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Story: A Visit to the Garden
Author: professor pangaea
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5,628
Author's Summary: Mortality, mistakes, loneliness, loss and love. Twenty-nine years seems like a long time for all of that, and like hardly any time at all.
Characters/Pairings: Ten, Ten (duplicate)/OC, the TARDIS
Warnings: None

Recced because: Bias warning: I was one of the betas for this story, but honestly, I'd rec it even if I weren't, because it is quite simply one of the most beautifully written stories I've ever read about the Doctor's love for the TARDIS. Handy, well-settled into life on Pete's World, still mourns the loss of his most faithful companion, so an unexpected visit from Ten – and a last chance to be with his beloved ship – proves almost more than he can bear. The emotions here are well-drawn and deeply affecting; Handy may miss the TARDIS like nothing else, but he's also surrounded himself with people who love him, and more important, has accepted that love in a way that Ten never did.

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Story: Infinite Probabilities
Author: professor pangaea
Rating: All Ages
Word count: 1,709
Author's summary: "Our most glorious experiences are a kind of regret. Our regret is so sublime that we may mistake it for triumph. It is the painful, plaintively sad surprise of our Genius remembering our past lives and contemplating what is possible." -- Henry David Thoreau
Characters/pairings: The Doctor (First), the Master, Susan
Warnings: none

Recced because: The characters and situation may be fantastic, but this captures all the grim mechanics and conflicting emotions of one of the most awful facts of life we ever face: Friendships can decay. Painful to read and worth it.

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Story: Tea and Variable Resistance
Author: Professor Pangaea
Rating: All Ages
Author's Summary: The Doctor hadn't mentioned any third eyelids, but he hadn't mentioned quite a lot of other things either.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Martha, Ian/Barbara
Warnings: None

Recced because: This story of the Doctor and Martha's 1969 Earth sojourn does a lovely job of portraying both the Doctor's essential, unknowable alienness, and his yearnings for human contact: his reaction to Barbara and Ian's infant son, his distant awkwardness around Martha (there's a scene between them which, though humorous, is uncomfortably reminiscent of any lonely, elderly human being seeking solace in younger company), the nightmares neither of them can or will discuss. Martha here is wry and intelligent, not yearning romantically for the Doctor but rather seeking any sort of clue that would allow her to understand him--though her own, personal flashes of insight bring her closer than she thinks. A very satisfying study of two individual characters and their sometimes unspoken friendship.


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