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Story: Cluster-Bombing
Author: Prochytes
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 3,410
Author's Summary: (Crossover with "Sense8"): Five times Torchwood ran into the cluster, and one time they didn't.
Characters/Pairings: Gwen Cooper, Jack Harkness, and the Sense8 characters Will, Riley, Nomi, Amanita, Lito, Hernando, Sun, and Mr. Whispers

Recced because: How often do you see a Sense8/Torchwood crossover? I know this is the only one I've seen, and it's got everything I love in a Torchwood story -- specifically, Gwen Cooper being a take-no-prisoners badass -- as well as the most vital part of any fanfic (for me, anyway) -- specifically, characters who sound like themselves. Prochytes nails each sensate's voice, and the whole story feels so natural and well-realized that it's hard to believe it isn't canon for either show.

Excerpt: after the cut )
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Story: Chance and a Grey Sky
Author: rivendellrose
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2154
Author's Summary: Susan Ivanova meets a strange woman on an isolated planet. (Crossover with Babylon 5, post "Sleeping in Light.")
Characters/Pairings: Romana II, Susan Ivanova
Warnings: None

Recced because: If you’re a fan of Doctor Who, odds are good that you’d love Babyon 5 (give it a try if you haven’t already!). If you’re not familiar with it, some background will help: B5’s five-year plot ultimately centers around an epic war between two ancient, powerful races who were originally charged to be the protectors and guiders of lesser species (i.e. humans) but differed so widely about how to go about doing this that they ended up using us all as pawns in a war stretching for millenia – first a Cold War, but then a very hot one indeed.

Or to put it another way: Babyon 5 is what would happen if someone set a sci-fi series during the Time War from the point of view of the species who are caught in the crossfire, asked to choose sides, destroyed by whichever side they rebuff, and in all cases fundamentally unprepared to choose between two races who don’t actaully look that different from our limited point of view. Cass from “Night of the Doctor” would be the main character.

All of that aside, this alas-too-short fic is set post-series for B5 and centers on Susan Ivanova in the twilight of her career (arguably the character who walked away with the most scars), setting her up with Romana (also fresh from the Time War) in a character-driven piece that is both achingly sweet and inexpressibly sad. The fic doesn’t flinch from any of the realities of what the characters have been through but still manages to end on a believably hopeful note. Comforting without being saccharine, it’s exactly what I need after all the tragedy. Give it your time and you won’t be disappointed.
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Story: Doctor Merlin
Author: Emery Board
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2284
Author's Summary: A Dresden Files/Doctor Who crossover posted with permission from Kesomon, for whom it was written.
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Seven, Ainley!Master, Harry Dresden
Warnings: None

Recced because: The Doctor being Merlin is a running joke throughout the series I particularly enjoy, mostly because it’s a case where the Doctor is as ignorant of the rest of us (since, presumably, the time when he plays Merlin is in his personal timeline’s future) and so he’s stuck playing catch-up. Seven is my favorite instance of this trope as well because Seven casts himself as a puppet-master who always has all the pieces. This fic takes a play on the title Merlin and crosses Seven into the Dresden Files universe, where the main character (Harry Dresden) is the black sheep member of the White Council of Wizards, whose leader holds the title Merlin (the historical Merlin having been the creator and first leader of said council). Add an escaped Cheetah!Master who decides to prey upon the wrong jogger and you get this fic, where a confused Harry makes Seven tap-dance his way out of mucking up several timelines at once. Well worth a morning read.
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Story: Falls the Shadow
Author: bethemoon
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1596
Author's Summary: Doctor Who/Narnia. She finds it ironic that she has never tried running and he has never tried anything else. Susan Pevensie runs with the Doctor through time and space, and learns to love again. PG-13.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Susan Pevensie (blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Ten/Susan)
Warnings: None

Recced because: Narnia is made for a crossover with the Doctor Who universe, especially on the Problem of Susan, and this crossover delivers on the promise beautifully. It’s told in fifty short snippets that are deliberately out of order and there’s a lot left unstated for the reader to explore; though it’s relatively short at 1.5K, the reread value is through the roof, and every time I go back to it I change my mind on what some of the snippets mean. Everyone reading this fic will have their own unique experience with it, so why not go find out what yours will be?
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Hello everyone! Thanks for having me back for another reccing stint. This time around I’ll be focusing largely on crossover fanfic. Much like sci-fi/fantasy is the art of using the fantastic to shine a light on ourselves, good crossovers use the different POV to shine a light on the original. It’s a genre that’s often overlooked, but when done right it’s a treat.

Let’s start…

Story: Aliens in the Backyard
Author: Raven Aorla
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4038
Author's Summary: Calvin is really, really good at attracting attention from aliens. Usually Hobbes merely bears this, but now he has a reason to call for help, and a certain blue police box makes an appearance in a forested suburb in Ohio. Crossover with, you guessed it, "Calvin & Hobbes". Spoilers for "Last of the Time Lords".
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Martha Jones, Susan, Calvin, Hobbes, Susie Derkins
Warnings: None

Recced because: Time Lord!Calvin isn’t a new idea. And if you just read the first chapter of this fic (there are four total), what you get is a fun, lighthearted Time Lord!Calvin fic. Keep going, though, and the fun, joyous improbabilities of Calvin’s world start to peel back, one by one. This goes from being an easy read to a hard one so quietly that you don’t even realize it until you’re halfway through the fourth chapter crying your eyes out, and it will haunt you (and your Calvin and Hobbes rereads) long after it’s done.
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Story: Time Waits for No Godot
Author: BetaCadabra
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1882
Author's Summary: What the world never realised it so desperately wanted: a Doctor Who/Samuel Beckett crossover story. Familiarity with 'Waiting for Godot' not necessarily required.
Characters/Pairings: Second Doctor, crossover characters.
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Where to even begin? A work of literature is amusingly turned around by the arrival of the Doctor (who doesn’t have much truck with a permanent state of waiting, after all), and then what ought to be the crackiest of crossovers turns out to be unexpectedly serious in all the right ways. And I can echo the author’s assurance that no knowledge of Waiting For Godot is needed, because I’ve never actually read or seen it myself, and I loved this enough to rec it here. Plus, I think they’re right about the other thing, too – the world really did need this crossover, even if it didn’t know it.
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Hello one last time (at least for now), since my time recommending has come to a close. To make up for a number of days' absence, I will be recommending two stories today. The second will be in a separate post; I hope you enjoy both of them!

