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Bringing in Sylvester McCoy to the part of Doctor Who marked the shows last opportunity to save itself from the axe. The program changed it's style to fit with what then controller Jonathan Powell thought Doctor Who should be, adopting a more comical, sometimes

The Curse of Fenric is one of the eras best remembered serials

pantomime approach for it's 23rd season. This would continue sporadically throughout the remainder of the shows life. With the introduction of new script editor Andrew Cartmel and writer Ben Aaronovitch however, Doctor Who began to make a slow recovery in quality. Cartmel attempted to inject more mystery into the character of the doctor by suggesting that he was 'more than just a Time Lord' The scripts also tended to tackle larger and deeper themes than had been seen previously.

Unfortunately the show's 26th Season was to be it's last for many years. On 25th january 1990 the BBC Doctor Who office closed it's doors for the last time, leaving behind ideas and scripts that, while not having been commissioned, were close to being realised should the go ahead be given for another season. However, in America, plans were already underway for the show's return...


Stories:

Ice Time

Alixion

Night Thoughts

Illegal Alien

Lungbarrow

Earth Aid

Crime of the Century

Animal

Avatar

War World

Lungbarrow

The Clockwise Cuckoos

Destination: Holocaust

Hostage

A School for Glory

The Dark Dimension

Doctor Who (cartoon)

 



Ice Time

by: Marc Platt
Episodes: 4

Ace became a Time Lord in Dan Freeman's 'Death Comes to Time'


Submitted for: Season 27

Story: Peices of an incomplete alien suit of armour are being exibited at the London Dungeon. Somehow, the remaining parts are found and the suit is completed, this causes it's original occupant is to be reborn inside the suit: an Ice Lord. The Ice Lord has a rival who has been chasing him accross time. Now he has been awakened their terrible fued can continue, bringing devestation to Swinging London.

The Doctor and Ace team up with a dodgy hippy and his pregnant girlfriend to investigate and stop the two aliens, however, throughout the story the Doctor 'nips out of time' to a darkened boardroom where a group of Time Lords are watching Ace's progress.

It becomes clear that the adventure is a task for Ace set by the Time Lords, and as Ace continues through the test her temporal awareness begins to increase and she is able to see things from a universal perspective, much like the Doctor. The Doctor reveals that it had always been his intention to enroll Ace in Time Lord Academy, and all the events that had happened since Iceworld had led up to this point.

Ace eventually passes the test and submits to her destiny, leaving the Doctor to study at the Pyrodonian academy on Gallifrey. At the stories end the Doctor delivers the pregnant girls' baby; a girl, and on the request of the mother, names her.


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The Crime of the Century

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Episodes: 4
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Submitted for: Season 27

Story: The baby girl the Doctor Delivered in Sixties London has now grown up to become a beautiful femme fatal and international safe cracker. Arriving at a party for the super rich at an English country mansion, she works her way around the ballroom and up the stairs where she finds the safe. carefully she cracks the combination and opens the door. To her astonishment she finds a stange little man with a scottish accent inside. "What kept you?" he asks.

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Alixion

by Robin Mukherjee
Episodes: 3
Companion: Ace
Submitted for: Season 27

Story: The Doctor and Ace arrive on the planet Alixion, where an order of monks have decided to live underneath the surface of the planet, practicing a vow of silence and forbidden to cultivate friendships. The monks produce an elixir that enhances intelligence, harvesting the glands of the indigenous giant beetle-like creatures to create it.

However, the monks are unaware that the beetles need a special diet in order to produce the right chemicals: Human flesh. One by one the Monks are being picked off by the sinister Abbot and his select band of cohorts to be used as food. Once the Abbot finds out the Doctor is a Time Lord, he realises that the secrets of the universe can be his if he can cultivate elixir made from him.
The Doctor escapes into the catacombs where he meets up with the Queen of the beetle creatures. and a game of wits ensues between the Doctor and the the sadistic, manipulative Abbot.


