[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
Story: The Previous Tenants
Author: PhoenixDragon
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1,776
Author's Summary: There is a townhouse with an attractive blue door that no one lives behind.
Characters/Pairings: Other Character(s), The Doctor (12th)
Warnings: None

Recced because: I think one of the things that I enjoy most about Doctor Who fiction, both official and fanmade, is when it takes a look at the trail the Doctor and his companions leave behind in the universe, the traces and hints and anomalies that arise from travel in space and time. I find myself quite partial to stories exploring the way in which the rest of the people who live in that universe can go through their lives blissfully unaware of the strange and wonderful and terrifying things that are going on all around them, all of the time. If they're very (un)lucky.

And this is a fic that explores some of that ground in what I hope you'll agree is really a rather wonderful way. It looks at some of the houses of Who, left behind when the adventures or adventurers who once called them home have long passed by. It deals with this subject matter in a nicely understated and oblique manner, dropping hints and suggestions rather than stating things outright, very much from the point of view of the ordinary people for whom the Doctor and his adventures remain nothing more than a ghost, a legend or a rumour. It also hints at the way the Doctor himself occasionally finds time and space passing him by, made if anything all the more painful for him by the way he can actually go back and experience the past, while at the same time being bound by laws and rules which prevent him from actually doing anything about his regrets or past mistakes.

Most of all, however, for all of the wistful hints and sense of sadness and loss that hangs over the story, it reminds us at the end that those strange and wonderful and terrifying things that follow in the Doctor's wake are quite often wonderful as well as the other things. There's meant to be no magic in the Whoniverse, but there is a bit of fairy-dust, glittering and hinting at fantastic things long gone, if you happen to know where and when to look for it.

Check this fic out. I really like it. I think you will too.


A Sample )
ext_13288: pre-raphealite (drwho-ot3)
[identity profile] paynesgrey.livejournal.com
This is my last day! I hope you enjoyed the stories!

Story: Resting Upon Human Offspring
Author: PhoenixDragon
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 3,998
Author's Summary: “Greetings human scum,” the person-thing barked in a booming, nasally voice. “I have come to rest upon your offspring."
Characters/Pairings: Craig Owens, Strax, The Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: This story is not only clever, but also very entertaining, and I really enjoyed the focus on side characters like Craig and Strax with the Doctor more of a presence in the background. Great job to the author for this cute idea of bringing these characters together. Through the whole fic you almost have crazy expectations for the event, and you can feel Craig's anxiety on the matter, but I found the ending very satisfying and perfect. I definitely wanted to rec this last because it's a nice, light-hearted and funny piece that I know you'll enjoy!
ext_13288: pre-raphealite (drwho-ot3)
[identity profile] paynesgrey.livejournal.com
Story: R.A.P.T.U.R.E
Author: PhoenixDragon
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1,865
Author's Summary: It wasn’t ideal in his own mind, but humans needed a change of pace now and again - and if it made them happy, he was more than willing to give them anything that they needed, anything that they wanted.
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, OCs
Warnings: Horror descriptions

Recced because: Gosh, this story really hits you in the gut. An eerie, haunting concept that just leaves you breathless through the whole fic. Very intriguing story which makes you want more, but it’s also perfect as it is with the way it ended. This author is madly talented, you can tell, and this is one of her best.
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[personal profile] lost_spook
Story: Delight
Author: PhoenixDragon
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 404
Author's Summary: The silence held its own color.
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, The TARDIS
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Eleven is alone in the TARDIS is a moment of angst, missing the Ponds, and the moment is painted so beautifully and completely here in so few words. It’s vivid, sharp, poetic – utterly gorgeous – as the Doctor can’t help seeing the significance of a colour – red. I’ve enjoyed an awful lot of this author’s stories, but this one has stuck in my head (with claws) ever since I first read it. I hope you like it, too.
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Title: Lost in the Echo
Author: PhoenixDragon
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2812
Author's Summary: When he cut and ran from the Vortex, the thud-thud-thud of his hearts like drum-beats within his ears, he knew they had deemed him a coward. Unfit. Unbecoming material for Time Lord.
Characters/Pairings: Borusa, Irving Braxiatel, The Master (Academy era), The Rani (Academy era), The Doctor (1st)
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: Great world-building, and a chilling and very believable backstory for how Koschei started on the road to the incessant sound of drums. The Time Lord mythology is both intriguing and mysterious, and I love how the Master's downfall is brought about by his own brilliance and insatiable desire--not just to know, but to cement his own superiority in his mind and chase away his insecurities.

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[identity profile] ljgeoff.livejournal.com
Story: Held Within a Memory
Author: PhoenixDragon
Word count: 983
Complete: yes
Author's Description: "You were a little girl five minutes ago," he whispered blankly, eyes unseeing as he snatched the outfit off the floor, feet moving before he could register he was walking.
Rating: general

Recced because: I could just see this, the Raggedy Man mourning his lost companion, his Pond. It's melancholy but that's part of love. I miss Pond, too.
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[personal profile] clocketpatch
Story: I see, I see (And It Sees Into Me)
Author: PhoenixDragon
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 4814
Author's Summary: It was unusual to have a High Inquisitor from Senior Command come for an inspection in the middle of wartime to begin with. It was even more unusual for that same HI to arrive with not one, but two advisors; those advisors carrying their own ranks and insignia from the upper echelons of Command. Commendante Rychtell didn’t know whether to be flattered or frightened, but he figured a good dose of both wouldn’t hurt.
Character/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Clara Oswald, Amy Pond, Others
Warnings: Graphic Horror

Recced Because:

Where to begin? There are several things going on in this fic which I love, but since this needs to be a concise rec and not an essay here are the main three:

1. The trippy, confusing, cold opening, which drop kicks you straight into this wonderfully complex tangle of a story. I say confusing, but it's confusing in that good, brilliant way where it's supposed to be a bit baffling until you hit about mid-way through and then, suddenly, everything snaps into place with a chilling logic that makes you want to re-read everything that's gone before.

