February 11th, 2008

  • eve11

Rec: The Inaccurate Conception by nostalgia

Story: The Inaccurate Conception
Author: nostalgia (nostalgia_lj)
Rating: None Given, I'd say All Ages
Word Count: 1909
Author's Summary: You can't repopulate an entire species from two individuals. But most people assume you should at least try.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor/Romana
Warnings: None given*

Recced because: Hi, I'm eve11 and I'm reccing on the comm this week, hopefully enough of a variety of Doctors, companions, lengths and styles to keep everyone on their toes, at least. So, um, I figured I'd get the crack-fic out of the way early? Seriously, though, I do love those crazy stories in which Romana busts in on the Tenth Doctor's whole 'Last of the Time Lords' gig. In this one, nostalgia takes the 'repopulate the species' trope and runs with it, to rather hilarious effect. Romana's posh annoyance is a great foil to the Doctor's manic exuberance, and well, if these two are a cross-section of the Gallifreyan species and their take on offspring, then I think the fic also goes a long way toward explaining looms. Enjoy!

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*I'm not sure what things to warn for, and in most cases I'd rather not warn than do so, especially if the author doesn't-- is it okay to just stick with the labels given on the archive?
  • lizbee

rec: providence

Story: Providence
Author: Branwyn
Rating: teen
Word Count: 2641
Author's Summary:  Not all the monsters in the TARDIS are locked safely in the attic.
Characters/Pairings: Ten, Martha, Ace, Seven
Warnings: None.

Recced because: Lots of fics have dealt with the Tenth Doctor as the lonely god, bringer of cosmic vengeance, all shall love him and despair etc, but few have done so with such intellectual detachment, or such a neat plot.  "Providence" acts as a missing scene in "Family of Blood", examining the punishment of the Brother and its implications for the Doctor's past.  Branwyn's Doctor is firmly steeped in the Cartmel era --  The Doctor knows exactly what he's seeing when he looks into a mirror. This body he shaped for Rose's benefit, it doesn't hide him from himself. According to the myths, Merlin had aged in reverse. One day he will be Merlin. Perhaps one day soon---it's there on his to-do list, somewhere, and it feels like the right time, he'll have to ask Martha how she'd feel about playing Nimue for a bit -- but with the extra twist of darkness and awful (awesome) power that the Doctor has acquired in his tenth incarnation. 

But this is also a story about Martha, and the Doctor's respect and admiration for her simply burns through every line.  And it's a story about Ace, and about myths, and coming full circle.  And I don't know if it's intentional, but the final sentence rings with the echo of things to come, the Master and the Year That Never Was.  All constructed in Branwyn's careful, lyrical prose.