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Hello again! I'm here to rec all the way up to Christmas and the Christmas special, so let's go! I wanted to rec this fic the last time I recced here, but I hit my maximum number of recs. Here it is now:

Story: Venusian Aikido and Associated Disciplines
Author: Sproid
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 1631
Author's Summary: Featuring Benton learning fancy karate from the Doctor, and an annoyed Brigadier who keeps walking in on them with their hands all over each other.
Characters/Pairings: Third Doctor/John Benton, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart/John Benton/Third Doctor, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart/John Benton, Corporal Bell/Jo Grant, John Benton/Mike Yates
Warnings: Explicit Sex

Recced because: I love the interactions between Three and the UNIT crew featured here. I also like how the fic features Three's signature* Venusian aikido and shows him teaching it to others, not against the Villain of a Serial. And a jealous Brig tickles my id.

Venusian aikido is mostly featured in Three's serials, but other Doctors have used it in expanded material
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Story: If Found, Please Return
Author: Llywela
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 31,474
Author's Summary: Crossover between Classic Who and The Professionals. UNIT and CI5 would have been around at about the same time in the late 1970s. CI5 weren't keen on other agencies treading over their perceived jurisdiction and UNIT were learning to cope without the Doctor after his departure from Earth. So what happened when they found their investigations overlapping?
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Harry Sullivan, Sergeant Benton, UNIT, plus crossover characters
Warnings: Some violence

Recced because: I don't know about you, but I love a really well-done crossover.

For the uninitiated, The Professionals was a British crime/action series that first aired on the ITV network between 1977 and 1983. Martin Shaw played Doyle, a "sensitive" (by the admittedly low standards of the average late 70s British male) former cop with an astonishing perm; Lewis Collins was Bodie, an ex-military hardman with a murky past and huge shirt collars. Together, they worked as agents for "CI5", a fictional crime-fighting department headed by the tough, no-nonsense George Cowley (Gordon Jackson out of Upstairs, Downstairs and The Great Escape). They regularly cut pesky legal corners and "fought fire with fire" in order to settle the hash of various gangsters, terrorists and anybody else foolish enough to tangle with them. They always drove cars with reckless abandon and frequently got into fisticuffs and shootouts with that week's villains before invariably "getting" the girl. They were even more reprehensibly macho (and unintentionally slashy in their relationship) than you might imagine, but the involvement of Brian Clemens, of The Avengers fame, meant that the self-consciously gritty proceedings were often lent a certain wry humour and sense of quirkiness.

In other words, crossing The Professionals over with Doctor Who, and even better teaming Bodie and Doyle up with the post-Terror of the Zygons UNIT lineup of the Brigadier, "Mr" Benton and Harry Sullivan, is as far as I'm concerned a stroke of fanfictional genius. Not only is it fun to see how the latter-day UNIT go about trying to deal with an alien threat without the Doctor's assistance, and to see how the agents whose day job involves dealing with human crimes react to one of their investigations suddenly colliding with otherworldly happenings, but all of the characters are portrayed deftly and true to themselves. You don't need to be familiar with the crossover to appreciate how well Bodie and Doyle are delineated from each other very economically via dialogue and the ways they respond to events, while at the same time the Brigadier and Cowley, on the face of it quite similar authority figures, are revealed to be very different in outlook and approach. One of the real strengths of this story, though, is that as well as everything else it is an excellent portrayal of a post-Doctor Harry Sullivan, who gets plenty of opportunities to do stuff and to shine while he's doing it, as well as the author taking time to think about some of the obvious and not so obvious ways that his time aboard the TARDIS may have left its mark upon him.

On top of the characterisations, there is also a genuinely complex and well thought out plot to be going on with, beginning with a pair of linked mysteries and gradually coming together to resolve itself neatly in the end. There are very well-written action sequences and some neat detective work by our teamed-up heroes, and the author-created aliens around which the plot revolves manage to be menacing and sympathetic at the same time. Throughout, the author demonstrates a keen eye and ear for the various tropes and distinguishing characteristics of British TV shows of the era in which the fic is set, and not just the obvious, endlessly-parodied ones either. I will say only this; there is one moment involving a car seat which had me shaking my head in admiration at the vivid period feel of this piece.

So, as you can see, I liked this one very much and I hope you will too. Take some time to read and absorb this fic, and then (I hope) tell the author what a fine piece of work it is.

A Taste )
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Story: Life Goes On
Author: Llywela
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 49785
Author's Summary: Case-file. The Doctor has left UNIT…but life goes on without him and so do extra-terrestrial incursions. When mysterious fissures appear and unidentified aliens attack, Liz Shaw finds herself drawn back to UNIT after an absence of several years, while a newly returned Sarah Jane Smith is wondering what the future holds for her, now that her dearest friend has left her behind.
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Harry Sullivan, Liz Shaw, Sarah Jane Smith, Sergeant Benton, UNIT
Warnings: no standard warnings apply

Recced because: After the Doctor leaves UNIT, several of his former companions and colleagues investigate a mysterious alien. I'm not usually someone who likes reading longer fics, and especially chaptered works (especially when those chaptered works are abandoned without a conclusion). I remember seeing this years back on [ profile] who_daily and falling in love with it after the fic was completed. I find the mystery in this fic compelling. I couldn't stop reading this one, and I'm glad I did!
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Story: The Eggs of Destruction
Author: Primsong
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 33,461
Author's Summary: The Third Doctor and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, searching for a possible Silurian outpost on the Isle of Wight, discover more trouble than they had bargained on when someone begins using the local population of seagulls as weapons.
Characters/Pairings: Third Doctor, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Sergeant Benton, Sea Devils
Warnings: None.

