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Story: The Worst Doctor Who Story Ever
Author: Astrid
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 608
Author's Summary: For April Fools Day, I present something I wrote last year as a parody of all the bad Doctor Who fics (well, bad fics in general). I'm very sorry about this, I really am.
Characters/Pairings: Eighth Doctor, The Master, Adric, Ace, Peri, Mel, Romana II, Sarah Jane (and more)
Warnings: none

Recced because: I laughed non-stop at this absurd yet accurate send up of badfic. We've all seen them- probably lurking in the dark corners of fics written as one endless paragraph, riddled with misspelled words, oblivious to punctuation or grammar. They usually feature a Mary Sue and some character bashing for good measure. This one ticks all those boxes perfectly, and I couldn't stop giggling as it hit every cliched trope in Doctor Who fandom over the head with a mallet. This fic is short, so the (intentionally) terrible formatting shouldn't be an obstacle to enjoying this hilarious parody. (And honestly the misspellings just make it funnier- I nearly lost it at 'Parry' and 'Ramona' LOL)
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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: Stowaway
Author: Clare
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1984
Author's Summary: With no reason to stay with his fellow Alzarians, Adric stows away on the TARDIS. While exploring the corridors, he remembers his old life and, in particular, his late brother.
Characters/Pairings: Adric, Other Character(s)
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is a great character piece on Adric. I wouldn't expect anything less from a self-admitted Adric fan.
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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.

a sample )
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Story: Purpose
Author: Kesomon
Rating: All Ages
Author's Summary: Anyone who had chosen to stop and listen, to say a few words, to step inside his frankly magnificent time ship, had been there for a reason, even if they, or he or anyone else had yet to discover what that reason was.
Word Count: 541
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Adric, Barbara Wright, Evelyn Smythe, Ian Chesterton, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Jo Grant, Katarina, Martha Jones, Mel Bush, Nyssa, Owen Harper, Peri Brown, Steven Taylor
Warnings: None

Recced Because: It is an odd little story, exploring the idea of predestination paradoxes. Usually with this kind of thing, the Doctor is the one who changes the companion. He shows them the universe, and they become a better person because of that. It is quite easy to forget that the companions change the Doctor just as much as he changes them, and that is why I love this fic. It clearly shows the delicate relationship between the two, while also paying homage to the fact that the companions are amazing and usually go on to be amazing after their time in the TARDIS. The last line is a nice touch too, with the Doctor portrayed not as the all-knowing Time Lord, but the wanderer, the traveller who marvels at the beauty and mystery of the universe.
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Today is something lighter after yesterday's angst.

Story: Awkward Questions
Author: Gary Merchant
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 996
Author's Summary: Not even the Doctor can answer everything.
Characters:Adric, Grace Holloway, Ian Chesterton, Jamie McCrimmon, Nyssa, The Doctor (1st), The Doctor (2nd), The Doctor (3rd), The Doctor (4th), The Doctor (5th), The Doctor (6th), The Doctor (7th), The Doctor (8th), The Doctor (9th)

Recced because:It's a play on the numerous (intentional) plot holes and is-it-canon-or-not-canon-questions all Whovians have to deal with at some point. With fifty years of series, not everything always makes sense. Two events from the history of the show can completely contradict each other and still both be awesome (a big cheer for timey-wimey stuff!). This fic takes that fact and runs with it, exploring 8 different scenes from Doctors 1 to 8 with humour and wit. The scenes used here are (in)famous throughout the fandom, and reading about them brought a knowing smile to my face. It's under a thousand words, so even if you're in a hurry, check it out. And if you like it, there is a sequel too!
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Story: Companionship
Author: JJPOR
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3511
Author's Summary: Sometimes, you discover that you have more in common with somebody than either of you ever realised.
Characters/Pairings: Adric, Romana II, The Doctor (4th)
Warnings: None

Recced because:

Adric is in this. But really, this is about Romana. This is an introspective fic about her reasons for leaving the Doctor and what she thinks about that. Adric is treated marvelously by JJPOR, who shows him as the sort of young man who doesn't understand why his brilliance doesn't make him loved. She doesn't sugarcoat the character either; Adric's less lovely character traits are on display, but not bashed. And Romana is nothing but class- she's respectful and patient. And ultimately, this is a marvelous moment of, if not bonding, then at least understanding between the two characters

A small sample )
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A shorter piece today.  Back to Classic Who, and one of my favorite Doctors.

