[identity profile] ljgeoff.livejournal.com
Story: Me and My Bobby McGee
Author: Ciaviel
word count: 4199
Completed: yes
Author's description: It's 3000 miles to San Francisco. One human, one Time Lord, and one sonic screwdriver on the Great North American road trip. "Sometimes you get shown the light in the strangest places if you look at it right."-- Jerry Garcia

recced because: I kinda love Mike. This is a great grouping of vignettes, the writing is good and I can see it in my head.
[identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
Story: A Problem of Background
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 5117
Author's Summary: The Doctor needs Martha's advice about a new companion.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones, Original Companion, The Doctor (11th)
Warnings: Explicit Violence, Non-Con, Character Study, Drama, General

Recced because: Well, part of the rec is 'Lyricwritesprose'. I mean, anyone who has read her work will understand what I'm talking about. She is one of the most recced writers here (top ten, actually) - and for a good reason. She consistently (and absolutely) blows everyone away with her stellar work. She can write every Doctor, every Era flawlessly and with a style that puts you right there in the thick of it. A gorgeous writer and well worth reccing every time. But that's not the only reason I'm reccing at this point.

This is literally a 'history' fiction (in a manner of speaking). The Doctor not only goes back to see a Companion we have not seen since Ten's Era, but he brings someone only she can help. There are some shocking elements to this fiction - but then, there should be. With the turmoil going on in today's world - racial tension, profiling and horror being committed against people for the very fact their skin color isn't white - this fiction...fits. It tells us that our history (for all that it has changed), has only changed slightly. It is a good historical fiction. It is a fiction that is well worth the read for the characters, the remembrance of not-so-good days in the past. And how one little girl could be rescued (and just may do the same for others), by the man with a time machine and good intentions - even as he may not be equipped to handle everything the universe can throw at him. That's why he has friends. That's why he needs people to keep him steady and remind him that sometimes, he isn't the only one saving people. Though really, the bravest and best character here is the one the author created that this fiction is centered around. You will love her, feel for her, be proud of her. In the world she grew up in, life was sketchy and difficult and brutal - but she was a rock against it. There are a lot of reasons to recommend this fiction. I have barely scraped the surface (and likely, I have done so poorly) - but I could be here all day with all the reasons this fiction is a must-read and one that will change how you see the world and all of our places within it. But I will not do that. I will let you discover this for yourself. But as always, I will give you a small taste to get you going with this tale...

Small taste below the cut )

Ahhh, a wonderful, terrible, beautiful and perfect fiction. Please do tell her what you think. And let her know that her work is missed...
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Title: It Gets Better
Author: Cyndi
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 14290
Author's Summary: The Doctor stops a bullied teen from committing suicide.
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, original companion
Warnings: Swearing (also as the recc-er, I will add a warning for descriptions of pretty extreme bullying and suicidal thoughts and actions, taken from true events in the author's past, so beware if that is triggering.)

Recc'ed Because: It's a stark story that makes me hate how cruel high schoolers can be, but also amazes me at how resilient, brave, creative, and generous the author is, and how she has used the hurt from her past to help others. It's a story that strikes a chord in too many people, I fear. It's also an unabashed "self insert" story, told in first person POV, that might make readers skip past it on first glance. But while it might be a bit rough around the academic literary edges, it is more important than that. Because it manages to transcend those humble trappings to tell a story that is both deeply personal and difficult to read in parts, but also wonderfully creative and ultimately affirming. More than that, it actually *works* as a Doctor Who story. Eleven is perfectly in character, and the adventure that he and the companion Cyndi embark on is both a proper space opera, and a metaphor for Cyndi's need to find something positive about herself that she can hold on to, how frightening and hard that is to do, and the lifesaving power that it holds, for Cyndi to have faith in herself and know she matters in the universe even if the rest of her schoolmates will never, ever see it.

It makes me desperately wish there was a Doctor and a TARDIS out there for everyone who's faced bullying like Cyndi did, and well, this story is the next best thing :) I've never met the author, and yet I am immensely proud of her, and so glad she made it through, as the world is definitely a better place with her in it. The more people this story reaches, the better.

I'm going to cut and paste the author's note here, because she says it better than I could: This is a self insert because I'm not going to pretend it isn't, and this semi-autobiographical story is about surviving bullying. The incidents I describe did actually happen to me(sans the Doctor, of course!). Names, occasional times of day and places are changed to preserve privacy, and for clarity's sake I gave made-up names to people whose names I forgot.