Recced because: One of the (many) things this author excels at is fic that reads like a pitch-perfect missing adventure, and this is certainly no exception. Add to that a carefully researched setting, that it's in effect also a wonderful exploration and celebration of the Doctor and the Brigadier’s relationship, cap it off with a whole lot of punning chapter titles, and, really, the whole thing is just a complete joy from start to finish.
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Story: Home?
Author: vvj5
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 8360 words
Author's Summary: Donna asks a reasonable question and the Doctor bends the laws of Time and Space to answer it. Which obviously involves two Doctors, UNIT, the Master and a nasty mess in the space/time continuum.
Characters/Pairings: The Third Doctor, the Tenth Doctor, the Master (Delgado), Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Donna Noble, Jo Grant, John Benton, Mike Yates
Warnings: None stated

Recced because: I love this story! The various interactions between the characters are hilarious and their voices spot on. I must confess to a special fondness for The Brig and Donna interacting with each other. I think they would have got along wonderfully if they ever had had a chance to meet. But there are several delightful scenes here, the Doctors bickering with each other, Jo realising that Ten is the Doctor and the Doctors joining forces to annoy the Master, for example.

Excerpt )
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Story: United Resistance
Author: mercury64
Rating: All Ages on Teaspoon; I would probably say "Teen" if it were my own fic
Word Count: 4,973
Author's Summary: What is the strange object that has crash landed in the north of Scotland? What connects it to a similar incident in the Russian Ural Mountains? What really happened at Tunguska in 1908? Will Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and U.N.I.T. find out the truth?
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, John Benton, Mike Yates, Other Character(s), UNIT
Warnings: Some combat-related violence and descriptions of same, in one instance self-administered

Recced because: As sincere as my admiration is for what I have seen of the Twelfth Doctor up to now, there is one issue where I cannot in all conscience agree with his position. I think somebody once said something about hating the game rather than the player, and while I certainly agree with the Doctor that war and war-related activities are to be avoided if at all possible, and are definitely not to be encouraged, I can't really get alongside the blanket condemnation of soldiers. What, after all, was the Brigadier if not the most soldierly soldier ever to wear the uniform? And while they may not always have agreed on methods and approaches, the Brig and the Doctor were, I think it is fair to say, pretty fast friends after a certain point, and forever after.

You see, I've always had a certain sympathy for the Brig and the UNIT boys. As much as I love the characters and admire the stories in which they appear during the Two, Three and Four eras, they seem to spend a lot of time as stooges and fall-guys, making the Doctor look clever and capable at their expense. And when it actually comes to action against alien threats, they tend not to fare too well. Admittedly, they are fighting well out of their weight class most of the time, but I think I prefer it when they show at least a modicum of professionalism and competence.

And that, to come finally to the point, is the reason I really like this fic. It gives us a glimpse at classic UNIT in action without the Doctor to call upon (he's off on another jaunt, possibly to Peladon or somewhere), and they actually manage to survive and do a reasonably credible job. They don't exactly come to grips fully with the particular extraterrestrial menace they're facing, and they end up resorting to methods that would probably earn a scornful rebuke from the Doctor if he were on the scene, but in the Brig's own words from Battlefield, they do the best they can. The author also clearly has a bit of knowledge of matters military and brings it to bear providing the kind of small details that make the UNIT operation portrayed here seem very believable. The fic is also very nicely written with lots of great little character touches (of course Mike Yates would blithely get his African countries completely mixed up, and of course Sgt Benton seems to be two steps behind everybody else, while the Brig portrayed here is definitely the harder-edged less cuddly Brig of Season 7), some fun OCs (I chuckled a bit at the names used for the various lower-ranking UNIT soldiers) and a pleasing cameo from another Who supporting character who wasn't part of the UNIT years but has been linked with them in the spinoff media.

All this, and references to "real"-life "world of the unexplained" type goings-on too. Take a look, and if you like it (if you're a UNIT well-wisher, I'm sure you will), leave some words of appreciation for the author.

A Preview )
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Story: Before We Rest
Author: Sproid
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2352
Author's Summary: Benton looks after a slightly injured Brigadier, and sets some doubts at rest in the process.
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart/Sergeant Benton, UNIT
Warnings: None

Recced because: I find this short piece, looking into the lives of some of our friends from UNIT, touching. And I like hurt/comfort when it's done well. It's certainly done well in "Before We Rest."
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My next rec. is old-style Who, featuring the Fourth Doctor's most memorable companion:

Story: Lost Property
Author: Llywela
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 7069
Author's Summary: An average, hectic day at UNIT for Harry Sullivan takes a turn for the bewildering when the Doctor unexpectedly drops by with a strange new companion in tow.
Characters/Pairings: 4th Doctor, Harry Sullivan, Leela, Sergeant Benton
Warnings: None

Recced because: One of the fun aspects of this fandom is the ability to mix characters from wildly different parts of space and time, who never met in canon. Here Harry Sullivan meets Leela, and a certain amount of chaos ensues.

