ext_6531: (DW: Benny)
[identity profile] lizbee.livejournal.com
Story: Spitting Images
Author: [livejournal.com profile] netgirl_y2k
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1777
Author's Summary: Donna Noble for Eleven?
Characters/Pairings: The DoctorDonna, Romana I, Ten

Recced because: The Doctor accidentally regenerates into Donna.  This causes complications, like the how and what of bras, and the awkwardness that ensues when you really can't hang around twenty-first century Earth and Wales for fear of awkward and embarrassing questions.  Not to mention pronouns.  Then she has to hide out for a bit, and what better disguise than a wee baby who's up for adoption...?

Girl!Doctor fics and Donna fix-its are a dime a dozen, but this iteration is a gem, and I'm thinking of accepting it as my personal canon.
ext_6531: (SJA: Lis and David)
[identity profile] lizbee.livejournal.com
Apologies for the lack of rec yesterday; I had RL shenanigans to organise.  (Tip: arranging a secret interstate trip to surprise a friend?  Hilarious.  I totally recommend it.)  Now, back to your regularly scheduled Romana fic.

Story: Walk Through the Dust
Author: ClocketPatch
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1000
Author's Summary: Romana learned some hard lessons in E-space.
Characters/Pairings: Romana II

Recced because: This is a curious story; I almost didn't rec it because of the non-standard line-breaks, but then I realised they contributed to the power of the story.  This is a dark character study, concentrating on Romana's time in E-space and its consequences.  It's not the story fandom usually tells, or wants to hear, but I've read it three times, and I think I love it.
ext_6531: (DW: Romana 2)
[identity profile] lizbee.livejournal.com
Story: A Long Night Is Full of Dreams
Author: [livejournal.com profile] nonelvis
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2769
Author's Summary: Five days -- and six nights -- in the life of Martha Jones.
Characters/Pairings: Martha/various

Recced because: This is a marvellous character-study of Martha. Though written before "Reset", and thus no longer canon-compliant, the writing (of all the characters, not just Martha) feels true. Martha's relationships are explored in a series of frankly erotic dreams, while her waking days are spent piecing together her life in the wake of the Doctor and the Year That Never Was. A worthy tribute to a complex character.
ext_6531: (DW: Romana 2)
[identity profile] lizbee.livejournal.com
Story: Drumbeat
Author: [livejournal.com profile] atraphoenix
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2191
Author's Summary: “Yes, but you are biased when it comes to the subject of the Master, are you not, Madam President?”
Characters/Pairings: Romana/Master
Warnings: A bit of sex,

Recced because:  I love stories set during the Time War -- good people sacrificing principles and lives to save the unsavable.  This story captures it well, as Romana is driven to resurrect the Master.  Their interplay is dark and hot -- Jacobi!Master doesn't get nearly enough play.  This leaves me wanting more, but also a bit fearful of seeing what comes next.
ext_6531: (DW: Romana - destiny)
[identity profile] lizbee.livejournal.com
Story: I Took The One Less Travelled By
Author: [livejournal.com profile] ionlylurkhere / Lurky McLurklurk
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2433
Author's Summary: AU where it's Romana rather than Jack who ends up living through the twentieth century with Torchwood.
Characters/Pairings: Romana/Duggan

Recced because:  This is a lovely fic that rounds up the best Earth-based supporting characters of season 17 -- Duggan from "City of Death", Chris and Clare from "Shada" and turns them into a fairly shambolic alien-fighting team.  Not that it's particularly cracksome, although there are flashes of humour.  The Time War has left Romana trapped on Earth with a broken time ring, and now she's running Torchwood 3 with her little team, and resisting the temptation of the Rift.  It's the perfect set-up, and I'd gladly read a whole series set in this universe. 
ext_6531: (DW: TARDIS (infinity))
[identity profile] lizbee.livejournal.com
Story: The Fate of the Earth Depends On It, Probably
Author: Doyle
Rating: All-ages
Word Count: 3227
Author's Summary: A moment of madness on a certain internet auction site leads Torchwood to Manny’s door. Bernard is even less happy than usual.  Black Books/Torchwood crossover.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness + the Black Books characters
Warnings: Crack

Recced because: It's that rare, perfect gem: a crossover that's quite comprehensible even if you have only the vaguest idea of what Black Books is all about.  And I know, because when I first read it, I had this idea that Black Books was about a reading group, and that Bernard was Father Jack from Father Ted, only with less swearing.

(If you're as clueless as I was, it may help to know that Black Books is about a trio of semi-functional eccentrics.  Bernard and Manny work in a bookstore; Fran sells ... well, doodads, I think.  And they drink a lot.  None, as it happens, are priests, although Bernard is Irish.)

The plot is quite simple: Manny, over the course of an eBay all-nighter (Crocheted cushion cover of the Pope? His! 1978 issue of Amateur Photographer, slight creasing at the corners? Showed you, cameraboy63! Every win, however small, however ultimately useless, was a tiny rush of power. Manny, whose last taste of that particular drug had been during his one week as milk monitor in Mrs Pembleton’s Primary 1 class, couldn’t get enough.) has purchased a genuine alien artifact, and eBay user twoodinst really, really wants it.  And you know how charming Captain Jack is when you have something he wants...

