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Story: Wait 'Til You Read Book Seven
Author: thirty2flavors
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1489
Author's Summary: The Doctor discovers a horrifying difference between that first universe and Pete's World. /
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?” she read aloud. She sent him a strange glance. “I thought you liked these books.”
Characters/Pairings: Handy/Rose, Tony, Jackie
Warnings: None

Recced because:... And to help you celebrate the ending of my reccing week(s), I leave you with a hilarious silly crack, in which the Doctor acts like, well, fandom. Because you just know he'll be an OTPer.
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Story: In Dreams
Author: rickmaniac101
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 3290
Author's Summary: Time Lords don't, by design, dream. But the Doctor is a very different sort of Time Lord.
Characters/Pairings: Third Doctor, Fifth Doctor, Seventh Doctor, Eighth Doctor, Ninth Doctor, Tenth Doctor, the Master (Delgado), the Master (Ainley), the Master (Roberts), the Master (Jacobi), the Master (Simm)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It's a fic that starts with Gallifreyan language, continues with the Doctor waiting for a bus, and has the respective Doctors and Masters - well, challenging each other, or rather, the Doctor challenges himself. And run away from that challenge in the same time. What is there not to absolutely love?
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Story: Memento
Author: johne
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1093
Author's Summary: Shou Yuing renews her acquaintance with Ace, and hears the story of one particular relic.
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane/Shou Yuing
Warnings: None (albeit, rather creepy at times).

Recced because: I must have said it before. But I love the stories that explore the darker side of the Seventh Doctor's period. Unlike most of them, this one isn't exactly about the Seventh Doctor, or his period. This one introduced to Ace long after she's left the Doctor, and instead of exploring the implication of his actions, gives a snapshot of how they still influence his companions, long after he's left them. And it manages to do it with humour and charm, so I was completely sold.
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Story: Moments of Life Unremembered
Author: Rivendellrose
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2685
Author's Summary: What does a moment mean, if you don't remember it? (Series of connected vignettes)
Characters/Pairings: Donna Noble, Jack Harkness, Martha Jones, Handy, Gwen Cooper, Tom Milligan, Sylvia Noble, Wilfred Mott
Warnings: None.

Recced because: If our memories determine who we are (and Time Lords most of all...), what DO the bits we don't remember mean? This story is a beautiful exploration of the people the Doctor left behind, not quite as intact as they used to be, and most importantly - their "regular life" afterwards.
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Story: For Destruction, Ice
Author: AstroGirl
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1010
Author's Summary: Combines two requests: "Something where the Master takes on Lucy as a companion and wife without anything so underhanded as mind control and the like" and "the Master takes Lucy to Utopia."
Characters/Pairings: The Master (Simm)/Lucy Saxon
Warnings: None.

Recced because: The author's note says it was supposed to centre on the Master, but much like in many of the good Doctor Who stories (and episodes), it's the companion that's at the centre of the piece, and in this case, this companion is Lucy Saxon. Despite being relatively short, this story does a good job of studying her without giving a too easy way out.
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No, I'm not reccing for two weeks. You just travelled back in time to last week. Honest.

Story: Fixing What Isn't Broken
Author: nordesm
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 5377
Author's Summary: The Doctor didn’t believe in luck, fate, or karma, but for some reason the Universe had a way of giving him exactly what he needed despite the fact that he rarely knew he was in need.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Captain Jack Harkness
Warnings: None.

Recced because: The Doctor's favourite method of dealing with pain (or anything else, let's be honest here), is to run like hell. In this fic, even when he's trying to run away from the people he knows, he accidentally finds them again. Fixing what isn't broken a very sweet mini-adventure post Journey's End. What I love most about it though isn't just that it's sweet (and another lovely explanation on how Jack's missing memories are all the Doctor's fault, my favourite kind) but that it doesn't "fix" the Doctor. The adventure isn't about the Doctor getting over what he did to Donna, but learning to live with that - and moving on, the way the Doctor always does.
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Story: Don't Pass The Salt
Author: awanderingminstrel
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1053
Author's Summary: Stuck in a holding cell? Must be Tuesday.
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, Captain Jack Harkness, Rose Tyler.
Warnings: None.

