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Story: Out of Sequence
Author: Rhaella
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3182
Author's Summary: Rose isn’t ready to settle down just yet. Romana fails in her first attempt to return to N-Space. Mostly. Post Journey's End, but only for one of them.
Characters/Pairings: Romana II, Rose Tyler
Warnings: None

Recced because:

There is a whole genre of Who fics devoted to the question of "What happened to Rose?" and another whole cascade asking, "And what about Romana?" This fic lives where the Ven Diagram of those two questions intersect. It plays with themes of time and fate. It isn't really about Rose as The Bad Wolf, but does a lot with that theme and uses it in ways that I haven't seen elsewhere. It uses emotions the way an artist uses colour. There are moments of aching loneliness, nostaligia, joy, hope, and punch-to-the-gut sorrow. It's very difficult to describe without giving too much away. But it's a short read, and one I'm recommending to anyone who enjoys Rose, Romana, or Timey-Wimey fic in general.


Sample:

Under Here )
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Story: Full Moon, Full Moon
Author: TheBigCat
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 4824
Author's Summary: In which the Doctor is an ex-chemistry teacher (recently fired), Ace might possibly be a werewolf, and they both sort out things with absolutely no explosives- which is a shock to both of them. (Survival AU)
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Seventh Doctor
Warnings: N/A

Recced because:
It was a challenge deciding which of TheBigCat's many excellent fics to rec this week. She writes across eras and in a variety of styles and tones. Finally, I decided on Full Moon, Full Moon because:

1) it features Ace and Seven, one of my all-time favourite Doctor-Companion combos

and

2) it's wonderful and unique take on them unlike anything I've read elsewhere.

This is an AU, but how much of an AU is left up to the reader's imagination (is it a timeline which took a different path, or is it a completely different reality?). Ace is a werewolf (or, more accurately, a were-cheetah), and the Doctor is… a mystery wrapped in a puzzle tied with an enigma. He's a recently fired chemistry teacher. He may also be a Time Lord – or possibly a wizard. Who knows? This fic is full of questions without answers, but that's because the plot is less important than the magnificent, mentor-student friendship between Ace and her Professor, which is the same in any universe.

There is great dialogue, lovely descriptive prose (a lot of it about tea, and I had to make a cuppa while re-reading for this rec, because it kept making me thirsty), and loads of references to other companions/villains/past episodes for those who like spotting continuity nods. And, of course, there are lots of questions marks (not just on the Doctor's jumper) to keep you wondering what might happen next long after the fic is finished and the browser window closed.

Sample:

Under Here )
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Greetings all! I'm Clocketpatch, and after a bit of a tardy start I'm all set to be your resident reccer for the next couple of weeks. I've got a nice mixed bag of eras and styles so hopefully there will be something for everyone. If you see something you enjoy, please leave a comment on the fic itself to let the author know!

Story: The Interview
Author: Llywela
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2187
Author's Summary: Sarah asks Harry for a favour; a meandering bit of fluff with a sting in its tail.
Characters/Pairings: Harry Sullivan, Luke Smith, Rani Chandra, Sarah-Jane Smith
Warnings: None

Recced because:

Harry Sullivan was mentioned (briefly) in this week's episode of Doctor Who, and it's not the first time he's been reference either. For a companion who spent surprisingly little time actually onboard the TARDIS (just a season and a bit... and most of that time the TARDIS was MIA) he has a surprising fandom sticking power. He's old-fashioned, a bit bumbling, and utterly endearing. He is also quite a difficult character to nail down in fic without turning him into a caricature. This fic manages it with gusto.

Even though it is mostly dialogue (a stream of silly interview questions) it perfectly captures both Harry Sullivan and Sarah-Jane Smith and their strong, slightly-teasing friendship. I laughed out loud several times while reading, and came away feeling like I now know infinitely more about these characters and their lives than I did going in. There is some sorrow as well, but the fic doesn't dwell on it. This is a story about friendship and how it endures and enriches us.

And it is beautiful.


A small taste )
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Story: Level Complete
Author: thebigcat
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1313
Characters/Pairings:  Ten, Eleven, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, River Song
Author's Summary: AMY POND used SLAP. ELEVENTH DOCTOR has been INJURED FATALLY.


