[identity profile] romanajo123.livejournal.com
Author: helluin
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 4592
Author's Summary: After the Big Finish "Five Companions" Audio, the Doctor has to see his friends back to their proper places and times. Saying goodbye to one of them is more pleasant than expected, and more painful than the Doctor lets on.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (5th)/Nyssa, Ian Chesterton/Barbara Wright,  (Cameos from: Steven Taylor, Sara Kingdom, Polly Wright)
Warnings: Explicit sex and a lot of feels

Recced because: Set during (and after) the audio The Five Companions, this fic is sad, yet lovely and portrays the dynamic between this particular Doctor and companion team well.
[identity profile] romanajo123.livejournal.com
Story: Doctor Who and the Dangers of Hospitality
Author: SpaceTimeConundrum
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 5027
Author's Summary: Some planets really know how to throw a party.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (5th)/Nyssa of Traken, Tegan Jovanka
Warnings: None

Recced because: With everything that happens to this TARDIS team in canon, they deserve a lighter and fluffier moment or two. This story is a bit reminiscent of Black Orchid; just letting the characters have a bit of relaxation and fun (special mention goes to Tegan's parts) with some romance dusted in while keeping everyone in-character.
[identity profile] spacetimecndrm.livejournal.com
Story: This Bird Has Flown
Author: Helluin
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 6723
Author's Summary: Space tourists, scientists, old friends: the Doctor has not had a rapport with a companion like this since Romana left. (A series of "day in the life" vignettes between Five and Nyssa that roughly parallel their later Big Finish adventures.)
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor/Nyssa of Traken
Warnings: No standard warnings. Mention of (but no actual, on or off-screen) sexual assault.

Recced because: I'm sure many of you are familiar with the rare experience of reading a fic featuring your favorite pairing that just hits all the right notes – their voices are clear and feel true to character, the tone is spot-on, and the inevitable pay-off is exactly how you yourself would've written it, if only you'd known how. That's how I feel about this story. It's more a collection of scenes than one cohesive plot arc, but these brief moments paint a beautiful picture of the Doctor and Nyssa's maturing relationship. The author is particularly adept when it comes to describing locations and has an eye for narrative symmetry that makes the conclusion especially poignant. As a bit of a space-geek, I found the asteroid encounter scene in the middle to be breathtaking. (And yes, there really is such an asteroid in our solar system!)

Familiarity with the Doctor and Nyssa's Big Finish adventures will help, but is not required in order to enjoy this story.
[identity profile] spacetimecndrm.livejournal.com
Hello Calufraxers! I'm Conundrum, your fan fiction guide for the next two weeks. You can find me lurking on Teaspoon as SpaceTimeConundrum. I've got quite a selection lined up for you all, a solid mix (I hope) of Classic and New Who ranging from the dark to comic, often in the same story. Now, let's start things off with a bang, shall we?

Story: Fission
Author: PencilGuardian
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 39,791
Author's Summary: The Doctor is accidentally cut in half whilst trying to stop the Master.
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor/Nyssa of Traken, Tegan Jovanka, the Master
Warnings: No standard warnings. Some body horror.

Recced because: This may very well be my favorite fic on Teaspoon. What that says about me, I'll let you all be the judge once you've followed my advice and read this.

The story is in turns funny, bittersweet, and more than a little bit demented. Aside from a few plot details that absolutely would not sneak past the BBC censors, this is a near-perfect homage to the Classic Who serials of the 1980s. Much like in the source material it frequently references, the Fifth Doctor is forced to endure a succession of horrifying traumas along the way. Poor Doctor. Luckily Nyssa and Tegan are there to save the day. It's excellently plotted and every character is given an active role in the story, even a few genre-savvy minions. I especially liked how it deals with the consequences of the Master's body snatching in The Keeper of Traken in a unique way.

