While so much of the early history of Doctor Who is documented in great detail, the BBC's Written Archives Centre holds no production file for this odd little two-part serial. Inspired by a trip to the Large Hadron Collider last year (yes, really), I've tried to establish exactly what we know for certain about the making of this story. Was it really written over a weekend? How would it have been different if - as originally planned - these episodes ended Doctor Who for good? And why does the TARDIS have roundels?
Blurbs as follows:
‘Really, there’s no more time for these absurd theories.’
Doctor Who can go anywhere in time and space, and visit any alien planet or historical figure it pleases – that’s rather the point of the show, after all. But in only the third serial, the production team decided to set a story entirely inside the TARDIS, with no other cast than the regulars.
Simon Guerrier has ten theories relating to this most unexpected of early stories, and one about the readers of this Black Archive…
Author: Simon Guerrier
Publication Date: October 2023
This is my second title for the Black Archive range; in 2017 I also wrote #11 The Evil of The Daleks.