April 15th, 2008

Sherlock: Punch me in the face

Rec: Pendulum

Story: Pendulum
Author: Ponderous
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2440
Author's Summary: He may travel in a police box, keeping order, or what passes for it in these timeless times. But inside his own mind, order is exactly what he’s out of.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones, Rose Tyler, The Doctor (10th), The Master (Simm). Lightly shippy across the board for everyone, and hence a little unclassifiable.
Warnings: none

Recced because: Poetic and haunting, this is an incisive character study of the Doctor and the lies he tells himself (and others) in order to survive his desperate loneliness. This is the Doctor laid bare, needy, imperfect, even unintentionally cruel, yet still a sympathetic, brilliant character.

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DW - Five - unrequited rain

rec: ROPE

Story: ROPE
Author: Kalima (lordshiva)
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 5581
Charcters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor, Tegan, OC
Warnings: Reference to off-screen date rape
Author's Summary: Tegan misplaces her key. She did not have a good time losing it. The Doctor sets out to retrieve it, and, in the process, changes a young man's perception of himself, and his place in the world.

recced because: Kalima has a gift for creating compelling, original characters who are used brilliantly to give us an outsider's perspective on the story. In this case the story is told from the viewpoint of a man who is not directly involved in the conflict and is caught up in the fallout of his room mate's very bad decision. It's an interesting technique to see the conflict of the story observed through two different lenses - the OC reacting to the conflict itself as well as dealing with the Doctor's reaction to the conflict. It's a tricky bit of writing to pull off and Kalima does it with panache. When I first read this story I had not yet seen any Fifth Doctor episodes and this story made me crave them deeply. There is a real sense of "Oncoming Storm" and darkness beneath this incarnations pretty facade - I was actually cringing waiting to see what would happen - yet despite pushing the boundaries, Kalima never breaks character. It's a delicious story.

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rec: next life by minion

Story: Next Life
Author: Minion
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1104
Author's Summary: A missing scene set during "The Kingmaker". Erimem/Peri, audiofic, Fifth Doctor era. Contains Kingmaker spoilers.
Characters/Pairings: Erimem/Peri
Warnings: N/A

Recced because: In my opinion one the best things Big Finish has given us are the Fifth Doctor adventures with companions Peri and Erimem, and one the best of these audios is the laugh out loud funny The Kingmaker. This fic is a sweet and somber missing scene from that play. The character interactions are lovely, my favourite part is Peri and Erimem wondering what the Doctor would make of the new dimension to their relationship.

And, come on, Peri and Erimem spent a year trapped in the Bloody Tower disguised as boys, if that doesn't say femslash then I don't know what does.