I love this fic to pieces.
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Title: Echoes
Author: helluin
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 2696
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor/Nyssa
Author's summary: After a trying day dealing with prats wearing pasta on their foreheads (Mawdryn Undead), our Totally Just Friends duo goes exploring deep in the TARDIS to clear their minds and talk nerdy at one another. Smut ensues.
Warnings: Explicit sex

Recced because: Though it may technically be labelled as 'smut', this is also a rather lovely character piece for Five & Nyssa. I've always enjoyed the 'kindred space nerds' relationship between them, and this fic does a believable job of showing what could have happened had they gone beyond just friendship. Their science-y banter & heart to heart about the events of 'Mawdryn Undead' in the beginning capture their voices excellently, highlighting their affection for one another as the source of their attraction, and they retain their endearingly earnest and sweet interaction even when things start to get hot and heavy. The timey-wimey sex is gorgeously written, with the clever concept of 'time echoes' heightening the sensuousness. If you ship Five/Nyssa, you have to read this, and even if you don't, you might change your mind after this one!
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Story: And Safety Shorts For Good Measure
Author: whatthefoucault ([livejournal.com profile] doctorpancakes)
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 465
Author's Summary: Nyssa decides it's time to make an exciting change.
Characters/Pairings: Nyssa, Fifth Doctor
Warnings: no standard warnings apply

Recced because: Short and humorous piece where Nyssa changes her clothes some time after the "Snakedance" serial, and the Doctor fails to notice her. It always makes me chuckle.
[identity profile] romanajo123.livejournal.com
Story: Beauty and Folly
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 4134
Author's Summary: After a year spent pushing through a time-barrier on Planet Folly, the Doctor is rather the worse for wear. However, he does not entirely appreciate Nyssa's attempts to play nursemaid.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (5th), Nyssa
Warnings: None

Recced because: Set during the Big Finish audio "Demons of Red Lodge" (though there is enough context given for this story to work as a standalone), this is a wonderfully angsty and well-written character study for Nyssa and the Doctor.
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Story: take it with you (when you go)
Author: Azar
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2021
Author's Summary: The Doctor gives Nyssa a way to recreate a little piece of Traken aboard the TARDIS.
Characters/Pairings: Nyssa, Fifth Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: It's sometimes easy to forget that when Nyssa joined Team TARDIS, she lost her entire planet. This moving fic gives us some fascinating background into her life on Traken, and gives Nyssa a little bit of hope that there might still be a chance to nurture a small piece of her former life.

An excerpt )
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Story: The Doctor Cooks (The Eleventh Time Lucky Remix)
Author: paranoidangel
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3264
Author's Summary: The Doctor offers to cook dinner for Amy and Rory. What could go wrong?
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond/Rory Williams, First Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright, Susan Foreman, Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon, Zoe Heriot, Third Doctor, Jo Grant, Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, Fifth Doctor, Tegan Jovanka, Nyssa, Sixth Doctor, Evelyn Smythe, Seventh Doctor, Ace McShane, Eighth Doctor, Charley Pollard, Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler, Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble.
Warnings: None

Recced because: The Doctor claims he can cook. Actually, as it turns out, the Doctor has always claimed that he could cook. This fic starts off with the Eleventh Doctor promising to cook a special meal for Amy and Rory, and then moves on to a series of flashbacks that show past Doctors, past companions, and past culinary (mis)adventures. Much of it is very funny, but there is also a wonderful depth to the writing, especially in the framing story of Eleven, Amy, and Rory.

A teaser )
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[personal profile] merryghoul
Hi, I'm [livejournal.com profile] merryghoul, and I'm back for my second round of recs here at [livejournal.com profile] calufrax after a long hiatus. I've got my recs all ready to go for this round, so let's get started, shall we?

