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For the end of the week, here’s a fic that takes us back to the beginning.

Story: Where Were You When...?
Author: JJPOR
Rating: teen
Word Count: 2823
Author's Summary: Some people make history. Some people participate in history. Most of us just watch it from the sidelines. Happy 47th birthday, Who!
Characters/Pairings: Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton, Susan Foreman, The Doctor (1st)
Warnings: none

Reced because: I love outsider stories, in which we see familiar characters through the eyes of strangers. JJPOR shows us the events in a certain London junkyard on an evening in 1963 from the POV of three OCs. Their identity is both surprising and obvious, and consistent with canon.

“Just a bird,” Terry said. George relaxed, hand creeping away from the pistol again. “Not bad looking, mind you.” Terry practically leered at the mirror.

“Bloody hell, son,” George spluttered as she came into his own field of vision. The girl was slim, darkly pretty, but… “She’s carrying her school bag!”

“Give her a couple of years,” Terry grinned as the girl walked past the van, oblivious to his gaze.

“You’re disgusting,” George told him. “Youngsters today…you’ve got it on the brain!”

“What?”

“It!”


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Since I skipped a skipped a rec on Tuesday, here’s a nice long fic to enjoy.

Story: Double Crossing
Author: JessaLRynn ([livejournal.com profile] jessalrynn on LJ)
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 43,793
Author's Summary: The Doctor is out of his depth. The Doctor is wondering what he could possibly be thinking. The companions are having the time of their lives. Two threats at once lead to a complicated situation.
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Rose Tyler, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (7th)
Warnings: none

Reced because: Double the Doctors, double the fun! Just the premise alone should send you hurrying off to read this: two Doctors and their Companions at a Star Trek convention.  Rose Tyler and the Tenth Doctor are looking for an alien prince who’s on an unauthorized visit to Earth. While there, they meet the Seventh Doctor and Ace, who are searching for some intergalactic arms dealers. Finding a couple of real aliens in a hotel full of fake ones is challenging enough, but then things become really complicated. Both Classic and New Who fans will find much to enjoy in this hilarious romp.


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Today, back to the early days of New Who and Team TARDIS.

Story: More Than True
Author:[livejournal.com profile] dameruth
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 8538
Author's Summary: Jack is nominally part of the TARDIS crew now, but how well does he really fit in?
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Rose Tyler, The Doctor (9th), The TARDIS
Warnings: Swearing

Reced because: Everyone has their comfort stories, they ones they read and re-read when they need to be reminded why they love this show and these characters. This is one of my personal favourites. I can’t think why this one hasn’t been recced before, except that DameRuth has so many brilliant stories to choose from.

One of my favorite ‘pairings’ in DW is Nine/Rose/Jack, whether as lovers or as friends. And my absolute favorite scenario is Jack’s early days on the TARDIS. DameRuth gives us a Jack Harkness recently arrived on the TARDIS who is still very much a loner and outsider, cynical about everyone’s motives. He is attracted to Rose and intrigued by the Doctor, despite the latter’s “ridiculous claim of being a Time Lord”. When Jack runs into some trouble on an alien world, Rose and the Doctor rush to his aid, and make him question everything he thinks he knows about how the universe works.


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Today, I offer you the Tenth Doctor with one of my favourite Companions, the inimitable Donna Noble.

Story: A Song of His Own
Author: EllyF ([livejournal.com profile] ellyfanfiction on LJ)
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2668
Author's Summary: After their visit to the Oodsphere, Donna realises the Doctor needs to sing, too.
Characters/Pairings: Donna Noble, the Tenth Doctor
Warnings: None

Reced because: EllyF likes to write 10/Donna, and though that’s not a romantic pairing that appeals to me, I think she has a very good grasp on the personality of this particular Companion. Most fan writers get Donna’s bold, outspoken, irreverent attitude; not all of them get that she is also very smart and intuitive and is capable of being very sensitive and caring.

In this gen hurt/comfort fic, EllyF shows us those other aspects of Donna. She gives us a missing scene set immediately after The Planet of the Ood. After two centuries of slavery, the telepathic Ood have been freed from the device that prevented them from sharing their minds with each other. They celebrate with a telepathic song of joy. It’s a happy ending... except that Donna is now aware that she’s traveling with a telepath who is the last surviving member of his species. Being Donna, she not only sympathises with the Doctor, she resolves to do something for him.

