Synopsis: Perhaps the largest and longest running Doctor Who fan fiction series in existence. Running continuously since 1999, the Doctor Who Project has had twelve seasons and counting of high-quality prose, ranging from short stories all the way to epic length novels. The first two stories star the Seventh Doctor before he regenerates and the series continues with an original "Eighth" Doctor onwards. For fans of older Doctors, there is a "Brief Encounters" section featuring stories starring the television Doctors with elements of the main TDWP series. Today the series stars the TDWP Tenth Doctor and continues to provide the very best in new Doctor Who stories with an old school feel.
Comments: With a series of such breadth and variety as the Doctor Who Project, there are going to be a lot of hits and misses as far as individual readers' preferences are concerned. Stories like "Nine Days" and "Journey's End" in the TDWP Ninth Doctor's era are held up as particular common favorites, though. To help deal with the fact that a dozen seasons' worth of near novel length stories can lead to a bit of Archive Panic, the series editors have released a comprehensive series bible giving details on every published story, including trivia and plot synopses,
Synopsis: A Meta Fic series set in a pub outside Doctor Who continuity, where the characters go between stories. And the surrounding town. And the creche, where the Spinoff Babies stay and have a storybook that forces their adult counterparts to act out fairy tales. And the High School AU, Primary/Elementary School AU, and Retirement Home AU.
Comments: Particularly recommended is B.K. Willis's To Die For series in which, free from the burden of her canonical personality, Nyssa is reimagined as an inventive psychopath with a grudge on Adric (who keeps coming Back from the Dead). It's much better than that makes it sound.
Synopsis'': A webcomic that is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Ten Doctors, many companions, and just about every enemy from the TV series that wasn't dead at the end of their arc.
Comments: A fun read, although a little slow at times.
Seconded by cg12345. Very much.
Unclouded TJ: Very well done but if you want to read through it faster try the second link as it's faster to download them and read rather than use the archive.
Also recommended by Digi Flame. Continuity Porn in its most concentrated form.
Revelo: I also recommend this, really well written, fantastic art and a TARDIS full of lore and continuity porn with some awesome and heartwarming parts thrown in too.
Scionofgrace: Recommended wholeheartedly! So many, many awesome moments.
YYZ: Also to be recommended is one of Morris' subsequent stories, which features the Third Doctor in Elizabethan England.
I don't have a troper page yet, so I'll just sign using my real initials for now (and I'll change it once I make one), but I, ZT, agree, and would like to say that the other Doctor Who stories Rich has done, despite being crossovers with series I'm unfamiliar with, are awesome as well. Also, I feel that "the Ten Doctors" is possibly the greatest Doctor Who story ever.
Teorwyn: This is the story that introduced me to the Whoniverse. Even though I didn't have any idea what was going on when I started, the story, convoluted as it was, let me pick things up as I went along and left me wanting more. HIGHLY recommended.
Finister2: So good you'd think it was in canon.
Mr Thorfan 64: One of my favourite stories in any medium. Better then most Doctor Who stories.
Silent Hunter has only listened to "A Time Lord in Prince Henry's Court", a humorous tale set in 16th-century France, but it's a highly recommended tale of forbidden love, apples and Leonardo da Vinci.
Synopsis: A hilarious series that details the adventures of 10.5 (aka Handy, 10th Doctor Duplicate) living in Pete's world and coming to terms with his strange genetic quirks while having fantastic and hilarious adventures. It starts with
Synopsis: Explorations of the Doctor's enduring impact on the universe, funny bits that feel like they were lifted right out of the show, fix fics you never knew you needed...everything you could ask for from a fanfic writer, really.
Comments: Her individual fics have been recommended often enough on this page already, but everything by Lyricwritesprose is worth reading. The stories feel like they were lifted out of canon, the characterization is always spot-on, and the writing is top-notch. Be sure to take a look at the TARDIS-centric pieces!
Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.Peripheral Vision by LadyEliseB (crossover)
Recommended by LadyElise
Synopsis: Torchwood/Doctor Who Crossover - Imagines that Donna isn't the only companion to have had her memory wiped.
Synopsis: The world has ended. This is a lie. Too bad no one told Rose, Jack, and the Doctor.
Comments: Not only one of the best pieces of fanfic I've read in this fandom, but possibly of all time. The plot, the Unreliable Narrator, and the ending... to say too much about it would be to spoil it, but it's a must-read. (The link is to the final part of the story, but links to all the other ones are on top as well.)
Synopsis: The Ninth Doctor rescues a screwed-up suicidal girl, and rescues a living piece of architecture.
Comments: This story features a pretty dark take on the Ninth Doctor, who was never exactly a sunshiney kind of guy to begin with. Fortunately the writer never forgets that the Doctor is, in fact, a Big Damn Hero which keeps the story firmly on the side of pretty damn good. Great acidic dialogue between nine and the girl (Emily), as well.
Synopsis: Author's summary: They burn, in the darkness and the light, circling round each other like binary stars just on the edge of nova. They both burn, but they do not burn the same. Theta, Koschei, and their successors.
Comments: Long one-shot, spanning from academy era to new Who series three finale. All I can say is really really good. Really.
Seconded by seacloudsky. This fic is amazing for anyone who has ever been interested in the Master's and the Doctor's relationship. Not only is it well writen, it shows the most accurate representations of Gallifreyian society I've ever seen. My favourite fic as far as the Doctor and the Master are concerned.