A short extract )
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Story: Prey of the Cheetahs
Author: neveralarch
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 5869
Author’s Summary: There are strange things happening at Cambridge, and they seem to be connected with the appearance of a black cat. (A Three-era retelling of Survival.)
Characters/Pairings: Three/Delgado!Master (also Three/Cheetah!Delgado!Master); the Brigadier, Jo Grant, Liz Shaw, and Sergeant Benton
Warnings: none

Recced because: Do you like cats? Do you enjoy this pairing? Then you, like I, probably spent the entirety of Survival with your jaw unhinged at the sheer amount of slash on the screen. I love the fandom trend of rewriting Survival with different Doctors and Masters, and this Three-era retelling shines, with well-written dialogue and characterization. For bonus points, it showcases the old-school UNIT crew, even to the point of including both Liz AND Jo. It’s just a shame there will never be a televised episode in which Delgado gets to rub up against Pertwee like an oversized cat.
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Story: Conduct Unbecoming
Author: Sproid
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 7229
Characters: Sergeant Benton, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Third Doctor, UNIT
Author's Summary: Benton messes up, the Brigadier shouts, and it's all really a sign of their affection for each other. Not that they realise this, of course.
Warnings: Explicit Sex
Recced because: Because there is not enough UNIT love in the world. Because Benton is adorable and the Brigadier is adorable and the Brig can be awfully stern to Sergeant Puppyface, but you can just tell they're so very fond of each other, and this story is such a wonderful exploration of that fondness (and eventual hotness) as it develops over time.

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Hello, everyone! I'll be reccing for you this week! For anyone who doesn't recognise the username, I'm known as TheRelativeDimension over on Gallifrery Base, and you might have seen some of my fan fiction under the name Samuel Marks. Anyway, enough about me. Let's get started!

Story: Yuletide, with Bars of Iron
Author: King Rat
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1295
Author's Summary: The Doctor always feels most despondent about his captivity on these cold, clear nights. Can anything break him out of his despair?
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Jo Grant, Liz Shaw, Mike Yates, Sergeant Benton, The Doctor (3rd), The TARDIS, UNIT
Warnings: None

Recced because: I have some good news for you all - there are only 98 days until Christmas! I bet that cheered you up, didn't it? So, to celebrate, here's a brilliantly sweet festive tale for you all.

Modern Doctor Who is so inextricably linked with Christmas that it seems hard to imagine how (or why) the Classic series didn't often refer to it. I never thought of the Third Doctor sipping mulled wine as he sits beneath a Christmas tree and opens his presents. But as it turns out, that's sort of what he did...

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Aaand I fear I have only four recs for you this week, O tolerant Calufraxians. *ducks vegetables* I could have sworn I had five! But when I double-checked, one of them (and my favorite of the lot, if I could pick a favorite - TigerKat's Torchwood/Howl's Moving Castle crossover What Planet Are You From?) had already been recced! I don't know how I missed that the first time; I maintain that some timey-wimey reccer snuck it in when I wasn't looking. ;P

Anyway. Last fic of the week!

Story: A Ghost Story for Christmas
Author: JJPOR
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 28,991
Author's Summary: It's Christmastime; a time for family, and memories, and ghosts, even if you're the Doctor. Especially if you're the Doctor.
Characters/Pairings: Third Doctor, Delgado!Master, Jo Grant, Sgt Benton, Mike Yates, Liz Shaw, Brig/Doris, UNIT
Warnings: None

Recced because: Here is a nice long story suitable for weekend reading. (I swear I meant to post it Friday evening, but Life intervened. :P) It's another Christmas story, peripherally; it's also a Brigadier family story, and a full-cast UNIT story, and one of those fabulous Delgado!Master missing episodes that JJ does best of anybody.

Also, it is ALL of the timey-wimey, in the best possible way. I love how every one of the OCs in this story, both timey-wimey-stuff-related and, um, not, is so very thoroughly characterized. I would read remixes of this story from everybody's point of view; if it were on the telly, I would icon it and quote it and write fic of it; to summarize, it is an excellent story and you should read it. If you are a New Whovian, all you need to know is that the Doctor is trapped on earth and cranky about it, and that UNIT are (mostly) not evil but he snarks at them anyway. Also, Liz and Jo are both awesome companions and they both get to kick arse here. WIN.
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Greetings, Calufraxians! Calufractionaters? Er. Anyway. XD I come bearing fanfic recs. I have long fics, short fics, a lot of UNIT fic... mostly happy or comic endings, because that's how I roll.

And, um, two separate Christmas stories? O_O CHRISTMAS IN MAY. Have some fruitcake. ;-)

Story: Acquired Taste
Author: Primsong
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1473
Author's Summary: It's Christmas time at UNIT, time to enjoy some home-made fruitcake! Or then again, maybe not.
Characters/Pairings: Third Doctor, Jo Grant, Sergeant Benton
Warnings: ...bug squick? (No actual bugs appear. Sorry, I do actually tend to warn for EVERYTHING. *g*)

Recced because: It is awesome. =D First off, Jo is adorkable and also made of win - I love it when Jo gets all righteous at people. She's brilliant. For those who don't know her (yet *g*), she's a cute little five-foot-nothing klutzy blonde who didn't pass her A-levels; she also happens to be an expert escapologist, and passionately idealistic in a cheerful-hippie sort of way. When she gets mad at you it's half like being a bad puppy getting bopped on the nose, and half like being told off by a puppy. And Prim writes her the best of anyone.

