In my last article, I outlined what I would like with a debut series of Doctor Who if I ever, hypothetically got the chance to write and fill the role of executive producer of our favourite show. Since the first article seemed to go down well and I have introduced the main players, The Doctor and his companions, George, Elisabeth and Nate, this is my outline for a prospective second series.
In this second series, with the Doctor travelling with three companions, the stories would be much larger in scope, allowing each character to get their time to shine and show us why each one deserves to be there. Series 2 would also see past villains returning in the modern era, as well as the introduction of new villains; The Harvesters, The Rage Machine and The Quiet Ones.
This second season would also see the return of the Meddling Monk and the Valeyard who will team up to see the Doctor destroyed in the three-part finale, which will take place through the Hundred-Year-War. This three-part adventure will also see Elisabeth Watts bow out of the series in a dramatic way, with her pretending to be Joan of Arc, following the Monk killing the real-historical figure. Of course, the moment she does this, the Doctor is rendered powerless to save her, without the TARDIS or any hope of rescue, she really does take Joan of Arc’s place in history. This forces a wedge between the Doctor, George and Nate who decide to leave too and at the end of the finale, the Doctor agrees to take them home, which leads into the Christmas Special, Silent Night.
Of course, the second series will feature a selection of stories from the past, present and future, and will range from sci-fi adventures to horror stories, with a two-part story, featuring new monsters, The Harvesters and being a tribute to the old 70s/80s slasher-films. And we’d introduce our first pure-historical adventure in the form of The Mad Monk, which would see the Doctor and the gang coming up against Rasputin.
We did a list of main characters in the last article and as none of the Doctor’s companions or the Doctor themselves has changed, all we need to know is that the Doctor has become somewhat more reckless, taking his friends around the universe with little regard of the risks of doing so. This reckless streak comes to an end with the finale and the Christmas Special.
The Meddling Monk
The Meddling Monk met the Doctor in 1066, then during The Daleks’ Masterplan and later opposite the Eighth Doctor when the Daleks invaded Earth a second time. The Monk’s companion, Tamsin Drew died in that story and now the Monk is out for revenge. He’s come up with a brilliant plan, cause a temporal- tsunami to knock the TARDIS out of the time-vortex and virtually destroy it and then take out the Doctor. To do so, he’s travelled back in time and murdered Joan of Arc.
The resulting paradox drastically changes the future and only the Doctor, Elisabeth, George and Nate know what’s happened. But the moment they step out of the TARDIS, they fall into the Monk’s trap. While hundreds of years have passed for the Doctor, the death of Tamsin has only recently taken place for the Monk and he is still grieving the passing of his friend.
Still evil and manipulating things from behind the scenes. We’ve first seen this shadowy figure in the previous Christmas Special and he appears throughout the course of this series showing us how he is manipulating things from behind the scenes. He’s laying his own trap for the Doctor and a part of that trap is the Meddling Monk. He’s been recruited by Gallifrey to bring the Doctor in. The Celestial Intervention Agency has hired The Valeyard as the last resort. In the end, The Valeyard, in a random act of kindness, releases the Doctor from his clutches and he, instead of the Doctor, return George and Nate to Earth in modern-day.
1. The Gaslight Murders
The infamous ripper has been terrorising London for weeks and people are living in fear of being his next victim. When the Doctor, George, Elisabeth and Nate arrive they are quickly thrust into the investigation. George and Nate call London home but this is history and a much darker period for the city and its something of a culture shock.
Elisabeth soon finds herself as bait and out on the streets of London. She comes face-to-face with Jack and faces the idea of becoming his next victim.
Meanwhile, the Doctor has found something interesting in the sewers, a nest of Weevils are living under London and they are hungry. Could Jack the Ripper and the Weevils actually be one-and-the-same?
2. Mr. Sandman
Returning to modern-day, the Doctor and friends find people living in fear in a small village. They talk of monsters who stalk the streets at night and people seems to be mutating into strange creatures.
