Curses! Foiled again!

Curse you, Lawrence Miles!

Okay. No. Not really. He's a good chap, but I'm disappointed that a script idea for my Traveler project turns out to uncannily resemble a Doctor Who novel that he wrote several years ago that I never knew existed until yesterday. Talk about irksome.

The Doctor Who novels published by Virgin Books in the 1990s weren't ones I paid much attention. I had read some of the early ones and was not terribly impressed. I was so not impressed I thought them much overpriced, and so that was the end of them for me. I read a few of the early New Adventures books, and that was it. So color me surprised when I was told that my Traveler story, being worked into an audio script by my good buddy neocat, sounded very close to Miles' novel, which by the way is considered a classic in the book series.

So today on the telephone neocat and I elected to put the Traveler story (with episodes titled "Red Tag" and "Everything Must Go") on the shelf... indefinitely. Grrrrr. Although Traveler isn't at all related to Doctor Who or use any of its trademark conventions or background, we didn't think it the best idea to even *seem* to be nabbing from Who.

Nothing new under the sun, as the old saying goes.

Doctor/Rose This Timeless Love

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mission renewed

TRAVELER and CARDINAL TOSHA are dining. They have been talking about Traveler's 2,000 years in the field, and he is making a good impression on the Cardinal until...

TRAVELER: Time paradoxes don't exist. They can't.

TOSHA: The threat of paradox is very real.

TRAVELER: No. Time can't be changed, not for any reason.


TRAVELER: We're standing here talking right now, right?

TOSHA: Yes. What does that have to do with it?

TRAVELER: Everything. Is anyone stopping us from having this chat?


TRAVELER: So we are having it this chat, and we have been for several minutes. Yes?

TOSHA: Yes, but I still don't see-

TRAVELER: So what if some dastardly fiend attempts to thwart your arrival here, forcing you to miss having this splendid lunch with me?

TOSHA: What?

TRAVELER: You always have this conversation. You always will. It's cemented in time. So is the destruction of Paprax IV, the Ninth Glorious Revolution on Taxtloa, the Great Flight of the R'rlyin. Nobody can change it, not here.

TOSHA: You're babbling.

TRAVELER: Time is a series of fixed points on which others are anchored. It is indeed a web, and nothing can change it. Not ever. If that dastardly fiend does exist, whatever he tried doing to prevent you from being here failed. Because you're here. An entire causal chain linking our pasts, including said dastardly fiend and everyone in them, to future events stems from this temporal point.

TOSHA: Your food's getting cold.

TRAVELER: Do you see my point?

TOSHA: So whyever do you even travel though time on your... What's it called, temporal survey?

TRAVELER: I usually don't travel through time, not technically, Cardinal, but across its tracks.

TOSHA: You're incorrigible, you know?

TRAVELER: If the Council wants to end my mission, bring me home, that's alright. I'm sure my experiences will bring a lot to the table in the Theoretical Studies curriculum. Mind you, I've always-

TOSHA: We would never dream of hindering your marvelous work, Traveler. You enjoy it so and are so passionate about it. I'm sure my affirmative recommendation to the rest of the Council regarding your mission status will assure your continued absence- er, field study mission. You're doing vital work, you know. (pause) When do you leave?

yay, progress!

I just rounded the corner and completed the first one-third of the pilot episode. I got just about everyone introduced or at least mentioned as relevant to the story. I have events set up to launch the second one-third of the episode, and I stopped writing tonight right there. Too much of a good thing. I'm tired as well. I needs me some sleepytime.

At this rate I may actually be able to finish this episode by next Saturday... ish, and then all I'll have to do is write probably two more episodes to complete the adventure. I don't think this story has a fourth episode in it. I'm just going for a basic adventure, nothing complicated.

Episode 1: Introduction/Early Conflict/Setup
Episode 2: Conflict Escalates/Increase Tension
Episode 3: Climax/Showdown/Resolution

... Okay. There could be a fourth episode, but I'm not planning on it. If it happens, it happens. I won't cry if it doesn't. I hate writing pilots.

The Mother of All Seasons of Doctor Who

On the Doctor Who fan site Outpost Gallifrey there is a thread in the forums about how you'd construct your "Fantasy Season" of Doctor Who. You could pick any Doctor, any companion, any producer and script editor, any five writers, and any three directors. That the season would be thirteen episodes, as it is in current production, was implied, I reckon. Here was my post.