Also, Three is classically... Three. I was looking for a word here and all I can come up with is "disdainful eighteenth-century gentleman who actually has no idea what's going on, so he throws cant jargon into the mix at every opportunity". (Oh dear, now I want somebody to write a Georgette Heyer crossover... O_O) With a side of "inherently plushie-able floofy adorkableness", because that after all is what Three is all about. ;-)

This all sounds terribly confusing to New Whovians, doesn't it? Er... there is an awesome girl companion, and the Doctor being silly and incorrigible, and also mockage of fruitcake. Go and read it! It's short, it's funny, it... hadn't been recced yet, if I am honest. That's a recommendation in itself, isn't it? That Prim is so good it's hard to find one of her fics that hasn't yet been recced here. :D
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Story: The Master and Mrs. Pond
Author: Memory Dragon
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 13238
Author's Summary: Still waiting for her proper Doctor and Rory to find her again, Amy meets the Doctor's best enemy and gets chased around by a giant purple monster. So much for hearing embarrassing stories of the Doctor's childhood over chocolate!
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Third Doctor, Delgado!Master, Sergeant Benton

Recced because: Though this is technically the sequel to "The Sea Devils and Mrs. Pond," I chose to rec this one instead because I believe that it is in this story that Memory Dragon truly perfects the initiative of its predecessor, in glorious fashion. (And rest assured, "The Master and Mrs. Pond" is perfectly understandable if you haven't read the first one--all you need to know is that Amy is trapped in Three's era in an AU-ish limbo between Jo and Sarah Jane.) How glorious of a fashion, you ask?

Well, this is Amy "Force of Nature" Pond we're talking about here, dropped down into the proper, polite--perhaps even a bit repressed--Third Doctor's run. And in true Amy Pond fashion, she immediately smashes down that annoying line between text and subtext. She makes fun of the Master's TCE, points out that his schemes are rather rubbish, demands to know whether or not the Doctor and he are ex-boyfriends or if it's an unresolved sexual tension thing. Also, she flirts with him, demands chocolate, and nicknames him--well, I better not spoil it for you. Between her brash confidence and the Master's icy reserve, they are the perfect foils for each other. For such a funny fic, the ending is surprisingly and beautifully bittersweet: the Doctor and Amy can hold out hope for the Master, but the reader already knows his future. And both Amy and we know the future of the Doctor.

(Also, in both stories? Amy is working for UNIT. So she is surrounded by soldiers. Men in uniform. She flirts with everyone, and it is the best thing ever.)


"You'll find the TCE is a much more elegant solution and much easier to clean up," the Master explained, gripping the weapon in his hands tighter. It was the only show of his temper, but it left Amy wondering if she was pushing a bit too far. He was the one with the weapon after all. "You will be shrunk down to a few mere inches, effectively killing you."

"So it shrinks things?" Amy asked, not caring about how far she was pushing him any longer. This was hilarious. "And I thought the bow tie and ruffles were a cry for help. No, that's not compensating for anything."
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Story: Turn Your Back
Author: Singe
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 21943
Author's Summary: The Eleventh Doctor had a simple philosophy about public nudity. "If it embarrasses you, turn your back." Hmmm, what about the other Doctors? Here are ten humorous vignettes with a central theme of nakie-ness.
Characters/Pairings: Doctors 1 through 10 and various companions (ETA for the intrepid calufrax tagger: Susan, Ian, Barbara, Victoria, Jamie, Liz Shaw, Brigadier, Mike Yates, John Benton, Sarah Jane, Adric, Tegan, Nyssa, Melanie Bush, Ace, Jo Grant, Martha Jones)
Warnings: Swearing
Recced because: Honestly, how can you pass up a story with that summary? Do you need more? Okay, it's ten stories that go effortlessly from era to era, that are quirky and imaginative and funny and outlandish. They are also well-written and fun, inducing a little bit of ear reddening blushes at times, but also exploring concepts of friendship, acceptance, vulnerability, and the tendency of the Doctor to gravitate to gift shops in more ways than one. And well, if it's not your cuppa you can always turn your back...

Small excerpt (chapter 7) )
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Story: Cake and the Rani
Author: [ profile] primsong 
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 11,098
Author's Summary: In which the Master takes up baking, Three disapproves of his culinary planning and Ten loses his britches, with the Rani's help. No TARDISes were harmed in the making of this fic.
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Sergeant Benton, The Doctor (3rd), The Master (Delgado), The TARDIS, UNIT, The Doctor (10th), The Rani and other characters
Warnings: In spite of the worrying implications of the author's summary, surprisingly none

Recced because: I'll be candid right at the outset and admit that I may have had some tangential involvment in inciting this particular fic, or that at any rate I may have been involved in some of the discussions that led to it being incited. A couple of years ago, on a Doctor Who forum that I frequent, a kind of fictional prompt or challenge arose quite by accident from some chance remarks made by members of the forum. To cut a long story short, people started writing humorous fics with one common premise; they all featured Ten, naked, chained to Three by the Master and both of them covered in cake. Despite the worrying potential, I don't think any of these fics veered into the obvious places you might think from that summary. And so a genre was born. Cakefic. And this story remains one of the premier examples.

