[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Story: Block Transfer Computations
Author: stunt_muppet
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1040
Author's Summary: He hasn't been thinking about what came between before and after. Post-ep for Castrovalva.
Characters/Pairings: Adric, the Fifth Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: One of the best things about fanfic is that it allows us to explore the aftermath of an episode's events on the characters. In Castrovalva, Adric went through a great deal -- not to mention the fact that he saw the Fourth Doctor plummet to his death at the end of the previous episode, Logopolis. This scene between the Fifth Doctor and Adric isn't just wonderful; it gives us some much-needed closure, and shows us the new beginning.

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[identity profile] curuchamion.livejournal.com
Story: Fractal
Author: stunt_muppet
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1825
Author's Summary: "Infinity unfolds from even a line. The Doctor's sleeping mind has much to sort through."
Characters/Pairings: Three/Jo, Three/Delgado!Master
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is an amazing piece of mathematical lyrical... awesome. Stunt_Muppet is fantastic at weaving images we've never seen and couldn't perceive if we had, out of the words s/he has to hand. In this instance, it's another Third Doctor post-exile story: a dream world where the Doctor is torn between Jo and the Master, between his earthbound past and the limitless future. Go, read, wonder. :-)
[identity profile] singeaddams.livejournal.com
My last rec. *sings* "IIIII'm so glaaaad we had this time togetherrrr!"

Title: An Experiment of Sorts
Author: Stunt Muppet
Rating: All Audiences
Word count: 1,873
Author's summary: "Everyone needs a new challenge, from time to time. Post-ep for Inferno, written for the Cliche-Swap Ficathon."
Characters: Doctor 3, Liz Shaw
Warnings: None

Recced because: The characterization is perfect. Here is Liz Shaw, a prickly, tough woman as self-contained as an oyster and about as inviting, making the Doctor an offer to jolt him out of his blues. Not that kind of offer but certainly one she was surprised at herself for making.

The story flows beautifully, Liz and the Doctor are spot-on, it's funny, it's sad, it's relate-able (would we have the guts to do what Liz did? I don't think I would.) and it's simple. I loved it. The only complaint I have is Stunt Muppet doesn't go into What Happened Next. Not that she needs to. Always leave your audience wanting more.

So she does and, hopefully, so I do, too. Goodbye, folks! I can't come back I don't know how it works! Goodbye!

“I’ve been to that moon once,” he continued, ignoring her, “not so long ago. One of the great metropolises of the galaxy. The central plazas were covered in mosaics — miles of them, chips of stone no bigger than a thumbnail forming these exquisite patterns.” He laughed. “Called their planet ‘Rathesei’. ‘Golden’. But here? No. Gamma Cephei alpha beta. That’s not even a name, it’s a — it’s a designation, is what it is. It’s a serial number. A whole civilization, nothing but a serial number.”

She peered up in the direction he’d pointed. Cephei, he’d said; a star in Cepheus, perhaps? It would be high in the sky at this time of night. No planets had been found out there yet; from here even the most advanced telescopes could see only empty space and those faraway points of light. It occurred to her, as if for the first time, that there could very well be dozens of planets, orbiting every star in every constellation (statistically improbable but nicely poetic in service of a point), just out of sight, just out of reach of their instruments.

She was tempted, as she sometimes was, to ask him for more, to sit down and listen while he named faraway planets, telling probably half-true stories of his own adventures, just to hear their names and where they were. To know that the sky was rich with them, like some grand inverted sea.

She suspected this wasn’t a good time, though.
[identity profile] elliptic-eye.livejournal.com
(U.N.I.T. double-feature!)

Story: Lessons
Author: stunt_muppet
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5,333
Author's Summary: In a past that might have happened, Liz and Jo learn from each other. Written for amaresu in the 2009 DW Femslash Ficathon, with the prompt "Nothing ever changes, not even when it does."
Characters/Pairings: Liz/Jo, the Brigadier
Warnings: none

Recced because: What makes a really satisfying AU is when, however far things have been shifted to the left or the right, we can still recognize the characters as possible versions of the ones we already love. Lessons only sidles a little bit to the side of canon, but it delivers all the charm of the U.N.I.T. years: spot-on characterizations, especially of Liz and the Brigadier, and the mundane humans finding adventure on Earth, taking on the world as it comes to them and saving the day.

Only super-concentrated, because this way we get Liz, Jo, and the Brig all at the same time.

Lessons has a pretty simple premise: In a universe where the third Doctor never became U.N.I.T.'s scientific advisor, Dr. Liz Shaw—conscripted before Three ever appeared on the scene—must simply do the job herself. Or would do the job by herself, if the Brigadier didn't insist on saddling her with an assistant… and so Liz and Jo end up learning from each other in much the same way that Three and Jo did. Stunt Muppet takes the opportunity to capitalize on the differences between Liz and the Doctor as well as the parallels, however, especially Liz's history as a teacher and the sense of camaraderie that develops between two women isolated in a world worlds away from what has been normal for them.

Oh, and there's light bondage.

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[identity profile] livii.livejournal.com
Story: The Strength To Hold On (The Halley's Comet Remix)
Author: stunt_muppet
Rating: Teen
Author's summary: Forty years in the life of Elizabeth Shaw, waiting for a paradox to unravel.
Characters/Pairings: Liz/Martha, Liz/OFC, Three, Eight
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~6,600

Recced because: And one more remix, which also does a fantastic job of pulling out something from the original story and creating a fabulous parallel story. The original is atraphoenix's excellent The Strength To Let Go, told from Martha's POV on meeting and re-meeting Liz forty years later, though very little time has passed for her. The remix gives us Liz during those long forty years, and creates a gorgeous portrait of her, a life lived half in waiting but never not lived. It's well-written, thoughtful, with some great imagery and excellent cameos by two different Doctors, helping nudge Liz along the path to understanding and appreciating what she has in her life. It's a terrific remix and a terrific story in its own right as well.
[identity profile] livii.livejournal.com
Story: The Waiting Room World
Author: stunt_muppet
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: One day the Earth will burn. A series of short ficlets, centered around the crew of the Space Station Nerva (From "The Ark in Space") before their hibernation.
Characters/Pairings: Noah, Vira, Lycet, Rogan (Noah/Vira and Lycet/Rogan implied)
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~1,600 words

Recced because: This is exactly the sort of thing fanfic can do so well – take some minor characters and really bring them to life. I don't remember the crew from Ark in Space terribly clearly, having seen the episode over two years ago now, but this made them real again to me, and beautifully so. The end-of-days feel is captured perfectly, but with that little spark of hope that makes the whole crazy endeavour the crew is on feel so real, and so heartbreaking. This is careful, quiet, and lovely work.


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May 2017