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Title: She First Spotted Him in Malachite and Vases
Author: annariel
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1869
Author's Summary: River Song chances upon the First Doctor at the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Characters/Pairings: First Doctor, River Song
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: I have a special fondness for stories where River meets past regenerations. I am sure she would see the Doctor out. This story is so charming and the Doctor gets charmed too, while still being much himself. And River is her usual flirty self, ready for some adventure. Then throw in a Armelian Neutron Manipulator in the mix… It’s good fun, but with a touch of sadness too, as is fitting in a story with River Song.

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23 January 2016 @ 10:28 pm
Title: Like Always
Author: nostalgia
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 583
Author's Summary: Post-Heaven Sent Twissy fic. Spoilers and violence
Characters/Pairings: Twelve/Missy
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: Oh, I'm a sucker for the twisted Doctor/Master relationship in any incarnation. And this one reminds us that despite her regeneration, the Master is still the Master, still showing the Doctor just how much she loves him by how much she can hurt him. I like how this piece also shows a damaged but still recognizable Doctor, who just might want to be broken--but only by her.

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20 January 2016 @ 08:18 pm
So I was checking the tags earlier this week and noticed that I would reach my 100th rec this stint. And then I realized today (January 20th) is the eighth anniversary of the very first rec on calufrax! So I decided I would front-load my recs this week so these momentous occasions could co-incide :)

Luckily I have the perfect story to rec, as well.

Title: The Maze
Author: Rangersyl
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 977
Author's Summary: The TARDIS sang of joy and sorrow in that ever-present hum that only her bonded soul could hear. He wasn't listening.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, the TARDIS
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: This one is a change of pace from the light-hearted ones I've recc-ed most of this week. On the forefront it's the story of the Doctor and the TARDIS coping with Donna's loss, and moving on. It's bittersweet and sad and hopeful with just a touch of melodrama, as we have come to expect with the series and especially Ten's run. But I especially like it because it's really a microcosm of the heart of the entire series, that endures and repeats with different faces, different names up to the present, even though the story itself is post-Journey's End and was posted not much later than the start of our recs experiment here at calufrax. I'm surprised no one's pointed it out here before. It reminds me of everything I love about the show--the alien madman and the blue box, and the human connections that keep them both grounded and running.

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19 January 2016 @ 06:58 pm
Title: Hitch in the Proceedings
Author: vvj5
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 560
Author's Summary: Seven, Ace, a mysterious alien rite, and sadly no explosions.
Characters/Pairings: Seven, Ace
Warnings: none

Recc'ed Because: This one made me smile. Sometimes, even Ace and the Professor can't avoid the trappings of domesticity. But they can surely run as fast and far from it as they can. With lost_spook's usual winning dialogue and style, this one is short but sweet and quite a lot of fun.

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18 January 2016 @ 06:57 pm
Title: A Dalek on the Pull
Author: Beer Good
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 996
Author's Summary: The last Dalek has escaped from the Doctor. Now he's looking for love? You know that can't end well. Daleks really aren't equipped for the modern dating scene.
Characters/Pairings: Other Character(s)
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: So you may have read this author's A Few Things and a Lizard several weeks ago on account of nonelvis' rec. But you may not have clicked through to the author's page and encountered this other gem, as I did. So for posterity's sake, and for the sake of sharing a few serious and possibly injurious belly laughs, I must point it out to you all. Go read it if you need a laugh. And if you don't, read it anyway. You'll find a laugh you didn't realize you needed.

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17 January 2016 @ 04:10 pm
Title: Love a Tomb
Author: johne
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1001
Author's Summary: Amy accompanies River on a typical workday.
Characters/Pairings: River Song, Amy Pond
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: A sharp, witty and fun little adventure with nary a Doctor in sight. I love River and I love to see what she gets up to in the interim of her intersecting timeline with the Doctor. It also makes me wish there was more River and Amy mother-daughter interaction in the show. And the last line is perfect. :D

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Title: One Out of Three Isn't Bad
Author: Daystar Searcher
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 696
Author's Summary: Missy decides to go back in time and seduce Three's companions. It doesn't entirely go as expected.
Characters/Pairings: Jo Grant, Liz Shaw, Sarah Jane Smith, Missy
Warnings: Explicit Sex

Recc'ed Because: Because of course Missy would decide to go back to her old stomping grounds in an attempt to overpower and entrance the Doctor's old companions. And it goes about as well as you'd expect. This short little story has perfect character voices and is equal parts sexy and hilarious and yes, because it's Missy, also a tiny bit chilling.