Recced Because:

LOADING…
LOADING…

I am a sucker for hilarious crack, and this is hilarious crack of the first order. Gain new companions while avoiding the nefarious inference of the WILD CRACK. This fic is Eleven's first two series re-imagined as a snarky text adventure game. And did I mention it's really funny?


A taste )
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Story: No Longer a Sidekick
Author: Annariel
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 5930
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Clyde Langer, Fitz Kreiner, Rani Chandra, Samantha Jones, Sarah-Jane Smith
Author's Summary: How did Fitz Kreiner rebuild his life after he left the Doctor? Particularly when aliens will keep interrupting his plans.


Recced Because:

Fitz Kreiner is messed up beyond all belief, and he can't take two steps without wandering into trouble or making a horrible mistake, but for all his flaws, he's also very likeable and much more competent than he gives himself credit for.

Some unspecified time after the EDAs finish, Fitz leaves the Doctor and aimlessly drifts his way onto Sarah-Jane's couch, claiming that he's given up saving the universe and being a sidekick. With a little help from Sarah-Jane, the Bannerman Road gang, a gang of angry Ogron's, and a woman with a time travelling motorbike, he realizes that only half that claim is true.

This fic seamlessly blends canons and timelines from different corners of the Whoniverse. The dialogue is sometimes painful and sometimes hilarious, but always spot on. The details of time and place are richly imagined. The characters live and breathe. And Fitz is perfectly imperfect and compelling as he bumbles his way (with many friendly but forceful nudges) towards accepting his past and making a new beginning.


A Taste )
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Story: So Our Story Goes
Author: MissNessarose
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1918
Characters/Pairings: Mel/Ace
Author's Summary: They meet ten years later, and perhaps by chance—but Ace knows that she won't let this chance simply pass her by. And so she doesn't.


Recced Because:

It's chicken soup for the soul.

In canon, Mel goes off with Glitz and who knows what happens to Ace. This fic picks up ten years later. It doesn't try to explain what happened in the interval, only that Mel is back on Earth now and Ace is running a charity. They meet by chance. Then they keep meeting on purpose.

This is a beautiful bit-by-bit romance, which grows organically with Mel and Ace slowly coming to the conclusion that all of their friends, and neighbours, and co-workers reached almost from the beginning. It's Ace appreciating Mel for her voice and crazy hair, not in spite of them. It's Mel solving problems. It's Ace making explosions. It's afternoons at the movies and walks in the park. It's the small moments which don't seem significant on their own, but, cumulatively, have more power than all the Nitro-9 in the universe. It's two people falling in love and it's beautiful.


A Taste )

Rec: Vanity

Dec. 3rd, 2014 08:41 pm
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Story: Vanity
Author: Wishingstar
Rating: All Ages
Word Count:  414
Characters/Pairings: Twelve, Saibra, Jack Harkness
Author's Summary: "Could you trust someone who looked back at you out of your own eyes?" Well, that depends on who you are.


Recced Because:

Series 8 had a lot of great guest characters – Journey Blue, Robin Hood, Psi, Saibra, Captain Lundvik, Rigsy…

There doesn't seem to be a huge amount of fic up for any of these characters yet, perhaps because of how little time has passed since the airing of Death in Heaven. So, imagine how delighted I was to uncover this gem about Saibra.

There are no heists in this fic, but the emotional impact of Saibra and the Doctor's brief reunion has stayed with me. Saibra learns to accept herself and find joy. The Doctor misunderstands her motives and runs away from the possibility of happiness. It's such a clear, painful, and oddly funny summation of Twelve's character, and it may be my favourite fic yet published for this era.

A Taste )
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Story: Another Fine Mess
Author: Lyaka
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 6310
Characters/Pairings: Three, Nine, Twelve, Missy, The Master (Delgado), The Brigadier, Twelve/Missy, Three/The Master (Delgado)
Author's Summary: Twelve gets careless in the lab and accidentally whips up a space/time paradox. The Brigadier is not amused. (Shameless multi-era sass fest.)
Warnings: None

Recced Because:

It's funny. It's really, really, really funny. Lyaka has written a comedy of witty sass, dark humour, forbidden love, and enough snark to cause a temporal paradox. Watching Doctors from different eras bicker at each other is something I always enjoy, and this fic delivers on that premise in spades. I dare you to get through it without giggling.