Recced because: ... And to continue the week's theme of crack and threesomes, here's a fic that isn't crack and isn't a threesome, but does a good job of pretending to be both. It's a snippet of an adventure that gives up the excuse of plot (let's admit it, mostly they're flimsy, anyway), and just goes straight to the Doctor and Jack, bickering (and flirting slightly). And it's hilarious.
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Story: Operation Cuckoo
Author: Roach Patrol
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 993
Author's Summary: "Hope is a good emotion." The Doctor's got an alien pregnancy. Rose has got baby names.
Characters/Pairings: Handy/Rose
Warnings: Swearing

Recced because: Silly crack for Saturday night (or evening, or noon. Or Sunday morning. Depends on where you are). This one takes the ridiculousness of mpreg in both hands, and then puts the Doctor on top (and boy, is Handy here so much the Doctor). We've got Handy getting excited over alien babies' genomes, Rose mocking the Doctor for getting himself pregnant, and names being vetoed. Hooray!
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Story: The Doctor Still Dances
Author: teacupnosaucer
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 1203
Author's Summary: Amy and Rory play dress-up. So, coincidentally, does the Doctor.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond/ Rory Williams/ Eleventh Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: I didn't set out to make this threesome week, it just happened that way! As it is, the Doctor Still Dances manages to capture just about everything I love in the interaction between Amy, Rory and the Doctor. Amy is playful and doesn't take things too seriously; Rory is a bit reluctant but is willing to try for Amy; and the Doctor is willing to put aside his demons for a moment (but just for a moment) for his companions. And just like in the best episodes of this trio, there's also the slightly uncomfortable undercurrent, the things we, the audience know, that Amy and Rory don't - this fic manages to be touching and fun at the same time.
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Story: Losing the High Ground
Author: Jasper
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1272
Author's Summary: In an alternate universe, the Doctor chose to be a hero on the Game Station, and the Earth died. On a ruined planet, for a mourning man, it's impossible to hold the high ground for long.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor
Warnings: None.

Recced because: This fic is interesting as an AU, but what I love most of it is the imagery. With a rather unexpected focus on the London Eye (because really, here's Murphy right there - what London landmark is going to outlive humanity? The London Eye, of course!), a very possible version of the Doctor comes to life in a vivid way.
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Story: Five Hundred and Twenty, or Thereabouts
Author: agapi42
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2068
Author's Summary: Luke, Clyde and Rani are not a triangle, and they add up to more than a guaranteed one hundred and eighty.
Characters/Pairings: Clyde Langer/Rani Chandra/Luke Smith, Sarah Jane Smith
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It's a SJA fic, which is always a great way to start the week - and in this case, it's also incredibly sweet. What strikes me most about this fic is how intertwined the friendship and love between the main characters is. Like the triangle it describes, neither is more important than the other - they're both two sides of the same coin. Just like all three characters manage to be in character and their awesome selves.
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Story: Broken
Author: Pete Galey
Word count: 2,460
Rating: All ages
Author's Summary: A trap is set for the arch trap-setter.
Characters/pairings: The Doctor, Ace
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Because Broken manages to be funny and full of banter without losing the most interesting part of the dynamic between the Seventh Doctor and Ace, and at the same time play with that dynamic in the most brilliant way. Because it's so essentially Doctor Who, at whatever incarnation. Because it manages to be funny and full of banter and with a happy ending, but still hint at a much deeper darkness. And in the end, because it's a really good story.
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Story: A Slight Change Of Plan
Author: rutsky
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 673
Author's Summary: He'd been promised a tabula rasa.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: See, even though this story has now been turned AU by canon, it's still extremely, extremely believable. The Doctor, after the Time War, after destroying Gallifrey - realising the Time Lords lied. But that's what Time Lords do, isn't it? They're quite the manipulative bastards... and rutsky captures this beautifully, together with Nine's voice and the pain of the Time War.
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Let's take a break from depressing fic, shall we.