The Women by Nostalgia (Mentions of femslash, potentially upsetting, abortion)
Synopsis: Rationally speaking, you know you’re not dead. Also, there aren’t eight other people in here, and you aren’t trapped in Jean-Paul Sartre’s vision of Hell. A Journey to the Center of the Mind during the early hours of his regeneration into the 10th Doctor, After Life is told from the perspective of the 9th Doctor. that looks into how the 9th Doctor blames himself and the 8th Doctor for the Time War, his previous eight selves' light treatment of the Daleks, and how the 9th Doctor tries to learn to forgive himself and the Eighth Doctor for destroying Gallifrey.
Comments: An awesome read. Written in Second Person POV... and it works.
Digi Flame: Each chapter presents something unique.
Synopsis: In "Doomsday", it's the Doctor who gets trapped in the parallel world, leaving Rose alone. The TARDIS makes her into a Time Lord and she picks up the show's canon from there.
Comments: For most of season three this is a pretty rudimentary AU fic with Rose largely just cut-and-pasted into the Doctor's place. However, when the Master shows up the story suddenly clicks into high gear as we get a great and truly different take on the events of those episodes. It largely stays that way from then on.
Quite contrived, a lot is unexplained, and the style feels a bit silly and forced.
Synopsis: The TARDIS, with the freshly regenerated Ninth Doctor inside, crashes onto a planet at the end of the war. Nine tries to put his life back together.
Comments: What's that, you say? You want an Eight -> Nine regeneration story? That is completely awesome? Here you go, then.
Seconded by Master Ferret - This is the best fic, by far, that I've read of Nine's regeneration. The Time War sequence is beautifully written, and the work as a whole seamlessly transitions from Classic to New.
Synopsis: Peri comes to terms with the Doctor's new incarnation while the Doctor tries to keep her from freezing to death.
Comments: It's quite lovely, a bit angsty, but very good; it really shows how much the Doctor cares about his companions, even after regenerating. I'm not sure if it is friendship or shipping, could be either.
All of what the above says and more. Peri and the Doctor's relationship is portrayed beautifully, as is the Doctor's regeneration.
Synopsis: The Doctor and the Master play the Game, because by now, it is all they have left.
Comments: This is a short oneshot detailing the dynamic between the Doctor and the Master, narrated as if by someone telling a story. It is well worth the five minutes it will take you to read, and it is so far one of the only fics I've seen that can say so much in so few words. It is poetic, painful, saddening, pity-inspiring, and most of all, accurate.
Synopsis: Humour - follows an Expanded Universe character's increasingly irritating encounters with the Doctor
Comments: You don't need to follow the EU to find this absolutely hilarious - the lovesick Master, the Doctor completely blind to the chaos he causes, the one scene only visits by companions, and possibly the best humorous characterization. Just read the thing.
Synopsis: Corporal Beverly Powell, a known historian, has just joined UNIT, and is joined for lunch by the Third Doctor, who is rumored to have shut himself in his laboratory after Jo Grant left him. They get into a disagreement over Lord Robert Dudleynote who was almost married off to Mary, Queen of Scots, by her cousin, Elizabeth I, and decide to revisit the period to prove which one is right. As Beverly attempts to prove Dudley's innocence, a sinister shadow seeks the life of Dudley's ailing wife, Lady Amye Rosbart-Dudley.
Comments: All I can say is that it's definitely worth a read. Also, if you squint, you can spot the First Doctor at some point in the story! Good show again, Rich!
Seconded by Nightsky: Oh, Rich Morris... why are you so awesome?
Thirded by Moloch: Also, there's a fantastic one-page cameo by someone completely unexpected... Someone should get Rich Morris to write official comics, his work is too good to be done for free.
Synopsis: A different sort of Journey's EndFix Fic. Does Donna really need to remember her travels with the Doctor to unlock the confidence and strength she found on her travels with him? Doesn't that suggest that there's something wrong with living on Earth? Sarah Jane and Torchwood gang up to save Donna - one way or another.
Comments: The title says it all, really. Best Journey's EndFix Fic I've read.
Comments: "The planet isn't some sort of trap, or hellworld, or property of something unimaginable. It's just — protected." Short and brilliant. I love how the Doctor's influence has turned Earth into both Nightmare Fuel for invaders, and a beacon of hope for those in need.
Synopsis: There is a reason why the Doctor has never had all that much luck repairing the chameleon circuit. TARDIS POV on why she sticks with the police box shape.
Comments: Perhaps she needs words. Reassuring words. Something to mark her as a friend, something that tells the primitives that she's useful and helpful and not going to hurt them. A sign, a marking— She brushes by a booth on the corner of a street, and the possibilities explode. If you liked "The Doctor's Wife" even slightly, you will fall in love.
Synopsis: Tegan misplaces her key. She did not have a good time losing it. The Doctor sets out to retrieve it, and, in the process, changes a young man's perception of himself, and his place in the world.
Comments: Wow. Kudos to the author for making FIVE◊ freaking terrifying without him seeming out of character. Seriously. He never raises his voice, he's never anything less than exquisitely polite, but the whole time there's just pure, Papa Wolf, Oncoming Storm fury lurking underneath. Beware the Nice Ones, indeed.
LongLiveHumour: Dark and very well handled. Excellent writing style, too.
Synopsis: A young Australian woman named Sophie is forced to rely on someone for the first time in her life when the people around her start vanishing, and her universe literally begins to collapse. Her only hope is a man that calls himself the Doctor.
Comments: The first in what looks like it'll be a rather long series. Featuring a new Doctor and a new companion, this story spends a lot of time introducing them. Interesting characters, even if the prose is a little boring. Give it a look! You might even enjoy it.