Notes:
This story was originally commissioned for inclusion in season 26. However since Robert Mukherjee was relatively new to script writing Andrew Cartmel decided to hold the script back until season 27 so that it could be “explored further”

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Night Thoughts

by: Ed Young
Episodes: 4
Companions: Ace
Submitted for: Season 27

Story: The Doctor and Ace arrive on a remote island in the outer Hebrides in the midst of a terrible storm. Looking for shelter, they arrive at Sibley Hall, where they find a group of university lecturers who have gathered together to conduct experiments.

Ace befriends the young housemaid, Sue, who has been mentally scarred by the death of her mother and sister. She uses her toy rabbit, Happy, as a voice for her more difficult emotions.

During the night, Professor Hartley is killed, and his body mysteriously disappears. The following night the Deacon commits suicide.

They discover that through their experiments, the professors are attempting to send a message back 10 years to themselves in order to prevent the accidental death of Sue's mother and sister. The message is sent but instead of changing history, they only partially succeed and the body is reanimated, and begins stalking the house.

The Doctor realises that the major engineered the accident and intentionally killed the girl so that he could be the first person to bring the dead back to life.

Notes: Ed Young had done some stage and radio work before submitting this script to the BBC. At the end of his critique of the script, Andrew Cartmel wrote “Night Thoughts is incredibly erratic and self indulgent but brilliant. One of the best non commissioned scripts I have ever read. If I was doing another series of Doctor Who I would recommend you without hesitation.” The title comes from a poem written by the author's namesake. The script was released in 2006 as an audio play by Big Finish, with revisions made to include the companion Hex.

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Earth Aid

by: Ben Aaronovitch
Episodes: unknown

The Metatraxi as realised by Adrian Salmon for DWM


Submitted for: Season 27

Story: A space opera featuring the Metatraxi, a species of insect like Samurai Warriors with a strict code of honour. The Metatraxi are confused by the Doctor, as they find the idea of fighting people who are unarmed dishonourable.

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Avatar

by: David A McIntee
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Submitted for: Season 27

Story: An etherial alien race is using the dead as vessels. Their leader has discovered the fossilised remains of a Silurian God and has plans to reanimate it.

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Hostage

by: Neil Penswick
Episodes: 3
Submitted for: Season 27

Story: An elite group of soldiers are sent after shape-changing criminals Butler and Swarfe, who have stolen a new weapon and taken it to an overgrown jungle planet. The Doctor and Ace arrive and become involved in the hunt. The end of the first episode sees Swarfe change into a monster. It emerges that the planet was the last battleground between the Time Lords and the Scaroth (sic). After scenes set aboard a futuristic helicopter gunship, the action moves to a set piece in a fairy-tale style castle, where the criminals intend to detonate their bomb.

Notes:
A social worker from Bedford, Penswick sent in a ‘Predator’-style storyline on spec to script editor Andrew Cartmel. Cartmel had a meeting with him, commenting that he liked the short scenes, snappy dialogue and action approach. Penswick later used scenes from his script in his Virgin New Adventure ‘The Pit’.

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Animal

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Episodes: 4
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Submitted for: Season 27

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A School For Glory

by: Tony Etchells and (unknown)
Submitted for: Season 27

Story: Set during the First World War, partly in the trenches and partly in a British country house which would have been some kind of academy. It would have been highly critical of warfare and the butchery of the War, and see the class edge as the evil of it all. There would have been some alien interference in the form of possession by a telepathic force.

Notes:
Andrew Cartmel worked with Etchells and another, unknown, author, on the storyline, which was quite advanced at the time of the show’s end in 1989. Cartmel described Etchells as ‘a very good writer’, and later worked with him on ‘Casualty’.

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Lungbarrow

by: Marc Platt
Episodes: 4
Submitted for: Season 27

Story: The Doctor, having been thinking about his old House and Cousins, subconsciously influences Ace through the TARDIS’ telepathic circuits. A tranced Ace sets the Ship’s co-ordinates, and the TARDIS materializes in the House of Lungbarrow on Gallifrey. It is the Doctor’s old home – and the place that he counts as the worst place in the Universe.