A taste under the cut )
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Story: Three To Tango
Author: Biichan
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 1436
Author's Summary: The true story of what happened on the way back to Paris. (Probably.)
Character/Pairings: Fourth Doctor, Romana, Duggan
Warnings: Explicit Sex, Swearing

Recced Because:

Duggan!

Okay, there are other reasons. For example, this fic is also hilarious, hot, and very well written. Biichan has nailed Four and Romana's condescending City of Death patter. Poor Duggan is obviously in way over his head, but he's not adverse to confusing circumstances. In fact, he seems rather to be enjoying them...

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A Teaser-Taste )
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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 )

Wary

Jul. 5th, 2014 02:20 am
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Story: Wary
Author: Maria Law
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3536
Author's Summary: On a cold night in November, Grace Holloway meets the one person she never thought to meet again. The Doctor is lonely and looking to make a connection. Can the two of them sort things out?
Character/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, Grace Holloway
Warnings: None
Recced Because:

Much has been written under the "Nine visits an old friend after the Time War" theme. It's one of those well-loved tropes that can fuel a thousand fics (and more) without getting old. Of those thousands of fics, however, this is the only one I know of that features Nine getting brained with a zucchini.

There's also great characterization, zesty dialogue, and lush descriptions.Wary manages to strike a balance between well-handled Time War angst and moments of laugh-out-loud funny, without feeling disjointed. The result is a great fic that takes angst and makes it bright without making it trivial. I hope it brightens your day too.


A Teaser-Taste )

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Story: Mother's Maiden Name:__________
Author: blaidddrwg
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 545
Author's Summary: The Doctor makes battle with NHS paperwork.
Character/Pairings: Tenth Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced Because:

Sometimes you need a smile and this fic is good at supplying one. Its a silly bit of paperwork that's thrust at Ten moments before the beginning of Smith & Jones, and the Doctor fills it out... creatively, though also with surprising honesty.



A teaser-taste: )
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Story: I see, I see (And It Sees Into Me)
Author: PhoenixDragon
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 4814
Author's Summary: It was unusual to have a High Inquisitor from Senior Command come for an inspection in the middle of wartime to begin with. It was even more unusual for that same HI to arrive with not one, but two advisors; those advisors carrying their own ranks and insignia from the upper echelons of Command. Commendante Rychtell didn’t know whether to be flattered or frightened, but he figured a good dose of both wouldn’t hurt.
Character/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Clara Oswald, Amy Pond, Others
Warnings: Graphic Horror

Recced Because:

Where to begin? There are several things going on in this fic which I love, but since this needs to be a concise rec and not an essay here are the main three:

1. The trippy, confusing, cold opening, which drop kicks you straight into this wonderfully complex tangle of a story. I say confusing, but it's confusing in that good, brilliant way where it's supposed to be a bit baffling until you hit about mid-way through and then, suddenly, everything snaps into place with a chilling logic that makes you want to re-read everything that's gone before.

2. Commendante Rychtell. As villains go, he's despicable in the worst ways possible. Except... he's also so completely human. I enjoyed the complex world-building standing behind this character, but even more so, I enjoyed how he was dealt with at the end and what this says about Eleven and his own demons, and the choices we all make and live with.

3. Eleven and all of his companions, past and present. They're just gorgeous together. Always.

A teaser-taste:

Under here )
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Story: Scarves Are Not Meant To Be Used For That

Author: RachelStardust

Rating: All Ages

Word Count: 532

Author's Summary: Following in the tradition of my other fics, the Scarf has the floor.

Characters/Pairings: The Scarf

Warnings: None

Recced Because:

Sometimes a good dose of crack is in order. The Doctor has had many unique and memorable fashion accessories over the decades: The Bow Tie, The Fez, The Technocolour Dream Coat… but The Scarf stands tall as not only one of the Doctor's most recognisable accoutrements but also one of his most versatile. Watching Four romping through his episodes, it's easy to forget that scarves aren't intended as rope substitutes/lassos/impromptu shields/etc.

