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(And still continuing with the bonus anniversary recs...)

Story: In Training
Author: eponymous_rose
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 452
Author's Summary: The Doctor and Mel discover a strange sort of exercise regime.
Characters/Pairings: Sixth Doctor, Mel Bush
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It wouldn’t be Doctor Who without a lot of running, would it? And this is one of the most entertaining Doctor Who ficlets I know about running – and about companions getting to be sneaky and awesome. It’s just wonderful and guaranteed to make you grin.
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[personal profile] lost_spook
Story: Lost Art
Author: eponymous_rose
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1262
Author's Summary: This, a new world, full of alien sands and discovery.
Characters/Pairings: Sarah Jane Smith, Third Doctor
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It’s a perfect, beautiful vignette of Sarah’s very first alien planet that also plays lightly with the differing reactions of Sarah and the Doctor. What more can I say? It’s a gorgeous, brilliant little capturing of a moment and their characters. Just go and read it - you won't regret it.
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Hello! I'm [personal profile] dbskyler, your reccer for the week. I've again tried to mix things up by selecting a range of different genres and eras, so the only thing these stories have in common with each other is that they are among my favorites. I hope that some of them become your favorites, too!

Story: Turning and Turning
Author: eponymous_rose
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3692
Author's Summary: Things changed. Rory stayed the same. (Contains spoilers for the series five finale.)
Characters/Pairings: Rory Williams
Warnings: None

Recced because: There's been more than one fic about Rory's two thousand-year-long vigil, but none more gorgeous than this. It's about what it's like to wait, and to learn patience in the waiting. It's about the discovery of the things in life that are really important. It's about Rory. And in the end, it's a love story: a story about Rory's love for Amy, who is waiting for him just as much as he is waiting for her.

Give it a try )
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Story: The Good, the Bad, and the Hovercrafts
Author: [livejournal.com profile] eponymous_rose
Rating: All-Ages
Word Count: 1814
Author's Summary: In which various alien entities get held off at the pass, the Doctor and Romana take up jogging, and K-9, to everyone's horror, tells a joke.
Characters/Pairings: Four, Romana I, K-9
Warnings: K-9 tells a joke.

This is one of those brilliant, funny stories that reads just like one of the classic episodes. From the banter ("Rather clever bits and bobs?" Romana echoed, and narrowed her eyes. "You just dropped the sonic screwdriver in the works, didn't you?"), to the angry aliens of the week, to Romana's choice in footwear- it all scans perfectly.
[identity profile] pimpmytardis.livejournal.com
Story: The Still Point
Author: [livejournal.com profile] eponymous_rose
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1369
Author's Summary: Alan sees the universe in her, the turn of the planet and possibilities stretching on into infinity.
Characters/Pairings: Alan Jackson/Sarah Jane Smith, Clyde Langer, Luke Smith, Maria Jackson
Warnings: None

Recced because: Such a lovely character piece for Alan and Sarah Jane, about the universe and their children. Sarah Jane in particular sounds exactly like she should on telly, and this is just one of those good-feeling overall stories.
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[identity profile] akashasheiress.livejournal.com
Story: Comes the Rain
Author: eponymous_rose
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 791
Author's Summary: The world ends and Susan is free.
Characters/Pairings: Susan Foreman/David Campbell, First Doctor, Barbara Wright
Warnings: None

Recced because: A really lovely, bittersweet take on Susan's thoughts as she says goodbye to her grandfather. I like how Susan is given true agency: her wish to follow her own path, to experience stability and her deep love for her grandfather, while at the same time choosing a life different from his.
[identity profile] tardis-stowaway.livejournal.com
Story:  Catch a Falling Star
Author:  eponymous_rose
Rating:  all ages
Word Count:  1,211
Author's Summary:  Once, when she was sixteen, she caught a piece of a falling star in her hands.
Characters/Pairings:  Mickey Smith, Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Jack Harkness
Warnings: none
Recced Because:  "Catch a Falling Star" is a rare find:  a quality Mickey fic that's not primarily a comedy.  (It does have some funny moments, particularly some bits with Martha and Jack, but they’re not the focus.)  These three short scenes featuring Mickey at different times say a great deal not only about Mickey but also about home, love, loss, and dreaming.   The author has a great grasp of all of the characters’ voices and their changes through time.  This story is subtle, wise, and beautiful.  Read it.

A brief excerpt... )

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[identity profile] jinxed-wood.livejournal.com
Hi all! My recs are going to be an eclectic mix, with bits of Classic and New Who mushed together. My first rec is a prime example of this!