I've long since forgiven the people who did these things, but it took me almost two decades to reach that point.

This fic is dedicated to anyone who has been or is being bullied right now. I'm thirty three years old, and I almost committed suicide because of severe bullying back in the 1990's. "Bullycide" is not a new thing, but it is worse because of the internet. And if people are going to use the internet to hurt, then I'm going to use it to heal!

I hope this story reaches out to anyone thinking of suicide or self harm. I've been there, and I want you to realize you're not alone. It gets better, so hold on. You're going to make it through this. I care about you because YOU MATTER!

Excerpt )
[identity profile] doctorxdonna.livejournal.com
Story: Beyond the Veil
Author: AceOnGallifrey
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1827
Author’s Summary: The Tenth Doctor discovers that his song isn't ending: it's just leaving to join in a greater melody, above and beyond death itself. Oneshot of various pairings and much joy.
Characters/Pairing: 1st Doctor and Susan Foreman, 2nd Doctor and Jamie McCrimmon, 3rd Doctor and Jo Grant, 4th Doctor and Romana, 5th Doctor and Vislor Turlough, 6th Doctor and Peri Brown, 7th Doctor and Ace McShane, 8th Doctor and Grace Holloway, 9th Doctor and Rose Tyler, 10th Doctor and Donna Noble, 11th Doctor and River Song, 12th Doctor and Michael, 13th Doctor and Inez
Warnings: Just for feels, folks.

Recced because: An interesting look at Time Lord afterlife. What happens to the Doctor we know and love when he regenerates? AceOnGallifrey posits the lovely theory of Timeheart and what it’s like, and if you’re not trickling a tear or two by the time you’re done reading it, then I’d be surprised.
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Right, hello again; I'm your tour guide on [livejournal.com profile] calufrax for the next two whole weeks. It's a bit early yet as I still have an hour to go on Sunday but I've got a full day planned tomorrow and might not get to it if I waited. Anyhow, I'm going to start with a story that I'm kind of surprised hasn't been recc-ed before. But, with all the new Doctor talk and the speculation about who might be cast (Idris Elba? Helen Mirren?), well, you might imagine why this story came to mind.

Title: Sunny and the Magic Box
Author: Amy Wolf
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 13678
Author's Summary: Sunny's read about wizards. They were never like this.
Characters/Pairings: Original Doctor, Original Companions
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: It's a possible glimpse into what might have been, now that the dice have been cast. Written back in 2007 but so much of it still reads true to the Doctor as a character, even to the rest of Tennant's run and Matt Smith's as well. It's part after-school adventure story like I used to read when I was ten, and it's part humor and part horror, with an instantly recognizable Doctor despite being "strangely translated." This is part of a series, of which the first story has already been recc-ed many moons ago, and the third is unfinished, but this one can be read standalone as well, and is rather brilliant at that :)

Excerpt )
paranoidangel: Mickey Bricks, Mickey Webb, Mickey Smith (Mickeys)
[personal profile] paranoidangel
Story: David and the Gorgon
Author: Quean of Swords
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 46,288
Author's Summary: It's been a year since David's girlfriend left to go travelling through time and space with the Doctor. Then one Thursday, David finds a statue that looks a little bit too much like one of his best friends. There's nothing to do but call the Doctor and hope he comes before more fall victim to a mysterious force turning young men into stone.
Characters/Pairings: Barbara Wright, Martha Jones, Mickey Smith, Original Companion, Original Companion, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (11th), The Doctor (5th), The Doctor (8th)
Warnings: Swearing

Recced because: Although this fic is part of a series, this is the one I read first, so it's not necessary to understand who all the original characters are to enjoy this. And the original characters are a large part of the enjoyment. They're interesting and three dimensional and make you want to know more about them. The other reason I like this fic is the plot. It's a very Doctor Who-like plot, interestingly introduced and unfolded and solved. The fic also has its amusing moments, as in the excerpt, contrasted with the sad moments.

Excerpt )

If you like this, don't forget to tell the author!
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
Well, it's good to be back. Seems like only yesterday that I was last here reccing for your consideration, but a cursory glance tells me that actually it was last March. Anyway, I've got another raft of stories I hope you'll all enjoy as much as I have and I'll be here all week sharing them with you.

