[identity profile] x-los.livejournal.com
Story: Living Things
Author: Bagheera
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 16865
Author's Summary: “How did the Doctor from Scream of the Shalka come to live with the Master?”
Characters: Shalka!Doctor, Shalka!Master
Pairings: Shalka!Doctor/Shalka!Master
Warnings: BDSM, Explicit Sex, Explicit Violence, Swearing
Recced because:

If the last rec was somewhat inspired by the premise of Scream of the Shalka, then this fic is the origin story that enigmatic serial almost demands. It starts out grounded in a really good reworking of the BFA Charlie arc, which elegantly explains how we get from Eight to Shalka!Nine, and why he is the Doctor he is (the circumstances of his regeneration might even hint at an explanation for this off-sequence Doctor). (You don’t need to know BFA to get the gist, though.) This initial set-up is bleak, and this story gives us an unusual, compelling treatment of physical weakness, depression and dependency of various kinds—not in a decorative or purely romance-provoking hurt/comfort kind of way, these are things the author’s clearly interested in exploring in and of themselves.

Not even all the reasons why this fic is awesome, but enough to them to be worth lj-cutting. )
[identity profile] annauq.livejournal.com
Today is something lighter after yesterday's angst.

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

Recced because:It's a play on the numerous (intentional) plot holes and is-it-canon-or-not-canon-questions all Whovians have to deal with at some point. With fifty years of series, not everything always makes sense. Two events from the history of the show can completely contradict each other and still both be awesome (a big cheer for timey-wimey stuff!). This fic takes that fact and runs with it, exploring 8 different scenes from Doctors 1 to 8 with humour and wit. The scenes used here are (in)famous throughout the fandom, and reading about them brought a knowing smile to my face. It's under a thousand words, so even if you're in a hurry, check it out. And if you like it, there is a sequel too!
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Title: Back from the Dead, The Honey Trap, and Children of the Sanctum
Author: Soldeed
Word Count: ~74000 words in 3 installments
Author's Summary:

Back from the Dead - A military expedition goes missing on an uninhabited planet, and the Doctor must find the cause before it is too late. But is there anyone he can trust to help him?

The Honey Trap - While the Master plots and schemes in the depths of the TARDIS, the Doctor and Alison must trace an ancient evil to its source. Betrayal leads to sacrifice, and nothing will be the same again.

Children of the Sanctum - How does the cult of the Sanctum persuade wealthy young people to join its ranks and sign over their whole lives to its service? And what secret does it keep hidden at its heart, secreted behind concrete walls and razor wire?

Rating: All Ages
Warnings: None

Recc-ed because: This may be cheating a bit. Four years ago when [livejournal.com profile] calufrax was just starting up, one of my very first recs was for this series. Back then it was only five installments, brilliant as they were, and you can read about them in my old post.

But nearly four years after completing those five, Soldeed returned to Richard E. Grant's WebCast Ninth Doctor with three new stories, the first one labeled, fittingly, "Back from the Dead," and one of the creepier stories I've ever read. I could not be more pleased because this series is in all honesty, the Season that Webcast Nine never got. It is brilliant. Sparkling dialogue, vivid descriptions, creative settings, the best blend of Space Opera and standalones, and brilliant OCs. These latest three stories (and actually, Part 5 too, I suppose) may better be labeled "The Road From Shalka", as they pick up the story after the webcast tale and take us through introductions, partings, old friends and new faces. If you are in the mood for a Doctor Who adventure, with alien planets and monsters and snark and enemies and mysteries and a dead brilliant Doctor characterization as well as everyone else, even if you've never heard of this AU Ninth Doctor or Scream of the Shalka before, I bet it's still worth your while to take a few weekends and read these stories from start to finish. Or if you read the old series and didn't see the new ones posted, check them out, as they continue to impress. Or if you're familiar with the Shalka characters, you can also read the last three tales in this series without the backstory of the first five (but you're missing out!).

Any way you slice it, Web!Nine's universe is so much richer for having these gems.

Excerpt (from 'Children of the Sanctum') )
[identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Story: The Caged Cinema
Author: neveralarch
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 3718
Author's Summary: The Doctor plays mechanic
Characters/Pairings: Webcast Ninth Doctor/Android Master
Warnings: BDSM, Explicit Sex
Recced because: Everything about the Doctor/Master dynamic is some kind of power play, but it's not often that the Doctor is overtly the one in control. This story starts off as a "game" of physical power and sensory deprivation kinks (blindfolding, a sort of breathplay if one considers the symbolism breathing holds for an android that doesn't really need it), with the sci-fi twist of a creator/created relationship. But at some point the tables turn, though at the end I'm not entirely sure it wasn't the Doctor's plan all along. It's hot, kinky, and a psychological character study all in one, for a Doctor/Master pairing that doesn't usually get a lot of attention.

