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Title: Walking the Labyrinth.
Author: LilacFree.
Characters/Pairings: 4th Doctor, Adric, K9, Tegan Jovanka, the Master (Ainsley).
Rating: All ages.
Warnings: None.
Word Count: 3419.
Summary: Doctor who? Has any one else ever walked into the TARDIS without having met the Doctor? This story is an attempt to walk in Tegan's high-heeled shoes. It follows canon from the 4th Doctor episode 'Logopolis' fairly closely, with a couple of additions.
Follows my story 'First Step' and is part of the same series. It also draws from the drabble 'He Laughs'.

Recced Because: Taking a couple of scenes from Logopolis where not much happens other than Tegan exploring, getting lost and frightened, in the TARDIS before she has met the Doctor and turns it into an effective character study. I like to see this both as Tegan working through her fears but also as a study of the Doctor by means of the TARDIS. The author makes use to two meanings for the labyrinth: meditation tool, and location for the Theseus and the Minotaur myth, with the Master as the Minotaur.
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Title: A Discourse on the Medical Risks of Regeneration.
Author: pencilguardian.
Characters/Pairings: 3rd Doctor.
Rating: All ages.
Warnings: None.
Word Count: 3058.
Summary: On Gallifrey, the newly-minted Third Doctor gets a checkup.

Recced Because: I find regeneration really interesting, and the transition of the 2nd Doctor to the 3rd is not typical as we all know. This fic occurs after the timelords have forced the 2nd Doctor to regenerate. The 3rd Doctor is in a weakened and precarious state for most of this story, the action focusing instead of the Gallifreyan physician and a guard. The writer is very economical, having so few characters and such a simple plot. This story stands out most for me as a window into Gallifreyan life, as the physician describes all the various ways regenerations can go wrong.
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Title: Gallifreyan Elks.
Author: sarlania.
Characters/Pairings: 4th Doctor, Romana I.
Rating: All ages.
Warnings: None.
Word Count: 930.
Summary: The Doctor and Romana discuss fashion.

Recced Because: The banter between the 4th Doctor and Romana comes across in a way that is very in keeping with their on-screen dynamic: witty, intelligent and just a little disturbing. When done right, seeing these two Gallifreyans interact gives the impression that they know what in their personalities is truly ridiculous and what would only seem so to non-Gallifreyans. This is what happens in this little story. It has a crack element too; the inspiration seems to be why the 4th Doctor's boots turn into shoes when he regenerates.
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Title: In Captivity
Author: theshoelessone.
Characters/Pairings: 5th Doctor, Tegan Jovanka, 5/Tegan.
Rating: All ages.
Warnings: None.
Word Count: 1760.
Summary: Five/Tegan. The spectators at an alien zoo expect more than they're given when the two humanoids are paraded before them. After all, the sign did read "Mating Couple in Captivity."

Recced Because: Just think about how much Tegan would love being in a situation like this. Hilarious. It's a fluffy story that peeks at a larger plot that is going on just on the edge of the action. It's crack-fic like at times, but what takes it beyond stories of its kind (silly fluff) is just how well drawn the 5th Doctor and Tegan are.


Mating couple in captivity, indeed. Maybe the female wasn't in season.
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Title: Unnecessary Vector.
Author: Primsong.
Characters/Pairings: 2nd Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon, Victoria Waterfield.
Rating: All ages.
Warnings: None.
Word Count: 9857.
Summary: In which the Second Doctor, Jamie & Victoria find an old acquaintance meddling once again.

Recced Because: It's a delight to read. This fic features a timelord I won't name specifically, but whose name rhymes with 'Nettling Skunk.' He's completely lovely in a slightly defective way. My experience of the Second Doctor's era is very thin, and I haven't seen The Time Meddler but I don't think that these facts have impaired my enjoyment of this story at all. The characters sell this story. Nothing of great moment happens; it's a fun, character-driven read.
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Hello! [livejournal.com profile] philosophercat here! I too will be reccing fics this week for your reading pleasure. *tips hat*

Title: Serenity's Shadow.
Author: Chryse.
Characters/Pairings: 5th Doctor, Nyssa of Traken, Tegan Jovanka, Adric.
Rating: All ages.
Warnings: None.
Word Count: 28316.
Summary: Set after the events of the novel 'Cold Fusion' and before 'Earthshock'. Nyssa decides she wants to leave the TARDIS crew and make a new life for herself on the Trakenite colony of Serenity. But little does she realise 'there's no place like home'.

Recced Because: This work in progress is a worthy sequel to the serial Keeper of Traken, a powerful story difficult to follow up on. The regular characters are pitch-perfect, those invented by the author well rounded and memorable. Each element slots in nicely, the atmosphere and pacing would fit an actual episode from its era. In addition, it is worth noting that the author avoids many of the pitfalls fan fiction writers very often have in portraying Adric. He's given the same honest treatment as the others, which is just another way of saying the author's done her work well.


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