Eight hundred years ago, the Doctor argued with Quences, Lungbarrow’s Kithriarch and head of household, about the Doctor’s choice of occupation. The Doctor walked away from his Cousins and the Doctor’s Family, thinking the Doctor had been officially ostracized, illegally wove a replacement for him in the form of Cousin Owis. Thus, as the Doctor left Gallifrey, the Family was found guilty of exceeding its allocation of Cousins. As is the punishment for such a crime, the House was excommunicated from the Gallifreyan Matrix and buried in the mountain where it resided.

For 800 years, the Doctor’s 45 Cousins have been trapped within the House, waiting for the Doctor to return as he travelled the Universe. Now, the Doctor finds all but six of his Cousins are missing. He is also accused of having stabbed Quences, a Time Lord at the end of his final incarnation, to death just before his will was to be read.

The Doctor's home, the House of Lungbarrow

The Doctor finds his Cousins buried in the House’s lower levels, as their isolation has driven them into a zombie-like state. The Cousins, believing the Doctor to be the source of their discontent, beat him into a coma and he approaches a regenerative crisis.

The Doctor’s Cousin Innocet, together with Ace and the Doctor’s allies on Gallifrey join in a telepathic union to enter the Doctor’s mind and revive him. Thus, they view the Doctor’s history before leaving Gallifrey, and how he possesses the DNA of the Other, a famed and feared Gallifreyan.

The Doctor recovers and finds evidence that on the night Quences was murdered, his Cousin Glospin, fearing he wouldn’t inherit the House, regenerated and copied the first Doctor’s form, then killed Quences and regenerated again. However, the essence of Quences’ mind, safely hidden in the Doctor’s tutor robot Badger, awakens and officially leaves the House to the wayward Doctor. But the sentient House, finally understanding that Quences is dead, grows distraught that there is no Kithriarch. As the Doctor’s zombie-like Cousins evacuate, the House commits suicide, plunging off a cliff to its doom.

The President revokes Lungbarrow’s excommunication and declares a new House will be built for the Cousins. The Doctor and Ace leave to continue on their travels.

Notes:
Marc Platt submitted this storyline to script editor Andrew Cartmel but, although both Cartmel and producer John Nathna-Turner liked the ideas they felt that it gave away too much of the mystery surrounding the Doctor. Cartmel suggested that they take certain elements of the story and weave a new plot around a house that was Ace’s worst nightmare, and ‘Ghost Light’ was born. Platt adapted the story into the Virgin New Adventure ‘Lungbarrow’, published in 1997, and it has since been released as an E-Book Which is available on the BBC's Doctor Who website (click here to go to it).


The Clockwise Cuckcoos

by: Matthew Saunders
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Submitted for: Season 27

Story: The Autons attempt to invade Earth by infiltrating a TV gameshow, fiendishly replacing the smarmy host and his bimbo assistants with plastic replicas. Thus the Autons planned to transmit their insidious message into the homes of the viewers, activating deadly plastic clocks which had been distributed free of charge to gullible viewers.
There were also murderous ‘He-Man’-style dolls, and plastic spiders which came free in boxes of cornflakes. Sil also returns wielding a filofax and mobile phone and enjoying dips in his jacuzzi and trips around London in his limousine. UNIT were also involved, led by Brigadier Crichton (of The Five Doctors), and Lethbridge-Stewart was also called in to help out.

A comic scene would have seen the Controller of BBC1 turn out to be an Auton replica.
The story finished with a climactic struggle at the top of Big Ben.


Notes:
Storyline submitted on-spec during 1989 by 18 year old fan Matthew Sanders. It caught the eye of Andrew Cartmel who later described it as ‘interesting… very sharp and weird and funny. He was good.’.