UNIT has been called in to discover what’s going on and they’ve locked the village down. But people aren’t waking up and… What’s that? Is there something in your eye?
The Sandman are coming, they’re going to lull the world to sleep. And they are going to feed…
3. The Harvesters Part 1
When the TARDIS brings the Doctor and friends to a garbage-scow in the far future, they quickly discover that things aren’t quite right.
The ship’s engines have failed and they are stuck in space, with limited life support. The crew of the garbage-scow are terrified of this sector of space and are trying desperately to escape and are about to mutiny.
And then, a lone ship docks. But this is Harvester territory and while the Doctor tries to get the scow’s-engines up and running again, the Spare Part People are coming…
4. The Spare-Part People Part 2
The Harvesters were always just a space legend. A species so ravaged by a plague that they turned on one another, stealing the healthiest organs from one another to keep themselves alive. And then they discovered space travel. Now they are a scourge on the galaxy, a dark legend whispered between captains of space-faring vessels.
But the Spare-Part People aren’t a legend. They are very, very real. They are looking for new body-parts and the crew of this garbage-scow will do nicely.
With George in their clutches, the Doctor, Elisabeth and Nate must launch a daring rescue attempt to get him back. But the Harvesters aren’t as defenceless as it first seems…
5. Dreaming of Water
Following on from their narrow escape from the Harvesters, the TARDIS brings the Doctor and friends to the Antarctic and research base hidden there. They have just discovered a new virus in the ice, the previous crew of the base having succumbed to it.
The virus causes the skin at the bottom of the face to crack and the body creates large amounts of water that drips constantly from the victim. The Doctor has seen this before and thought he defeated it.
The Flood has made its way to Earth and gained itself a foothold on the planet. From the cold waters, it won’t be long before the Flood makes its way into the larger oceans and lakes. And then it will dominate the planet.
6. The Green House
Malcolm Blaine is a very rich man. And like many rich men, he’s got plenty of hobbies. One of which is horticulture. He takes after his uncle in that respect and he’s finally been allowed into the old Chase estate. Digging through the decades-old-wreckage of his Uncle Harrison’s house Malcolm finds a pod.
He’s heard the rumours of course of a large monster which crushed the house, before being blown up and a strange man who defeated the monster. But monsters don’t exist and those stories were made up by people jealous of his uncle’s successes.
Taking it back to his own mansion, he places it in his Green House and watches the pod germinate. The Krynoid is alive again and now the Plant-Revolution can begin.
7. Seeing Red
In a distant colony in the far future, the Doctor and friends find themselves in Prosperity, a colony where crime and anger, jealously and hatred have been eliminated. It’s all thanks to the planet’s strange properties.
But these people have never experienced anger and negative emotions. That’s where The Rage Machine comes in, an exciting opportunity to experience some of humanity’s more primal urges.
But unknown to the population, the Rage Machine is malfunctioning and is being tainted by the anger, rage and hatred that’s it’s being fed. It’s mutating and it wants more food. And the population of Prosperity are ripe for the picking.
Can the Doctor, George, Elisabeth and Nate put an end to the machine before it gets too powerful and can they save the people of Prosperity when all they can see is pure rage?
8. The Mad Monk
Landing in Russia in December 1916, the TARDIS crew find a country in the grips of a small war against one man. While the First World-War rages across the fields of Europe, Russia is trying to kill Grigori Rasputin.
With the TARDIS taken from the streets, the Doctor has to grapple with the KGB to get it back. Meanwhile, George, Nate and Elisabeth find themselves embroiled in the assassination plans of Rasputin.
Struggling to survive in these harsh times, George and Nate have to keep their friends close and their enemies closer while Elisabeth falls under the magnetic spell of The Mad Monk himself…
9. The Doctor Trap: Part 1
When a temporal tsunami knocks the TARDIS out of the vortex, the Doctor and the gang find themselves stuck in France in 1431. The Future has been drastically changed and George and Nate can’t return, if they do that, they would be assimilated into the new world. They’ve got no choice to stay where they are. But even the TARDIS holds no sanctuary as the temporal tsunami has destroyed much of its innards.