Well, unless you're the Scarf. Then it's impossible to forget.

A taste )
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Story: The Problem of Susan

Author: Marcus Rowland

Rating: Teen

Word Count: 12441

Author's Summary: After her family is killed, Susan Pevensie starts to remember Narnia. Someone thinks that's a very bad idea.

Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness

Warnings: Mild swearing, spoilers for all of the Narnia books

Recced Because:

Marcus Rowland isn't the first fanficcer to associate blue boxes and wardrobes. This complex and wonderfully researched take on the crossover interweaves Narnia and the Whoniverse in ways that are surprising, heart-wrenching, and fantastic.

Both canons are given respect, and the final coda made me laugh out loud with surprise. The writing is detailed and descriptive, but also compulsively readable, and you can tell that the author has done a lot of research to ensure historical accuracy (right down to checking the appropriate phases of the moon).

Most interesting, to me anyway, is that this fic looks at what happened to Susan after Narnia, and explores not only why she forgot, but also what became of her after the Last Battle.


A taste )
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Story: Heights

Author: Calapine

Rating: All Ages

Word Count: 905

Author's Summary: The Doctor, Jamie, and just the one parachute

Characters/Pairings: Jamie McCrimmon, Two

Warnings: None

Recced Because:

The Doctor and Jamie are on a plane. We don't know why they're on the plane or what will happen to them after they get back on solid ground, but that doesn't matter. The plane is crashing. Two and Jamie have a moment of adorable bickering which ends with inevitable clinging. It's just one scene out of an unknown, larger adventure, but with all of the missing episodes that seems distinctly Two-ish in itself.
A taste )
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Story: Ordinary Human Days

Author: nonelvis

Rating: Teen

Word Count: 4048

Author's Summary: This time with Amy and Rory was going to be different.

Characters/Pairings: Eleven/Amy/Rory, Eleven/River

Warnings: Recreational drug use

Recced Because:

I am actually astounded that no one has beat me to reccing this, because it is hilarious (it really should have a tea-near-keyboard warning on it), sexy, clever, and one of the overall best Eleven/Amy/Rory fics I've ever read. It continues such diverse marvels as: Eleven attempting to cook breakfast, Eleven being angry at primitive kitchen appliances, jokes about the UNIT dating controversy, futuristic petunias, Sharkrace 3000, and a scene inspired by this post from texts from the TARDIS.

There's so much going on that when I went to fill out the reccing form I was a bit stunned to realize it's only a little over 4000 words. And, however whacky it all gets, the character voices read true throughout. It's about the Ponds being a strange, dysfunctional, happy, ridiculous family who continue to be all of those descriptors whether they are rocketing across the cosmos on the back of a magical space whale, or sitting around the kitchen eating cereal.


A taste )
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Story: it's a bit dodgy this process

Author: lyricalprose

Rating: All Ages

Word Count: 1873

Author's Summary: (Twelve/Rose). Rose, jumping with the Dimension Cannon, happens upon Eleven as he regenerates.

Characters/Pairings: Twelve/Rose, Eleven, Clara

Warnings: None

Recced Because:

When you write into the future you do so with the knowledge that your interpretations stand a good chance of being Jossed. The regeneration depicted in this fic is not the regeneration we saw at Christmas time, but that's okay. With all of the Dimensions Rose jumped between I like to think that this happened somewhere. It's not a pairing I usually ship, but even as a non-shipper I found this story compelling and excellent. It is Rose's story, more than it is the Doctor's or Clara's, but the characterization of all three is very good and the glimpse of Twelve (Thirteen? One-B? Whatever fandom decides on for Capaldi…) is marvellous.

If you're willing to take a chance on a story that is a bit AU and contains a Doctor that we haven't seen much of yet then you couldn't take that chance with a better story than this.


a taste )
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Hello, I'm Clocketpatch and I'll be your reccer for the next two weeks.


Story: Breaking the Silence

Author: Grym

Rating: All Ages

Word Count: 2078

Author's Summary: The Doctor struggles with memory, loss, and a forceful companion as he and Donna leave the planet of the Ood. (S4 spoilers through PotO.)