Story: Winter Where You Are
Author: [ profile] st_aurafina
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 1,810
Author's Summary: Clyde has helped Luke sort out some confusing issues, but even he can't explain why the universe is named River. (SJA/Firefly crossover)
Characters/Pairings: Clyde Langer, Luke Smith
Warnings: None
Recced because: You can probably tell from my other recommendations that  I have an amazingly large soft spot for crossovers; when they’re done well, they expand the universe in which we read. More than that, they also are proof that we’re reading an author whose sense of wonder is even more strong and flexible than the norm in the already creatively flexible universe that fanfiction is. This story by [ profile] st_aurafina is a beautiful example of that. This story is remarkable for the cut glass purity of the conversations between River and Luke, the different ways that Luke interacts with the people he loves, and the brilliant way the author has drawn the similarities between Luke and River. (By the way, if you know the world of Firefly, you won’t be confused by the name “River.” If you don’t, all you need to know is that this River is not a curly-haired archaeologist.)
A taste:
The Bane had gifted their Archetype )
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Story: An Unkindness of Ravens
Author: [ profile] prochytes
Rating: Teen
Wordcount: 1,293
Author’s Summary: Thought and memory. In the end, they’re all that matters. (Crossover with The Avengers.)
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper
Recced because: [ profile] prochytes’ work has been recced before, because the author is damned good at emotional complexity, believable settings, three-dimensional characters so real that you can, upon occasion, dislike them for many reasons, and an unwillingness to provide happy or sad endings simply because people want one or the other. The latter works well with the author’s focus on Torchwood, I think.  I recommend this,  somewhat shorter and breezier than many others of the author’s works, because it pushes my “does crossovers well” buttons. The plot is sketched with short, efficient sentences and the characters' dialogue is much the same, enhancing the story's kinetic feel. Architecturally and in substance, much of the story is told between the words. All of it is done with elegance and and wit, as witness the amount of thematic consistency, from title to endpoint.
A taste:
"Greatcoat - corner of the third alleyway.." )
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Hello, and happy Monday! I'm[ profile] kaffyr, and I'll be providing you recommendations for the coming week. All of the stories I've collected this time around are short, and in a couple of cases they are very short. But they're examples of stories that either have made me think, or have provided me with a great deal of enjoyment - and sometimes both. If you read any of these, it would be wonderful if you could let the author know you've read by leaving a comment!

Story: A Message in the West
Author: [ profile] scarlett_key
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 4,330
Author's Summary: Martha Jones’ walk across the world brings her to Seattle, where she encounters a pirate radio station perfect for getting the word out about the Doctor. When she finds the pirates, she has to argue her case to another doctor before she can access the airwaves.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones, other characters
Warnings: none
Recced because: Crossovers are always a revelation to me, largely because they show me the talent of a writer. In fact, they generally stand and fall on that talent. The broader the stylistic chasm between worlds, the tougher the challenge for an author. [ profile] scarlett_key handled this extremely challenging crossover, between Doctor Who and the NBC sitcom “Frasier,” really well, something  I wouldn’t have thought possible, especially given its setting, during the horrific Year That Wasn’t. It’s wonderful (in a somber, Year That Wasn't way) to see my favorite show, and one that I liked a great deal, come together so believably.

A taste:
"Don't mind them." )
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Story: Ten and Rose Do the Hellmouth
Author: [ profile] biggrstaffbunch
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 6,467
Author's Summary: A visit to the Hellmouth so Rose can see her first-ever vampire results in even wackier hijinks as the Doctor finally goes toe-to-toe with someone sexier than him. Or, Rose Meets Dracula.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (10th), Rose Tyler, Other Characters
Warnings: n/a

Recced because: I promised a funny fic recommendation for my last one, and this one isn't merely funny, it's hilarious. Rose meets Dracula here (and this Dracula is particular awesome), and if that isn't enough to pique your interest, this is a Doctor Who/Buffy the Vampire Slayer crossover (although no worries if you aren't a fan of the latter--all that's necessary to the plot is explained in the story, and the primary focus is still the Doctor and Rose, although the action is set in Sunnydale). This fic is one I have re-read over and over again, mostly because it makes me laugh, in that I-really-shouldn't-drink-coffee-while-I-read-this sort of way.
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Story: The Power of Cake
Author: liadt
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2,206
Author's Summary: Two Time Lords chained to each other and covered in cake seek shelter in George Bulman's shop. George is not impressed. A cakefic crossover with the UK television series 'Bulman' (1985-87).
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (3rd), The Doctor (7th), crossover characters
Warnings: None, unless naked Doctors really don't agree with you.

Recced because: Once upon a time there was a small but plucky Doctor Who forum called Death by Aspirin (it's still going if you want to search for it out of idle curiosity), and there, due to a slight misunderstanding one day, one of the regular posters accidentally invented a new fic meme which featured two Doctors (preferably Ten and Three, to begin with) chained to each other, one of them naked, both covered in cake. Oh, and it had to be all the Master's doing. I'm sure we've all accidentally invented fic memes like that in our time. ;)

And lo, the members of the forum thought that the meme was good and they did adopt the meme and embroider the meme and try different combinations of Doctors and other characters and ever more baroque explanations for how the chains and the nakedness and the cake became involved. Eventually, the subgenre even got its own community right here on Livejournal:

And then, the author of tonight's fic rec decided to write a crossover mashing up the cakefic meme with a perhaps undeservedly obscure 80s British TV series Bulman. George Kitchener Bulman was a retired police detective turned clock repairman/private eye and probably the most eccentric character in a genre full of eccentric characters. His titular series was actually a spinoff of a spinoff, strangely enough, and he was played by acting legend Don Henderson a.k.a the raw-meat-chewing, rocking-chair-appreciating Gavrok out of Delta and the Bannermen a.k.a. that bloke sitting at the table in the original Star Wars who isn't too impressed by the Death Star.

