March 5th, 2008

Skating Dalek

Rec: UNIT: Invisible Man

Story: UNIT: Invisible Man
Author: vvj5
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 6,910
Author's Summary: In which the Doctor is AWOL, there's some unexplained disappearances in the West Country and the Brigadier's existence is in the hands of his other scientific adviser...
Characters/Pairings: Liz Shaw, the Brigadier, Benton
Warnings: None

Recced because: Liz and the Brigadier investigate together! The story (and its companion UNIT: Haunting) is frothy and fun and chock full of 70s-era Doctor Who cliches in the best possible way. Liz and the Brig make a great team in these stories, and I love seeing them showcased like this.
canon since 1966, walking off into the sunset, beginning of a beautiful friendship

REC: Winterlude

Story: Winterlude
Author:Van Donovan
Rating: None, probably Teen
Word Count: ~12800
Author's summary: There is fun for all at a winter carnival.
Characters/Pairings: Second Doctor/Jamie, background Ben/Polly
Warnings: none, really

Recced because: One of the more difficult periods of canon to find fic for is Patrick Troughton's first season as the Second Doctor, where he travels with Ben and Polly as well as Jamie. This isn't really surprising: we don't actually have a full, un-burninated episode with the four of them. Half of them don't even have surviving episodes. (In fact, we only have one full surviving serial with Ben and Polly: The War Machines, where they join the First Doctor. The only companions that come off worse for surviving episodes are Katrina and Sara Kingdom. Even Steven and Dodo have more episodes extant.)

To find any fic at all for this underrepresented period in canon is a happy accident and to find a fic as good as Van Donovan's Winterlude is pure unbridled luck. Set during a fortunate lull in monsters, the Second Doctor and his companions attend a winter carnival together. Ben and Polly decide to go off together on that date they never got to have and so Jamie and the Doctor are left to explore the carnival together.

Van Donovan is well-known for his Classic Who slash fic. I think perhaps Winterlude is my favorite of them, though it can be quite hard to choose when they're all very good. Van's voices for his characters are absolutely spot-on, so much I could virtually hear Patrick Troughton and Frazier Hines as I read this fic. His characterization is similarly well done--Jamie is particularly well captured in all his stubborn pride--and Ben, Polly, and the Second Doctor are quite true-to-character as well. The awareness between the Doctor and Jamie builds slow and gradually and there's an immense sense of achievement when they finally kiss.

rec: the lonely god(zilla)

Story: The Lonely God(zilla)
Author: Cryptile
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1732
Author's Summary: Because nothing else is canon . . .
Characters/Pairings: The Fifth Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa, Adric
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is hands down one of the funniest fics I've ever read. Missing Heathrow, again, the Doctor lands the TARDIS inside a cinema screening Godzilla. He proceeds to explain the history of the franchise desperately trying to ignore his companions bickering, sniping and generally just trying to make themselves heard.

My favourite part is the author describing the voices of the TARDIS crew, anyone who describes Adric's voice as the kind of voice one invariably heard at art openings and political gatherings; a sort of collected, slightly smug type of diction that you wanted to hit repeatedly with a brick deserves serious fandom points in my book.

And I don't want to ruin the twist at the end but it's excellent.