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15 January 2016 @ 07:23 pm
Here's a good long adventure for the weekend :)

Title: The Empath Cell
Author: Megaceryle
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 53007
Author's Summary:Something is wrong in Leadworth: Amy remembers a trip that never happened, and a local man has won the lottery and aged forty years instantly. The Doctor's search for answers leads him across the universe to an ancient civilization of empaths, who may be harboring a secret about a Time Lord who came before.
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Amy, Rory, OCs
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: I always love a good sprawling adventure, and this one is intriguing. It takes a while to build, and doesn't end up where you would expect. It explores the link between the Doctor and the TARDIS and the consequences of meddling with their shared psyche. It doesn't rely on particularly flowery language or style to tell the story, rather its understated prose lets the characters, plot, and world-building take its time and speak for itself. It introduces a range of cool new characters that are all three dimensional and not necessarily what they seem to be at first, that I want to know more about what happens to them after the ending credits. The range of new characters that are given enough room to flesh out beyond what you would expect, along with the mystery, danger and intrigue make this story read like a classic Eighth Doctor Adventure novel, and though the author's Eleven is mad and clever as ever, I can definitely see echoes of Eight in him as well.

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13 January 2016 @ 09:04 pm
Title: Rescue Mission
Author: Liz Rambler
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4265
Author's Summary: The Eleventh Doctor is on his farewell tour and decides to take care of a few loose ends while he's at it. First on his list: Check on Peri.
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Peri Brown, King Yrcanos
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: If you know me, you know I have a soft spot for Peri. I met her mostly through the Big Finish audio adventures with both Five and Six, and when I finally got around to watching Mindwarp I was... well, less than impressed on the send-off she got on the show. This story takes the improbable "happy ending" that Peri got and treats it exactly as it should be treated... as a rescue mission. Not only that, it's Eleven's rescue mission, and I also have a huge soft spot for Eleven. This story is a snappy, quick-talking adventure, equal parts forthright and funny, with just enough of a hint of real danger and more complex emotions underlying everything to keep it away from pure farce or crackfic. The dialogue and character voices are fantastic and lucky for us Eleven and Peri fans, it seems it may be the beginning of a series. So I say, go read it and encourage this lovely new Teaspoon author :)

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12 January 2016 @ 12:07 am
Hi, it's nearly midnight on the first day of my latest two-week recc-ing stint! So without further ado, let's start at the very beginning.

Title: The Patient
Author: Pab
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 3884
Author's Summary:An old man with white hair claims he's a time traveller called the Doctor and that Earth is being invaded by alien lizards. Naturally, they lock him up in a psychiatric hospital. Then his granddaughter appears. She quite approves of his incarceration and advises he should never be released.
Characters/Pairings: Other character(s). (recc-er says: Variations on a theme)
Warnings: None

Recc'ed Because: Because it's the origin story of the origin story? Well, the world may never know for sure. What it does have is a bright storytelling style, a very cheeky sense of humor with a lot of nods and winks to the origins of the Unearthly Child, and a few twists for fun.

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09 January 2016 @ 11:09 am
This is my last rec for now! If you'd like to rec – and we can always use reccers, old and new! – please leave a comment in the sign-up post, or send me an Ask on Tumblr.

Story: Every Mirror
Author: Shivver
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 4,113
Author's Summary: It seems like an eternity to her before he spins on his heel and walks away, leaving her alone on her side of the glass. She will soon discover that in reality, eternity is so much longer.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Eleventh Doctor, Daughter of Mine

Recced because: No matter whether you feel the Tenth Doctor's punishment of the Family of Blood was justified, you'll want to read this unusual story about Daughter of Mine's life in the mirror: her bitterness, her resentment, her stubbornness, and ultimately – in a way – her redemption. Daughter of Mine's anger boils off the page, but as I said in the comment I left when the story was posted, it's a dark tale, but a sympathetic one as well. It's also a very worthy debut for this author on calufrax.
06 January 2016 @ 10:02 am
Story: Old Friends
Author: Pendragon
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 5,107
Author's Summary: Ian Chesterton and Wilfred Mott are friends through the years.
Characters/Pairings: Ian/Barbara, Wilf, Donna

