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Story: Adversaries
Author: eve11
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1662
Author's Summary: Instead of Configurable Analog Transmitter Stack, box contained vermin. Would not buy again.
Characters/Pairings: the Doctor (11th)
Warnings: none

Recced because: To finish up the week, how about some sweet, sweet crossover nerdcrack?

This is a charming, funny short story, told in an amusing style that strikes me as vaguely Pratchett-y.  It's somewhat cracky, yes, but the eleventh Doctor is pretty much his usual daft self—and besides, crack isn't always a bad thing.  This story is, in some ways, feels as if it was designed to be the perfect nerd drug.  As a nerd, I don't mind in the slightest.

Also, it involves kittens.  Excessive amounts of kittens.  Excessive amounts of kittens which foil evil.  There are few things in the world that cannot be improved by this.

An exerpt, in which chaos has ensued )
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Story: Aftermath
Author: Kathryne
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1998
Author's Summary: The Stormcage guards know by now that they have as much chance of keeping Doctor Song locked up as they do of waking up to blue skies over the prison. That doesn't mean they don't try, but they've developed a coping mechanism, too.
Characters/Pairings: River Song, other characters
Warnings: none

Recced because: Original characters are cool.  I realize that they've been done badly, often, in every fandom there is, but when done well they make the story so much richer.  And personally, I happen to love explorations of what happens to ordinary people as a result of the things the heroes do.  So I wanted to rec at least one story that was mostly about background characters, and this is a good one, well-written and amusing.  Not chock full of jokes, you understand, but a sort of humor that is almost part of the background setup.  I don't know if this will make sense, but I think of it as Get Smart humor: the funny that comes from people trying to cope sensibly with a situation that is, frankly, just a tad shy of sanity.

I also like a story that can make gentle jibes at odd bits of canon—in this case, the fact that Stormcage is an incredibly nonfunctional prison—without ever losing its love for the series.  Doctor Who is, to coin a phrase, "vast and complicated and sometimes just a bit ridiculous," and honestly, I wouldn't want it any other way.  Highly advanced machinery that spits sparks at every opportunity, the living incarnation of race hatred just happening to look like pepper shakers with a plunger stuck on—I love it all.  And I get that same feeling from this fic.

An exerpt, in which the situation is normal )
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Story: Search and Rescue
Author: yamx
Rating: teen
Word Count: 2608
Author's Summary: Worried about the comatose Doctor, Jack makes a dangerous choice.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness/Rose Tyler/the Doctor (ninth)
Warnings: none

Recced because: There are some authors, and some stories, I just keep coming back to.

I think I discovered yamx while looking for stories about what happened between "The Doctor Dances" and "Boom Town," which is a rich, rich vein of fic that has been mined by excellent authors such as DameRuth, wmr, HonorH, RobinC—the list goes on and on.  yamx is one of many people who have started with "The Doctor Dances" and gone on to tell a rich, compelling, three-cornered love story, full of misunderstandings and cultural clashes and prickliness and, of course, kissing and making up.

For me personally, fics that involve telepathy are—is it possible to have nonsexual kinks?  Because if it is, telepathy is one of mine.  So are stories that acknowledge that the Doctor is different.  "Search and Rescue" does both, but despite the Doctor's acknowledged alienness, it's still very much a love story.  Love, as another fine author wrote on this site, crosses all sorts of boundaries.

So if it's late at night, and you're feeling a little low, and you just want something that makes you feel a bit of a warm glow before you head off to bed—well, I have a mental list of things to go read when that mood hits me, and "Search and Rescue" is on it.  Try it.  It might go on your list too.

An exerpt, in which Jack is braver than he is smart )
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Story: Mockingbird
Author: icebluenothing
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 14754
Author's Summary: Rose was convinced -- even though he looked nothing like the man she'd met, this new man was still the Doctor. Unless it was all a lie.
Characters/Pairings: Mickey Smith, Rose Tyler, the Doctor (ninth and tenth)
Warnings: none

Recced because: This is a plotty, suspenseful adventure.  That's one reason to read it.  It's also a story that deals with the utter weirdness of regeneration.  One thing that always rang a little false to me, in the classic series, is how well human beings adjusted to the fact that a very good friend had just turned into someone else—not just in face and body, but in all his personal quirks as well.  Rose's freakout on the subject seemed quite reasonable to me.  Regeneration isn't something that human beings are particularly prepared to cope with.

This story explores what would happen if Rose learned that everything that happened for the past few months of her life was a lie.  Or maybe that's the lie—she has no way to tell.  Her confusion and her fear are utterly believable, and quite compelling.  It's well-written, complex, and ends with a beautiful, poignant touch.  Seriously, it's good.  Go read it.

An exerpt, in which the intrigue starts )
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Story: Redeeming the Tree
Author: rutsky
Rating: teen
Word Count: 8943
Author's Summary: Dry and dying gardens, pain and precision; She was screaming, but would they hear?
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Rose Tyler, The Doctor (9th), The TARDIS
Warnings: none

Recced because: Sometimes it seems like everyone has a "Parting of the Ways" AU, in which Rose and Jack go on to journey with the ninth Doctor after confronting the Daleks on the Gamestation, and many of these series are absolutely excellent.  "Redeeming the Tree" is from rutsky's Beiji Sonho series, but it stands alone quite well; all you need to know is that it does take place in a "Parting of the Ways" AU, in which Jack took the time energy from the Doctor before it killed him, cancelling out his immortality.  In other words, business as before—almost.

This is a story about communication.  It's about things that start going right in all the wrong ways—or, alternately, it's about what happens when friends of the Doctor can't scream for his help.  It has darkness and vivid, color-saturated description.  It has a potentially devastating mystery to be solved.  It has lovely, poetic descriptions of psychic experiences, and I tend to find psychic stuff fascinating.  But above all, it's about the TARDIS.  And the TARDIS—the most alien being on the show, and also the Doctor's oldest friend—is, in my opinion, always a marvelous subject for a story.

An exerpt, in which the wrong thing is going right )
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Story: On the Importance of Doing Your Research (Especially Regarding Virgin Sacrifices)
Author: Daystar Searcher
Rating: Teen.  The rating on the pictures in your head will probably be higher, though.
Word Count: 1593
Author's Summary: When selecting someone for virgin sacrifice, you should probably ask them a few questions first. Like, you know, whether or not they’re actually a virgin.
Characters/Pairings: Fourth Doctor/Sarah Jane Smith
Warnings: To quote the author: while there is no bdsm or explicit sex "onscreen" (hence the lack of warnings), there are oblique references to bdsm, many sexually suggestive lines, and one sexually graphic line of dialogue. Proceed at your own risk.

Recced because: It made me laugh.

Okay, yeah, I need a more in-depth reason than that, don't I?  Right.  So, there's a fair amount of fiction that reflects on how traveling in the TARDIS would change your viewpoint on things such as danger.  Sarah Jane Smith is an experienced companion, having traveled with two different incarnations of the Doctor.  She has been repeatedly kidnapped, hypnotized, tied up, and menaced by monsters and villains ranging from the terrifying to the ridiculous to the terrifying and ridiculous.

So it makes a hilarious and delicious amount of sense that, upon being kidnapped by a group of rather cut-rate evil cultists, her reaction would be essentially, "Pfft.  I've seen better."  And then they get to the bit about unsullied, pure virgin sacrifice, and . . . basically, if you want to see Sarah Jane get the better of a group of cultists simply by talking, you need to read this.

An exerpt, in which things start to go awry )


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