And a most amusing fic it is as well. You don't even have to be as familiar with the crossover series as I am (which is to say, only a very little bit in my hazy memories of long-ago telly) to appreciate the off-the-wall world of Bulman and be tickled pink by the idea that two Time Lords covered in cake and chains stumbling into the shop isn't the weirdest thing going on in that particular milieu. Also noteworthy is the way Three maintains his poise and essential Three-ness even in this unfortunate predicament while Seven is, of course, completely unfazed by the fact that he is not only covered in cake and handcuffs but also has somehow lost all of his clothing apart from his signature headgear. Go and read it, anyway, chuckle to yourselves and then tell the author how much you dig it and now want to watch Bulman. Worth it for the line about "despairing maniacal laughter" alone. :)

A Slice )
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Story: Game, Set and Match
Author: Selena
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2256
Author's Summary: The Master finds himself resurrected by Servalan. She’s not amused. Crossover with Blake's 7.
Characters/Pairings: The Master (Simm)
Warnings: None

Recced because: There are plenty of examples of crossovers that plunge the Doctor or his companions into another fandom. It's much rarer to find a story that puts together villains from two fandoms. When the author is the immensely talented Selena, one of the villains is the Master, and the other is the beautiful but deadly Servalan, sparks are sure to fly...

A small sample )
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Story: Spies Like Who?
Author: Clarissa
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 9622
Author's Summary: What happens when the TARDIS lands outside John Steed's flat in 1960s London? A Doctor Who/The Avengers Crossover.
Characters/Pairings: Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Other Character(s), Other Character(s), Rose Tyler, Sarah-Jane Smith, The Doctor (10th)
Warnings: None

Recced because: One of my current fandom obsessions is Marvel's Avengers. So naturally I went looking for Avengers crossovers for this bunch of recs... and found a story I enjoyed several years ago, which has nothing to do with Marvel but a lot to do with Avengers; the original British team (accept no substitutes). To my surprise it looks like it's never been recommended here, neither has anything else by this author. It's time to change that, with a fun crossover set in the Swinging Sixties!

A small sample )
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I know, I know - late again! I should have made this post last night. Instead, I fell on my face rather early. I'm hoping with all the New Who excitement that you still don't miss this next rec though! I figured (since I started off with light and sweet), that it would only be fitting to end with 'Funny' - which is where this next rec comes in...

Story: Light Years
Author: idon'tlikegravy
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5048
Author's Summary: Crossover with Red Dwarf. The TARDIS throws a wobbly, sending the Doctor 3million light years from Earth and completely ruining Lister's poker night.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (10th)
Warnings: Crossover

Recced because: There are a lot of good crossovers out there - a lot of them serious, a lot of them dazzling and brilliant and they seem to make perfect, perfect sense. This is brilliant, not serious at all and the only thing dazzling is the lack of actual milk for your tea (no, you don't want to know, don't ask).

I love Red Dwarf. I've been watching since I was a teen - so not quite as long as I have been watching Doctor Who - but my love for it is almost as intense. This show is ridiculous and yet has scientific accuracy at a lot of points squashed between the 'Bzuh?!' and 'OMG, REALLY?!' - so there is something there for the space nerds to totally get into. Still, there is a lot of 'Bzuh?!' and 'OMG, REALLY?!' (s'what makes Red Dwarf, Red Dwarf) so of course the Doctor should totally crash into their universe and wreak havoc as he always does. Not that it changes much for the Boys from the Dwarf. Tis just another day (in many ways) for them. Though to be fair, the Doctor is more of a Wednesday type of trouble than a Monday trouble - so they don't mind it overly much.

This fiction is utterly hilarious from start to finish. And yet, it has serious moments that make you stop and pause and compare the two universes and how they very much mesh (even as they shouldn't). The love for the characters shines through the author's work. There is a gripping, believable storyline and the characterization is just simply gorgeous and completely spot on. This is another fiction I could go on about forever, but then you'd never get the pleasure of reading it as you would still be here, reading about my love of it. *Laughs* So! Since I'm always sure I'm not the slightest bit convincing, I am leaving a tidbit below - just to get you jumpstarted on this awesomeness...

Read more... )

*Laughs* Hope you enjoy this fiction as much as I have - please do let the author know what you think, as it just might convince them to make more!

This will be my last recommendation. You will have a new reccer in a few days - and I know they will bring us more epic brilliance for us all to love. I've had an awesome time and I can only hope you've enjoyed the fictions that I have pimped during my two weeks here. Thank you for indulging me and giving love to the authors of these fictions.

Premiere of New Who (and the intro of the Twelfth), tonight!! I know we'll all be wrapped up in that for the next several days at least. May you love it! And long live Doctor Who!

Until Next Time~
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Story: First Contact
Author: JJPOR
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2242
Author's Summary: Crossover with Red Dwarf. Sing along, now: “It’s cold outside/There’s no kind of atmosphere/I’m all alone, more or less…”
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Other Character(s), The Doctor (7th)
Warnings: Crossover, General, Humor

Recced because: Well, we've already established that I love humor. Quirky humor at that. And no one can do quirky like the Boys from the Dwarf. This is just completely silly and utterly delightful. All seen from the POV of the Red Dwarf crew, it immerses you in the fiction before you've half realized you are hooked and it draws you helplessly towards the end, even as Lister, Rimmer and the Cat have you banging your face repeatedly against immovable objects (such as a handy desk). Of course, they do that anyway - so all those familiar with Red Dwarf have learned to have plenty of self-heating sake on hand, a high tolerance for self-inflicted pain and a mild resistance to rib-breakage from laughter.

