[identity profile] annauq.livejournal.com
Story: A benevolent abduction
Author: Lydia hunter
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4067
Author's Summary: Ian tells his children about how their mother saved him and Susan from a madwoman with the very best of intentions.
Characters/Pairings: Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton, Susan Foreman, First Doctor
Warnings: none

Recced because: I needed something lighter after yesterday’s dark rec, and then I found this in my bookmarks. A whole alien culture is created within the space of a few thousand words, as well as a lovely domestic scene. The story is a heart-warming look at life for Ian and Barbara after their days in the TARDIS. It is also a great mini first doctor tale.

Ian and Barbara are often overlooked by younger fans like myself who started watching in or after 2005, and that is a great shame. The First TARDIS team might be nearly fifty by now, but that doesn’t make them any less brilliant. All four of them are perfectly characterised in this story, especially Ian is his wonderful self. The reactions of the children to their parents’ story are fun and utterly believable.
[identity profile] elliptic-eye.livejournal.com
Story: Backwards Traveller
Author: Lydia Hunter
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4,242
Author's Summary: The Doctor encounters an old companion who prefers to leave his past where it belongs.
Characters/Pairings: Ian, Peri, Six
Warnings: none

Recced because: The Doctor takes Ian for one last ride in the TARDIS. Never mind that Ian doesn't want one last ride in the TARDIS.

Backwards Traveller does such a beautiful job of showing what home has come to mean for Ian. I love fics that put a companion who's left and made his or her life next to a companion who's still aboard the TARDIS, still unfixed, because the contrast always seems to make them both seem more real. And everybody's so entirely, marvelously themselves here, especially the Doctor.

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[identity profile] eponymous-rose.livejournal.com
Title: Red Tape
Author: Lydia Hunter
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 330
Author's Summary: Ever wondered about the red tape and paperwork hassle involved when the Doctor became an official part of UNIT?
Characters/Pairings: Third Doctor, Benton
Warnings: None

Recced because: Having the Third Doctor exiled to Earth raises all sorts of logistical problems, and this fic brings out the absurdity that comes hand-in-hand with trying to tie the Doctor to any sort of bureaucratic organisation. And, of course, Benton shines in this fic, which is always a plus! A great little glimpse at the humourous side of this era.
[identity profile] wendymr.livejournal.com

Phew! My final rec. I hope people have enjoyed reading this week’s recs and that everyone’s managed to find at least one new story that you’ve loved between the recs made by [livejournal.com profile] eve11, [livejournal.com profile] lizbee and myself. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] calapine for giving me the opportunity to be a guest reccer for a week; thanks to everyone who’s given me feedback on my recs; thanks, too, to [livejournal.com profile] eve11 and [livejournal.com profile] lizbee for their recs this week. And again, profuse apologies for getting my dates muddled and starting late.

Story: Here’s Another Lost Weekend
Author: Lydia Hunter

Rated: Teen

Author’s Summary: They’ve missed New York for the second time, and they’re snowbound in an isolated cabin in the woods. Sounds like a perfect, romantic weekend? Yeah, right!

Characters/Pairings: Rose Tyler, Tenth Doctor

Warnings: None

Recced because:
Most shipper fics, for any Doctor or any companion (except perhaps Romana) tend to be fantasy wish-fulfilment, portraying a relationship we like to imagine but which we know would never actually happen. The Doctor just doesn’t do that type of thing - and I don’t mean the sex, but the relationship around the sex. This story, though, is the way I really could picture things being if there were shagging in the TARDIS. This is a Doctor who isn’t human, who doesn’t do - or even really understand - human relationships. He’s not a boyfriend. He may have a pretty good idea of what a human expects from a relationship (cuddling, being romantic, saying I love you, being ‘couply’), but the very thought of it is... well, a bit like being expected to share a mortgage. And the very thought of planning a romantic weekend is enough to bring him out in hives. And Rose, no matter how well she knows the Doctor isn’t human, is still 21st-century human female enough to want some of that. This is a snapshot of life within that relationship, a very different couple adapting to being a couple, with Rose learning to accept and be happy with what they have, while the Doctor also tries to come to terms with what making love with his companion might imply. In the end, declarations of love will never be made, but they save the universe together and are in “more-than-like” with each other, and that’s good enough.

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May 2017