2. Commendante Rychtell. As villains go, he's despicable in the worst ways possible. Except... he's also so completely human. I enjoyed the complex world-building standing behind this character, but even more so, I enjoyed how he was dealt with at the end and what this says about Eleven and his own demons, and the choices we all make and live with.

3. Eleven and all of his companions, past and present. They're just gorgeous together. Always.

A teaser-taste:

Under here )
[identity profile] doctorxdonna.livejournal.com
Story: They Taste Better on Tuesdays
Author: PhoenixDragon
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1442
Author's Summary: Astounding. The man seemed to be familiar with him, but funnily enough, he couldn’t place the intruder at all. And he was very good with faces. It was something he prided himself on – after all, he’d had a few himself.
Characters/Pairings: 4th Doctor, and one surprise NuWho guest
Warnings: None

Recced because: I guess seeing old Tom Baker in the 50th got me nostalgic for the 4th Doctor. PhoenixDragon has been recced here before, and with good reason-her stuff is well-written, engaging, and humorous, and this story is no exception. The Doctor gets a surprise visit on the TARDIS, and we get to watch the hilarity unfold as he tries to figure out how exactly this guy knows him. Maybe grab some jelly babies, if you have them. Save the yellow ones for Tuesday, though. On that day, they're the Doctor's favorite. ;-)
[identity profile] thanatosx49.livejournal.com
Story: Here There Be Monstershttp://www.whofic.com/viewstory.php?sid=50300

Author: PhoenixDragon http://www.whofic.com/viewuser.php?uid=14773

Rating: Teen

Word Count: 6095 words

Author's Summary:
He walked carefully through the debris of the ancient house, blast marks scorched along the walls, the screams of the residents echoing in his ears. It was once a proud house – home to the greatest (and worst) of the Time Lord race. He should know. He was counted in both categories once, before he wasn’t counted at all.

Characters: Other Characters, the Daleks, the Eighth Doctor


Recced Because: This is possibly the best written of all Eighth Doctor fics out there. If no one's guessed, Eight is my Doctor, and this does justice to his character. I am still holding on stubbornly to hope we'll see him in the 50th for more than a three second glimpse. This story made me cry, when few others have, but it's worth it. Its soooo worth it.
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[identity profile] redjaywrites.livejournal.com
Story: Time, Patience (And a Pinch of Hate)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 297
Author's Summary: The God would learn there was no such thing as Mercy.
Characters/Pairings: Other Character(s), River Song, The Doctor (11th), The TARDIS
Warnings: Discussion of death

Recced because: A very short piece, since Is started with a very long one. It is short, sweet, and to the point. It feels a little to me like a shopping list for somebody planning a murder. The structure is interesting (one sentence per paragraph) but that adds to it's charm. The author really gets into the head of the psychopath while making you feel that the villains are clever gits who really don't know what they're doing, and the theme and word repetition is dizzying. I especially love the baking imagery.
[identity profile] biancaisabelle.livejournal.com
Rec number two, typed up the evening before tomorrow because, well.. I have time to spare which I may not have tomorrow - and I have no time machine, sadly.

Story: A Tale of Suspension: Lonely in the Dark
Author: PhoenixDragon
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 26671
Author's Summary: That is after all, what one did while in distress - put out a call, see if anyone in the whole wide universe will answer. Just to see (if on mere chance) an answer would be forthcoming. Either way - when one was in dire straits (distress) one would be happy to see anyone - anyone at all, right? Turns out that assumption is incorrect.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, The Doctor (11th), The TARDIS
Warnings: Swearing

Recced because: No, this is not just me returning the favour because PhoenixDragon recced me for no good reason ;D.
I've always wondered what the dynamics between Eleven and Jack would be like. The Doctor is so different from his previous two regenerations, after all - not in the least in his relationships with humans and his emotions are so different. I suppose, because it is not canon that these two meet, that gives us writers a myriad of possibilities in which these two could bump into each other and I have read plenty. This story, though, was specifically captivating to me. (Plus, well, I'm finally getting round to watching Classic!Who and this has references to earlier regenerations.)
What better way to bump these two together and test them, after all, than by accident and with confusion and crossed-wires? It is really a getting-to-know-each-other all over again and yet it really, really isn't. Both men have changed and that makes it sort of a fresh start - but on the other hand they have quite a past together full of unsaid things and whatnot.
I also love PhoenixDragon's choice of wording. Perhaps this is just because English is not my native language and yet a language I love passionately, but reading the way in which she writes things is like eating my way through a plate of tiny wonderful cakes with each a filling better than the other. (Bad, bad metaphor, but I'm sure you get the gist of what I'm getting at. It is late and it is my bedtime and I may be feeling a little bit lyrical.) The characters do not only speak, but the focalisation (if you forgive me for using such a technical term) is exquisit and subtle and yet pervasive. It really draws you in.
A wonderful painting of how deep their relationship really stretches.


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[identity profile] avarill.livejournal.com
Story: Sealed With a Kiss
Author: PhoenixDragon
Rating: G
Word Count: 1390
Author's Summary: Just 31 minutes in which to clean up whatever mess he could - as he would be dead one minute after.

Recced because: This is a look behind the scenes in the Doctor's mind as he comes to grips with his imminent death in Let's Kill Hitler. The Doctor's thought processes are difficult to map out, but PhoenixDragon does a great job of capturing Eleven's near-death stream-of-consciousness. The Doctor's bravery in that episode impressed me, and this is a lovely counterpoint to it. Enjoy!

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