Story: A Quarter of Your Kingdom
Author: Schildkroet
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 8,386
Author's Summary: Jack and the Doctor have saved the world. Again. Now it is up to Owen to save them, on threat of imaginary death. Such is the life of a doctor at Torchwood.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor/ Captain Jack Harkness, Owen Harper
Warnings: None

Recced because: It's fluffy fluff. But even though I have a very low threshold for fluff, it doesn't bother me or get on my nerves in the case of this story. A Quarter of Your Kingdom manages to be funny and fun and sweet. The Doctor and Jack show up back in Torchwood after an adventure gone somewhat wrong, and for the first part of the story, Owen finds himself being the Doctor's Doctor in a very Owen-ish, sarcastic way. The second part of the story has a lot of entertaining, comic scenes between the Doctor and Jack, and in between the comedy, a lot of sweetness appears.
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Story: And Straight On 'Til Morning
Author: Jayne Leitch
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 906
Author's Summary: "I came back for my mother," he explained, "to take her to the Neverland."
Characters/Pairings: Rose Tyler, the Doctor (author created)
Warnings: None

Recced because: What people miss most of all about Peter Pan is that it's downright depressing. And this story captures exactly why.
And Doctor Who is, of course, the best fandom ever to write a tribute to Peter Pan, as the Doctor is already so similar to Peter. Which makes this little ficlet not only depressing, but also very real. It's one of the best parallels to make, and Jayne Leitch captures it beautifully.
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Story: Broken Telephone
Author: Macadamanaity
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1,244
Author's Summary: Five conversations about something else.
Characters/Pairings: Luke Smith, Clyde Lander, Rani Chandra, Sarah Jane Smith, Maria Jackson (,K-9)
Warnings: None

Recced because: Good friendships fics are always a treasure, and in this Macadamanaity captured the friendship between the SJA gang perfectly. On the surface, Luke has finally learned the art of practical jokes and is testing his new ability on his old friends. Peel it a bit more and you get a wonderful depiction of friendship that is true to the characters and to the stories they are usually in.
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Story: Almost Human"
Author: aces
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3,016
Author's Summary: Fitz is, after all, only human.
Characters/Pairings: Fitz Kreiner, Anji Kapoor, 8th Doctor.
Warnings: None.

Recced because: I think it's mainly the bittersweet nostalgia of this one that really makes it a great read. It's not nostalgia for a better time, though. The Fitz in this story is nostalgic (or, perhaps wistful?) for a different time. At the bottom line, it's the humanity of the story, and of the characters in it. Aces masterfully using the characters, even the non-human Doctor, who is incapable of truly understanding humans - like the Doctor is, really - to make a point about people. And it's not people as great creatures, as the Doctor is prone to monologue about, not the romantic idea of the wonderful human spirit, but people as they are for all their flaws. I haven't actually read any of the published material with Fitz, but in aces' 3000 words (and a bit), he becomes a true human being.
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Hello! No, you're not wrong. I am Pitry and this is not December. But I'm going to help you pretend it is winter now (or summer, depends on where you are in the world) by reccing this week!
And we shall the week start with something funny.

Story: A Few Quiet Drinks
Author: jadesfire
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5,057
Author's Summary: This is a Torchwood/Discworld crossover.
Characters/Pairings: Ianto Jones, Toshiko Sato, Suzie Costello, Gwen Cooper, Owen Harper, Captain Jack Harkness, various citizens, denizens and other zens of Ankh Morpork.
Warnings: None.

Recced because: For a change, the summary doesn't say it all. Well, there's only a limit to how serious things can get when your crossover is Torchwood and Discworld, but still, what the summary doesn't tell is the mutual life of exasperation and eternal confusion the agents of Torchwood share with the various people of Ankh Morpork. But it's not just the comedy. You'd think it's impossible to write this crossover and yet keep both sets of characters in character, but whether it's Death picking up Suzie, Ianto and Igor sharing a grumble together, or Jack talking to Grannie Weatherwax, it's in character, it's funny, and it makes you wish Sir PTerry would write a Torchwood episode.
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Story: Children, Go Where I Send Thee
Author: Poetry
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1,089
Author's Summary: There are children on Earth stranded far from their families. Friends of the Doctor help them find their way home.
Characters/Pairings: Donna Noble, Jack Harkness, Amy Pond, Rory Williams
Warnings: None.

Recced because: The Doctor doesn't just save the world, he also changes the people around him and teaches them to save the world. This is a very sweet story on how the Doctor can make the world just a little bit better - without even being in the story, at all.

