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Story: At Last
Author: Doyle
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1278
Author's Summary: "Oh, was I supposed to seduce you? Really, Romana, you must write these things in the diary."
Characters/Pairings: Four/Romana
Warnings: None

Recced because: well-written Four dialogue is a precious thing, and Doyle absolutely nails his capacity to be pompous, distracted and entirely self-obsessed, even when he's supposed to be flirting. You can practically see the Eiffel Tower in the background, this feels so much like a missing scene from City of Death - although apparently they've had time for an adventure in between with the chinless Prince Arfargle...
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Story: 'Waxwork'
Author: roseveare
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 5551
Author’s summary: "The Doctor, Fitz and Anji visit a museum on a peaceful holiday planet. The exhibits hit a bit too close to home for Fitz."
Characters/Pairings: Eight, Fitz, Anji
Warnings: None

Recommended because: The Doctor was on his hands and knees in the sand, contentedly building a sandcastle. The sight of him in shorts and a brightly coloured shirt was faintly disturbing, but Fitz had long gotten over the urge to buy himself a T-shirt declaring 'I'M NOT WITH THAT NUTTER'. Anji was evidently still going through that stage of acquaintance. If (like me) you have only a passing understanding of Fitz's encounter with the Faction Paradox/Remote, you'll still appreciate why a museum filled with exact - and living - replicas of famous names causes a dash of angst to infiltrate the holiday atmosphere. A glorious combination of the daft and the emo (which is pretty much the definition of both Eight and Fitz, after all).
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Story: 'The Sacred Art Of Stealing'
Author: Netgirl_y2k
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 459
Author’s summary: 'A very serious and in no way silly story in which the Doctor attempts to pinch Sarah Jane's companions.'
Characters/Pairings: Ten, Sarah, Maria, Luke, Clyde
Warnings: None

Recommended because: I'm a sucker for companions who become more Doctorish than the fellow himself, and the vision of a weary (but quietly smug) Sarah telling Ten to bog off as he attempts to half-inch her kids is a peach. Short, daft, and funny. (And given the apparent casting situation for SJA season 2, I'm declaring the final paragraph canon.)
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Story: "Irresistible Force"
Author: synaesthete7
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 11,069
Author’s summary: 'The Fifth Doctor gets a haircut, acquires a temporary new companion, and matches wits with a terrifying alien killer.'
Characters/Pairings: Five
Warnings: None

Recommended because: I'd be holding his hand if I had the nerve. If I tell you this is a first-person, present tense tale of a plucky Canadian student-turned-hairdresser who winds up accompanying the Fifth Doctor in the thrilling pursuit of a murderous alien (but only after running her hands through his silky locks), you'll probably shout 'Mary Sue' - and you won't be entirely wrong. But the companion is the audience POV figure: the entire canon is predicated on a little whiff of self-insertion, that 'what if it were me?' temptation. synaesthete7 embraces that concept and produces an absolute cracker of a story: note-perfect Doctor characterisation (seen through the eyes of the innocent bystander swept up in his usual chaos, the type of wide-eyed enthused newbie that Five never had in his crowded TARDIS), and a narrative that positively fizzes with charm, pace, and quality. Without doubt my favourite Five-era fic.
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Story: Dreaming of England
Author: Kitty Fisher
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 52382
Author's Summary: After Turlough went home...
Characters/Pairings: Five/Turlough, Five/Master, Master/Turlough
Warnings: graphic sex, graphic violence, non-con, rape, drugs, hurt/comfort, angst

Recced because: this is the granddaddy of Five/Turlough fic, plain and simple. Even if you’ve never clapped eyes on this story, if you’ve ever read or written any Five/Turlough fic or meta or vague flailing in their direction, it’s probably been influenced by this one. Every pairing has its origin story and for them, this is it: one of the first (possibly the first: it’s been online since 98 at least) to explore the potential in a swishy blond Time Lord (complete with a kinky sadist for an ex-boyfriend) and an angsty ginger minx in school uniform. Thanks to the likes of [livejournal.com profile] who_otp, these days it’s hard to imagine any pairing being ‘new’ – but think back to a fannish world where slash really was marginal: when there was only one fic to read. That’s how fanon is made.

