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Title: What The Mayflies Leave Behind
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] MayFairy
Fandom: Doctor Who
Genre: Friendship, Character Study (Jack)
Length: Short (3,826 words)

Author's Summary:
The first time she meets the promised Captain Jack Harkness, he's so unaware of his own curse she can barely look at him. The second time, he knows all too well, but is not yet ready. The third time, he stretches out his hand and she takes it.

Review:
Ashildr meets Jack (no prior knowledge of the 12th Doctor series or characters needed, including Ashildr - you could substitute any older human-turned-immortal and the story would still work).  It's a character study for how Jack changes through the series. I really liked the contrast between the two immortals and the sense that their journeys to accepting their new natures has been different and even though Ashildr, whose POV the story is from, seems to think that her view is inevitable and Jack will/does get there eventually, I don't read Jack by the end in the same way as Ashildr reads though there is clear character development that sort of runs parallel - that balance makes for a really interesting dual character study.

What the Mayflies Leave Behind (on AO3)
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Title: Parts of the Process
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] Asrai
Fandom: Torchwood, Doctor Who
Genre: AU, Time Travel, Future fic, Ianto lives (and Tosh too!)
Pairing: Jack/Ianto, Jack/various, Ianto/various
Length: Medium (49,182 words)

Author's Summary:
And although Ianto goes hurtling through the universe, crossing time and space seems to teach him one thing in particular – that all roads lead to Rome.

Review:
There's a lot to love about this fic: Ianto travels with the 12th Doctor while Jack is away with the 11th in the Year That Never Was. Ianto gets stranded in the future - the 51st century, for added interest. Ianto studies at the Time Agency. Jack gets a real happily ever after. Tosh and Ianto both get to live. There's some lovely world-building for the 51st century and the Time Agency.

There are also some things that made me sad: the reason Jack had his memory wiped by the Time Agency. How this fic ended so suddenly after such care was taken to build it up.

But the good far outweighs the bad. It's the kind of fic I'll end up rereading from time to time.

Parts of the Process (on ff.net)
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Title: Mandala
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Dr_Doomsduck
Fandom: Torchwood, Doctor Who
Genre: Fix-it, AU, Character bashing, Fixing Canon's Broken Logic, Sci Fi
Pairing: Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones, Amy Pond/Rory Williams, Gwen Cooper/Rhys Williams
Length: Long (124,126 words)
rec'd on fancake

Author's Summary:
It began, or rather continued because nothing ever truly ends or begins, with a man who grew old but didn’t age. He was standing in a building that wasn’t ever built and looked out to a world that would never turn.

Review:
How did this fic sit on my ereader for so long and not get read?! This is an amazing fic with epic plot and some seriously clever twisting of notoriously-unlogical Whoniverse canon into shapes that actually make sense. I won't say this fic is without faults and a few teeny tiny plot holes of its own but it's so very good anyways.

So this fic is a Miracle Day AU that doesn't just reject canon reality and substitute fan's ship of choice - but wait, don't run away yet! I hated Miracle Day and this fic actually changed my mind about it a little bit - if this fic were Season 5, it would all be okay again.

Basically, Ianto and Amy and a Time Agent OC - who fits very nicely into the spectrum of dis-functionality of other Time Agents we know from canon - end up trapped in the Time Agency after it was destroyed and have to figure out why they're there, why they can't leave, why they all remember different timelines, and, once that's sorted, how they're going to stop reality from falling apart while also saving the human race from The Miracle. It really is an amazing fic. There's only one problem I have with this fic and that's that the villain's accomplice (who I can't name without spoiling) starts out alright but becomes very one dimensional in the end - this, as you will understand, might actually be considered a plus to some fans, but to me it could have been a little less heavy-handed at least. I actually loved the villain himself though - zero complaints there.

Mandala (on AO3)
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Title: There is Another Sky
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Shana_Storyteller
Fandom: Torchwood, Doctor Who
Genre: Romance, Time Travel, Psychic Abilities, Sci Fi, AU, Competence
Pairing: Jack/Ianto, John/Jack, John/Ianto, John/Ianto/Jack
Length: Long (78,182 words)

Author's Summary:
Ianto has some secrets, and some talents, and he is more than meets the eye. He was a Junior Researcher at Torchwood One, but that's not the whole story. This is.