Now, I don't expect anybody who wasn't a participant to care at all about the previous paragraph, but I still think they should read this fic. Not only does [ profile] primsong manage to take a pretty silly prompt indeed and weave from it a decent, lengthy and not wholly frivolous story, but she does it with such a deft touch and affection for all of the disparate characters involved. I think one of the things that I really respond strongly to in Doctor Who fanfic is the sense you get in some stories of the writer's deep, abiding love for the show and its characters, and especially when it's clear that love extends across more than one era of the show without fear or favour or fan-wankiness. And that's what I get when I read this fic. Ten and Three and the Master and the Rani and the UNIT bods are all drawn with such affection and insight into their essential natures. And there are some telling little moments, like Three's wistful realisation when he sees his future self's TARDIS that his own exile isn't forever, or the Rani's businesslike ruthlessness and her spiky relationship with the Master, even if it's Delgado!Master in this instance. And it's pretty funny indeed. And it features Ten naked, chained to Three and covered in cake. So go and read it.

A Brief Extract )

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Story: The Shining Furrow
Author: Primsong
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 34,520
Author's Summary: "An out-of-season meteorite in Trelissick, Cornwall, a missing man and missing ferns; Three and Jo have a puzzling, dangerous riddle to solve."
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Jo Grant, Sergeant Benton, The Doctor (3rd)
Warnings: None, unless you count deliberate misappropriation of Tennyson. ;-)

Recced because: It's a "missing-episode"-type UNIT adventure story - with overly complex codenames, Sgt. Benton's coffee and sandwiches, Jo and the Brig being awesome, Three macgyvering widgets out of spare parts, and (as usual, in Primsong's stories) an amazingly clever and original "guest alien of the week" idea.

Also, it's long. I like long. *resists the urge to say "long stories are cool"* ;-) Something to read over the weekend. And it's based on a sonnet by Tennyson; I have no idea how Prim did what she did, but the story fits the poem perfectly. It's fantastic.

(Frankly, I like the poem better now than I did before I read the story. Prim is that mind-bogglingly good. Go on, read it. *smile*)
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Story: Overheard at the UNIT Christmas party, 2009 (probably)
Author: shinyjenni
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 593
Author's Summary: Conversations overheard at the UNIT Christmas party.
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Cliff Jones, Harry Sullivan, Jo Grant, Liz Shaw, Martha Jones, Sarah Jane Smith, Sergeant Benton, UNIT
Warnings: None

Recced because: It's short and funny. The conversations are interesting, as the combinations of participants.

Excerpt )

If you like this, don't forget to tell the author.
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Story: Wishing on a Peppermint Star
Author: Primsong
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4964
Author's Summary: A small alien is lost in a holiday mall...Santa - or Three - to the rescue. A light Christmastide tale with a sprinkle of peppermint and fluff.
Characters/Pairings: Jo Grant, Mike Yates, Sergeant Benton, The Doctor (3rd)
Warnings: None

Recced because: July is the perfect time to read Christmas fic. This one mixes up some sweet scenes with Jo and the Third Doctor and the alien, along with some funny scenes as the Doctor plays Santa. It still manages to be just the sort of thing UNIT would get mixed up in as well.

Excerpt )

If you like this, don't forget to tell the author.
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There are, alas, too few Liz fics out there, but of the few people who regularly write Liz Shaw, [ profile] lost_spook is my favourite.

Story: Only Visiting This Planet
Author: vvj5/[ profile] lost_spook
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 7564
Author's Summary: Liz Shaw meets a student who has a problem that forces her back into contact with UNIT. And there are some things that can't be solved with cups of tea.
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Jo Grant, Liz Shaw, Mike Yates, Sergeant Benton, The Doctor (3rd)

Warnings: Character Deaths

Recced because: I've lost count of the number of times I've read this story, and yet it *still* makes me cry every time. It's a beautifully written look at Liz post-UNIT, that's funny and moving by turns, and vvj5 has all the characters' voices spot on. Plus, the alien is interesting.

“So what is it you wanted to say?”

The girl was sitting forward on the other chair, her hands around the mug of tea, but she hadn’t drunk any yet. “It’s difficult. I thought — tonight — I thought you might understand, but it all sounds so mad. I shouldn’t have come.”

“Try me,” said Liz, smiling at her. “If I’d told the truth back there, everyone else would have thought I was mad too. Why don’t you start with your name and move on to the rest?”

She coloured. “Janey Lewis. I’ve got an alien in my head.”
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Story: Keeping Secrets
Author: platoapproved
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 2550
Author's Summary: A character study of Captain Mike Yates and Sergeant John Benton. The hows and whys and secrets and circumstances of their relationship.
Characters/Pairings: Mike Yates/Sergeant Benton, The Doctor (3rd)
Warnings: Explicit Sex. (I'd also add that it contains references to underage sex.)