Happy 2011, folks!
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Story: More Than Five Minutes
Author:lamarnza
Rating:
 All Ages
Word Count:
 1,054
Author's Summary:
 The Doctor never comes back for Amy Pond, but she learns to live without him, and to live her adventures another way. With Rory.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond/ Rory Williams
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It's an interesting story, this one. You're not quite sure what you're reading - is this an AU, the Doctor being erased but Amy still remembers, or none of the above? It shows a series of events that is suspiciously similar to series 5, but none of these events actually happen. But that's just the background - instead, it explores the relationship between Amy and Rory in a way that is very similar - if also very different - to the show.
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Story: Chase Your Demons Away
Author:Thirty2Flavors
Rating:
 All Ages
Word Count:
 3,652
Author's Summary:
 Three weeks after Norway, the Doctor bonds with Tony Tyler over a shared affliction -- bad dreams. Tony accepts the man in the hallway as the same flesh-and-blood action hero from all Rose’s stories, full stop. Tony doesn’t find the human warmth of the Doctor’s skin strange or send him pointed looks if he says something more Donna than Doctor. Tony probably doesn’t dream about beaches and pinstripes, either.
Characters/Pairings: 10.5/Rose, Tony Tyler
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It's a bit of a problem, to get Handy quite right - the enough amount of human and Donna while still maintaining a person who's essentially the Doctor is a difficult task. thirty2flavors does a wonderful job of it here, telling what is essentially a human story, but still makes a perfect fit for the Doctor.
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Story: Got Sonic?
Author: Lady_Yueh
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2,081
Author's Summary: Rodney McKay with a sonic screwdriver. Be afraid.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Rodney McKay (Stargate Atlantis)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: I'm sort of tempted to just write here, "Well look at the summary!". This story is just as funny as you'd expect. A 16-year-old Rodney McKay gets to roam the universe with the Doctor. Be very afraid!
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Hello, and welcome to Calufrax Pitry's 2010 reccing comm! I'm Pitry, and I'll be your reccer for this year week. I bring you a variety of recs to enjoy the end of 2009 2010 and the beginning of 2010 2011. And now I shall spare you any more failed attempts at humour and go to my first story:

Story: All These Things That We've Done (The Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow Remix)
Author: atraphoenix
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3,516
Author's Summary: “Another world, Doctor! You've brought Miss Shaw and myself to another world without even asking for our consent!”
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart/Liz Shaw, The Third Doctor.
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is a very sweet and funny what-if story, that gives two wonderful companions the chance to see what's out there. It was always quite a shame they didn't get it in the show itself, especially Liz, and I'm all for fixing that unfortunate situation. Atraphoenix doesn't just fix it, but fixes it with a lot of honesty for the characters (and some romance to boot), a good story and the right amount of humour to make a story truly joyful to read.
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Story: Confessions and Crocodiles
Author: vvj5
Word count: 2143
Rating: all ages
author's summary: Either the Doctor is having a nightmare featuring an odd girl in pyjamas, or Lynda Day is having yet another weird dream, this one involving a chatty, skinny guy... or something even stranger is going on this time.
Warning: Er, spoilers for Press Gang?

Recced because: Due to technical difficulties I didn't originally have a story to rec today. Now I'm glad I was a couple of fics short, because I don't have to bump any other story for this fresh-out-of-the-oven wonder. And I would have, because it's fantastic. It's a mixture of light hearted storytelling, Lynda Day's extremely entertaining pragmatism, and a very dark streak running underneath in either character's mind. It's sweet, funny and dark in the corner of your eye - everything that makes Doctor Who such a brilliant show. (and to those who fear of unknown crossovers, I don't think you need to watch Press Gang to appreciate it - I've only ever seen a couple of episodes).
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Story: On The Benefits of Having An Attic
Author: dbskyler
Word count: 897
Rating: All ages
Author's Summary: The Doctor sent K-9 to Sarah as a gift. Now what's she supposed to do with all the other stuff?
Characters/ pairings: Sarah Jane Smith, K-9

Recced because: You know those awkward bits when your exes give you back all the stuff you left in their house over the years? When the ex is the Doctor and the house is the Tardis.... well, it can get a bit uncomfortable, too. And messy. And hilarious, especially if the fic is in diary form and you just can't wait to see what's the next thing Sarah Jane has to deal with!
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Story: Play That Funky Music White Boy
Author: Darth Loki
Word count: 2428
Ratings: teen
Author's summary: The Doctor finds himself in a cell with the Master and the Master's iPod. Things go downhill from there.
Characters/ pairing: Tenth Doctor/ Simm!Master

