[identity profile] curuchamion.livejournal.com
Story: The Shining Furrow
Author: Primsong
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 34,520
Author's Summary: "An out-of-season meteorite in Trelissick, Cornwall, a missing man and missing ferns; Three and Jo have a puzzling, dangerous riddle to solve."
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Jo Grant, Sergeant Benton, The Doctor (3rd)
Warnings: None, unless you count deliberate misappropriation of Tennyson. ;-)

Recced because: It's a "missing-episode"-type UNIT adventure story - with overly complex codenames, Sgt. Benton's coffee and sandwiches, Jo and the Brig being awesome, Three macgyvering widgets out of spare parts, and (as usual, in Primsong's stories) an amazingly clever and original "guest alien of the week" idea.

Also, it's long. I like long. *resists the urge to say "long stories are cool"* ;-) Something to read over the weekend. And it's based on a sonnet by Tennyson; I have no idea how Prim did what she did, but the story fits the poem perfectly. It's fantastic.

(Frankly, I like the poem better now than I did before I read the story. Prim is that mind-bogglingly good. Go on, read it. *smile*)
[identity profile] curuchamion.livejournal.com
Story: Laugh
Author: Kesomon
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 637
Author's Summary: "As the 10th Doctor reaches his 10th regeneration, the TARDIS reflects."
Characters/Pairings: Doctor/TARDIS; Doctors One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten
Warnings: None

Recced because: Oh, gosh, how much do I love this story. It's just a little musing-fic - no dialogue, no action - but it's the TARDIS thinking about her Doctors: about the ways they smile and laugh, and about what makes each one of them unique. And while I can only speak to half the descriptions (I really need to watch more Who), Kesomon nails every Doctor I've seen. This little piece is, if I may be allowed the term, perfect. :-)

(Written pre-"The End of Time", so how Ten dies isn't quite accurate, but... *shrugs* That doesn't ruin the loveliness of this story in the least.)
[identity profile] curuchamion.livejournal.com
Story: Fractal
Author: stunt_muppet
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1825
Author's Summary: "Infinity unfolds from even a line. The Doctor's sleeping mind has much to sort through."
Characters/Pairings: Three/Jo, Three/Delgado!Master
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is an amazing piece of mathematical lyrical... awesome. Stunt_Muppet is fantastic at weaving images we've never seen and couldn't perceive if we had, out of the words s/he has to hand. In this instance, it's another Third Doctor post-exile story: a dream world where the Doctor is torn between Jo and the Master, between his earthbound past and the limitless future. Go, read, wonder. :-)
[identity profile] curuchamion.livejournal.com
Story: While They're Away
Author: cScott or [livejournal.com profile] cscottd
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 115
Author's Summary: Drabble challenge #73. Prompt was: "Silence"
Characters/Pairings: The TARDIS
Warnings: None

Recced because: I had to have a TARDIS-centric piece in here, and this one is lovely. It was written during Nine's run as the Doctor, but it really fits any era of Who and any team.

...oh, pfft. How am I supposed to explain a drabble? o_O It's here, it's beautiful, it's eternal, read it. It sums up the TARDIS. *waves hands incoherently*
[identity profile] curuchamion.livejournal.com
Story: Knights Errant
Author: JJPOR
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 6325
Author's Summary: "So, what did happen to Brigadier Winifred Bambera and her other half Ancelyn? What happened to Bessie, for that matter? And how did UNIT become NuNIT? It's all connected, of course..."
Characters/Pairings: Ancelyn/Bambera, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Harriet Jones, Other Characters, Torchwood, UNIT, Bessie [she is too a character ;-)]
Warnings: Swearing

Recced because: Well... it's The One Where Bambera And Ancelyn Run Away In Bessie To Fight Dragons. *nods* That really ought to be a good recommendation by itself.

Let me elaborate. Brigadier Winifred Bambera - a tough, snarky black lady with incredibly butch hair - was the head of UNIT in the late 1980s, after Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart retired. In the Seventh Doctor story "Battlefield", she worked with Seven, Ace, and the Brig (ther Brig I should say *g*) to repel an invasion by Morgan leFay from an Arthurian alternate dimension. Also involved was an adorably dorky guy named Ancelyn, from the same alternate dimension, fighting on the Doctor's side; Ancelyn and "Brigadette" Bambera started up a wonderful scrappy romance.

This story is set ten years later, when Proper!UNIT is being broken up to make way for New!UNIT. It has... well. I think I'm actually going to do a snippet.