Recced because: Taking a quick break from BFA recs because I love this story so much. The best character backstories make the canon itself make more sense - Keeping Secrets does that for not only Mike Yates, but also Benton. The voices are great, the writing is beautiful, and suddenly Invasion of the Dinosaurs makes a little bit more sense.
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Story: The Unexpected Storm
Author: Gabriel Chase
Rating: Teen (for swearing)
Word Count: 1,455
Author’s Summary: Benton is transferring the Master to a new secure location, when a cloudburst causes more problem for UNIT's most beleaguered of soldiers.
Characters/Pairings: Benton, the Master (Delgado), Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Yates
Warnings: None 

Recced because:  It seemed a nice day to rec something for those who would like a light, enjoyable read over their lunch and this is one that fits the bill.  It is always a delight to find a good classic era fic, and with both the loyal Benton and Delgado’s suave Master being personal favorites, a story that places just the two of them together was irresistible.
The author does a fine job in this short story of keeping both completely in character; I could almost see those little disapproving quirks of the Master’s face as he offered his opinions of the available entertainment as well as his dignified plotting against the good-hearted but cautious Sergeant.  Can UNIT hold the Master, or have they bitten off more than they can chew?  A good dose of UNIT adventure for a May afternoon, perfect with a cup of tea.


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Story: Face Value
Author: Gary Merchant
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2294
Author's Summary: Corporal Bell learns about UNIT's scientific advisor
Characters/Pairings: Corporal Bell, the Brigadier, the Doctor, Liz, Benton
Warnings: none

Recced because: I'm a sucker for a good story from the POV of a one-off or minor character, and Corporal Bell, who often seems to be the U.N.I.T. equivalent of an office manager, is a particularly golden opportunity. And there's something deeply satisfying about seeing Three run up against the universal truth that you just don't mess with the office manager.

Just a lovely little sketch of Corporal Bell learning about the broader universe, on her own initiative… via the medium of the olive-and-khaki, paper-fueled base she keeps running.
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Story: The Protectionals!
Author: JJPOR
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1222
Author's Summary: A forgotten classic from the 1981 television schedules, unfortunately as yet unreleased on DVD; only read this if you think you can handle the action; Duggan! Benton! The Protectionals!
Characters/Pairings: Duggan, Benton, Other characters
Warnings: Swearing

Recced because:
Anyone who has even vague memories of either Starsky and Hutch or The Professionals, depending on what side of the Pond you grew up on, will recognise the cliches being skewered here; namely, a lot of early eighties cops with cool cars and bad perms, one of whom has a 'hit things first and don't bother about the asking questions part' and the other who provides a 'vaguely cool-headed voice-of-mild-reason thing'. And they're skewered hilariously. And what gets me most of all is that this actually fits into the Whoniverse quite well; I suspect I'd actually rather see this than some of the spin-offs we did get...
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Story: Let Them Eat Cake
Author: JJPOR
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2227
Author's Summary: Ten. Naked. Chained to Three. Covered in cake. Look, just don’t ask, okay?
Characters/Pairings: Third Doctor, Multi-Era, Tenth Doctor
Warnings: none

Recced because: I wavered all week trying to decide if I was going to rec this fic. I have read and reread both the story and its reviews. This story is hilarious and a fine example of how wonderful fluff can (and should!) be. It's hilarious from start to finish and is enjoyed even by those who cannot call themselves the author's crony. I don't want to say much for fear of spoiling it, but be prepared to laugh until you cry.
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I've been trying to avoid reccing ongoing WIPs because I know many like to read completed stories. However the authors of this story updated this one today, so I just had to include it in the rec list.

Story: Never Quite Normal
Author: Pairadox Timeline
Rating: Adult/R
Word Count: 57,480; currently at 26 chapters
Author's Summary: He can't abide his face in the mirror or the memory of what he has done. The silence has made him insane and the insanity has made him dangerous. At the end of the Time War, the Doctor takes drastic steps, with the help of friends old and new. Nine AU.
Characters/Pairings: Nine/Rose, Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge Stewart/Doris Stewart, Harry Sullivan, John Benton, Jackie Tyler, Mickey Smith
Warnings: Adult language, some violence, issues of alcohol abuse.

Recced because: The authors take a broken and dmanaged post - Time War Nine, and spins a brilliant AU based on making a drastic path with his life. The bonds between himself and Classic Who characters, the Brigadier, Benton, and Harry Sullivan are lovingly evident and his meeting with Rose and the development of their relationship is painfully poignant. Both Classic and New Who fans will find unique gems to enjoy about this story and it's overall tale of pain, loss, and trying to put oneself back together again.
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Greetings! I'm Clocketpatch and I will be your assigned reccer for the week. Most of the stories I've picked out already are a trifle on the long side and I do apologise in advance. I'll try to get some shorter ones in as well for those who enjoy having tales which they can read and digest over a lunch break.