Story: Running the Banner Down
Author: Etherati
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2084
Author's Summary: Tear down the person you were, get out from under the shadows, rebuild with what you have left. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like enough, and sometimes the cost is too high. Character piece, Five.
Characters/Pairings: Adric, Nyssa, Tegan Jovanka, The Fifth Doctor
Warnings: none

Recced because: In his first appearance, the Fifth Doctor said, “That's the trouble with regeneration. You quite never know what you're going to get.”  This is a gorgeously-written look into the Doctor’s thoughts about his new self at various moments after his regeneration.  Like every Doctor before and after him, he must struggle to re-create his identity, and watch his companions struggle to accept the new person that he is becoming.  If you’re not familiar with this era of Doctor Who you will miss some of the references, but most of the story could apply to any Doctor.  If nothing else, read it for the language, which is as subtle and beautiful as it is insightful.

A snippet... )

Read it here.
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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: Distances
Author: Levendis
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4907
Author's Summary: Running fast to stand still, or the more things change the more they stay the same, or a series of vignettes about fish and possible nows.
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Adric, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Donna Noble, Nyssa, Peri Brown, Tegan Jovanka, The Daleks, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (11th), The Doctor (1st), The Doctor (2nd), The Doctor (3rd), The Doctor (4th), The Doctor (5th), The Doctor (6th), The Doctor (7th), The Doctor (8th), The Doctor (9th)
Warnings: None
Recced because: This is a fic about the Doctor - all of him, the essence of him. It is a series of vignettes, but they are unsorted and sort of higgledy-piggledy, consisting of briefly captured moments (or lifetimes), and most of the time it takes a few lines, or even paragraphs, before it’s possible to put a face, a time, a context, a ‘number’ to the Doctor in question. This disorientation works beautifully to highlight how he truly is the same man, how who he was/is/will be is all part of one continuous story. Some parts are sad, some happy; others funny, or profound, or deeply touching. But above all, this fic reminds me that the Doctor just is.
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Story: Maturity
Author: JaneTurenne
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2,337
Author's Summary: The Doctor learns, to his dismay, that carrying young companions comes with complications.
Characters/Pairings: Adric/Nyssa, implied Fifth Doctor/Ainley!Master, Tegan
Warnings: None

Recced because: The Doctor's reactions and little asides to himself are adorably hilarious. The voices are spot on, the Doctor is just so repressed, and the Master is so obviously taken with him that he just goes along with whatever the Doctor says, albeit with a ton of snark. The whole thing is very entertaining, especially with Tegan being her no-nonsense, take-charge self.
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Story: A List of the Lost
Author: aralias
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3889
Author's Summary: Five times the fifth Doctor was alone with one of his companions, each time after losing someone else.
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor, Adric, Nyssa, Tegan, Turlough, Peri
Warnings: References to character death

Recced because: The Fifth Doctor traveled with a lot of companions, and he traveled with a lot of companions who also traveled with each other. But no one travels with the Doctor forever. In a series of vignettes, this fic explores each companion's reaction to the loss of someone, and in so doing, explores how each companion sees his or her own relationship to the Doctor. Taken individually, the vignettes are a wonderful series of character studies; added together, they are a study on the Doctor himself, and an insightful look into the Doctor/companion relationship.

an excerpt )
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Well, my stint in the driver's seat ends here. I've enjoyed sharing with you all. I hope everyone saw a story they liked. To end the week on a high note, here is a fantastic and aptly named story by Sarah.

