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Voting for the Children of Time Awards ends on 31 May. It's very possible that a few votes here and there could determine the winners of various categories, so go vote while you still have time.

As for this comm, there is no way every story nominated in the current round will be reviewed by the time voting closes. Therefore, reviews will posted here into June and possibly later. Guest reviews will continue to be welcome.
These reviews cover stories nominated in various New Who pairing categories: "Masquerade," by Radiantbaby (Doctor/Martha); "Nine Plus One," by Persiflage (Doctor/Martha); "The Reddest of Poppies," by Tristesses (Doctor/Donna); "An Ordinary Day," by Time_converges (Doctor/Donna); "Parting, Quietly," by Cathica (Threesomes, Drabble); and "Integrative Bargaining," by Wendymr (Threesomes, PWP).

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Children of Time reviews: New Who

These reviews cover four New Who stories: "Everytime I Live," by Lostwolfchats (Doctor/Rose, Ficlet); "Well Met by Moonlight," by Starxd-sparrow (Doctor/Donna); "The Hollow Men Series," by lilianvaldemyer (Doctor/Donna, 'Verse - Series); and "Real Life," by Voicegrl (Doctor/Martha).

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These reviews cover all four stories nominated in the Sarah Jane Adventures - Ficlet category: "Priorities and Plans," by Ann_blue; "Decisions and Revisions," by Orbythesea; "Keeping Up With Sarah Jane," by Maymargaret; and "The Girlfriends' Code," by Minerva_fan.

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Children of Time reviews: New Who

Title: Always With Me
Author: Onthetardis
Categories: New Who - Doctor/Donna, Genfic
Review: The author has dedicated this story to her late sister, so criticising it would make this reviewer rather feel like she had kicked a puppy. Suffice it to say that the dedication was a sweet idea.

Thus, turning the discussion to another topic that readers may or may not care to debate, there is the issue of story categorisation. I checked the CoT rules, and for the pairings categories (including Doctor/Donna, where this fic is in the running) it's stated that "This category is for stories that focus on the romantic or sexual relationship between the listed characters." Yet Always With Me is also nominated as Genfic, where the rules state that "Fiction can not be about the relationship. The characters can have a relationship-in the background- but it must not be a main part or point in the story." Always With Me is all about the Doctor's feelings for Donna; their relationship is definitely not background material. So, how can this specific story simultaneously qualify in a pairing category and as genfic?

As I see it, it doesn't. Admittedly, I've never been a big fan of allowing a single story to compete in as many as three categories in these awards. But since multiple categories are permitted, shouldn't a story at least properly qualify for each of them?

Readers, any thoughts?


Title: Led Into Temptation
Author: K_haldane
Categories: New Who - Classic Fic
Review: The fic posting does not have proper headers, which may turn off some readers. Perhaps the author's intent was to not give away the pairing, but including the title and rating (though it's probably only just a PG) would have been nice. At any rate, the CoT nominations page does list the pairing, which is Jack's coat/Doctor's coat.

Yes, Led Into Temptation is glorious crackfic. While occasionally the phrasing is a little awkward (a lot of "Jack's coat" and "the Doctor's coat" floating around here), the idea is fun and the coats have their own personalities. Yes, personalities. The author also posted a commentary version that's worth a look.

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These reviews cover all stories nominated in the New Who - Ninth Doctor category: "A Piece of Home," by Gillian Taylor/dark_aegis; "Maybe I'm In Love," by Lostwolfchats; "TARDISed Away," by Mary_Pseud; "So Sweet," by Aibhinn; "A Lot Can Happen In A Little," by Takethewords; "A Question of Innocence," by Amberfocus; and "Underneath the Moonlight," by Mad_jaks.

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Children of Time: Torchwood reviews

From miscellaneous Torchwood categories:

Title: Personality: friendly :)
Author: Marginaliana
Category: Torchwood - Crossover
Review: Great Top Gear crossover. Highly amusing. Captures all characters involved in a fun and fluid style. Terrific use of Ianto.

Title: Out of the Closet
Author: Wykling
Category: Humour
Review: All-dialogue Jack/Ianto fic. Cliched situation. Little originality. Not particularly funny, but harmless.

Title: Frost
Author: The Doctors Dance
Category: Torchwood - Toshiko Sato, Fluff, Ficlet
Review: Decent short fic. No brilliant or original insights into Tosh, but the characterisation is accurate. Marred by a jarring Americanism midway through and a distracting tense switch in the final line.

Title: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
Author: Teachwriteslash
Category: Torchwood - Jack/Ianto, Alternate Universe /Parallel Worlds
Review: Massively long, loosely plotted, full of cliches and abysmal punctuation. For those who enjoy AU Jack/Ianto with cardboard characterisation and an awkward writing style.

Title: The Love Philosophy of Oods
Author: Kayliemalinza
Category: Torchwood - Genfic, Ficlet
Review: Original and thoughtful, with a nice writing style. Great if slightly gory imagery. Good insight into Jack, in particular. Doesn't seem to belong in the Genfic category, since the story has a pairing (Jack/Tosh) that is a significant part of the story. A contender for best ficlet, however.

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Children of Time reviews: New Who - 10.5

These reviews cover six of the eight stories nominated in the New Who - 10.5 category: "Winnowing," by Karenor; "Behind Closed Doors," by Zephyrhawk; "A Change in the Weather," by Englshangel; "Both," by Wishiknewwho; "Thirteen," by Aibhinn; and "Two Is Yes," by Rosewarren. (Reviews for the other two stories in this category appear here: Home Is an Old Brown Coat, by Sensiblecat; and The Man in the Moon, by Orange_crushed.)

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These reviews cover three of the four stories nominated in the Classic Who - Fourth Doctor Era category: "La Vie Boheme," by Doctor Tam; "Something of a Hero," by Settiai; and "Match Point," by Dbskyler. (The fourth story in this category, Rivendellrose's "Best Served Hot," was previously reviewed here.)

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These reviews are of the four stories nominated in the Owen Harper category.
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