May 18th, 2008

rec: a public spectacle

Story: A Public Spectacle
Author: wmr @ Teaspoon / wendymr @ LJ
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1,890
Author's Summary: Judging by the Doctor’s expression, he could be facing a choice between mating with a pit of snakes and shagging Jack - and the snakes seem to be winning.
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler, Jack Harkness
Warnings: None

Recced because: When I first read this on wmr's LJ, I commented that Team TARDIS must have landed on the Planet of the Fangirls. At least, that's the only explanation I can think of for a culture that requires the Doctor and (still mortal) Jack to have sex in public or face execution.

The boys' dialogue is spot-on, especially the Doctor's list of fates-worse-than-death-but-still-better-than-public-sex-with-Jack. In addition, I love how Jack's mind works in this fic (or, more specifically, how wendymr works Jack's mind):
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Also, only Jack would think the solution to ending an argument is a good snog.
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Rec: Postcards to Gallifrey

Story:  Postcards to Gallifrey
Author:  Tsukara (tsukara on LJ)
Rating:  All Ages
Word Count:  10, 514
Author’s summary: AU. The TARDIS is broken; no more time travel, and no off-planet travel until he can get the parts he needs. And so the Doctor and Rose live out their bohemian lifestyle in a whole new way.
Characters/Pairings:  Ten/Rose
Warnings:   Might require tissues at times.

Recommended because: I don't normally like "Rose didn't end up in the parallel universe" fics, and I don't often like baby!fics, but I adored this. (The baby doesn't show up until late.)  Each chapter is better than the last. The writing in this story is simply gorgeous.  It took me a chapter to get into the style, but once I did I was blown away.  The author conveys enormous amounts about places and people in very few words.  

Ten and Rose must live on Earth when the TARDIS loses the ability to travel in time or off planet, but the story’s not about that.  It’s about moving on and putting down roots, living with a person and the prospect of living without them, and above all the things that go unsaid and what happens if they are spoken. It chronicles their relationship through the years with an unflinching clarity.  All of the events and emotions felt true—messy and uncertain and painful, but wonderful and joyous too.  “Postcards to Gallifrey” might break your heart a little bit, but it will put it back together.  It deserves to have dozens of awed reviews; add yours to the pile.

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