Synopsis: The continuing adventures of the Doctor's daughter. A creature of first experiences, she is growing and learning exponentially, traveling the universe in the year 6012 (New Byzantine Calendar) and trying to lead the kind of life that would make her father proud: an exemplary one.
Synopsis: The thoughts of the individual Time Lords (and other beings) during their regenerations, and events resembling regenerations, from 1966 to 2008.
Comments: Amazing. One of the few fics I have found that shows each regeneration as still being essentially the same person. Regenerations also offers a very interesting explanation for the difference in the appearance of the regeneration process between the Old and New Series. And best yet, it doesn't matter whether you prefer Old Series or New, it's perfectly to canon.
Synopsis: In which Jack Harkness is disabused of two false notions: that he is a coward, and that Time Lords never existed outside of myth.
Comments: There is a reason why lyricwritesprose's name keeps showing up on this page. This is one of their longer works and they think it isn't the best "Jack's-first-days-on-the-TARDIS" fic out there but I'm pretty sure it is. Warning for some graphically described Body Horror in the last chapter.
This is among the best fanfics I have ever read. It's about Jack, but there's also some good stuff about the Doctor's PTSD, and the adventure part of it is creative and believable.
Synopsis: The Doctor gets in over his head searching for a dangerous relic from the Time War, meaning that Jack and Rose will have to bail him out. Too bad he's packed them off on a holiday.
Comments: Easily one of the best fanfics I've ever read. The plot draws you in, a net of beautiful writing threaded with humour. Cryptile writes a bloody good Nine. Sadly unfinished at twenty chapters and likely to remain so, but I still recommend it: for some reason it gives a lot more closure than most deadfics.
Synopsis: UFOs! Men in Black! Psychedelic Hippies! Tentacle-Beasts from Dimension X! New Mexico, 1968: Evil lurks beneath the Diablo Mesa as the Doctor and Romana take on the might of the Military-Industrial Complex; the Military-Industrial Complex probably ought to be very scared.
Comments: An excellent adventure that feels like you're watching it on television instead of reading it. JJPOR combines Douglas Adams-esque narrative wit with sharp dialogue and a host of intriguing and amusing side characters, including a woman who develops quite the adorable crush on Romana. Romana in particular shines in this piece, and plays an active role, equal to the Doctor's. Alien Abduction reminds this troper of the best of the Doctor Who novel writers. This is truly professional quality writing and the incorrigible Fourth Doctor at his best.
Synopsis: The Doctor and Charley help out a friend on a very important night.
Comments: Sweet and sugary. A lovely little fic with a cameo from a New Series companion who still believes in Santa. Charley and the Doctor are spot on and the author really captures the mood without it becoming too sweet.
Synopsis: Amy and Rory are gone, causing the Doctor to finally snap. In a fit of rage between him and his wife, he crashes the TARDIS on earth, causing something to happen that hasn't happened in a while.
Coments: A haunting look at Gallifrey during the war, that weaves together Doctor Who Expanded Universe canon with The End of Time and offers a (tragic) explanation as to why Romana wasn't present then.
Synopsis: On Gallifrey, the newly-minted Third Doctor gets a checkup.
Comments: Despite the fairly simple sounding blurb, this is a thoughtful and at times quite funny fic with an ending that's not quite tragic. Not really a spoiler for The War Games, as everyone already knows what happens at the end.
Synopsis: It has been suggested that after his eighth regeneration, the Doctor begins lying about his age. The official explanation is that he has simply lost track. This is a third possible explanation for the discrepancy between his ages in the new and old series.
Comments: This story will make you feel very, very small. It's a brutal, mind-bending, cosmic-scale take on the Time War, complete with some of the most terrifying uses of the timey-wimey ball anyone's ever come up with—all in less than ten thousand words. Teyke's Doctor is alive on the page, walking that same line between "almost human" and "really, really not" that he does on the show. Also, the ending. You will never forget the ending.
This story manages to convey the insane tactics, horror, and impossible scale of a war across realities.
Synopsis: The Doctor (Fourth) and Sarah Jane land on an unknown planet as a result of a distress beacon making the TARDIS' systems go haywire. Things only go downhill from there.
Pairing(s): POSSIBLY light Four/Sarah, if you turn your head, squint, and read into things. Aside from one line from one character, though, even that's stretching it.
Comments: I can't say enough good about this fic. It's of medium length, and will probably take only about an hour to get through, but it'll be an hour well spent! Four and Sarah Jane are almost perfectly in-character, the pacing is perfect, the O Cs are amusing and believable, and the ending of each chapter is a mild cliffhanger. In other words, this is an episode from the show that was never made. Not to mention the fact that the friendship moments between Four and Sarah are adorable.
Synopsis: Crossover with Blackpool. Boiled down to its most basic form, The Way of Things is an extremely extensive series centering around the relationship between DI Carlisle and Rose Tyler.
Comments: The premise makes perfect sense, the relationship is surprisingly realistic, the OCs are fantastic... Just a warning, though— it's highly addictive (as in falling-asleep-on-your-laptop-at-three-in-the-morning-because-you-can't-stop-reading addictive).
Synopsis: Another crossover piece from the same man that brought us The 10 Doctors. The Sixth Doctor and Mel find themselves involved in a Zygon plot while attending a concert with one of Mel's favorite bands: The Holograms.
Comments: It's said this portrays the Sixth Doctor in the light he was meant to be shown in, but was denied by the poor scripts of his tenure.
