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I am departing for my weekend job where I don't have access to the internet, so this is sadly my last rec for the week. Thanks for having me! It was, as always, tons of fun. Now for the rec:

Story: Time Raven
Author: tweedymcgee
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 798
Author's Summary: A mashup of "Time Crash" with Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," by way of Doctor/Master shipping. Because.
Characters/Pairings: Doctor/Master (by way of Ten, Five, Ainley!Master and Simm!Master), Tegan
Warnings: None.

Recced because: I will admit that I kind of harassed Tweedy into posting this on Teaspoon, because I just had to recommend some of Tweedy's awesome mashup poetry. If you've read that summary and didn't immediately click on the link, I'm not sure what more I can do here, but I'll try. This is a take on the Time Crash short, from Five's point of view. Set to The Raven, with a brilliant eye for meter and turn of phrase, and some awesome references to Who canon and the original poem. It's amazing. Just click on the link, go! You will not regret it.
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Story: Mondays with Sarah Jane
Author: biichan
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1,338
Author's Summary: In which Chrissie Jackson learns how to save the world without needing high heels.
Characters/Pairings: Chrissie Jackson/Sarah Jane Smith
Warnings: None.

Recced because: I only watched a little of the Sarah Jane Adventures, but the awesomeness of this story extends beyond my brief canon knowledge. If you're similarly unfamiliar, here's all you need to know: The premise is that Sarah Jane saves the world with the assistance of a bunch of kids. Chrissie Jackson is the mother of one of those kids - she doesn't know much about aliens, but she has managed to save the world with her high heels. Also she never remembers Sarah Jane's name. This fic goes from that basis into the future, with a bunch of cameos from other characters and aliens and a cute developing relationship between Chrissie and Sarah Jane.
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Story: A Bad Habit (The Master Never Learns Remix)
Author: rynne
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2,605
Author's Summary: The Master and the Doctor usually manage to understand each other, no matter how many situations they get themselves into.
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Peri Brown, various versions of the Doctor and the Master
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Remixes are one of my favorite things in fandom. If you're not familiar, they're basically fanfics of other fanfics - taking someone else's work and giving it a new spin, a new perspective, or expanding it somehow. In this fic, Rynne started with A Bad Habit by Hokuto, which is a fun short piece about the Doctor and the Master working together, and expanded that idea into a series of confrontations and cooperative moments between the Doctor and the Master. I think the story succeeds both as a good example of a remix and as a good fic that can stand on its own.
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Story: A Country of Smaller Wars
Author: levendis
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 23,303
Author's Summary: Looking for home in all the wrong places: Narvin, professional voyeur and artful patriot, follows his ex-president, a con-man, and a savage through alternate universes only to find himself pretty much, but not quite, back where he started.
Characters/Pairings: Narvin/Romana II, Leela, Irving Braxiatel, K-9
Warnings: Swearing.

Recced because: This is one of the best Gallifrey fics I've ever read, and that's already a quality subset of Doctor Who fandom. This rec is later than I expected, because I got so caught up in rereading the story that I kind of forgot I was reading it for a reason.

A Country of Smaller Wars follows the plot of the Gallifrey series of audios from Coordinator Narvin's perspective, before moving beyond the latest audios and into speculation for the next ones. The fic takes knowledge of the Gallifrey series more or less for granted, but if you haven't listened to Gallifrey I really recommend the audios as well - personally, I think they're the best work Big Finish has done in the Doctor Who universe. And then you can come back and enjoy the fic!

If you've already listened to Gallifrey, then you should definitely read A Country of Smaller Wars. It has some fascinating conceits and a really great take on Narvin, and Narvin and Romana's relationship. Also, a fantastic Leela. I am running out of adjectives, here - you should just read this.
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Hello, Calufrax! I am back for my third go at reccing, and I hope it goes as well as the last two times :)

Story: Deuteragonists
Author: livii
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1037
Author's Summary: They're both the heroes of this story.
Characters/Pairings: Peri Brown/Mel Bush
Warnings: None.

Recced because: in my bookmarks, my notes section for this fic just says 'Lesbian Space Pirates!' I guess I... thought that was enough? I mean, it's enough for me. In case you need more: this fic is a fun and enthusiastic take on two characters that weren't always best served by their scripts or by the fandom. Mel and Peri really shine in this fic, and it's great to see them together, having adventures all their own.
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This is it from me! Thanks for putting up with me, and I hope you found something worth reading that you hadn't seen before.

