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It could have turned out so very differently. In February 1963, the BBC held a meeting to discuss the possibility of producing a science fiction series. Staff writer CE Webber was given the task of extrapolating a series outline from the ideas that resulted from the meeting. He came up with 'The Troubleshooters' a character based drama about a group of scientists which would look at the moral and philosophical issues raised by science and science fiction scenarios.

The idea was quickly rejected by Head of Serials Sydney Newman and over the course of the next few months the format of Doctor Who was hammered out. The only recognizable traces left over from the original storyline idea were the characters of Ian and Barbara who fit the 'handsome well dressed heroine aged about 30' and 'handsome young man hero' description of the potential characters from the original outline.

In the format document for the show which outlined the characters and the tone of the series, writer CE Webber described the Doctor as:

"About 650, a frail old man lost in space and time. They give him this name because they don't know who he is. He seems not to remember where he comes from, but flashed of garbled memory which indicated that he was involved in a galactic war, and still fears pursuit by some undefined enemy. He is suspicious of the other three and capable of sudden malignance. They want to help him find himself, but Cliff (Ian) never quite trusts him."

It is interesting to note that, 42 years later, the idea of a galactic war being part of the Doctor's motivation would resurface in the form of the Time War with the Daleks under producer and writer Russell T Davies' resurrection of the program.


Stories:
Season 1

Nothing at the End of the Lane

The Giants

The Living World

Masters of Luxor

The Hidden Planet

The Red Fort

The Fragile Yellow Arc Of Fragrance

The Dark Planet

The Man in the Ice

Untitled (408AD) Robin Hood's Last Stand  
Season 2

Farewell Great Macedon

Untitled (Livingston)

The Greatest Gamble

The White Witch

The Hands of Aten

The Nazis

Untitled (historical)

 

 

Season 3

The New Armada

The Face of God

The Clock

The Ocean Liner

 

 


Nothing at the End of the Lane (or The First Story)

by CE Webber
4 Episodes
Companions: Ms McGovern, Cliff, Sue
Submitted for: Season 1

From left to right: Miss McGovern, Sue and Cliff

Story: Sue, a 15 year old from earth in 1963 is walking home one foggy evening when she meets an old man called the Doctor. The Doctor takes her to a police box and upon entering she finds that it is in fact a time/space ship and is much larger on the inside than it's police box exterior would suggest. She goes outside to make sure it isn't an illusion and meets Miss McGovern and Cliff, two of her teachers. She brings them inside whereupon they are reduced to one sixteenth their normal size. They attempt to get back to their normal size by using the equipment in the school science lab.

Notes: This story draft was present in the initial series draft, and was reworked over several revisions into 'An Unearthly Child' and 'The Giants'.


The Giants

by: Robert Gould
Episodes: 4

'The Giants' Would be reworked by Louis Marks

Submitted for: Season 1

Story: The TARDIS finally lands in 1963 only for the crew to find that they have been reduced to one sixteenth their normal size. The crew deal with the problems of finding food and water, walking through a carpet which is now a forest, generally cunting around and avoiding being killed by falling cigarette ash.

Notes:
A story of miniaturization had been planned almost from Doctor Who's very inception, with the idea originally being that as well as traveling in time and space, the TARDIS could reduced to 'the size of a pin head' in order to view the microwold. The story was eventually handed to Robert Gould but was subsequently rejected when it became apparent that it would be difficult t achieve the sets on the budget allocated. As a potential replacement, the writer then came up with a story where the roles of people and plants were reversed, but he dismissed this within a few days. Later that year, Gould claimed that the episode 'The Screaming Jungle' from 'The keys of Marinus' plagerised his idea.

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The Living World

by: Alan Wakeman
Episodes: 4
Submitted for: Season 1

Story: The TARDIS crew land on a world world where the rocks, trees etc are the dominant species. They control the humans with 'silent sound'.

Notes:
Only the first episode of this story was completed before it was rejected by David Whitaker. His successor, Dennis Spooner, reread the submission but also dismissed it, noting that it would be “difficult to pull off without laughter at moving rocks.”