Synopsis: Two Doctor Who/Forever Knight crossovers in one! In 1348, at a castle in France, the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa of Traken thwarted an experiment by the Master with the assistance of a trio of vampires that happened to be spending the night in the castle. 647 years later, in Toronto, the Eighth Doctor investigates an eerily similar case, and calls on Janette DuCharme and Nicholas Knight, who assisted him in France that fateful evening, to help him track down the culprit. But is it really the Master who is behind these mysterious murders?
Comments: Though I have never seen Forever Knight, I have to admit, Rich did a hell of a job on this, I was hooked from the first page. Not to mention the Shyamalan Twist at the end.
Synopsis: The Doctor fights the Slenderman after Amy catches his attention.
Comments: Worth a read just for the sheer novelty of the idea, and for Amy and the Doctor's descriptions of Slendy. The story was written quickly in a 4chan thread (which has since been archived), so there are a few spelling errors, plus the occasional injection by another poster.
Synopsis: Doctor Who / My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic crossover (WAIT! SIT DOWN, I'm going somewhere with this). Equestria experiences a series of strange events, culminating with an eccentric brown stallion literally falling out of the sky in a smoldering blue box. In her bid to get answers, Twilight embroils herself and her friends in an ancient war between two powerful races, one that may well destroy the multiverse with the aid of a Horror from Beyond.
Here's a hint: The two races are NOT the Time Lords and the Daleks, you've likely never heard of one of these races, even you Whovians out there. Yes, that was a challenge.
Comments: A more ambitious read than others as it is written as a Doctor Who episode first, and a crossover second. Very solid writing and spot-on characterizations can be found in this cool fic. If you give it a chance and get past the head scratching nature of the premise and this fic becomes a tightly written joy to read. The Doctor's characterization as 'Ten-but-a-pony' creates some very interesting (read: hi-freaking-larious) interactions with the MLP main cast and also makes for some truly awesome moments, his lines are best read in a David Tennant voice. The characterizations of the ponies is spot on, beyond my ability to convey in words actually, so it is better read than told. GO. READ.
Seconded here, ithe quality of the writing and characterisation speaks for itself, but it also gets points for the way it it makes things Darker and Edgier while more optimistic and cheerful at the same time. The way it expands on the Friendship is Magic univerise and the sheer depth it goes into things is amazing.
Synopsis: Following the events of the Back to the Future trilogy, Marty McFly thinks that he can finally settle down and get on with his life. Too bad there are creatures in the universe with an interest in time travelers and the energy they emit. On the bright side, sometimes all you need is a good Doctor to step in and save the day.
Comments: Essentially a vehicle to explore the idea of Marty McFly as the Tenth Doctor's companion. What is really fascinating about the whole thing is that Doctor McFly manages to capture the 'voice' of both Marty and the Doctor extraordinarily well, combining the two and generating genuine character interactions which work. With the stories organized into episodes (beginning with Frozen In Time, it makes for a nice, quick read. The author currently plans to write twelve 'episodes' consisting of four or five chapters apiece (and they're into the fourth 'episode' already). Worth a look.
Synopsis: Post-"Journey's End". Donna's looking for something, and she doesn't have the slightest idea what it is. She's in the worst rut she can remember, and for her to escape— well, it would take magic...
Comments: A crossover with Diane Duane's Young Wizards, and absolutely terrifying in its spot-on examination of what, in the Wizardsverse, is wrong with the Tenth Doctor... and what "The Lonely God" really means.
Synopsis: The second and third fic here are sequels to the first one. All of them are Doctor Who/Buffy the Vampire Slayer crossovers, with the second one also crossing over with Angel (A Hole In The World, to be exact). There is some romance in them (10/Faith, Spike/Buffy) but that is not the main focus of the stories.
Comments: These two fics are amazingly well written, all of the dialog is in character and it, in my opinion, meshes the Whoniverse and the Buffyverse quite well. The third one is currently in progress, though, and the writer's music selections in the second one leave something to be desired.
Synopsis: The Doctor is moping after the events of "Runaway Bride," and his TARDIS decides to snap him out of his funk by dropping him in Alliance Territory. He gets rescued from a bar brawl which was caused by the color of his coat, and off he goes with our favorite crew.
Comments: Firefly crossover. No, don't run away yet, I swear it's good!
Sadistic Apathy: Any one of the half-dozen scenes between the Doctor and River is worth it.
Brilliant. Every single person is exactly in character. One of the best fanfictions I've ever read.
Raz_Fox: Sweet Gallifrey, this Fic is the best I've ever read. The author has a perfect grasp on the Tenth Doctor's personality!
Unclouded TJ: Has perfect characterization and an awesome villain that doesn't seem to be forced at all. Definitely worth the read if you're a fan of either series.
Mariecat: Sixthed! Loved every word and everything makes perfect sense in either series.
Squall: To quote the Ninth Doctor: fantastic. And I'd give a lot to see a sequel, preferably where River travels with the Doctor for a year in the comparative space of ten to fifteen seconds.
Kathryn Shadow: Eighthed. Definitely. It... I... There are no words. It is amazing in every possible way. Seriously. Go read it. NOW.
Trimeta: Ninthed. Seriously, a must for any fan of both series. Even if you're not normally into fanfic, read this. (Though I suppose if you're not normally into fanfic, why are you on the fanfic recommendation page? No matter, stop reading what I'm typing and go read this story.)
randomfanboy: Tenthed! Characterization is spot on! Writing is good! Worst I can say is that it feels a bit weird when things get too Doctor Who-ish (i.e. when the very Who-ish villain shows up) but it's many good aspects outweigh that one bad one.
