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Story: Celery
Author: Cyber Moggy
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 491
Author's Summary: An unconscious Tegan is being carried back to the Tardis by the Doctor.
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor, Tegan Jovanka (Five/Tegan maybe if you squint)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It’s such an atmospheric and gorgeous ficlet, focusing, unusually (and excellently) around the sense of smell – and using it to illuminate something of the relationship between the Doctor and his favourite stroppy Australian.
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Story: The Mysterious Twig
Author: whatthefoucault
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 971
Author's Summary: Turlough discovers an odd bit of a plant hanging from the ceiling of the TARDIS console room. Memories and feelings ensue
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor/Vislor Turlough, Tegan Jovanka (mentions Jamie McCrimmon)
Warnings: None

Recced because: I'm fond of this short, fluffy, holiday fic where the Doctor and Turlough talk about why the Doctor hangs mistletoe in the TARDIS.
[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
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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[personal profile] nonelvis
Posting on behalf of Styrofoam monster on Teaspoon.

Story: Critical Angle
Author: Calapine
Rating: All Ages
Word count: 940
Characters: Tegan, Five
Summary: They say it's better here than anywhere else.

Recced because: Tegan is so well drawn here as the complex, confrontational and vulnerable person she is. This fic unravels the trauma that Tegan undergoes from traveling with the Doctor, tackles their complex relationship and how very distant and alien the fifth doctor can be. There are too many wonderful lines to list, but this one especially struck me: "She’ll think of Earth and he’ll tell her about all the wonderful places in the universe she’s never going to see because they’re too busy helping the not so wonderful places." Nothing is nice or neat in this fic. But despite that, it is the little moments -- Tegan dreaming of being a car mechanic, tea in the rain room, and Tegan's colonizing the cloister room -- that offer some humanity in the harsh and clinical prose.

A haunting fic.

excerpt: after the cut )
[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 )
[identity profile] irishvampire13.livejournal.com
Story: He Laughs
Author: LilacFree
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 106
Author's Summary: This is nearly a poem, I think, and is a look at the Ainley Master on his debut in 'Logopolis'.
Characters/Pairings: Tegan Jovanka, Fourth Doctor, the Master (Ainley version)
Warnings: None

Recced because: Because I was just going through my Favorites on Teaspoon tonight, glancing at some new gems I added to my list last night/early this morning, and rediscovered this beauty. And I was profoundly relieved to see that no one else has recced it yet.

Anyway. I've recently begun familiarizing myself with Ainley's version of the Master, and my friends will readily attest to how quickly I've become hooked on him. This is a brief, and incredibly chilling, glimpse of him during one of my favorite episodes. For anyone who doesn't happen to know this version of the character yet...well, this pretty much sums him up!
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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.
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[personal profile] nonelvis
Posting on behalf of shape-shifter-malcolm-tucker.

Story: The Body Snatchers (or How the Master finally got inside the Doctor's body)
Author: aralias
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 5478
Author's Summary: Wacky body swap fic. Featuring some plot, and quite a lot of sex.
Characters/Pairings: Tegan Jovanka, The Doctor (5th), The Master (Ainley), Turlough
Warnings: Explicit sex

Recced because: I'm sorry that this is a bit plot-what-plot-ish, but it was too fantastic to pass up. Hilarious, full of ridiculous farce and fanservice for all the Doctor/Master shippers out there. Need I say more?

Excerpt: after the cut )
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Title: Flight
Author: ponygirl
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1062
Author's Summary: It's not her father's two-seater plane, but it will do.
Characters/Pairings: Tegan, Fifth Doctor
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: I love how it just throws the user right into the action, telling a much longer story in a few short scenes. The visual style and details bring the action to life, and the characterization is wonderful. It's great to see Tegan's history with aviation, and her fortitude. We all remember the Doctor's words of "Brave Heart, Tegan" but it's nice to be reminded once in a while that she is exactly that.

