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FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: No Company for Old Men
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 7,300
MAIN CHARACTERS: Ninth Doctor, the Brigadier

FIC SUMMARY: "Who are you and what did you do with the Brigadier?"

RECCER'S NOTES: What did the Doctor get up to in those ten seconds at the end of "Rose"? Turns out he buggered off to see the Brigadier, and more or less refused to go away. Reasons to read this: 1. It's Nine and the Brig; 2. it's by Cryptile. Dialogue sharp as knives. The Brigadier's voice is delightful, his reaction to the intruder memorable, and the brittle wrongness of this new Doctor as the Brig watches him about the place sticks in my throat and burns.

Consider this an author rec, too, because every fic on Cryptile's profile is fantastic, with that balanced DW blend of drama and comedy and absolutely impeccable characterisation. One of the very best.
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FANDOM: Doctor Who / The Thick of It
FIC LINK: In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream Obscenities
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] rubyofkukundu
RATING/WARNING(S): T | swearing, lots of
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 3,400
MAIN CHARACTERS: The Twelfth Doctor, Clara, Nicola Murray, Ollie Reeder, Glenn Cullen, Terri Coverley

FIC SUMMARY: There's an emergency on-board a spaceship. Thank God the Doctor's been called in to help.

RECCER'S NOTES: The title should tell you everything you need to know. It's sweary, it's funny, it is magnificent. None of the other characters are named, but you can tell who's who almost immediately - the voices are creepily accurate. (And as accompaniment, have this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Blf073f2Lc)
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FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: Accidentally Spiders
AUTHOR LINK: lolrassilon
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 6300 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Eleventh Doctor, OC

FIC SUMMARY: Left to his own devices, the Doctor tracks a pair of lost and enormous spiders to a flat in London. There he meets the flat's disagreeable occupant, who makes the job of rescuing both spiders and taking them safely home considerably more difficult.

RECCER'S NOTES: "Harry? Good name, good name. Shame about your personality - I used to know another Harry once, he was much better. Bit of an imbecile sometimes, but definitely much better."

There are two kinds of people in the world. First, the bright, curious, adventurous people who seemingly populate the Whoniverse, and then... then there are the Harrys. Featuring a man who is definitely not a pest-control officer, a wonderfully unlikeable OC, and spiders. The voices - both Eleven's and that of the aforementioned Harry - are excellent, and the whole thing is funny throughout.
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FANDOM: Doctor Who, Blake's 7
FIC LINK: Two People Talking... Orac and K9
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] sallymn
RATING/WARNING(S): General audiences
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 470 | Complete

FIC SUMMARY: As K9 carries Orac they share a dialogue.

RECCER'S NOTES: Short, but full of humour. The fic is driven forward by the perfectly in character comedy. Orac may be the cleverest computer, yet doesn't dominate K9:)
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FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: And Then There Was One
AUTHOR LINK: [ao3.com profile] spacetimeconundrum
MAIN CHARACTERS: Fifth Doctor, Romana II, Master, OFC

FIC SUMMARY: The end and aftermath of the Last Great Time War in the Pete's World Universe. Gallifrey falls, the Doctor is lost, and a killer is lurking among the residents of a town on the edge of the Canadian wilderness. Alt!Five's story.

RECCER'S NOTES: What if the Fifth Doctor was roped into the Time War? It's a fascinating premise. Fobwatched!Five is a plausible and sympathetic extrapolation: he's still the Doctor, even with one foot in the classic era and one in the new. The murder mystery is a little draggy, but I really came to care for "Dr. John Foreman," his wife, his father-in-law, and the life he's carved out for himself. His nightmares of the Time War are compelling and terrifying; it's worth a read just for them. I found myself wishing he'd never remember who he really was.
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FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: The Twelve Days of Christmas
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Charamei
RATING/WARNING(S): All ages, none.
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 2208|Complete
MAIN CHARACTERS: Third Doctor, The Master (Delgado), First Doctor, Second Doctor, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Brigadier, John Benton, Jo Grant.
FIC SUMMARY: The Master comes up with his own unique version of The Twelve Days of Christmas... and enacts it.

