October 6th, 2010

The Hungry Woman

Story: The Hungry Woman

Author: Sarah

Rating: All Ages

Word Count: 1210

Author's Summary: What became of Ambrose Northover

Characters/Pairings: Other character(s)

Warnings: None

Recced because:

I was very much reminded of Ten's damning of Harriet Jones when Eleven told Ambrose that she was the worst of humanity at the end of Cold Blood. Ambrose may have shown the worst side of humanity, under duress, but I never got the impression that she was a cruel person, or a bad person, or anything other than a frightened mother/daughter trying to keep her family safe. There's something unnerving and though-provoking about that in itself. Ambrose did a very bad thing, that fact is never shied away from, but after reading this several times I'm still not sure if her punishment was just or not.

This is the story of a ruined life. Of a single choice and its consequences. And it's real, and it's human, and it hurts. It hurts so bad because, after reading, you know this is what must've happened next. Series 5 is full of struggles for redemption: Rory, River, the Doctor – and at the end of this fic you're left with the punch in the gut realisation that not everyone achieves that goal, that some decisions never end, and that nothing is black and white.

A Life at the Opera

I hadn't thought I'd be going home for the long weekend when I signed up for this week (actually, I hadn't thought this until yesterday) but things change and from noon tomorrow to Monday I'll be without Internet access. To make up, I'll be double posting recs today and tomorrow. Many appologies.

Story: A Life at the Opera
Author: johne
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3398
Author's Summary: Donna finds herself living someone else's life. The only person who might be able to help her is a strange little man with a question mark umbrella.
Characters/Pairings: Donna Noble, Seven
Warnings: None

Recced because:

This fic is deliciously strange. It’s one of those stories you can come back to and read over and over, prying up a different bit of meaning each time. What caused Donna’s identity crisis? Did the Doctor do it? What are the skeleton creatures? Seven isn’t giving any answers (well, none that aren’t cryptic in any case), but by the end it hardly matters. I’ll admit to being a bit biased since these are my two favourite characters in the Whoniverse, but Donna and Seven make a fantastic team. Also, Seven’s run at disguising himself as a psychic shaman is hilarious.

Grant Me Just a Little Speech

Story: Grant Me Just a Little Speech
Author: Primsong
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4098
Author's Summary: The Master kidnaps Jo to use her for ransom, but gets an earful instead.
Characters/Pairings: Jo Grant, Delgado!Master, Three
Warnings: None

Recced because:

The title is a horrible, awful pun. No, okay, there’s more to it than that: watching the Master slowly being driven off the edge by Jo’s chatter is hilarious. The sheer randomness of stuff Jo manages to talk about is boggling. The Master’s attempts to keep himself sane are mesmerising. You end up feeling a bit sorry for him by the end… after all, it’s not like he ever really had a chance.