[identity profile] ghost2.livejournal.com
Story: The Unbearable Darkness of Being
Author: Pab
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3530
Author's Summary: The Master has a new scheme to gain immense power and wealth. But first, he must travel to Umbria Prime and steal the Stone of Judgement. But having picked it up, he finds he cannot put it down.
Characters/Pairings: The Master (Delgado)
Warnings: none

Recced because: This is a great Master-centric character piece set before he encounters the Third Doctor on Earth. As usual, the Master has an evil plan, and he doesn't care how others suffer while he achieves his goal. He follows through with part of his new plan before something unexpected occurs that might change his fundamental nature. Or is that really possible? The author does a nice job of making me both feel sorry for the Master and hate him at certain points.
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
Story: Good ol' Captain Smaarg
Author: Pab
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4,164
Author's Summary: The Master is to be executed. His last wish: to see the Doctor. His plan: to change places. And so the Doctor finds himself being taken for execution while the Master has the key to the TARDIS. As for Captain Smaarg, he's too concerned with paperwork. And Peri? She suspects nothing.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (5th), Peri, the Master
Warnings: None

Recced because: As I was observing the other day, I find something very pleasing about Doctor Who stories told from the point of view of the hapless or oblivious characters who have fleeting contacts with the Doctor and his companions in the course of their activities, and this is in part one of those. It also reflects the way in which the best things about many official Who stories are their weird and wonderful supporting characters, even if the main supporting character in this case is one of the author's creation. As I've reflected before, there is a school of thought that frowns upon fanfic which focuses on OCs, but I personally have no problem with it, and when these characters are as engaging and well-drawn as they are here, they can actually be one of the real pleasures to be had in reading fic.

The author's summary above pretty much covers the plot of this fic, but the plot here is secondary to the aim of telling a very mid-80s Who story, for the most part from the perspective of the officious, bureaucracy-loving, mammalophobic alien official Captain Smaarg, who really can't be bothered with these Time Lords and humans messing up his paperwork with their adventures. When I say mid-80s, I mean the way in which this fic captures so well various features of that era, such as the Fifth Doctor's quiet exasperation with the universe, the Master's sheer dastardliness and Peri's attempts at diplomacy. You can vividly picture the wonky, overlit corridors the story almost certainly takes place within, and the characters' costumes recycled from old Baker-era stories, and I mean that as a heartfelt compliment to the author.

Smaarg himself is a delight to behold, a sort of reptilian Gordon Brittas, but without the unconquerable optimism or, frankly, the essentially good intentions. Nevertheless, for all of his lack of imagination and petty-minded pedantry, he is portrayed as somebody who genuinely does love his job and think that it is vital to the perpetuation of the greater good, while remaining blithely unaware up to now of the unpopularity his pettifogging has given rise to among his colleagues and, indeed, everybody else he encounters. It's quite an achievement on the part of the author to make this character essentially sympathetic, helping the Doctor save the day at least as much as he hinders him. The fact that the story is also at several points genuinely laugh out loud funny certainly helps.

So go and check it out. I hope you'll like it as much as I did.

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[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Hi, it's nearly midnight on the first day of my latest two-week recc-ing stint! So without further ado, let's start at the very beginning.

Title: The Patient
Author: Pab
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 3884
Author's Summary:An old man with white hair claims he's a time traveller called the Doctor and that Earth is being invaded by alien lizards. Naturally, they lock him up in a psychiatric hospital. Then his granddaughter appears. She quite approves of his incarceration and advises he should never be released.
Characters/Pairings: Other character(s). (recc-er says: Variations on a theme)
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: Because it's the origin story of the origin story? Well, the world may never know for sure. What it does have is a bright storytelling style, a very cheeky sense of humor with a lot of nods and winks to the origins of the Unearthly Child, and a few twists for fun.

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[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Title: The Great Terror
Author: Pab
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5862
Author's Summary: Moscow, 1938. Stalin's terror is at its height. Day in and day out, torture and murder are routine in prisons notorious for their brutality. So why would the Doctor want to bluff his way into such a hell hole? The answer lies in something far worse, something rapidly closing in on the Earth.
Characters/Pairings: Nine
Warnings: None listed. But it does have some violence and shows the physical results of torture, as well as dealing unapologetically with the tactics of brutal regimes.

Recc'ed Because: I don't read very much Ninth Doctor fic, but then this story is not like most Ninth Doctor fic. I love stories that are grounded in the truth of history, stories that show that the author is writing what they know and grounding a fantastical tale in the details of an era or a setting. In true New Who fashion, this story uses a historical setting as the backdrop for an alien invasion, but it picks an era that I think the series itself would be hard-pressed to do well, in a 6:40 kid's slot. And in the best New Who fashion, it compares the fantastic horrors of an earth-destructing alien menace to the mundane and much more terrifying horrors of simple human brutality. This is a story of Nine traveling alone, his damage shown only obliquely through his uncompromising solutions and an almost ruthless ability to compartmentalize, but also showcasing his tenacity, skill, and passion for saving the human race despite their failings. It's a story of the power of fear, with aliens and middlemen all characters in their own right. If you're looking for an adventure that deals with the dark themes of human history, definitely give this one a read.

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