October 25th, 2012


End-of-year call for reccers!

I can't believe how quickly this year is going by! But here we are anyway, and the comm could use some more reccers starting in the middle of November. If you've never recced before, now is a great time to start; and if you have recced before, you're always welcome to do so again.

All you need is a mere four stories on Teaspoon you love – more's great too, but not required – that are well-written, don't all include exactly the same pairing (though they don't all have to be different), and don't involve character bashing. Questions or comments about volunteering? Head on over to the sign-up post – and thanks!
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Rec: The Great Terror

Title: The Great Terror
Author: Pab
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5862
Author's Summary: Moscow, 1938. Stalin's terror is at its height. Day in and day out, torture and murder are routine in prisons notorious for their brutality. So why would the Doctor want to bluff his way into such a hell hole? The answer lies in something far worse, something rapidly closing in on the Earth.
Characters/Pairings: Nine
Warnings: None listed. But it does have some violence and shows the physical results of torture, as well as dealing unapologetically with the tactics of brutal regimes.

Recc'ed Because: I don't read very much Ninth Doctor fic, but then this story is not like most Ninth Doctor fic. I love stories that are grounded in the truth of history, stories that show that the author is writing what they know and grounding a fantastical tale in the details of an era or a setting. In true New Who fashion, this story uses a historical setting as the backdrop for an alien invasion, but it picks an era that I think the series itself would be hard-pressed to do well, in a 6:40 kid's slot. And in the best New Who fashion, it compares the fantastic horrors of an earth-destructing alien menace to the mundane and much more terrifying horrors of simple human brutality. This is a story of Nine traveling alone, his damage shown only obliquely through his uncompromising solutions and an almost ruthless ability to compartmentalize, but also showcasing his tenacity, skill, and passion for saving the human race despite their failings. It's a story of the power of fear, with aliens and middlemen all characters in their own right. If you're looking for an adventure that deals with the dark themes of human history, definitely give this one a read.

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