Scionofgrace: Eleventhed! This is one high-quality fic. It does justice to both universes, and the climax is chilling.
Revelo: Twelved! This is one of the best crossovers I've read, both universes are integrated seamlessly, everyone is right in character and with a villain that doesn't feel out of place. Why are you still reading this page, go read the story!
Zankaru Zelladonii: Bloody fantastic read!
Sakan4k If you like both Firefly and Doctor Who, you'd be a fool not to read this. Never have I heard a character's voice in my head so clearly as I have reading this. Everything is spot on.
Jerenda I've never seen Firefly, but I may just have to after reading this. Ten's personality is so perfect, it makes me want to hug him and cry all at the same time! <3 This is why I have not given up on fanfic writers yet, because every so often they come up with something as gorgeous as this beauty.
TurnTable also agrees. Never before in a fanfiction had she seen such strong characterization and voice - for every single character, no less.
Karasu91seventeenthed. The writing and the characterisation are nothing short of sublime. The author makes the Tenth Doctor so flawlessly fit inside the Firefly Verse, with believable interactions between the characters that respect their personalities so well that you cannot help to add this to your personal canon. Every single character is well rendered, with dialogue that seems to come right out of the original shows, and the plot is good and intriguing enough to leave you dying to see it on screen, closing your eyes to see the scenes in your mind's eye and hear the Doctor's Theme played on an Old West guitar. A must read for every Firefly and Doctor Who fan!!
mestizaa: Eighteenthed. This troper is usually quite dubious about crossover fics, but this one made it work. Like really, really, really well. It stays true to both fandoms, and even if you're not familiar with Firefly, it's worth the read.
LondonPurple: this is getting a bit ridiculous, but nineteenthed. Brilliant character portrayal, tight story writing, great mythology integration. An excellent story, worth reading alone for the spot-on depiction of the Tenth Doctor.
St Clair: Guess that makes me a nice round twenty. It's kind of scary how well the Doctor meshes with the crew of Serenity, Mal and River especially (and it's very sweet watching him with Kaylee too), and everyone just crackles.
Magyareagle: And number 21 goes to me. I've watched one Doctor Who episode in my entire life, but am a huge fan of firefly, and this captures the cast perfectly.
theSnazz: Twentyseconded! Brilliant! What can be said about this fic that hasn't already been said? JUST READ IT ALREADY.
Synopsis: How the Tenth Doctor became Queen Elizabeth I's enemy. Crossover with Blackadder II, and perfect in either universe.
Comments: Now that the author's been shown to be either 1) eerily prescient, or 2) Russell T Davies in a cunning disguise, I like to think that the incident alleged in "The End of Time Part 1" happened exactly this way.
cg12345: Holy crap, that was good! I would drive a dumptruck full of cash up to RTD's front door to see this on television! Sublimely funny.
Comartemis: There is nothing in the world that is quite as sweet as a Dalek talking morals with an Incubator, declaring their methods to be repulsive, and meaning it without a trace of irony. If you despise the Incubators and would love to see QB's Omniscient Morality License shoved back down his throat, I guarantee you that Sec is going to be your new best friend.
Synopsis: The Fifth Doctor, accompanied by Adric, Nyssa, and Tegan, lands the TARDIS in Karakura Town... right at the same time as Aizen is testing a new invention. The failure of this invention, complicated by the presense of the TARDIS, results in the Doctor's mind landing in the body of Ichimaru Gin... and vice versa. Complications ensue as the Doctor tries to get back to his friends, Gin tries to manipulate things to his advantage, and Nyssa and Tegan explore Karakura.
Comments: Despite being unfinished and likely to stay that way, this is a nice crossover story which doesn't take itself too seriously. Funny, with affection for both canons. It ends before the plot can really get underway, but the character interactions are inspired.
Synopsis: The Tenth Doctor shows up at the Torchwood Hub after a nasty experience in a testing facility. As it is, this one is only the latest in a long line, and Jack and his team (and Martha) are left to deal with the fallout as the Doctor finally hits his breaking point. Sequel is Inertia. Set after "Voyage of the Damned" for Doctor Who and "Sleeper" for Torchwood.
Comments: Pretty genuinely heartbreaking, and incredibly well-written. Not too much plot (although Inertia has an excellent one), but so totally worth reading. The author is an amazing writer.
The Meddler: Seconded. And the threequel, Rewind, is really good. I won't say much, but imagining what young!Doctor/Theta Sigma looks like might make your brain melt from sheer adorkableness. If that even makes sense, anyways.
Thirded, extending to anything Who and Torchwood written by BookkeeperThe. Fantastic author.
Character(s): Just about everybody from Hetalia, several OC countries (Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Cornwall, Westarctica, Czech, Slovakia, MexiBLAM and more), plus a Doctor or three, the Daleks, and a surprise appearance by another Time Lord.
Pairing(s): North Italy/Holy Rome, Spamano, Austria/Switzerland, USUK, Canada/Ukraine, Czechoslovakia
Synopsis: The Hetalia world is invaded by Daleks. They fight back, with unlikely reinforcements, more aliens showing up later, and everything just tying itself up in big Timey-Wimey Ball of awesomeness.
Synopsis: Harry Potter faces a boggart that doesn't turn into a Dementor or even Voldermort, but into a horror from his childhood. Now the boggart isn't even a boggart anymore. There's no imitation. That which holds the image of an Angel, becomes itself an Angel.
Comments: Well-written, well-plotted, well-characterized, and very creepy. Not for the faint of heart!
