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This is my final rec for the week. Thank you so much for having me and I hope that you enjoyed at least some of the stories I posted about. :)

Story: Opportunity
Author: nonelvis/[livejournal.com profile] nonelvis
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 1854
Author's Summary: Reinette is accustomed to seizing opportunity, and the Doctor is opportunity waiting to be grasped.
Characters/Pairings: Ten/Reinette
Warnings: Sexual situations, Light BDSM/Kink (D/s)

Recced because: This is one of the first smut!fics I ever read in fandom and I still think it is one of the hottest things that I've ever read. In this fic, [livejournal.com profile] nonelvis gives us a highly erotic interlude between a dominant!Reinette and somewhat submissive!Tenth Doctor. And while this fic may be categorized as a 'PWP', there is actually a plot there, lingering in the background, skillfully and subtly intertwined with the more sexual elements of the story. In fact, I actually think this fic is an excellent character study of both the Doctor and Reinette and an enticing look at the dynamics of their relationship with one another. There is a powerful, yet somewhat tragic story packed within this little gem, but also some gorgeous, sexy smut that never seems to lose its titillating spark after multiple rereads.

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Story: Crossing Parallels
Author: Persiflage/[livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 11,542
Author's Summary: Investigating a potential alien invasion, Martha meets a stranger with a very familiar face.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones, Luther Arkwright, Torchwood, UNIT
Warnings: Sex

Recced because: I'll admit up front that Luther Arkwright is by far one of my favorite fictional characters and this fic, in many ways, is personal wish-fulfillment. As he is a polyamorous, telepathic, Tantrist, multiverse-traveler, the idea of Arkwright slipping into the world of Doctor Who makes so much sense to me as a crossover and, in this story by [livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1, that is exactly what happens. Helping to fill the unfortunate dearth of Arkwright fanfic, she brings us a tale where Luther crosses paths with UNIT MO Martha Jones and assists both her and UNIT during an attempted alien invasion. As Martha comes to terms with this strange gentleman who looks much like a white-haired version of the Tenth Doctor*, she soon learns that he is a rather different man in many ways and also, along the way, she learns a lot about herself, leaving her more empowered than ever before. I feel that [livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1 nicely balances both the adventure and romantic elements of the plot, all the while spotlighting these two exciting characters and leaving us with an intriguing crossover.

* David Tennant voiced Arkwright in the Big Finish audio play, 'The Adventures of Luther Arkwright' (also highly recommended)

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Story: I'll Meet You on the Other Side
Author: fourzoas/[livejournal.com profile] fourzoas
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 60,290
Author's Summary: The alt!Doctor meets the alt!Martha Jones and copes with the realities of aging. They have adventures.
Characters/Pairings: 10.5/alt!Martha Jones, alongside alt!Jack Harkness, alt!Ianto Jones, Jackie Tyler, alt!Pete Tyler, alt!Sarah Jane Smith, alt!Tish Jones, and other characters.
Warnings: Sex

Recced because: Handy (10.5/The Duplicate Tenth Doctor) is definitely a character that I personally find very intriguing. With bits of the Doctor mixed with bits of Donna inside his head, he comes out an entirely new person and, it is in his self-reflection, we can learn more about what makes him tick as a character and what it means to be the person he is. Obviously, most post-'Journey's End' fic with him focuses on his relationship with Rose in the alt!verse, but what if things didn't work out between them? Where would his life go afterward? Would he seek out the alt!versions of other companions of the Doctor? Or would he always be alone -- always a stranger in a strange land? Would he work for UNIT or Torchwood or somewhere else entirely? And what would happen if by chance he ran into an alt!Martha Jones and they fell in love?

[livejournal.com profile] fourzoas is most definitely one of my favorite writers in fandom and this story -- her first Doctor Who fanfic, I believe -- is definitely one of my favorite fics. I love how she weaves the tale of a budding friendship and romance between Handy and alt!Martha with a page-turning, cracking action-adventure story of intrigue. At 60,290 words, the story is admittedly a bit epic, but perhaps over the weekend, you might find yourself on your couch, sipping some tea, and wanting to simply curl up with a nice story. I highly recommend this fic for that bit of relaxation.