Story: Missing Link on the Brink of Destruction
Author: [livejournal.com profile] clocketpatch
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3,580
Author's Summary: Between losing the Ponds and landing in Victorian London there were adventures...
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (11th), original companion
Warnings: None that I can think of

Recced because: Sometimes you read a fic that instantly, out of the blue, unceremoniously elbows its way to the front of your "to rec" queue. I know I do, anyway; I have little discipline or sense of orderliness when it comes to these things. I'll confess that I only saw this fic yesterday when it was linked to here on Livejournal, and in the interests of full disclosure the author has been an online associate of mine for quite some time, but I hope when you come to read it you will see why I was instantly taken with it and why I think it more than deserves a bit of buzz.

In her notes the author describes having written this as a stocking filler; "filler" is the last thing that this story is. Neatly bridging the gap between the end of The Angels Take Manhattan and the Doctor's introduction in The Snowmen, it considers some of the issues raised by the conclusion of the first story while providing creative answers to some of the unanswered questions in the latter, particularly one glossed-over but potentially very important point that I won't specify in the interests of non-spoileriness. I especially like the way the fic addresses Eleven's self-proclaimed and, in some ways, somewhat out-of-character "retirement" and makes it seem far more plausible to me than the actual televised story did. The main thing I loved about this story, though, is the original companion it has Eleven taking on in the gap between the two TV stories. I know original companions aren't everybody's cup of tea, and not always easy to do well, but in this instance the concept is so pleasingly off-the-wall and done so well that I found myself wishing Mr Moffat would do something similar next time around (although I can see the practicalities that  might make such a character difficult or impossible to realise on screen). And at the risk of sounding pretentious, the thread of scientific/philosophical discussion running through the fic from start to finish strikes me not only as very Doctorly but also as having something interesting to say about the Doctor himself and his universe.

As anybody who has been watching this comm for a while will know, [livejournal.com profile] clocketpatch is no stranger to being recced here, but there is a reason for that. On top of all of the points above, she consistently tries to do interesting things with her prose; not just great descriptive writing and spot-on in-character dialogue, but using words and unusual turns of phrase to try and create a certain feeling and effect. By the nature of such things, it isn't going to work 100 percent of the time, but when it does... Anyway, all I can say is go and read this if you haven't already and, I hope, leave some words of encouragement for the author.

A Taste )
[identity profile] lindenharp.livejournal.com
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.

[identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
Story: Custom Made
Author: Adrian Tullberg
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 857
Author's Summary: Inspired by recent storylines - spoiler-free.
Characters/Pairings: Original Companion
Warnings: None

Recced because: A companion's injury reveals a logical but disturbing answer to one of The Doctor's perennial problems, suggested by events in the last series - it's difficult to say more without spoilers. The fact that it's easy to imagine the Doctor making this choice says something about his sheer alienness; whether he's right to make it is something you'll have to decide for yourself.
merryghoul: river song (doctor who) with gun, text: "nice hair, clever, has her own gun" (river song nice hair)
[personal profile] merryghoul
Story: Dust
Author: thebunnyinthetardis
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3805
Author's Summary: Sometimes the hope we need in dark places comes from something as simple as simple as a hand to hold... and forty flavours of Christmas marmalade.
Characters/Pairings: Original Companion
Warnings: no standard warnings apply
Recced because: This story’s told from the POV of Keegan, a woman trapped in a dilapidated building and saved by the Ninth Doctor. Nine promises Keegan she can travel with her, but Keegan’s not sure if she’s hallucinating or not. Also, as the summary promises, marmalade.

I really like thebunnyinthetardis’ Nine—he reminds me of how I personally saw Nine, not continuously angsting against the Time War, but as a charming and personable Doctor, even if he was hiding his angst from Rose at first. The way Nine’s able to give hope to Keegan is inspiring as well.
[identity profile] sahiya.livejournal.com
Story: Water Music
Author: [livejournal.com profile] azriona
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 70,113
Author's Summary: The Doctor never expects to meet anyone in a linear fashion. How he meets River Song is slightly more non-lineal than most.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, River Song, Original Companion
Warnings: None
Recced because:

Today's rec is a long one, but well worth the time! It was written before we knew much about River, so it has been rather Moff'd at this point, but [livejournal.com profile] azriona did a fantastic job of extrapolating about both her character and her relationship with the Doctor. It also contains one of the very best OC's I've read in any fandom. Go forth, read, and review!
[identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
Story: Five Ways the Doctor Didn't Get Out of 18th-century France (but Could've)
Author: HonorH
Rating: General
Word Count: 6144
Author's Summary: What if Reinette hadn't found a way for the Doctor to return to Rose? Would he (not to mention Rose and Mickey) have been stuck? Nah!
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Madame de Pompadour, Mickey Smith, Original Companion, Other Character(s), Other Character(s), Rose Tyler, Rose Tyler, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (Author-Created)
Warnings: None
Recced because: Five Things stories are always interesting exercises, and this one is a tour de force, mixing everything from comedy to angst, crossovers and straight Who fic.
[identity profile] dbskyler.livejournal.com
Story: Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
Author: Amy Wolf
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 6792
Author's Summary: "I'm half-human, on my mother's side."
Characters/Pairings: Doctors 1-13, Susan, Victoria, Sarah Jane, Romana II, Tegan, Peri, Ace, Grace, Jackie, Martha, Original Companions
Warnings: None

Recced because: "I'm half-human, on my mother's side." That one little line from the TVM is arguably the most hated piece of dialogue in the history of the show. But what if it were true? This fic explores what that might mean for the Doctor and his relationships with humans, using the device of showing thirteen different conversations where thirteen Doctors touch upon -- or just manage to avoid touching upon -- the subject. It's a skillful exploration, dripping with nicely drawn characterizations, and the ending is wonderful.

a snippet )
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
So now you know the reason I recc'ed such a short story yesterday; I was saving up for today's ;)

Story: The Godfather Paradox
Author: Quean of Swords
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 78,865
Author's Summary: When you're in trouble, you call the Doctor, and Charlie Elliott is in trouble. Her parents have disappeared and it's as if they never even existed. Can the Doctor put things right again before the universe unravels?
Characters: Ten, Jack Harkness, cameos from other Torchwood crew, Original Characters
Warnings: Swearing

Recc'ed because: It's an adventurous, sprawling tale with mystery, paradox, action and some really cool original characters. One day, Charlie Elliot's life just starts erasing. I know some teens feel invisible from time to time, but in Charlie's case it becomes all too real, and she becomes the crux of a paradox that threatens to destroy all of reality in its wake. I like how Charlie is easily recognizable as a teen, but how the story rises above its teen adventure sensibilities in exploring her relationship with the Tenth Doctor during a stretch where he certainly isn't looking for companions. It's imaginative and fun, timey-wimey, nail-biting and has a really cool climax. What more could you ask for in a story?

Excerpt )
[identity profile] robotnick2.livejournal.com
Story: Mind Squeeze

Author: OhTex

All Ages

Word Count:

Author's Summary:
11th Doctor one-shot just after regeneration. 11th/OC. Maybe some romance if you squint. AU COMPLETE
Original Companion, The Doctor (11th).


Recced because:

Right then, today's rec. It's another AU Eleven post-regen fic, this time set, mostly, in a shopping centre in Hereford. The Doctor tries to remember who he is, and for the most part fails miserably. However, his attempts at doing completely normal things are invariably hillarious, (Striding!). Once he gets to grips with his new self, he goes in search of love/a companion (although they're interchangeable nowadays!). A short one-shot from one of the newest authors on Teaspoon.

Extract from... well... the only chapter XD )

[identity profile] robotnick2.livejournal.com
Hello Calufrax! I'm Robotnick2, and I'm going to be your reccer for this week. I discovered Teaspoon around July last year, and was instantly hooked. Hopefully, I'll bring to you some of the gems that Teaspoon has to offer.

Right now, to business. I appear to have the exquisite pleasure of being the first reccer after the introduction of a new Doctor... (:-O). So, rather predictably, I've chosen one of the stories from the category with the least fics on the site: that of the Eleventh Doctor.

Story: Mortek

Author: ValW

All Ages

Word Count:

Author's Summary:
When a barely-conscious man in an ill-fitting suit barges in, burbling about a doctor, there’s only one place he could have come from, isn’t there? *NOTE* Epilogue contains End Of Time part 2 regeneration spoilers.

Original Companions, The Doctor (11th).

None, although it does get a little icky after chapter 10.

Recced because:
Well. Hmm. Ah.

At first glance, Mortek is a weird, comedic look at an AU post-regen Doctor. Struggling to get to grips with his new self, our new hero collapses into the arms of our fantasy loving heroine. After our aforementioned new hero franticly explans that he doesn't do ambulances, aforementioned fantasy-loving heroine calls on gardening-loving other hero, armed with first hand evidence of post-regenerative trauma.