Synopsis: The moment Buffy saw the Doctor, she knew she had to kill him.
Comments: This story is the first in a very long, well plotted, and absolutely riveting series involving the Doctor and Buffy Summers, and their adventures, with a mystery that spans two separate timelines. As there is a lot of timey-wimey, it is recommended to use the guide on the author's profile, to make sure you're reading them in the right order.
Synopsis: The Dalek from 9th Doctor Episode The Last Dalek fails at self-destructing, instead somehow falling into the DC universe, where invariably, a Red Ring of Rage finds it.
Comments: Not what I was expecting when I first started it, but quite good. Watching a Dalek pretend to be a Superhero was more then just a little amusing, especially after nearly killing a GL and blowing up Pluto. Also has a FF link
Synopsis: Clark Kent being best friends with Lex Luthor? Meeting Lois Lane as a teenager? Who the hell is Chloe Sullivan! Someone's messing with Superman's timeline. The Time Lords used to prevent this. But, sadly, there's only one of those left these days.
Comments: A Ten fic, in the Original Flavor of Doctor Who. Lots and lots of running involved.
Synopsis: The first encounter is as survivor and child. The second is as rescuer and fallen god. The third may be their last. Each time the Doctor returns, he wears a new face. And each time, the darkness grips Loki tighter.
Synopsis: In this, the world of Harry Potter and the world of King Arthur collide in a really fascinating way, facilitated by the Tenth and First Doctor (Dr. Who).
Comments: Well written, gripping story. Even those who have not watched the old series can follow it well. It weaves in the romance of Harry and Ginny, as well as those present in the Arthurian Mythology in a fascinating and completely brilliant manner that left leaves the reader in awe. It also has Timey-wimey ball plot elements to make Moffat proud. Maybe a bit of a tear-jerker when you realise just what happened.
Synopsis: The Doctor (tenth incarnation only so far) and Dean Winchester share a very odd friendship, not at all helped by The Doctor's tendency to show up with trouble, as well as the fact that they don't meet in the right order.
Synopsis: When a strange, blue box appears in the middle of Federation territory, motionless and without power, it's up to the crew of the Enterprise D to determine just who its strange occupant is... and if he is friend or foe. Even as that very madman wonders just what kind of reality he's found himself in... and if he really wants to find his way back...
Comments: Primarily a TNG crossover, although with time travel, some other eras come up as well. The focus is more on character interaction than big dramatic action scenes, with decent character voices throughout.
Seconded. Nearly every show, excepting DS9, is represented here and the Doctor plays off of them all brilliantly. The writing is excellent and the ending revelation is a thing of beauty.
Synopsis: When the Doctor visits a strange town to investigate a world-famous scientist whose experiments may sometimes be regarded as... questionable, the TARDIS vanishes and leaves him behind with no idea where it has gone or who might be behind its disappearance.
Synopsis: The Na'vi sing of a Time Walker who fought a War that Never Happened. They sing of what the Time Walker hid in the heart of Eywa-something very powerful and very deadly. Will Jake and Neytiri prevent the humans from opening Pandora's Box?
Synopsis: Everyone's favorite time travelling alien finds himself trapped in the universe of Evangelion, and decides to do some investigating into the inner workings of NERV, SEELE, and the Angels, all while slowly curing Shinji of his depression and PTSD.
Comments: Machiavelli tells a story that is at once funny, heartfelt, action packed and horrifying, all while staying true to both universes and characters. All of the Eva characters get moments to shine, and the Sherlock/Watson like dynamic of the Doctor and Shinji is a joy. While it primarily features the Tenth Doctor, Machiavelli finds a creative way to work in the Time-Lords other incarnations at many points. Just read it, it's good.
Synopsis: Jack struggles with his identity after the events of Children of Earth, which becomes more complicated when he runs into the Doctor.
Comments: There's some slash, but it's really not the focus (and if it bothers anyone, aside from a stray awkward kiss, nothing actually happens until the epilogue-which is set well after the story proper-and it's easy to just skip over). Ten is hilariously in character and gives Jack the support he needs after COE-which takes the form of giving him hard time while adventuring in a way only the Doctor can. Ianto's memory is present throughout and unlike in a lot Torchwood/Who fics, Jack's relationship with Ianto is not brushed away as only being something on the side for fun in order to make way for a new paring, There's a nice mix of humor, angst, and action true to the show.
Synopsis: The Doctor encounters the Killjoys when the TARDIS crash lands in the Zones of 2019 California. Soon after, he finds himself face to face with one of his most hated enemies: the Weeping Angels. To keep his new friends from certain doom, the Doctor must discover the truth about a strange notebook from the 1940s and solve the mystery of the man called Michael Milligram ...
Comments: Although this crosses over with a concept album by My Chemical Romance, it is by no means an RPF! The Eleventh Doctor shares the starring role here with the fiery-haired rebel leader, Party Poison; the sequel adds Clara (and Cybermen). Longfic that's right up there with Moffat's best episodes where timey-whimeyness and unexpected turns are concerned. The author has a great grasp on the Doctor's personality as well as on the storytelling of Doctor Who in general. She's also seriously good at invoking the desolate post-apocalyptic world of the Killjoys and creates enjoyable characters in a story filled with action and awesome that can also be, at times, surprisingly heartwarming. Some knowledge of the Killjoys universe is required - though I believe the first story at least can be read even without that - as well as familiarity with the latest series of Doctor Who.