Recced because: Why did it never occur to me that Wilf and Ian would be contemporaries? Thank goodness it occurred to Pendragon, though, or we wouldn't have this lovely story in which Ian and Wilf immediately bond and form a lasting friendship. The character voices are spot-on, and honestly, re-reading the story just now so I could write the rec still fills me with joy, even if there are occasional sad moments, just as there are in anyone's life. But those moments are that much easier to deal with when you have a friend who understands you – and fortunately, Ian and Wilf do.
04 January 2016 @ 09:28 am
Story: A Tale of Two Osgoods
Author: TheBigCat
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 459
Author's Summary: Schrodinger’s Girl. Entangled at the quantum level. She’s Osgood, and she’s Osgood, and this is their story. (Spoilers for The Zygon Inversion)
Characters/Pairings: Osgood

Recced because: I was not exactly a fan of S9's Zygon two-parter, but one thing I did like about those episodes was the expansion of Osgood's character, particularly her steadfast refusal to identify whether she was human or Zygon, because it simply didn't matter. TheBigCat takes this one step further with a look into the Osgoods' internal dialogue: they finish one another's sentences, feel one another's pain, and understand each other on a level no one else does. It's a sweet, compact story that packs a lot of insight into a small number of words.

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01 January 2016 @ 10:29 am
Story: The Boy in the Barn
Author: Nostalgia
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1,647
Author's Summary: Backstory. (Spoilers for Hell-Bent and Planet of the Spiders)
Characters/Pairings: One

Recced because: It's New Year's Day, at least in my time zone, so let's take things back to the beginning, shall we? In fact, let's take things all the way back to the point where the Doctor is still a little boy, and his problematic parentage renders him less than suitable to be raised in Gallifreyan high society. But this isn't to say that there aren't people who care for him, who do their best to set him on the right path – and who teach him he can be loved, and respected, and most of all, worthy. It's a bittersweet but ultimately hopeful story, and one of my favorites of the past year. I hope it becomes one of yours, too.
30 December 2015 @ 10:32 am
Story: Vacuum
Author: Inkfire
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1,082
Author's Summary: Something is missing in Zoe’s mind.
Characters/Pairings: Zoe

Recced because: I love Zoe, but the ending she got onscreen is terribly upsetting. Here, Inkfire takes the first steps towards rectifying that: even if Zoe has lost all her memories of traveling with the Doctor – and all her character growth to boot – she knows something has been lost, and wants to try to recover it. "Vacuum" is a brief and meditative character study with a genuine feel for how unsettled Zoe must have felt after "The War Games," and if you're a Zoe fan, I think you'll appreciate that this story ends on such a hopeful note.

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28 December 2015 @ 10:36 am
Hello, calufrax! For once I'm here in my capacity as reccer, not as the mod, so expect recs from me for the next two weeks. (Although as always, if you'd like to rec – and everyone is welcome to do so! – leave a comment in the signup post or send me an ask on Tumblr.)

Story: A Few Things and a Lizard
Author: Beer Good
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2,820
Author's Summary: When Clara doesn't join him after the events of "Deep Breath" the Doctor picks up another companion. A big, sexy woman with legs up to here, a tail that won't quit, and big, nasty, pointy teeth. Yes, the Doctor is joined by a T Rex in the fix-it fic to end all fix-it fics.
Characters/Pairings: Adric, Clara, Danny, Harriet Jones, Ianto, Jack, Martha, Rory, Sarah Jane, Wilf, Twelfth Doctor, Simm!Master
Warnings: None

Recced because: The Doctor has had many companions over the years, but never, to the best of my knowledge, a T. rex, much less the one from "Deep Breath." And let's just say it's remarkable how differently certain situations might have played out had a gigantic carnivore been brought into the mix. (Davros never stood a chance.) Best of all – and unlike a number of companions – our dinosaur friend finally gets a happy ending, and a fate she earned far more than what really happened to her in her one onscreen episode.

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25 December 2015 @ 09:18 am
Story: Merry Christmas, Simon
Author: TygerTyger
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5302
Author's Summary: River and the Doctor are on the trail of the Krampus.
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor/River Song, Other Characters
Warnings: None

Recced because: For my last rec, I wanted to rec something in the spirit of Christmas and this year's Christmas special, "The Husbands of River Song." I decided upon this fic, told from a viewpoint of a woman who overhears the Doctor and River arguing about capturing something. The woman later finds out the creature the Doctor and River are hunting is targeting her son. The story moves quickly and has equal parts action, suspense, and comedic squabbling between the Doctor and River.
24 December 2015 @ 08:24 am
Story: The Mysterious Twig
Author: whatthefoucault
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 971
Author's Summary: Turlough discovers an odd bit of a plant hanging from the ceiling of the TARDIS console room. Memories and feelings ensue
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor/Vislor Turlough, Tegan Jovanka (mentions Jamie McCrimmon)
Warnings: None