Small excerpt )
[identity profile] choco-chick.livejournal.com
Next up is one of my favorite 'Scream of the Shalka' fics :)

Story: Negotiation
Author: Neveralarch
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 9297
Author's Summary: The Doctor, the Master, Alison, and a miserable muddy war.
Characters/Pairings: Alison Cheney, Reg!Doctor/Shalka!Master
Warnings: None

Recced because: If there had been a continuation of Reg!Nine's series this would've made a perfect episode. Allison acts like a proper companion, the Doctor and Master argue like a married couple and the Master plots behind the Doctor's back to save him from himself. The character's voices are so spot on that I could easily hear Derek Jacobi's voice when the Master spoke. 
ext_23799: (jacobi!master lurks in the tardis)
[identity profile] aralias.livejournal.com
Story: Verteidigungskrieg
Author: Von_Quixote
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 19,408 (thus far, in four chapters)
Author's Summary: After 'Scream of the Shalka, the Doctor's as-yet-unknown superiors send him, the Master and Alison to Passendale. It's July 1917, and there's something weird going on in no-man's-land.
Characters/Pairings: Shalka!Doctor, Alison, Shalka!Master, other canon character revealed later
Warnings: Explicit Violence (though I think this is debatable)

Recced because: Scream of the Shalka may have had many things wrong with it, but what it did have was a lovely snarky team TARDIS too seldom used in fanfic in this reviewers opinion. The dialogue in the show was great; the dialogue in 'Verteidigungskrieg' is great-er. Not that you really need to know 'Shalka' to read this - it landed us in much the same un-explained sort of scenario, though this one is more interesting, I think, and the story goes along at a better pace than the original (plus you don't have to look at the animation). This Doctor is a bit like Three and Six and a bit like Withnail, and everything he says is a joy. Most importantly in 'Verteidigungskrieg', there's always the read-on feeling that something very important is about to happen any minute now...

Excerpt )
[identity profile] cosmic-celery.livejournal.com
Well, this is my last rec! I've had fun this week, and I hope you've all enjoyed these stories as much as I have.

Story: No Place for you Here
Author: RTF ([livejournal.com profile] rob_t_firefly)
Author's summary: What becomes of a Doctor who can't be a Doctor?
Characters/Pairings: Doctor (Cushing), Doctor (Webcast 9th)
Warnings: None
Word Count: 1591

Recced because: The Doctor Who universe is a gigantic, divergent monster of a thing. Being around for so long, canon and the questionably canon are bound to contradict and overlap in all sorts of odd ways, with loose ends sticking out all over. Two of those loose ends (the ninth Doctor seen in the Scream of the Shalka webcast, and the "Doctor Who" movies starring Peter Cushing) are tied together neatly in this story that feels exceptionally clever and completely sincere. I'm especially fond of RTF's portrayal of the Shalka!Doctor, who we really don't hear enough from in fan fiction.
ext_15290: (romana and methos)
[identity profile] jinxed-wood.livejournal.com
Story: Making Time (Lords)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] calapine (Carmen Sandiego on Teaspoon)
Wordcount: 1477
Rating: Teen (For Language)
Author's Summary: The pocket watch has to die. (A Withnail & I crossover)
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (8th), The Doctor (webcast 9th)

Recced because: I've always thought there was something...suspect... about Marwood and Withnail. This amusing little crossover explains it all. Pass me the port.
[identity profile] fantasyjax.livejournal.com
Story: An Irksome Word and Task
Author: Cryptile
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 9529
Author's Summary: The stars are going out all over Creation, and he's at a Christmas party. In Lannet.
Characters/Pairings: Shalka!Nine, Alyson Cheney
Warnings: Swearing. Also creep.

Recced because: Very much a fic for the advanced class: it's freaky, it's scary, it's rambling and difficult to keep up with and it is overwhelming when the pieces finally click together and you really, truly realize what's going on. It's also, surprisingly, a very funny story, capturing Shalka!Nine's particular flavor of bitter, broken hilarity to perfection, and does not forget to carry Alyson from rather generic companion model to extremely much a person in her own right. If you're only ever going to read one Shalka fic, make it this one.
[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 )


Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

May 2017