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The Masters of Luxor

by: Anthony Coburn
Episodes: 6
Submitted for: Season 1
Masters of Luxor
Episode 1: The Cannibal Flower
Episode 2: The Mockery of a Man
Episode 3: A light on the Dead Planet
Episode 4: Tabon of Luxor
Episode 5: An Infinity of Darkness
Episode 6: The Flower Blooms

Story: The TARDIS picks up a signal which leads them to the planet Luxor, where they find a beautiful building made from crystal. Hovering over the building, the roof opens and the are dragged inside. The Doctor then realises that they cannot leaves as the TARDIS is being drained of power. Upon leaving the TARDIS they accidentally activate the robot race, the Masters of Luxor, and are interrogated and imprisoned.

They escape only to find themselves trapped in a room overlooking a lab, where a beautiful robot vapourises a human victim. They find out that this is the Perfect One, the leader of the Masters of Luxor, who is attempting to find the secret of life by experimenting on unwilling victims. Which the Tardis crew are about to become.

Susan and Barbara escape while being taken to the Laboratory for experiments, damaging a power coil which causes the city to lose power. Stuck in a lift Ian and the Doctor are able to escape up the shaft where they find a flashing signal outside the building. Following the light it leads them to a mausoleum where the find Tabon, scientific master of Luxor, sealed in a coffin.

Tabon confesses to starting the experiments on humans for the benefit o the Perfect One, but was unable to stop the Derivitrons completing the work once he had realised what he was doing. Tabon helps the Doctor and Ian get back into the city, which has now been sealed by the Perfect One, using a secret entrance.

Barbara and Susan, having been recaptured, are subjected to the tortures of the Perfect One, who decided that their life force is strong enough to be passed into him and give him true life.

Inside the building, Tabon the Doctor and Ian find that the atomic magazines of the complex are linked to the perfect one, and that he has set them to explode should he be damaged.

Attempting once again to escape, barbara and Susan place a wire across the door in order to trip the robots up. The Perfect one arrives and trips up, damaging his head. This in turn activates the self destruct mechanisms of the atomic magazines, but he recovers and the self destruct is cancelled. Barbara and susan then begin to confuse the robots by singing hymns, which makes the Perfect One believe that their life essence may not be as suitable as he thought, but he realises their plan and continues preparing for the transfer.

As Doctor and Tabon try to reverse the energy drain on the TARDIS, Ian searches for the surveillance room in order to turn the cameras off. Instead he finds Susan an Barbara being prepared for the transfer. Ian tries to save the women by telling the perfect one that Tabon is alive. The perfect one refuses to believe him until robots report to him telling him that they have captured Tabon and the Doctor.

Tabon is brought before the Perfect One, but when he realises that Tabon is horrified and shamed by his creation he orders tabon to be destroyed. Tabon however countermands the order which confuses the robots since they cannot follow both orders and causes them to malfunction. The TARDIS crew take their opportunity and run for the TARDIS.

The Perfect one is damaged by two rampaging robots, which causes the self destruct mechanism to start again. Tabon holds the Perfect one's injured head to give the doctor and his companions enough time to get to the TARDIS and leave. When the Perfect One dies, the atomic explosion destroys the planet, taking Tabon with it.


Notes:
This story was commissioned to be the second serial of the first season, and originally had the title of "The Robots" and was set in 13 century earth. The production team were unhappy with the script and pushed it back for inclusion in the second season and replaced it with 'The Daleks'. The setting was moved from earth to an alien planet, but the story was felt to be substandard and it was dropped . Unhappy with the rejection of this story Anthony Coburn decided never to work on Doctor Who again. The complete scripts for 'The Masters of Luxor' were published in 1992 by Titan books.


The Hidden Planet

By: Malcolm Hulke
Episodes: 6
Submitted for: Season 1

Story: The time travelers arrive on what appears to be contemporary Earth, however on closer inspection it is revealed to be a 'mirror' Earth, which rotates in a diametrically opposed orbit to Earth and has thus never been detected due to it being constantly obscured by the Sun.

They find that on this planet women are the dominant sex, and that men are struggling for equality. The male rebels kidnap the Doctor and his companions when they find that Barbara is a doppelganger of the leader of the ruling class. She is then forced to assume her identity, while the rest of the crew are embroiled in the males fight for equality.