Review:
Creative and evocative story. AU where Ianto is different (some of the differences are explained but there's also foreshadowing that never gets as far as the reveal) and repeatedly makes very different decisions but still very much the canon universe, just filled out a lot more with detail. Ianto is pretty awesome in this one and so are both Jack and John. Tosh and Owen are also very likable and clearly competent in their own rights. This fic hasn't been updated in awhile which makes me very sad because it's fantastic but even what is there so far really deserves a read.

There is Another Sky (on AO3)
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Title: Amelia Pond Has Two Immortal Daddies
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] sahiya
Fandom: Doctor Who, Torchwood
Genre: Chosen Family, Romance, Multiverse
Pairing: Eleven/Jack
Length: Medium (13,905 words)

Author's Summary:
Of second chances, TARDIS repairs, and cupboards full of never-ending art supplies.

Review:
A short but delightfully fluffy fic/series where child!Amelia travels with the Doctor who reunites with Jack and they raise Amelia together. I'm usually pretty attached to the asexual!Doctor idea but I can make this exception, especially since the focus is on fluff and not smut. There's a lot of talk about multiverses so sometimes the story strays to what happened elsewhere/elsewhen but it's handled pretty well.

Amelia Pond Has Two Immortal Daddies (on AO3)
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Title:  Risk
Author: [livejournal.com profile] mhalachaiswords 
Fandom:  Doctor Who, NCIS
Genre: Crossover, Character Piece, Outsider POV
Length:  Short (1,725 words)

Author's Summary:
When Gibbs first meets Donna Noble, all he hears is her voice.

Review:
Short but interesting crossover with good characterization and a bit of outsider POV (by Gibbs, about Donna).

Risk (on LJ)
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Title: The Most Elementary of Errors
Author: [deviantart.com profile] Metal-Potato-Alex
Fandom: Doctor Who
Genre: Fan Art, Romance
Pairing: Vastra/Jenny

Author's Summary:
"I was not initially keen on the society of apes, but I made the most elementary of errors - I fell in love."

Only in Doctor Who could you have a Victorian Crime-Fighting Interspecies Lesbian Married Couple and call it canon.

Review:
A beautiful digital painting for one of my favorite canon ships (and two of my favorite canon characters). Be sure to peruse the rest of the artist's gallery too - there's more beautiful shipping fan art for several other popular fandoms and pairings.

The Most Elementary of Errors (on dA)
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Title: Going Home
Author: [livejournal.com profile] mythverdani
Fandom: Farscape, Doctor Who
Genre: Crossover, Character Study
Length: Short

Author's Summary:
John hasn't seen anyone from Earth in a long time. Imagine his surprise when he finds another human wandering through a market as if she belongs there.

Review:
Set ambiguously while Rose is traveling with the Doctor in Doctor Who, post-canon for Farscape.  Short, but kind of interesting with the contrast between Rose and Crichton.

Going Home (on LJ)
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Title: Your History Written in Stars and Time
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] such_heights
Fandom: Doctor Who
Genre: Gen
Length: Short (1,462 words)

Author's Summary:
Donna's forgotten. The universe hasn't.

Review:
A short but good fic about Donna being famous for things she can't remember in a universe with time travel. I love the idea and Donna's characterization is very canon for both before and after losing her memory.

Your History Written In Stars and Time (on AO3)
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Title: Seventeen Things That Happened to Rory Williams
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Scribe 
Fandom: Doctor Who, Torchwood
Genre: AU, death fic, character study
Pairing: Amy/Rory, Rory/Eleven
Length: Medium (Words: 7,682)

Author's Summary:
In which Amy dies and Rory, eventually, keeps going.