First paragraph )
[identity profile] brunhilde-1013.livejournal.com
Story: A Spot of Festive Shopping
Author: vvj5
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2636
Author's Summary: Tegan's on an unexpected Christmas shopping trip with the wrong Doctor.
Characters/Pairings: Tegan Jovanka, The Doctor (1st), The Doctor (5th)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It's time to break out the Christmas recs!  And what a great story to start with.  Tegan and the First Doctor bond over Christmas shopping, and it's festive in the very best of ways: by having as its focus two characters who are thrown together and end up having a huge amount of fun.  At Christmas.  With costumes and mince pies and department stores.  I read this with a smile on my face the whole way through, because Tegan and the First Doctor just work so well together that I can absolutely see this happening.  Go forth and read!

have a snippet.... )
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Story: Two Gingers and an Australian walk into the lingerie department
Author: LunaRowena
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 3499
Author's Summary: "Tegan," said the Doctor. "You could have just told me what you wanted to go shopping for. I've lived with a lot of women over the years. I'm not a complete stranger to undergarments." Turlough continued to be fascinated by the ceiling.
Characters/Pairings: Tegan Jovanka, Turlough, Donna Noble, Five, Ten
Warnings: None

Recced because:

When I first read this, I ending up shooting tea out through my nose laughing. The fic was then instantly bookmarked for whenever I recced Calufrax next and I've read it several times whenever I need a good cheer-up. Why do I love this fic? It has some of the best Tegan and Turlough bickering I've ever seen in fic, a mash-up of two great eras, a bit of thought on the practicalities of TARDIS travel, and a really great tip on how to save your under wires from destruction while adventuring across the universe.

Also, it has koalas.

Sample: )
[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] jjpor.livejournal.com
Story: Ten Times the Doctor Hates the Daleks
Author: Derek Metaltron
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2,871
Author's Summary: Across ten incarnations the Doctor has faced a enemy who has cost him friends and allies, planets and stars, his very home world. They are the Daleks, and these are ten tales of how he has learnt to hate them.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctors (1st to 10th), various companions and supporting characters, Davros and the Daleks
Warnings: None

Recced because: I'll admit to something of a fannish obsession with the Daleks. Not so much the Daleks as we see them most of the time on screen, but the idea of the Daleks. Because it really is a great concept, and a fantastically horrible one when you really think about it. Which I have, probably a bit too much. The thing about the Daleks, however, while I obviously reject vehemently the idea current in fandom that it's possible to see them too often in the series, is that they rarely live up to the power of the concept in their TV outings. Often they fill a role that could be played by any generic aliens and/or robots with a bit of a search-and-replace on the script. And that, I often find, is where good fanfic comes in.

Whether the Daleks obsess the rest of you as much as they do me or not (I suspect not, in most cases!), they do occupy a unique place in the history of Doctor Who, both in-universe and in terms of the lifespan of the series itself. They're the original Who monsters, and still the benchmark against which new pretenders are measured. Even the Cybermen, probably the second most iconic Who monsters, were originally an attempt to find "the next Daleks". And in story terms, the Doctor already had an ultimate archenemy - he knew it and perhaps more importantly they knew it - long before the Master ever showed up and started telling people to obey him. I'll be very disappointed if they don't play a prominent role in the 50th Anniversary story.

And this excellent fic meditates upon that idea, the pivotal and perhaps unique role the Daleks have played in the Doctors lives, through examining the way the Doctor reacts to them. I don't think it's unwarranted to talk, as the fic does, about the Doctor hating the Daleks. Look at Nine's spitting fury in the new series episode Dalek for Exhibit A. We perhaps don't like to think as fans about the Doctor hating anybody, he's meant to be better than that and to hold himself to a higher standard - and the fic explores that as well. As much as the Doctor has been subjected again and again to the Daleks' ingrained evil, their murderous and destructive deeds again and again, he still doubts that giving in to hating them, and doing to them what that implies, is something he should be doing. It's the same moral dilemma posed by the famous scene from Genesis - does he have that right? Does feeling for them what they feel for him make him as bad as they are? This fic examines that idea through the eyes of all ten Doctors extant at the time it was written, and comes back to that essential truth about the Doctor and his relationship with his greatest enemies. As much as they've done, and as much as he's seen of that, as much pain as they've caused him, at the end he is better than they are, in moral terms, so he'll always have that doubt, and always hold back, and end up always having to fight them again.

It's a fic I really like, anyway. Please go and read it, and please leave some words for the author.

A Sample )

Rec: Blue

Aug. 8th, 2013 08:05 pm
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Title: Blue
Author: Singe
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1702
Author's Summary: Recovering in a very unusual hospital brings the fifth Doctor and Tegan a bit closer.
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor, Tegan, hints of Five/Tegan
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: It's cheating a bit because it was written partly to a request of mine for lizard aliens. And there are wonderful, tetchy lizard alien doctors, and Tegan being loopy, and the Doctor being in the way, in a hospital that kind of makes me want to get injured on a fantastic adventure so I could end up there. It's fluffy and silly and fun with just the right undercurrent of UST for the pair.

