[identity profile] sue-denimme.livejournal.com
Story: Hope Deferred
Author: synaesthete7
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 857
Author's Summary: Donna Noble was special. So why didn't the Doctor warn her?
Characters/Pairings: Ten, Donna
Warnings: None

Recced because: A *lot* of people were angered by the way Donna was written out in Journey's End. As someone whose favorite Doctor-companion team ever is still Ten and Donna, I'm not exactly happy about it myself. Still, this tenderly written vignette does the best job I've ever seen of looking into the Doctor's mind at the end of that episode, why he did what he did, and how he saw the unique relationship he shared with her. I don't cry at fics, but the last line brings me damn close.
[identity profile] pontisbright.livejournal.com
Story: "Irresistible Force"
Author: synaesthete7
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 11,069
Author’s summary: 'The Fifth Doctor gets a haircut, acquires a temporary new companion, and matches wits with a terrifying alien killer.'
Characters/Pairings: Five
Warnings: None

Recommended because: I'd be holding his hand if I had the nerve. If I tell you this is a first-person, present tense tale of a plucky Canadian student-turned-hairdresser who winds up accompanying the Fifth Doctor in the thrilling pursuit of a murderous alien (but only after running her hands through his silky locks), you'll probably shout 'Mary Sue' - and you won't be entirely wrong. But the companion is the audience POV figure: the entire canon is predicated on a little whiff of self-insertion, that 'what if it were me?' temptation. synaesthete7 embraces that concept and produces an absolute cracker of a story: note-perfect Doctor characterisation (seen through the eyes of the innocent bystander swept up in his usual chaos, the type of wide-eyed enthused newbie that Five never had in his crowded TARDIS), and a narrative that positively fizzes with charm, pace, and quality. Without doubt my favourite Five-era fic.


Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

May 2017