It doesn’t take the Doctor long to work out what happened. At the end of May 1431, Joan of Arc was supposed to die, but someone has killed her before her time. And that person is his old enemy, The Meddling Monk. The Doctor has fallen for his trap and the Monk is out for revenge…
10. The Hundred-Year War: Part 2
With the Doctor facing off against the machinations of the Meddling Monk, George, Elisabeth and Nate have to keep a low profile. Sent away by the Doctor, they find themselves in a small town in Normandy and they are taken in by a kindly old man.
The old man allows them to stay in his chateau for as long as they need. But the Hundred-Year War isn’t far away and they might find themselves conscripted to the war effort.
But this is a trap too, the seemingly kindly old man is nothing of the sort. He knows Joan of Arc is dead and one of the travellers he’s given sanctuary happens to be a woman. He is the Valeyard and both the Doctor and the Monk have fallen for his trap.
11. The Maid of Orleans: Part 3
With Elisabeth wrongly imprisoned by the British for believing her to be Joan of Arc, she faces an uncertain future. George and Nate have to work their way out of the military and the days are ticking down, Joan was burnt at the stake on the 30th May. The Doctor knows this too, and he and the Monk must work together to escape the clutches of the Valeyard and his paymasters; the Celestial Intervention Agency.
It’s a literal battle against time as the shockwaves from the Monks initial actions are beginning to ripple backwards, changing the outcome of thousands of events. Elisabeth’s worked it out. Joan of Arc was supposed to die, this was the action that changed the future and when she confesses to being Joan, history is set back on track. Now she has to burn and there is nothing the Doctor, George, Nate, the Monk, The Valeyard or even the Time Lords can do to stop it…
12. Silent Night: Christmas Special
Following the death of their friend Elisabeth and the inactions of the Doctor, the Valeyard brought George and Nate back to Earth. But the Doctor’s returned too, only he’s discovered the city of London has lost its voice. With Christmas approaching, the legendary Quiet Ones have escaped their imprisonment thanks to the temporal wave in the previous adventure.
Now they have stolen the voices of everyone in London for themselves and are walking through the streets, using their new voices to kill anyone they come across.
Can the Doctor, George and Nate become friends again in time to stop the Quiet Ones, or will they too lose their voices?
That is a brief overview of the second series of the show if I were in charge, and the stories I’d like to tell. While I don’t normally like my companions to depart in shocking ways, fates which have befallen a lot of the Doctor’s other friends, particularly in the modern era, Elisabeth’s death is as much a part of the Doctor’s storyline as it is hers. These first two series will see a Doctor who is much more bold and adventurous, almost like the dangers of the universe have been forgotten and across the series, the companions will be put in more and more dangerous situations because the Doctor isn’t paying attention.
For Elisabeth, her act of self-sacrifice is something that will be building up from the first series two-parter, The Fall of the House of Watts. At the end of that story, her family can’t accept that she’s changed, as well as having to go through the death of their other daughter and Elisabeth’s sister, they disown her. This act casts Elisabeth adrift from everyone else, and she becomes a much broodier version of the character that we’ve known. But she is also far from daft and understands that she is sacrificing herself. She’s doing it to save the lives of her friends George and Nate and save everyone in the future. She’ll be a tragic historic companion, much like Katerina who sacrificed herself in The Daleks’ Masterplan. Her death and the Doctor’s inability to save her forces a wedge between the Doctor, George and Nate and they all part company while they come to terms with the realities of time-travel and the death of their friend.
And for those wondering where the Daleks and the Cybermen have been, with past producers introducing and using them in their first series, I want to keep them away to be the big baddies, using them in the ways they should be. The Daleks and Cybermen are creatures that the Doctor dreads turning up and as such, should be used sparingly. But don’t worry, because the Daleks are going to make an explosive comeback in the series three finale…