August 31st, 2008

Buffy, shadow-self

Rec: Hellmouth High Schools Don't Have Reunions

Apologies, folks; the last two days life collapsed on top of me. So I am going to cheat and make up for it by posting all three of the recs I intended to post in the last two days and today. Not that I have to, no, since I've done the minimum, but I had such a hard time cutting down my recs to seven, I don't want to give up their hard-earned reccage.

So, first, a crossover.

Story:Hellmouth High Schools Don't Have Reunions
Author: Morag MacPherson
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 16315
Author's Summary: What if "School Reunion" took place at Sunnydale High School? A BTVS crossover.
Characters/Pairings: Rose Tyler, The Doctor (10th)
Warnings: None

Recced because: On being told that this is a "remix" of the episode "School Reunion", many people would justifiably run screaming, but this works amazingly well. Yes, there was deja-vu in a few places, since certain of the best lines from the original episode were re-used, but unlike other retellings, this really got into the spirit of the crossover, and rather than just try to map the plot of the original "School Reunion" onto the characters, it took the scenario and then let the characters run with it the way they would have if it had been an original Buffyverse story. You get all the quips and snark and unfolding of the plot, and everyone is in character. I'm particularly impressed with how the author resolved the incompatibilities between the Buffyverse and the Doctor Who universe.

Rec: Tea and Ginger

Story:Tea and Ginger
Author: banburytale
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2613
Author's Summary: The Doctor did so want to be ginger. Donna is a most able assistant.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (10th), Donna Noble
Warnings: None

Recced because: This made me smile, and keep smiling afterwards. Not because it's amusing, even though it is, and silly, even though it is, but because it warmed my heart in its amusing silly way. I love the way the Doctor is described as someone who changes from wizard to court jester in the blink of an eye. I also love the friendshippyness of it.
Doc10-chip, Doc10

Right At Home

Story: Right At Home
Author: sahiya
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3302
Author's Summary: "Doctor, this is my son, Count Miles Vorkosigan. Miles, this is the Doctor. Please try not to blow anything up, either of you, while I go pack a bag." Crossover with Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Other Character(s)
Warnings: None

Recced because: I bumped out another rec to make room for this one, I liked it so much.

After Aral dies, Cordelia feels the need for something new; and when the Doctor appears, she thinks she's found it. Those who haven't read the Vorkosigan books will perhaps be confused, lacking the background, but Cordelia is such a delightful character anyway, I think one would like her even if one hadn't met her before. For those who are familiar with it, Cordelia saying goodbye to Miles in preparation to going off with the Doctor is so full of zingers and feeling; it's so very them. And while those two are centre-stage, the Doctor is just as much himself here too.