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Story: Old Friends
Author: Pendragon
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 5,107
Author's Summary: Ian Chesterton and Wilfred Mott are friends through the years.
Characters/Pairings: Ian/Barbara, Wilf, Donna

Recced because: Why did it never occur to me that Wilf and Ian would be contemporaries? Thank goodness it occurred to Pendragon, though, or we wouldn't have this lovely story in which Ian and Wilf immediately bond and form a lasting friendship. The character voices are spot-on, and honestly, re-reading the story just now so I could write the rec still fills me with joy, even if there are occasional sad moments, just as there are in anyone's life. But those moments are that much easier to deal with when you have a friend who understands you – and fortunately, Ian and Wilf do.
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Hello, [ profile] calufrax! For once I'm here in my capacity as reccer, not as the mod, so expect recs from me for the next two weeks. (Although as always, if you'd like to rec – and everyone is welcome to do so! – leave a comment in the signup post or send me an ask on Tumblr.)

Story: A Few Things and a Lizard
Author: Beer Good
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2,820
Author's Summary: When Clara doesn't join him after the events of "Deep Breath" the Doctor picks up another companion. A big, sexy woman with legs up to here, a tail that won't quit, and big, nasty, pointy teeth. Yes, the Doctor is joined by a T Rex in the fix-it fic to end all fix-it fics.
Characters/Pairings: Adric, Clara, Danny, Harriet Jones, Ianto, Jack, Martha, Rory, Sarah Jane, Wilf, Twelfth Doctor, Simm!Master
Warnings: None

Recced because: The Doctor has had many companions over the years, but never, to the best of my knowledge, a T. rex, much less the one from "Deep Breath." And let's just say it's remarkable how differently certain situations might have played out had a gigantic carnivore been brought into the mix. (Davros never stood a chance.) Best of all – and unlike a number of companions – our dinosaur friend finally gets a happy ending, and a fate she earned far more than what really happened to her in her one onscreen episode.

after the cut )
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Story: The Runaway Doctor

Author: BananaQaiquiri

Rating: All Ages

Word Count: 11,467 words

Author's Summary:
The Eleventh Doctor is relaxing inside the TARDIS when a certain skinny man with sticky-uppy hair materializes inside it, wearing a tuxedo and a cheeky grin. He takes the Doctor to an unexpected place, where they run into several familiar faces.

Characters: Amy Pond, Donna Noble, Jackie Tyler, Rory Williams, Rose Tyler, Sarah Jane Smith, Sylvia Noble, Wilfred Mott, the Eleventh Doctor, the Duplicate Tenth Doctor

Recced Because: Now wouldn't we all love to see this one on the telly? For one thing, it's wonderfully in character and absolutely hilarious.
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Story: Within A Mile Of Home
Author: sleepismyfriend
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3924
Author's Summary: Eleven takes Amy to Bannerman Road, only he encounters a few more than he expected once he arrives.
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Jack Harkness, Jo Grant, Liz Shaw, Martha Jones, Mickey Smith, Sarah Jane Smith, Tegan Jovanka, The Doctor (11th), Wilfred Mott, Luke Smith, Amy Pond
Warnings: n/a

Recced because: To round off the week, a return to the multi-era ensemble cast - just look at that list of characters!  Full disclosure requires me to say that the author is one of my friends, but this is one of those stories that I'd have to admit to loving were it written by my worst enemy.  Plot takes a backseat to a beautifully-written interlude of friendships and nostalgia that still manages to feel fresh, and the interactions between the Doctor's former companions and friends are delightfully genuine.  I particularly love the portrayal of Amy, who bounces around full of teasing energy but clearly holds a great deal of affection for the Doctor - and, of course, the centre of the story is the eternal relationship between the Doctor and Sarah, which is dealt with in a sensitive and nuanced manner.  It really is one of my favourite stories, and one that reminds me just why I love the show so much.

Thank you for having me for the week, guys, and if you enjoy the recs then don't forget to go and tell the authors all about it!
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Title: Boxing Day
Word count: 6830
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Author summary: While trying to cope with grief and survivor guilt, Wilf meets the one person he never wanted to see.
Characters: Eleventh Doctor, Wilfred Mott
Warnings: None

Recced because:
I always enjoy fics where Wilf and the Doctor meet up again. Wilf is one of my favourite companions anyway, and because they share a secret, and they're both old men by their species' standards, it seems that they'd really have a lot to talk about. This is a well-written story in which Wilf encounters Eleven and gets an opportunity he really should have had in the series. It does a good job showing the differences between Ten and Eleven, and showing Wilf's reaction to a new Doctor. It also contains this amusing and pithy description of Eleven:  Extra chin, hold the eyebrows.
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Story: Wilf Saves the Day
Author: Adrian Tullberg
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 589
Author's Summary: Spoilers for The End of Time Part One.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (10th), The Master (Simm), Wilfred Mott
Warnings: None

Recced because: Adrian Tullberg seems to specialise in simple solutions that mess up solve the Doctor's complicated problems. This is one of them, and it's a beauty, a hilarious way to derail The Master in The End of Time.

