lost_spook: (dw - Martha)
[personal profile] lost_spook
Story: Alone In a Godless Universe (And Out of Shake’n’Vac)
Author: Doyle
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2405
Author's Summary: The last human being in the universe is pregnant. Lucky he’s got Martha around. Red Dwarf crossover.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones, Tenth Doctor, Dave Lister, Arnold Rimmer, Cat, Holly
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It’s a Doctor Who/Red Dwarf crossover, pulled off to perfection and neatly filling in a large gap in the crossover show? Because, faced with the universe of the Dwarfers, a pregnant man, a hologram, and only a slim hope of getting home again (by means of technology that looks suspiciously as if it’s made of cardboard), Martha is as awesome as ever? And then there’s the should-have-seen-it-coming coda - and the Doctor’s reaction… (Definitely one of those stories where I had to check the [livejournal.com profile] calufrax tags at least six times to make sure no one else had recced it first. )
lost_spook: (dw - rose & nine)
[personal profile] lost_spook
Story: Stir
Author: Doyle
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1067
Author's Summary: “Oh, go on, blame me, just because I don’t give you out a guidebook and a packed lunch every time I park the TARDIS…”
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, Mickey Smith, Jack Harkness, Rose Tyler
Warnings: None.

Recced because: So there were these three time travellers locked in a cell, right… It’s very funny. Doyle sets up a slightly AU S1 TARDIS team, in which Mickey joins after Boom Town and then follows up with a trip where the Doctor, Mickey and Jack all speedily get arrested for different reasons by a very distinctive (and terribly nice) set of aliens.

It’s hard to say more without spoiling the fun, but it’s by an author who does these things brilliantly and it’s Nine, Mickey and Jack in a cell. I’ll just add a taster and leave you all to it:

“Here we are,” [the guard] said, pressing his hoof against a pad on the floor. “I’ll be along with some food once you’ve settled in — oh, and we’ve put you in with our other two guests. They’re both new too so you’ll all be lovely company for each other. Of course, the place is empty so there’s plenty of space if you want your own cell, but I read once,” he said, a little whinny of distress coming into his voice at the thought, “that humans die of loneliness if you keep them on their own.”

“You could be thinking of gerbils there,” the Doctor said. “Easy mistake to make, I get them mixed up all the time. And I feel a bit of pre-cog coming on; these two new prisoners wouldn’t be called Jack Harkness and Mickey Smith, would they?”
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[personal profile] lost_spook
Just a word in hello. I'm reccing this week (known as vvj5 on Teaspoon) and the fics should be a fair mix of old and new Who. I hope you enjoy. Let's start the week with some humour:

Story: Just Impediment
Rating:All Ages
Word Count: 4961
Author's Summary:Queen Elizabeth I is marrying a Mr William Shakespeare (no relation) and there's a mysterious blue box in the alley outside Mrs Miggins' pie shop; Edmund Blackadder is on the case.
Characters/Pairings:Tenth Doctor

Recced because:I'm still slightly amazed I'm the first to rec this downright brilliant story. It is a crossover, but everything you need to know about Blackadder is in the fic. The only reason I can thinking of for someone not liking this is a) the reader is dead or b) has no sense of humour.

For continuity hounds, it explains the reason Elizabeth I wants Ten dead, for New Who fans, there's Ten (running around madly, getting arrested and engaged, as he does) and Classic fans will be gleefully ahead of the Doctor in guessing the meddling Time Lord's identity. Plus, those who do know Blackadder will not only be rewarded with what appears to be a missing episode of Blackadder II, but use of Baldrick so perfect I nearly cried. If you like sarcastic humour and historical hilarity, why are you still hanging around here? Go read!
[identity profile] silly-cleo.livejournal.com
Story: Things To Do Before You Die
Author: Doyle
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1166
Author's Summary: "Take two pills, get a friend to whisk you off to another planet, and call me in the morning..." Tegan Jovanka lives. (Big Finish audios continuity)
Characters/Pairings: Nyssa, Tegan Jovanka.
Warnings: Spoilers for 'Caves of Androzani', 'The Gathering' and 'Circular Time'. Nothing major, if you're familiar with the basic plot summary of those you're fine.