Story: Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey (Book I: Exile)
Author: I Walk In Eternity
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 33280
Author's Summary: “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect… but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly…. timey-wimey…. stuff.” (The 10th Doctor, ‘Blink’) An adventure spanning all of the Doctor's lives begins with a series of vignettes from the eras of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Doctors. May they rest in peace.
Characters/Pairings: Barbara Wright, Ben Jackson, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Dodo Chaplet, Ian Chesterton, Jack Harkness, Jamie McCrimmon, Jo Grant, John Benton, Liz Shaw, Martha Jones, Omega, Polly Wright, Romana (author created), Susan Foreman, The Autons, The Doctor (10th)
Warnings: Some swearing

Recced because:
For my first rec of the week I wanted to start at the beginning, literally. Using the simple, yet brilliant, premise of a diary bequeathed from companion to companion, this story follows the life of the Doctor and those many companions, allies, and enemies who have been swept into the whirl-wind of his existence. The plot is, in some ways, straight-forward, but at the same time it is very, well, I guess the scientific term is “wibbly-wobbly”, as it darts from past to present. This is, really, a love song to the show. Every character from Jack, to the Brig, to Ben and Polly, to the Doctor himself(s), is perfectly voiced and painted with the palate of an author who is both a very talented writer and a very devoted fan. There are continuity references galore for those who like them, though the story should still be a good romp for someone who has only basic knowledge. There's a mystery as well!
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Story: Didn't Ask, Didn't Tell
Author: lithrael
Rating: Adult
Word count: 1131
Author's summary: Jamie and the Doctor enjoy themselves quite near a lot of UNIT personnel. Set during The Invasion.
Characters/Pairings: Two/Jamie, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Sergeant Benton
Warnings: Explicit Sex

Recced because: It's short and sweet (and hot), but what I like most about this fic is the way that it nails the mischievousness of Two's characterisation and applies it to his sex life with Jamie. The Brig and Benton's little bits that top and tail it work very nicely too.
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Story: Ground Rules
Author: JJPOR
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3554
Author's Summary:“The Doctor?” The Brigadier thought about that for a moment. “He’s the Queen’s sworn enemy as well?”
Characters/Pairings:Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Sergeant Benton, UNIT
Warnings: None

Recced because: Another great fic arising from continuity niggles - this one being the obvious question of where exactly was Torchwood in the 70s when the Doctor was working for UNIT and fighting off aliens on a weekly basis while patently not being arrested? The result is a satisfyingly twisty, Spooks-style spy story that explains why. And has the Brigadier and UNIT getting the better of Torchwood's sinister men in grey. Read it and cheer.
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My final rec for the week... I hope that you've enjoyed some of the stories I selected. It's been a pleasure sharing my favorites here!

Story: Home
Author: ClocketPatch
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 8893
Author's Summary: "Home is where the heart is, though sometimes we're too busy trying to run away to recognise it."
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (3rd), The Doctor (9th), Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Harry Sullivan, Jo Grant, Mike Yates, John Benton, UNIT
Warnings: Angst, Dark Themes, Swearing

Recced because: This fic features the intriguing combination of Three and Nine and there are four reasons why it is a standout for me: 1) the vividness of the imagery, particularly in the opening scenes; 2) the brilliant dialogue, which captures not only what these characters would say, but the exact manner in which they would say it; 3) the connections to tiny details from both New and Classic Who; and, 4) the intensity of story, dark, with raw emotion and such anguish. This story hurts, but it is so very worth the read.
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Story: Moving Forward
Author: [ profile] settiai
Rating: Teen, I suppose.
Word Count: 5043
Author's Summary: Sometimes all a person can do is move forward and hope for the best.
Characters/Pairings: Liz Shaw/The Brigadier, Third Doctor, Sergeant Benton.
Warnings: Um, heartbreak?

Recced because: I really enjoy Liz/Brig, even though we know that they don't end up together. [ profile] settiai beautifully brings to life a brief, passionate affair between two people who don't quite know how to deal with their emotions, as well as the friction between the Brig's old-fashioned chivalry and Liz' independence.
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Story: Snatches of an Old-Fashioned Coat
Author: Primsong
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1321
Author's Summary: A jumbled pile of old-school drabbles to share.
Characters/Pairings: Barbara Wright, Ben Jackson, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Ian Chesterton, Jamie McCrimmon, Jo Grant, John Benton, Mike Yates, Polly Wright, Romana II, Susan Foreman, The Doctor (1st), The Doctor (2nd), The Doctor (3rd), The Doctor (4th), Victoria Waterfield
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is gorgeous collection of drabbles that really are drabbles. And there is something here for everyone. The author nails the voices and the eras, and the whole series will definitely put a smile on your face. Lovely, lovely stuff.

A small taste... )
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(I'm so sorry! Slight technical difficulties. I promise I'll get all the recs in by the end of the week.)

Story: Zoetrope
Author: [ profile] livii
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 3098
Author's Summary: Sarah Jane Smith comes home.
Characters/Pairings: Sarah Jane Smith/Sergeant Benton/Harry Sullivan
Warnings: Awesomeness

Recced because: This story was written for me, so it should be no surprise to anyone that I'm reccing it. But the truth is, even if it hadn't been written for me this would still be one of my top five favorite Who stories EVER. It's got everything I could possibly want. Hope and love and companions realistically dealing with the aftermath of their time with the Doctor. It also has one of the greatest Brig cameos in the history of fanfic. I love this story so much it's ridiculous.