This is a snippet )

Also it has Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. And Bessie, Three's little yellow car (which last appeared in "Battlefield"). And Excalibur. And... well, c'mon, it's hilarious. And it's by [livejournal.com profile] jjpor. Why would you NOT read it? ;-)
[identity profile] curuchamion.livejournal.com
Hi people! I'm Curuchamion, and I'll be your reccer for this week.


Story: Liberation (The Clock Stops Remix)
Author: agapi42 or [livejournal.com profile] agapi42
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 380
Author's Summary: "The Doctor's exile is rescinded."
Characters/Pairings: Third Doctor, Jo Grant
Warnings: none.

Recced because: This story was written for me. That gives me, more than anyone else in the world, the right to say that it's perfect. It does exactly what I could never do with this concept - says what I always wanted to say in the sequel I couldn't write.

The original double-drabble, "Liberation", was about the end of the Third Doctor's exile: about how he still felt caged and broken, wondering if he was truly free. This story is also about the end of the Third Doctor's exile... but Agapi takes all the motifs and details of the original, changes the themes, and reworks everything into a breathtaking, glorious, heart-stoppingly beautiful piece of joy.

And the climax? The defining moment, the only possible snippet for this story?

There is no way I'm spoiling y'all for that. Read the fic. And when you've caught your breath again (and hugged your Doctor, and maybe rewatched that scene in "The Three Doctors" for good measure), be sure to leave Agapi a review, even though you'll be completely speechless. ;-)
[identity profile] curuchamion.livejournal.com
Okay, last rec of the week! I've really enjoyed reccing for all of you - I hope you've enjoyed it too!

Story: Servitude
Author: dragonessa24 or [livejournal.com profile] dragonessa24 on LJ
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 686
Author's Summary: “The TARDIS and her relationship with Time.”
Characters/Pairings: The TARDIS
Warnings: None.

Recced because: To finish off the week, I've got a TARDIS-centric story by another brand-new author on the Teaspoon. I ran across "Servitude" while randomly poking round LJ, and promptly asked Dragonessa24 "Do you have a Teaspoon account? Because I've got to rec this."

As we all know, the TARDIS is a living being, and the Doctor is not her master - he's her friend and partner in adventure. Her master, or rather mistress, is Time. Dragonessa24 shows us beautifully the nature of both relationships, and finishes by breaking our hearts. This is quite possibly one of the best TARDIS fics in existence.
[identity profile] curuchamion.livejournal.com
Story: Too Long in a Cage
Author: Primsong or [livejournal.com profile] primsong on LJ
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1336
Author's Summary: "Did they really think they could hold him? Four vignettes."
Characters/Pairings: First Doctor, Second Doctor, Third Doctor, Fourth Doctor
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Primsong is one of the best Classic Who writers in the fandom. Most of her stories have already been recced on this comm, but the ones that haven't took me all day trying to decide which one to rec!

I finally settled on "Too Long in a Cage", her exploration of the Doctor's personality over his first four lives. Four short vignettes follow him from leaving Gallifrey, through "The War Games" and through his exile, to "Robot" and his new discovery of freedom.

"Too Long in a Cage" is another of those stories every fan should read - from those who saw Troughton's lost stories on first run, to the youngest Tennant fangirls, and everyone in between - anyone who loves the Doctor will enjoy Primsong's loving portrayal of his early years in this fic.

(And if you're not yet familiar with Classic Who, there's no better introduction than Primsong! I know whereof I speak; I was quite prepared to dislike the Third Doctor till I got hold of her writing. And just look at me now! *huggles plushie!Three*)
[identity profile] curuchamion.livejournal.com
A very Merry Christmas to everyone here that celebrates it! (And even if you don't, or if you're just browsing and it's the middle of July or something - have a happy day anyway! We could all use one, right?)

Story: Com Estrelas
Author: Rutsky or [livejournal.com profile] kaffyr on LJ
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1572
Author's Summary: “When there's no running and hiding, there's time for wonder.”
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, Jack Harkness, Rose Tyler
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Rutsky is the first author I've recced this week who's been recced here before - but I just couldn't leave this story out.

"Com Estrelas" is one of those lovely little pieces in which, you could say, nothing very much happens. It's one of the spaces between the adventures, when the Doctor and his companions don't have to run... when they can share the beauty and peace of stargazing on an alien planet.

Rutsky isn't so much a fic writer as a poet, and I mean that in the best possible sense. Every word in this story is perfectly chosen to make us feel as Nine, Jack and Rose do here. Peace in the universe, goodwill towards all, and stars; what better fic to rec on Christmas Day?