A small sample )

Posted using Livejournal's scheduled posting thing since I may be off line for the next couple of days - apologies if anything goes wrong.
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Back to New Who, with a touch of humor.

Story: A Noble Companion
Author: EllyF
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 3613
Author's Summary: The Doctor acquires a new companion after he loses Donna.
Characters/Pairings: Donna Noble, Original Companion, The Doctor (10th), Wilfred Mott
Warnings: none.

Recced because: The Tenth Doctor is coerced into taking an OFC (Original Feline Companion) onto the TARDIS.  He’s depressed after Donna’s departure and doesn’t want a companion of any species, but Wilfred Mott hands him a kitten and won’t take ‘no’ for an answer.  What follows can be nicely summed up by the genres EllyF chose to label her story: angst, fluff, and hurt/comfort.

I suspect that EllyF has been owned by a cat at some point in her life.  She certainly has a good sense of how they think.  (She isn’t too shabby at writing Time Lords, either.)

A snippet... )

Read it here, and please don’t forget to let the author know if you enjoyed it.

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Story: Moments of Life Unremembered
Author: Rivendellrose
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2685
Author's Summary: What does a moment mean, if you don't remember it? (Series of connected vignettes)
Characters/Pairings: Donna Noble, Jack Harkness, Martha Jones, Handy, Gwen Cooper, Tom Milligan, Sylvia Noble, Wilfred Mott
Warnings: None.

Recced because: If our memories determine who we are (and Time Lords most of all...), what DO the bits we don't remember mean? This story is a beautiful exploration of the people the Doctor left behind, not quite as intact as they used to be, and most importantly - their "regular life" afterwards.
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Story: Two Old Men and a Park Bench
Author: EmachinesCat
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4055
Author's Summary: The bowtied man smiled, a smile so different but so familiar, and as Wilfred's jaw dropped, realization came. "Doctor?" His voice shook a bit. The grin grew wider. "Hello, Wilf."
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Wilfred Mott
Warnings: None

Recced because: I'm a sucker for Wilfred Mott and any Doctor. I've read many stories like this, where the Eleventh Doctor appears and shows his new face to the man he would have been proud to call his dad. This one is entirely enjoyable and fun while being sad and nostalgic at the same time!


"'S'alright," Wilfred assured him, "your hair's nice now, too. Modern. Nearly every young lad today has that flippy hair. It's 'cool', I suppose."

The Doctor beamed. "This is why I like you, Wilfred Mott! Always know the right thing to say to get me smiling! My hair is 'cool'. I knew it!"

Still a little begrudging of this new Doctor, Wilfred found he had to tack on, "Mind you, that's just what the them magazines say. I think them boys struttin' around with hair in their eyes look like girls."

The Doctor's mouth hung open, then he laughed loudly so that a little boy playing with his dog a few yards away jumped and glanced over toward his neighbors on the bench before scooting away. "Wilfred, don't you ever change!" the Doctor grinned. Wilfred gave a small grin but still felt guilty, as if he were letting the real Doctor down.

"Wilf, I know what I said, and I meant it. I really did. But I swear, I'm still here. I remember everything that happened to me during my last incarnation, and the one before that, and all the way to the beginning." His voice was soft, sad. "Sometimes I wish I didn't remember everything. I wish I could forget about the Time War and the Daleks and Bad Wolf Bay and the Library of the Dead and watching everyone I love leave and die and forget…" His eyes were misted over and Wilfred struggled to keep his expression straight, and this time it wasn't sorrow for the loss of the Doctor, but for the losses of the Doctor.
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The [ profile] dw_femslash ficathon just happened over at that comm, so I figured I'd rec something awesome from ficathons past.

Story: Escapology
Author: birdsarecalling
Rating: teen
Word Count: 4,794
Author's Summary: Donna Noble's stuck inside her own head. What she needs is a little escapology. (Donna/Jo Grant)
Characters/Pairings: Donna Noble/Jo Grant, Sylvia Grant, Wilfred Mott, Mike Yates, Shaun Temple
Warnings: none

