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Story: Extraordinary
Author: thirty2flavors
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1146
Charcters/Pairings: Donna Noble, Tenth Doctor
Author's Summary: “They were scared,” was all the Doctor would say, and for once Donna found herself wishing he’d relinquish the moral high ground and admit that they were wrong, wrong, wrong, cowards and idiots and quite nearly murderers.

Recced because: Donna Noble is loud, brash, and full of righteous fury when things aren't going the way she thinks they should. Now take Donna Noble, put her in a situation directly after the events of Midnight, and then have her face the people who tried to kill the Doctor. This is one of those stories that I wanted to see in the episode and it's written so very well it could slot seamlessly into the show. I'm actually half-convinced this was a bit that just wasn't filmed, though it should've been.

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Story: The Road to Yes
Author: indiana_j
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2161
Charcters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler
Author's Summary: In the in between bits of "Rose", the Doctor finds reasons to ask a second time. And discovers that it's just not Rose who needs to say yes.

Recced because: I'm very fond of stories that take place in those in-between moments of Rose, explaining why the Doctor decided to come back and ask Rose to come with him. This is one of my favourite examples of that sort of story. Indiana_j just gets the Ninth Doctor. And I love how she explores his reactions to Rose.

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Story: What I Must Look Like to You
Author: stoplookingup
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 821
Charcters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Martha Jones
Author's Summary: Set immediately after Family of Blood. What happened after the Tardis dematerialized.

Recced because: There are dozens of post-Human Nature/Family of Blood fics. You've got your stories covering what happens to Joan after and what happens to the Doctor and Martha post-Family of Blood. This story is both like and unlike all of these stories. Because in this story, we get to see an aspect of the Doctor that some of us, Martha included, seem to forget. There's a reason why he keeps humans as companions, and why every one of his companions are brilliant. This is why Martha Jones is amongst those brilliant few. And the end of this story is one that will stay with you for a while.

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Story: Walk in the Dust
Author: hence_the_name
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 800
Charcters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor
Author's Summary: The Doctor thinks about Donna after Journey's End.

Recced because: hence_the_name is one of my favourite authors hands down. She just gets both Donna and the Doctor so very well. Journey's End is a story about endings. But it's also about the Doctor realising just how much he really has. hence_the_name takes the heartbreak of the episode and turns it on its ear, showing the Doctor grieving and learning that the best way he can remember Donna is do as she would've wanted: walked in the dust.

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This week, I'm planning on trying to rec fics by authors who have not been featured on [livejournal.com profile] calufrax before.

Story: One Perfect Day
Author: AvalonNocturne
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 6619
Charcters/Pairings: Rose Tyler, Eighth Doctor
Author's Summary: When an accident sends Rose back in time to meet the Eighth Doctor, she considers telling him about the Time War. Will she risk it?

Recced because: I love anything and everything to do with Gallifrey. I devour stories that deal with the sights and sounds of this planet because, well, we didn't get to see enough of it either on screen or really even in the novels. If you add the spice of a companion meeting a past Doctor, especially when the companion and the Doctor are Rose and Eight, well, I'm there. This story is almost a love poem written to Gallifrey and the ending is one that will stay with you for a long time.

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Story: Tender Moments that Don't Last
Author: cherryfeather
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 793
Author's summary: Missing moment from 4x05, "The Poison Sky," just after the Doctor's return via teleport. Donna just...needs a minute.
Characters/Pairings: Donna Noble, Martha Jones, The Doctor (10th)
Warnings: none

Recced because: Sometimes you come across a missing scene that makes you say 'yes, that happened'. This is one of those stories. After the Doctor comes back from his suicidal run against the Sontarans, Donna needs a moment to process everything that happens and to give him a good talking to for leaving her behind. This story also contains the only sort of romance I can ever see between the Doctor and Donna. It's got the right mix of humour and caring that make it hit just that 'right spot'.

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Story: happily (not) ever after
Author: HonorH
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 3289
Author's summary: Life's too short, and love's too precious. In the end, the being once known as Jack Harkness is given the chance to make a new beginning.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Rose Tyler, The Doctor (9th)
Warnings: none

Recced because: I'm a sucker for (almost) happy endings, especially when they involve Jack. At the end of his incredibly long life, Jack is offered a chance to re-write the past. And the result is a realistic and lovely story that has a clever way of examining the question of 'what if'.

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Story: Living History
Author: MinervaFan
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 9668
Author's summary: Sarah Jane and her gang are entrusted with a priceless legacy.
Characters/Pairings: Sarah Jane Smith
Warnings: none

Recced because: Every once in a while you come across a truly unique story, one that you've never seen before or heard before and really wish you had because it's so completely brilliant. This is one of those stories. Sarah Jane saves an alien from death and then saves him again from that much more. It raises some good questions - what is a culture but a collection of stories? And what happens if that culture, that species, is gone, everyone except for one and they, too, are dying? It's a lovely, bittersweet tale that brought tears to my eyes at the end and, despite that fact, made me smile.