Just as Bernard had predicted, the American was still there when Manny crept downstairs. Everyone else had cleared off - he didn’t like to guess what Bernard might have said to them. The American (he had to be! Look at the way he stood!) was looking over the shelves with his hands in the pockets of his leather jacket, and he was wearing sunglasses even though they were inside, which must have racked him up another few places on Bernard’s scale of hate. Something about him, Manny decided, radiated coolness. Put up against him, the Fonz would end up slinking away to join a travelling folk group.

I'd read this three times when I finally watched Black Books.  I got to the end of season one, and went back to read it a few more times.  Jack is perfectly Jack, and Manny, Bernard and Fran are all present and correct.  And the final twist at the end is simply perfect -- I still howl with laughter every time I read it.

rec: heat

Feb. 13th, 2008 09:05 pm
ext_6531: (DW: Ten/Romana)
[identity profile] lizbee.livejournal.com
Story: Heat
Author: Nostalgia
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 997
Author's Summary: Ten, Romana, and some alien biology
Characters/Pairings: Ten/Romana, Martha
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is a story about my OTP having hot alien sex, so naturally I'm a bit biased in its favour.  But it's rare to find a fic that so embraces the alienness of the Doctor and Romana.   In the restaurant, he licks dripped wine from her wrist and they pretend that they can't speak any language but their own. She and the words taste of home, and his blood rushes to answer hers. They edge closer until denial becomes pointless and her fingers work his tie off before the food arrives.

"Heat" is almost unbearably short; every time I read it, I get to the end gasping for more.  In the aftermath of the Time War, Gallifreyan biology has become a visceral force, from the cellular level outwards.  This is essentially a series of vignettes divided by interruptions: dialogue, meta about Time Lord sexuality, the speculation of nameless outsiders.  Deceptively simple, unbearably powerful.  They lose track of casuality, play with time simply because they can. He touches her skin with an echo, teases her with three seconds into the future. They spend eternity in a telepathic feedback loop and she slithers, quantum, over him.  I'll freely admit that I'm jealous, because a story this complex should be nearly impossible to write, and Nostalgia makes it look easy.  But it's the reader who wins out; I just read this twice more, preparing my rec, and my admiration has only increased.
ext_6531: (Random: Billie)
[identity profile] lizbee.livejournal.com
Story: "The Woe of Unnecessary Name Tyler" and "Baby's Comin' Back to Me"
Author: Willdew
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1218 / 1973
Author's Summary: A "Doomsday" fix-it parody.  Unnecessary's mother always said she'd run off with the Valeyard if he promised to blow up 18th century France. The problem being that until now, they'd always figured she'd been joking.
Characters/Pairings: Ten, Rose, Jackie, Pete, Martha, Romana III, Leela, Borusa, The Valeyard, other characters
Warnings: Crack.  (My warning, not the author's.)

Recced because: Obviously I am blatantly cheating here, but you get two fics for the price of one, so stop complaining.  The first story, "The Woe of Unnecessary Name Tyler", claims to be a parody of a "Doomsday" fix-it.  This isn't a genre with which I'm overly familiar, but that's okay, because Willdew is also taking a broad swipe at that deathless genre, the babyfic.  Yes, Rose has spawned, and if being half-Time Lord wasn't bad enough, Unnecessary Name Tyler (go read it, I'm not going to spoil the joke) has to contend with having the craziest female relatives this side of the void.

Time has obviously passed by the time we hit the sequel, "Baby's Comin' Back to Me", because as it opens, Rose has just, um, deserted the position of human ambassador to Gallifrey.  Needless to say, shenanigans ensue.

These fics are short and highly silly, but they're rich in humour, and the second one takes pieces of spin-off canon and runs with them, giggling all the way.  I love the characterisation of Rose, which is irreverent but affectionate:  It was an impossibility perhaps to ascertain the exact nature of Rose Tyler's worth. Unnecessary figured it had to do with people liking her quite a bit. It didn't matter what language you spoke or molecular composition you came in. The plain truth of it was, everybody fancied his mum. She was pink and yellow and scrumptious all over in a way that had the lads back at Torchwood cracking the sorts of jokes that would make someone with a bit more personality quite upset indeed.

It's messy and silly, but you'll never regret reading it.
ext_6531: (DW: Doctor's orders (Martha))
[identity profile] lizbee.livejournal.com
Story: Providence
Author: Branwyn
Rating: teen
Word Count: 2641
Author's Summary:  Not all the monsters in the TARDIS are locked safely in the attic.
Characters/Pairings: Ten, Martha, Ace, Seven
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Lots of fics have dealt with the Tenth Doctor as the lonely god, bringer of cosmic vengeance, all shall love him and despair etc, but few have done so with such intellectual detachment, or such a neat plot.  "Providence" acts as a missing scene in "Family of Blood", examining the punishment of the Brother and its implications for the Doctor's past.  Branwyn's Doctor is firmly steeped in the Cartmel era --  The Doctor knows exactly what he's seeing when he looks into a mirror. This body he shaped for Rose's benefit, it doesn't hide him from himself. According to the myths, Merlin had aged in reverse. One day he will be Merlin. Perhaps one day soon---it's there on his to-do list, somewhere, and it feels like the right time, he'll have to ask Martha how she'd feel about playing Nimue for a bit -- but with the extra twist of darkness and awful (awesome) power that the Doctor has acquired in his tenth incarnation. 

But this is also a story about Martha, and the Doctor's respect and admiration for her simply burns through every line.  And it's a story about Ace, and about myths, and coming full circle.  And I don't know if it's intentional, but the final sentence rings with the echo of things to come, the Master and the Year That Never Was.  All constructed in Branwyn's careful, lyrical prose.


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