Recced because: This fic is adorable. I feel like 'Donna meets old companion' may be a trope (and one that I've written recently, hm), but this is the defining one of those fics for me. Partly this fic is about Donna coming back from having her memory taken by the Doctor, partly it's about what Jo does as she gets older, and there's a tiny bit in there that's somehow about Mike Yates and is so good. This whole fic is so good - a really nice melding of new and old school Who.
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Author: Adrian Tullberg
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 747
Author's Summary: The type of story for the Easter season.
Characters/Pairings: Donna Noble, Wilfred Mott
Warnings: None
Recced because: I first read this on a couple of years ago, but it has only just made it to Teaspoon. It's one of many stories to deal with the problem of Donna, and finds a funny, obvious solution the Doctor evidently missed.
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Story: Nameless, Faceless
Author: voodoochild
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3943
Author's Summary: There are no Time Ladies on Gallifrey any longer. The entire universe knows of the Weeping Angels. These two facts are connected.
Characters: Romana III, Susan Foreman, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (8th), The Master (Simm), The Rani, Wilfred Mott
Warnings: None

Recc'ed because: One of the lines in the End of Time mentioned Time Lord dissenters and Weeping Angels in the same breath, and I always wondered whether the connection was something the writers had explicitly thought about or just something RTD threw out there on a whim. Well, voodoochild takes that idea and spins it into a mythos that is fascinating and chilling, like the myth of the banshee or the Fates, but somewhat in reverse. The narrative voice weaves the events of the last days of the Time War through with mystical context and metaphor, like a legend passed down by storytellers for generations. The end is chilling and amazing and it works--oh, it works brilliantly.

Excerpt )
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Story: Handyman
Author: pluto
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4,952
Author's Summary: Donna's begun having terrible headaches, and Shaun struggles to help her.
Characters/Pairings: Donna/Shaun, Wilf, Sylvia
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is one of the sweetest, most poignant Donna fix-it fics I've read, not in the least because it finally gives us a good idea of who Shaun might be, and why Donna would have fallen for him. Shaun is utterly devoted to Donna, and when she starts freezing up and repeating words like "neurohyperbolicencephalostabilizer," he finds a way to help her that no doctor (or Doctor) could. Ultimately, it isn't just Shaun's cobbled-together machine that restores Donna's memories: it's his fierce love for her, and his unwillingness to give up despite his fears and uncertainty.

Excerpt: after the cut )
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Story: Noble Pursuits
Author: Quean of Swords
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 52k
Author's Summary: In an alternate universe, alternate Donna Noble is a PA at H.C. Clements. Then, one day, her boss tries to feed her to his alien insect offspring. Lucky for her, she is rescued by Rose Tyler of the Insanely Rich Tylers and a mysterious man who calls himself 'the Doctor'... two people who seem to be a bit more familiar with her than they should be. The Doctor, Rose, and the team at Torchwood Alpha (a.k.a. The Warehouse) have to stop an insidious alien invasion before they've even had a chance to settle into their new lives. Will Donna have to chose between helping them or protecting her ailing grandfather?
Characters/Pairings: Alt!Ten/Rose Tyler, Alt!Donna Noble, Alt!Harriet Jones, Alt!Ianto Jones, Alt!Jackie Tyler, Alt!Martha Jones, Alt!Owen Harper, Alt!Pete Tyler, Alt!Toshiko Sato, Alt!Wilfred Mott
Warnings: None.

Recced because: This was one of this year's [ profile] tardis_bigbang fics, and it. is. marvelous. Among the many things to look forward to: excellent writing, the human Doctor's slow adjustment to his new circumstances, and Donna being, well, Donna. Plus a most entertaining "aliens invading!" plot.
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Story: When We Were Six
Author: aralias
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2099
Author's Summary: The Doctor takes Peri on holiday to Devon, except it isn't Devon: it's Strathclyde.
Characters/Pairings: Sixth Doctor, Donna Noble, Peri Brown, Wilfred Mott
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Written for the 2009 Sixathon (the challenge being ‘all the companions’), the Doctor contemplates a red-headed six-year-old companion before we ever saw or heard of wee!Amelia - her name's Donna Noble. The interactions between the two (and Peri) are lovely, with the voices spot on, as are Wilfred’s proud grandfatherly reactions at the end. And debating the rights and wrongs of kidnapping a six-year-old, arguing about whether the Doctor might be a clown or a superhero, and Donna's reason for being in Strathclyde - it's brilliant, and funny, and clever. And there’s a bright pink hat. Possibly a planet of the hats, as well, but that’s for another day. What more could you want?
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Story: The Children of Time Will Gather
Author: RobinC ([ profile] lindenharp on Live Journal)
Rating: All
Word Count: 14,082
Author's Summary: After the events of Journey's End, the Doctor's friends and companions gather together to remember the past and to prepare for the future.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Martha Jones, Sarah Jane Smith, Mickey Smith, Wilfrid Mott, Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Luke Smith
Warnings: None

Recced because: Although this has the feel of a Journey's End fix-it, it isn't one. What it is is a look at how the people we see in Journey's End cope with the aftermath and with a threat to Donna. We see a wonderful friendship building up between the different characters that I truly wish were (shown in) canon.