Excerpt )
[identity profile] ljgeoff.livejournal.com
Story: Hidden Corners
Author: vvj5
wordcount: 6460 in 7 small chapters
rating: general
author's summary:Various odd corners of the TARDIS explored across a linked circle of stories. The Doctor isn't always very tidy and sometimes that means trouble on a transcendental time machine.
characters/pairing multi-doctor and companion

recced because: For the jelly babies! It's fun, and I like fun. Enjoy!
[identity profile] brunhilde-1013.livejournal.com
Story: Within A Mile Of Home
Author: sleepismyfriend
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3924
Author's Summary: Eleven takes Amy to Bannerman Road, only he encounters a few more than he expected once he arrives.
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Jack Harkness, Jo Grant, Liz Shaw, Martha Jones, Mickey Smith, Sarah Jane Smith, Tegan Jovanka, The Doctor (11th), Wilfred Mott, Luke Smith, Amy Pond
Warnings: n/a

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

Thank you for having me for the week, guys, and if you enjoy the recs then don't forget to go and tell the authors all about it!
[identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
Story: It Shouldn't Happen to a Time Lord
Author: Grace157
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 10605
Characters: Tegan Jovanka, The Doctor (5th), Turlough
Author's Summary: In a case of mistaken identity, the Doctor and Tristan Farnon each end up experiencing a day in the other's life.
Cracky crossover with All Creatures Great & Small.
Warnings: None
Recced because: I like crossovers, and was a fan of the late James Herriot's books and the TV show derived from them. So this crossover, in which the fifth Doctor meets a look-alike vet, works very well for me. It's a bonus that it's by an author who hasn't been recced here before.

‘Where are we going, Doctor?’ Tegan asked, watching the time rotor in the centre of the console rise and fall as the TARDIS dematerialised.

The Doctor activated the dimensional stabilisers to aid their flight. ‘Somewhere quiet and peaceful. I think we could all do with a little holiday, don’t you?’

‘I’m not sure that’s wise,’ said Turlough, watching him begin to set the coordinates, ‘since it seems that every time you try to take us to a place where there aren’t any hostile locals, lethal radiation levels or laws against wearing brightly-coloured socks-’ He paused to give Tegan an unimpressed look as she tried and failed to hide a smirk. ‘-we end up being faced with precisely that.’

The Doctor looked down at the monitor so he wouldn’t have to meet his eyes. ‘Yes, I’m afraid I’d forgotten that fluorescent green is a sacred colour on the planet Mergorax. But let’s not dwell on our mistakes, shall we?’ He realised the little screen was showing Earth, the planet they were now currently orbiting around. That was strange; he didn’t remember setting the coordinates for here. Either he’d become so used to typing the number in that it had become second nature and he’d done it absentmindedly or the TARDIS had decided to bring them here anyway.

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[identity profile] aralias.livejournal.com
Story: Changing History
Author: Brunhilde
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 721
Author's Summary: After leaving the Doctor behind, Tegan meets a stranger down by the river. Spoilers in the Author's Note, and by implication, for SJA's "The Death of the Doctor" and the Big Finish audio "The Gathering".
Characters/Pairings: Tegan, Ten

Recced because: I like Tegan and I really like how she leaves the show - in fact, I think it's one of the best moments of the classic series. I like the way this fic builds on that awkward and upsetting moment, and all the other awkward and upsetting moments Tegan and Five have had, and then slightly undercuts all that (by making it a bit better) without making the actual scene from 'Resurrection of the Daleks' any less powerful. The summary and the author's note imply you need to know the Big Finish audio 'The Gathering' to understand what's going on - but I don't think that's true, really (and I don't like 'The Gathering').

