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Story: Sailing On
Author: Meadowlark
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1242
Author's Summary: Though they come from different worlds, Vicki and Troilus find common ground to build their life on.
Characters/Pairings: Vicki, Vick/Troilus
Warnings: None

Recced because:

Vicki and Troilus are an odd couple. Born centuries apart and brought together by plot device they don't seem particularly suited to each other. In this lovely fic, Meadowlark shows that despite the obvious differences, Vicki and Troilus have more in common than meets the eye.

A Taste )
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Author: Yowza
Rating:  All ages
Word Count: 891
Author's Summary: Steven thinks back on Vicki's departure. The title is taken from the poem 'My Sister's Cake' by Eugene Field.
Characters/Pairings: Steven Taylor, Vicki
Warnings:  None

Recced because: It's a heartbreaking, yet beautiful fic that not only looks at Steven and Vicki's relationship but gives some nice backstory to Steven.
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Story: The Unlikely (But True) Tale of Troilus & Cressida
Author: Meadowlark
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1249
Author's Summary: Vicki had heard the stories told about Troilus & Cressida, of course, but the reality is much stranger - and better- than fiction.
Characters/Pairings: Other Character(s), Vicki
Warnings: None

Recced because: Of all the instances in which Doctor Who has rid itself of surplus companions by randomly marrying them off to guest characters (and there are quite a few when you start to add them up), at least Vicki's departure in The Myth Makers makes a kind of sense and does have the added bonus of making her a mythological/Shakespearean figure in her own right. And I guess the temptation, for fans and fan-fictioneers, is to wonder what happened next. Things didn't work out that well for the actual Troilus and Cressida, but the TV serial had already deviated significantly from the original story (that being one of the points of the serial) so we have room to speculate.

There have been a couple of "official" versions in various Who spinoff media over the years, most of which tend to assume (as was at one point very much the fashion in such works) that whatever happened it was kind of grim and angsty. I like this fic's version of events a lot better than those.

The thing about Vicki is that while it's easy to dismiss her as a Susan substitute (and I think I was one of those who did, at one point in my fan career - foolishly) and to argue she was underused, she's actually a pretty awesome character. Maureen O'Brien really shines whenever she gets the chance and Vicki's relationship with One is really a joy to behold. I think this fic more than does her justice, especially by emphasising the fact that it is Vicki, with her knowledge of future events and therefore status as a prophet, who is the wise, important half of her relationship with Troilus, really leaving her stamp on the ancient world and overcoming adversity with her own quick wit. The relationship itself is portrayed as a storied sequence of surprises and unexpected turns, but also one of love and compassion. Vicki, basically, gets a happy ending, and I am all for that. I hope you will be too.

An Excerpt )
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To lighten the mood for the last rec of my stint, another First era story but one that is fun and a bit tongue-in-cheek and a bit bittersweet in its examination of old TV/film in general.

Title: Movie Night
Author: Pendragon
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2177
Author's Summary: Lights out! Film rolling! It's classic movie night in the TARDIS.
Characters/Pairings: First Doctor, Steven Taylor, Vicki
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: It's just a fun and very cute scene. It would seem to work as with Eleven and the Ponds as it does with Steven, Vicki and One. There is some self-referential irony and a bittersweet nod in there as well, considering how many of the First Doctor episodes were lost.

Excerpt )
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Story: When In Rome
Author: Meadowlark
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 3362
Author's Summary: The TARDIS team explores an abandoned villa in ancient Rome, and Ian and Barbara discover the wine cellar. Cracky shenanigans ensue.
Characters/Pairings: Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright, First Doctor, Vicki
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Here’s a story to give everyone’s spirits a lift as we struggle towards the end of the week! Just how did the TARDIS team stumble over a handy abandoned villa – and what made them stay? This fic explores the gap in The Romans with much humour and warmth, and the author captures the four adventurers perfectly, even in more unusual (but completely plausible) circumstances. It’s delightful, and guaranteed to leave you smiling by the end.
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Last rec. Thanks for letting me share. :)

Story: Child of the Gods
Author: johne
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3,893
Author's Summary: Vicki took the name Cressida, married Troilus, and made a life for herself with the refugees of fallen Troy. But now a man has come among them who claims to be a demigod, and he's killing anyone who gets in his way.
Characters/Pairings: Vicki
Warnings: None.

