kaffy_r (kaffy_r) wrote in calufrax,

rec: A Message in the West

Hello, and happy Monday! I'mkaffy_r, and I'll be providing you recommendations for the coming week. All of the stories I've collected this time around are short, and in a couple of cases they are very short. But they're examples of stories that either have made me think, or have provided me with a great deal of enjoyment - and sometimes both. If you read any of these, it would be wonderful if you could let the author know you've read by leaving a comment!

Story: A Message in the West
Author: scarlett_key
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 4,330
Author's Summary: Martha Jones’ walk across the world brings her to Seattle, where she encounters a pirate radio station perfect for getting the word out about the Doctor. When she finds the pirates, she has to argue her case to another doctor before she can access the airwaves.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones, other characters
Warnings: none
Recced because: Crossovers are always a revelation to me, largely because they show me the talent of a writer. In fact, they generally stand and fall on that talent. The broader the stylistic chasm between worlds, the tougher the challenge for an author. scarlett_key handled this extremely challenging crossover, between Doctor Who and the NBC sitcom “Frasier,” really well, something  I wouldn’t have thought possible, especially given its setting, during the horrific Year That Wasn’t. It’s wonderful (in a somber, Year That Wasn't way) to see my favorite show, and one that I liked a great deal, come together so believably.

A taste:
"Don't mind them." An older man, shorter than Martha, the one with the gruff voice, hobbled forward on a cane, a grin on his face and one hand extended. "Martin Crane. Welcome to Radio Free Seattle." She shook his hand. There was a sadness about him even as he smiled. Still, when he said, "The miles sure have been kind to you," his eyes crinkled up with his grin. Martha couldn't help but smile in return; his charm and ease was a surprise, and it was refreshing. "Somebody get the lady some coffee!" he yelled, "And something to eat!" He turned back to her. "Go have a seat. My son's the one you want to see." He motioned to the man in the corner.

The man with the eye patch watched her approach. His expression was hard, wary. She took the empty chair, and held out one hand as Martin had just moments ago. "Martha Jones, and you are...?"

"I'm the Doctor," he said. "Doctor Frasier Crane." He didn't take the hand she offered. She withdrew it. "Not that it means much anymore," Martha caught him say under his breath. There was a world of hurt in those words that she didn't want to hear. They'd all lost so much.
Tags: author: scarlett_key, companion: martha, rating: all ages, reccer: kaffyr, type: crossover, type: gen

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