Recced because: I might just possibly maybe feel the need for one Doctor/ Master crack every time I rec. I keep on meaning to rec this one but never got round to it, so finally it gets its rightful rec. There isn't a lot to say about this story, other than it delivers exactly what it promises to do: take the Doctor, stick him in a cell with the Master - and the Master's iPod. It manages to be cracky, hilarious and in character, which is quite a feat. And completely and utterly enjoyable.
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Story: Last Train from Iskenderun
Author: JJPOR
Word count: 9213
Rating: Teen
Author's summary: Bea remembers. She remembers fighting monsters, righting wrongs, defying death. And running. An awful lot of running.
Characters/pairings: Bea & Edgar Nelson-Stanely
Warnings: none.

Recced because: The [livejournal.com profile] who_like_giants ficathon has yielded a lot of wonderful stories, but if I have to pick up one, this is it. Taking mysterious Bea from the SJA episode "Eye of the Gorgon", it shows us not how she learned of Sontarans (exactly) or fighting aliens (exactly), but rather a charming tale about a woman meeting a man and the two falling in love... amidst Indiana Jones-esque running and archeology, and still makes complete sense Whoniverse-wise. In short, this one's complete joy from start to finish.
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Story: Armour
Author: Mamfidd82
Word count:1303
Rating:All ages
Author's summary:The Doctor always hides behind something or other. Usually, it's himself.
Characters/pairings:Ace McShane, Adric, Barbara Wright, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Charley Pollard, Ian Chesterton, Jamie McCrimmon, Jo Grant, Martha Jones, Peri Brown, Rose Tyler, Susan Foreman, Tegan Jovanka, The Doctor (all of him).
Warnings: none.

Recced because: Well this one's just lovely. Touching, and sad, and a it painful, but lovely. A collection of moments, from both Old and New Who, that make you want to slap the Doctor and hug him all at the same time. And most importantly, catches the very essence of the Doctor in such a beautiful manner.
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Story: It Will Come For Your Children
Author: Primsong (and others)
Rating: All ages
Word count: ~2000 words
Author's summary: A combined effort collection of drabbles and ficlets to see how many ways the Doctor can scrounge for new companions from the progeny of the old.
Characters/ Pairings: Tenth Doctor, various companions from throughout the years.
Warnings: None.

recced because: A good crackfic, as I point out time and again, is good for the soul. This is a bunch of drabbles and ficlets that will do wonders to whoever reads them! The Tenth Doctor, as we all know, has companion... issues. It's only logical he'll go scavenge his ex-companions' children as his companions, when you think about it! Needless to say, their parents are less than impressed. Each and every drabble/ficlet in this series is the definition of hilarious.
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story: The Art of Manipulation
Author: csg1
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2,668
Author's summary: When the Master and Jack are too busy fighting with each other to pay attention to him, the Doctor takes matters into his own hands. Crack fic.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor/Captain Jack Harkness/The Master (Simm).
Warnings: Swearing.

Recced because: A good crack is good for the soul. This one's magnificent. Set within a completely mad/unexplained/silly alternate universe in which the Doctor drags both Jack and the Master with him post LotTL (and let's admit it, they both have a thing for him...), desperate measures have to be taken in order for the two of them to stop trying to pry each others' eyes out. Or something. Like any good crack fic, the fine details don't actually matter, because the result is brilliant and hilarious.
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story: All The King's Horses
Author: RobinC
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 26,612
Author's summary: A star empire is menaced by deadly creatures from the time of Rassilon. Will one lone Time Lord and a human companion be enough to defeat them?
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble
Warnings: none.

Recced because: The Time War. Personally it's definitely one of my favourite things about the new series, especially because of the growth it forces into the Doctor's character. In this is one of the reasons I love RobinC's story so much. In many ways, it captures perfectly the spirit of the series - an outwards story of an exciting adventure in which - surprise, surprise - the Doctor saves the world/universe, but the heart of the story is the Doctor dealing with his own actions and his own role in the Time War. This story is funny at times, melancholic at others, and can be very sad and touching... but also manages to keep the spirit of the show in the great sense of hope it has. Brilliant characterisations of both the Doctor and Donna, brilliant plotting and beautiful execution make this a very satisfying read all around.
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Caveat: Children, when signing up to rec, make sure you're fully aware what else is happening in that week. *looks at pile of tissues*. Ah, well, I reckon I'm recovered enough to rec this:

story: All Through The Night
Author: Significant Owl
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1,320
Author's summary: This was when it was hardest. When he was still, when he was quiet, when he could be anybody. [post-ep for TCI]
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Rose Tyler
Warnings: none.