Story: Master's Thesis
Author: helluin
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 42,530
Author's Summary: When Nyssa tries to return home with the cure to a deadly plague, the TARDIS overshoots and slips back into her past, the Doctor's future. Worse, the Master is already there, taking a sinister interest in her family. Hemmed in by potential time paradoxes, there's only one person to whom Nyssa can turn for help: her best friend Tegan.
Characters/Pairings: Nyssa, Other Character(s), Tegan Jovanka, The Doctor (5th), The Master (Ainley), Turlough
Warnings: Swearing

Recced because: This fic is based on the Big Finish arc where an older Nyssa joins Five, Tegan and Turlough for a spell in the TARDIS, but this can be read without any knowledge of the Big Finish audios. What I love about this fic is that it feels like a Big Finish audio or even an old serial with Five in it. There's action, witty quips and a paradox that needs to be fixed or else. I highly recommend this for Classic Who fans.
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Story: Felis Catus Temporus
Author: Lissy_Strata
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 6032
Author's Summary: The Doctor needs Peri's help, but can she stop laughing long enough? (This fic has evolved into a series of unrelated cat stories.)
Character/Pairings: Sixth Doctor, Fifth Doctor, Third Doctor, Second Doctor, Eleventh Doctor, Peri Brown, Tegan Jovanka, Nyssa, Ace McShane, Second doctor, Polly Wright, Ben Jackson, Jamie McCrimmon, Jo Grant, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Delgado!Master, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, Sarah-Jane Smith, K-9
Warnings: Kitties

Recced Because:

Awwww, who's a kitty! Mostly the Doctor. Though several companions, enemies, and by-standers are also affected by acute Felis Catus Temporus in this adorable sequence of fic which answers several important, kitty-related questions such as: What happens when K-9 meets a kitty? Do kitties get along with nitro-9? Can you put a kitty in a fez?

If you want to know, read on and find out (just be aware that the resulting cute may leave you incapacitated with kitty!love for an unspecified duration…)

A Teaser-Taste )
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[personal profile] lost_spook
Story: Hope and Dust
Author: padawanpooh
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 509
Author's Summary: Nyssa and Tegan in a quiet moment on the Saturnian moon Tethys.
Characters/Pairings: Nyssa, Tegan Jovanka
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It’s a beautiful, brief vignette that quietly says a lot in a few words, capturing a sense of both science and wonder, of the friendship between Nyssa and Tegan – and a foreshadowing of what will cause them to give up the ability to explore space and time like this.
[identity profile] annauq.livejournal.com
Story: From here to infinity
Author: Timesfool
rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3960
Author's Summary: When the Tardis experiences catastrophe and the Doctor disappears, Nyssa is left alone - or is she?
characters/pairings: Nyssa, River Song, Susan Foreman, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (1st), The Doctor (5th), The TARDIS
warnings: None

recced because: There is so little good Nyssa fic out there, and I am thrilled to be able to share this with you. Honestly, who doesn't love Nyssa? In my opinion she is one of the most fascinating characters the show has created, and I'm forever sad that her character was not explored more in the series.

This fic not only does a cracking job at portraying Nyssa's awesomeness, it also throws in some other well-loved characters, resulting in 3000 words of the ultimate timey wimey excitement. I can't be the only one who squeals at the idea of Nyssa meeting River Song, or Susan, or Sexy, or the First Doctor.

It is a story filled to bursting with funny and heartwarming scenes, where the TARDIS is treated as a real character and Nyssa gets a chance to shine. What more could you possibly want?
[identity profile] annauq.livejournal.com
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.
[identity profile] annauq.livejournal.com
Sorry for not posting yesterday. It is a bit less hectic here now, so I might just get round to the rest of my reccing scheme.

Story: The Magic Door
Rating:All Ages
Word Count: 1396
Author's Summary:Tegan is lost in Scotland and has an interesting encounter with a kilt-wearing Clansman
Characters/pairings:Jamie McCrimmon, Nyssa, Tegan Jovanka, The Doctor (5th)

Recced Because: I love multi-era fics where characters, particularly companions, meet who've never met before. It is so much fun to see them interacting together, bickering about the Doctor and boasting about their travels. While this fic has little bickering and boasting, it does the interacting part brilliantly. The Author manages to combine two entirely different eras of Doctor Who in a really clever way. To this extend the summary is a bit misleading, probably on purpose. I'm going to leave it that way, and try to write without spoiling.