Notes: After delivery, the scripts for this story was deemed unacceptable by David Whitaker who asked for them to be completely rewritten. The story was pushed back for rewrites until in September 1964 it was finally dropped. In a letter to his agent, David Whitaker cited that the public seemed to prefer more monster led stories and perhaps the script lacked in science fiction elements . For April Fools in 1983 Richard Linden ran a story in DWM that reported that filmed footage of this adventure had been found, and would be used in a story for that season entitled 'The Phoenix Rises'. Episode two had the title of 'Year of the Lame Dog', which is a bit silly really.



The Red Fort

by: Terry Nation
Episodes: 7
Submitted for: Season 1

Story: Set during the Indian Mutiny of Deli in 1857, a long and bloody armed uprising by disaffected Indian-born troops against the colonial officers of the British East India Company.

Notes: Nation was commissioned to write a historical in September 1963. after completing he forgot all about it until 'The Daleks' was televised in December. It was abandoned at the request of the production team when they felt that a futuristic story would be more appropriate. Unfortunately it was subsequently replaced with 'The Keys of Marinus.'

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The Fragile Yellow Arc Of Fragrance

By: Moris Farhi
Episodes:
Submitted for: Season 1

Story: Barbara is courted by a man called Rhythm, but she rejects him. Little does she know that that on this planet her rejection automatically sentences him to death.

Notes:


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The Dark Planet

By: Brian Hayles
Episodes: 4
Submitted for: Season 1

Story: Set on a planet with a diametrically opposed orbit to Earth, where the fall of night turns the adults into savages, attacking any strangers, and where only the children are immune to this effect. The TARDIS crew meet a group of young warriors defending their village from their parents.

Notes:
This story was rejected by story editor Dennis Spooner due to it's similarity to 'The Hidden Planet', and on the grounds that it could influence younger viewers in the wrong way.


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The Man in the Ice

by: Brian Hayles
Episodes: 4
Submitted for: Season 1

Story: A stone-age man is found in the ice in the Antarctic, still alive. A business mogul wants to use DNA for a strange transplant, as he believes the caveman’s genes will give him immortality. The Doctor rescues the cave man to take him back to his own time.

Notes:
First rejected by story editor David Whitaker in February 1964, it was re-read and again rejected by Dennis Spooner, who noted that it was too much like a sci-fi B-movie plot and would have been a questionable story for younger viewers.

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Untitled (408AD)

by: Malcolm Hulke
Episodes: 6
Submitted for: Season 1

Story: Set in Britain around 408AD at the end of the Roman occupation. The Romans leave behind a small amount of people to continue the running of affairs, but a group of people are working to return the country to the the old ways, leaving it ripe for Saxon invasion. The Doctor and his companions are involved in a power struggle between the two peoples.

Notes: This story was replaced by 'The Hidden Planet'


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Robin Hood’s Last Stand (or The Truth Of Sherwood Forest/The Bandits Of The Woods)

by: Dennis Spooner
Episodes: 4
Submitted for: Season 1

Story: The TARDIS crew go back to Nottingham during the time of the Crusades where they meet the legendary Robin Hood. They are suprised to find that he was not as history suggests, but terrorises the Sheriff of Nottingham and Prince John, whom the Doctor helps to recover their villainous reputation by making Robin Hood look like a hero.

Notes:
This idea was suggested by Spooner at around the time of 'Reign Of Terror' but was never used. Interestingly, in the 1970s script editor Anthony Read thought of a similar storyline, but again it was never used.

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Farewell Great Macedon!

by: Moris Farhi
Episodes: 6
Submitted for: Season 2

Episode 1: The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Episode 2: O Son, O Son!
Episode 3: A Man Must Die
Episode 4: The World Lies Dead at Your Feet
Episode 5: In the Arena
Episode 6: Farewell Great Macedon!

Story: Arriving in the Hanging gardens of Babylon, the TARDIS crew meet Alexander the Great, and are implicated in a plot to kill the king. through a series of trials they gain the trust of Alexander's bodyguard Ptolemy and find out that the plotters aim to have their coconspirator, Seleucus ascend the throne once the king was dispatched. Despite their best efforts they are unable to change the course of history and Alexander is murdered.