Recced because: I'm fond of this short, fluffy, holiday fic where the Doctor and Turlough talk about why the Doctor hangs mistletoe in the TARDIS.
23 December 2015 @ 09:47 am
Story: Can't escape you
Author: fate_incomplete
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 936
Author's Summary: Every minute since he left had been a fight, a fight to not turn around and run back to her.
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond/Rory Williams
Warnings: None

Recced because: This angsty piece, about the Doctor trying and failing to travel without Amy, tugs at my heartstrings. The imagery in this fic is, in my opinion, well crafted, and the writing feels poetic to me.
22 December 2015 @ 08:35 am
Story: The Two Romanas
Author: Lurky McLurklurk
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 4695
Author's Summary: When Romana comes back from E-Space to a universe where she never regenerated, the consequences expand exponentially, for the universe and herself.
Characters/Pairings: Romana I/Romana II, K-9
Warnings: Explicit Sex

Recced because: Reccer's Notes: I consider this fic to be the cleverest selfcest fic I've ever read in Who fandom. In this fic, the Romana II of canon, the one who left the (Fourth) Doctor to do work in E-Space, leaves E-Space for Gallifrey, only to find this Romana I in this fanfic, one that never regenerated and stayed on Gallifrey.
21 December 2015 @ 07:53 am
Story: Mother's Day
Author: Nancy Brown
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1224
Author's Summary: It should've been her.
Characters/Pairings: Alice Carter/Jenny ("The Doctor's Daughter")
Warnings: None

Recced because: Alice and Jenny are a small rarepair, but they have a few fans, and every fic I've ever read with them seems plausible because of how abrupt their endings were in their shows (Torchwood: Children of Earth and "The Doctor's Daughter" episode of Doctor Who). They're also one of the few Whoniverse pairings I don't mind looking for babyfic for, in part because F/F babyfic in general is so rare to find. Here, Alice is tormented with thoughts about not being the surrogate mother for a princess as well as thoughts about losing her son. Jenny is there to ease Alice's pain. I love their interactions here--everything between these two makes me smile.
18 December 2015 @ 09:27 am
Story: Passengers
Author: Azar
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 690
Author's Summary: Before they leave 1913, there's one place Martha wants to go.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Martha Jones
Warnings: None

Recced because: It's a short fic where Martha and the Doctor visit the last passenger pigeon in existence, after "The Family of Blood." And yet it always breaks my heart whenever I read it.
17 December 2015 @ 09:11 am
Story: The End
Author: Evilawyer
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 1634
Author's Summary: The moment has been prepared for.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor/Eleventh Doctor
Warnings: BDSM, Explicit Sex, Explicit Violence, Non-Con

Recced because: Okay, okay, so this never happened in canon. But I'm fascinated by Ten, who is regenerating into Eleven, having hate sex with Eleven in this fic.
16 December 2015 @ 09:09 am
Story: Perfect Package
Author: paynesgrey
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 205
Author's Summary: "He's going to love you."
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswin Oswald/Missy
Warnings: Non-Con

Recced because: Yes, this fic is short. But this fic was the first Clara/Missy fic I liked. I felt their dynamic in this fic was similar to their dynamic in canon, and I could see this as a missing scene that could have taken place before "The Bells of Saint John."
15 December 2015 @ 09:34 am
Story: John
Author: Alex Caligari
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 5732
Author's Summary: A blonde, an explosion, and a leather jacket.
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler
Warnings: Swearing

Recced because: This is one of my favorite canon diversion AUs. Here, the story of "Rose" is retold with Rose as the Doctor and the Ninth Doctor as her companion. I find it just as fun as the episode it's based on.
Hello again! I'm here to rec all the way up to Christmas and the Christmas special, so let's go! I wanted to rec this fic the last time I recced here, but I hit my maximum number of recs. Here it is now:

Story: Venusian Aikido and Associated Disciplines
Author: Sproid
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 1631
Author's Summary: Featuring Benton learning fancy karate from the Doctor, and an annoyed Brigadier who keeps walking in on them with their hands all over each other.
Characters/Pairings: Third Doctor/John Benton, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart/John Benton/Third Doctor, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart/John Benton, Corporal Bell/Jo Grant, John Benton/Mike Yates
Warnings: Explicit Sex

Recced because: I love the interactions between Three and the UNIT crew featured here. I also like how the fic features Three's signature* Venusian aikido and shows him teaching it to others, not against the Villain of a Serial. And a jealous Brig tickles my id.

