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Story: Z-67
Author: Llywela
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1206
Author's Summary: Missing scene from The Zygon Inversion.
Characters/Pairings: The Twelfth Doctor, Clara, Osgood
Warnings: None

Recced because: The Twelfth Doctor episode The Zygon Inversion had a callback to Classic Who days -- the gas which could destroy the Zygons by turning them inside out, Z-67, was developed by Harry Sullivan, a companion of the Fourth Doctor who was a medical doctor, a naval officer, and someone who had met the Zygons. It all makes sense, except for one little thing: would Harry Sullivan really create such a horrific weapon? This wonderful story explains what happened, and is the perfect explanation of Z-67 for those of us who know and love Harry.
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Greetings all! I'm Clocketpatch, and after a bit of a tardy start I'm all set to be your resident reccer for the next couple of weeks. I've got a nice mixed bag of eras and styles so hopefully there will be something for everyone. If you see something you enjoy, please leave a comment on the fic itself to let the author know!

Story: The Interview
Author: Llywela
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2187
Author's Summary: Sarah asks Harry for a favour; a meandering bit of fluff with a sting in its tail.
Characters/Pairings: Harry Sullivan, Luke Smith, Rani Chandra, Sarah-Jane Smith
Warnings: None

Recced because:

Harry Sullivan was mentioned (briefly) in this week's episode of Doctor Who, and it's not the first time he's been reference either. For a companion who spent surprisingly little time actually onboard the TARDIS (just a season and a bit... and most of that time the TARDIS was MIA) he has a surprising fandom sticking power. He's old-fashioned, a bit bumbling, and utterly endearing. He is also quite a difficult character to nail down in fic without turning him into a caricature. This fic manages it with gusto.

Even though it is mostly dialogue (a stream of silly interview questions) it perfectly captures both Harry Sullivan and Sarah-Jane Smith and their strong, slightly-teasing friendship. I laughed out loud several times while reading, and came away feeling like I now know infinitely more about these characters and their lives than I did going in. There is some sorrow as well, but the fic doesn't dwell on it. This is a story about friendship and how it endures and enriches us.

And it is beautiful.

A small taste )
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Story: If Found, Please Return
Author: Llywela
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 31,474
Author's Summary: Crossover between Classic Who and The Professionals. UNIT and CI5 would have been around at about the same time in the late 1970s. CI5 weren't keen on other agencies treading over their perceived jurisdiction and UNIT were learning to cope without the Doctor after his departure from Earth. So what happened when they found their investigations overlapping?
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Harry Sullivan, Sergeant Benton, UNIT, plus crossover characters
Warnings: Some violence

Recced because: I don't know about you, but I love a really well-done crossover.

For the uninitiated, The Professionals was a British crime/action series that first aired on the ITV network between 1977 and 1983. Martin Shaw played Doyle, a "sensitive" (by the admittedly low standards of the average late 70s British male) former cop with an astonishing perm; Lewis Collins was Bodie, an ex-military hardman with a murky past and huge shirt collars. Together, they worked as agents for "CI5", a fictional crime-fighting department headed by the tough, no-nonsense George Cowley (Gordon Jackson out of Upstairs, Downstairs and The Great Escape). They regularly cut pesky legal corners and "fought fire with fire" in order to settle the hash of various gangsters, terrorists and anybody else foolish enough to tangle with them. They always drove cars with reckless abandon and frequently got into fisticuffs and shootouts with that week's villains before invariably "getting" the girl. They were even more reprehensibly macho (and unintentionally slashy in their relationship) than you might imagine, but the involvement of Brian Clemens, of The Avengers fame, meant that the self-consciously gritty proceedings were often lent a certain wry humour and sense of quirkiness.