Story:  In The End
Author: Sarah
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1087
Author's Summary: Rory adjusts to unexpected cirumstances. (Cold Blood spoilers)
Characters/Pairings: Rory Williams (and others)
Warnings: Swearing
spoilers! )
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Story: Armour
Author: Mamfidd82
Word count:1303
Rating:All ages
Author's summary:The Doctor always hides behind something or other. Usually, it's himself.
Characters/pairings:Ace McShane, Adric, Barbara Wright, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Charley Pollard, Ian Chesterton, Jamie McCrimmon, Jo Grant, Martha Jones, Peri Brown, Rose Tyler, Susan Foreman, Tegan Jovanka, The Doctor (all of him).
Warnings: none.

Recced because: Well this one's just lovely. Touching, and sad, and a it painful, but lovely. A collection of moments, from both Old and New Who, that make you want to slap the Doctor and hug him all at the same time. And most importantly, catches the very essence of the Doctor in such a beautiful manner.
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Technically it's Wednesday now, but since I haven't gone to bed yet, I'll be calling this my Tuesday rec.

Story: Ordinary Day
Author: Doctor Tam
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2,073
Author's summary: In which Serenity is not impenetrable, Simon does some amateur xenobiology, and Mal learns to believe in something that isn’t logical. Firefly(post-BDM)/Doctor Who
Characters/Pairings: Mal Reynolds, Zoe Alleyne, Fourth Doctor, Romana II, Kaylee Frye, Simon Tam, River Tam, Jayne Cobb, Inara Serra, Adric
Warnings: Crossover with Firefly. Spoilers for Serenity.

Recced because: Evidently Firefly takes place in E-Space. I'm not surprised.

Seriously, though, this is a very well done crossover. The character voices for both canons are pitch perfect. Doctor Tam does a very good Fourth Doctor in particular. Also, the encounter itself was done in a very organic matter that fit neatly in with both canons. It's the kind of thing that happens to the Serenity crew all the time, but it's also the sort of thing that happens to the Doctor. The title fits: this is an ordinary day. For all of them.
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Story: Learning Humanity
Author: Erya
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 586
Author's Summary: The Doctor learns how to be human in ten painful steps.
Characters/Pairings: Adric, Ace McShane, Jamie McCrimmon, Jo Grant, Katarina, Nyssa, Peri Brown, Rose Tyler, Sara Kingdom, Tegan Jovanka, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (1st), The Doctor (2nd), The Doctor (3rd), The Doctor (4th), The Doctor (5th), The Doctor (6th), The Doctor (7th), The Doctor (8th), The Doctor (9th)
Warnings: Tissues may be needed

Recced because:

The Doctor’s life has never been an easy one. There have been loses and sacrifices every step of the way – and gains, at the same time. This is a concise history, economical, and pulsing with everything that makes the Doctor the Doctor across all of his incarnations, in the face of any loss or confrontation:

The faith and love he shows his companions, his sorrow when he must let them go, and the regret when cannot save them.
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Title: Walking the Labyrinth.
Author: LilacFree.
Characters/Pairings: 4th Doctor, Adric, K9, Tegan Jovanka, the Master (Ainsley).
Rating: All ages.
Warnings: None.
Word Count: 3419.
Summary: Doctor who? Has any one else ever walked into the TARDIS without having met the Doctor? This story is an attempt to walk in Tegan's high-heeled shoes. It follows canon from the 4th Doctor episode 'Logopolis' fairly closely, with a couple of additions.
Follows my story 'First Step' and is part of the same series. It also draws from the drabble 'He Laughs'.

