July 19th, 2008

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Rec: Fire Answers Fire by aces

Story: Fire Answers Fire
Author: aces
Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: “A bike,” Martha said, looking it over as best she could in the dark. “You travel through time on a bike.” She looked up at Dorothy again. “How safe is that again?”
Characters/Pairings: Ace/Martha
Warnings: none
Word Count: 1923 words

Recced because: This story makes great use of the Year That Never Was setting: it provides the characters with motivation but is carefully placed as a backdrop to let Ace and Martha shine through. Ace (or Dorothy, as she's now calling herself), is older and wiser, and together they examine themselves and the role the Doctor plays in his companions' lives. It's quiet and fierce at the same time, and gentle without being at all sentimental. Really terrific.

Rec: Notes on the Domestication of Birds

Story: Notes on the Domestication of Birds
Author: Nostalgia
Rating: None, but I'd call it Teen
Word Count: 21,930
Author's Summary: He doesn't do domestic.
Characters/Pairings: Ten/Rose
Warnings: None

Recced because: I debated with myself for a long time about whether to rec this story. On the one hand, it is my favorite fanfic (yes, even though it is babyfic, which I normally loathe); on the other, it's quite well-known, and hardly needs my recommendation. Finally I decided that the story's approach to an Earth-bound Ten/Rose relationship was rather timely, given the events of "Journey's End," and that it was worth linking here in case there were people who hadn't yet read it.

As I mentioned earlier this week, I have a real soft spot for stories where the characters are forced – and fail – to live normal domestic lives, and "Notes" is a classic in that genre. Nostalgia's characterization is perfect – no surprise, since she's a terrific writer, but an even more impressive task when you realize that when she wrote "Notes," the only Ten episode she had to rely on was "The Christmas Invasion." Fundamentally, the problem she tackles here is the same one Paul Cornell tackled in Human Nature – can the Doctor change enough of his basic personality to survive as a human? The answer unfolds over five chapters that are clever, fascinating, humorous, and ultimately, heartbreaking.

Rec: Why Stop at Thirteen (When You're Having So Much Fun?)

Story: Why Stop at Thirteen (When You're Having So Much Fun?)
Author: Gillian Taylor (dark_aegis) and WMR (wendymr)
Rating: None given; all ages
Word Count: 1285
Author's Summary: Because sometimes he needs someone to stop him. Crack!fic ahoy.
Characters/Pairings: Adric, Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Ace McShane, Jack Harkness, Jack Harkness, Jackie Tyler, Madame de Pompadour, Martha Jones, Martha Jones, Mickey Smith, Peri Brown, Pete Tyler, Romana II, Rose Tyler, Rose Tyler, The Doctor (10th)
Warnings: None given, very mild violence?

Recced because: Needs someone to stop him? Needs someone to smack him, perhaps! The companions step up to the task. For crack!fic vignettes, it has a lovely progression to a laugh-out-loud punchline.