The author claims to not be on their best form, but I very much beg to differ. This fiction is a good time to anyone with a sense of humor. The basics of the Red Dwarf are laid out for you (if you are unfamiliar with them), as the story goes and even if you are familiar with the characters, they are just funny reminders of the overall situation. Perfectly balanced, silly, hilarious - and the reaction of the Doctor and Ace to the Boys is made even funnier just because...ACE...and SEVEN. If you are ever going to read a cross-over, this is a good one to start with. And if you happen to be fond of the X-Over Genre, this is twice the treat in one fiction.

Just a small sample... )

As always, the author's sheer excellence shines through, yes? Go and tell them so! Maybe we can get another - I know I certainly wouldn't object!
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Hello, hello [ profile] calufrax!! *Waves* My name is [ profile] a_phoenixdragon (PhoenixDragon at Teaspoon) and I will be your reccer for the next two weeks.

Some of youse guise know me. This being said, you know I lean towards the darker fictions and my main Doctor meanderings are on Eleven (with smatterings of Eight, respectively). I try to keep my recs broader than that though (so much to love in Who Fandom!), and I will definitely try to share fictions that don't lean so hard into the realms of the bleak that I enjoy (probably more than I should). I'll have a few of those, yes - but I'll try to make sure to cover other areas as well. Like with tonight's rec. *Grins*

Story: New York Minute
Author: rutsky
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1086
Author's Summary: Neal Caffrey knows that New York contains a multitude of wonders. But the temptress with the neat ankles and the man with the suspect fashion sense were unexpected even in Central Park. (Crossover with White Collar)
Characters/Pairings: River Song
Warnings: Crossover, Humor, Vignette

Recced because: Humor. No seriously no pun intended. I love to laugh - and this story had me laughing harder than I have in a long while. Even if you don't really know White Collar at all, this is not a tale to give a miss based on that little factoid alone. Seeing River in such a...regular...setting just shows you how wild, beautiful, mysterious and apart she is. And yet, she is so very, very clever she gives you the notion she fits in nowhere else. The easy banter between her and Neal, the recognition of the 'from one witty con-man to another' type of give and take is worth a read. Seeing her from Neal's view is startling and she is definitely River. And as for the Doctor - well - that's when things get...odd. *Laughs*

I love my dark!fic. I love it with a mad, insatiable passion. But I'm very serious about my comedy again, no pun intended. I like it to be funny. I like it to be engaging, razor-witted and unself-conscious. This fic more than delivers. It's almost like it invented the concept. And who knows? Maybe it did.

Just a little sample... )

Now go and tell the author how clever and awesome they are! I know they'll love to hear from you!


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I began my recs with an angsty crossover. Let's end with something VERY silly...

Story: Torchwood Goes Watercolor
Author: Canaan
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1207
Author's Summary: A strange being comes through the Cardiff rift. Stranger than usual, even. Torchwood/Looney Tunes crossover.
Characters/Pairings: Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Other Character(s), Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato
Warnings: None

Recced because: It's a Looney Tunes crossover and ships Jack with a toon - do you really need more justification than that?

A short extract )

I hope that you've enjoyed these recs - if so, please show your appreciation of the authors by reviewing the stories!
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Yesterday's story was about Sky Smith, Sarah-Jane's adopted daughter. I went looking for more, accidentally put an "e" on the end of the name, and found this crossover:

Story: Wound Man
Author: Prochytes
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1209
Author's Summary: They should never have let Skye find out what she was. (Crossover with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Characters/Pairings: The Rani
Warnings: None

Recced because: I'm a big fan of crossovers, and of the Marvel Cinematic Universe which includes The Avengers, the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., etc. Here Prochytes takes one of the cliches of Dr. Who crossovers, a character who is unknowingly a Time Lord, and shows just how bad it can be. This story does rely to an extent on the reader's familiarity with the Marvel side of the crossover, especially Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but works reasonably well without it.

A short extract )
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Story: The Problem of Susan

Author: Marcus Rowland

Rating: Teen

Word Count: 12441

Author's Summary: After her family is killed, Susan Pevensie starts to remember Narnia. Someone thinks that's a very bad idea.

Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness

Warnings: Mild swearing, spoilers for all of the Narnia books

Recced Because:

Marcus Rowland isn't the first fanficcer to associate blue boxes and wardrobes. This complex and wonderfully researched take on the crossover interweaves Narnia and the Whoniverse in ways that are surprising, heart-wrenching, and fantastic.

Both canons are given respect, and the final coda made me laugh out loud with surprise. The writing is detailed and descriptive, but also compulsively readable, and you can tell that the author has done a lot of research to ensure historical accuracy (right down to checking the appropriate phases of the moon).

Most interesting, to me anyway, is that this fic looks at what happened to Susan after Narnia, and explores not only why she forgot, but also what became of her after the Last Battle.

A taste )
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Story: Closed
Author: A_Who_in_Whoville
Rating: Adult
Word Count:103773
Author's Summary: The breach between universes is permanently closed. After a horrific accident, Rose Tyler decides to re-create herself. Broadchurch is as good a place as any to start afresh. Crossover with Broadchurch.
Characters/Pairings: Rose Tyler, Jake Simmonds, 10th Doctor/DI Alex Hardy, Jackie Tyler, Pete Tyler
Warnings: Explicit sex, and a canon character death early on.