Recced because: Considering the tragedies that follow the Doctor wherever he goes, it's easy to forget Ten started his life happy, between people he loved, and had loads of fun. All Through The Night, taking place right after The Christmas Invasion, is a beautiful, sweet fic that captures these moments perfectly - a simple, quiet moment of getting to know the Doctor all over again.
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Story: How The West Was Lost
Author: vvj5
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 24,486
Author's summary: What the good citizens of Stodge City want is a US Peace Marshal to run the Rumpo Kid out of town. What they get is a confused sanitation engineer, demure Miss Oakley with a rifle in her trunk, an elegant Time Lord who’s the living spit of the dead sheriff and a sceptical Brigadier who might just be the only man in the town who can shoot straight. The Old West was never like this…
Characters/Pairings: Third Doctor, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart
Warnings: none.

Recced because: So, to end the year 2009 on a high note, I hereby rec another humorous crossover - in many ways, the humorous crossover. Worry not - if you've never heard of Carry On Cowboy, this is still not an excuse not to read this wonderful story. I haven't til I read it, and I laughed my head off anyway. Building on the wonderful meta notion that actors actually go and have more than one job on television - and apparently a surprising number of them found work on both Doctor Who and the Carry On movies - vvj5 gives us a unique crossover full of hilarious misunderstandings and reminiscent of the time "sitcom" was not an ugly word. Also, it's Three and the Brig. These two are enough to make any story worthwhile, and their onscreen chemistry is translated beautifully into this story.
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Story: A Grand Day Out
Author: Persiflage
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 653
Author's summary: A Moon landing with a difference.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Martha Jones, Wallace & Gromit
Warnings: none.

Recced because: There are a lot of things I could say about this story. But none of them are necessary. The only thing that should be said is these three words: Wallace & Gromit crossover.
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Story: The Wish Machine
Author: Spastic_visions
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2229
Author's summary: The dangers of dreaming too hard. [2.13 spoilers]
Characters/Pairings: Captain Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Toshiko Sato
Warnings: none.

Recced because: Well, there is a warning to this one: it'll break your heart. Torchwood find mcguffins all the time, and in this little gem it's "a wish machine" - like Harry Potter's Mirror of Erised, it allows people to see their heart's desire. Coupled with Owen and Tosh's death in Exit Wounds - and Tosh has always been one of my favourite Torchwood characters - the result is more bitter than sweet. But it's also bittersweet because it does a brilliant job at capturing who Tosh really is - she often gets sidelined, in the show as well as in fanfic, but The Wish Machine does her absolute justice.
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'Ello! I'm Pitry and I shall be your reccer for this week. In the unlikely event this week will turn out to be a trainwreck, the emergency exits are here, here, here and everywhere! Also, oxygen masks are available.

Story: The Alien-Fighters' Social Club
Author: such_heights
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2540
Author's Summary: [A Torchwood/Stargate: Atlantis crossover] Sheppard and his team were to stay based with Torchwood Three until such a time as the Daedalus was in orbit. A chance to improve inter-organisational relations, apparently.
Characters/Pairing Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato, Ianto Jones, Stargate Atlantis team (Sheppard, McKay, Teyla and Ronon).
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It's the old age question of science fiction. What's the faster ship, The Enterprise or the Millennium Falcon? Who's the worse alien menace, the Daleks or the Borg? Which team is more incompetent, Torchwood or Sheppard's Atlantis team? This deliciously hilarious crossover makes sure to answer at least one of these questions. Even though I'll forever have a soft spot for the franchise, I'm not a big fan of Stargate Atlantis. But this story not only exploits the best of both worlds, it also feels quite accessible for those who are not familiar with the crossover.
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So! It's been a week since I started reccing and this is my chance to say goodbye, hope people have enjoyed the stories I recced! For my last rec, I shall leave you with an especially sweet fanfic. Eeeew.