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Illegal Alien

by: Mike Tucker
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Submitted for: Season 27

Story: 1940, and London is in the grip of the Blitz. Private detective Cory McBride is more interested in his whisky bottle than a large metallic sphere that he discovers shortly before falling unconscious. He is later approached by the Doctor and Ace, who are curious about an article about his encounter which they read in ‘tomorrow’s’ newspaper.

They learn that London is being terrorized by a serial killer nicknamed the ‘Limehouse Lurker’, who squashes his victims like tomatoes. McBride gathers information from his underworld contacts, including George Limb, formerly of military intelligence.
The Doctor suspects that the Lurker is a time-travelling Cyberman, bombed by the Luftwaffe and now seeking blood plasma to heal its damaged organic components.

The Doctor and McBride investigate a factory belonging to Dr Peddler, a murdered businessman, where they discover a covert operation to improve the effectiveness of British foot soldiers – using captured Cyber technology. Ace fends off a Cybermat attack and takes shelter at Limb’s house. Unfortunately, Limb has been sheltering the Lurker and it attacks her. Captain Hartmann, a Nazi officer, destroys the murdering fiend, but also kidnaps Ace and takes her to his Nazi base in Jersey.

George Limb is revealed as the Cyber-operations’ mastermind, having given Cyber-technology to the Allies and Nazis to kick-start a technology race. The Doctor recovers the Lurker’s Cyber-command unit, a mobile battle computer that directs the Cybermen. With it, the Doctor seizes control of the Cybermen and sets them against Limb and his Nazi allies. When a Nazi captain damages the command unit, all hell breaks loose. Limb flees using the Cybermen’s time travel machine, but the primitive device can’t cope. The time capsule slows time, and only the Doctor, as a Time Lord, resists the effect and pulls Ace free and escapes. The Cyber-control unit explodes and destroys the factory as Limb is shredded through time and space. The Doctor and Ace leave in the TARDIS, unaware that McBride has found hundreds of Cybermen cocoons in an abandoned pumphouse.


Notes:
This script was submitted by Tucker and Perry under a pseudonym as Tucker was (and is currently) working on the special effects for Doctor Who. It was held over from Season 26 as that season already had a Forties war story (The Curse Of Fenric), and would have been resubmitted for Season 27 had the series not been put on hold. Tucker and Perry novelized the scripts for BBC Books, with the first two thirds of the book being very close to the TV scripts. Tucker later commented that it would have been very expensive to realize, and would also have featured redesigned Cybermen.


War World

by: Ben Aaronovitch
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Submitted for: Stage play

Story: Arriving in a club in Casablanca in 1946, the Doctor and new companion Malleroy hook up with US deserter and criminal Joseph McBride in a nightclub. Out of nowhere a metallic winged alien appears, a death angel, a race of aliens intent on wiping out all life in the universe. appears in a nightclub. The doctor disables the death angel and extracts information he came to earth for, the location of a Death Angel invasion force. As the Doctor is dealing with the Death angel and young woman, Jazz, stumbles into the TARDIS. The Doctor takes RAF pilot John Patterson into the TARDIS with him, leaving McBride at the mercy of the Death Angel.

From there they go to a Scholars world to get the exact co-ordinates of the War World from a data vampire, a being that can extract information from the proteins in blood. Jazz is left behind on Scholars world as the Doctor Patterson and Mallory set off again.

They land in Stonehenge in the seventies. The Doctor reveals that he originally built the monolith, which is actually a transmitter, to lure a race of samurai insect like beings called Metatraxi to the site. The Doctor plans to distract them so that the Death Angels have the opportunity to hijack a Metatraxi ship. Three death angels arrive, one that has fused itself with McBride, and another two that reveal themselves to be daleks.

The TARDIS lands on the Metatraxi ship, and Patterson pilots the ship to Scholars World where it is Boarded by a gang of Pirates led by Jazz. The Doctor asks the pirates to help him 'save creation' and they accept and ready the Metatraxi ship. The Doctor and Mallory head for the War World in the TARDIS.