A small taste... )
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Story: Another Day in UNIT
Author: catelfemma
Rating: Teen
Author's summary: One by one, the Brigadier's soldiers are being frozen.
Characters/Pairings: Benton/Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Harry Sullivan, Mike Yates
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~2,900 words

Recced because: Cute, clever, and funny, this is a great little slice of life for UNIT, with a bonus of some nicely handled inter-team slash. All the character voices are perfectly done, solving the mystery includes reading through archives, and Benton gets to save the day – and sneak in a kiss or two. This is just sheer good fun.
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Story: Just Another Friday Night
Author: MinervaFan/[ profile] minerva_fan
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5,215
Author's Summary: All Sarah Jane wants for her thirtieth birthday is a bit of Italian food and a quiet night with a friend. The universe has other ideas. OR: The Tale of How Harry Sullivan Bows to Peer Pressure and is Made to Regret It By Miss Sarah Jane Smith.
Characters/Pairings: Sarah Jane/Harry, the Brigadier, Yates, Benton, Jo
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is a fluffy, funny, and utterly delightful story about the consequences of arranging a surprise party for someone who really, really doesn't want one. Although Harry isn't the only UNIT employee responsible for the party, Sarah Jane takes the opportunity to play one long, practical joke on him for revenge, and watching her run rings around him is incredibly entertaining.
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Story: An Unexpected Education
Author: Sleepy Sheep683
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 11930
Author's Summary: Over the course of a year, a scientific adviser falls in love for possibly the first time. It's most inconvenient.
Characters/Pairings: Liz/Brig, Mike Yates, Sergeant Benton, The Third Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: This story, along with it's companion piece No More Than A Feeling, is an excellent look at Liz Shaw's all too brief time at UNIT. It tallies perfectly with canon, and fleshes out what we saw onscreen in a beautifully believable way. I struggled to choose between the two, but, in the end, my love for all things Liz won out. (The other story - which views events from the Brig's perspective - is well worth a look as well, of course.)
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Story: Old Soldiers
Author: AstroGirl
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: What the Brigadier and other UNIT folks were doing during some of the events of the new series.
Characters: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Doris Lethbridge-Stewart, John Benton, UNIT
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~ 4,000 words

Recced because: A brilliant take on some new skool via old skool UNIT characters; this story follows the Brigadier, dear old Brigadier who never gives up, never stops wanting to help (and be a part of things, something he finds shameful but is so terribly human), and the major events of World War Three, The Christmas Invasion, and Army of Ghosts/Doomsday. It's plotty and slips perfectly into the canon (I'd like to believe this happened!) and has great cameos from Doris and in particular Benton, who is written exactly right ("I've heard you say it yourself often enough, and, if I may say so, it would be a crushing disillusionment if I had to start doubting your word now" he says about the Brig, which is so perfect). A sensational story, and the last line is a killer.
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Story: A Custom Vehicle
Author: Primsong
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 10724
Author's Summary: the Brigadier faces an unwelcome government audit, surely a good excuse to chase after aliens in the English countryside. Third Doctor with Bessie, Jo Grant, Benton, Yates and UNIT.
Characters/Pairings: Three, Jo Grant, Mike Yates, John Benton, the Brigadier
Warnings: none

Recced because:

This is my second long story rec, and, incidentally, it is also the beginning of a series A Custom Vehicle: the series
. I know I’ve already recc’d a UNIT fic, but *blushes* anyone who knows me knows how I love my Threefic. This is a glorious classic series romp which reads like a lost episode. The characters, the situations (the solutions to those situations) … etc. are all spot on UNIT era. I recommend this fic to Three fans who want to have a bit of fun, to NuWho fans who are curious about what UNIT was like back in the homespun days, and, generally, to anyone with an appreciation for good writing and a strong plot. This is the tops!
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Author: <a href="
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 3746
Author's Summary:
‘When the Brigadier's moustache falls off mid-shag, years of trust and loyalty are undermined.’
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier/Benton, Jo Grant, Mike Yates
Warnings: Explicit sex

Recced because:
This story was inspired by the madness which is the kinkmeme. I think it’s nicely summed up by its original prompt: ‘When the Brigadier's moustache falls off mid-shag, years of trust and loyalty are undermined. Luckily, all is well thanks to Mike Yates, Jo Grant's mother and a tin of Spam.’
How can you go wrong with that???
This was only posted a few days ago, and I’m bumping off one of my original recs to fit it in. But rec it I must, because this is one of the funniest things I have ever read. The majority of the humour comes – not from the ridiculous situations – but from the ridiculously in-character reactions: Poor, clueless, and utterly betrayed Benton, Scarred-for-life Yates who has been wrangled into the role of unwilling relationship therapist, and dear sweet Jo who knows more than she’s letting on. And, of course, the stalwart Brig.
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Story: The Slow Path
Author: atraphoenix
Rating: All ages
Author's Summary: Susan Foreman takes the slow path.
Characters/Pairings: Susan Foreman, Liz Shaw, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Donna Noble, Harry Sullivan, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Jo Grant, John Benton, Martha Jones, Sarah Jane Smith, the Tenth Doctor (Liz/Brig, mentions of Susan/David)
Warnings: None
Word Count: 3,306

Recced because: The story of Susan, living her life on 'the slow path' is elegantly woven into the Doctor's history. It's brilliant seeing how she interacts with many of the same people her grandfather did, just a step out of time with him.

A little hint of what is to come. )


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