Story: Job Hunting, Back Soon
Author: csg1
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 3528
Author's Summary: Being stuck in the past once again is taking its toll on Martha, and the Doctor's not helping. Blink!Fic.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Martha Jones
Warnings: None

Recced because: Living with the Doctor must be a terrible experience. After all, despite his best (?) efforts, he's not human and he doesn't really understand the finer points of humanity. Running away from dangers with him looks fun, but when our heroes are stuck in one place - say, 1969 - it's a disaster waiting to happen. Job Hunting, Back Soon is an extremely realistic approach to those months the Doctor and Martha spent stuck in 1969, and captures beautifully all those annoying little habits of flatmates, all those things the Doctor just can't understand, and the sort-of friendship between the Doctor and Martha. there's been a bunch of these - and quite some good ones, too - but this is definitely my favourite of all the stories of the genre I've read. It's not an excuse to ship Martha and the Doctor (canon! canon!), it doesn't try and make the Doctor a better person than he is in the show, or Martha... it's a brilliant piece and I really see it happening on screen, if Blink wouldn't've been slotted as the Doctor-light of series 3.
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Story: Future-Perfet-In-Past
Author: Veldeia
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 13,564
Author's Summary: Dead Weevils and an unconscious Doctor amount to a mystery more challenging and less straightforward than usual for the Torchwood team.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Captain Jack Harkness, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato, Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones
Warnings: None

Recced because: Torchwood/ Doctor Who crossovers can be either extremely cool or extremely terrible. This one's definitely on the "extremely cool" side - a double mystery surrounding the Doctor and weevils (what else?) is at the centre of this lovely adventure. The best thing about this possible crossover is very apparent in this story - the tension between the Torchwood team (and their way of doing things) and the Doctor, who finds himself working with them in order to solve the mysteries: Torchwood are trigger-happy (as usual), the Doctor is condescending (as usual), and Jack is, well, Jack. This could have been treasured for the simple fact I find a lot of Doctor/Torchwood stories to be terrible, but it's actually a good, interesting, funny story, that leaves a fuzzy feeling once it's finished.
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Story: Deep Focus
Author: Pete Galey
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 62,564
Author's Summary: Benny, Chris and Roz help the Doctor decide what to do when a priceless work of art falls into his hands. While they're distracted, something very important is stolen: themselves.
Characters/Pairings: Seventh Doctor, Bernice Summerfield, Christopher Cwej, Ros Forrester
Warnings: Swearing

Recced because: This is a long fic. A very long fic. And I'm starting with this "warning" because I usually feel exasperation at seeing such high word count and don't read the story. And yet, I've read this story at one sitting. The author's comment says this was an attempt at writing an original New Adventure. Well, it was, to my opinion, a complete success. This story starts as a series of small hints and pieces being thrown at the reader, but in a very well-thought way: the plot isn't at all obvious and yet not far-fetched, and the moment the penny dropped my response was "OH!" and it still felt completely satisfying (and really, I'm not just squeeing over the plot because my plotting tends to be fuzzy round the edges at the best of times...:)). Not to give too much away about the plot, our four heroes find themselves in a middle of nowhere without the Tardis, and have to understand what's going on around them - and survive it. The mystery is excellent, the character voices are spot on, and the feel is that of an authentic NA: it doesn't try to be an episode, but instead plays on the strength of a written story. Oh, and the prologue/ epilogue are properly haunting and touching, too. A must read for NA fans - and actually,not just NA fans.
[identity profile] pitry.livejournal.com
Story: Six Lies The Doctor Told Jack (And One He Told Himself)
Author: A Moment In Subtext
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 636
Author's Summary: Jack is naive, in the same way that all humans are.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor/ Captain Jack Harkness. sort of.
Warnings: None

Recced because: As a Jack/Ten slasher with a fetish for canon, I'm usually a very frustrated fanfic reader. Either the slash's not right or the characters aren't. Maybe that's why this extremely long titled story really works for me - it's not really slash and it doesn't really adhere to canon. Instead, it does one of the most important things fanfics are here for, but rarely do well - it shows something that is usually only hinted at by a television show aired on 7 pm on Saturdays, and beautifuly highlights the Doctor himself.

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