Story: Martha Jones, Angel of Death!
Author: calapine
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 2,083
Author's Summary: How not to kill the Doctor.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones/The Doctor (10th), the Black Guardian
Warnings: none

Recced because: For my last rec, I was going to pick something really deep and meaningful. The I realized I'd rather just rec something really really silly. So this is it! The premise is essentially that after Adeola (from Army of Ghosts) died, she was recruited by the Black Guardian and brought back to life as Martha Jones in order to kill the Doctor. It basically just gets more excellent and ridiculous from there.

excerpt under the cut )
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The [livejournal.com profile] dw_femslash ficathon just happened over at that comm, so I figured I'd rec something awesome from ficathons past.

Story: Escapology
Author: birdsarecalling
Rating: teen
Word Count: 4,794
Author's Summary: Donna Noble's stuck inside her own head. What she needs is a little escapology. (Donna/Jo Grant)
Characters/Pairings: Donna Noble/Jo Grant, Sylvia Grant, Wilfred Mott, Mike Yates, Shaun Temple
Warnings: none

Recced because: This fic is adorable. I feel like 'Donna meets old companion' may be a trope (and one that I've written recently, hm), but this is the defining one of those fics for me. Partly this fic is about Donna coming back from having her memory taken by the Doctor, partly it's about what Jo does as she gets older, and there's a tiny bit in there that's somehow about Mike Yates and is so good. This whole fic is so good - a really nice melding of new and old school Who.
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Story: Educating Koschei
Author: Joan Milligan
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 1,458
Author's Summary: A cautionary tale, really.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (Academy Era), The Master (Academy Era)
Warnings: none

Recced because: I read this fic very early on in my introduction to fandom, and I'm really glad. It has an interesting take on the Koschei and Theta dynamic (which has kind of been explored in as many ways as possible, at this point). And it's also very lyrical and clearly-written and real.
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Story: We Could be Heroes
Author: roachpatrol
Rating: adult
Word Count: 5,605
Author's Summary: Season 6B. The Doctor asks a favor from the Master for Jamie. The Master has a mutually satisfying repayment plan. Two/Delgado!Master/Jamie McCrimmon, plus chocolate.
Characters/Pairings: Two/Delgado!Master/Jamie McCrimmon
Warnings: explicit sex

Recced because: Okay, so I really like Two, and I really like Jamie, and of course the concept of Season 6B is amazing. (For the unfamiliar - the idea is that after Two was captured by the Time Lords, there was a further period where he adventured with Jamie and worked for the Time Lords before regenerating into Three. It's about four parts canon evidence and six parts fannish wishful thinking.) Add to that the fact that I really really like Delgado!Master, and I think you might get why I love this fic so much. It has amazing characterization! It's really sweet and happy and then slightly sad! This is way above your average PWP.
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Story: Torchwood 1913: Jack be Nimble
Author: jjpor
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 64,905
Author's Summary: Ever since she was a little girl, Harriet has wanted to make her mark on a man’s world; now Gerald is offering her the opportunity. Meanwhile, in Cardiff, what seems to be the Devil himself is leading the Torchwood team a merry chase across the rooftops…
Characters/Pairings: Other characters (the early 20th century Torchwood team, Jack Harkness)
Warnings: explicit violence, swearing

Recced because: So, this is part of the For King and Country series, parts of which have been recced here before. But I think this is my favorite part, and it stands well enough on its own. It's a novella about the Torchwood of years past, and a very good historical fiction/action-adventure piece. It does have a cast of what are basically OCs (these being Torchwood agents that have been mentioned in canon but not very developed there), but jjpor is really excellent at building well-rounded and interesting characters from the small basis Torchwood has provided. I often forget that my knowledge of Gerald, Charles, and Harriet comes from these fics and not from some audio or novelization.

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Story: John Chesterton, Time Lord
Author: paranoidangel
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 616
Author's Summary: The Doctor finds out something about Ian and Barbara's son. Spoilers for When a Good Man Goes to War and Let's Kill Hitler.
Characters/Pairings:
Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton, John Chesterton, The Doctor (11th)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: I really like Eleven, and I've enjoyed the last couple serieses. But there's definitely some new canon coming up that has confusing implications for the old series (as usual, with Who). On the one hand, contradictions make for a somewhat dissonant viewing experience. On the other hand, it gives rise to fics like this one, which follow the implications to their natural conclusion.

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Hi! Here's the first of my recommendations this week - I hope you all enjoy.