RECCER'S NOTES: As it’s Halloween here’s a Christmas rec. A cracky fic where the Master keeps on sending “gifts” to the Doctor at UNIT HQ on the run up to Christmas. All the presents are designed to kill the Doctor, but, of course, things don’t go to plan. There is also a sort-of-sweet ending. There is a lot of invention in this fic both in thinking up the gifts and the ways in which UNIT & the Dr deal with them. Naturally, the Brig gets impatient and blows stuff up.
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FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: The Doctor Stole My Sandwiches
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Evilawyer
RATING/WARNING(S): All ages, None
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 94|Complete
MAIN CHARACTERS: The Third Doctor, Delgado!Master, Jo Grant
FIC SUMMARY: No one’s sandwiches are safe

RECCER'S NOTES: A short and sweet fic, ideal for when in need of a quick injection of humour.
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FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: Ship of Ghosts
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] lost_spook
RATING/WARNING(S): General audiences
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 1312 | Complete
MAIN CHARACTERS: Jackson, Herrick, Orfe, Tala, Fourth Doctor.

FIC SUMMARY: The quest is the quest. It’s all that’s left.

RECCER'S NOTES: An unusual tale which lingers in the mind after reading. The fic concerns characters in a DW serial, the unloved, Underworld the one with a lot of CSO. The fic starts from before the Doctor appears and finishes just after he leaves. The fic details how Jackson feels about regeneration and how it reduces him and his crew. The piece works on its own without any prior knowledge of Underworld.
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FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: Genius and Geniality
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] JohnAmendAll
RATING/WARNING(S): General Audiences/spikey plant injury
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 30,233 | Complete
MAIN CHARACTERS: Victoria Waterfield, Zoe Heriot

FIC SUMMARY: Kidnapped from their everyday lives, Victoria and Zoë have been sent to Regency England to seek out the Doctor. How will they cope with a world of genteel manners, balls, elopements, and the threat of imminent fiery destruction?

RECCER'S NOTES: A fic which allows Victoria, one of the more overlooked and timid companions, to shine. It’s quite easy to make someone awesome if they’re a super-genius or a ninja fighter, but what about the less extraordinary? In this case manners maketh the women. Victoria steers the girl from the future, Zoe, through genteel Regency society and find she has some strength inside her.
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FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: Just Fruity
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 2611| Complete
MAIN CHARACTERS: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Sergeant Benton, The Doctor (3rd), UNIT, The Doctor (10th)

FIC SUMMARY: Because everyone needs a little exploding fruitcakefic for the holidays, especially with Three and Ten.

RECCER'S NOTES:FANDOM: Cake!fic! The ingredients consist of character X naked, except for one item of clothing, chained to Y and covered in cake. Optionally, it’s all the fault of their arch-nemesis. An obscure genre which despite the potential for smut generally swerves it, largely due to the fact evil geniuses prefer to put cake to diabolical uses.

Written by Primsong who is a bit good at writing for the classic UNIT family. The exchanges between the Doctor’s Tenth and Third selves are excellent and there’s even a plausible reason for this cakeyness. Ish - the Master was always fond of a daft plot. Not that there ever needs to be a reason…
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Hello! I'm [personal profile] liadtbunny, your gensploder for this month:) This is the first time I've recced, so I hope I don't mess up. I'll be a reccing a mix of fandoms for the next four weeks.

FANDOM: The Avengers (2012), Harry Potter - J.K Rowling, Blackadder, Life on Mars (UK), Spooks, James Bond (movies), Doctor Who, Misfits, Sherlock (TV), The Thick of It
FIC LINK: No Avenging, Please, We’re British
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] netla
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 3854| complete
MAIN CHARACTERS: Harry Potter, Gene Hunt, Edmund Blackadder, Ros Myers, Loki(Marvel), James Bond, Kelly Bailey, Sherlock Holmes, Malcolm Tucker, Eleventh Doctor.