Characters/Pairings: Donna Noble, Tenth Doctor

Warnings: None

Recced because:

Ten and Donna are one of my all-time favourite TARDIS teams. They worked as bright and shiny complements to each other. Ten gave Donna the inspiration to stretch her wings, and Donna was always there to pick up the Doctor when his wings failed him. In this episode-tag to Planet of the Ood, Ten is pretending to be fine, as he does, and Donna uses her practical, no-nonsense Chiswick approach to sort him out.

This fic is warm and sad at the same time; emotional H/C at its best. It's got great dialogue, beautifully poetic descriptions, and a wonderful portrayal of "Donna Noble of Chiswick, social justice activist from the galaxy next door". I love it a lot, and I hope you do too.

Excerpt )
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Story: memento mori
Author: cosmickitten
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 77
Author's Summary: The ancient god, and his reminders of death.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor
Warnings: N/A

Recced because:

It is difficult to write effective poetry, and I think that difficulty is probably magnified when you're writing fic and poetry together. This short bit of verse is not only effective, it is also incredibly affecting. The Doctor needs his companions. They are special to him. They are, after a thousand years, the only mystery worth solving.


Sample )
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Story: A Terrible Case of Love
Author: Leiascully
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1354
Author's Summary: Strax is concerned for the Doctor and the lady with the giant head
Characters/Pairings: River Song, Strax, Eleven, Jenny, Madame Vastra
Warnings: N/A

Recced because:

Strax's Sontaran up-bringing has left him confused about many things. He thinks that River's hair is a part of her head and he doesn't understand why his allies keep pressing their faces together, but he does understand strength when he sees it – even if he doesn't completely understand its source. His misinterpretations are as hilarious as they are tragic, but his observations are still very keen and provide an intriguing insight on the Doctor's relationship with River.




Sample: )
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Story: Unquiet Night
Author: johne
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1314
Author's Summary: There are times Susan just won't stop screaming
Characters/Pairings: Susan Foreman, One
Warnings: N/A

Recced because:

This fic is set in the murky era of Susan and the Doctor's early adventures. They aren't called Susan and the Doctor yet; they are a mysterious pair, a strange old man and an unnamed child showing up unexpectedly in the night. And, as the outsider POV makes clear, they are aliens and unfamiliar with the world their exile has brought them too. The child who will be Susan is very young here, but her need for food and warmth is already forcing the man who will one day be the Doctor to depend on humans – and also, to defend them.

Sample: )

 
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Story: Forgiveness and Cat Pins
Author: Astellya
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1971
Author's Summary: The Tenth Doctor visits Peri to ask an important question and to seek forgiveness.
Characters/Pairings: Peri Brown, Ten
Warnings: N/A

Recced because:

Great writing, emotional dialogue, and a startling twist.

Peri is the Schrodinger's Cat of Doctor Who. Here, Ten pays her a visit to ask for forgiveness with words and actions. Meeting the Doctor has effected Peri's life in good ways and bad. She's rather philosophic about it: happy about what she's gained, and pragmatic about what she's lost. This fic shows how much the Doctor cares about his companions, even though he is a coward sometimes; especially when it comes to loss. Most of all, it shows how much the Doctor needs the people he travels with and what he might turn into without their influence. I recommend reading this twice, because some of Peri's early observations become much more significant following the final paragraph.


Sample )
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Story: Still the Same
Author: audreyii_fic
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1578
Author's Summary: S7, pre-TATM. Rory is done traveling; Amy is not. (Follows themes of The Power of Three.)
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Rory Williams, Eleven
Warnings: N/A

Recced because:

In the Power of Three the Doctor's companions came to a realization: it is next to impossible to lead two lives. But, the hardest choices are always between two good things, and, at the end of the episode, they decided to continue trying… Alas, then the Angels happened and they lost both options. And perhaps that was a kindness.

This tragic fic postulates what might've happened if they'd made a different decision; if both of them had made a different decision; if Amy had decided to keep travelling while keeping it a secret from her husband. Amy knows it's wrong. The Doctor knows it's wrong. And Rory… he probably knows. This fic is utterly heart-wrenching because, as I read it, I can't decide which course Amy should choose either, I only know, as she does, that not choosing will eventually end in tears.


