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Thank you to everyone here at Calufrax - I leave you with one last rec to finish off my week here and sincerely hope you've all found at least one new story in this collection to fill your imaginations and bring some pleasure to your days. Let's do it again sometime, shall we? Hm? Hmm?

StoryFuture’s Past
AuthorGary Merchant
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1,043
Author’s Summary: The Doctor introduces Dodo to the Time Space Visualiser - both receive unexpected surprises.
Characters/Pairings: the First Doctor, Dodo Chaplet, reference to Steven
Warnings: None

Recced because: Dodo is so rarely seen in fic, much less given positive treatment and I’ve always had a soft spot for the First Doctor, they both deserve more attention.  Gary Merchant was one of the first writers I came across back when I discovered the existence of this marvelous world called ‘whofic’ and I suppose it is well it was someone of such quality!  Often working in a partnership with friends, he is a writer with a wonderful knack for spotlighting neglected minor characters, small moments and subtle turning points in the development of characters and plots.  Any reader delving into his extensive works will find several well-crafted treasures there that are a pleasure to read.

This particular short story is relatively light and somewhat introspective, crowned with a surprise cameo and an excellent subtle joke for those familiar with the long term history of the show and its popular promotion.  I won’t give it away, go read and see what I mean.

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Story: Time and KAOS
Author: Danny_B
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 21,407 in seven chapters
Author’s Summary: Time-travel in the hands of terrorists is a terrible prospect, and one which the Doctor must stop at all costs. Fortunately, he has help: Maxwell Smart, agent 86 of Control. He's really in trouble this time.
Characters/Pairings: the Third Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Susan Foreman, the Master (Ainley), Maxwell Smart, 99, the Daleks.
Warnings: None

Recced because: Those of you who have any passing familiarity with my own proclivities will not be surprised to find a Third Doctor fic this week, but when you add Ian Chesterton and a classic Maxwell Smart to the mix then stir well you’ve a real winner on your hands.

The cheesy malevolence of Get Smart’s KAOS is seeking the secret of time-travel and the author cleverly pegs not only the dialect of the bad guy mastermind Siegfried, but the well-intentioned cluelessness of Max as he deals with the flamboyance and confidence of the Third Doctor.  Add a middle-aged and confused Ian Chesterton and the Master, then top it all off with Susan in a  new and surprisingly believable regeneration and you have a brilliant day’s reading of cracky crossover entertainment ahead of you.   I expect a familiarity with the classic detective television show “Get Smart” would be very useful for full appreciation of this story, but it’s a grand romp to read either way.

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Story: The Unexpected Storm
Author: Gabriel Chase
Rating: Teen (for swearing)
Word Count: 1,455
Author’s Summary: Benton is transferring the Master to a new secure location, when a cloudburst causes more problem for UNIT's most beleaguered of soldiers.
Characters/Pairings: Benton, the Master (Delgado), Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Yates
Warnings: None 

Recced because:  It seemed a nice day to rec something for those who would like a light, enjoyable read over their lunch and this is one that fits the bill.  It is always a delight to find a good classic era fic, and with both the loyal Benton and Delgado’s suave Master being personal favorites, a story that places just the two of them together was irresistible.
The author does a fine job in this short story of keeping both completely in character; I could almost see those little disapproving quirks of the Master’s face as he offered his opinions of the available entertainment as well as his dignified plotting against the good-hearted but cautious Sergeant.  Can UNIT hold the Master, or have they bitten off more than they can chew?  A good dose of UNIT adventure for a May afternoon, perfect with a cup of tea.


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Story: Taking Off the Uniform
Author: Freya
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 454
Author’s Summary: The Brigadier takes off his uniform jacket for the last time.
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is a scene that lingers in your mind with the same bittersweet warmth of the Brigadier’s glass of sherry, and I remembered it long after first reading it.  Just as it says on the tin, the author gives us a lovely and not quite sad glimpse of Lethbridge-Stewart facing his final retirement as he removes his jacket and hangs it up for the very last time. 

