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Story:  Valiant Tales
Author:  [livejournal.com profile] lindenharp
Rating:  All
Word Count: 100
Author's Summary: A series of drabbles about the people who lived, worked, and suffered on the Valiant during the Year That Never Was.
Characters: vary
Warnings: none

I can't believe these haven't been recommended before now!  [livejournal.com profile] lindenharp is writing a series of drabbles based upon people who were on the Valiant during the year between "Sound of Drums" and "Last of the Time Lords."  Each is only 100 words, but they pack a wallop.

Here's the first one, "The Accountant's Tale":

I was an accountant in the USAF Quartermaster Corps until the new regime drafted me. When rocket factories need steel, I decide which mills must overproduce; which workers are transferred across the world.

My ancestors were Crow Indians: nomadic warriors. Their wartime triumph was counting coup: touching an armed foe with a stick, leaving him alive but humiliated.

I manage small deceptions. Redirected shipments of rice. Disappearing truckloads of blankets. Guards’ medicine going to an orphanage. If discovered, I'll be guest star on “Morning Execution”. Until then, I honor my ancestors, counting coup on the Enemy of the World.
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Story:  Shadow Self
Author:  LizBee
Rating:  Teen
Word Count: 870
Author's Summary: Fifth Axis interrogations stir up things best left quiet in Braxiatel's mind. Or, The One Where Brax Has A Head!Pandora.
Characters: Irving Braxiatel
Warnings: None specifically

In the 90's, when "Doctor Who" was off the air, the void was filled with a series of books published by Virgin.  Those books lost their license around 1997 or so, but they began publishing a series of books around Bernice Summerfield, a character in many of the seventh Doctor books.  Later, Big Finish acquired a license to produce new material based upon both "Doctor Who" and the Bernice Summerfield line.  Irving Braxiatel is one of the characters who pops up in books and audios from time to time, mostly in the Benny line.

This story takes place between a short story, "Midrash" and an audio "Death and the Daleks."  This post by [livejournal.com profile] lizbee sums up some of the backstory (but there are spoilers for the Benny audios).  She does an awesome job of capturing a complex character, yet still making him sympathetic to the reader.

Braxiatel opened his eyes and found that he was not alone.

But then, he never had been.

The pain of the Special Inquisitor's work was beginning to recede at last -- he was almost able to meditate on the irony, that the effort to shield himself from a telepath should prove as painful as any torture. That the headache was self-inflicted only completed the absurdity. He rested his head on the back of his chair, and looked up at his companion.
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Story:  The Manly Art
Author:  MeiLin
Rating:  Mostly all ages, but one is adult
Word Count: 606-3701
Author's Summary: The collected adventures of knitting!Jack, which aren't as ridiculous as they sound. ;) Dedicated to the Who Knits community on Ravelry.
Characters: Mostly Torchwood
Warnings: One story does have explicit sex.

MeiLin's series is a set of short stories about Jack, who knits.  These came about from a discussion on the Who Knits group on Ravelry about which character would be most likely to knit.  I really love the idea that Jack knits, and it fits with the time periods he's lived through.

Snippet behind the cut )
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Story:  Somnambulists
Author:  ClocketPatch
Rating:  All Ages
Word Count: 15259
Author's Summary:  "We live to survive our paradoxes."--The Tragically Hip
Characters: The Doctor
Warnings: None

This fic is delightfully trippy, but if you hang with it, you'll be rewarded.  It takes what the Cartmel Masterplan intended and combines it with the New Who mythos surrounding the Doctor.  ClocketPatch captures just how alien the Academy and Time Lords are.

Snippet of the first chapter behind the cut. )
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Story:  Throwing Us at the Sky
Author:  Kalirush
Rating:  All Ages
Word Count:  15926
Author's Summary:  A Doctor/Martha adventure set at Cape Canaveral, 1981.
Characters:  Ten, Martha

This is a wonderful story about the first launch of the space shuttle.  Kalirush beautifully captures the hope and expectations of that time period, and it's worth reading for the protagonists, alone. 

“1981?” Martha thought for a minute. “Cape Canaveral- this is about a space launch, yeah?”

The Doctor rewarded her with a laugh. “A space launch, indeed! Today, I’ll have you know, is the date of the first space shuttle launch. This is April 10th, 1981, and in about an hour and a half, the shuttle Columbia is going to fly up into space like... like... well, like a ship flying into space.” The Doctor scratched the back of his head, looking chagrined. “That fell a bit flat, there. But there’s nothing quite like it! You humans, going to the stars.”
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Hello!  I'm recommending fics this week!  I grew up watching Doctor Who on WTTW northwest of Chicago (about 40 minutes away from where John Barrowman was doing the same.)  I've got a nifty assortment of new Who, old Who, and Big Finish inspired fic to share.

StoryTo Have and not to Hold
Author[livejournal.com profile] mtemplar_fic
Author's Summary:  The Sacred Flame of the Sisterhood of Karn has failed. Will the Doctor once again be able to put things right? Rose soon finds herself in over her head as she learns a few secrets about her traveling companion.
Characters/Pairings:  Rose/Ten
Warnings:  Adult, sex, violence. 

Recommended because:  I love the way [livejournal.com profile] mtemplar_fic combines old Who, new Who, and book elements.  She takes one of my favorite stories ("The Brain of Morbius"), and writes a sequel to it.  In true old Who fashion, the Doctor and Rose find themselves in a benign situation that quickly goes south.  I think the rating is a bit conservative, although things get steamy.  If you're not a Rose fan (like me), give it a try.  You won't be disappointed.  It takes so many twists and turns in the plot, I'm reluctant to quote an entire section, for fear of giving something away. 

"Do you mind?" Rose snapped irritably. "I'm just brushing my teeth. It's really nothing exciting...do you have to stare?"

reccity-rec-rec

Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

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