Sample )
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Story: Thermodynamic Stability
Author: Lady_Mercury
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 526
Author's Summary: The stray is in one of the laboratories, mixing things that oughtn’t to be mixed.
Characters/Pairings: Ace, Seven, TARDIS
Warnings: None


Recced because:

I'm a sucker for Ace and Seven. A lot of fics look at the darker aspects of their relationship/mentor-ship/friendship/whatever it was, and that's fine. I enjoy all of the angles. This fic looks at the lighter side and throws the TARDIS in for good measure. The parallels between the TARDIS's protection of her thief and his strays, and the protection the Doctor shows his companions is a beautiful thing. There is also a very funny and very intentional typo. The TARDIS doesn't get the joke, but I'm sure you will.

Sample )
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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: )

Ghost Girl

Oct. 8th, 2013 02:17 am
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Hi everyone, I'm Clocketpatch and I'll be your designated reccer for the next two weeks. I've tried to keep a companion theme, with a compilation of recs celebrating and exploring the strange, often tumultuous relationship the Doctor has with his companions, and how, while he enriches their lives, at the end of the day its him who needs them the most...

First up is one of the many beautiful fics to come out of the recent Eleventy_fest ficathon:

Story: Ghost Girl
Author: NancyBrown
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 455
Author's Summary: She isn't a ghost. This isn't a ghost story.
Characters/Pairings: Clara, Eleven
Warnings: Character death

Recced because:

Clara is straining to jump out of this fic and be noticed. I could practically hear her shouting out in the last line. Using the ghost quotes from Hide ("We're all ghosts to you" and "This isn't a ghost story; it's a love story") as a framing motif, this fic explores Clara's complex and often uneasy relationship with the Doctor, gives her some adorable back story, and illuminates a few of her more interesting echo lives. There are also some nice references for Classic Who fans. All of this is done in a little under 500 words, and all of those words are well placed and chosen with an artist's care.

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Story: A Simple Explanation
Author: Okami
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 745
Author's Summary: How is cricket played anyways? The Doctor tries to clarify. Wherein is contained the world's longest sentence.
Characters/Pairings: Five, Peri
Warnings: Five explains cricket.

Recced because:

After four years this fic still makes me giggle. It’s also the first thing I think of whenever anyone, for whatever reason, mentions cricket. Oh! And it has some hidden Hitch Hiker’s references for extra bonus points.

Excerpt:

“That’s not a very fair thing to say! Besides, baseball is everywhere in America, and how different could cricket be? You hit a ball with something wooden and run in a circle. Right?”

“So why bother asking about it?”

“Well, I’m curious.”

“Alright. But....you won’t get it.” he sighed resignedly.
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Story: Among the Jarveys of the Metropolis
Author: Johne
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2540
Author's Summary: When you absolutely, positively, need to be there on time.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Rory Williams, Romana (author created)
Warnings: None

Recced because:


"Do you want the monologue?" the driver asked. "Only that's extra." )
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Story: Quod Erat Demonstrandum
Author: leamichelle
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1455
Author's Summary: He's the Doctor. He saves worlds, galaxies, universes. Most of the time.
Characters/Pairings: Eight, Lucie Miller
Warnings: None

Recced because:

This might not be an epic with words upon words, but it certainly has the soul of an epic. It builds a world and a series of events which are interesting, funny, horrific, and believable. Lucie is narrating and her voice comes through strong and clear. Eight’s voice is also very strong.

My favourite part of this fic, however, is how it shines a light at the Doctor’s darker side, but pulls back before you’re completely sure what you’ve just seen. Like Lucie, you’re left wondering what happened. Her last few lines linger long after the fic is done.
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Story: We’ve Seen It At The Movies
Author: vvj5
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1044
Author's Summary: Rani and Clyde are not on a date; it's an investigation. It just happens to involve the local cinema on a Saturday afternoon, that's all...
Characters/Pairings: Clyde Langer, Rani Chander
Warnings: None

Recced because:

Is it bad etiquette to rec something that was written for my fandom stocking? I sure hope not, because I love this fic so very much. Part of that might be my enduring love of the awesomeness that is Clyde and the win which is Rani. This fic finds the daring teenage duo going undercover to investigate an alien invasion at the local movie theatre. Thrills! Danger! Deception! Adorable awkwardness!