Story: Into Cool Night (Rescued from Rainy Dawn)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] eponymous_rose
Wordcount: 1301
Rating: All ages
Author's Summary: The timelines converge, even now. Donna laughs at the end of the storm.
Characters/Pairings: Donna Noble, The Doctor (8th)

Recced because: This is probably my favourite post JE Donna story. She may not remember, but she still sees the wonder in a sunset and helps the Doctor see the bigger picture.
[identity profile] elyssadc.livejournal.com
Story: Five Minutes
Author: [livejournal.com profile] eponymous_rose
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 885
Author's Summary: Sixty seconds, five times over; moments that make up a life.
Characters/Pairings: First Doctor, Third Doctor, Fourth Doctor, Seventh Doctor, Eighth Doctor, Susan, Jo Grant, Romana I, Ace.
Warnings: None

Recced because: I think there are few authors who capture the tiny moments better than [livejournal.com profile] eponymous_rose, and this story is yet another example of her skill. Each incarnation's voice is perfectly captured and it's so easy to see why these snapshots of a life are sometimes the most important memories of all.
ext_23741: (dw - 4 & Sarah & Harry OT3!)
[identity profile] carawj.livejournal.com
Story: Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons)
Author: eponymous_rose
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2260
Author's Summary: Four seasons with the Doctor, with the TARDIS, and with the impossible.
Characters/Pairings: Fourth Doctor, Harry Sullivan, K-9, Romana II, Sarah Jane Smith,
Warnings: None

Recced because: Four snapshots that beautifully capture TARDIS life, using the most gorgeous, evocative language. The characters are all wonderful, with brilliant Sarah Jane and Harry, and it's particularly notable for having an absolutely perfect Fourth Doctor voice, which is often difficult to find in fic. This one is really all about the way it's written, because it is just spellbinding.
[identity profile] elyssadc.livejournal.com
Story: Five Lives the Master Saved
Author: [livejournal.com profile] eponymous_rose
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 3750
Author's Summary: Justifying the means becomes academic when you live in a world of endings.
Characters/Pairings: Delgado!Master, Simm!Master, Koschei, Jo Grant, Martha Jones, Susan Foreman, Theta, First Doctor, Third Doctor, Tenth Doctor
Warnings: None.

Recced because: This is one of those stories that I honestly can't believe hasn't been recced before as it is utterly, utterly brilliant. I'd go so far as to say it's my favorite Master story. The author gets him. But not only that, she manages to make him even more complex than he already was, which is a pretty monumental feat in and of itself. I am not exaggerating in the slightest when I say this is an absolute must read.
[identity profile] livii.livejournal.com
Another fun week – thanks! And after six days of femslash, let's close out with one gen. :)

Story: Cartography
Author: eponymous_rose
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: A map is a symbolic representation that highlights relationships between elements of space. Some analogies write themselves.
Characters: Ace, Hex, Seventh Doctor
Warnings: none
Word Count: 1463

Recced because: This is just the most darling and wonderful piece of work; each character is drawn so perfectly it blew me away, and their interactions are absolutely adorable. From Seven's cheating to Hex passing on secrets, tied up with Ace making a choice that makes the already fabulous story even better, this is packed full of aliens, adventures, friendship, and just that right hint that we're being told a bigger story, and that the characters are, as the story says, finding their own directions.
[identity profile] pimpmytardis.livejournal.com
Story: Higher Education
Author: [livejournal.com profile] eponymous_rose
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 4019
Author's Summary: The spaces between, the things the Doctor can do that nobody ever questions - the easier lessons learned amid the adventures and the danger.
Characters/Pairings: First Doctor, Third Doctor, Fifth Doctor, Seventh Doctor, Ninth Doctor, Ace McShane, Adric, Barbara Wright, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Ian Chesterton, Liz Shaw, Nyssa, TARDIS
Warnings: None

Recced because: From hobbies to dangerously important life lessons, the Doctor's learned a lot from humans. The voices are all character-perfect, and the style of the vignettes goes from character study to humor to gen adventures effortlessly.
[identity profile] livii.livejournal.com
Story: Bright Star
Author: eponymous_rose
Rating: Teen
Author's summary: Marshellian Paston's Fifteenth Theorem of Time Travel states that any two persons travelling through time are slightly more likely to meet from a probabilistic standpoint, within a margin of error described by a hypercube with complex dimensions; Ian, Barbara and Sarah Jane Smith give Marshellian Paston something to write home about.
Characters/Pairings: Ian/Barbara, Sarah Jane, Harry Sullivan, Luke Smith, First Doctor, Susan, Vicki, Third Doctor
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~7,700 words

