[identity profile] brunhilde-1013.livejournal.com
Hello!  I'm , Brunhilde on Calufrax, and I'm excited to be your current reccer!  I'm posting these in the middle of writing an essay, so if these posts aren't quite as eloquent as they ought to be then please forgive me.  My brain is mush.

Anyway, on to the first rec:

Story: somewhere a clock is ticking
Author: vegaofthelyre
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 607
Author's Summary: ”I lose time,” said he.
Characters/Pairings: Romana II, The Doctor (8th)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Romana, Eight, a gothic novel, and something disturbing happening to Time. This story has been in my bookmarks for years now and I'm amazed it hasn't been recced before, cryptic as it is: the language is beautiful, the characters are spot-on, and it's downright unnerving.  Absolutely worth a read or ten.
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
Story: nor shall sound my echoing song
Author: [livejournal.com profile] vegaofthelyre
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1,453
Author's Summary: “You sent for me, Madam President?” the Doctor says gravely, and she steels herself to break his hearts. Eight/Romana; sequel to had we but world enough, and time.
Characters/Pairings: The Romana II/The Doctor (8th)
Warnings: None. Not unless lovely Time War-related angst counts, anyway.

Recced because: Those of you who have had online dealings with me either here on LJ, over at the Teaspoon or elsewhere may well be aware of this by now, but it probably bears repeating: that good old Doctor/Romana stuff, I can't get enough of it myself. I'm a sucker for it, no doubt about it. I think it's something about it, at least when it's as well written as it is here, that speaks to themes going beyond the joys of simple shippiness (not that there's anything wrong with simple shippiness, my friends). When you contrast the Doctor and Romana of Seasons 16-17 with the status quo in the new series (or even, I might argue, with post-Leisure Hive S18), and then filter that through the lens of fanfic, you're immediately getting into stuff about love and loss and growing up and getting old and the things we leave behind. Or so I like to think anyway. And the new series notion of the Time War and the Doctor now being (practically) the last of the Time Lords, combined with the spinoff novels and audios and their general consensus about What Romana Did Next only cast it all in even more bittersweet terms.

And then there's the Time War - another strange attractor for me when it comes to bridging the gap between the old series and the new. Because you know, quite apart from it being an honest-to-gods Time War, to turn somebody like the TVM Eight into the Nine of Rose, it was probably even worse than you think you can imagine.

So having established that I'm pretty easy for any fic combining Doctor/Romana and the aforementioned War, this is nevertheless a story that I think you all should read, even if you don't share my particular predilections, because it's lovely, and sad, and hints at some of the dark deeds behind RTD's throwaway references to the Doctor's part in the conflict. Seeing things from Romana's point of view, it reflects on her relationship with the Doctor and her own conflicted attempts to balance that and her sense of her own morality with the demands of leading the Time Lords in their hour of greatest peril. It's also very well written, structured as a series of moments in time that could just as easily be read backwards as forward. And it ends on a note that if you're as into the whole Doctor/Romana thing as I am will make you go "awww", because at the end of the day, it always comes back to Paris...

So read it!
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[identity profile] ahedonia.livejournal.com

Okay, it's still Sunday here in L.A., so I'm going to wind up my reccing week and hope the mods will let me slip this one in under the wire so I meet my quota (I do everything in the middle of the night).  I'm winding up the week here with an unusual pairing, but one I fell madly in love with right after their episode showed.

Story: paint your palette blue and grey
Author: VegaOfTheLyre
Rating:Teen
Word Count:1391
Characters/Pairings: Amy/Vincent Van Gogh
Author's Summary: Even the most uncreative soul cannot be exposed to Vincent van Gogh for prolonged periods of time without having something of his genius rub off on them, and Amy is no exception.
Warnings: None

After "Vincent and the Doctor" I 1) had a massive crush on Tony Curran and the soul with which he portrayed Vincent and 2) instantly wanted to give Vincent his heart's desire.  The possibility of either him or Amy learning to exist in the other's world of course presents itself with this possibility.  Mostly I think the assumption would be that Amy would learn to live in Vincent's world, but here Vega artfully (still no pun intended) puts together a portrait of what it'd be like if Vincent made the move.  It's a lovely look into their easy chemistry and shared understanding.  And if anyone gets bitten by the Amy/Vincent bug, two more fics have caught my attention for this pairing but they weren't on Tsp for me to rec (and our gracious mod is allowing me to toss in some links to them).  Check out Where You Go and Where You've Been by [livejournal.com profile] cloudydaise and the brief fic Eyes That Know by [livejournal.com profile] seren_ccd.  Both are beautiful. (And another A / V fic is rumored to lurk on my Tsp page, but this is kind of wild speculation has been pooh-poohed by many experts.)

Thanks for the opportunity to rec, and I hope I gave somebody out there something good to read. :)


[identity profile] silly-cleo.livejournal.com
Story: had we but world enough, and time
Author: VegaOfTheLyre
Rating: PG 13/Teen
Word Count: 3388
Author's Summary: It’s the beginning of the end, and the Doctor can feel the anticipation of the impending battle drum so deep through his bones his teeth rattle with it. Romana and the Doctor at Gallifrey’s last stand.
Characters/Pairings: Eight Doctor, Romana III (not the EDA one), sort of Eight/Romana? It's not stated out loud but it's definitely there.
Warnings: ANGST. Time War shaped ANGST.

Recced because: The ANGST. Ok, wait, seriously. I forgot I was supposed to start reccing this week and I actually haven't read any fic in ages so after a couple of minutes of panicking I realised this could actually be a good thing, I'd see what I could remember off the top of my head. If I'd remembered it that long, it was bound to be exceptional, right?

This was one of the first fics that came to mind. It's mostly all about the beautiful imagery and the numerous nods to all the spin-off media, each one I found made me so very happy. The author also does a gorgeous job of showing us the Doctor and Romana's relationship throughout their various reincarnations, their shared history and affection for each other is palpable. This Romana III is great too, she's a tantalizing look at what the EDAs COULD've done with the War Queen stuff.

I feel like I'm doing a bad job of selling this but essentially, for me this is what Time War Eight and Romana look like and it's rather lovely and you should definitely check it out.

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