It’s a lesser known fact these days that before it was announced by the BBC in 2003 that Doctor Who was coming back to the television screens where it so rightly deserved to be…that the BBC had already bought Doctor Who back already.
Scream of the Shalka was an online animated adventure written by Paul Cornell, starred Richard E Grant as the Ninth Doctor and Sir Derek Jacobi as the Master (seriously!). But it was never meant to be and although the story performed well in terms of ratings, the BBC canned the storyline and that version of the Doctor in favour of the series we now know and love.
However, that wasn’t the only time that Doctor Who was fleshed out for animated adventures. A year before, in 2002, a freelance writer called met with the script editor for the BBC Birmingham animation department to pitch some ideas for new cartoons. One such idea was an animated series of Doctor Who. It was promptly met with a polite “no” but the ideas that Culbard had are interesting enough to warrant a listen.
Imagine a Doctor that looks like a mix between Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith and had a hint of Tom Baker added in for good measure. Wonder, if you will at adventures with Sea Devils in 1960’s Brighton and story arcs that don’t have to be viewed in a linear progression. Now think about a hybrid Doctor/Master Time Lord wandering about the place after a dodgy regeneration.
Now visit Culbard’s blog and find out what could have been a revived Doctor Who series in an alternative timeline…
(With thanks to Gareth)