Venusian aikido is mostly featured in Three's serials, but other Doctors have used it in expanded material
13 December 2015 @ 09:30 am
Going to try and squeeze in one last rec. :)

Story: Turned
Author: johne
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1450
Author's Summary: Section-Leader Watkins' prisoner seems to know far too much about her.
Characters/Pairings: Zoe Heriot, Isobel Watkins (from The Invasion)
Warnings: None

Recced because: This fic was published only a few days ago, but its concept already got my attention. Not only does it have an interesting premise (if Zoe had stayed with the Doctor up until the events of Inferno) but the dialogue is very in-character and the characterization of mirrorverse! Isobel is fantastic (and a little frightening),
12 December 2015 @ 11:09 am
Story: Foreign Affairs
Author: Yowza
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1614
Author's Summary: Barbara Wright had had so many chances, in so many ages, but only one ever came to fruition. A series of short drabbles written because of the number of potential lovers Barbara Wright could have chosen, and the one she did choose.
Characters/Pairings: Barbara Wright/Ian Chesterton, Other Characters
Warnings: None (but you may need to know at least a little about several First Doctor serials)

Recced because: This is a unique series of vignettes focusing on Barbara and an interesting scenario (what if she had chosen someone other than Ian?).
09 December 2015 @ 08:15 am
Story: The Incident in the Lab
Author: Irish Bad Wolf
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 903
Author's Summary: The Doctor and Grace get into a tricky situation during a chemistry experiment.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (8th)/Grace Holloway
Warnings: None

Recced because: This story is eloquent and has just the right mix of humor and romance that works perfectly for this particular Doctor.
07 December 2015 @ 10:12 am
I can hardly believe it, but we're coming to the end of the year -- and also to the end of our current series of reccers. I'm looking for people willing to rec fics starting on January 11, and as always, everyone, new and old reccers alike, is welcome to rec. All you need to do is select 4-10 stories that haven't been recced before and that meet the comm's fairly basic rules (well-written/formatted, no bashfic, etc.). Reccing periods last two weeks; complete rules and sign-up instructions in this post.

Tumblr, Facebook, Google+, and other users reading this: you don't need a LiveJournal account to rec! If you're interested in reccing, you can comment in the sign-up post, leave me an Ask on Tumblr, or email me at nonelvis42 on Gmail. (Note: if you're a Facebook user who wants to volunteer, please contact me by email; I have no Facebook account, and LJ doesn't send OpenID users comment notifications, so I have no reliable way of reaching you beyond email.)

Please feel free to share this post! The more people who see it, the better.

Thank you!
07 December 2015 @ 07:52 am
Story: Quest Object
Author: vvj5
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 3987
Author's Summary: Harry and Sarah are down in some caves, trying to retrieve an important artefact, but the trouble with lost artefacts is that they tend to be well-guarded…
Characters/Pairings: Harry Sullivan, Sarah Jane Smith, The Doctor (4th)
Warnings: None

Recced because: It is an interesting adventure with this TARDIS team complete with some rather nice chemistry and comfort moments between the two companions.
05 December 2015 @ 09:43 am
Story: TARDIS Creche
Author: Pendragon
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2445
Author's Summary: The Doctor has the headache of a lifetime when his former companions are turned into children.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (12th), Clara Oswin Oswald, lots of cameos from many former companions
Warnings: None

Recced because: Since the last fic was kind of sad, here's one that extremely cute. i was initially unsure which of Pendragon's works to rec, but kept coming back to this one in particular. While the trope of 'companions being turned into children' may seem like a simple concept, this author handles it well by making the dialogue fit each character. This fic will almost certainly make you smile. :)
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04 December 2015 @ 10:46 am
Story: Harmony Constant
Author: Rose of Pollux
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2220
Author's Summary: Season 6B oneshot. It’s a very dark time in the Doctor’s life, but perhaps the one person he used to help can help him now.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (2nd), Jamie McCrimmon
Warnings: None.