Recced because: Since the first series of the show has finished, there have been a lot more Doctor Who/Broadchurch crossover fics popping up. Closed is one of the first, and IMHO, one of the best as well. It's not a reunion fic though, and the 10th Doctor only ever appears in Rose's dreams and memories. Rather, she finds solace in a world where she and the Doctor never reunite in a man who shares his face: DI Alec Hardy. It's a really well done story, and you'll be rooting for Rose and Alec the whole time, so you won't get a chance to be disappointed that there is no actual 10 in it. Plus, we get lots of Jake Simmonds, who is an awesome and underused character. I read this fic as it was being updated, and was on tenterhooks waiting for her to update chapters. You're lucky enough to get it all in one shot! Enjoy. :)
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Story: Does the Doctor Know Where His Towel Is?
Author: Astro Girl
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 623
Author's Summary: Nowhere in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's entry on the Doctor is there any mention of towels. This fact has more significant consequences than you might imagine.
Characters/Pairings: None, technically.
Warnings: None

Recced because: I don't know about you, but I usually prefer to have my Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters with a side of crossover fic. A brief and humorous nod to the most famous work of late and great former Who writer Douglas Adams'. Probably still funny if you haven't read The Hitchhiker's Guide to Galaxy, but I strongly recommend doing that if you haven't already. If anything, it will make the Doctor's hatred of 'funny robots' that much more entertaining for you. ;-) Astro Girl does a good job of capturing the spirit and mood of both Hitchhiker's Guide and DW.
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Story: An Infinite Number of Roads to Dallas
Author: EllieLaBelle
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1937
Author's Summary: This is a Doctor Who/Red Dwarf crossover. Twistedskein on LJ pointed out that the Doctor was spotted at the assassination of JFK, and that the crew of Starbug also visit Dallas in 1963 while looking for the world's largest takeaway order.
Characters/Pairings: Rose Tyler, Ninth Doctor, Various Other Characters
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It’s a whole heap of fun! Apparently, there are just some points in time that attract all the travellers in the fourth dimension, like tacky tourist hot-spots, and Dallas, 1963 is one of them. You needn’t worry too much about the crossover element – it’s that concept and spotting the nods to yet more time travellers that is the joy of this humorous fic, plus the great description of time-space at the start (very New Who, and very Red Dwarf in itself). Grab your time machine of choice and join in…
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Apologies that this last rec is a little late - hope you'll think it's worth the wait.

Story: No Moon
Author: McInstry
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2317
Author's Summary: Within the five first times she sees him, he becomes the most important person to her. Post-Doomsday, Post Avengers. Captain America (Steve Rogers)/ Rose Tyler.
Characters/Pairings: Rose Tyler
Warnings: None.

Recced because: As you may have noticed by now, I like crossovers. I'm ending my run of recs with a beauty by an author who hasn't been seen here before, an angsty story in which post-Doomsday Rose has several encounters with The Avengers in Pete's world, and falls for a man who is as lost as she is...

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Story: The Endless Doctor
Author: Beshter
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 14067
Author's Summary:The Doctor's life has been shaped from the beginning by these strange beings known as the Endless. All find the Doctor fascinating and each leave an impression on his very long journey. A crossover between Doctor Who and The Sandman comics by DC/Vertigo Comics.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (11th), The Doctor (1st), The Doctor (4th), The Doctor (8th), The Doctor (9th), The Doctor (Fatal Death)
Warnings: None.

Recced because: My favourite comic series, the one that re-kindled my interest in comics after years of barely paying them any attention, has to be Neil Gaiman's Sandman, in which the main characters are the Lord of Dreams and other anthropomorphic personifications. Here Beshter finds reasons for The Doctor to meet them. It's a very effective fusion of these universes, as a series of excellent vignettes. It's the first time this author's been recced here, I suspect it won't be the last.

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Story: Merlyn Sickness
Author: Prochytes
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1711
Author's Summary: Time’s arrow does not exclude the possibility of trick shots. (Crossover with Arrow.)
Characters/Pairings: Gwen Cooper, Jack Harkness
Warnings: None.

Recced because: I love crossovers, and one of the shows I've recently liked is Arrow, whose major villain in season 1 is played by John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn. This story takes the idea that Merlyn is one of Jack Harkness's identities and runs with it, with lots of wibbly-wobbly angst for all concerned. The story can be read without knowledge of the crossover.

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Story: Making It Stranger
Author: Bad_Dickens
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 26,771
Author's Summary: The Doctor arrives in Arkham Asylum while Jack Harkness meets Batman. Cardiff must brace itself for a visit from the Clown Prince of Crime. A Batman/Nolan!verse cross over with Doctor Who and Torchwood.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (10th), the survivors of Torchwood S2 (Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Captain Jack Harkness), Martha Jones, Mickey Smith, plus crossover characters.
Warnings: Some violence, both physical and psychological and all of the attendant creepiness and tastelessness you'd expect from The Dark Knight version of the Joker.

Recced because: Who doesn't like a good crossover? Well, some people probably don't, but I'm not one of those people. I love a good crossover, and this is a very good crossover indeed.

Cast your minds back to the distant, heady days of 2008. We'd just picked our jaws up off the floor, for a variety of reasons, after watching Journey's End. We still had the festive rollercoaster thrill-ride that was The Next Doctor to come in a few months' time. How to kill some time while we waited? Well, the announcement that David Tennant would be leaving the role of the Doctor, eventually, and the attendant media scrum did that to an extent, but before that a lot of us, in the UK at least, went to the cinema and watched... Mama Mia. Not me, though - I was in the screen next door watching The Dark Knight and loving it.

This was before it made a squillion dollars at the box office and the fan backlash set in, before last year's rather Marmite-ish conclusion to the Nolan Bat-trilogy muddied the waters still further. At the time, TDK was the hot ticket (it had Eric Roberts from the Eight TV Movie in it!) and the late Heath Ledger's nightmarish Joker was burning up the screen just like Jack Nicholson's had back in 1989 (scarily, I can remember the hype around that one when it came out too). Good stuff. Even better, though, when my enthusiasm for the film and its world was still at its height, this excellent crossover fic was posted to the Teaspoon. I remember following it avidly, checking every day for updates, and generally lapping it up.

