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Aaand I fear I have only four recs for you this week, O tolerant Calufraxians. *ducks vegetables* I could have sworn I had five! But when I double-checked, one of them (and my favorite of the lot, if I could pick a favorite - TigerKat's Torchwood/Howl's Moving Castle crossover What Planet Are You From?) had already been recced! I don't know how I missed that the first time; I maintain that some timey-wimey reccer snuck it in when I wasn't looking. ;P

Anyway. Last fic of the week!

Story: A Ghost Story for Christmas
Author: JJPOR
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 28,991
Author's Summary: It's Christmastime; a time for family, and memories, and ghosts, even if you're the Doctor. Especially if you're the Doctor.
Characters/Pairings: Third Doctor, Delgado!Master, Jo Grant, Sgt Benton, Mike Yates, Liz Shaw, Brig/Doris, UNIT
Warnings: None

Recced because: Here is a nice long story suitable for weekend reading. (I swear I meant to post it Friday evening, but Life intervened. :P) It's another Christmas story, peripherally; it's also a Brigadier family story, and a full-cast UNIT story, and one of those fabulous Delgado!Master missing episodes that JJ does best of anybody.

Also, it is ALL of the timey-wimey, in the best possible way. I love how every one of the OCs in this story, both timey-wimey-stuff-related and, um, not, is so very thoroughly characterized. I would read remixes of this story from everybody's point of view; if it were on the telly, I would icon it and quote it and write fic of it; to summarize, it is an excellent story and you should read it. If you are a New Whovian, all you need to know is that the Doctor is trapped on earth and cranky about it, and that UNIT are (mostly) not evil but he snarks at them anyway. Also, Liz and Jo are both awesome companions and they both get to kick arse here. WIN.
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Story: Lying in Wait
Author: johne
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1457
Author's Summary: In which the Doctor, Sarah and the Brigadier catch a murderer.
Characters/Pairings: Third Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart
Warnings: Do not attempt to consume beverages while reading.

Recced because: Okay, a little background. The UNIT / Third Doctor stories filmed in the early 1970s were set in "the near future" aka the 1980s... but visually, they're the most late-'60s/early-'70s things possible. Classic Who fans have spent the last thirty-some years wrangling over when exactly these stories take place, how to explain the anomalies, etc etc etc.

Now we get to the fun part. Johne proposes: "No-one can agree exactly when the UNIT stories are set. So they could have been in any year. Of any century." Thus - the "Really Stretching UNIT Dating" series, wherein UNIT goes about their normal business perfectly as usual... in the 1790s, the 1920s, 2020, and now Ancient Greece.

[ETA: Sorry, the original idea was not johne's. Credit goes to Daniel Gooley on Usenet's rec.arts.drwho, who suggested way back in '99 (1999, that is *g*), "I'd rather like to see some stories which really stretch UNIT continuity. Having the usual UNIT crew going about their usual business in an 18th century setting without a word of explanation, for example." Thanks to Johne for pointing this out! :D]

And it is glorious. This story in particular features Three, the Brig, and Sarah Jane, all being exactly as awesome as usual or a little more so, plus some offhand references to unwritten adventures in the same 'verse. Also, did I mention AWESOME?

(Full disclosure: the octopus in the bath was originally my fault, and I am a little prejudiced in favor of stories that use it. But it's still a fantastic story quite apart from that!)

(Also, Greek!Brig. I rather want fanart. *thinkyface*)
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Story: A Gallifreyan at Blandings
Author: vvj5 ([livejournal.com profile] lost_spook on LJ)
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 9755
Author's Summary: Lord Emsworth's new secretary, John Smith, is the barmiest yet. He claims to be chasing aliens, digs up the garden and proposes to girls he doesn't want to marry. Even worse, the fellow's unsound on the subject of pigs. (PG Wodehouse 'Blandings' crossover)
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, crossover characters
Warnings: None

Recced because: Today, ladies and gentlemen, we have a Tenth Doctor crossover with P.G. Wodehouse. Note the delicately blended balance of comedy and action, the...

...okay, I fail at writing early-20th-century British piffle in the grand style, but vvj5 is excellent at it. Her Wodehouse pastiche voice is second to none, and her plot pacing in this story is superb - like Wodehouse himself, she handily pulls together several unrelated plot threads into a hilarious climactic collision that then neatly sorts itself out by its own momentum and turns out better than it had any right to do. XD

I'm not doing this very well, am I? Basically, it is AWESOME and hilarious and has comically overcomplicated plottery and cross-purposes and rubber-suit-aliens and a ladder. Especially the ladder. ;-)

Also, you absolutely do not need to know the crossover fandom to enjoy this story. As long as you have any sort of acquaintance with British comedy tropes - such as you might gain from, er, being a Doctor Who fan ;-) - you'll be fine. Have fun!
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Greetings, Calufraxians! Calufractionaters? Er. Anyway. XD I come bearing fanfic recs. I have long fics, short fics, a lot of UNIT fic... mostly happy or comic endings, because that's how I roll.

And, um, two separate Christmas stories? O_O CHRISTMAS IN MAY. Have some fruitcake. ;-)

Story: Acquired Taste
Author: Primsong
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1473
Author's Summary: It's Christmas time at UNIT, time to enjoy some home-made fruitcake! Or then again, maybe not.
Characters/Pairings: Third Doctor, Jo Grant, Sergeant Benton
Warnings: ...bug squick? (No actual bugs appear. Sorry, I do actually tend to warn for EVERYTHING. *g*)

Recced because: It is awesome. =D First off, Jo is adorkable and also made of win - I love it when Jo gets all righteous at people. She's brilliant. For those who don't know her (yet *g*), she's a cute little five-foot-nothing klutzy blonde who didn't pass her A-levels; she also happens to be an expert escapologist, and passionately idealistic in a cheerful-hippie sort of way. When she gets mad at you it's half like being a bad puppy getting bopped on the nose, and half like being told off by a puppy. And Prim writes her the best of anyone.

Also, Three is classically... Three. I was looking for a word here and all I can come up with is "disdainful eighteenth-century gentleman who actually has no idea what's going on, so he throws cant jargon into the mix at every opportunity". (Oh dear, now I want somebody to write a Georgette Heyer crossover... O_O) With a side of "inherently plushie-able floofy adorkableness", because that after all is what Three is all about. ;-)

This all sounds terribly confusing to New Whovians, doesn't it? Er... there is an awesome girl companion, and the Doctor being silly and incorrigible, and also mockage of fruitcake. Go and read it! It's short, it's funny, it... hadn't been recced yet, if I am honest. That's a recommendation in itself, isn't it? That Prim is so good it's hard to find one of her fics that hasn't yet been recced here. :D


Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

May 2017