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Story: Jamie Learns Something About Vegetables...And So Do Ben And Polly
Author: RobotRollCall
Rating: all ages
Word count: 846
Characters/pairings: Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon, Polly Wright, Ben Jackson
Author's summary: In which the TARDIS crew discovers the origins of broccoli.

Recced because: This is pure fluff of the best kind. It's lovely to imagine what those ordinary moments between adventures are like, and I bet there were plenty like this for this wonderful team. (It's also a brilliant idea; I'm sure many children would accept this explanation of broccoli easily, though it would probably make them want to eat it more, not less!) So have some warm and fuzzy cuteness as Team Two settles in for dinner. (And even though it's not Christmas themed, the happy family dinner atmosphere makes it perfect reading for Christmas Eve!)

An excerpt )
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I mentioned when I began last week that Captain Jack seemed to be in a lot of my recommendations this time. Here he is again, in several crossover universes:

Story: Waking Up Dead In All The Wrong Places
Author: RobotRollCall
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4664
Author's Summary: As if being immortal wasn't hard enough....Just a little collection of one-shots where Jack fails to die across different fandoms.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness
Warnings: None

Recced because: As I've mentioned, I'm a big fan of crossovers; here Jack Harkness surprises characters from several fandoms with his unusual habit of not staying dead.

A short extract )
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Story: The Waffle Shop Between The Worlds
Author: RobotRollCall
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 4008
Characters: Rory Williams
Author's Summary: Rory isn't sure which is more surprising--the fact that he no longer exists, or the place he's doing the not-existing in. He'd had his own ideas about the afterlife, of course, but a waffle shop full of other nonexistent/not-quite-dead people was not one of them.
Warnings: None
Recced because: I like crossovers, and this is a nice one, in which several characters who have a tendency not to stay dead meet up and chat over waffles and assorted hot beverages.

The world slid out of focus, fading slowly to black as Rory felt his eyes close. The pain was overwhelming now–he wanted to scream but he couldn’t cry out, couldn’t even moan. It hurt too much to breathe, and so he stopped, and found the pain fading. In fact, everything was fading now. The touch of Amy’s fingers faded from his cheek, her screams faded from his ears, and his last thought was regret that Amy was screaming–he didn’t like it when she was sad–and then he was fading away too…..

…And then he wasn’t. “Ow,” he moaned, rubbing his chest where the gun had hit him.

“You okay?” a man’s voice asked.

With a start, Rory’s eyes snapped open. He wasn’t lying on the floor of the cave anymore. He was sitting in…okay, that was weird. He was sitting in a chair. At a table. The table was yellow faux-marble, and a flower in a vase and salt, pepper and a sugar bowl sat at one end. The air was warm and smelled of coffee, bacon and syrup. A gentle hum of conversation filled the air. His eyes widened as they darted around the room, finding him no answers as to what was going on.

“Are you okay?” the voice asked again.

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Story: Take a Look (It’s in a Book)
Author: RobotRollCall
Rating: All Ages

Word Count: 1950
Author's Summary: Jamie finally learns how to read.
Characters/Pairings: Jamie, Ben, Polly, Second Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: It’s really difficult for me to pick a favorite Doctor, but Two is the one I can say I consistently adore. All of his companions were great, especially Jamie. This is early Jamie and I like the slight uncomfortable-ness of his interactions with the others, trying to find a place to fit in. Mostly, though, I love this because it’s Two teaching Jamie how to read and, like so much of that era of the show, it’s adorable.
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Hey again folks! You know I always love fanfics where characters from one era of a show or universe get to interact with those of another. I also love Doctor Who stories where we get to see what companions have been up to since they left the TARDIS! Well the good news is that this one has both!


Story:  Two Guys, Two Girls and a Dinner
Author:  RobotRollCall
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 6308 Words
Author's Summary: Marital wisdom, advice on stain removal, and ultimately hilarity ensue when companions past and present meet in a diner.
Characters/Pairings: Amy/Rory, Ben/Polly, Eleventh Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: As the author themselves points out, there are really not enough stories with Ben and Polly in them! This is a fairly simple premise – the male companions meet up and discuss their wives and time the TARDIS, the girls do the same and of course the Doctor gets to see some long-lost friends – yet Robot writes these characters so brilliantly that you don’t mind. Plus comparing stories about different fish people and Cyber types is always a fun conversation piece.
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Story: The Doctor’s Thoughts for the Class of ’99
Author: RobotRollCall
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 921
Author's Summary: If the Doctor had written this well-known address, it might have gone a little differently.
Characters/Pairings: the Doctor (either Eleven or a later incarnation)
Warnings: None

Recced because: What better way to end the week than with an inspirational speech? I first read this fic not long after I had graduated from college, which as anyone who has gone through it will know, is a time period rife with inspirational speeches of widely varying quality. I would rather have had this one than any of them. It is fun and silly and packed with shout-outs to various Doctors, companions, and other characters. It meanders and makes verbal leaps in much the way I imagine the Doctor would if forced to give an impromptu graduation speech. And beneath the glitter of the hilarious nonsense and whimsicality is a bedrock of actually useful and meaningful advice. This speech was one of the most encouraging things I had heard in months.

“excerpt” )


Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

May 2017