Recced because: 'The Gathering' is quite a heart-breaking audio and this makes it ALL better? Yeah, that's my 'recced because', pretty much. This fic's just got lovely, lovely Tegan and Nyssa voice. I'm actually having a really hard time coming up with what to say, this fic manages to do so much with so few words, you get this perfect picture of what Tegan, Nyssa AND the Fifth Doctor's lives have all been like, both when they were together and after they parted ways, it's brilliant and if you're a Fivey fan this one's not to be missed. :D
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[identity profile] carawj.livejournal.com
Story: The Great Bikini Incident (The Key to Time Remix)
Author: Doyle
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1692
Author's Summary: Dawn Summers is suspicious of the three electricity inspectors outside her sister’s Rome apartment. Buffy crossover.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Rose Tyler, Ninth Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: It uses the most wonderfully obvious possible connections between the Whoniverse and the Buffyverse and is epic amounts of fun. The dialogue is brilliant, the storyline is great and it made me laugh out loud. I would dearly love for this to have been canon, and am rather sad that it has since been contradicted by the Buffy comics. Doyle used to write a lot in Buffy fandom, so Dawn's voice is perfect and her descriptions of the Doctor and Jack shouldn't be missed! And neither, for that matter, should the truly awesome ending.
[identity profile] silly-cleo.livejournal.com
Story: Looked Up in Perfect Silence at the Stars
Author: Doyle
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1978
Author's Summary: “If he’d left me on Earth,” Sarah said, “if he’d had time to take me home, like he’d meant to, before he got dragged back here… everything would have been different. My whole life.” Sarah in the Time War.
Characters/Pairings: Sarah Jane Smith, Romana II
Warnings: None.

Recced because: I appear to have a theme for the week, namely the Time War. I don't really know what to say about this one, the author's summary says it all for me. What if Sarah Jane had been on Gallifrey during the Time War? This fic is your answer and it's fabulous. Like the others I've recced this week, lines and ideas from this continue to knock around my brain months after I first read it and in my book at least, I think that counts for something. I'm sorry to have so little to say but I don't want to give too much away about this one. Please check it out. Oh, I know. I'll let the fic do the talking for me.

Have a snippet. )
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[identity profile] avendya.livejournal.com
Story: Entangled
Author: Doyle
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2103
Author's Summary: "Right, then. Adam Mitchell, this is your life."
Characters/Pairings: Adam Mitchell, Nine, Mickey Smith, Rose
Warnings: none

Recced because: Don't click away when you see the character list! Adam Mitchell is generally regarded as one of RTD's least successful creations. This is the first - and thus far, only - fic I've read that not only makes Adam into a real person, but also makes you empathize with him. The style is absolutely lovely. It's a very memorable portrayal of a character a lot of us tried to forget.

Excerpt )
[identity profile] tigerkat24.livejournal.com
Story: Great Things Have Happened
Author: Doyle
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1783
Author's Summary: Evelyn gets sent on a Christmas errand. If only she knew what for...
Characters/Pairings: Evelyn Smythe, Barbara Wright, Sixth Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is one of my absolute favorite stories in the Who fandom; it is, in fact, the one I signed up to recommend. Doyle does a spot-on Evelyn voice, with beautifully-characterized appearances from Six and Barbara. The ending always makes me catch my breath as Evelyn's mysterious Christmas errand turns out to be both less and more than it appears. Finally, the prose is wonderful, with so many little quotable snippets that I had serious trouble picking a sample for you.
Read more... )
[identity profile] silly-cleo.livejournal.com
(I feel a little bad, I promised all Romana, all the time. Slight fail.)

Story: The Polar Bears' Golf Club
Author: Doyle
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4543
Author's Summary: 40th century Echlin has one of the most famous centres of time travel research in the galaxy. Rose and Ace have some nitro-9, a bronze medal in gymnastics (under-7s category) and a couple of really enormous false moustaches. No contest, really...
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Rose Tyler
Warnings: None given. (This is becoming a trend...)

Recced because: It's FUNNY. Rose and Ace, if you think about it, would be FANTASTIC a team and this fic showcases exactly that. There's cross-dressing, ridiculous plans, the inevitable Doctor comparing, "Lots of planets have a Scotland", there just isn't any bad. This fic is really all about the hilarious exchanges between Ace and Rose as they try to rescue their respective Doctors. Look, there's not really a lot more I need to say about this fic beyond it's very very funny so here, have a snippet again.

Rose and Ace show off their amazing planning skillz. )

...Did I mention the funny? Everyone needs a good laugh midweek!
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[personal profile] amaresu
I'm rounding off my Big Finish week with a rec for Mel and one for Peri. Big Finish may not have created them, but they've done some rather wonderful things with them.

Story:A Trump Lead
Author: Sheila Adamson
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2787
Author's Summary: The Doctor treats Mel to a lesson in probabilities and card play.
Characters/Pairings: Mel, Seventh Doctor
Warnings: please None

Recced because: This shows the way in which Mel and Seven interacted together wonderfully. The story starts off with Mel angry at the Doctor, for a number of things, but mainly because people died and he wouldn't go back and save them. Through explaining the game of Bridge to her Seven explains about changing the past. It's a beautifully written allegory.