Recced because: Epic and brilliant, this story spins out a non-linear adventure and love story for Ian and Barbara, and unexpectedly but beautifully, tells us about Sarah Jane, as well. There's UST, romance, a touch of sex, happiness, ever-afters, danger, and adventure galore – everything that happens in life, especially a life with the Doctor, all of it, the good and the bad. The guest stars are all perfectly used, and with some terrific lines: "It's enough to give anyone a headache," Harry said sympathetically. / "Oh, Ian's just easily baffled," said Barbara which made me laugh out loud, and "It's a lovely elbow," said Barbara politely. / "Thank you," Ian said. "But I have heard good things about certain other portions of my anatomy." which was too perfect – and sexy – for words, this is an absolute delight.
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[identity profile] shinyjenni.livejournal.com
Story: Things Best Left Unseen
Author: eponymous_rose
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 9349
Author's Summary: Who are the ominous-looking men in dark suits and terribly impractical sunglasses, and why are they so convinced that they're about to pull off the greatest heist in the planet's history?
Characters/Pairings: Erimem, Peri Brown, Fifth Doctor

Recced because: The characterisation of Erimem is brilliant and her typically clear-eyed observations of herself and her friends are a joy. She's finding her feet and trying to work out how she fits in with the Doctor and Peri, deciding who she is now she's no longer a pharoah-in-training. She's learning to be brave in a world she never expected, and eponymous_rose conveys this beautifully. The plot is slight but entertaining, the villains are fun and it's told in a beautifully self aware way. And, appropriately for audio fic, I can hear the voices of the characters very strongly in my head as I read.

an extract )

(This story takes place directly after the Big Finish Audio Nekromateia and though you don't have to have heard the play to follow it (I haven't) it does contain some spoilers.)
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Story: Argumentum Ad Metam
Author: eponymous_rose
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 19,599
Author's Summary: When a warehouse burns to the ground for no apparent reason - and the only living witness claims to have seen fire-breathing demons - the Doctor and Jo become embroiled in a deadly confrontation against an opponent who knows them only too well.
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Jo Grant, Mike Yates, Sergeant Benton, Third Doctor
Warnings: none

Recced because: It's really difficult to find good, long UNIT era stories, but this one is a shining example of how awesome they can be if done right. The premise is basic enough: a fire draws the attention of UNIT to a possible alien connection. The story's much more than that, though. The plot is intriguing and tightly woven, keeping the reader thinking until the end, and it provides a wonderful look at the relationships between the various characters. It reminds me very much of an actual old school serial, which is always a good thing in my book.

short excerpt )

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[identity profile] kindkit.livejournal.com
Story: What the Thunder Said
Author: eponymous_rose ([livejournal.com profile] eponymous_rose)
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 4474
Author's Summary: A doomed world, only slightly more lost than our own; through the eye of the Inferno and into the realm of memory. Time's end.
Characters/Pairings: Third Doctor, Liz Shaw, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Sergeant John Benton, plus "Inferno" AU versions of the latter three.
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It's gorgeous and it's smart. "What the Thunder Said" builds on the Third Doctor story "Inferno," with its fascist alternate England, and unflinchingly (but never unsympathetically) explores that world and its versions of familiar characters. That in itself would be fascinating, but the story goes several steps further, raising questions about alien-ness, alienation, moral choice, and the nature of "self" when multiple selves are possible, and tying the whole thing into the Third Doctor's experience of exile. If I've made it sound philosophical, it certainly is, but never in a dull or heavy-handed way; the story accomplishes it all through characterization and structure.

Besides all this, the prose is lovely--poetic in the best sense (clear and sharp, not overwrought).

The plot contains major spoilers for "Inferno," and in any case won't make a bit of sense if you haven't seen that serial. In fact, it helps to have the serial fairly fresh in one's mind.

a snippet )

If you enjoy the story (and I'm sure you will), please don't forget to leave feedback for the author.
[identity profile] doyle_sb4.livejournal.com
Story: Five Places the Doctor Never Took Liz Shaw
Author: eponymous_rose
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: Liz Shaw has always prided herself on her ability to entertain several hypotheses without leaning too heavily one way or the other – blind faith is anathema to her nature.
Characters/Pairings: Liz Shaw, Third Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because:
Probably everyone has at least one companion who they think deserved more trips in the TARDIS than we got to see onscreen, but Liz Shaw's got them all beat; a whole year as companion and, what with the Doctor's exile to Earth, she didn't get a single trip. This story gives her five of them - to the past, to the future, to alien worlds - and looks at how she responds, as a doctor and a scientist, and how it ultimately changes her.


Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

May 2017