Recced because: First of all, johne's repository contains all of the rare and delightful early Doctor and minor character fics one could wish for - and that includes this gem, which is a fantastic take on Vicki-as-Cressida, giving hope to the Trojan refugees and leading them as best she can. And oh, does this placate my inner history nerd, as well as create delicious, clever sci-fi drama. The world needs more Vicki fic, but for now I'm content with a piece wherein she blows stuff up and is generally awesome. Not to mention the last line, which both demands and rejects the idea of a sequel, as it seeps hauntingly back through the entire story.
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Story: The Shadow of Joanna
Author: LinworthNewt
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 4082
Author's Summary: Between their departure from the Forest of Jaffa during the Crusades, and their arrival at the Space Museum on the planet Xeros, the TARDIS jumped a time track, and the travelers forgot what happened in the intervening time. Something lost, and something gained, passed between Ian and Barbara.
Characters/Pairings: Barbara, Ian, Vicki, the First Doctor, Princess Joanna; Ian/Barbara
Warnings: None given.

Recced because: This is darker than the events you saw on screen, and goes deeper. The true fate of the historical figure Princess Joanna is paralleled with Barbara's story, and events from canon are given real and very human consequences. Dovetailing into the serials The Romans, The Crusade and The Space Museum, this fic seems to turn the world 90 degrees, and let you see it in a new light. To quote the fic itself, history is not always kind to its heroes and heroines.


I hope this can be considered Monday's rec? I did mean to do a rec-a-day, but something I couldn't put off came up IRL.
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Story: Five Times the Doctor Got in the Way of Captain Janeway (and One Time They Got Along Just Fine)

Author: vvj5

Rating: All ages

Word Count: 5,526

Author's Summary: Captain Janeway doesn't think much of time travellers and higher beings who turn up on board her ship.  The Doctor doesn't take much notice of prime directives.  It's a tea/coffee thing.

Characters/Pairings: Doctors One, Three, Six, Eight, Nine & Eleven; Vicki, Jo, Peri, Charley, Captain Janeway, various Voyager crew members

Warnings: None


Recced because:

This week I’m trying to rec mainly authors who haven’t been recced here before, but since this bit of crossover fun merges my two favorite SciFi fandoms it caught my eye.  The Doctors and companions are all spot-on, and so are Captain Janeway and her crew.  It’s always fun to see someone interacting with multiple Doctors, especially when it’s non-linear.  

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Today's rec is a very special kind of crossover called a "fusion." Normal crossovers are when two canons meet. Fusions are when they synthesize.

I suppose the easiest way to describe the difference between a normal crossover and a fusion is using the colors blue and yellow. A crossover is a pattern: something simple like blue polka dots on a yellow background or something complicated like paisley. A fusion is the color green.

Story: The Grandparent Trap
Author: aralias
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5108
Author's summary: Early into her stay on Dalek war-torn Earth, Susan meets a girl who looks exactly like her. (Doctor/Master)
Characters/Pairings: First Doctor/The Master, Susan Foreman, Sharon, Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton, Vicki
Warnings: Spoilers for The Dalek Invasion of Earth as well as The Parent Trap, sort of. Needless to say, the plot goes a bit AU.

Recced because: This is the story of how Susan meets her long-lost identical twin Sharon and how they fix up the Doctor and the Master's mess with togetherness. It is my absolute favorite Doctor/Master fic in the world. Which, I suppose, isn't surprising, because it steals its plot shamelessly from one of my favorite movies as a child: The Parent Trap. By which I mean the original sixties version that used to play on the Disney Channel, with Hayley Mills (and Hayley Mills!), not the Lindsey Lohan remake which didn't even exist until I was in high school. (Speaking of Lohan remakes, the original Freaky Friday with Jodie Foster is also way better, although the book is best of all.)

