May 3rd, 2020

Winter Sunlight

Torchwood not-a-Thursday recs

Look at that, I still have a Torchwood icon!

My sister is watching Torchwood for the first time and invited me to (long-distance) join her in a rewatch. We are currently up to 2x07, "Dead Man Walking," and I have fallen HARD into a waiting pit trap of feelings (with rusty spikes at the bottom). I had a very hard falling out with this show when they started killing off characters left and right, and haven't watched a single minute of it since Children of Earth, but now I'm remembering how much I loved this dumbass show and its sweetly earnest team dynamics back in the day. I don't expect this to be a long-term fandom for me, but it's a fun little nostalgic flirtation.

I've also gone poking around for fic, which I haven't read since 2008-ish (the pre-AO3 days!) and found some really good stuff. This is one of those fandoms where I'm out of step with most of what people are writing about; I enjoy everyone and all the canon pairings on the show, but ficwise my heart belongs to the Owen-Tosh-Ianto triad, and there is not really much there. However, some of what I found is really amazing.


Two of Us Are Hung From the Same Twisted Rope by [ profile] ShastaFirecracker (15K, late season 2)
Alien tech leaves Ianto and Owen stuck in one body. This is probably hands down the best bodswap/body-sharing fic I have ever read. It's hilarious and heartbreaking and fantastically well written, Ianto and Owen are perfectly themselves, and the rest of the team is great too. The Jack/Ianto is also super sweet here. Seriously, I cannot rec this enough; I stayed up way too late last night reading it.

Welcome to Anger Management by [ profile] engagemythrusters (2300 words, late season two)
Owen drags Ianto out for a drink ... well, Ianto drinks, Owen complains about not being able to drink. It's prickly and angry and sweet, and really nails their dynamic at its best.

Foreign Languages by [ profile] starfishstar (500 words, pre-series to season 1-ish)
A series of drabbles about Jack getting to know the team through different languages. Insightful and nicely characterized.

Walking Wounded by [ profile] cold_feets (5300 words, between seasons, Ianto/Owen, unfinished WIP)
So technically this is a never-finished WIP, so yeah. But the style is such that I'm not sure whether you ever could really tack an ending on; it's a series of vignettes about Ianto and Owen getting to know each other and comforting each other and kind of developing a fuckbuddy sort of thing after Jack leaves at the end of season one. And I love the pairing and there's really not much fic for it. (Yeah, so I could read the canon M/M juggernaut pairing that everyone loves and there are a squizillion fics for, or how about I go looking this almost nonexistent rarepair instead!).

Inappropriate Workplace Conversations by [ profile] ShastaFirecracker (2500 words, early season 2)
Cute bantery teamfic in which the team speculates about Jack's prowess in bed, and Ianto refuses to confirm or deny allegations. Some sweet, hot Jack/Ianto at the end.

Trundling on by [ profile] Cmdr_Spadge (1200 wds, season one-ish)
Slightly AU-ish; Owen and Ianto develop a grudging friendship in season one.


Home by [ profile] winter_jasmine
Gorgeous Tosh character study.

Affirmation by [ profile] Butterfly
An upbeat, fun Doctor Who/Torchwood vid from back in 2008.

Life Is A Song by [ profile] catnap332
A sweet/sad vid about the team's journey in seasons 1 & 2.

The Pioneers by [ profile] giandujakiss
Nice team vid. This entry is also posted at with comment count unavailable comments.
Winter Sunlight

Fandom links and events

Spring is currently bringing up a fresh crop of exchanges and other events.

[community profile] justmarriedexchange is taking tag nominations now. Tag set here.

(It has occurred to me that the Owen-Tosh-Ianto set lend themselves beautifully to all kinds of prompts involving bringing someone back from the dead through tropey marriage-related means. The tag set includes, for example, the following tags:

Blood Ritual Accidentally Results in Marriage
Eldritch Marriage Ritual
Marriage to Stop Eldritch Forces From Re-Entering The World
Marrying the dead keeps them alive
Resurrection Spell Requires Ritual Marriage
Resurrection Sex Spell Gone Wrong Results in Unbreakable Magical Marriage Bond
Time Travel Backward To Fix The Past Also Results In Unexpectedly Getting Married

.... I mean.)

[community profile] smallfandomfest has started a new round and is currently taking small fandom promotion claims and small fandom prompt submissions.

[community profile] fkficfest has released all the stories for the 2020 event! Master list here.

[community profile] intoabar is taking signups for their spring round.

[ profile] bannedtogetherbingo2020 is a new fest offering bingo cards containing prompts which have been used as justifications for book-banning or censorship, and offering further education on the history of censorship. Their fandom-calendar post contains all the relevant info and links. [personal profile] muccamukk also linked to this question and answer talking about their reasons (which fwiw sounds reasonable and well-thought-out to me) for including prompts that many people would consider in poor taste or even harmful. You can view the full prompt list here.

[community profile] hc_bingo is running their May amnesty challenge, offering squares of four prompts to be used in a small-fandom fill.

[community profile] unconventionalfanworkex is currently taking tag nominations. I did this last year and really enjoyed it, but I'm sitting this one out because I just have Too Much right now. This entry is also posted at with comment count unavailable comments.