Recced Because: Taking a couple of scenes from Logopolis where not much happens other than Tegan exploring, getting lost and frightened, in the TARDIS before she has met the Doctor and turns it into an effective character study. I like to see this both as Tegan working through her fears but also as a study of the Doctor by means of the TARDIS. The author makes use to two meanings for the labyrinth: meditation tool, and location for the Theseus and the Minotaur myth, with the Master as the Minotaur.
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Hello! [ profile] philosophercat here! I too will be reccing fics this week for your reading pleasure. *tips hat*

Title: Serenity's Shadow.
Author: Chryse.
Characters/Pairings: 5th Doctor, Nyssa of Traken, Tegan Jovanka, Adric.
Rating: All ages.
Warnings: None.
Word Count: 28316.
Summary: Set after the events of the novel 'Cold Fusion' and before 'Earthshock'. Nyssa decides she wants to leave the TARDIS crew and make a new life for herself on the Trakenite colony of Serenity. But little does she realise 'there's no place like home'.

Recced Because: This work in progress is a worthy sequel to the serial Keeper of Traken, a powerful story difficult to follow up on. The regular characters are pitch-perfect, those invented by the author well rounded and memorable. Each element slots in nicely, the atmosphere and pacing would fit an actual episode from its era. In addition, it is worth noting that the author avoids many of the pitfalls fan fiction writers very often have in portraying Adric. He's given the same honest treatment as the others, which is just another way of saying the author's done her work well.
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This is my last rec for the week- just wanted to say thank you to the Calufrax mods, my fellow reccer [ profile] wendymr, and to everyone who commented on the recs and the stories. It's been a blast!

Story: 'Twixt Earth and Paradise
Author: Patrice
Rated: All-Ages
Word count: 45,336
Author’s summary: The Doctor is curious about a new settlement on a small, remote planet. However, an inquisitive mind is not always a good thing.
Characters/Pairings: Five, Adric, Nyssa, Tegan, OCs
Warnings: None

And for my final rec, I offer a fantastic Fifth Doctor multi-chapter adventure story. Excellent writing and impeccable characterization make up a story that easily could have been an episode. Beyond being an excellent mystery story (with an occasional tinge of creepiness), the fic also contains some wonderful individual moments with each of the characters.
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Story: The Boy in the Library
Author: funkyinfishnet
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5116
Author's Summary: Set after 'The Long Game.' After an argument with the Doctor, Rose finds herself led to the TARDIS library and finds someone unexpected there who's hiding from the Doctor.
Characters/Pairings: Rose Tyler, The Doctor (9th), Adric

Recced because:

Halloween is a time for ghost stories...

this is a perfect blend of old and new Who. It’s bittersweet, but hopeful, and an awesome insight into the Doctor, the TARDIS, and the many, many fragile companions who have been shaped by their time among the stars. And also, the way they, in turn, have shaped the Doctor. When you’ve finished be sure to check out the beautifully written sequel: The Ghosts that Linger

Also, it’s come to my notice that SOMEHOW there are no references to Adric in the Calufrax character tags. For shame people. For shame.
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Story: Uneven Steps
Author: Settiai
Rating: All ages
Author's Summary: Severus Snape never knew when or where he would see the Doctor next. (Crossover with "Harry Potter.").
Characters/Pairings: Adric, Erimem, Nyssa, Peri Brown, Tegan Jovanka, The Fifth Doctor, Turlough, (Snape, Lily, and Dumbledore from HP)
Warnings: Spoilers for all HP books
Word Count: 5,098

Recced because: The first time I read this story I was blown away by the brilliance of it. Snape meets the Fifth Doctor for the first time when he's nine years old, but that's not the first time the Doctor's met him. The Doctor's appearance is woven in through Snape's life, always at times that end up being important in some way.

A little hint of what is to come. )
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Story: Why Stop at Thirteen (When You're Having So Much Fun?)
Author: Gillian Taylor ([ profile] dark_aegis) and WMR ([ profile] wendymr)
Rating: None given; all ages
Word Count: 1285
Author's Summary: Because sometimes he needs someone to stop him. Crack!fic ahoy.
Characters/Pairings: Adric, Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Ace McShane, Jack Harkness, Jack Harkness, Jackie Tyler, Madame de Pompadour, Martha Jones, Martha Jones, Mickey Smith, Peri Brown, Pete Tyler, Romana II, Rose Tyler, Rose Tyler, The Doctor (10th)
Warnings: None given, very mild violence?