And then it gets brilliant.

Mortek is a semi-dark, serious story about the dangers of alien tech in the wrong hands. ValW's Eleven is almost perfect; a mix of Eleven's awkwardness and bounciness, and Ten's sharp wit and steely anger in the face of adversity, with a touch of Three's "seen-it-all-before" attitude. Whilst the plotline wouldn't look out of place as an Ian Fleming novel, the sheer Doctor-Whoiness of it sets it apart. Battling a secret organisation, and the underlying menace of manipulative aliens, while trying to cope with his -dare I say it- most traumatic regeneration yet, the Doctor shines in his new role as protector of Oxfordshire. An all-round great story, written by an up-and-coming, if unusual, author.
(Not many people reuse their companions!)

[identity profile] librarylover82.livejournal.com

Story: The Purloined Poet

Author: Philyra

Rating: Teen

Word Count: 17,327

Author's Summary: The Doctor and his new friend Emma encounter America’s darkest and most misunderstood poet on a train in 1849. Pursued by strange bird-like aliens, they are forced to jump into unknown dangers.

Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Original Companion

Warnings: None


Recced because:

I am a fan of Edgar Allen Poe, and clearly so is Philyra.  I love stories that take kernels of truth about a real person, and then imagine how they might have come to pass; this story does that extremely well.  It also contains scary, original aliens.   As a trio who have all suffered heart-breaking losses, the Doctor, Emma and Poe make a great team.  The final chapter contains an idea that I now like to consider reality, even though it is about a fictional character.


rec: Alex

Feb. 18th, 2010 09:38 am
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Story: Alex
Author: schrodinger
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 9142
Author's Summary: She's nineteen years old. She likes -- in no particular order -- high-heeled shoes, fingernail polish and energy weapons. And the first chance she gets, she's going to kill a Time Lord.
Characters/Pairings: Author-created post-Tenth Doctor, Original Companion
Warnings: mild swearing

Recced because: It's a fantastic story with world-building and cool new characters. The Doctor is somewhat like Ten but more boyish in some ways and more mercurial and detached in others. Alex is from a parallel world where she is the right-hand assassin to a mysterious Time Lord boss, which may sound Mary-Sue-ish at first glance but she is in reality a very intriguing character, torn abruptly from almost a Faith-and-the-Mayor kind of relationship with her employer when her Time Ring malfunctions. It's told in first person which can be awful when done wrong but can be quite brilliant when done right (and it's done right here, of course!). Alex and the Doctor are thrown together by chance, and she's none too happy about it and more overt than Turlough in her motives ;)

And if you like it, you're in for a treat because it's just part 1 of a series that soon moves to a novel set on a desert world with a full cast of original characters plus a feisty aging Bernice Summerfield, murder, historical mysteries, aliens, conspiracy and a homebrew called "Bitter Bastard" (Among Mad People, slightly odd in that it switches between Alex's first person POV and some other limited third person POVs, but though it might seem strange at first, the story supports it well and wow, there are some amazing scenes in there), and a coda that turns the page in the volatile relationship between Alex and the Doctor, (Two-Body Problem) and does it absolutely beautifully. Seriously, read part 1, and save some space in your weekend for the rest. You won't be disappointed.

An excerpt )
[identity profile] golden-orange.livejournal.com
Hey hey, [livejournal.com profile] golden_orange here! First time reccing, so I hope you enjoy the stuff I find for you!

Story: From This Day To The Ending Of The World

Author: [livejournal.com profile] icebluenothing
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4342
Author's Summary: The last shot in the Time War has fired. The Doctor has to deal with the last thing he expected or wanted -- he survived.
Nine, Eight, Original Companions
Warnings: None

Recced because: Where better to start with an Eight-To-Nine Time War regeneration fic?