So sit back, grab a bag of evil popcorn, and enjoy the show.
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Hello, I'm Clocketpatch and I'll be your reccer for the week. I'll be providing you with a mix of Classic, New, and the Sarah-Jane Adventures.


Story: Ad Astra Per Anatis
Author: Roach_Patrol
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 948
Author's Summary: The Doctor is kneeling in the mud by the edge of the duck pond, his sleeves rolled up, his hair sticking up every which way, and he looks like nothing so much as a little boy with a train set on Christmas morning.
Characters/Pairings: Seven, Ace
Warnings: None

Recced because:
There are ducks on the TARDIS. They give a very good impression of being real. I’ve loved this captured moment of TARDIS life for a while now. It is the perfect blend of magic and mundane. Seven ponders possibilities, Ace is bored, and far more is said than is spoken. All in all this is perfect Seven and Ace. Also, the title is both funny and profound. It makes me giggle at least.
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Story:
A Polymorphic Counterfeit
Author: Marla F Fair
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 59842
Author's Summary: Amy Pond has a hankering to snog the Marquis de Lafayette, and so the Doctor transports her back to 18th century New York during the American Revolution. Little does he know that River Song has landed there ahead of them in an attempt to prevent not only an alien bloodbath but the Doctor's death.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, River Song, Eleven, The TARDIS
Warnings: None

Recced because:

Long, plotty, well-written, well-researched, historically-based Eleven fic – I think the question is, how could I not rec this? This fic is beyond amazing and I love it to pieces.

Here's a sample:

"Let's see. Did I hear you?" he echoed, scowling. "Did I? (edited for spoilers); a plague that would cripple the colonies, thereby threatening not only the North American continent, but the southern, and all the rest of the planet as well. And if that happens - if that happens - then the Democratic spirit America's victory awakens throughout the Earth and the galaxies beyond will never occur." He stopped and rubbed his throat, indicating that it was still tender, and then flashed an ornery smile. "Conclusion: Everyone will be wearing braces and eating jammie dodgers in the future."

"Correction. It means there will be no future," she said softly.

"Why? Can't everyone just buy British and be happy?"
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Story: Grant Me Just a Little Speech
Author: Primsong
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4098
Author's Summary: The Master kidnaps Jo to use her for ransom, but gets an earful instead.
Characters/Pairings: Jo Grant, Delgado!Master, Three
Warnings: None

Recced because:

The title is a horrible, awful pun. No, okay, there’s more to it than that: watching the Master slowly being driven off the edge by Jo’s chatter is hilarious. The sheer randomness of stuff Jo manages to talk about is boggling. The Master’s attempts to keep himself sane are mesmerising. You end up feeling a bit sorry for him by the end… after all, it’s not like he ever really had a chance.
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I hadn't thought I'd be going home for the long weekend when I signed up for this week (actually, I hadn't thought this until yesterday) but things change and from noon tomorrow to Monday I'll be without Internet access. To make up, I'll be double posting recs today and tomorrow. Many appologies.


Story: A Life at the Opera
Author: johne
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3398
Author's Summary: Donna finds herself living someone else's life. The only person who might be able to help her is a strange little man with a question mark umbrella.
Characters/Pairings: Donna Noble, Seven
Warnings: None

Recced because:

This fic is deliciously strange. It’s one of those stories you can come back to and read over and over, prying up a different bit of meaning each time. What caused Donna’s identity crisis? Did the Doctor do it? What are the skeleton creatures? Seven isn’t giving any answers (well, none that aren’t cryptic in any case), but by the end it hardly matters. I’ll admit to being a bit biased since these are my two favourite characters in the Whoniverse, but Donna and Seven make a fantastic team. Also, Seven’s run at disguising himself as a psychic shaman is hilarious.
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Story: The Hungry Woman

Author: Sarah

Rating: All Ages

Word Count: 1210

Author's Summary: What became of Ambrose Northover

Characters/Pairings: Other character(s)

Warnings: None




Recced because:


I was very much reminded of Ten's damning of Harriet Jones when Eleven told Ambrose that she was the worst of humanity at the end of Cold Blood. Ambrose may have shown the worst side of humanity, under duress, but I never got the impression that she was a cruel person, or a bad person, or anything other than a frightened mother/daughter trying to keep her family safe. There's something unnerving and though-provoking about that in itself. Ambrose did a very bad thing, that fact is never shied away from, but after reading this several times I'm still not sure if her punishment was just or not.