Review:
Okay, so I'm trying not to think too hard on why I apparently went from reading a bunch of cheesy romances to reading a bunch of death fics, but here, have another.  Death fic, that is.  This fic is about grief and about Rory's character too and what he does when Amy dies on an AU adventure not long after they start traveling together with the doctor.  The fic starts off a bit slow, the style influenced by the daze Rory finds himself in, but as Rory begins to find ways to live again, it picks up.   I'm really not one for shipping the Doctor, but I can bend my own rules for this fic - plus, the romance aspect is understated.

Seventeen Things That Happened to Rory Williams (on AO3)
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Title: On his Brother-in-Law's Secret Service
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] EASchechter
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC), Torchwood, Man From U.N.C.L.E., Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cabin Pressure, Doctor Who, Avengers, X-Men
Genre: massive multi-crossover, scifi
Length: Epic (302,329 Words)

Author's Summary:
1. When Sherlock disappears, John Watson has to use everything he's learned to find him before it is too late.
2. John's first day on his new job goes nothing at all as expected. But when a Holmes is involved, what else is new?
etc. (The summaries aren't very helpful but, to be fair, this series is very hard to explain - it's sort of scifi in the style of Torchwood, sort of superheros in the style of the Avengers, with lots more thrown in as each canon is woven into this massive fusion 'verse. Like I said, hard to explain, but definitely worth a try, at the least.)

Review:
The summaries aren't very helpful but, to be fair, this series is very hard to explain - it's sort of scifi in the style of Torchwood, sort of superheros in the style of the Avengers, with lots more thrown in as each canon is woven into this massive fusion 'verse. Like I said, hard to explain, but definitely worth a try, at the least. Besides the crazy amount of work involved in making so many storyverses work together, I also have to give credit for the characterizations in this fic. Even if you're not sure you want to commit to the whole 300k words, even if you only know half those fandoms, at least give this fic a chance.

On his Brother-in-Law's Secret Service (on AO3)

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Title: Necessity
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] KerrAvonsen
Fandom: Doctor Who
Genre: AU
Pairing: past Rose/Mickey
Length: Medium (15,361 Words)

Author's Summary:
There is no Bad Wolf. Rose makes it back to the Doctor the hard way.

Review:
An AU where Rose takes the slow road to brilliant.  It's hard and she has to be really detremined and really clever and use all the resources she has at her disposal but eventually she manages it and saving the Doctor as a result of all that hard work is a pretty awesome story --- in some ways, its better than Bad Wolf (but not every way because Bad Wolf's destruction of the Daleks/saving Jack speech was pretty awesome too). 

Necessity (on AO3)
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Title: Familiar Strangers
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Aeshna
Fandom: Torchwood, Doctor Who
Genre: Character Study, Memory Issues (Far-Future!Jack)
Length: Very Short (781 Words)

Author's Summary:
Was this what they saw when they looked at him, the Doctor wondered – a creature far beyond any simple understanding, ancient and dangerous and all too perceptive?

Review:
Though less than 1000 words, this fic has a lot to say about the characters of the Doctor and Jack. It's one of those fics where we see Jack so far in the future that it takes him a bit to put a name to the face that was once familiar. Jack is still getting attached to underdog civilizations and becoming their champion (which is equal parts awesome and tragic) when the Doctor swans in and, in seeing his once-protégé in action, has to face some perhaps uncomfortable views of himself.

Familiar Strangers (on AO3)
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Title: Concussed Questions to a Barefoot Spy
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r: [archiveofourown.org profile] whiteraven1606
Fandom: Doctor Who, Torchwood, Covert Affairs
Pairing:
Jack/Ianto
Genre:
Romance, Friendship, PTSD, Crossover
Length:
Short (3,451 Words)

Author's Summary:
A concussed Ianto mets Auggie Anderson. One of those weird concussion discussions ensues. Well, and rescue comes, of course.

Review:
Better than it sounds from the summary. This fic is about Ianto trying to figure out how to be Jack's rock for once (after the year that the Master's tortured Jack on the Valiant) when Jack is so used to being everyone else's.