Story: The Sky Was Good For Flying
Author: Doyle
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1883
Author's Summary: The Doctor trespasses on a royal garden and meets someone he didn’t expect to ever see again.
Characters/Pairings: Peri, Sixth Doctor
Warnings: Just for how Peri left the Doctor

Recced because: TV canon leaves what happens to Peri up in the air. There are two conflicting stories, both from unreliable sources. Doyle makes a future for Peri that is wonderful and exactly what she deserves. Also the Sixth Doctor gets resolution in the matter as well.
[identity profile] pontisbright.livejournal.com
Story: At Last
Author: Doyle
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1278
Author's Summary: "Oh, was I supposed to seduce you? Really, Romana, you must write these things in the diary."
Characters/Pairings: Four/Romana
Warnings: None

Recced because: well-written Four dialogue is a precious thing, and Doyle absolutely nails his capacity to be pompous, distracted and entirely self-obsessed, even when he's supposed to be flirting. You can practically see the Eiffel Tower in the background, this feels so much like a missing scene from City of Death - although apparently they've had time for an adventure in between with the chinless Prince Arfargle...
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[identity profile] gwynevere1.livejournal.com
Story: They Came to Norway to Eat Our Brains
Author: Doyle @ Teaspoon / [livejournal.com profile] doyle_sb4 @ LJ
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5,266
Author's Summary: Post-Doomsday. The Torchwood base at Darlig ulv Stranden has a problem with zombies. Well, one zombie (suspected). And when the pictures come through in London, Rose is shocked to realise who it is.
Characters/Pairings: Rose Tyler/Jack Harkness, Mickey Smith, Jake Simmonds
Warnings: None given - Should I give a non-warning for no actual zombies appearing in this fic?

Recced because: So, that one (suspected) zombie? Was dead when they found him, dead when he was brought to the morgue, got up and walked around, charmed a nurse into bringing him his coat, and--“What the hell’s he doing on the roof?” I literally laughed out loud at this fic's sparkling, snappy dialogue:

Brief Excerpt )

Also, the use of Rose the Yorkie is made of win.
[identity profile] elyssadc.livejournal.com
Story: A Phantom of Clouds
Author: Doyle
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4778
Author's Summary: Jack has team spirit. Rose has alcohol. The Doctor has a story.
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler, Jack Harkness
Warnings: nope

Recced because: I am one of those Old Skool fans that came into the fandom through NuWho (entirely due to presence of Eccleston), and this is one of the first Doctor Who stories I ever read. I figured after devouring so much more Who-fic, and becoming so engrossed in the classic series, I would return to find that this story was not as wonderful as I remembered. I can't tell you how glad I am that I was wrong. No matter how many times I go back and re-read this, it is still my absolute favorite Ninth Doctor tale. Doyle captures all three of these characters exactly as I see them, and reading it reminds me of why I fell in love with this show in the first place. It's a story about a bonding moment for the Doctor, Rose and Jack, with an ending that ties New Who and Classic Who together just beautifully in all its glorious angst.

a small taste... )
[identity profile] livii.livejournal.com
Story: The World, The Universe
Author: Doyle
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: Hex steps off the yellow brick road.
Characters/Pairings: Ace/Hex, Seventh Doctor
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~2,000 words

Recced because: This absolutely gorgeous story goes AU after the Big Finish audio The Settling, but knowledge of that story isn't particularly required (though it gives some context). After trying holidays to get Hex to stay, and adventures where he realizes that this isn't who he wants to be, he leaves the TARDIS to go and help the world – so utterly in character. The whole story is incredibly sweet without being the tiniest bit sappy – exactly as romantic as Ace/Hex could ever be, and completely satisfying. Add in fabulous details about the TARDIS, Ace trying to pick up girls for Hex at a bar, and drunken almost-kisses, and overall it's a heart-wrenchingly perfect slice of fic for a very underrepresented character and pairing. I just can't recommend it enough.
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[identity profile] netgirl-y2k.livejournal.com
Story: Home-Thoughts from Abroad
Author: Doyle
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2339
Author's Summary: Nyssa finds something of home in the Forest of Cheem.
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor, Nyssa.
Warnings: N/A

Recced because: It's absolutely beautiful and understated. The Forest of Cheem is described wonderfully and it's a subtle look at Nyssa's quiet grief for Traken.