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Story: Hall of Mirrors
Author: WMR
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 75,567
Author's summary: Eventually, she will have to accept that this time he really does mean it. That sometimes impossible really is impossible.
Characters/Pairings: Rose Tyler, The Doctor (9th), Jack Harkness (Nine/Rose)
Warnings: none

Recced because: I'll admit it. I have a certain fondness for alt!Nine fics. This is yet another 'verse wherein Rose encounters an alternate version of her Doctor with a very clever twist. We get to see flawed, human characters (yes, even the Doctor) in situations that, while not exactly 'realistic' in the way that you or I encounter Autons every day, you can see happening. Like all of Wendy's writing, this story is more about the characters than the plot. But this story has just about everything wrapped in an angsty hurt-comfort-y wrapper. Its got pieces of Series 1 as it could've been. No punches are pulled with this story and, combined with its gorgeous prose, it's definitely one of my favourites of Wendy's work.

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Series: Emotional Baggage
Author: sensiblecat
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 6924 words (total series)
Author's summary: A series of conversations following Donna and the Doctor through Series 4.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble
Warnings: none

Recced because: There's just something about Donna that makes the Doctor want to talk in the stories in this series. Every conversation they have reveals a little bit more about the Doctor's deeper character as well as Donna's. This the Donna we see on screen, magnified. It's an absolutely gorgeous series and if you only decide to read one series about the Doctor and Donna, I highly recommend that this be it.

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Story: Terms of Employment
Author: Aeshna
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 7098
Charcters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Harriet Jones
Author's Summary:"We'll survive. History's not done with you yet, and me... well, I always have before. Don't see why this time should be any different." Written some months before the Torchwood s1 premiere.

recced because: I do love origin stories, especially origin stories for how Jack ends up at Torchwood. Now this one is completely in AU-land thanks to Frangments, but what an AU it is. It's got a perfect Jack characterisation, perfect Harriet Jones and a lot of hard truths being examined between them both. Neither are perfect characters, but neither is the Doctor who brought them both to this point. It's a lovely examination of what could have been.

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Story: Mother Knows Best
Author: Wish Wielder
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 26,216
Author's summary: When Jackie makes a flippant comment in the presence of an alien artifact, she wakes up to find her entire world flipped around – and not in the good way. There’s only one man – well, alien – she knows who could possibly fix it, and she’s just wished him out of their lives.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Jackie Tyler, Martha Jones, Mickey Smith, Pete Tyler, Rose Tyler, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (9th)
Warnings: none

Recced because: I adore stories that delve into the intricacies of 'what if' and toying with time. This one is a true gem. It starts with the premise of Jackie wishing for one thing, one thing only: That Rose Tyler never met the Doctor. From that moment on, it hits the ground running. It's an engrossing, well-written story and it contains one of my absolute favourite characterisations of Jackie Tyler in fan fiction.

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Story: The Winter of Her Discontent
Author: LilacFree
Rating: All Ages (though I'd personally call it Teen)
Author's summary: AU after 'The Five Doctors'. The Doctor is going home to be President, and he's bringing his primitive little friends Tegan and Turlough with him. Will Gallifrey survive? Contains non-explicit adult situations.
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor, Tegan Jovanka, Turlough, Leela (Pairing: Five/Tegan)
Warnings: none

Recced because: I absolutely adore stories that explore Gallifrey. This story takes the Gallifrey you hear about in the novels and on the series and turns it on its ear, giving it a depth that makes it so incredibly real. I love all the nuances that make it so alien from any culture that we would consider normal. I also absolutely adore LilacFree's Tegan. I love how she manoeuvres through the political intrigue on Gallifrey and I love how it enhances the relationship between Five and Tegan. Gorgeous prose, clever storyline, and a story that I adore reading again and again. I highly recommend this story to anyone who loves Gallifrey and who loves Five/Tegan.
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Series: Illyria
Author: TARDIS_stowaway
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: Three years after Doomsday, Rose finds her new universe's version of the Ninth Doctor. Rose may be running for her life, but she's not the one most in need of rescue. Also, the TARDIS looks like a ticket booth. The title of the series comes from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. In the play, a tragic shipwreck leaves Viola stranded in a foreign land, much as Rose is stranded in another universe. Much mistaken identity and unspoken love ensue. Although this series contains significantly less cross-dressing than the play, I thought the tone of mixed angst and humor fit just right. "What country, friends, is this?" "This is Illyria, lady." "And what should I do in Illyria?" Run.
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, Rose
Warnings: none

Recced because: This is an original take on the "Rose is stuck in an AU and comes across an alternate version of the Doctor". I love TARDIS_stowaway's version of the Ninth Doctor who travels around in a ticket booth. He's crotchety, he's classic oncoming storm, and most of all, he remains quintessentially Nine even though he's not really the Nine we know and love. I also adore Rose in this series. This a stronger older Rose, a Rose that I wish we'd met during her run on DW. Fantastic plotting, exciting storylines, and humour all characterise this series. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves AUs and who loves the Ninth Doctor.