Notes:
After submitting 'The Fragile Yellow Arc Of Fragrance', Farhi was commisoned to write a historical. After some complaints from schools it was decided that historical stories would not be set during important historical events. The production team then asked for a rewrite of the script, which Farhi refused to do and the script was abandoned. The full script for 'Farewell Great Macedon' is to be reprinted along with 'The Fragile Yellow Arc Of Fragrance' as a special edition of fanzine 'Nothing At The End of The Lane'

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The White Witch

by: Brian Hayles
Episodes: 4
Submitted for: Season 2

Story:

Notes:


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Untitled (Historical)

by: Margot Bennett
Submitted for: Season 2

Story:

Notes:
By February 1964, the Miniscules story which had already been attempted by both CE Webber and Robert Gould was pencilled in as Serial I. There were doubts whether it would actually work, and so story editor David Whitaker commissioned a standby storyline from BBC writer Margot Bennett. It was to have been a historical, which would either replace the Miniscules story or be held over to the next season. As it transpired, Planet Of Giants was made, and Margot Bennett moved on to pastures new.

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Untitled (Livingston)

by: David Whitaker
Episodes: 4
Submitted for: Season 3

Story: The Doctor uses the TARDIS to move around Africa to ensure that Stanley and Livingstone meet safely. One episode he would help Stanley, the next Livingstone, then back to Stanley. As soon as he leaves them, they end up in trouble and he would have to get them out of it the week after next. It would have ended with the two parties meeting up, with the Doctor and his companions watching from the side as the famous words “Dr Livingstone, I presume” were said. They would then leave, knowing that their work was done.

Notes: This idea was one suggested by David Whitaker (probably after The Crusade) but was not taken up because the direction of the show changed towards more science-fiction stories.

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The Hands of Aten

by: Brian Hayles
Episodes: 4
Submitted for: Season 3

Akhenaten anf Nefertiti worship Aten

Story: Unknown

Notes:
While there is no information available on the actual script,
the title relates to the egyptian sun-deity Aten who's rays were depicted as hands. It is therefore reasonable to assume that this adventure might very well have taken place in ancient egypt.

Aten was instated as the one true God by the pharaoh Akhenaten and replaced the multitude of Gods that preceded him. The reign of Akhenaten and his queen Nefertiti was a turbulent time in egyptian history, with temples of the old gods bring destroyed and the building of a new capitol city, Akhetaten. Akhenaten and Nefertiti both died in mysterious circumstances and their religion and city were destroyed and the old religions reinstated. Perhaps the time travelers are implicated in the death of the King or Queen?

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The Nazis

by: Brian Hayles
Episodes: 4
Submitted for: Season 2

Story:

Notes:
Rejected because it was at the time considered to be to sensitive and would still be too close to home for some viewers.

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The Greatest Gamble

by: Oliver Skene
Episodes: 4
Submitted for: Season 2

Story: On a Mississippi showboat, the Doctor has taken his companions to show them what they were like. The TARDIS is taken hostage by a pair of gamblers believing it to be a treasure chest. The Doctor has to gamble the lives of his companions in a poker session to win them back.

Notes:
Rejected by story editor Dennis Spooner on the grounds that the morality of the story was at odds with it's ethics, though he was interested in the idea of using the Mississippi as a location.

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The New Armada

by: David Whitaker
Episodes: 4
Submitted for: Season 3

Story:

Notes:
This script was rejected because at the time Gerry Davis was trying to tell 'Good simple stories' and it was thought to be to complex.

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The Face of God

by: John Wiles
Episodes: 4
Submitted for: Season 3

Story: The TARDIS is stopped in mid-air by an enormous face which claims to be that of God. Towards the end it is proved that not is all that it seemed.

Notes:
Keen to develop a more thought-provoking and adult type of storytelling, producer John Wiles proposed this idea for a story. He was persuaded to abandon the idea on the grounds that it might offend the series’ more religiously-minded viewers.
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The Clock

by: David Ellis
Episodes: 4
Submitted for: Season 3

Story:

Notes:
David Ellis submitted this storyline in April 1966. It was rejected by Gerry Davis on the grounds that it was ‘too sketchy’ and did not fit the ‘specialized type of material’ that Doctor Who needed.

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The Ocean Liner

by: David Ellis
Submitted for: Season 3

Story:

Notes:
David Ellis submitted this storyline in April 1966 as a spy thriller. It was rejected on the grounds that it was too ‘far out’ for the programme.

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