anniversary, and now more than ten years since the revival of Who in 2005. And for most of the time in between those two milestones, those of us who were interested in the Time War, arguably the main innovation introduced by RTD in terms of shaking up the Whoniverse, didn't really know much about it. There were hints, vague suggestions of things like the fall of Arcadia or the Nightmare Child, that intrigued more than they explained. So we thought about it, and extrapolated, and made things up, and wrote a great many fics about it that were pretty much comprehensively Jossed by The Day of the Doctor. Which was not a bad thing because if you ask me The Day of the Doctor was absolutely fantastic. Being Jossed was a price well worth paying for that.

And I'll bet Steven Moffat didn't ask himself whether he had that right before he did it either...

So in that sense this fic is a blast from the past (indeed it dates from 2009). In another sense, if you squint a bit, the Doctor portrayed here taking his leave from Romana in Gallifrey's last moments could just as easily be the War Doctor as Eight. I think a lot of us always thought though that the idea of Eight of all Doctors being placed in that terrible position just seemed right, in some poetic sense, just as the notion that it would have been the Lady President Romana sending him on that fatal mission seemed too terribly perfect not to be true. The End of Time Jossed that one, of course, and while I personally don't hold that story in the same regard as The Day of the Doctor, that too was a price worth paying for the possibility of a still-living Romana, out there, somewhere...

Enough about my fannish predilections anyway. This is a very nice fic indeed, and extremely well written. It puts you the reader right in that hellish moment before the End and manages to explore the characters of the Doctor and Romana, their thoughts about and differing relationships with regard to their homeworld and their duties to it within a very economical word count. It explores the Doctor's role in and responsibility for the War and associated events, and how his association with Romana has affected both of them and led directly to the position in which they currently find themselves. As a fan with a lot of affection for that particular relationship, I find this story and its portrayal of what is almost certainly their final parting very touching indeed.

There is one line (no, not the one about Ace; as much as it pains me, thinking up horrible fates for Ace is pretty much a standard feature in all fiction, official and fan, set in the Survival-Rose gap) that I can imagine many fans would find contentious. Don't let that turn you off what it by any other measure a great fic. I hope you will all go and read it right now and leave some words of appreciation for the author.

A Moment )
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Story: Stranger
Author: Doctor Tam
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1369
Author's Summary: When Spencer Reid was ten years old, he had an imaginary friend named Susan.
Characters/Pairings: Susan Foreman, Spencer Reid (Criminal Minds)
Warnings: Crossover with Criminal Minds.

Recced because: This is technically a crossover, but perfectly accessible even if you don't know who Spencer is.  For those who are in the know, this is a bittersweet look at a difficult childhood that doesn't try to fix anything but simply adds another element: Susan.  Her underlying sadness, and the mystery behind her appearances, leaves you wondering about the story behind her choice to keep returning to this one child - and then the story behind her ultimate disappearance.  Short, but worth the read.
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Story: Four Things Jamie Learned about Time (and Travelling in it)
Author: Doctor Tam
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 517
Author's Summary: As the title says. "Jamie frowned at his watch, then shrugged. Maybe he’d get the Doctor to explain in later."
Characters/Pairings: Jamie McCrimmon, Second Doctor, Polly Wright, Victoria Waterfield, Zoe Heriot, Ben Jackson
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Another, much earlier companion, trying to make sense of travelling with the Doctor – this time Jamie, learning about time itself. Despite the brevity, this fic gets a lot into each of its sweet and perfectly-characterised snapshots of Jamie’s days aboard the TARDIS and the strangeness, pleasures - and friendships - they bring.
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On the Doctor and his companions – and why it is he finds himself travelling with humans so often:
Story: and the lightning
Author: Doctor Tam
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 547
Author's Summary: During a visit to a far future, the Doctor reflects on how human his perspective has become.
Characters/Pairings: Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon, Zoe Heriot
Warnings: None.

Recced because: This is a beautiful ficlet, and a rare peek into the Doctor’s mind, as he reflects on how travelling with his companions has changed him and the way he sees the universe. It’s tightly-written and moving, and while it happens to be Two thinking of Jamie and Zoe (and those that came before them), it would be easy to imagine similar thoughts from other Doctors at other times – Nine and Rose, Seven and Ace, Four and Sarah, Three and Jo, Eleven and Amy. It’s true here, and true throughout the show. (Well, just look at what happens when Ten travels alone…)
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Technically it's Wednesday now, but since I haven't gone to bed yet, I'll be calling this my Tuesday rec.

