Doctor Who: The Writerâ€™s Tale – The Final Chapter is the full name of the new edition of Russell T Davies and Benjamin Cook’s fascinating discussions on and around the subject of creating a series of Doctor Who.
With an extra 352 pages added to the original version, the new edition is out this week in paperback – to mark this, SFX magazines website has featured a list of 20 Things We Learnt from The Writer’s Tale: The Final Chapter.
Other ideas were considered for the Easter special, including a Star Trek pastiche, an adventure featuring Gareth Robert’s turtle-like Chelonian monsters (from the Virgin novel The Highest Science) while one centred around a deserted hotel with spindly-legged alien creatures with singsong voices.
At one point, RTD planned to feature the Daleks in The End of Time - apparently in an alliance with the Time Lords, there would have been a Dalek Parliament and a Dalek Minister.
Fascinatingly Davies makes the decision to have Wilf Mott be the one to cause the Doctor’s regeneration in the middle of an email conversation with Benjamin Cook, featured in the new book.
There are tonnes more little spoilers like this on the SFX website – head over there now!
Out on January 15th, Doctor Who: The Writerâ€™s Tale – The Final Chapter is available from Amazon for an excellent Â£11.04!