Snippet )
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[identity profile] shinyjenni.livejournal.com
Story: We've Seen It In The Movies (Now Let's See If It's True)
Author: Doyle
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1833
Author's Summary: Clyde and Luke drive to Wales and talk about girls. And boys. And pants.
Characters/Pairings: Clyde Langer, Luke Smith (Clyde/Luke pre-slash)
Warnings: None

Recced because: It's very funny! I defy you not to giggle whilst reading this story. It also captures beautifully the warmth of the show itself - the depth of affection between the main characters really shines through. The characterisation is excellent, Clyde's voice is spot on, and Doyle manages to suggest four years of friendship with only a few lines.
Plus, there's a blink and you'll miss it Torchwood joke that it took me an embarrassing number of reads to get.

an extract )
[identity profile] livii.livejournal.com
Story: As Ordinary Things Often Do
Author: Doyle
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: Benton and Harry need a TARDIS. Rose and Martha have one.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones/Harry Sullivan, Rose Tyler/John Benton
Warnings: none
Word Count: 3,500 words

Recced because: This just might be my favourite fic in the history of ever. It was written for me in a ficathon where I’d requested these two pairings (my crack OTPs) as well as the idea that “genetic transfer through kissing” could have hilarious time-travelling, crime-solving possibilities for Rose and Martha. Doyle managed to turn this silliness into something that, while still very funny, is also extremely well written, has absolutely dead-on characterization, and is packed with small truths about time travel and choices. With the bonuses of neat AU turns off of canon, a cameo by another woman who’s been kissed by the Doctor, the Brigadier, swimsuits that take hours to do up, cracks on Torchwood, K-9 and UNIT dating problems, a Harry who’s still quite the navy man, and a last line for Benton that broke my heart into happy pieces – and especially, pairings that really truly totally work – this is, on the whole, a fantastic piece of work.

And an excerpt, just in case you need more tempting: )
[identity profile] kindkit.livejournal.com
Story: So Let the Bells Ring Out
Author: Doyle ([livejournal.com profile] doyle_sb4)
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2612
Author's Summary: Boxing Day has considerably less alien invasions, but more DIY.
Characters/Pairings: Mickey Smith, Tenth Doctor, Rose Tyler, Jackie Tyler
Warnings: None

Recced because: It's funny, it's moving, it's got brilliant dialogue and characterization with real depth. Set after "The Christmas Invasion," the story is told from Mickey's point of view as he sorts out his feelings about being the one left behind. Also, Mickey and the Doctor bond over upgrading household appliances. What's not to love?

snippet )

I hope you enjoy; please don't forget to leave feedback for the author.
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[identity profile] lizbee.livejournal.com
Story: The Fate of the Earth Depends On It, Probably
Author: Doyle
Rating: All-ages
Word Count: 3227
Author's Summary: A moment of madness on a certain internet auction site leads Torchwood to Manny’s door. Bernard is even less happy than usual.  Black Books/Torchwood crossover.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness + the Black Books characters
Warnings: Crack

Recced because: It's that rare, perfect gem: a crossover that's quite comprehensible even if you have only the vaguest idea of what Black Books is all about.  And I know, because when I first read it, I had this idea that Black Books was about a reading group, and that Bernard was Father Jack from Father Ted, only with less swearing.

(If you're as clueless as I was, it may help to know that Black Books is about a trio of semi-functional eccentrics.  Bernard and Manny work in a bookstore; Fran sells ... well, doodads, I think.  And they drink a lot.  None, as it happens, are priests, although Bernard is Irish.)

The plot is quite simple: Manny, over the course of an eBay all-nighter (Crocheted cushion cover of the Pope? His! 1978 issue of Amateur Photographer, slight creasing at the corners? Showed you, cameraboy63! Every win, however small, however ultimately useless, was a tiny rush of power. Manny, whose last taste of that particular drug had been during his one week as milk monitor in Mrs Pembleton’s Primary 1 class, couldn’t get enough.) has purchased a genuine alien artifact, and eBay user twoodinst really, really wants it.  And you know how charming Captain Jack is when you have something he wants...

Just as Bernard had predicted, the American was still there when Manny crept downstairs. Everyone else had cleared off - he didn’t like to guess what Bernard might have said to them. The American (he had to be! Look at the way he stood!) was looking over the shelves with his hands in the pockets of his leather jacket, and he was wearing sunglasses even though they were inside, which must have racked him up another few places on Bernard’s scale of hate. Something about him, Manny decided, radiated coolness. Put up against him, the Fonz would end up slinking away to join a travelling folk group.

I'd read this three times when I finally watched Black Books.  I got to the end of season one, and went back to read it a few more times.  Jack is perfectly Jack, and Manny, Bernard and Fran are all present and correct.  And the final twist at the end is simply perfect -- I still howl with laughter every time I read it.


Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

May 2017