Hugs to you all! ♥
[identity profile] curuchamion.livejournal.com
Story: Five Times: 'Rose'
Author: Pelman
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1560
Author's Summary: "When the people you are attached to fall, they take you with them. The Doctor's thoughts during the episode 'Rose.'"
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Pelman's a brand-new author on the Teaspoon, but very, very good; I actually dragged him over here from FFnet so I could rec one of his stories! ;-)

"Five Times: Rose" is a Nine post-regeneration fic, a genre that seems to bring out the best in New Who writers. The premise is simple - five times Nine saw Rose during the episode "Rose", what he thought and why he did what he did each time. The premise isn't what makes the story.

Pelman takes us on Nine's mental journey through that episode, from "I'm the Doctor, by the way" to "Did I mention it also travels in time?" He shows us the real process of regeneration - not the physical change from McGann to Eccleston, but the emotional regrowth, starting with the empty shell of the Destroyer of Worlds and concluding in the manic joy of the healer who has been healed. And he does it all without artsy syntax or stream-of-consciousness narration.

I love Nine; I'm not so fond of Rose. But whatever your preferences in that matter - even if you have somehow managed to entirely avoid New Who - "Five Times: Rose" is a beautifully-crafted story of the Doctor, and well worth your time to read.
[identity profile] curuchamion.livejournal.com
Story: Don't Tell Mum
Author: Darqstar
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 7371
Author's Summary: “The Doctor is sent on a very important mission; babysitting. Yes, that's right, babysitting.”
Characters/Pairings: Fourth Doctor, K-9, other characters
Warnings: None.

Recced because: There is not enough Whofic in that odd little subgenre, "fandom characters playing with kids fic". In fact, this is the only piece I've found, but it's really worth reading.

Both the main characters are spot-on. Four, as the "childish" Doctor, was the obvious choice for this story, and he romps through it with his usual slightly bewildered buoyancy. And the little girl he has to babysit should seem very familiar to anyone who's ever dealt with four-year-olds!

There really needs to be more Whofic in this genre, but "Don't Tell Mum, the Babysitter's an Alien" is a wonderful start to the collection!
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Story: Darkness on the Edge of Town
Author: cScott or [livejournal.com profile] cscottd on LJ
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1787
Author's Summary: “Ficathon entry (pitch-hitting). Assignment: Angst, Bruce Springsteen, Rose/Doctor UST.”
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler
Warnings: None.

Recced because: cScott hasn't been recced here before, but I can't think why; he's got quite a collection of drabbles and shortfics on the Teaspoon, all wonderful. In this particular story, Nine and Rose are alerted (by an anachronistic radio signal) to an area of random time distortions in 16th-century Spain.

What makes "Darkness on the Edge of Town" special is what happens after the Doctor discovers an injured TARDIS causing the time distortions. Nine's angst about the Time War was always very close to the surface, but gentler than Ten's anger, I think, and this story portrays that well.

Also, I have a particular love for fics that acknowledge the TARDIS as sentient, especially when the Doctor interacts with her that way. And even though this isn't his TARDIS, Nine's actions toward the one in this story are beautiful... and so, so sad.
[identity profile] curuchamion.livejournal.com
Hi! I'm [livejournal.com profile] curuchamion , your reccer for this week. (Both of which points should be fairly obvious... *g*)

Anyway. I've got a fair jumble of fics for y'all this holiday week - Classic and New Who, and combinations thereof; no Torchwood, SJA, books or audios, though - so I thought I'd start off with something a bit unusual.

Doctor Who?
Arthur Dent
All Ages
Word Count: 1070
Author's Summary:
“The Fate of the Doctor and Rose after 'Journey's End'.”
Other!Ten, Rose Tyler, other characters
Rose dies, eventually.

Recced because: Yes, it's a Handy/Rose post-JE fic. That's not, exactly, why I'm reccing it.

This is one of the most awesome, most hilariously convincing pieces of timey-wimey continuity repair ever written. It's good even if you're not familiar with the continuity being repaired - it gives Rose and "Handy" a lovely, convincing life together (with a son named Michael Alistair, yet) - but it's the twist at the end that knocks this fic into the realm of classics.

(Ouch. I just made a really bad pun. You'll see.)

Anyway. This is one of those rare fics that I think everybody in the fandom, whatever their interests, should probably read at least once. If you find yourself a bit puzzled at the end, the necessary information to un-puzzle you can be found here on Wikipedia - but read the story first. Seriously.


Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

May 2017