Rec: Sense

Jan. 31st, 2008 11:28 pm
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Story: Sense
Author: Adalia Zandra
Rating: Teen
Author's summary: One by one they left him, increasingly cut off, alone, in the silence and the dark, until only touch remained… touch, and pain.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Rose, Jack (Ten/Rose/Jack)
Warnings: none

Recced because: I'm a sucker for hurt/comfort fic. It's my guilty pleasure. Give me angst, beat up the characters, but give me the heart-warming comfort at the end. This story delivers in spades. Adalia Zandra brings a terrifying world to life where the Doctor's senses are stripped away, leaving him nothing but pain. Every aspect of this story is so vivid, so painful, and so real that it practically hurt to see how much pain the Doctor was going through. But it doesn't end there. Adalia then gave me some of the best comfort and the most realistic ways of dealing with the Doctor's losses that I've ever seen. This was a painful, touching, and most of all real story and I recommend it to anyone who loves hurt/comfort fics as much as I do.
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Story: Falls the Shadow
Author: Nemo the Everbeing
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: It was supposed to be nothing more than a seaside holiday for two old friends to relax and recharge, but something went wrong. Then a lot of things went wrong. Now, as Ace deals with the emotional fallout of a realization that could put an end their decade-long friendship, the Doctor discovers something potentially deadly about the world on which they’ve stopped. And then the darkness falls.
Characters/Pairings: Seventh Doctor, Dorothy (Ace) McShane (Seven/Ace)
Warnings: Swearing

Recced because: I never thought I'd actually like, no love, a Seventh Doctor/Ace story. The Seventh Doctor was my first Doctor, just as Ace was my first companion, and I always thought theirs was more of a mentor/mentee or father/daughter relationship. That is until I read this story. This is an older, wiser Ace and a clever, clever Doctor. Nemo the Everbeing has a great talent to bring these characters to life in such a way that I can say 'yeah, I can see that happening' when it comes to a pairing that I never thought I'd be able to read. The storyline is rich and engaging, with the underlying romance a perfect counterpoint to the angst and entertainment of time going dreadfully wrong. If you are hesitant over the idea of Seven/Ace, do give this a try. I guarantee that it will sway you, because this is a writer whose pairing of these characters I can get behind. Nemo has several fics that are just as brilliant as this one, and I highly recommend them all, but this one has a special place in my heart.
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Series: Sic Transit Tempus
Author: Jadesfire
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: Jack has to sit through the Twentieth century, waiting for the Doctor. These stories follow him from 1953-present day Torchwood, with all the usual trouble that Jack can get himself into.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Other Characters
Warnings: none

Recced because: If you only read one series of stories that covers some of those years between Jack's arrival on Earth after PotW and the start of Torchwood, read this one. Jadesfire has a brilliant ability to bring Jack and the various characters that cross his path through his long path to Series 1 of Torchwood to life. Every character is so real that you care about every single one of them, even if they aren't the 'name' that Jack Harkness is. But most especially you get to learn more about who Jack is now that he can't define himself by his life with the Doctor and it's simply marvelous to read.

Rec: Bless

Jan. 28th, 2008 08:34 pm
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Series: Bless
Author: commodoresexual
Rating: Adult
Author's summary: Every couple has a love story. Some of those are just more messed up than others.
Characters: Other Character(s), The Master (Simm) (Simm!Master/Lucy)
Warnings: none

Recced because: I absolutely adore commodoresexual's take on the Master/Lucy love story. These characters are so dark, so broken, and so terrifyingly right for each other that it's simply fantastic. There are more stories in this series than just the two that are posted on Teaspoon, and I really wish commodoresexual'd post the rest on Teaspoon for everyone to enjoy. But even in this smaller snippet, this series has definitely become part of my personal canon regarding the Master/Lucy relationship. There are some terrifying moments, dark aspects, angst (I do love me some angst), but overall, you can really see how and why the Master fell for Lucy and vice versa. It's an ode to darkness, and I do love it.
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Story: A Tale of Two Doctors
Author: sensiblecat
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: At the end of "Time Crash" the two TARDISes separated and took Five and Ten back to their respective timelines.

But something went a bit wrong. The Doctors separated. The TARDIS sort of......cloned.

Now Five has Ten's TARDIS, and he's about to find out about the Year that Never Was. But why's he in a parallel world, and who is the girl waiting on the beach?
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor, Tenth Doctor, Rose Tyler, Pete Tyler, Mickey, Donna, Jack, Martha (Pairing: Tenth Doctor/Rose)
Warnings: None

Recced because: I'm a sucker for well-written multi-Doctor stories and this one ranks right up there as one of my absolute favourites. There's a bit of timey-whimey stuff, a lot of angst, and some fantastic in-depth examinations of a number of the issues that Series 3 brought to life. This is a Doctor who's soul is bared for all to see, a Doctor who's broken, but most of all we have a Doctor who's starting to heal. There's also an older, wiser Rose whose insights into the Doctor are absolutely brilliant. This is, in my opinion, one of sensiblecat's best stories and one where she shows us just what it means to be the Doctor.

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