Paul McGann
Companion: Captain Jack Harkness
Producer: Philip Hinchcliffe
Script Editor: Robert Holmes
Writers: Robert Holmes, Steven Moffatt, Matt Jones, Terrence Dicks, Douglas Adams, Rob Shearman
Directors: Douglas Camfield, Graeme Harper, James Strong

The stories would be as follows:

Episodes 1 & 2
"Red Tag"
"Everything Must Go"
Rob Shearman would write a two-part story wherein some of two-bit cosmic antique collector and dealer whom The Doctor and Jack discover, to their shock and surprise, is selling The (late) Doctor's TARDIS. There are several interested buyers, one of whom is a little more than he seems, and things get really weird when a man claiming to be The Doctor shows up!
Graeme Harper would direct.

Episode 3
"Little Voices"
Steven Moffatt would write a story wherein The Doctor and Jack discover a haunted house whose unseen-yet-audible spectre claims to be someone near and dear to Jack, an old flame of his from the 1920s, named Jillian. While Jack seems absolutely certain it is her, The Doctor isn't at all sure. In fact, he's more worried about whatever's telepathically attacking the TARDIS.
Douglas Camfield would direct.

Episode 4
"Eat, Ate, Eaten, Etcetera"
Douglas Adams would write a story wherein a simple trip down to the corner curry shop in Chelsea winds up being a whole lot more than a trip down to the corner curry shop in Chelsea. Then there's the talking pigeon...
Graeme Harper would direct.

Episode 5 & 6
"Into The Fire"
Matt Jones would write a two-part story wherein The Doctor and Jack find themselves in the around the year 6,000,000,000 with some very serious problems. They start out materialized on an Earthbound mining freighter that is having engine problems and the crew suspecting sabotage. Then someone breaks the news that the planet from which they're barely out of orbit has only a few hours before instability brought about from overmining causes it to destruct. Then the freighter finds itself under attack from marauders. Oh, and the TARDIS is running frighteningly low on power, and the clock is, as always, ticking away.
James Strong would direct.

Episode 7 & 8
"At The Brink"
"The Age Old Struggle"
Robert Holmes would write a story wherein The Doctor and Jack materialize in an advanced science facility on Io in the year 1,504,233 where many of the empire's greatest minds are working to create an artificial Big Bang inside a pocket dimension in order to fuel the civilization. Empire officials are desperate for the project to succeed, at any cost, but not only does The Doctor know that the plan will be a disaster. He sees another, more sinister hand in the goings on.
Douglas Camfield would direct.

Episode 9
Rob Shearman would write a story wherein a young boy named Eric and his dog suddenly find themselves in in a world alone. Same houses. Same cars. Same roads. Same sky. It's just the Quiet Smiling Man who keeps following him around, getting closer and closer, is scaring him, but if he could just find "The Doctor", whose whispers he keeps hearing, he'd be safe. Not much time, though. It's getting dark.
Graeme Harper would direct.

Episode 10 & 11
"Dark Matters"
"Through The Looking Glass"
Terrence Dicks would writer a two-parter where, using new time-viewing technology, a group of scientists and cosmic archaeologists view life on Skaro and the development and emergence of Daleks. However, the group finds out too late that the Daleks are doing a little more than looking through to them, and The Doctor and Jack have their work cut out for them to foil this Dalek plan. Doing so leads into the next episodes.
James Strong would direct.

Episodes 12 & 13
"Schrödinger's Cat"
"Cause And Effect"
Douglas Adams and Robert Holmes would team up to write the two-part season finale wherein having resorted to jumping timelines (without the TARDIS) to stop the Daleks from an alternate timeline from invading this one, The Doctor and Jack have to enlist the aid of an eccentric alternate-Time Lord adventurer/scientist known as "Traveler" to return back to their native timeline. Not only are the surviving alternate-Daleks terribly unhappy and on their trail, but jumping timetracks turns out to be a dodgy process as well... even for "professionals".
Douglas Camfield would direct.

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Note: All of these stories are adapted to Doctor Who by me from original stories with another Time Lord character. I've either drawn them up or am in the (agonizingly slow) process of writing them.

Act 4 off the press. On to Act 5.

I didn't write at all Friday or yesterday. I had other domestic business and lots of driving to do, but I did just wrap up the fourth act a few minutes ago. Hopefully I only have three or four more to go, and hopefully they will each only account for 8 or 10 minutes of screen time when I write the script. I really want to keep this whole thing to no more than 80 minutes, and that's the maximum limit. I believe I'm keeping it all pretty tight, but wow. As the story picks up speed it seems to be more drawn out on the page. I hope it doesn't translate so when it's time to teleplay it, because I'll have some weeding to do.

I'm pleased with it overall, but there are a few bits I know are kind of weak right now. I'm not too worried about it, though. I believe it will come together, more or less.

Once I get the thing written I'll post a brief synopsis.

Is anyone reading here familiar with the "Auton" trilogy from the late 90s by BBV?