[identity profile] lindenharp.livejournal.com
A shorter piece today.  Back to Classic Who, and one of my favorite Doctors.

Story: Running the Banner Down
Author: Etherati
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2084
Author's Summary: Tear down the person you were, get out from under the shadows, rebuild with what you have left. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like enough, and sometimes the cost is too high. Character piece, Five.
Characters/Pairings: Adric, Nyssa, Tegan Jovanka, The Fifth Doctor
Warnings: none

Recced because: In his first appearance, the Fifth Doctor said, “That's the trouble with regeneration. You quite never know what you're going to get.”  This is a gorgeously-written look into the Doctor’s thoughts about his new self at various moments after his regeneration.  Like every Doctor before and after him, he must struggle to re-create his identity, and watch his companions struggle to accept the new person that he is becoming.  If you’re not familiar with this era of Doctor Who you will miss some of the references, but most of the story could apply to any Doctor.  If nothing else, read it for the language, which is as subtle and beautiful as it is insightful.

A snippet... )

Read it here.
[identity profile] ladymercury-10.livejournal.com
Story: Eclipse
Author: etherati
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1227
Author's Summary: All that is now, and all that is gone, and all that’s to come. Even imaginary friends have nightmares.
Characters/Pairings: Rose, Ten, Sarah Jane
Warnings: None

Recced because:  This is a really poignant look at the Doctor's guilt and pain, and at the ways his companions find him unreachable.  The writing is excellent--etherati is very good at finding the perfect details to make a sentence stand out, and the image of an eclipse makes for a very strong metaphor.  The story is wrenching, as it should be.

An excerpt:

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[identity profile] ladymercury-10.livejournal.com
Story: Closer to Fine
Author: Etherati
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2105
Author's Summary: The Doctor is very good at pretending that he’s fine, but he’s running on fumes, and hiding in the shadows is no way to replenish your light. Ten, Martha, Post-42.
Characters/Pairings: Ten, Martha
Warnings: None

Recced because: "42" was a really intense episode, and we never really get to see the aftermath of it.  "Closer to Fine" provides a lovely coda.  The author manages to convey Ten's lingering fear and Martha's bravery while steering clear of excessive angst.  The tone manages to be thoughtful and lighthearted at the same time, and the characterizations are spot-on.  Plus, the marshmallow scene is simply splendid. 
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Story: Fishbowl
Author: etherati
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1871
Author's Summary: Introspection post-TV Movie. The Doctor has this problem, see, where he cannot ever let go or give up on anyone. It'll be the end of him one day.
Characters/Pairings: Eight, Grace
Warnings: Spoilers for the TVM

Post TVM, Grace lingers a little longer in order to get the details of what exactly happened, and the Doctor tells her a bit about the Master. The author does an excellent job in fitting the relationship we saw between the Eight and Roberts!Master during the TVM into the general flow of all that's gone before, and allows the Doctor all the complex emotions we would imagine him having after the events of the movie.

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[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Hi again, this is [livejournal.com profile] eve11 and I'm quite thrilled to be taking up the baton for this week! I've got a mixed bag of stories from a few different eras with a few different lengths and styles, and I couldn't help but start off the week with a topic dear to my heart:

Story: Calculus
Author: etherati
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 556
Characters: Tenth Doctor
Author's Summary: f(x) = 1/x : The simplest of equations. The limit as x approaches infinity is zero. The limit as time approaches forever is nothing. Life is just math, in the end. Post-Doomsday.

Recced because: The analogy here is so simply stated but also elegant, in the way that mathematics should be. In this short vignette, Etherati gives us an unflinching look at the Doctor's perspective on life and the harsh reality of impermanence and loss, but they also show the spark of hope, resourcefulness, and admiration-- all rolled into a construct that is so central to our technological advancement as a species, but at the same time, such a strange thing to consider, taken at face value. Mathematics is the Doctor's language, and etherati gives us both an intimate portait and outsider's perspective using it.

Small snippet )
[identity profile] temporalgrace.livejournal.com
Story: Flowers on Fire
Author: etherati
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2627
Author's Summary: They burn, in the darkness and the light, circling round each other like binary stars just on the edge of nova. They both burn, but they do not burn the same. Theta, Koschei, and their successors.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (1st), The Master (Delgado), The Master (Simm)
Warnings: none

Recced because: It's beautifully written, with an obvious affection for the Doctor and the Master and their long, twisted, ultimately tragic relationship. The language is economical, perfect, and lyrical. The story focuses on their youth, but touches upon their ensuing significant encounters, painting a poignant, painful picture of two powerful beings who could neither embrace nor escape each other.

Snippet )
[identity profile] violetisblue.livejournal.com
Story: Into Warsaw
Author: Etherati
Rating: All Ages
Author's Summary: The Doctor has said goodbye many, many times, and the message rarely changes, no matter it’s a person or a universe.
Characters/Pairings: Implied Eighth Doctor/Romana II
Warnings: None

Recced because: It chronicles the final days of the Time War, and the final time two good friends will ever see one another, without descending into melodrama; it captures the special, elusive nature of the Doctor and Romana's relationship, without turning sappy; and it lets the Doctor deliver a goodbye message to Gallifrey that is both chilling and perfect. Or, in the words of that old Frankie Goes to Hollywood song, "Mine is the last voice you will ever hear. Do not be alarmed."


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