ANYWAY, I am utterly impressed as a fic, both on its own merits (the writing quality is top-notch) and by its merits as a fusion. Every time I reread it I notice new echoes of the original Parent Trap movie. I just love this fic so very, very much and I hope you all will love it too.

“I’m a Time Lady,” the other girl said, which was also a very silly thing to say on Dalek-infested Earth, where the lords and ladies of time were not exactly welcome dinner guests.

“So am I!” Susan said, which was also- well, you get the idea.

“Maybe you’re one of the people I was supposed to be keeping an eye on,” the other girl said, frowning. “But I think grandpapa would have mentioned you looking exactly like me.”

“Exactly,” Susan agreed, “except for the hair.” Her own short hair had proved both fashionable (in the 1960s) and practical, but she couldn’t help envying the other girl’s long braid.
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Missed my first day here. Sorry. The rest of the week should go smoother.

Story: Blue Moon
Author: Primsong
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 924
Author's Summary: Ian doesn't dance. Or does he? An interlude among alien foliage and moonlight.
Characters/Pairings: Barbara/Ian, with Vicki cameo
Warnings: Fluff

Recced because: It's a sweet little moment in time for Ian and Barbara. A quite walk with an unexpected alien encounter leads to adorable fluffiness from Ian. Fun interlude that makes me smile.
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Story: Roman Holiday
Author: yesjamie
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 1346
Author's Summary: Ian and Barbara, alone together in the Roman villa.
Characters/Pairings: Ian/Barbara, First Doctor, Vicki
Warnings: Explicit sex.

Recced because: This is a kinkmeme story, which of course means that it's smutty. However, the porn - while lovely in its own right - is made even lovelier by Barbara and Ian being in character and Barbara getting her History on. Admit it, you all think they got it on in the Roman villa!
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Story: Planes, Trains and Horseless Carriages
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2263
Author's Summary: The Doctor, Vicki and Steven journey over land and sea to make a date with history.
Characters/Pairings: First Doctor, Vicki, Steven Taylor

Recced because: I should confess here and now that I had this story written for me in [ profile] tardis_gen, but, it’s a high treat and no mistake - I can‘t miss it out. For starters it’s that rare creature in fic, a straight historical (set in early 20th C America). What’s more, it’s a straight, fun historical that features a undeservingly neglected TARDIS team and makes full use of their characters. Only Vicki would have the boundless enthusiasm needed to overcome the obstacles in their race against time, the Doctor’s love of the many old-fangled vehicles they encounter is charming and, as for Steven - well, his wish is what drives the story and to reveal it would spoil the ending. You’ll just have to read it and find out.
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(Sorry for the slightly delayed start in reccing! I've picked out seven stories for this week, one each from the era of each old school Doctor. Since I'm late in starting, I'll do two a day on the weekend to catch up.)

Story: Just Another Day
Author: vvj5 ([ profile] lost_spook)
Rating: All Ages
Word count: 1423
Author's summary: It's business as usual for Ian, Barbara, the Doctor and Vicki. You know, danger, imprisonment, escape...
Characters/Pairings: Ian/Barbara, One, Vicki
Warnings: None

Recced because: The recent [ profile] tardis_gen ficathon produced loads of great fic, but this is one of my favourites. It works as both a wonderful recreation and a lighthearted deconstruction of its era. The little soupcon of Ian/Barbara shippiness in the mix is wonderful (and doesn't render it non-gen in the slightest IMO, given how present the same sort of thing is in the canon), and somehow it's particularly nice to see Vicki used in a fic like this -- she's not in it much but [ profile] lost_spook nails her characterisation perfectly, giving the lie to the idea that she's a bit of a cookie cutter Susan replacement.