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This week, Who fans are mourning the departure of Amy and Rory from the TARDIS, so here’s a story devoted to them.

Story: Its Eyes Are for the Stars
Author: Canaan ([livejournal.com profile] canaana on LJ)
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 5378
Author's Summary: The Doctor thinks he's so old, but Rory remembers two thousand years.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Jack Harkness, Rory Williams, The Doctor (11th; )Amy/Rory, pre-Eleven/Amy/Rory
Warnings: explicit sex

Reced because: I love Rory Williams. I’m fond of Amy, but I adore Rory. He is a classic of a certain type of Companion -- the ordinary person who discovers how extraordinary he really is. In this story, Amy questions Rory about the nearly two thousand years he spent as a plastic Roman soldier guarding her in the Pandorica. He tells her about some of the people he knew and cared about during that long vigil.

This is a story about love and friendship and sex, and the ways that they do (or don’t) overlap. And like all of Canaan’s stories, it is beautifully written.

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Hi!  I'm [livejournal.com profile] lindenharp, RobinC on Teaspoon, back for my second turn at reccing great Doctor Who stories, both classic and new.

Story: Eyes I dare not meet in dreams
Author: The_Bookkeeper
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 8817
Author's Summary: In which good intentions pave the road to a very particular kind of hell.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Jack Harkness, Rose Tyler
Warnings: none

Reced because: I love stories which show the Doctor’s alien nature, especially those which focus on his telepathic gifts. In this AU, Immortal!Jack is travelling on the TARDIS with Rose and the Tenth Doctor. Jack and the Doctor get into trouble with the local authorities on an alien world where arguing in public is illegal. Rose has to save them. Sound familiar? Only our heroes haven’t been thrown into jail this time—they’ve been hooked up to a device that creates a telepathic bond between them so they can settle their differences in private. All very neat and civilized, except that a Time Lord mind is a dangerous place for a human like Jack.


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Here’s the last rec of the week. a Doctor Who/Torchwood crossover.  

Story: Pizza and Planets
Author: Eledhwen
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 7365
Author's Summary: When the Doctor arrives in Cardiff, horizons are expanded. Spoilers for DW S4 and TW S2, plus speculative casting spoilers for TW S3.
Characters/Pairings: Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Martha Jones, Mickey Smith, The Tenth Doctor
Warnings: none

Recced because: I wish we had seen more interaction between Torchwood 3 and the Doctor.  In this (mostly) lighthearted story, the Tenth Doctor drops by the Cardiff Hub after the events of “Journey’s End”.  There are moments of sadness, as when the Doctor has to explain what happened to Rose and Donna, but also of humor and affection.

A snippet... )
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A shorter piece today.  Back to Classic Who, and one of my favorite Doctors.

Story: Running the Banner Down
Author: Etherati
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2084
Author's Summary: Tear down the person you were, get out from under the shadows, rebuild with what you have left. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like enough, and sometimes the cost is too high. Character piece, Five.
Characters/Pairings: Adric, Nyssa, Tegan Jovanka, The Fifth Doctor
Warnings: none

Recced because: In his first appearance, the Fifth Doctor said, “That's the trouble with regeneration. You quite never know what you're going to get.”  This is a gorgeously-written look into the Doctor’s thoughts about his new self at various moments after his regeneration.  Like every Doctor before and after him, he must struggle to re-create his identity, and watch his companions struggle to accept the new person that he is becoming.  If you’re not familiar with this era of Doctor Who you will miss some of the references, but most of the story could apply to any Doctor.  If nothing else, read it for the language, which is as subtle and beautiful as it is insightful.

A snippet... )

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Another Tenth Doctor story—a longer one, this time, since we’re heading into the weekend.  This is set between Series 3 and 4, and the Doctor is traveling alone.