Concussed Questions to a Barefoot Spy (on AO3)
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Title: the girl from tomorrow
Autho
r: [livejournal.com profile] zauberer_sirin
Fandom: Doctor Who, Life on Mars
Pairing:
Martha Jones/Sam Tyler
Genre:
Romance, Time Travel
Length:
Short

Author's Summary:
Martha Jones gets stranded in 1972. So she starts a new life. After a year of residence in various small towns, she lands a job in Manchester. You can imagine the rest.

Review:
Sweet story about two awesome stranded time travelers finding each other.

the girl from tomorrow (on LJ)
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Title: salvo
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] snowdarkred
Fandom: Torchwood, Doctor Who
Pairings: Jack/Ianto
Genre: Adventure, Time Travel, World-building
Length: Medium (26,720 words, WIP)

Author's Summary:
Ianto died, and then he woke up. It hurt.
(Or, the Doctor discovers some wiggle room, saves Ianto's life, and then together they have some unplanned and rather violent adventures.)

Review:
Ianto Lives Fix-it. The adventures Ianto and the Doctor go on are creative and have good, interesting details. I hope this fic is eventually finished.

salvo (on AO3)
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Title: Five Times Sarah-Jane was Awesome in the Year That Never Was
Author: [livejournal.com profile] valderys
Fandom: Whoniverse
Pairings: Luke/Clyde
Genre: General
Length: Short (4,215 words)

Author's Summary:
Martha Jones wasn't the only one that walked the Earth at the end of the world - or bits of it, anyway.

Review:
A fic about small acts of bravery, the bonds of friendship, and dealing with enormous tragedy.

Five Times Sarah-Jane was Awesome in the Year That Never Was (on LJ)
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Title: Seems Far From Home, Seems Farther From You
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] girl_wonder
Fandom: Torchwood, Doctor Who, SGA
Genre: Character Study, Crossover
Length: Short (4,677 words)

Author's Summary:
After the year that wasn't, Martha tries to move on with her life.

Review:
Martha deals with PTSD following the year that wasn't, when she walked the world, while also being really BAMF and making a positive difference on Atlantis. Martha's characterization is good and so is the portrayal of her relationship with Jack which is shown occasionally but isn't developed much in canon.

Seems Far From Home, Seems Farther From You (on AO3)
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Title: Guard Them, and Him Within
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Etharei
Fandom: Torchwood, Doctor Who
Genre: Romance, Sci Fi, Adventure, Time Travel
Pairings: Jack/Ianto
Length: Medium (Words: 38,120)
Note: rec'd on fancake

Author's Summary:
Ianto Jones finds himself far from home. But there are guns, aliens, and more Strange Happenings than one can shake a stick at, so sometimes it’s like he hasn’t left. Of stories within stories, and the adventures of small characters.

Review:
Best fic I've read in a while. An original story set on an alien planet in the future of the Doctor Who/Torchwood universe (written pre-S2 of Torchwood). The world-building is fantastic - the plot, the characters, the premise, all of it.  I especially admire how Ianto manages to cope with this alien world and its culture - he knows so little about life there and then but he learns and he still manages to be capable and competent and so Ianto.  It's an adventure story because of the alien war plot and a romance because Ianto falls through the rift and is found by (immortal) Jack - except that Jack doesn't remember him anymore. There's some great twists in this one too that I won't spoil but they're awesome. And the ending is really lovely. I was torn between scoring this one excellent and best fics ever - might yet change my mind, but this fic is truly wonderful.

Guard Them, and Him Within (on AO3)
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Title: The Swan Princess
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Mad_Maudlin
Fandom: Doctor Who
Genre: AU - Daemons
Pairings: Amy/Rory
Length: Short (Words: 8,141)

Author's Summary:
She just rolled her eyes at him. "He hasn't got a daemon, stupid. That's how you know he's an alien."

Review:
Since fancake is having a Daemon-AU week, I've been reading a lot of that and I decided to rec this one because while it is basically a good character-A-would-have-this-daemon fic (which isn't good enough on its own in my mind), it also has some nice elements of Amy&Rory character study/development.

The Swan Princess (on AO3)

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