Essentially, this story takes the Batman and his rogues' gallery from the Christopher Nolan films and, via a bit of Rift-related jiggery-pokery throws them up against the Tenth Doctor and Captain Jack's much-depleted Torchwood Three team, with Mickey and Martha thrown in for good measure. Everybody's in-character, and gets nice character moments to boot, but it's also all hung on a good, well-plotted story in which everybody gets things to do and a chance to shine. The Joker is, as you would expect, a force of nature, using the villainous plot-armour that is basically his non-super superpower to throw a spanner into our heroes' works and put them through the wringer. And, to be honest, who doesn't think the idea of the Joker versus a Dalek is a good idea? Oh, right. Well, I do.

All this and Weevils too! Seriously, even if you're not a Batman fan, or a fan of the Nolan/Bale movies, go and read this just for the Who and Torchwood characters and their reactions to the off-the-wall situation. You won't regret it. And when you're finished, please leave your words of appreciation for the author.
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Story: Go Ask Alice

Author: Sigyn

Rating: All Ages

Word Count: 422 Words

Author's Summary: Ten regenerations as seen through the characters in Alice in Wonderland. Takes place sometime between Journey’s End and The End of Time.

Characters: the Tenth Doctor

Recced Because: Great introspective piece,with a touch of angst. And thanks to this one, I've got Jefferson Airplane songs stuck in my head.
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Story: Last of Your Species Support Group

Author: Amy_Wolf

Rating: All Ages

Word Count: 2007 words

Author's Summary: Red Dwarf crossover, more or less.

Characters: Cassandra, Martha Jones, the Tenth Doctor

Recced Because: way back in the dark ages when I was an adolescent (also known as the mid to late 1990's) Doctor Who was on the local PBS station on Saturday nights. Right after, was Red Dwarf. In some ways, the shows were complete opposites, while in others there were a lot of parallels. This story has Mezelponian Mimic-Hawks and polymorphs, yay!
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Story: Fantastic
Author: Sahiya
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 4401
Author's Summary: The TARDIS thinks the Doctor needs a companion. Inara/Nine. Crossover with Firefly; set pre-series for both canons.
Characters/Pairings: Nine/Inara
Warnings: Explicit sex

Recced because: As I've mentioned in a previous rec, I love stories that present an outsider view of the Doctor. This story does that better than most. It's told from Inara's point of view and recounts the night a strange blue box appeared in the Academy gardens.

The prose is wonderful--lyrical and very dense. Both the beautiful setting and the emotions just pop right off the page. For the Doctor, this is set right after the Time War, and it shows the pain he's in and the first, tiny, glorious step towards recovery. And I don't want to give away anything, so let's just say that it also ties in beautifully with Firefly canon.
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Story: All I Ask
Author: Johne
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1,589
Author's Summary: Admiral Blackadder is presented with a dilemma.
Characters/Pairings: The Fourth Doctor, Romana II, The Grand High Admiral of the Dark Segment, Captain Rum
Warnings: None.

I'm sorry for reccing two Four's in a row, I promise I'll mix it up more if LJ allows me to post. (Sure, blame LJ...) But this one is for ME. It's a Doctor Who/Blackadder crossover and my nipples exploded with delight when I found it.

Watch this...

Then watch this...

Hell, watch all of Blackadder. Oh, and Doctor Who, too, of course.
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Story: Look for Connections
Author: SummerRayn
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1196
Author's Summary: "The teacher they call "The Friz" is as mysterious to herself as she is to her students. She has a feeling she isn't supposed to remember where she comes from--but he's not easily forgotten. A reminiscence and, yes, a Magic School Bus crossover."
Characters/Pairings: Romana, Fourth Doctor
Warnings: None

Recced because: I love crossovers. I love well-done crossovers even more. And most of all I love crossovers so perfect that they might as well be canon. This is one of those crossovers.
I always knew that the Friz had to be a Time Lady, and this exploration of precisely how that might have been was done beautifully. I really enjoyed the remembered interactions between Romana and the Doctor--in particular, SummerRayn did an brilliant job of explaining the concept of a school bus (something so common to us) as an element of an entirely different culture. It's not often that we get to see the Earth described that way.
And for those of us who watched/read Magic School Bus as a kid, that last line means nothing less than adventure. A wonderful fic!
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Story: Making Amy
Author: Canaan
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 17,703
Author's Summary: In HonorH's The Wolf and the Mockingjay AU, Hunger Games victor Amy Pond is at a club, dancing in her underwear. This the story of her Games. Doctor Who/Hunger Games crossover.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Rory Williams, Mels, Jack Harkness, Other Characters
Warnings: Explicit Violence, Swearing, Dubcon

Recced because: It's incredibly dark and well-written. Unlike HonorH's tale, it doesn't have a happy ending, but the ending it does provide is immensely powerful. I'd been hoping the author would finish in time for me to rec it this week on Calufrax, and what do you know? The ending popped up yesterday.

If you like the Hunger Games, read it. If you don't have prior knowledge of the Hunger Games, still read it if you like dark, AU fics, because it's brilliant, tragic, gritty, and disturbing, all wrapped up into one beautifully written package.

Capitol magic has made Amy beautiful again. The two smallest fingers of her left hand are taped to a jeweled splint while the bones heal, but she doesn't have a scar or blemish anywhere on her body. Her sunburn is gone, leaving nothing but sun-bronzed skin she knows she didn't come by honestly, because she has no tan lines. Her hair is clean and glossy, frothing around her shoulders in soft curls. She has nails again, shaped and painted. She's dressed in a long, white, sleeveless dress that flows in graceful folds down past her knees.

Jack says the dress is another goddess thing. It doesn't seem worth arguing. He paints her lying face last. It looks like there's something he wants to say, but in the end he just takes her hands, her beautiful, killing hands, and holds them gently in his own for a few moments before he leaves the room.