Synopsis: There is a new teacher at Smallville High! He calls himself Dr John Smith, speaks with a British accent and wears a bowtie. But when Clark finds out why the new teacher has come, his world literally begins to fall apart.
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.Threads by Vali
Synopsis: A series of vignettes, in which the Doctor meets Rose in every regeneration.
Comments: There are definite shipping elements (he also kisses her in every regeneration), but the story is more appealing for how it characterizes how each of them change and the situations that contrive their meetings.
Pairing: As the author states - 9/Ianto (Way slow burn) Jack/Ianto, waaayhahyhay eventual 10/Ianto''
Synopsis: After being abandoned by his team and Jack for a wild goose chase in the Himalayas and the Doctor, respectively, Ianto Jones has to take care of the rift by himself. Looking to refuel after the epic failure of the Time War, the Doctor shows up. The obvious happens. Epic!fic of DOOOOM.
Comments: Seriously epic WIP. Slight crossover with Torchwood, as Ianto Jones is a main character and they briefly mention the Hub. Basically, Ianto meets the (Ninth) Doctor before Jack does, but only in the Doctor and Rose's timeline, not his or Jack's. Yeah. . . a big time travel induced headache, but worth it!
Synopsis: Post "Journey's End", AU. A mind-wiped Donna Noble unwittingly resurrects the Master, who has lost all memory of his past crimes—and his madness. Transported back in time to the start of Harold Saxon's reign of terror, the newly-sane Master and former companion find themselves fighting alongside the resistance during the Year That Never Was.
Comments: This story is, without a doubt, the most well-written, intriguing Doctor Who fic I have ever encountered. Expertly plotted and paced, it takes the potential Crack!Fic premise of a Master/Donna pairing and makes it utterly, heart-breakingly believable. The ending is a guaranteed tear-jerker, and one you won't soon forget.
Seconded. The author has an incredible gift for plotting and character voices, and the ending is simply beautiful.
Synopsis: Tejanakaturadilena (Tejana for short) is the Doctor's daughter, born from an arranged marriage between two noble Gallifreyan families and who was still a child in the Academy when her father was forced to leave his home planet. She's travelled off and on with the Doctor and has known the Master all her life. So what if she ended up with the evil Time Lord on Gallifrey on the Last Day of the Time War and they both needed each other to escape? AU
Synopsis: An AU of the movie in which the Master kidnaps Eight and convinces him that they are actually married.
Comments: Based on a fancomic someone made, this is an odd bit of fic. It's very well written, and even though the premise is rather cracktastic, it manages to be just the right blend of funny and not-really-okay that would come with the scenario. Roach then went on to illustrate it, for extra win. It's sad and funny, but mostly funny and I cannot reccomend it highly enough.
Synopsis: The Doctor and his companions investigate a mysterious insanity plague that is driving a planet mad, while fighting its growing effects on themselves.
Comments: Van Donovan is the high priest of Doctor/Jamie fic, and this piece is King of all cliché fic. A touch of Alien Sex Pollen and verging on Aliens Made Them Do It, but still manages to be adorable and in-character, with a legit mystery plot.
Synopsis: How to become the Master. Academy-era fic spanning the journey of Koschei and Theta, from acolytes to Time Lords, friends to lovers to enemies to something else again.
Comments: There are thousands of Academy era fics covering the Doctor and the Masters Fanon love affair and history together, but none as wonderful as this. The author said she wanted to avoid the "Doctor and Master at Hogwarts" cliche, and she succeeds wonderfully. K/T isn't the focus - it's a character study of Koschei and his descent from a (relatively) innocent boy to a man the reader can see as having the seeds of Delgado's Master. Also has a DVD commentary that's well worth checking out.
Synopsis: Martha Jones remembers when the skies were made of diamonds. Tom Milligan doesn't understand.
Comments: A realistic look at the end of Martha's engagement to Tom and the beginnings of her relationship with Mickey. The author really gets into Martha's head as she deals with the trauma of the Year That Never Was and manages to give the story a happy and satisfying end.
Synopsis: As the last days of the Time War come to a close, fugitives from Rassilon's regime shelter from the destruction - and a decision has been made....
Comments: The sort of tragic war fic you'd expect from this pairing, it's both sweet and incredibly heartbreaking. Also, it's fitting that Romana, and not the Doctor, is the one to suggest the destruction of Gallifrey.
Synopsis: The Doctor, the amnesiac genius without a name, is formidable as an intellectual companion and desirable as a lover, but the mystery around his identity and his quest to find out who he once was draws in anyone associated to him, until it threatens them with a reality that even Britain’s brightest mind cannot comprehend.
Comments: There isn't a way to overstate how phenomenal this fanfiction is. It follows the life of Alan Turing from the end of WWII to the end of his life, and details his complicated relationship with the Doctor during that time. Without giving away too much (though nothing history doesn't already tell you) the story's ending has left me in tears both times I've read it. This is poignant, passionate, complex and ultimately heartbreaking.note This is set in the Eighth Doctor Adventures continuity, but shouldn't be too hard to follow without having read The Turing Test.
Not a fanfic, but a fan-movie, animated with loving care and (mostly) voiced by audio clips of existing Doctor Who footage (supplying new voices as necessary)
Synopsis: Now finished with roughly 11 minutes of footage as a mock trailer for a whole fictive anime season. The "plot" consists of Davros and the Daleks struggling with the Master (Two of them!) and the Cybermen over control of Japan while the Third Doctor arrives and meets the typical anime Action Girl for a companion. A number of spiffy action scenes are shown, including the Brigadier doing a Worf Barrage on a Cyberman ship and a Five Rounds Rapid by some American soldiers on a squad of Daleks. There are furthermore cameos of Sutekh the Destroyer, the Sontaran Battlefleet and the Supreme Dalek. It also stars professional voice actors Sachika Souno and Phillip Sacramento.
