I have a terrible terrible habit of getting obsessions over the most obscure ships one could think of. At first it didn't really bother me, but I soon realised how it means there's barely any content for it on the net, which really is tragic. And if there is a sprinkling of fic about, most of it is written in like, 2004, or something ridiculously distant in internet terms, and the few people who shipped it have since moved on with their lives. Let me give you a few examples of my precious rarepairs:
1.) Sarah Jane Smith/Mrs Wormwood
I mean, come on, what's not to love about Enemies to Friends to Lovers to Domestic Lesbians, one of which is a tentacled alien in disguise? Plus, lots of fun with their son Luke, not really having any idea how to raise a child, and worrying if they're any good at being mothers to begin with.
2.) Ianto Jones/Andy Davison
Move aside Janto, this is the real Torchwood OTP. What I personally love about this ship, is it's giving Ianto a chance to be a dom, and no, not just in the sexual sense, but in a more emotional way. Andy is the most innocent, clueless and hopeful character in the show, and pairing that with Ianto, who we find out is a very damaged and reclusive character, just makes sense to me. Ianto being in the position of showing Andy the weird and wonderful side of Cardiff he never knew about; or not, perhaps. Andy could be his only friend that isn't as hardened and weary as the rest of the Torchwood team is; someone to just talk to about normal things that men their age might talk about, and escape from his work life. This ship is the bomb, and can be spun in so many different ways that it never becomes boring.
(Also I just love Andy, ok?)
3.) Ian Hislop/Paul Merton
Probably the oldest ship in this list, and quite the classic. I don't know, I just like seeing them being all cute and fluffy together, like an old married couple, and that's really all there is to it.
4.) Jamie MacDonald/Malcolm Tucker
Ok, this one is probably the least obscure on the list, but it still doesn't get the recognition it truly deserves. Two Glaswegian punks, one a raving homosexual, and the other a catholic priest in training with anger issues. It sounds like the setup to a sitcom, but trust me, their relationship is probably the most unique and fascinating I've ever read, especially thanks to wonderfully skillful writers in the fandom. This ship is probably going to stay with me for a very long time.
5.) Stephen Fry/Alan Davies
A pure, sweet ship. Alan, ever the excitable puppy, adoring Stephen like there's no tomorrow, and Stephen, at first just humouring him and being kind, but then the revelation of 'Shit, I may have accidentally fallen in love with this man". Lots of clumsy and awkward courtship ensues.
That's all I can think of off the top of my head for now. I'm probably going to make content for these ships in the future, so bare with me if you will