This is the story of a ruined life. Of a single choice and its consequences. And it's real, and it's human, and it hurts. It hurts so bad because, after reading, you know this is what must've happened next. Series 5 is full of struggles for redemption: Rory, River, the Doctor – and at the end of this fic you're left with the punch in the gut realisation that not everyone achieves that goal, that some decisions never end, and that nothing is black and white.
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Hello, I'm Clocketpatch and I'll be you're reccer for the week. Please forgive the abundance of Eleven era fic – the boy in the bowtie has kind of stolen my fandom heart. Since it’s a Monday I’m making my first rec nice and short…

Story: I Am Zagreus
Author: infiniteviking
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 203
Author's Summary: The title character, in rhyme, from his own fragmented POV. Highly subjective; 200 words.
Characters/Pairings: Eight, the TARDIS
Warnings: None

Recced because:

The author gives no warnings, but I'm going to – don't read this before you go to sleep.

This reworking of the Zagreus rhyme preserves the creepy sing-song patter of the original; It probably will make very little sense to someone who hasn't listened to the relevant audios, but I think that creepiness makes it worth a read anyway. The themes of possession and darkness are easily recognisable, whether you know the characters or not, especially given the Doctor's recent tangles with his dark side in series 5. The last skilfully twisted stanza leaves a lingering chill long after you've finished.
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Story: Learning Humanity
Author: Erya
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 586
Author's Summary: The Doctor learns how to be human in ten painful steps.
Characters/Pairings: Adric, Ace McShane, Jamie McCrimmon, Jo Grant, Katarina, Nyssa, Peri Brown, Rose Tyler, Sara Kingdom, Tegan Jovanka, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (1st), The Doctor (2nd), The Doctor (3rd), The Doctor (4th), The Doctor (5th), The Doctor (6th), The Doctor (7th), The Doctor (8th), The Doctor (9th)
Warnings: Tissues may be needed

Recced because:

The Doctor’s life has never been an easy one. There have been loses and sacrifices every step of the way – and gains, at the same time. This is a concise history, economical, and pulsing with everything that makes the Doctor the Doctor across all of his incarnations, in the face of any loss or confrontation:

The faith and love he shows his companions, his sorrow when he must let them go, and the regret when cannot save them.
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Story: Secretly Loves the Sahara
Author: lunarla225
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1835
Author's Summary: The universe has a really rotten sense of things. Donna in Egypt, pre-Series 4.
Characters/Pairings: Donna Noble, Wilfred Mott, The Doctor (10th)
Warnings: none

Recced because:

It’s absolutely gorgeous.

Really, there’s not much more I can say to sum it up. I love Donna and seek out fic with her, and yet, somehow, this is the first straight-forward, non-AU, fic I’ve seen with her set in the gap between The Runaway Bride and Partners in Crime. It’s about her growing as a person. It’s about her vacation to Egypt. It’s about the utter dullness and wonder of life on Earth. It has a prose style which draws the details crystal clear and hyper-real, painting the picture, showing all of the little nitty-gritty things that make up a day, that so often get forgotten by authors. This is professional, publishable quality writing. It’s absolutely gorgeous. And it’s all told from a perspective that is unequivocally, uncompromisingly, Donna Noble, unedited, in all her glory.
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Story: Choice of Doom
Author: mystica88
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 8505
Author's Summary: This is a Choose your own adventure style story. Do not read this straight through!
Characters/Pairings: Fitz Kreiner, The Cybermen, The Doctor (8th)
Warnings: none

Recced because:

I used to love choose-your-own adventure books as a kid. I collected them near obsessively and would go through them for hours trying to find every possible ending. Despite seeming a bit simplistic, these are not easy things to write, not with all of the plotlines you need to keep straight. The chapters aren’t long, but they’re chalk full of Classic Who nostalgia and fun. I had a ball going through it trying to find all of the different out-comes and I’m sure you will too. It's interactive Eight fic! What's not to love?

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