So prowling the comms and the archives and wow is there a lot of badfic out there. Well sadly there often is, but in Doctor Who it does seem to tend towards the MarySues and really dreadful BDSM *shakes head* OTOH some of the crack!fic is fantastic :-) Anyway, I have bravely sacrificed much free time to separate the wheat from the chaff from the utterly awesome, and this obviously has nothing whatsoever to do with avoiding writing my own...
So, without further ado...Need
10/Master, AU either from Last of the Time Lords or from End of Time as so many are, I can't remember which. The opening exchange hooked me straight off since I am easily amused. Starts off amusingly light and gets rather more intense as it goes, so read the warnings if you're not sure, though on my own personal scale this doesn't rate as anything extreme. Long and very good. It also has a version of the Master pretty close to my own, one scene in particular had me cursing as it was very similar to a scene I was playing with in my head - ah well. Anyway definitely recommended reading if your tastes run this way... evildrem
this is probably one for you ;-)
Then we have Human Again
by Aralias. Doctor Who/Life on Mars crossover. The idea entertained me enough to read it, but it turned out to be surprisingly well done. It could have been jarring and clunky, but actually the two 'verses fit together quite neatly and, I dunno, I just liked the feel of it. And Sam's bewilderment over the choice of gifts - you'll see what I mean.
Unsurprisingly, that crossover is not unheard of, rather more unusual is the fact that this second one is also well done, though different in style and approach. Five Times Sam Tyler Met the Doctor
by Fallen_iceangel. I suspect there are more of this crossover out there, I suspect not all of them will be up to the standard of these two, but investigation is almost inevitable.Without End
Post End of Time AU, 10/Master. I really love the mood in this one. Short and sweet isn't the right term, poignant maybe, h/c with a hopeful ending, I don't know. Definitely recommend it though, along with Need this would be my current favourite.
Now all of these next ones are by nemaline
and I most definitely recommend them all.Poisoned Diamonds
Gen (yeah, I know), remix of the S4 ep Midnight, if Last of the Time Lords had ended differently and the Master accompanied the Doctor on his tourist trip. Quite long and interesting variations on the ep.Change for the Better
10/Master but mainly gen. This features a 4yr old Master, I see your reaction, but fear not, would I ever lead you astray? Well I would, but you'd probably enjoy it ;-) A refreshing lack of the cloying sweetness I usually associate with kid!fic, but then this is the Master and, yeah, sweet child probably not terribly likely.
Then we have Chasing the Paradox
and this is epic Doctor/Master. This is a *long* fic, but well worth the read. nemaline
does an absolutely amazing job with the interweaving timelines. There are parts around Chapters 7, 8 and 9 where the timelines synch up that are really gorgeous h/c and possibly my favourite bits. My one let down is probably towards the end, but that's more of a personal pref than any flaw in the writing. There is an occurrence that felt a bit unnecessary to me (that would be the personal pref) and the resulting final solution seemed a little too pat, particularly since the reader spent the previous 12 chapters or whatever tracing this fantastically complicated relationship. But that is IMO and shouldn't put you off the story, because it could be equally argued that by that point all the hard work had been done, so to speak, so the solution had to finally come down to something simple.
And finally one story, two perspectives La Grande Mort - Doctor's pov
and La Grande Mort - Master's pov
. This is 10/Master in the Year That Never Was. She describes this as dark and, well, it could have been something I would write - take that as you like ;-) I think personally I prefer the Doctor's pov, but I couldn't quite say why, perhaps that her Master here doesn't quite gel with my own version. They are nevertheless both good and worth a read.
I think that's it for now. Time for a snack, a cup of tea and then Going PostalETA:
Just checked, no more decent Life on Mars crossovers, but some truly dire ones :-(