Story: Breaking Up the Ground
Author: Kalirush ([livejournal.com profile] gaia_lulia on LJ)
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 17,744
Author's Summary: Catherine slammed on the brakes. Her car skidded to a stop a few feet in front of the man standing in the middle of the road, hunched over and staring wildly at her car. His features were thin and knifelike in her headlights, and his hand shone red and wet as he shielded his eyes from the glare.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, original characters
Warnings: none

Recced because: I’m an American, and I enjoy reading about my favorite alien visiting my part of the planet.  It’s set in the very ordinary city of Columbus, Ohio.  (If Columbus had a sister city in the UK, it would probably be Leeds or maybe Glasgow.)  The Doctor’s new friends, Catherine and Jessi, are a pair of ordinary women--a lab technician and a grad student--leading a quiet, happy life together in Columbus.  Then Catherine encounters the Doctor: injured and on the run from government agents who have drained most of the power from the TARDIS.  

These are not Mary Sues.  They’re not brilliant or brave or heroic, and they really don’t want to get involved with aliens and intrigue, but when the Doctor is around, so-called ordinary humans often find that they are capable of extraordinary things.

The story mixes drama with humor, and Kalirush gets the Doctor’s voice just right.


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Story: The Marauder’s Clan
Author: Poetry  ([livejournal.com profile] joking on LJ)
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2547
Author's Summary: Justice comes in many forms.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Other Character(s), Rose Tyler, The Doctor (9th)
Warnings: none

Recced because: An outsider’s POV on the main characters is always intriguing to me, especially if the viewpoint character is an alien.  Add in my favorite Doctor Who trio--the Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler, and Jack Harkness--and it’s a recipe for for some very satisfying reading.

In a relatively short piece, Poetry has created a rich and complex alien culture.  The unnamed narrator is a member of a species that communicates with sign language and has a highly developed sense of smell.
A snippet... )

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Back to New Who, with a touch of humor.

Story: A Noble Companion
Author: EllyF
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 3613
Author's Summary: The Doctor acquires a new companion after he loses Donna.
Characters/Pairings: Donna Noble, Original Companion, The Doctor (10th), Wilfred Mott
Warnings: none.

Recced because: The Tenth Doctor is coerced into taking an OFC (Original Feline Companion) onto the TARDIS.  He’s depressed after Donna’s departure and doesn’t want a companion of any species, but Wilfred Mott hands him a kitten and won’t take ‘no’ for an answer.  What follows can be nicely summed up by the genres EllyF chose to label her story: angst, fluff, and hurt/comfort.

I suspect that EllyF has been owned by a cat at some point in her life.  She certainly has a good sense of how they think.  (She isn’t too shabby at writing Time Lords, either.)

A snippet... )


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Sorry this is late, but I was at a conference all day, and got home shortly before midnight.  (It’s still Tuesday somewhere, right?)  Now we take a visit back to Classic Who...

Story: Impossible
Author: Sigyn
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 1996
Author's Summary: The Doctor is in an impossible situation. He's been banished to earth with his memory sliced and his TARDIS gutted. If only he could gnaw off a leg -- it would be better than just sitting and enduring it. Is there any reason to keep on fighting?
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Liz Shaw, The Doctor (3rd)
Warnings: none

Recced because: This is an insightful portrait of the Third Doctor in the early days of that incarnation.  Sigyn shows us a Doctor full of frustration and rage at the situation he finds himself in. The Time Lords forced him to regenerate (an execution of sorts), tampered with his mind to block his knowledge of time travel, and exiled him to Earth. The wanderer who once called himself “a citizen of the universe” is now confined to one small planet.  He takes out his frustration on his two closest human friends: brilliant Cambridge scientist Liz Shaw, and the stalwart Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
A snippet... )

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I’m Lindenharp, known as RobinC on Teaspoon, and I’ll be your reccer this week.  I’ve got an assortment of stories from various eras and genres, but I’m going to start out with one that features the current Doctor.

Story: Secrets
Author: Eriphi
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 4388
Author's Summary: Amy finds out that she is not the only one who has been keeping secrets.
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond/Rory Williams
Warnings: none.

Recced because: I love Rory Williams.  Like many of the Doctor’s companions, he is an ordinary person who winds up doing extraordinary things.  I have a special fondness for stories that deal with the almost-2000 years he spent as the Lone Centurion, and how that shaped his character.  In Secrets, Eriphi takes a slightly different approach by centering the story around Amy and her concerns.  The Universe has been rebooted, everything is as it should be, so why is Rory speaking Latin in his sleep and why isn’t the TARDIS translating it for her?

Eriphi has the character voices down pat, especially Eleven’s carefully confusing babble.  Here’s a snippet of conversation between Amy and the Doctor:
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