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Story: Wayward Children of Gallifrey
Author: idelthoughts
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1301
Characters: Seventh Doctor, Mary Poppins, The Master (Ainley)
Author's Summary: Mary Poppins turned to the Doctor with a particular tilt of her head and drew a breath, but he lifted his umbrella in warning. “If you start singing," he said, "I shall poke you in the eye.”
Warnings: None
Recced because: Who doesn't love a good Mary-Poppins-is-a-Time-Lord story? It's short and sweet, a nice little encounter between two eccentric wanderers, and then it goes and ties into The Movie. Tows the line perfectly between silly and serious. This has made my day.

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I began this week with a very serious story by Prochytes; I'm ending it with an exceptionally silly crossover by the same author, an indication of his or her range as a writer.

Story: Face Value
Author: Prochytes
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1762
Characters: The Master (Simm), The Rani
Author's Summary: When Eddy’s world fails to make sense it isn’t always because of the substance abuse (crossover with "Absolutely Fabulous").
Warnings: None
Recced because: I'm a sucker for crossovers, and this one manages to be extremely silly and perfectly logical, which is a neat trick if you can pull it off. Multi-era and great fun.

“You gotta spring me fast, Eddy.” Patsy rasped. Orange overalls were not a good look on her. “I can’t hack it in the Big House. Do you know what happens to the pretty ones in prison? They’ll eat me alive, Eddy. They’ll SUCK ME DRY!!!”

“No one’s going to suck you, sweetie,” Edina soothed. She glanced around the cell (small and dirty) before her gaze settled on the guard (large and clean). His natty red cap reassuringly indicated that someone around here understood about Matching Their Colours. “How exactly did you end up in military jail?”

Patsy’s pout would have been visible from orbit. “The bitch Jackie.”

“Your sister?”

“No. Not my sister. That’s the point.”

“I’ve lost you, sweetie.”

“Shame she bloody didn’t. ‘Did you know I was actually adopted, Patsy?’ Well, it was a relief to find that out, obviously. Sheltering under the same family tree as the cat-fancier was always a curse. But then she started waving around this kitschy little pocket-watch that the orphanage had just sent her. And when she opened it,” Patsy tried, from force of habit, to inhale on an imaginary cigarette, “that’s when things got weird.”

This ends my week of reccing; I hope you've enjoyed the stories.

later The mods have pointed out that I forgot to include lists of characters - I've gone back through the week and edited the entries accordingly. Apologies if this has caused problems for anyone
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Story: It Shouldn't Happen to a Time Lord
Author: Grace157
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 10605
Characters: Tegan Jovanka, The Doctor (5th), Turlough
Author's Summary: In a case of mistaken identity, the Doctor and Tristan Farnon each end up experiencing a day in the other's life.
Cracky crossover with All Creatures Great & Small.
Warnings: None
Recced because: I like crossovers, and was a fan of the late James Herriot's books and the TV show derived from them. So this crossover, in which the fifth Doctor meets a look-alike vet, works very well for me. It's a bonus that it's by an author who hasn't been recced here before.

‘Where are we going, Doctor?’ Tegan asked, watching the time rotor in the centre of the console rise and fall as the TARDIS dematerialised.

The Doctor activated the dimensional stabilisers to aid their flight. ‘Somewhere quiet and peaceful. I think we could all do with a little holiday, don’t you?’

‘I’m not sure that’s wise,’ said Turlough, watching him begin to set the coordinates, ‘since it seems that every time you try to take us to a place where there aren’t any hostile locals, lethal radiation levels or laws against wearing brightly-coloured socks-’ He paused to give Tegan an unimpressed look as she tried and failed to hide a smirk. ‘-we end up being faced with precisely that.’

The Doctor looked down at the monitor so he wouldn’t have to meet his eyes. ‘Yes, I’m afraid I’d forgotten that fluorescent green is a sacred colour on the planet Mergorax. But let’s not dwell on our mistakes, shall we?’ He realised the little screen was showing Earth, the planet they were now currently orbiting around. That was strange; he didn’t remember setting the coordinates for here. Either he’d become so used to typing the number in that it had become second nature and he’d done it absentmindedly or the TARDIS had decided to bring them here anyway.

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Story: The Waffle Shop Between The Worlds
Author: RobotRollCall
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 4008
Characters: Rory Williams
Author's Summary: Rory isn't sure which is more surprising--the fact that he no longer exists, or the place he's doing the not-existing in. He'd had his own ideas about the afterlife, of course, but a waffle shop full of other nonexistent/not-quite-dead people was not one of them.
Warnings: None
Recced because: I like crossovers, and this is a nice one, in which several characters who have a tendency not to stay dead meet up and chat over waffles and assorted hot beverages.

The world slid out of focus, fading slowly to black as Rory felt his eyes close. The pain was overwhelming now–he wanted to scream but he couldn’t cry out, couldn’t even moan. It hurt too much to breathe, and so he stopped, and found the pain fading. In fact, everything was fading now. The touch of Amy’s fingers faded from his cheek, her screams faded from his ears, and his last thought was regret that Amy was screaming–he didn’t like it when she was sad–and then he was fading away too…..

…And then he wasn’t. “Ow,” he moaned, rubbing his chest where the gun had hit him.

“You okay?” a man’s voice asked.

With a start, Rory’s eyes snapped open. He wasn’t lying on the floor of the cave anymore. He was sitting in…okay, that was weird. He was sitting in a chair. At a table. The table was yellow faux-marble, and a flower in a vase and salt, pepper and a sugar bowl sat at one end. The air was warm and smelled of coffee, bacon and syrup. A gentle hum of conversation filled the air. His eyes widened as they darted around the room, finding him no answers as to what was going on.

“Are you okay?” the voice asked again.

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Thank you very much for having me. Please give some of my obscure canon choices a chance. It may lead you down the road to a side of Who fandom you've not considered that is actually brilliant.