In other words, crossing The Professionals over with Doctor Who, and even better teaming Bodie and Doyle up with the post-Terror of the Zygons UNIT lineup of the Brigadier, "Mr" Benton and Harry Sullivan, is as far as I'm concerned a stroke of fanfictional genius. Not only is it fun to see how the latter-day UNIT go about trying to deal with an alien threat without the Doctor's assistance, and to see how the agents whose day job involves dealing with human crimes react to one of their investigations suddenly colliding with otherworldly happenings, but all of the characters are portrayed deftly and true to themselves. You don't need to be familiar with the crossover to appreciate how well Bodie and Doyle are delineated from each other very economically via dialogue and the ways they respond to events, while at the same time the Brigadier and Cowley, on the face of it quite similar authority figures, are revealed to be very different in outlook and approach. One of the real strengths of this story, though, is that as well as everything else it is an excellent portrayal of a post-Doctor Harry Sullivan, who gets plenty of opportunities to do stuff and to shine while he's doing it, as well as the author taking time to think about some of the obvious and not so obvious ways that his time aboard the TARDIS may have left its mark upon him.

On top of the characterisations, there is also a genuinely complex and well thought out plot to be going on with, beginning with a pair of linked mysteries and gradually coming together to resolve itself neatly in the end. There are very well-written action sequences and some neat detective work by our teamed-up heroes, and the author-created aliens around which the plot revolves manage to be menacing and sympathetic at the same time. Throughout, the author demonstrates a keen eye and ear for the various tropes and distinguishing characteristics of British TV shows of the era in which the fic is set, and not just the obvious, endlessly-parodied ones either. I will say only this; there is one moment involving a car seat which had me shaking my head in admiration at the vivid period feel of this piece.

So, as you can see, I liked this one very much and I hope you will too. Take some time to read and absorb this fic, and then (I hope) tell the author what a fine piece of work it is.

A Taste )
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Story: Life Goes On
Author: Llywela
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 49785
Author's Summary: Case-file. The Doctor has left UNIT…but life goes on without him and so do extra-terrestrial incursions. When mysterious fissures appear and unidentified aliens attack, Liz Shaw finds herself drawn back to UNIT after an absence of several years, while a newly returned Sarah Jane Smith is wondering what the future holds for her, now that her dearest friend has left her behind.
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Harry Sullivan, Liz Shaw, Sarah Jane Smith, Sergeant Benton, UNIT
Warnings: no standard warnings apply

Recced because: After the Doctor leaves UNIT, several of his former companions and colleagues investigate a mysterious alien. I'm not usually someone who likes reading longer fics, and especially chaptered works (especially when those chaptered works are abandoned without a conclusion). I remember seeing this years back on [livejournal.com profile] who_daily and falling in love with it after the fic was completed. I find the mystery in this fic compelling. I couldn't stop reading this one, and I'm glad I did!
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Story: Reconnection
Author: Llywela
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 3032
Author's Summary: There is comfort to be found in a friend.
Characters/Pairings: Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It’s a beautifully done and wonderfully satisfactory look at Harry and Sarah, being friends and helping each other, even after time and a few quarrels have come between them – reconnecting, as the title says. I can’t recommend it enough; it’s just lovely.
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My next rec. is old-style Who, featuring the Fourth Doctor's most memorable companion:

Story: Lost Property
Author: Llywela
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 7069
Author's Summary: An average, hectic day at UNIT for Harry Sullivan takes a turn for the bewildering when the Doctor unexpectedly drops by with a strange new companion in tow.
Characters/Pairings: 4th Doctor, Harry Sullivan, Leela, Sergeant Benton
Warnings: None

Recced because: One of the fun aspects of this fandom is the ability to mix characters from wildly different parts of space and time, who never met in canon. Here Harry Sullivan meets Leela, and a certain amount of chaos ensues.

A short extract )
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Hello, calufrax. I'm Paranoidangel and I have a variety of recs over the next fortnight, beginning with a long one from an author that hasn't been recced here before.

Story: The Freedom of Lindos
Author: Llywela
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 57,557
Author's Summary: En route to Scotland, the TARDIS accidentally lands the Doctor, Sarah and Harry in the middle of a desperate struggle for freedom on the other side of the galaxy.
Characters/Pairings: Harry Sullivan, Sarah Jane Smith, Fourth Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: It's a lovely long story with an interesting plot about the people of the planet Lindos and what's being done to them. There's plenty for the Doctor, Sarah and Harry to do in it, using their particular skills. The characterisation of the three main characters is spot on and the original characters and their races are fleshed out and interesting.

Excerpt )

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Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

May 2017