Author’s Summary: The breach between universes is permanently closed. After a horrific accident, Rose Tyler decides to re-create herself. Broadchurch is as good a place as any to start afresh. Crossover with Broadchurch.
Characters/Pairings: Rose Tyler, Jake Simmonds, 10th Doctor/DI Alex Hardy, Jackie Tyler, Pete Tyler
Warnings: Explicit sex, and a canon character death early on.
Recced because: Since the first series of the show has finished, there have been a lot more Doctor Who/Broadchurch crossover fics popping up. Closed is one of the first, and IMHO, one of the best as well. It’s not a reunion fic though, and the 10th Doctor only ever appears in Rose’s dreams and memories. Rather, she finds solace in a world where she and the Doctor never reunite in a man who shares his face: DI Alec Hardy. It’s a really well done story, and you’ll be rooting for Rose and Alec the whole time, so you won’t get a chance to be disappointed that there is no actual 10 in it. Plus, we get lots of Jake Simmonds, who is an awesome and underused character. I read this fic as it was being updated, and was on tenterhooks waiting for her to update chapters. You’re lucky enough to get it all in one shot! Enjoy. :)
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Story: Hello, Goodnight
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 800
Author’s Summary: There will be no grand goodbye tour this time. Who would he say goodbye to? Most of them are gone, lost to time and space. But the TARDIS has plans of her own, and the Doctor finds there are people left in the world to say goodbye to.
Characters/Pairings: 11th Doctor, Alfie Owens
Warnings: None. Just watch out for the feels again!
Recced because: The 10th Doctor’s swan song was pretty damn sad, but this makes an even sadder point: 11 pretty much has no one he can say goodbye to, they’re all dead or lost in time. Except for the son of Craig and Sophie Owens. Bittersweet snapshot of two characters getting a chance to interact in a way that they never did in canon. Bonus for the Doctor that this is someone’s life that he directly influenced without destroying.
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Story: Winner Takes All
Author’s Summary:A man with two hearts wakes up in an underground cavern with absolutely no memory of who he is or how he got there. Or who the nine strangers with him are. But what starts as a search for answers and identity rapidly turns to a fight for their very survival as the true stakes of the twisted game are revealed, and a surprising connection is forged.
Characters/Pairings: 10th Doctor, Rose Tyler, other canon characters
Warnings: According to the author none, but there are some emotional (and sometimes violent) character deaths. So I’ll warn for feels, just in case. And some violence.
Recced because: it’s one hell of a wild ride, and one I’d take again and again. This was one of the very first fics I read when I first joined the Teaspoon, and I fell completely in love with it. I think if Suzanne Collins and Russel T. Davies had a little fanfiction lovechild, it would be this story. LN29 weaves a tale so vivid and complex, you will be sad to see it end at a mere 205,464 words. The beauty of the story is that it’s so well done, you could have little to no background knowledge of Doctor Who and still be captivated. That we as the reader recognize who the individual characters are though makes it that much more exciting. I have a soft spot in my heart(s?) for this fic, I hope you’ll find a place for it in your own.
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Story: Does the Doctor Know Where His Towel Is?
Author: Astro Girl
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 623
Author’s Summary: Nowhere in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’s entry on the Doctor is there any mention of towels. This fact has more significant consequences than you might imagine.
Characters/Pairings: None, technically.
Recced because: I don’t know about you, but I usually prefer to have my Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters with a side of crossover fic. A brief and humorous nod to the most famous work of late and great former Who writer Douglas Adams’. Probably still funny if you haven’t read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy, but I strongly recommend doing that if you haven’t already. If anything, it will make the Doctor’s hatred of ‘funny robots’ that much more entertaining for you. ;-) Astro Girl does a good job of capturing the spirit and mood of both Hitchhiker’s Guide and DW.
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Story: So, 11 Doctors Walk Into A Bar
Word Count: 2873
Author’s Summary: The First Doctor takes Susan out to celebrate her birthday. When he steps away, Jack Harkness introduces himself and attempts to make Susan his next conquest. It’s up to the other ten Doctors to make sure that he doesn’t succeed.