This rec comes with provisos. This is not light reading: it’s long, the warnings are genuine, there’s melodrama aplenty, and the schmoopiness amidst all the h/c might well read like slash cliché these days. But this is a justified classic, chockfull of tension, angst, and the creeping sense of dread that suits the tail-end of the Five era down to the ground. If you've newly discovered Doctor/Master thanks to the new series: if you like your Turlough smushed to bits and chained to a wall (and lord knows, JNT seemed to): if you have even a passing interest in classic Who slash - well, this is how they kick it old-school.
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Story: Make Her Some Great Princess, Six Feet High
Author: livii
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 824
Author's Summary: "Write your own story then," Zoe says. "We're in a land of fiction. We can do anything we want."
Characters/Pairings: Zoe/Victoria
Warnings: none

Recced because: it's what the companion role is all about: characters who aren't just piggybacking onto a Time Lord's wacky fun, but learning how to live 'the adventure inside of them'. Zoe, with her superbrain and sparkly arse, already knows this - so when she runs into Victoria Waterfield in The Mind Robber's Land of Fiction, she's the ideal person to help her to write her own story. Sweet, funny, and - if it doesn't sound too absurd - empowering. And did I mention the sparkly arse?
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Story: Orbit
Author: KindKit
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 327
Author's Summary: Jamie thinks the future's a grand place.
Characters/Pairings: Two/Jamie
Warnings: none

Recced because: it encapsulates their canon relationship in one simple, well-chosen metaphor - and then lets Jamie be the one curious enough to explore it. Short, but lovely.
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Story: The Nooks of Soho
Author: VMG
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 4311
Author's Summary: Barbara and Ian? Let's not kid ourselves. After life in the TARDIS, no one's that straight...
Characters/Pairings: Barbara/Ian, Barbara/Susan, Ian/One, Ian/m, Barbara/f
Warnings: potential underage squick

Recced because: despite my firm belief that Ian and Barbara got married and are still somewhere in London, perfectly contented, VMG writes a disastrous sex scene between them which manages to be hilarious, sweet, and utterly convincing.  This is a story about the impossibility of simply coming home again after travelling on the TARDIS.  Ian and Barbara love one another, but that's not always enough, and both find themselves resorting to fairly desperate measures under the strictures of 60s society to fill the gaps.

It's not the most comfortable read: this isn't intended as 'hawt pron' by any stretch, and the swirling time structure is a little hard to follow in places.  But it's a thought-provoking piece, the dialogue is absolutely spot-on, and the closing paragraphs are just plain beautiful.
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Looks like the calufrax slash representation is going to be up after this week then... :D

Summer in the City
Author: aces
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 1578
Author's Summary: Traveling with the Doctor was a little more complicated than Rose had expected.
Characters/Pairings: Rose/Polly
Warnings: femslash, but nothing explicit

Recced because: 'Any time you want a little brightness in your life, come to Pol.'  Polly is tragically underepresented in fic, and the portrayal of her in this little gem is so beguiling that it might just result in more.  It's a simple vignette: Rose wakes up in 1966 after an atypical (but not at all regretted) one night stand with someone the Doctor would recognise - if he wasn't off trawling record shops.  But there are no tricksy games with crossed timelines and mentions of TARDISes here.  This is all about two women in the moment: Polly, the blithely confident, effortlessly charming party girl, singing in the shower; Rose, blearily remembering the evening's events and moving from hungover to something rather better. 

If you know Polly, you'll delight in aces' perfect characterisation.  If you don't, it's a lovely introduction: read this, leave a review, and then dig out a copy of The War Machines so you can be seduced by her too.


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