Story: The Only Renegade Time Lords Not To Be President This Time War
Author: aralias
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 6,508
Author's Summary: In which Braxiatel and Romana are not president (though not for lack of trying). Meanwhile, various other unsuitable people are.
Characters/Pairings: Iris Wildthyme, Irving Braxiatel, Leela, Narvin, Romana, The Doctor (8th), The Master (Other), The Rani, (also, Drax, Salyavin, Darkel, and K-9)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Last time I recced, I did a theme set of BFA fics. I'm not going to try for that this time, but I figured I'd start with an awesome story about a set of somewhat obscure characters. This is the story of who was president of the Time Lords during the Time War (practically everyone), and I think it's funny even if you're not a bit obsessed with BFAs in general and the Gallifrey series in particular. But if you are, you'll find a lot of nods to the canon which make the fic amazing.

excerpt under the cut )
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It's my last rec of the week! Thanks for having me - I hope you enjoyed the fic.

Story: Miniature Disasters
Author: Calapine
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4456
Author's Summary: A heartwarming tale of marriages and a baby.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones/The Doctor (10th), Romana II/The Doctor (8th)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: This story is one of those that just brings it all together. New Who, Classic Series, nods to the Gallifrey canon. Three different timelines all running in the same space. It's funny and interesting and clever, and it's one of the fics that got me started writing my own fanfiction. Miniature Disasters is just really, really good.
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Story: Not Necessarily In That Order
Author: shinyjenni
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 684
Author's Summary: Hex lives in space now.
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Hex Schofield
Warnings: None.

Recced because: This story is a series of moments in the TARDIS. They're each interesting and fun and completely true to character. Seven and Ace and Hex are a great team, and I liked getting to see the quieter, more domestic moments.
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Story: Go Places
Author: Glinda
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1245
Author's Summary: Her heart will always go one step too far; it's not only the Doctor who needs someone to tell him to stop.
Characters/Pairings: Iris Wildthyme/Rose Tyler
Warnings: None.

Recced because: I have a weakness for Pete's World fic; I also have a weakness for Iris Wildthyme. I hadn't ever considered those two elements being combined, but this story does an amazing job. I like this ending (or continuation) for Rose quite a bit more than the one we got in canon.
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Story: Keeping Secrets
Author: platoapproved
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 2550
Author's Summary: A character study of Captain Mike Yates and Sergeant John Benton. The hows and whys and secrets and circumstances of their relationship.
Characters/Pairings: Mike Yates/Sergeant Benton, The Doctor (3rd)
Warnings: Explicit Sex. (I'd also add that it contains references to underage sex.)

Recced because: Taking a quick break from BFA recs because I love this story so much. The best character backstories make the canon itself make more sense - Keeping Secrets does that for not only Mike Yates, but also Benton. The voices are great, the writing is beautiful, and suddenly Invasion of the Dinosaurs makes a little bit more sense.
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Story: Writing History
Author: aralias
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1268
Author's Summary: Written history alters everything.
Characters/Pairings: Evelyn Smythe, The Doctor (6th)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Evelyn isn't one of my favorite audio companions, but this short does her justice. Evelyn's position as a historian traveling through time is fascinating, and something I wish the canon had done more with on a regular basis. Writing History fills in that gap admirably.
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Story: Time Lords in Floppy Hats
Author: Paranoid Seat
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1643
Author's Summary: The Doctor has escaped the justice of the Time Lords and hidden away on Earth. Two agents from the Celestial Intervention Agency are sent to retrieve him, but it's not all fun and games searching for a renegade on an alien planet. 'Unbound: Exile' audio, missing scenes.
Characters/Pairings: Other Character(s) (CIA Agents from Exile).
Warnings: None.

Recced because: I still haven't listened to Exile though I've been meaning to ever since I read this. So I can say for sure that you don't need to know the audio to love this story. The adventures of the two Time Lords as they try to deal with Earth culture and track down the Doctor are funny and meta and wonderful.
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Hey, hi! I'm neveralarch, and I'm going to be your reccer this week. It's going to be mostly fic based on the Big Finish audio series, but there will probably be some other areas of the fandom represented as well. I hope you'll check the stories out even if you're not familiar with the specific source material - they're all really good.

Anyway! On to the fic.

Story: The Storyteller
Author: atraphoenix
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2969
Author's Summary: Leela's stories begin with one Time Lord and end with another.
Characters/Pairings: Leela/Romana II, Sarah Jane Smith
Warnings: None.

Recced because: I read this fic before I listened to the Gallifrey audio series and before I watched almost any of Four, back when I only had a vague idea of who Romana or Leela were. This fic serves as a lovely introduction to both of their characters, and Leela in particular. Leela's struggle to live in and to change Gallifreyan society is depicted without shying away from the difficulties. But Leela doesn't lose hope, even at the bittersweet end.

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