Although I enjoy the entire story, my favorites are probably the UNIT officer's description of the events on the Valiant and what he calls the principal players and Wilf's role in the "performance" (because we need more Wilf).
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Story: Secretly Loves the Sahara
Author: lunarla225
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1835
Author's Summary: The universe has a really rotten sense of things. Donna in Egypt, pre-Series 4.
Characters/Pairings: Donna Noble, Wilfred Mott, The Doctor (10th)
Warnings: none

Recced because:

It’s absolutely gorgeous.

Really, there’s not much more I can say to sum it up. I love Donna and seek out fic with her, and yet, somehow, this is the first straight-forward, non-AU, fic I’ve seen with her set in the gap between The Runaway Bride and Partners in Crime. It’s about her growing as a person. It’s about her vacation to Egypt. It’s about the utter dullness and wonder of life on Earth. It has a prose style which draws the details crystal clear and hyper-real, painting the picture, showing all of the little nitty-gritty things that make up a day, that so often get forgotten by authors. This is professional, publishable quality writing. It’s absolutely gorgeous. And it’s all told from a perspective that is unequivocally, uncompromisingly, Donna Noble, unedited, in all her glory.
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Story: Operation Awesome
Author: AND
Rated: All Ages
Word count: 13981
Author’s summary:  Does Donna really need to remember her travels with the Doctor to unlock the confidence and strength she found on her travels with him? Doesn't that suggest that there's something wrong with living on Earth? Sarah Jane and Torchwood gang up to save Donna - one way or another.
Characters/Pairings: Donna Noble, Sarah Jane Smith, Jack Harkness, Martha Jones, Ianto Jones, Mickey Smith, Clyde Langer, Luke Smith, Maria Jackson, Alan Jackson, Wilfred Mott, Other Character(s) - including some surprise Old-School companions
Warnings: None

Reason for Recommendation: Donna Noble is awesome. It's as simple as that. And so is Team TARDIS, or more properly the Doctor's 'biggest family in the universe'. AND set out to prove, in this story, that there is nothing less awesome about being a human being, living a life on Earth, than there is about travelling in the TARDIS with the Doctor. With or without the Doctor, with or without her memories of being with him Donna is awesome and has potential to be more awesome still. Oh, and the Doctor is a complete wanker - and that's a direct quote. I absolutely love the team effort in this story, from the Torchwood gang to Sarah Jane's crew to Martha and assorted others (Mickey and Jack's early conversation is side-splittingly hilarious), and the way they combine to - metaphorically - bang the Doctor's head against the wall of his own emo. AND writes Donna brilliantly too. Watch for Donna's meeting with the baby-faced man from Wales - and my favourite scene, close to the end, with the wonderful Wilf.

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Story: Searching
Author: Paranoid Seat
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1343
Author's Summary: Evelyn finds some unexpected company.
Characters/Pairings: Evelyn Smythe, Wilfred Mott, Sixth Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: This story makes me SO happy. I'm a sucker for old skool meeting new skool and Wilf and Evelyn have beautiful chemistry. A gorgeous idea beautifully realized.

a small taste... )
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Story: A Gentleman of the Universe
Author: Stressfactor
All Ages
Word Count:
Author's Summary:
All that stargazing Wilf did and he never got to travel among them until one day he did.
Characters/Pairings: Wilfred Mott, Tenth Doctor
Recced because:
Everybody loves Donna’s grandfather Wilf, and the Doctor proves he is no exception when he gives Wilf a trip in the TARDIS. This is a very moving story, full of beautiful descriptions. There’s a deftly used classic Who reference. The Doctor gets to show off his compassionate side and while Wilf proves that genuine wonder at seeing the universe isn’t confined to the standard pretty young female companions. “A Gentleman of the Universe” is a charming, heartfelt tribute to a charming, heart-filled character. Tissue warning, but not the sort that leaves you feeling crummy.
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Story: Identity Politics
Author: LizBee
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2355
Author's summary: The duplicate Doctor goes through a different sort of metacrisis.
Characters/Pairings: Duplicate!Tenth Doctor/Rose, Alt!Wilf
Warnings: Spoilers for Journey's End

Recced because: First of all, it's funny. The humor is extremely well done, flowing in a natural, effortless fashion. Believe me, that's a lot harder to do than it looks. More importantly, though, is that underneath the humor there are some real issues about gender and identity being explored. The Duplicate Doctor isn't just part-Doctor, after all, he's part-Donna too. And sometimes the Doctor parts and the Donna parts don't exactly mix.

The Doctor climbed back into bed, and wondered if there was an appropriate time to tell your universe-traversing girlfriend that you were maybe sort of a bit gay now. You were a strident red-haired woman in a skinny man's body. Or something. One thing about Donna, she'd been utterly certain of her heterosexuality, and the only clitoris she was interested in was her own.


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May 2017