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Story: 1900
Author: Bad_Dickens
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 21497
Author's Summary: The Doctor, Vicki, and Steven visit the Paris Exposition of 1900, make some new friends, and investigate strange happenings..
Characters/Pairings: First Doctor, Steven Taylor, Vicki
Warnings: none

Recced because:

In the author’s own words ‘“1900” is a love letter of sorts to Paris.’ It’s a breathless historical adventure which whirls along on a cloud of phenomenal research and first hand experience; Paris is in this story. She is as essential a character as the Doctor or Steven.
This could easily have been a first Doctor episode – well, perhaps not the hot air balloon chase scene with Steven, that might have been a bit beyond the 1960s budget and SFX department to pull off – but it’s all presented with such a deft touch and caring hand. All of which is, in itself, enough to recommend this fic; furthering adding to its case is the fact that Steven and Vicki are the companions of choice. Theirs is a pairing which gets little love in fic, and has lost most of its actual footage to the bonfires of time. They are brought to life so vividly in this fic –
it’s a bit lengthy, but it’s definitely worth the plunge!
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Story: Truths That Matter
Author: jedi_penguin
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 251
Author's Summary: Troilus ponders his strange bride.
Characters/Pairings: Troilus, Vicki
Warnings: Spoilers for the Myth Makers 
Recced because: There are 15 stories featuring on Vicki on Teaspoon, this is one of two that focus on Vicki, despite being from the viewpoint of Troilus. For those who do not know Vicki becomes "Cressida" in the Myth Makers, based on the story of Troilus and Cressida which has been told by Chaucer and Shakespeare.  It's a fantastic piece looking at how Vicki has to adapt, the lies she has to tell, in her new life. It's a brilliant short piece and well worth a read.
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Story: Bright Star
Author: eponymous_rose
Rating: Teen
Author's summary: Marshellian Paston's Fifteenth Theorem of Time Travel states that any two persons travelling through time are slightly more likely to meet from a probabilistic standpoint, within a margin of error described by a hypercube with complex dimensions; Ian, Barbara and Sarah Jane Smith give Marshellian Paston something to write home about.
Characters/Pairings: Ian/Barbara, Sarah Jane, Harry Sullivan, Luke Smith, First Doctor, Susan, Vicki, Third Doctor
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~7,700 words

Recced because: Epic and brilliant, this story spins out a non-linear adventure and love story for Ian and Barbara, and unexpectedly but beautifully, tells us about Sarah Jane, as well. There's UST, romance, a touch of sex, happiness, ever-afters, danger, and adventure galore – everything that happens in life, especially a life with the Doctor, all of it, the good and the bad. The guest stars are all perfectly used, and with some terrific lines: "It's enough to give anyone a headache," Harry said sympathetically. / "Oh, Ian's just easily baffled," said Barbara which made me laugh out loud, and "It's a lovely elbow," said Barbara politely. / "Thank you," Ian said. "But I have heard good things about certain other portions of my anatomy." which was too perfect – and sexy – for words, this is an absolute delight.
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Story: Like Nobody's Watching
Author: Andraste
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: The Doctor has been dancing for a long time.
Characters/Pairings: Doctors One through Ten, also Barbara, Ian, Vicki, Ben, Polly, Benton, Romana I, Tegan, Turlough, Evelyn, Mel, Charley, C'rizz, Rose and Jack. (Apologies to the unfortunate person doing the tags...)
Warnings: None

Recced because:
Ten Doctors, thirteen companions and a hell of a lot of dancing (that's dancing, not 'dancing'). I really appreciated the fact that this went for some less usual Doctor-companion pairs - Benton, C'rizz, the Seven segment being about Mel instead of Ace. I loved this for the humour and the insight, but what pushed it into must-rec category was the last section, with Barbara dancing at her wedding with a strange man in a pin-stripe suit, bringing the dance right back to the beginning.


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