Here be femslash, another of my favourite genres.
This story makes great use of the Year That Never Was setting: it provides the characters with motivation but is carefully placed as a backdrop to let Ace and Martha shine through. Ace (or Dorothy, as she's now calling herself), is older and wiser, and together they examine themselves and the role the Doctor plays in his companions' lives. It's quiet and fierce at the same time, and gentle without being at all sentimental. Really terrific.
This is just absolutely gorgeous: a possible snippet of time post-The Stolen Earth, frozen in an afterlife that may or may not be real. Harriet is beautifully drawn, and the story crackles with vivid description while also maintaining a dreamy, gauzy feel. For such a small bite of a story it's incredibly satisfying, and the last two lines are just dynamite.
I wasn't crazy about Jenny (from The Doctor's Daughter) on the show, but this story treats her so lovingly it won me over; I already adored Astrid, and this is a perfect examination of what could be post-Voyage of the Damned. This is a beautiful little bite of a story, with Jenny learning, exploring, and running both from and toward her past, and finding an ally in an unexpected form. They are each other's centre of gravity: together they can take on the universe.
Ace is coming to terms with things that are hard to discuss; she has the Doctor to talk to, but sometimes, that's not so easy. Beautifully written, with lovely beat lines and wonderful use of repetition, this is a thoughtful and fascinating piece. There are some great bits of world-building, giving Ace new companions to explore herself with, new situations and adventures in which to learn more about herself and about the Doctor too, and all of the observations are clear and sharp. The mix of plot and introspection is perfectly handled, and the ending made me smile and smile.
"A non-linear love story" is Liz's summary, and this absolutely sparkling story is all of that, and more. The unlikely pairing really and truly works, with both Romana and Martha flawlessly characterized, meeting and re-meeting and making it work, despite time not working in their favour. It's very funny and witty, just the right level of sweet, and the way the story twists and turns is incredibly clever and interesting to read, all building up to a terrific little ending. An absolute treat.
This is a little gem of a story – fresh, fun, sexy, and clever. Both Ace and Rose are very well written, and it’s not just my bias of wanting to see Ace paired up with every girl ever, because they really fit, here, and make a wonderful team. There’s some very funny lines, a lovely light feel to the proceedings, the girls wrong-footing the Doctor, and a terribly sweet and hopeful ending that avoids being at all sappy.
This is an utterly lovely story, and a terrific pairing. Harriet Jones is a great character, and she’s wonderfully written here, older and (somewhat) wiser after her downfall at the hands of the Doctor, as she finds Ace lurking in her garden, squashing her zinnias. Ace is post-Doctor, travelling and stalking women who give off odd time readings. The storyline is clever and interesting, thoughtful about time travel, possibilities, and hope, and ends with this beautiful imagery of Ace both watching over or protecting Harriet, and needing her just as fiercely. "You'll come through. I can tell that about you, you're the sort of person who always comes through,” Ace says, and oh, the story makes you believe it, for both of them.
Two for the price of one; the original story started life (as I remember it) as an anonymous comment in the big drabble tag; by beta reading the excellent remix I was reintroduced to the original with a title and author. It's a note-perfect little piece where Rose tells Martha what she needs to know to travel in the TARDIS, from family to belief to fresh knickers. It's subtle and absolutely right, careful and twisty and empowering for both women, and a true delight to read.
The remix retells the story from the POV of the TARDIS, which is something I’m always a sucker for; it also gets the TARDIS’ voice, as it were, exactly right. This is the taste of nothing on her lips it starts, and throughout it gives us distance on the original, and yet it feels intimate and tightly mapped onto that outline. It’s an excellent example of a remix, and a great fic in its own right.
This is such a fantastic setup and pairing. Rose wakes up in 1966 next to a gorgeous girl who sings in the shower, and through her reflections we get the story of how she ended up in such a delicious situation. The story was written for a cliché ficathon, but it ends up making the cliché interesting and new, and the writing is sharp and clever, particularly with some great beat lines to give it a fun, readable rhythm. There are really nice canonical touches, it’s casually warm and sexy, and Polly and Rose are both perfectly written (and it’s such a pleasure to get Polly fic!)
Branching off a bit from canon, this is a wonderfully layered, interestingly structured and written piece that alternately amuses and breaks your heart. Rose and Martha make a formidable team, and with the Doctor as well it sounds like the most marvellous TARDIS to travel around in. With lines such as "It's the TARDIS. It's always warm." / "We're in space. That's always cold." and added dinosaurs (everything's better with dinosaurs!) there's a lightness to this that is somewhat deceiving; the relationship is much more real than any easy definition, and twisty and sad and hopeful, too.
A very interesting, different little AU, where the Doctor died in The Satan Pit but Rose survived. The story neatly works in all sorts of relevant details from the episodes, as well as building a convincing future-world in a very short space. All the characters involved are well written (Ida didn't particularly capture my attention on the show, but here I became invested in her fallout, and her reaction), and the way things settle out between Rose and Ida at the end is understated but emotionally truthful.
While this might not quite work continuity-wise, it's a fabulous little story and the pairing is worth any manipulation. Romana's disillusioned, Rose is drunk, and somehow they find a common ground. With some great lines for Romana (Sometimes, I suspect I never really knew him. Unless bohemian nutters always turn into ruthless utilitarians with a penchant for genocide), some interesting insights into what can make Rose tick underneath it all, and a very powerful ending, this really works.
Set in the Rise of the Cybermen /Age of Steel universe, this is a just gorgeous alternate look at some familiar characters. They're so much the same, yet they subtly reflect the hard, different world of that universe, and the resulting story is dark and complicated. Sarah is very well written, but in particular Harriet is wonderfully done; it's so easy to make her a caricature, but this story does her a great justice, and makes her real, even if she only actually appears in it a little. In beautiful writing and imagery, this is at its heart a story of love and loss, as simple an idea as in any story, but wonderfully executed.
This is an unusual but gorgeous pairing, two Gallifreyans from such different backgrounds and life experiences, tied together by their complicated relationships with the Doctor. This story gives wonderful glimpses of the core of the Doctor's character and his allure, but remains squarely about Susan and Romana, and how their lives have changed and grown. The mood of the piece is perfect, understated but very moving, with a great set-up, and the relationship is handled with a deft touch, not idealized but beautifully truthful. A lovely little piece that really stays with you.
The Doctor makes a lot of choices - telling Harriet to let the Sycorax go at the end of The Christmas Invasion, sending Blon the Slitheen home, reborn, for a second chance at life. This story brilliantly uses these two elements - and the idea that the Doctor's choices aren't always right - to create a story that's incredibly moving, a reflection on fear, regret, fate, and hope, while also being utterly clever and perfectly woven (there's time travel with no visible seams, a remarkable feat, and it manages to fit right into the canon continuity and even explain it better). And as a bonus, it gives us two strong, wise, yet fallible and aware women, with a hint of a connection that goes deeper. A truly beautiful story.
While we hadn't even met Martha yet as of the date this was written, she did get a ficathon (as fandom is fantastic, and as fair warning, this one was written for me), and lots of interesting characterizations have resulted. In this one Martha's pre-Doctor, and is a little bit cocky, a little bit unsure, quite a bit drunk, and dressed up like she's from the 1940s at a costume party, where she meets an older Ace (one of the Seventh Doctor's companions), all attitude and regret and want and just beautifully characterized. There's a little bit of role-playing, a lot of playing with naming and pronouns, and overall it absolutely works, as a character study on an unknown character and a fantastic story about Ace and as a gorgeous bit of femslash, quite an achievement.