Recced because: Needs someone to stop him? Needs someone to smack him, perhaps! The companions step up to the task. For crack!fic vignettes, it has a lovely progression to a laugh-out-loud punchline.
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Story: Higher Education
Author: [ profile] eponymous_rose
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 4019
Author's Summary: The spaces between, the things the Doctor can do that nobody ever questions - the easier lessons learned amid the adventures and the danger.
Characters/Pairings: First Doctor, Third Doctor, Fifth Doctor, Seventh Doctor, Ninth Doctor, Ace McShane, Adric, Barbara Wright, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Ian Chesterton, Liz Shaw, Nyssa, TARDIS
Warnings: None

Recced because: From hobbies to dangerously important life lessons, the Doctor's learned a lot from humans. The voices are all character-perfect, and the style of the vignettes goes from character study to humor to gen adventures effortlessly.
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Story: Tanas
Author: Elanor

Rating: Adult
Word Count:
Author's Summary: The Doctor, Adric, Tegan and Nyssa arrive in Regency England and are rescued from a mysterious bone-chilling mist by Tanas, the local land owner.
Adric, Nyssa, Tegan Jovanka, The Doctor (5th
Warnings: Explicit
violence, sexual situations, dark themes.

Recced because: This fic used to be under a different name and was abandoned by the author. I loved it so much that I begged asked her to finish it.

The characterisation is near perfect and Adric is painted especially well. There is a brilliant air of mystery created and you genuinely can't wait for the next chapter.  It is very dark and it is not for the faint hearted however it is not smut for smuts sake (not that there is anything necessarily wrong with that). It is a really good, long, plotty tale to get your teeth into.

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Story: Night Out
Author: Empress of the Eclipse
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4304
Author's Summary: When the Doctor goes out for a walk and comes back drunk, Adric has to put him to bed. Doctor/Adric slash.
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor/Adric, Nyssa, Tegan
Warnings: none

Recced because: While I very much expect almost all potential readers to skip right past this recommendation the second they see the pairing, this story is well written and deserves a mention. I'm not at all enthusiastic about the idea of Five/Adric, yet I liked what the author did here. Empress of the Eclipse wrote a good balance of humor and angst and a fine portrayal of Adric. The fic is Five/Adric, but it's also believable Five/Adric.

Excerpt. )
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Story: The Lonely God(zilla)
Author: Cryptile
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1732
Author's Summary: Because nothing else is canon . . .
Characters/Pairings: The Fifth Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa, Adric
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is hands down one of the funniest fics I've ever read. Missing Heathrow, again, the Doctor lands the TARDIS inside a cinema screening Godzilla. He proceeds to explain the history of the franchise desperately trying to ignore his companions bickering, sniping and generally just trying to make themselves heard.

My favourite part is the author describing the voices of the TARDIS crew, anyone who describes Adric's voice as the kind of voice one invariably heard at art openings and political gatherings; a sort of collected, slightly smug type of diction that you wanted to hit repeatedly with a brick deserves serious fandom points in my book.

And I don't want to ruin the twist at the end but it's excellent.
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Story: Tinged with Red
Author: Patrice
Rating: not given at Teaspoon, but at it's Teen.
Author's summary: The Doctor's plan to involve his companions in an interesting project leads them all into a perilous situation that will prove to be a test of each one's personal strengths.
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor, Adric, Nyssa, Tegan
Warnings: none

Recced because: I love Fifth Doctor adventure fics, and Patrice has written several excellent ones. All are well worth reading, but I settled on this particular one because it has especially good characterization of Adric. While exploring a seemingly peaceful planet, Adric quickly manages to become separated from the others and finds himself in a dangerous situation. Of course, Doctor, Nyssa, and Tegan don't fare very much better during their search for him, so all four have their problems. The alien world is interesting and the resolution is believable, making this story a highly satisfying read.


Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

May 2017