Today's fic recs: Torchwood/Doctor Who. Um. Well. Okay, a disclaimer. If you're expecting fics about the protagonists, the primary ships and what have you, this is not the post for you. What you'll find here is a collection of fics about Suzie Costello (!), some Jack Harkness gen, and a smidgen of Lucy Saxon who I was ambivalent about in the show, but have taken a liking to via fic. Other characters make more-than-token appearances - Ianto, for example. All of the fic I've chosen are good reads; I'm picky about what I like/dislike in these fandoms.
Warnings for a general excess of angstcakes.
threads by violetisblue (fourth doctor/romana i)
It was here, at the center of time as she herself remade it, that Rom, sired by An, gestated by Ad, of the Vora chromosomal line of the Tre genome sequence of the ancient and venerated House of Lundar, found herself staring inescapably into herself, and what she saw was a great and bottomless emptiness that no amount of time could never fill, that no art or accomplishment could ever mask. Time roared into her and through her and turned her inside out and showed her the nothingness that was her lone self, and she was horribly, terribly afraid.
Who am I? she demanded, almost despairing, knowing the Loom heard every fleeting thought. What am I? Am I anything at all?
You are you, the Loom answered, when it deigned to pause in its work.
But what is this thing you call me? she cried, from inside herself. I see inside it, and I see nothing. How can you, the Loom, create me out of nothing?
I'm not a classic Who
fan, by which I mean to say that I've not seen any. That said, I have a vague idea of who Romana is and watching a couple of youtube clips clued me in well enough. That was after I'd read the fic, though.
It's an excellent fic, giving you enough that a new reader doesn't have to scrabble for information. More than that, it's an interesting look at Gallifreyan social structures, of their coming-of-age rituals, and of Romana's search for her identity. Touching and true, the author skilfully takes us through canon, giving us Romana's impulses. Some fics try too hard to explain, but this one is almost casual. I loved this from start to finish. general_jinjur
has written a commentary for this fic here
; it's an intense and interesting probe of Romana's characterisation in the fic, as much as the fic is of Romana's characterisation in canon. Also, I liked reading a classic Who
fan's take on the fic, if only to see how far my reactions were 'on'/'off' the mark.( five more. )torchwood.workaholics make rubbish talkers
They are the same, she and Rhys,
both always waiting,
HAIKU FIC, GUYS. !!! In twincy
's own words, Tosh and Rhys are "two of the most quietly tragic characters on the show" and this fic/haiku series reflects their respective 'outsider' statuses whilst being lyrical and true to canon. The closing haiku is so decisive and so empowering of Tosh - I love how you can read it as Tosh trying again to shake off the shackles but also as her finally, finally succeeding. And, you know, haiku
. ( nine more. )
Torchwood is on tonight, but I've missed the last few episodes so I think I'm just going to have to leave it. Watch more Lost instead.