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Story: A Step in the Right Direction
Author: hence_the_name/[livejournal.com profile] hence_the_name
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1597
Author's Summary: Back on the TARDIS, the Doctor needs a rest after the events of "Midnight."
Characters/Pairings: Ten, Donna (or Ten/Donna, if you squint)
Warnings: None

Recced because: There are many things I love about Doctor Who, but two things that I love-like-burning are the episode 'Midnight' and the awesomeness that is Ten and Donna together. This fic by [livejournal.com profile] hence_the_name does a magnificent job at showcasing these two delights of mine, winding angst with fluff, friendship with deep affection, and curling them together into a snapshot of a tender moment of hurt/comfort between Donna and the Doctor. He is arguably the most vulnerable she's ever seen him, but as was often the case with them, she seems to be just the right salve at the right time for him. This story is a beautiful expression of that healing relationship they shared.

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Story: All's Fair
Author: Lurky McLurklurk/[livejournal.com profile] ionlylurkhere
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 2521
Author's Summary: Martha and the Doctor, years down the line. Things are more complicated than they once were, but that's not a bad thing.
Characters/Pairings: Tom/Martha, Ten/Martha
Warnings: Sex

Recced because: Being a polyamorous woman myself, I must admit up front that I love (and have a bit of a bias for) reading about mature open relationships between consenting adult characters. Sadly, that's often not the norm in many portrayals of relationships in fic, but in this wonderful story by [livejournal.com profile] ionlylurkhere*, it is definitely a case of Responsible Nonmonogamy done right. In many ways this story is about Ten and Martha, as they are somewhat the focus of the narrative, but to me, at the heart of the story, is the relationship between Tom and Martha (which is why I listed their pairing first). [livejournal.com profile] ionlylurkhere shows us the beautiful trust of the foundation/primary relationship of Tom/Martha, through the scope of a very sweet and fluffy date she has with the Ten. She quite adeptly and skillfully entwines both romantic relationships in Martha's life without giving too much favor to either, but showing instead how they organically feed off one another. As a bonus, there's some lovely smut thrown in, but I love the sweetness of the deep love and trust most of all. And perhaps Humphrey, the cuddly toy -- I love him lots as well.

[*Yes, she was just recced yesterday, but I had this all typed up and ready to go, so I went ahead and posted it today. I can't help that she just rocks!]

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A somewhat early morning post as I have a busy day ahead...

Story: Tapestry
Author: Carmen Sandiego/[livejournal.com profile] calapine
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 4547
Author's Summary: The Doctor, River Song, the way things go.
Characters/Pairings: Ten/River
Warnings: None

Recced because: Honestly, any story that starts out with a reference to the Ouroboros has immediately got my rapt attention as a Hellenic!geek, but that's just the beginning/ending of this lovely and intricate fic. The love story of the Doctor and River Song is portrayed here as something of a fairy tale -- almost ethereal and otherworldly, lyrical and gorgeous. Like the darkness swiftly creeping into a Grimm tale, though, this tale also has its own darkness interspersed throughout -- the inevitability of Time and, for want of a better word, Fate. Still, despite all that, the strength and beauty of the connection between River and the Doctor shines through and gives them/us hope. I think this is an excellent portrayal of this complex relationship and, I don't say this about many fics, but I can say with assurance that this story is my fanon for Doctor/River.

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Hello everyone, my name is [livejournal.com profile] radiantbaby and I will be reccing this week here on [livejournal.com profile] calufrax.

I've been a fan of Doctor Who since I began watching it in the 80s on the local/Georgia PBS station, but it honestly wasn't until S3 of New Who that I really got heavily into fandom.

This week I will be reccing a mixed bag of primarily New Who-oriented fics that are mostly shippy in nature, but also some gen fic as well.

This is my first time reccing here, so I am both nervous and excited for this opportunity. I hope you will enjoy these stories as much as I do!

Story: A Planet Near Arcturus
Author: nostalgia/[livejournal.com profile] nostalgia_lj
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 1060
Author's Summary: He's not keeping this one. Really. No, honest. (Ten/Martha)
Characters/Pairings: Ten/Martha
Warnings: Sex, Swearing

Recced because: This short ficlet was one of the first fanfics I read when I immersed myself in fandom and, honestly, it is probably the one that made the biggest impression on me and my ideas about the Ten/Martha relationship. I think this fic is an excellent portrait of the dysfunctional nature of this pairing and how much the Doctor holds back, even when -- in my opinion -- he doesn't want to. I love the way [livejournal.com profile] nostalgia_lj renders the Doctor's inner monologue and self-effacing introspection. This Doctor is a bit broken and he knows it, but as he says in the beginning: the universe "owes him something fun and uncomplicated that doesn't end in tears".

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Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

May 2017