Excerpt )
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Story: Human Behaviour
Author: st_aurafina
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1690
Author's Summary: The TARDIS learned a lot from her time in a human body; this doesn't mean she knows how to put a human together again.
Characters/Pairings: Idris, The TARDIS, Leela, Nyssa, Tegan Jovanka, Eleventh Doctor, Seventh Doctor, Ace McShane
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It's a beautiful and fascinating fic that follows on from The Doctor's Wife and explores the relationship between the TARDIS and Idris in a way that’s humorous, painful, and non-linear – and always coming back to the TARDIS with her Thief. In passing, there are some lovely cameos from past companions, especially Ace (and the brief interaction with Seven). It’s well worth a read - and then reading again and again.
[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.
[identity profile] sleepismyfriend.livejournal.com
Story: Gathered
Author: warinbabylon
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4576
Author's Summary: An AU ending to the BF audio: The Gathering. Tegan doesn't quite say goodbye to the Doctor when she wants to.
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor, Tegan Jovanka
Warnings: Swearing

Recced because: I've never been a staunch fan of the Fifth Doctor, but warinbabylon makes me want to read Fifth Doctor/Tegan Jovanka. While I've enjoyed all of warinbabylon's other stories, I enjoyed 'Gathered' because it gave an entirely plausible ending to a Big Finish audio. One I've even tackled myself. lol.


His eyes were so close to her that all she could see was the dark blue. They blinked, obscured by baby golden lashes for a moment and then opened again. Tegan felt his hands as they lightly rested on her hips. “I won’t forget you,” he muttered before taking a long inhale. She smiled in response and patted his shoulders.

The pain started at the back of her head and lanced like a hot poker through her head to her eyes. It was like a blinding light encased in pain. She gasped and raised her fingers to press against her temple.

Her grunt was met by a more powerful hold of the Doctor on her hips. “Tegan?”

Her knees buckled as the pain grew in intensity. Her knees never hit the ground, but the pain was too intense to know exactly what was happening. The light was too damn bright and the birds too damn loud. She could taste the pain…
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[personal profile] merryghoul
Well, that’s it for me at [livejournal.com profile] calufrax. However, you can catch me reccing smut starting tomorrow at [livejournal.com profile] three_settings, and I have a few good selections prepared already. I’ll see you then.  But before I go, I’d like to rec one last fic.

Story: Look Who's Talking: Unbearable
Author: johne
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3702
Author's Summary: Chaos in the nursery for the baby Doctor and his friends when the toys are brought to life (toddler AU).
Characters/Pairings: River Song, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, Eleventh Doctor, the Master, Izzy Sinclair, Jamie McCrimmon, Tegan Jovanka
Warnings: no standard warnings apply
Recced because: Written for [livejournal.com profile] dw_straybunnies, this fic has the Master attempt to kill Eleven with Care Bears. And all of the characters except for Izzy are toddlers. Also, there’s killer Teletubbies and Peanuts references. Need I add more?
[identity profile] jjpor.livejournal.com
Well, another week of reccing flies by... I hope all of you reading Calufrax have enjoyed the stories I've brought to your attention over the past seven days and smiled indulgently rather than gritting your teeth in annoyance while reading my blather about them :). So, to finish off, another one I think very highly of, and that's me for the time being. Hope we can do this again soon.

Story: Time Lag
Author: castrovalva9
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2,480
Author's Summary: In 1979 London, the Fifth Doctor, Tegan, and Turlough accidentally crash a Torchwood party.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (5th), Tegan Jovanka, Turlough, Torchwood
Warnings: None

Recced because: I don't know if anybody else has seen the recent film version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy yet, but there's a sequence in it in which the great and good (or great...ish at any rate) of the Circus, John Le Carre's fictionalised version of MI6, gather at what looks like the cheesy 70s Xmas office party from hell. And when I saw it, it reminded me strongly of this fic. In a good way! Essentially, that's what happens here - Five and companions inadvertently crash the Torchwood Institute's 100th anniversary bash and hilarity ensues, with dancing, team-building pep talks and flagrant misuse of alien technology all featuring in the course of the evening. I really like the way this story portrays Five, Tegan and Turlough, a Doctor-companion team that always make me smile with their various personality quirks and often spiky interpersonal relations. The character voices and interactions are spot on. As for Torchwood, they don't exactly cover themselves in glory - you know that it probably really was like this for them most of the time. It is all in all extremely funny, and yet also very true to the characters and what we know of this particular corner of the Whoniverse. So, I encourage you to read this and hope you all enjoy it - please leave reviews for the author if at all possible.

The Kind of Thing I'm Talking About )
[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] librarylover82.livejournal.com
Story: Where There’s Smoke
Author: Cyber Moggy
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1,809
Author's Summary: A mid-adventure evening without the Tardis.
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor, Tegan Jovanka
Warnings: None
Recced because:
I’m a sucker for any story where the Doctor talks about his past on Gallifrey.  This one has the added bonus of showcasing some of Tegan’s better qualities, and why she was a good companion for Five.  Sitting in the remnants of a civilization, which reminds the Doctor of home, is a great foreshadowing of the eventual fate of Gallifrey.