Today, I was planning on reccing a completely different Neveralarch story, and then I saw this one right below the moderately sensible choice I'd been planning, and I thought 'nobody knows what Gallifrey is or wants Age of Sail AUs of it', but... well, the other choice was more Doctor/Master and probably not as brilliant as this. So-

Story: The Very Model
Author: neveralarch
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 10070
Author's Summary: Being the tale of how Admiral Romana kept her job, how Rear-Admiral Braxiatel fought off the empire's enemies, how Leela of the Sevateem gained an audience with the Admirality, and how Captain Narvin was irritated by just about everyone. (A Gallifrey/Age of Sail fusion, where most of the characters are still Time Lords, even though that doesn't make much sense when they're on wooden ships.)
Characters/Pairings: Romana II, Leela, Braxiatel, Narvin, K-9s, and various other Gallifrey people who aren't on Teaspoon

Recced because: Reasons I love this fic that hopefully apply to more people who aren't me:

a) Age of Sail is a particular vice of mine. If you are fond of this genre, but haven't heard Gallifrey - give it a try.
b) I particularly like Age of Sail fics in which Romana is a headstrong admiral who beats people up with buckets, and Leela is a pirate. (A small category, alas). Other characters are also treated very well - K-9 is Age of Sail-ified most brilliantly, and Brax is sort of trying to take over the navy and Narvin is trying to play by the rules and is so angry that nobody else will.
b2) It is a true ensemble fic.
c) The narrative voice is consistently hilarious. And so is the dialogue.
d) For all that it is an Age of Sail AU, it is also a brilliant Gallifrey-type plot that you can actually get wrapped up in. Do you like intrigue and backstabbing? Yes. Great. Read this fic.

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Story: Supreme Courtship
Author: x_los
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 6023
Author's Summary: From the Best Enemies Kink Meme: "Legally Blonde (the musical) crossover, Ainley!Master/Davison!Callahan. The Master is surprised to find an older version of the Doctor working as a cutthroat lawyer, but it's okay because older men are hot." Now with more Eight and Lucie, because Sheridan Smith!Elle Woods could not be ignored.
Characters/Pairings: Five/Ainley!Master, Eight, Lucie

Recced because: OK, so, logic dictates that I should probably choose something a bit more accessible (and I did say more serious... and I doubt x_los will thank me), but I want to rec this one, so, er, here it is!

Regarding the accessibility issue though and to bring us all up to speed, know this:
In 2010 'Legally Blonde: The Musical' (surprisingly excellent, despite being a musical adapated from a film)(which I also think is surprisingly excellent) opened on London's West End starring Sheridan Smith (who plays Eight's companion Lucie Miller) as Elle Woods, and Peter Davison (Five) as Professor Callahan, who is much more villainous than the movie version of the same character (one of his songs is called 'Blood in the Water') but who still makes a move on Elle towards the end. This spiffy video advert they did has some fun visuals of Smith as Elle, and Davison as Callahan (dancing). Really all you need to know is that Five's been chameleon-arched and now thinks he's a lawyer. I just think the Legally Blonde stuff is a fun background.

Anyway, so it's a good and amusing idea. Five is so totally unlike Callahan, who is quite like Ainley!Master. There's a lot of humour to be derived from that and from misunderstandings, etc, and if you're read other x_los stuff you'll know she's good at humour. She's also very good at a) writing porn - so if you like that sort of thing, there is some of that and b) writing the Doctor/Master relationship. Nothing is easy and no conversation isn't actually a confrontation, but they like each other enough that it works if either of them are willing to admit it.

This fic also has something else to recommend it - Eight and Lucie! One of my all time favourite Team TARDISes. They are very good here, particularly Lucie, who brings some fun meta-commentary on the Doctor/Master relationship towards the end. In short: I like this fic very much – I hope you enjoy it.

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Story: Alone In a Godless Universe (And Out of Shake’n’Vac)
Author: Doyle
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2405
Author's Summary: The last human being in the universe is pregnant. Lucky he’s got Martha around. Red Dwarf crossover.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones, Tenth Doctor, Dave Lister, Arnold Rimmer, Cat, Holly
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It’s a Doctor Who/Red Dwarf crossover, pulled off to perfection and neatly filling in a large gap in the crossover show? Because, faced with the universe of the Dwarfers, a pregnant man, a hologram, and only a slim hope of getting home again (by means of technology that looks suspiciously as if it’s made of cardboard), Martha is as awesome as ever? And then there’s the should-have-seen-it-coming coda - and the Doctor’s reaction… (Definitely one of those stories where I had to check the [ profile] calufrax tags at least six times to make sure no one else had recced it first. )
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Story: The Noble Beast
Author: Professortennant
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1283
Author's Summary: Bruce Banner met Donna Noble on a rainy afternoon in a London coffee shop. Whovengers.
Characters/Pairings: Other Character(s)
Warnings: None

Recced because: A couple of years ago there was relatively little Avengers fanfic; with the release of the recent film there's been a huge flood, inevitably including some crossovers with Doctor Who. This is one of the better stories, a quiet character study in which an unlikely friendship develops between the abrasive pre-series Donna and someone you really wouldn't like if he got mad...

Excerpt: Bruce Banner met Donna Noble in a tiny coffee shop on the corner of a rainy London street.

She was loud and making her distaste known to the proprietor, she was drawing looks and disgusted glares from the surrounding patrons in typical British fashion.

He thought it prudent to step in, calm down the raging woman before it got out of hand. A gentle hand on the small of her back seemed to shock her into silence.

He was there on a vacation of sorts. It had been exactly 10 days since the battle for Earth ended. Tony had offered him refuge at Stark Tower, but between Pepper and The Cap, Bruce thought it might get a little cramped with the addition of a rage-powered monster running around.

Bruce smiled at the frightened manager and offered up a few quid in compensation and ushered the woman to a nearby table.

She spluttered and turned her indignation onto Bruce. “‘Scuse you, Cuddly Bear, I was in the middle of a conversation. And I don’t believe anyone invited you to interrupt it.”


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May 2017