There's a lot of them out there, but this one always sticks with me. It's set in the immediate aftermath of the Doctor's regeneration and after the final battle, when he's coming to terms with what's happened and what this means for him. The setting (which is established in an ingenious moment at the beginning) is perfect for this new Doctor's first moments, as it's like a microcosm that allows him to confront the lingering emotions after the Time War -- guilt, rage, bitterness -- and claw his way out of them to become the Doctor we know and love. And there's a truly devastating flashback to the last moments of the Time War where we meet the Eighth Doctor's last companions, who the author manages to sketch with such skill that despite the fact that we only know them for a handful of paragraphs, we can't help but fall in love with them.
[identity profile] elliptic-eye.livejournal.com
Story: Nine
Author: Edithmatilda
Rating: None given, but I'd suggest "teen" for language and themes
Word Count: 631
Author's Summary: The Ninth Doctor of People's Hearts.
Characters/Pairings: Nine (other), original companion
Warnings: Self-harm in a tongue-in-cheek context, profanity, twelve-tone composition techniques

Recced because: Edithmatilda's stuff was some of the first I ever read on Teaspoon, back when Five/Tegan was the largest single source of porn in the fandom. Her brilliant Doctor Who and the Bored Game of Death was my first exposure to Fitz and Anji, and I didn't understand how good I had it. So, in the name of AU and adventure (because these are the things that make Doctor Who go 'round), take a short trip back to the days when Doctor Number Nine was whatever you created him to be.

Weirdest are these: It might have been.

Nine is a short, wry, slightly cracked look at companionhood and the Doctor's interests in same, and it's hilarious. As the story itself puts the question: "Why [does] he get mixed up with so many dysfunctional teenagers?"

Excerpt )
[identity profile] samantha2074.livejournal.com
Story: Not Dark Yet (series)
Author: Jaconda
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: Six stories, 50,447 words
Author's Summary: Exploring the universe from the Master's perspective and through the eyes of Leto, a woman whose world he destroyed.
Characters/Pairings: Delgado!Master, Original Companion, Third Doctor, Jo Grant, the Brigadier, UNIT, Master (other incarnation)
Warnings: None

Recced because: Unlike the Doctor, the Master has always preferred to travel alone. It's a challenge to any author to give him a companion without softening or altering his character too much. Jaconda manages to hit this delicate balance. While the Master and Leto gradually forge a partnership over the course of the series, the Master never descends into sentimentality. Leto herself is a well-rounded and interesting character: compassionate enough to evoke sympathy in the reader yet desperate and pragmatic enough to make her travels with the Master believable. Throw in a couple of guest appearances by UNIT and a few gripping adventures, and you've got a compelling read.

Note: The first two stories feature the Delgado!Master and the Third Doctor. The remainder were written before Series Three and feature a post-Time War original Master who is reunited with Leto. Although the Doctor doesn't appear in the latter stories, Jaconda sets up a deliberate contrast between the actions of the Doctor and the Master in the absence of the Time Lords.
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Story:The Road to Shalka
Author: Soldeed
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 98,199 words in five installments
Author's Summary:In the BBCi animated webcast Scream of the Shalka, a lean, cold-eyed Doctor was embittered, lonely and grieving for some past tragedy. Where did he come from? What past adventures had he experienced? And just what happened to leave him so wounded? A serial in 5 separate stories.
Characters/Pairings: Webcast 9th Doctor, Original Companion
Warnings: None given

Recced because: There are a lot of reasons not to click on this series. It's very long. It's all about an obscure Doctor and an original companion who has the detriment of having several Mary-Sue-ish traits at first glance. From the description, it seems like it could devolve very easily into angst and heavy-handed melodrama.

But oh, if you don't trust me on any other rec I make, trust me on this one: click through and read it. Because while it may seem like all of the above at first glance, what it is, is bloody brilliant. I'd never even heard of Richard E Grant's webcast ninth Doctor when I started reading this, but it didn't matter. With deft dialogue and a light-handed, vivid narrative style, Soldeed gives us an instantly recognizable Doctor, with a well-rounded and utterly human companion, in a series of wildly creative adventures. From its humble beginnings with an ancient, AU Eight in calm retirement, through alien invasions, futuristic planets, historical mysteries and dramatic space station showdowns, Soldeed offers nothing less than an Old-school-style Series 27-that-could-have-been for WebCast nine. And it's no less than he deserves. Soldeed knows their Whoniverse and hands us new monsters and old enemies apace-- their characterization of the Master is especially brilliant. Good action/adventure, episode-style fic is so hard to find, and this one's better than good; it's five levels of fantastic. So, give it an afternoon or a series of such to read, and then please join me in telling the author how wonderful they are.

snippet from Part 1: Born Again )


[community profile] calufrax is sleeping in your mind. One day, it may be brought back in front of your eyes.

April 2018

222324 25262728