FIC SUMMARY: Director Blackadder of SHIELD had a dream. A dream of getting other people to do all the hard work saving the world while reaping the benefits of a huge pay check at the end of the day.

RECCER'S NOTES: A lot of multi-crossovers tend to be overwhelmed by trying to fit a multitude of characters in to a fic, but netla pulls it off with aplomb or even a turnip. This fic is a very funny version of ‘The Avengers Assemble’ movie but reworked with British super-heros, um, well, shall we say British characters for the sake of accuracy. Not only are the characters swapped but the locations are very British too. Marvel’s SHIELD has a swish HQ, while the London HQ has plastic Ikea chairs and our heroes go searching for Loki on a council estate. Perhaps not for people who can’t take the majority of the humour coming out of taking the Michael out of their faves. And with Malcolm Tucker involved there is some sweary-sweariness.
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[personal profile] lost_spook
FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: Nine Hours, Give or Take
AUTHOR LINK: Bad Dickens
RATING/WARNING(S): All ages | None
MAIN CHARACTERS: Donna Noble, Tenth Doctor

FIC SUMMARY: Donna in the toilet, the Doctor in the broom cupboard. Exciting? Oh, yes.

RECCER'S NOTES: During Partners in Crime, Donna and the Doctor spent about nine hours in their respective hiding places. Nine hours. Donna and Ten. Yes . . . How exactly did they pass the time? Bad Dickens has the answer here, and the result is far more entertaining than a tale of a toilet and a broom cupboard has any right to be.
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FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: The Spartans
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen | Violence, Slavery
MAIN CHARACTERS: Second Doctor, Polly Wright, Jamie McCrimmon, Ben Jackson

FIC SUMMARY: Greece, 480 BC: As the vast armies of the King of Kings prepare to battle the outnumbered defenders of the Hot Gates, the Doctor and his friends find themselves where they often find themselves at times like this – caught in the middle.

RECCER'S NOTES: As I’ve said, I have a weakness for Doctor Who historicals, and this is one of the very best. The author is amazing (consider this also an author rec: JJ is an incredible fanfic writer and pretty much never puts out a duff fic) and also has a clear love of history, which shines through. It’s an all-out action-adventure piece at novel length, although that’s not to say there’s not some great characterisation, with the TARDIS team being split up (as ever) but into two lesser-explored combinations, which allows for some lovely development between the still-new group, as Polly and the Doctor have to work together while Ben and Jamie find themselves in some surprising situations, not always easy for a 20th century English seaman and an 18th C Scottish Jacobite.

(There’s a tiny bit of canon-typical Ben/Polly at the end, and a little bit of slightly more unexpected Ben/Jamie along the way because of plot, but nothing to render it non-gen.)

Anyway, it’s long, fabulous, enthralling, and novel-style (and length) enough to be read on its own strengths if you’re not all that familiar with this TARDIS team (who have after all been especially unfairly hit by burnination).
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FANDOM: Doctor Who/RPF
FIC LINK: A Spy Unmasked
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] JohnAmendAll
MAIN CHARACTERS: Kate Stewart, Frobisher, Sir David Attenborough

FIC SUMMARY: Sir David Attenborough's latest documentary has produced some unusual footage.

RECCER'S NOTES: Where to begin? In the audios & comics sometimes the Doctor travels with a Whifferdil called Frobisher – a shapeshifting private eye who tends to default to Penguin. Sir David Attenborough makes nature documentaries on many things, including penguins. Kate Stewart has weird in her job description. You might begin to see where this is going, yes? It’s a hugely fun ficlet, with a great punchline, and I don’t think you need to know any more than those three things to enjoy it. Also, penguins.
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FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: Prime (Also at the Teaspoon here)
AUTHOR LINK: [fanfiction.net profile] Roach-Patrol
RATING/WARNING(S): All ages | None
MAIN CHARACTERS: Amelia Pond, Seventh Doctor, Ace McShane

FIC SUMMARY: In which young Amelia Pond attempts to seek both her fortune and the Doctor, talks to strangers, feeds a dog, and loses her bicycle in the woods (though not exactly in that order).