This story, while seen through the eyes of Tegan, is actually an exploration of another much loved character. Jamie here is portrayed in an original way, allowing his incredible sense of wonder to take centre stage. He is one of my favourite characters on the entire show, and the way he is portrayed here, while very different to how he was in the series, rings true to his character.

Some names are spelled non-canonically, but don't let that put you off. The author knows the characters and creates a heartwarming little tale. I can't really say anything more without spoiling it, so you should just go and read it now, because it is magical.
[identity profile] annauq.livejournal.com
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!
[identity profile] lindenharp.livejournal.com
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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[identity profile] jinxed-wood.livejournal.com
Story: The Real Mother Goose
Author: [livejournal.com profile] livii
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 4,465
Author's Summary: Amy Pond has lost her baby girl. She has a week to find her.
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Amy Pond, Anji Kapoor, Dodo Chaplet, Mel Bush, Nyssa, Polly Wright, River Song, Rory Williams
Warnings: None

Recced because: An alternative take on a 'A Good Man Goes to War', in which Amy uses River's Vortex Manipulator and goes on a bittersweet journey to find her daughter - and meets some of the Doctor's old companions along the way...
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Story: Inspiration
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2794
Author's Summary: Endurance is its own kind of heroism.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones, Tenth Doctor, Nyssa (in background)
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is a wonderful, uplifting fic that is full of marvelous ingredients. First off, it's an amazing piece of world-building, with a very well-drawn original character. Second, Martha gets to use her medical skills to help combat a plague. Third, Nyssa, a companion of the Fifth Doctor, gets an important mention. But best of all, it's a fic about heroism, just as Doctor Who is a show about heroism. The Doctor swoops in, fixes things, and leaves, but others stay and slog, and become heroes by dint of their endurance. As made plain in this fic, these latter types of heroes can be the most inspiring of all.

a taste )
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
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) )
[identity profile] biichan.livejournal.com
Story: Six-Five Special
Author: castrovalva9
Rating: Teen
Word Count: ~1100
Author's Summary: Five and Six meet for the first time, and the obvious occurs. Five/Six slash, non-graphic.
Characters/Pairings: Sixth Doctor/Fifth Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa
Warnings: n/a

Recced because: Ah, Doctor/Doctor slash. Is it incest? Is it masturbation? Does it really matter? Castrovalva9 confronts the subject the way it is meant to be confronted: with equal parts humor and sarcasm. This is definitely a fun fic.

The older Doctor scowled. "Ah, yes, everyone likes Eight. He's so innocent and likeable, and with his bad memory you can tell him anything and he believes it. Or do anything to him, and he always forgets it. Not that I would know anything about such reprehensible behaviour," he hastily added.
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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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[personal profile] lost_spook
On how it feels to lose your planet and be the last of your people:

Story: Every Present is A Past
Author: AstroGirl
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 798
Author's Summary: This is all that's left of Traken.
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor, Nyssa of Traken
Warnings: None. (Spoilers for Logopolis, but no more than in this rec.)

Recced because: The Doctor’s not the first character in the show’s history to lose his people and his world. This sharp, beautifully written fic is a moment in which Nyssa is reminded of her loss. For Nyssa is not human, she is from Traken, home planet of an empire which (the Doctor says) was held together by people “just being terribly nice to each other” (and it’s a little bit fairy tale, too) and is now lost forever. The joy of this story is not only the capturing of Nyssa’s contained, logical character, and her courage (as the Doctor will one day say, she is a very brave person – and it shows in her decision here), but it’s written also as a foreshadowing of what the reader knows will happen to the Doctor, giving it an admirably dark edge.
[identity profile] alt_universe_me.livejournal.com
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.
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
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 )


Apr. 1st, 2010 04:25 pm
[identity profile] shobogan.livejournal.com
Story: Orphans
Author: Calapine
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2199
Author's Summary: The Doctor meets an old friend, and gains a new perspective. (Pre-Rose)
Characters/Pairings: Nyssa/Ninth Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: The Doctor going to Nyssa after Gallifrey's death is an idea I've always been fond of, and Calapine executes it marvellously. The Doctor's raw anguish, Nyssa's older sorrow, conflicting emotions and no easy answers.

