March 9th, 2008

rec: while rome burned

Story: While Rome Burned
Author: Settiai
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1068
Author's Summary: Everyone was affected by the Sycorax ship hovering over London.
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Harry Sullivan, Jo Grant, John Benton, Liz Shaw, Mike Yates, Sarah Jane Smith
Warnings: None

Recced because: I'm always fascinated by fics that examine how characters from classic who deal with events in the new series, and this is one the best showing the UNIT characters from the Third Doctors era during the events of The Christmas Invasion and it is lovely. The Brigadier's frustration at not being able to do more and Jo's belief in the Doctor even decades later seemed particularly in character to me.

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Skating Dalek

Rec: A Question of Jurisdiction

Story: A Question of Jurisdiction
Author: AND
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5,251
Author's Summary: "Why was it up to me to end the invasion of the Bane, Captain Torchwood?"
Characters/Pairings: Sarah Jane Smith, Jack Harkness, Luke Smith, Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato
Warnings: None

Recced because: I admit I love the snarky fun that is this story. Sarah Jane and company have already saved the world from the Bane, but Jack wants to ride in like the big hero anyway. The dialogue is snappy, the tone cheeky, and Sarah demonstrates her competence. Again.
Skating Dalek

Rec: The Prize

Story: The Prize
Author: Mouth on Legs
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 53,770
Author's Summary: After he is poisoned, the Doctor, Tegan and Nyssa must find the being the who did it and are then forced into the labrinyth of a madman who must have a Time Lord to undo his greatest mistake. Should they succeed they will receive the antidote, fail and the Doctor will die, unable to regenerate.
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor/Tegan, Nyssa
Warnings: None

Recced because: I couldn't end the week without reccing something for one of my long-time favorite pairings. This story is a guilty pleasure of mine. Nyssa and Tegan have to take care of an incapacitated Doctor in this one, giving both the opportunity to use their respective skills. I love the meaty plot and the slow build-up to romance.
romana ii is inclined to crossdress, romana ii likes to go incognito

REC: The Turn of the Universe

Story: The Turn of the Universe
Author: Lurky McLurklurk
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 3021
Author's summary: Years after leaving the TARDIS, Martha runs into Romana. But does the Time Lady have an ulterior motive for tracking her down?
Characters/Pairings: Martha/Romana II
Warnings: graphic sex

Recced because: It's terribly difficult to find good, explicit femmeslash in this fandom. Actually, it's hard to find femmeslash that's both well-written and explicit in just about any fandom. Luckily, we have Lurky McLurklurk (also known as ionlylurkhere) to help fix that for us.

The Turn of the Universe give us a Martha who, much like Nyssa, left the TARDIS to stay on an alien planet and help cure the people on it. Years later she's still there, even though she's done enough of a good job of fixing everybody that she's largely superfluous now. Enter Romana, who wants to use Martha's recombination device to bring back the Time Lords. Eventually, Martha agrees.

It's very well done, both story and sex, and does a good job in highlighting that not all of the universe's problems can be solved by a sonic screwdriver and some well placed words. I'd recommend it even if you're not usually a reader of femmeslash or explicit fics, since it's written in a way that you can skip the sex scene and still enjoy the plot.

I've enjoyed reccing for everyone this week and I hope to see you all again when it's my next time to rec!