[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.
[identity profile] cakeordeath44.livejournal.com
 Hi! I'm your reccer for this week. Sorry I was busy yesterday. I'll try to get some newer stuff out, so it may be mostly eleven fic.

Saying that her is a five/ten fic for you, that's quite old but really good.

Title: A Hull of a Time
Author: Bad_Dickens
Rating: All ages
Word count: 1290
Author's summary: The Fifth Doctor, Tegan, and Turlough in Hull in the 1920s. Wonder who they'll meet?
Characters/Pairings: Tegan Jovanka, The Doctor (5th), The TARDIS, Turlough, Kathy NightingaleWarnings: None

Recced because: The unfinished story of Blink is Kathy's marriage, and her simultaneously uplifting and depressing fate is explored in this fic. Added to this is a nice character student of the fifth Doctor, Tegan and Turlough. A lovely, bitter sweet snapshot.. And the ending is fantastic.
[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: 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] 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 )
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Story: Time to Get Away
Author: netgirl_y2k
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2435
Author's summary: In which there are flesh eating plants, drunken one night stands and Donna discovers that there are more mad time travellers calling themselves the Doctor than she's really comfortable with.
Characters: Donna Noble, Five, Tegan, Turlough. (Donna/Tegan but anything explicit goes on off-camera, as it were)
Warnings: none given

Recced because: Written way back in July of 2007 for the [livejournal.com profile] dw_femslash ficathon on lj. I can't even remember if we knew Donna was going to be the next companion by then; it was only 2 weeks or so after Last of the Time Lords aired. All we'd seen of Donna was the Runaway Bride, but thankfully, that was plenty of material to go on for those of us who already loved her :) [livejournal.com profile] netgirl_y2k hits the ground running with this story and it just. gets. funnier. Seriously, I had a hard time picking an excerpt because I wanted to quote the whole thing. Its tone reads like crack-fic but the fact of the matter is, it's actually scarily plausible. Even if you don't usually go for femslash, read this story, especially if you need a laugh (it's totally worth it just for the description of the TARDIS noise at the end). And the ending itself is great fun and just the slightest bit prescient for series four.

Excerpt )
[identity profile] redblueskies.livejournal.com
Story: Nowhere Series 1: Reunions
Author: warinbabylon
Rating: G
Word Count: 7933
Author's Summary: A Moroccan Beach is an excellent place for a reunion.
Characters/pairings: Tegan Jovanka, The Doctor (5th) 
Warnings: None

Recced because:
I'm recommending this story because it, and the series it belongs to, have been a guilty pleasure of mine for quite some time. Back in the day, before new who existed, the 5th Doctor was my Doctor, and Tegan was my favourite companion. This story stood out to me at the time, not only because it was well written, but also because warinbabylon managed to keep both Tegan and the Doctor in character, despite the way they parted and the years that had passed for them both. Also, I have a soft spot for well written kid!fic, and this is just perfect. I would highly recommend reading the rest of the series if you like this story. This story is essentially pairing free, however the series as a whole is Tegan/Doctor.

Essentially: The Doctor Does Domestic... )
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I'm reccing a bit early to a) make up for reccing so late last night and b)because there's a chance of thunderstorms moving through later.

Now that I've started out with a New!Who rec, let's take a step into Classic!Who and the Fifth Doctor's era.

Story:  Best Enemies
Author: kittenmommy

Rating:  all ages/PG
Word Count: 10037/One shot
Author's Summary:  With the Doctor critically injured and unable to regenerate, Tegan and Turlough join with the Master in a desperate bid to save the Doctor's life.

Characters/Pairings: Tegan, Turlough, The Master(Ainley), 5th Doctor, 4th Doctor
Warnings:  Angst,
Recced because:  I've seen very little of the Fifth Doctor's era beyond what I've seen on YouTube and Time Crash.  However kittenmommy's story makes me feel like I have, crafting a story that shows the characters of that era without making me feel like I have to YouTube them to find out more about them before reading.  I also find the relationship that evolves between Tegan and the Master intriguing as well as the brief conversation between the Doctor and the Master.