It's sad and sweet and difficult and hopeful, and I can very easily believe it happened.


Mar. 29th, 2010 05:22 pm
[identity profile] shobogan.livejournal.com
Story: About-Face
Author: Viridian5
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2843
Author's Summary: Here, the manipulators and manipulated are one and the same.
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor/Turlough, Tegan/Nyssa
Warnings: None

Recced because: I've always found Terminus an interesting story, and About-Face handles the aftermath brilliantly, from the points of view of Tegan and Turlough.

Tegan's reactions and Turlough's motives are deftly explored, and the Doctor is characterised perfectly, from his wry bickering with Tegan to his determined concern for Turlough.
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[personal profile] clocketpatch
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.
[identity profile] philosophercat.livejournal.com
Hello! [livejournal.com 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.
[identity profile] ionlylurkhere.livejournal.com
Story: and then there was a giant squid
Author: [livejournal.com profile] netgirl_y2k
Rating: All Ages
Word count: 1357
Author's summary: The Doctor plays cricket, Nyssa and Tegan go to the beach, and then there's a squid.
Characters/Pairings: Five, Nyssa/Tegan

Recced because: Funny and sweet, with everyone gorgeously in-character (Tegan gets lots of good lines, and there's a perfect Nyssa-ish moment that I shan't spoil). Declaration of interest: I received this lovely fic for [livejournal.com profile] femslash09.
[identity profile] ionlylurkhere.livejournal.com
Story: Flowers on Traken
Author: tromana
Rating: All Ages
Word count: 668
Author's Summary: Nyssa doesn’t like to remember; the scars can be too much to bear.
Characters/Pairings: Nyssa, Five
Warnings: none

Recced because: This is a beautiful examination of the angstiness in Nyssa's background that's often understated in canon, but with a nice note of optimism at the end.
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Story: How To Save The Universe, Without Leaving The Room
Author: moonmonkey
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 19372
Author's Summary: You’re the last of the Time Lords. Your civilisation has been blown out of existence, taking your mortal enemies with it. And now you think the universe might be unravelling. Or you are. Two people in a room, from 'Rose' to 'Journey's End.'
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (8-10)/ Nyssa… purely platonic, of course. ;)
Warnings: none

Recced because:

I don’t think there is a story on the teaspoon which I’ve come back to more than this; half a dozen times at least, and each time it’s just as fresh, just as lovely.

The story is about Nyssa and the Doctor, but mostly it is about Nyssa; an older, wiser Nyssa who has come to accept her lot in life. True to its title, the fic never leaves the confines of her bedroom at Oxford where, following her adventures with the Doctor and on Terminus, Nyssa became a professor. The plot takes the form of a disjointed conversation which begins in 1935 (for Nyssa) and concludes alongside the first strikes of WWII. Despite the lack of actual action the pace never slackens and the powder keg atmosphere of a world, and a universe, on edge is evident throughout. I love the idea of Nyssa as the Doctor’s backstage “whoops, and then my planet was gone” grief consoler and advisor. I love the heady mixture of science, and music, and angst, and H/C, and silly Doctor babblings, and catastrophic consequences, and, of course, it’s all topped off with the best bit of fluff imaginable.
[identity profile] tromana.livejournal.com
Story: The Secret Architecture of Bodies
Author: aces
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 792
Author's Summary: Nyssa tended to give her movements an extra flair, expend unnecessary energy to make the attack or defense a little more elegant, a little more graceful. Ace was a minimalist, when she thought about it.
Characters/Pairings: Nyssa/Ace
Warnings: None