Arriving on the plains they encounter another band of Metatraxi. Their attitude to the Doctor has totally changed, and they now want him to lead them. The Doctor slips off alone to his final confrontation in the Dalek war room, where he finds that the Dalek war computer is now fused with McBride and the band of Pirates aboard the Metatraxi ship have been captured, and prepared for extermination. When the pirates are brought before the dalek war computer what is left of McBride refuses to kill Jazz because he loves her. The daleks decide to kill them anyway but the War computer destroys the daleks, killing itself in the process.

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Destination: Holocaust

by: David Roden
Episodes: 4
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Submitted for: Children in Need special

Story: Night on the platform of a railway station somewhere in southern England. Strange sounds are heard, snow starts to fall and clouds gather, crackling with electricity. The TARDIS emerges from the clouds and spirals down to rest in an alcove on Platform 1. A figure emerges and goes out to the main entrance where another figure is alighting from an expensive Jaguar car. The Brigadier is delighted to see the Doctor – although the Doctor feared that he might have missed the Brogadier and comments that there is a storm coming as they head off for their reunion in the Jaguar.

The Doctor is talking to the Brigadier about a liar called Strobilus and asks who will be at the UNIT reunion; he hopes to see Captain Yates, Sarah Jane and ‘dear old Liz’. An enormous green fireball bursts out of the clouds and hurtles down to Earth, skimming over trees and houses. In a nearby church, a vicar hears the noise of the object and, hurrying outside, sees the fireball strike the church spire and impact into the nearby vicarage. A section of the burning ball drops in the country road in front of the Jaguar, causing the Brigadier to brake sharply. With the vehicle amidst burning liquid, the Doctor gets his winded friend out of the car into the trees as the Jaguar explodes. Examining the smoking metal, the Doctor finds it is pure varinium. Outside the church they encounter the vicar who is desperate to reach his wife, Agnes, who was in the vicarage – despite the fact that nobody could have survived. The vicar is sure that this is the Devil’s work. The Doctor spots a line of silver figures emerging from the flames and green light, and stalking up the hillside towards the church – Cybermen. The aliens open fire on the trio, and the vicar is blasted backwards into a gravestone by a beam of blue light. The Doctor and Brigadier take cover inside the church.

Inside the church, the pair try to find another way out, aware that the roof is badly damaged. Spread-eagled across the altar is the incomplete remains of a Cyberman, and the Doctor determines that the spaceship must have been blown apart on impact. The Cybermen blast the church door off its hinges, and the pair face a Cyberleader. The Cyberleader explains that they have tracked the Doctor through time and space as they wished him to witness the destruction of Earth; they came to find him and to find new life for their race. Although the Brigadier says that mankind will be defiant, through the hole in the roof can be seen the underside of a vast spaceship. “When dawn comes we shall be the new masters,” says the Cyberleader as its troops lead the Doctor and Brigadier away. Outside the church, a beam of light shoots from the underside of the ship, sweeping the group up towards the vessel in the shaft of light as the picture fades to black.

Notes:
Approached in May 1993 to write a five minute sketch for the BBC charity extravaganza, Children In Need, former Doctor Who producer John Nathan-Turner approached writer David Roden, who had been trying to interest him in diverse projects over the last couple of years. He quickly developed a storyline, which Nathan-Turner deemed too expensive to make, with its requirements of night shooting, snow machines, a car crash and a spaceship hitting a church. It was abandoned the next day, and talks continued, with a further storyline, The Endgame, being proposed in July.

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The Dark Dimension

by: Adrian Rigelsford
Episodes: 1
Submitted for: Direct to video 30th anniversery special

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A horrifying concept model for the redesigned Cybermen for the Dark Dimension



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Doctor Who (The animated series)

by: Nelvana
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Submitted for: Pitch for a animated series

Story: Unknown

Notes:
In the early 90s, whilst the BBC were in negotiation with David Segal and CBS they were also in talks with Canadian animation house Nelvana ('Droids', 'The Raccoons) about producing an animated version of the show. concept sketches were drawn up and scriptwriting had just started when the project was cancelled.

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