Story: Ordinary Day
Author: Doctor Tam
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2,073
Author's summary: In which Serenity is not impenetrable, Simon does some amateur xenobiology, and Mal learns to believe in something that isn’t logical. Firefly(post-BDM)/Doctor Who
Characters/Pairings: Mal Reynolds, Zoe Alleyne, Fourth Doctor, Romana II, Kaylee Frye, Simon Tam, River Tam, Jayne Cobb, Inara Serra, Adric
Warnings: Crossover with Firefly. Spoilers for Serenity.

Recced because: Evidently Firefly takes place in E-Space. I'm not surprised.

Seriously, though, this is a very well done crossover. The character voices for both canons are pitch perfect. Doctor Tam does a very good Fourth Doctor in particular. Also, the encounter itself was done in a very organic matter that fit neatly in with both canons. It's the kind of thing that happens to the Serenity crew all the time, but it's also the sort of thing that happens to the Doctor. The title fits: this is an ordinary day. For all of them.
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[identity profile] hibernate.livejournal.com
Story: Six Times the Doctor Loved and Lost (and Once He Didn't)
Author: Doctor Tam
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1723
Author's Summary: As you do.
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Jamie McCrimmon, Romana (I & II), Sarah Jane Smith, The Doctor (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 10th), the Master, the TARDIS
Warnings: None

Recced because: This story takes us through seven vignettes depicting a few of the Doctor's important relationships. At a first glance it looks deceptively simple, but scratch the surface and you realise it actually hides quite a lot of insight. Together, the seven snippets form a whole that somehow manages to make me smile and break my heart a little at the same time.
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These are the recommendations of the Calufrax reccer Biichan. My week-long mission is to explore strange new genres, to seek out new authors and new pairings, and to boldly rec where I have not recced before.

Story: One Track Mind
Author: Doctor Tam
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1698
Author's summary: The Doctor tells Rose his life story. Or something. “Twenty-nine!? Jeez, Mickey was right, you’re some sort of womanizer or something!”
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Rose
Warnings: Don't read while drinking fluids

Recced because: There exists a certain subgenre of New Who fanfiction in which the Ninth or Tenth Doctor explains his past unprompted to Rose (or Martha or Donna, but usually Rose for some reason), despite the fact that canonically he never seems to explain anything about himself without being bullied into it. (See: Martha Jones in Gridlock.) This is generally used as a way to create a greater emotional intimacy between the Doctor and his companion.

This fic takes that very subgenre and skewers it brilliantly. Oh yes, the Doctor confesses. He confesses it all and Rose isn't particularly reassured by anything she hears. But it's done with so much love and affection along with the snark that one can't help but grin.

“So, how many have there been?”

The Doctor sighs, devoutly glad that Mickey has gone off to find a room. His tendency to misinterpret Sarah Jane as an old girlfriend would be increasingly irritating in a conversation about all his friends. At least Rose understands that you can love someone without being in love with them. Hopefully. Actually, it’s possible that she’s fuzzy on the concept, and that’s what’s causing this trouble.

“Well? If you don’t want to answer–“

Oh, yeah, the question. The Doctor calculates in his head, running up against some problems: does he include the Brigadier? Do Katarina and Sara Kingdom count? What about K9 and Kamelion? Eventually he sorts it out: “29. I think. Roughly.”
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Story: La Vie Boheme
Author: Doctor Tam
Rating: All-Ages
Word Count: 2075
Author's Summary: A non-linear character study: "He composes a symphony for accordion and dog whistle, goes pike fishing in the Thames, and gets a sunburn on his nose. After all, the universe isn’t his responsibility."
Characters/Pairings: Four, The Brig, Harry, Sarah Jane, Leela, Romana I, Romana II, K-9
Warnings: None

It's not too hard to scratch the surface with Four (teeth & curls, scarf, jelly baby, hello!), but he's always seemed to be one of the more difficult Doctors to get beneath the surface with.

This story not only goes deep, but also provides a lovely illumination of Four: his fears, his hopes, his motivations, and his interactions with his friends and companions. Even the non-linear nature of the story is perfectly suited to the Fourth Doctor (and the sections are scattered to great effect).


Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

May 2017