Unfortunately, as of June 6, 2011, the entire thing was removed from Youtube. But fear not! Here's a video file before it was removed.
Also not a Fanfic but a series of videos made using well edited existing footage and audio from both Who and Non-Who sources to make a new story. Three videos so far but the story isn't over.
Synopsis: The Doctor's first and second incarnations have been removed from the time stream so the lord president of Gallifrey enlists the help of the Doctor's third to tenth incarnations to save himself and the history of the Universe, but everything is not what it seems.
Oh, how, how has this not gotten here yet. It may not be a fanvid in the way that the other things in this list are fanvids, but it definitely deserves its spot here.
Synopsis: This vid is a series of clips from Ten's Era set to the tune of "No Handlebars" by Flobots. If you've heard the song, you have an idea what's in store and it's amazingly good, the images matching the tone and lyrics perfectly.
This vid managed to correctly predict Ten's character development to the point that multiple fan reactions to "The Waters of Mars" referred to him "going Handlebars".
Okay, so it's another music video, this time in a happier tone than the one above. It may be a music video but it's still wonderful and the story it tells is excellent. It's joyful, and the more Doctors you are familiar with, the more you tend to connect with this video
Synopsis: The vid covers all the Doctors that existed at the time, One through Ten, and many, many of the Companions as they have their epic adventure through the stars to the tune of Kermit and Fozzie.
Considering that fan videos are being added, this needs to be here.
Synopsis: All the doctors (1-11) are shown in the vid to the song What About Everything. Babel Colour has used his usual editing to not only shift through thousands of clips, but bring them together so that they completely match the lyrics and rhythm. The seamless blending of the title sequences is simply amazing, and makes me proud to be a Doctor Who fan.
Synopsis: All eleven Doctors and a large amount (if not all) of the companions. Simply gorgeous, the clips match perfectly with the audio and the song suits the series brilliantly. As a anniversary video, it also has a bit at the beginning which is as much a dedication to the series, as it is to its world.
I would also recommend some of xxdrosexx's other videos.
Synopsis: History is in peril, the crack in the universe is changing the very fabric of reality. Upon leaving Earth, the New Paradigm see an opportunity which will lead one Dalek on its path to destiny. Dalek Caan will be the savior of the Daleks...
This is a very well written fan video, animated and voiced by the same person, and it neatly fills the plothole of how Dalek Caan got into the time war in the first place. It's three parts plus an epilogue, and is well worth a watch.
Synopsis: This is a difficult video to describe; it can be loosely summed up as a speculative trailer on what the creator thinks would be a cool plot for series seven, but that doesn't really cover it at all. Without any spoilers, it involves Rose coming back in a way that's intriguing and original, despite only having clips from series two and Journey's End to work with.
Comments: It's excellently edited, and the plot is fascinating. It's not overtly shippy despite Rose's return, and the twist is one you probably didn't see coming.
The Rose thing still seems contrived and unexplained. Though the twist is decent.
Synopsis: "There's one thing I always wanted to ask Jack. Back in the old days. I wanted to know about that Doctor of his. The man who appears out of nowhere and saves the world; except sometimes he doesn't. All those times in history where there was no sign of him... I wanted to know why not." — Gwen Cooper, Torchwood: Children of Earth
Comments: Retells "Human Nature / Family of Blood" on both the macro (impending World War I and the Doctor's true nature) and micro (the love story between John Smith and Joan Redfern, Martha's experiences of traveling in the TARDIS) levels. Impossibly well put together, using actual source footage from World War I, text from the show, and a number of other tricks, none of which seem remotely gimicky. Beautifully edited and challenging. Has more than a few moments which can genuinely be described as "spine-tingling." A masterpiece of the fandom.
Synopsis: It begins as a simple enough thriller, with a captive being forced to participate in a twisted take on Staneley Milgram's "Obedience to Authority" experiment; it then spirals into tonal shifts, over-the-top acting, and the ultimate twist that reveals it was a Doctor Who fan film all along.
Comments: An class film that clearly went above and beyond. Yes it's an amateur short film, but it was made by people who obviously had a ball making it.
Synopsis: "Months after an encounter with a mysterious 'Doctor', Sherlock becomes obsessed with discovering more about this impossible man... until the man makes an unexpected return."
Comments: It's a short, beautifully crafted fan creation that depicts The Doctor meeting Sherlock. The entire thing is comprised of assets from both shows so it really looks like they are both there together, edited to almost perfection. It must be seen.
Synopsis: What happens when you combine the Time Warp from The Rocky Horror Picture Show with the Tenth Doctor's run. Pure awesomeness.
Comments: A lot of love went into this production. Costumes and makeup on the actors are spot on, effects are brilliant, and you actually feel that it's Ten and his companions singing along. Absolutely a must see.
Synopsis: A fan-made opening for a hypothetical Saturday-Morning animated series of Doctor Who, done in a style and tone of Gravity Falls. Starring the Twelfth Doctor and a younger Mabel-esque Clara, it is made with the intent of being Lighterand Softer with a more humorous bent to it than the main show.
Comments: Like many fan-made things, it makes you wish it were real. Plus, if you are a fan of Gravity Falls or have watched the show, you can really appreciate it even more. A must-see if just for 40 seconds of fan-made fun and enjoyment.