Characters/Pairings: 1st Doctor, 2nd Doctor, 3rd Doctor, 4th Doctor, 5th Doctor, 6th Doctor, 7th Doctor, 8th Doctor, 9th Doctor, 10th Doctor, 11th Doctor, Jack Harkness, Susan Foreman
Recced because: I had a bad day and needed a laugh, and this one never fails to put a smile on my face. This one is witty and endearing, in a what-it-says-on-the-tin sort of way, and enchantment does a good job capturing the personality and mannerisms of each individual Doctor. It left me in stitches the first time I read it, hopefully it will do the same for you. :)
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Bonsoir, Calufrax! doctorxdonna here (RoseByAnyOtherName on Teaspoon), I’m another one who encountered the Doctor through new Who, but I’ve been loving ‘getting to know’ him and his past though through the 1-8 stories that crop up here on Calufrax. I really and truly did mean to get to this recc yesterday, but I’m a retail manager and spent most of my time rocking back and forth in disbelief that I survived Black Friday weekend. Now I’m still riding the leftover high from the 50th Anniversary special, so I bring you this little gem from an author who’d never been recced here before. Enjoy!
Story: 5 Minutes Before the Wedding
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 715
Author’s Summary: A conversation between the Doctor and the woman he’s about to marry. She has her reasons.
Characters/Pairings: 10th Doctor and Queen Elizabeth I
Recced because: How I wish the anniversary had played out a little more like naiad8’s version of the story. History tends to speak of Queen Elizabeth I as a brilliant, pragmatic, and analytical woman, and I was a little sad to see them treat her a bit like just another girl with a crush. Here, Elizabeth reveals that her reasons for choosing to marry the Doctor when she’d eschewed so many suitors before him are motivated almost entirely by logic.
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My final rec for these two weeks! Thanks for bearing with me, especially through the bonus anniversary recs, and I hope you found something new to read. And if you did, don’t forget to feed the authors – love and comments make the world go round (or something like that).
Story: days that should have been
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1584
Author’s Summary: He tries not to go back to the places he took Susan. (Or, the Doctor and memory – things remembered, and things forgotten).
Characters/Pairings: First Doctor, Susan Foreman, Tenth Doctor, Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Eleventh Doctor, Clara Oswin Oswald
Recced because: It’s a beautifully written fic that’s the perfect blend of old and new. The Doctor now, and at the beginning, Susan and the TARDIS, and his most recent companions, tracing parallels and spaces between them, and memory and forgetting. As I said, it’s really beautiful and a lovely reminder of how this one sprawling series does all connect up in the end.
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Story: A Perfect Heart
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1033
Author’s Summary: The story of a Queen, a curse and a perfect love.
Characters/Pairings: Seventh Doctor, Ace McShane
Recced because: It’s something out of the usual run of fics and it’s gorgeous, with an excellently done Seven and Ace, together in the snow – and an enigmatic fairy tale that may or may not be only a story. But then, there’s no such thing as “only a story”, is there?
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Story: It Doesn’t Go “Ding” When There’s Stuff
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 313
Author’s Summary: The Tenth Doctor tries out his new Zygon detector.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor
Recced because: I was trying not to rec this recent little gem – I had a full list of recs already! It came about due to something I said! – but then realised that of course that was foolish and that I needed to share this delightful, funny fic (that is clearly and obviously a missing scene from The Day of the Doctor that merely had to be deleted due to the constraints of time and reality). Anyway, as it happens, what I said was that the special was lacking in penguins. This is no longer the case, and isn’t it marvellous?
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Hopefully, we’ve all recovered from the anniversary, so I’m back with my regular recs now…
Story: I’ll have to come to you
Word Count: 1670
Author’s Summary: The Doctor maps Clara’s lives and learns that she can still surprise him. Oh, and there are Daleks. / ‘She was his big friendly button, his reset after the dark days.’
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Clara Oswin Oswald, Twelfth Doctor
Recced because: It’s a beautiful look at the Doctor and Clara, in the past and the future, with wonderfully fractured glimpses of her many lives, and the confusion of it for the Doctor. It explores some of the consequences of that, but lightly, and not without humour and there’s sharp characterisation in the short snatches that comprise the whole that is the story. It’s lovely.
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