Recced because: A very beautiful (though a little sad) take on a possible scene between the Doctor and Jamie set after the War Games that actually captures their voices and dynamic well.
Story: Doctor Who and the Dangers of Hospitality
Author: SpaceTimeConundrum
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 5027
Author's Summary: Some planets really know how to throw a party.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (5th)/Nyssa of Traken, Tegan Jovanka
Warnings: None

Recced because: With everything that happens to this TARDIS team in canon, they deserve a lighter and fluffier moment or two. This story is a bit reminiscent of Black Orchid; just letting the characters have a bit of relaxation and fun (special mention goes to Tegan's parts) with some romance dusted in while keeping everyone in-character.
Story: Inhuman (and other tales through time)
Author: TheBigCat
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 3096
Author's Summary: Nobody expected Thomas Schofield to become a famous author. Possibly the person most surprised by it was Schofield himself.
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Hex Schofield, Clara Oswin Oswald, The Doctor (7th), Other Characters
Warnings: None, but quite a few spoilers for several Big Finish audios featuring the Seventh Doctor, Ace, and Hex.

Recced because: Companions' post-TARDIS lives are almost always something to think about. This story explores one possibility for Hex's future in a creative way.
30 November 2015 @ 08:22 am
Story: Steal Away into Eternity
Author: Meadowlark
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1515
Author's Summary: The Doctor takes his young granddaughter for a very long trip- and they make their first encounter with their new home.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (1st), Susan Foreman, Other Characters, The TARDIS
Warnings: None

Recced because: It is a beautiful and well-written take on a scene that many fans (myself included) have been curious about, the Doctor and Susan's initial departure from Gallifrey.
Story: Revisions Which A Minute Will Reverse
Author: sparrowmarrow with thirty2flavors
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 20,363
Author's Summary: From a dingy hotel in Norway, the Doctor and Rose realise something has gone wrong. A timey-wimey interpretation of Turn Left.
Characters/Pairings: Metacrisis Tenth Doctor/Rose Tyler, Donna Noble
Warnings: None.

Recced because: By now, some of you may have figured out that I'm a fan of complicated time travel plot devices. This is another example, done spectacularly well. In a sense, this is a fix-it fic for Journey's End but it changes so little from the established events that I hesitate to call it that. For anyone who had issues with the predicament that the Doctor left Rose and his half-human duplicate to deal with, this answers some of those concerns nicely while re-visiting and reframing the events of Turn Left. Beautiful and painful.
26 November 2015 @ 08:00 am
Story: This Bird Has Flown
Author: Helluin
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 6723
Author's Summary: Space tourists, scientists, old friends: the Doctor has not had a rapport with a companion like this since Romana left. (A series of "day in the life" vignettes between Five and Nyssa that roughly parallel their later Big Finish adventures.)
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor/Nyssa of Traken
Warnings: No standard warnings. Mention of (but no actual, on or off-screen) sexual assault.

Recced because: I'm sure many of you are familiar with the rare experience of reading a fic featuring your favorite pairing that just hits all the right notes – their voices are clear and feel true to character, the tone is spot-on, and the inevitable pay-off is exactly how you yourself would've written it, if only you'd known how. That's how I feel about this story. It's more a collection of scenes than one cohesive plot arc, but these brief moments paint a beautiful picture of the Doctor and Nyssa's maturing relationship. The author is particularly adept when it comes to describing locations and has an eye for narrative symmetry that makes the conclusion especially poignant. As a bit of a space-geek, I found the asteroid encounter scene in the middle to be breathtaking. (And yes, there really is such an asteroid in our solar system!)

Familiarity with the Doctor and Nyssa's Big Finish adventures will help, but is not required in order to enjoy this story.
24 November 2015 @ 08:00 am
Story: Falls the Shadow
Author: Thanatosx49
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 12,839
Author's Summary: The Time War fic you never knew you wanted...
Characters/Pairings: Eighth Doctor, War Doctor, Ninth Doctor, Romana
Warnings: None.

Recced because: I'm not sure I can properly describe this fic. It's exactly what it says it is, the Time War fic you didn't know you needed. It is gorgeous and painful and vast in scope in a way that a conflict with as grandiose name as 'the Last Great Time War' should be. As much as I enjoyed reading Engines of War and am looking forward to the upcoming Big Finish audios, this is what I think of when I imagine the Time War.
Story: Together in the Altogether
Author: ABadPlanWellExecuted
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 4721
Author's Summary: What's a little nudity between friends?
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor/Rose Tyler
Warnings: None.

Recced because: The whole “unexpected nudity reveals hidden amorous / romantic feelings” scenario is a old trope in fan fiction, I know - I've even used it myself - but this is a particularly fun example. It's silly, it's cute, it's hilariously disgusting. The dialogue is pretty brilliant, especially the Doctor's. Read it for the slug prison, if nothing else.