Introspective and perfect for the character, in his practical brevity and longing to still be of some use to his world.  This was written as a Veteran’s Day fic and very appropriately makes the reader want to give the Brig and all like him a proper salute of in honour.

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Story:  The Ten Doctors
Author: JJPOR
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 25,568
Author’s Summary: It was history’s greatest and most famous party.
Characters/Pairings: The first ten Doctors and Romana plus a wide assortment of companions, a couple of classic Masters and the Brigadier, toss well.
Warnings: None
Recced because: I nearly passed it over this time merely because JJPOR is a very popular author who had another well-deserved recommendation just last week (don’t miss that one either!), but decided we’d just let this be his month for a bounty of riches, goodness knows he’s given all of us enough reading enjoyment to deserve it. 

This piece was written as a tribute for the 45th anniversary of the show and it quite appropriately is the sort of multi-Doctor fic that brings the reader back again and again for another round.  I expect nearly every writer has to give the “what would happen if all of the Doctors were together at once” scenario a try, but some are definitely better than others; this is one of the good ones and you won’t regret it for a moment. 

In essence, Ten has decided that a doomed planet famous for having partied hard right up until the moment their sun went supernova would be the perfect setting for a gathering of his selves and as the guests arrive each and every one is so perfectly portrayed it is a complete delight.  Poor Susan making the best of a doting crowd of Grandfathers, Romana’s opinions regarding the appetizers and Six’s opinions regarding her plus the consequences of expressing those thoughts aloud are only a sprinkle of the stellar moments here, a fabulous panorama lightly sauced with punch.  As no doubt suspected, there are humorous moments but also a few snatches of adventurousness and even some serious and empathetic twists for the heart.

For the uninitiated to his works, JJPOR is a find indeed; a top-notch competent, imaginative and high quality writer whose stories never disappoint.  I highly recommend without reservation not only this particular bit of mildly cracky fancy, but any of his stories across the spectrum.  Enjoy the ride.

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Story:Bad Judgment
Author: Van Donovan
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3,055
Author’s Summary: Poor judgment leads to tragedy.
: The Second Doctor, Jamie, Zoe, the Cybermen.
Warnings: Angst, Character death

Recced because: There are so many times when one slip of fate, one twist of luck or mistake in timing would have meant overwhelmingly terrible disasters for so many of those dear to the Doctor. The author here introduces us to one such a time and hauntingly takes us through to the tragic end.

Van Donovan has had several stories recommended, something which is no surprise in light of the intensity and crafting of this sampling here. The Second Doctor has, as usual, failed to properly communicate what he is up to with his companions and the results are literally fatal. My heart was wrung for Jamie, for Zoe and for the Doctor; it is a tragedy indeed but none of it is written gratuitously, and it is not graphic in its descriptions; the tale is skillfully and precisely measured out. This is a dark but excellent read that you will remember.

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Salutations to all, my name is Primsong and I’m pleased to be taking a turn at sharing a few enjoyable or admirable fics with you this week. All will feature classic Doctors in one way or another and there will be a mix of light and dark with a bent rather more towards the amusing. I hope you will enjoy them. That said, let’s go to our first rec and a smile for your Monday.
Story: One More Time
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 270
Author’s Summary: The Thirteenth Doctor explains something to Sarah Jane.
Characters/Pairings: Thirteenth Doctor, Sarah-Jane Smith.
Warnings: None
Recced because: Yes, it's merely bite-sized, but I kept going back to it and found myself actually giving it a ponder - which is a sign of something worth sharing (There'll be longer ones coming).

This is one of those little pieces that you find yourself relating to any comprehending person in the room as you might a favorite joke. A light must-read for anyone possessing both an appreciation for classic Who and a sense of humour; in truth, this short vignette would be completely at home in some type of Whovian joke book and the punchline is completely worth its inclusion. Even better is the way the author goes beyond mere word play and makes the reader give real thought to whether this really could have happened, for in spite of it being essentially crack it is surprisingly feasible.

Curuchamion is a relatively new writer in the fandom but has shown much promise in her imaginative writings thus far. I truly look forward to seeing what else she will bring us as she finds her wings.


Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

May 2017