RECCER'S NOTES: I did say that I loved wee Amelia a lot, and I do, so here’s another brilliant fic featuring her, as she gets impatient waiting for the Doctor and goes out to find him - which she does, just not the one she expected. It’s a beautiful piece, keeping up Amelia’s POV, and the theme of fairy tales, while also delivering some lovely, true little character touches for the Doctor and Ace.
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FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: We Found Jesus in a Junkyard
AUTHOR LINK: Lissy Strata
RATING/WARNING(S): All ages | Humorous use of religion
MAIN CHARACTERS: Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright, Jack Harkness

FIC SUMMARY: How did Ian and Barbara explain their disappearance anyway?

RECCER'S NOTES: I’ve seen a few stories about Ian and Barbara arriving home again (the Doctor's first companions, two school teachers he kidnapped) – and how on earth they explain where they’ve been for the last two years since they inexplicably vanished along with one of their pupils. Some of them have been sweet, some dark and angsty, but I’ve never seen one that’s quite so funny. Faced with some awkward questions from the police, Barbara comes up with an unexpected solution and the result had me grinning all the way through, especially the ending!
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FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: Planes, Trains and Horseless Carriages (Among Other Conveyances)
[archiveofourown.org profile] nam_jai
MAIN CHARACTERS: First Doctor, Steven Taylor, Vicki

FIC SUMMARY: The Doctor, Vicki and Steven journey over land and sea to make a date with history.

RECCER'S NOTES: This fic is such a gem – it’s a beautiful little historical/team TARDIS piece, with the Doctor, Vicki, and Steven in a race against time to see history in the making. The use of these (too-rarely written) characters as opposed to any other TARDIS crew is just perfect, too. Old-school historical fics are one of the joys of Doctor Who fandom when they’re done well, and this one definitely is.
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FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: To The Rescue
AUTHOR LINK: dbskyler
RATING/WARNING(S): All ages | None
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 1381 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Sarah Jane Smith, Jack Harkness, K9, Romana II, Jo Grant, Harry Sullivan.

FIC SUMMARY: Sarah Jane is in Aberdeen! Help is on the way.

RECCER'S NOTES: After Sarah Jane made her reappearance back in 2006 (can it really be that long ago?), there was a spate of fanfic fixits, hastening to rescue her from being stranded in Aberdeen. Dbskyler’s delightfully funny fic challenges a few fandom cliches and points out that a woman who’s travelled the universe and fought monsters can probably handle getting home from Scotland without falling apart. Except, much to her bemusement, her would-be rescuers are just queuing up – that is, apart from the one person she thought might try to lend a hand…
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FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: With A Little Illumination
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] st_aurafina
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | Mild canon-type violence
MAIN CHARACTERS: Jo Grant, Third Doctor, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart

FIC SUMMARY: When an opera critic is torn limb from limb, the Brigadier suspects that more than just bruised egos are at play.

RECCER'S NOTES: It’s like the UNIT-era squared, and it’s utterly wonderful. The Brigadier has crossword experts looking for the Master! The Doctor has blown up the lab (again)! Jo’s on an undercover mission (with an unexpected ‘date’), the Master has an improbable villainous plan, and it all goes a little bit Phantom of the Opera. Fabulous missing adventure fic.
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FANDOM: Doctor Who/Discworld
FIC LINK: The Dalek Invasion of Discworld
RATING/WARNING(S): All ages | Mild swearing
MAIN CHARACTERS: The Daleks, Samuel Vimes, Mustrum Ridcully, Gytha Ogg, Esme Weatherwax, Rincewind, Death.

FIC SUMMARY: Exactly what it says on the tin.

RECCER'S NOTES: The Daleks make the mistake of invading the Discworld. It goes about as well as you might expect. I don’t think I need say more, really, or I’d probably be spoiling this small but perfectly formed treat of a crossover.