Recced Because: As a kickboxer and dancer, I was always going to love this fic. The scene between Nyssa and Ace is beautifully described and the characterisation of both of them is spot on.
[identity profile] pimpmytardis.livejournal.com
Story: Reunion
Author: [livejournal.com profile] kerravonsen
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1759
Author's Summary: She had expected her past to stay safely in the past, not come bounding down the hallway calling out her name. (AU)
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor/Nyssa
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is an interesting AU from the Cliché-Swap Ficathon. I wouldn't have expected it to work so well, but Nine and Nyssa are both survivors, the last of their kind. Or not, as you'll find out here.
[identity profile] sneakyangel.livejournal.com
Story: Another Day, Another Dungeon
Author: Xephyrfox
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 963
Author's Summary: The Fifth Doctor and Nyssa are in a bit of trouble.
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan.
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Sweet, funny, Tegan poking fun at Nyssa and the Doctor. What else do you need? I'm not a Tegan fan and I generally do not read Tegan fics, but this one was very enjoyable. Xephyrfox manages to capture Nyssa's innocence without making her sound childlike. Besides, there can neve be to many Nyssa fics!
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Story: Fallacy Somewhere (Or: If You Can't Steal a Coat from Gilbert and Sullivan, Then From Which 19th Century Librettists and Composers Can You Steal a Coat?)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dbskyler
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3,871
Author's Summary: You know, I acquired that ulster from Gilbert and Sullivan. –The First Doctor, "Edge of Destruction."
Characters/Pairings: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen, Susan, Jamie, Jo, Romana II, Nyssa, Tegan, Ace, Grace, Rose, Jack, Donna
Warnings: None

Recced because: If you are a Gilbert and Sullivan fan, this will make you laugh and laugh. Even if you aren't a G&S fan (and why not, for heaven's sake?), this is still a witty and very funny story about multiple Doctors causing coat-related chaos for the composer and librettist. The story is crammed full of references both obvious and sly to Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, and [livejournal.com profile] dbskyler helpfully includes an extra chapter of author's notes in case you miss a few of the jokes.
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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 [livejournal.com 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: Frozen, like me
Author: [livejournal.com profile] calapine/Carmen Sandiego
Rating: not given, but I'd say All Ages
Word count: 1600
Author's summary: Take comfort where you can, and wrap up warm in winter.
Characters/Pairings: Nyssa/Tegan, Five
Warnings: None

Recced because: Because they're my OTP, dammit, and they're captured perfectly here. The story evokes its harsh wintry setting perfectly, setting up a fantastic contrast with the warmth they provide one another, and the different ways it expresses itself given their different but complementary personalities. Fabulous.
[identity profile] livii.livejournal.com
Story: Tread But Lightly (In These Cruel Shoes)
Author: Lilacfree
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: Set during Castrovalva and looks at the start of Tegan and Nyssa's friendship.
Characters: Tegan, Nyssa
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~1,800 words

Recced because: A beautiful little story set during Castrovalva, where Tegan and Nyssa bond over shared horrors perpetuated by the Master, their stories woven together with fairytales and histories. The use of language is fanciful and playful, there's interesting use of repetition of theme throughout, and both girls come off very true to character. It's light and dark in alternating moments, and altogether a unique and clever character study for two women who deserve this sort of fic treatment.
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Story: Things To Do Before You Die
Author: Doyle
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1166
Author's Summary: "Take two pills, get a friend to whisk you off to another planet, and call me in the morning..." Tegan Jovanka lives. (Big Finish audios continuity)
Characters/Pairings: Nyssa, Tegan Jovanka.
Warnings: Spoilers for 'Caves of Androzani', 'The Gathering' and 'Circular Time'. Nothing major, if you're familiar with the basic plot summary of those you're fine.

Recced because: 'The Gathering' is quite a heart-breaking audio and this makes it ALL better? Yeah, that's my 'recced because', pretty much. This fic's just got lovely, lovely Tegan and Nyssa voice. I'm actually having a really hard time coming up with what to say, this fic manages to do so much with so few words, you get this perfect picture of what Tegan, Nyssa AND the Fifth Doctor's lives have all been like, both when they were together and after they parted ways, it's brilliant and if you're a Fivey fan this one's not to be missed. :D


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May 2017