Excerpt )
[identity profile] primsong.livejournal.com

Story:  The Ten Doctors
Author: JJPOR
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 25,568
Author’s Summary: It was history’s greatest and most famous party.
Characters/Pairings: The first ten Doctors and Romana plus a wide assortment of companions, a couple of classic Masters and the Brigadier, toss well.
Warnings: None
Recced because: I nearly passed it over this time merely because JJPOR is a very popular author who had another well-deserved recommendation just last week (don’t miss that one either!), but decided we’d just let this be his month for a bounty of riches, goodness knows he’s given all of us enough reading enjoyment to deserve it. 

This piece was written as a tribute for the 45th anniversary of the show and it quite appropriately is the sort of multi-Doctor fic that brings the reader back again and again for another round.  I expect nearly every writer has to give the “what would happen if all of the Doctors were together at once” scenario a try, but some are definitely better than others; this is one of the good ones and you won’t regret it for a moment. 

In essence, Ten has decided that a doomed planet famous for having partied hard right up until the moment their sun went supernova would be the perfect setting for a gathering of his selves and as the guests arrive each and every one is so perfectly portrayed it is a complete delight.  Poor Susan making the best of a doting crowd of Grandfathers, Romana’s opinions regarding the appetizers and Six’s opinions regarding her plus the consequences of expressing those thoughts aloud are only a sprinkle of the stellar moments here, a fabulous panorama lightly sauced with punch.  As no doubt suspected, there are humorous moments but also a few snatches of adventurousness and even some serious and empathetic twists for the heart.

For the uninitiated to his works, JJPOR is a find indeed; a top-notch competent, imaginative and high quality writer whose stories never disappoint.  I highly recommend without reservation not only this particular bit of mildly cracky fancy, but any of his stories across the spectrum.  Enjoy the ride.

[identity profile] biichan.livejournal.com
Story: Five Times Lord Braxiatel Had Occasion to Regret The Doctor’s Exile Very Deeply Indeed (And One Time He Wished The Doctor Would Just Sod Off Forever)
Author: x_los
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 8119
Author's summary: The Doctor is many things to many people, but to Irving Braxiatel he is the universe's most annoying little brother.
Characters/Pairings: Braxiatel, Susan, Delgado!Master, Fourth Doctor, Fifth Doctor, Tegan, Turlough, Ainley!Master, Sixth Doctor, Evelyn, Peri, Romana II, Leela, Eighth Doctor, Narvin
Warnings: spoilers for the Gallifrey audios in the final part

Recced because: It sucks to be the Doctor's older brother. It really, really sucks. And nobody knows that better than “Irving” Braxiatel. Luckily, nobody suffers quite as beautifully as Brax does, either, which is a good thing as this fic is pretty much as it says on a tin: an exercise in showing all the many ways that the Doctor has ruined Braxiatel's life. No, wait, let me rephrase that: all the many hilarious ways that the Doctor has ruined Braxiatel's life. Because this fic is one of the funniest I've read in a long while. And, oddly enough, it's one of the better character studies too.

The sound of a dematerialization made them all look towards the TARDIS–but she was showing no signs of immanent departure. Indeed her sturdy blue frame seemed to silently rebuke them for doubting her reliability. In the direction they’d all just turned from, someone coughed. In unison three heads swiveled back to the plant. A man in a human business suit hovered above the manzanita.

“You stop right there, Master, that plant is endangered!” Peri yelled, standing as if she planned to fight him off the bush.

“Peri,” the Doctor sighed, “not everyone who’s made unwise facial hair decisions and wants a chat with me is the Master. Sometimes it’s only Shakespeare, or, in this case, Irving Braxiatel.”
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Story: Failing to Collide
Author: aralias
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 6,833
Author's Summary: Written for LJ's tardis_gen, for the prompt: Tegan Jovanka in the Year than Never Was. In which Tegan misses the Doctor.
Characters/Pairings: Tegan, Simm!Master, the Brigadier
Warnings: None

Recced because: Martha couldn't have been the only of the Doctor's companions willing to fight for him during the Year That Never Was, and Tegan, who's always been half on alert for the Master to turn up again, ends up joining the resistance by default when she's recognized by a Toclafane. It isn't the first time she's had to support what she considers to be a half-assed plan of the Doctor's, but she knows the consequences of letting the Master win, and fights along with the tattered remains of UNIT to bring down Saxon – quite by accident, restoring her own faith in the Doctor as well.


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May 2017