January 3, 2017

The antagonist in fiction is that character who has adopted a fixed solution to an inner vacuum or emptiness or threat.

This fixed solution is programmed to make this particular character right at all times, to rob power from others, and to dominate the world around th...

August 25, 2016

Twenty years ago, John Devon Roland Pertwee (pictured above with William Hartnell in the 1953 comedy film Will Any Gentleman...?) born in July 1919 in London, the son of actor and playwright Roland, died in the USA at the age of 76.

In his youth, Pertwee had been expell...

August 11, 2016

We have seen in earlier articles that the Doctor began his life on the television screen in a role approximating that of a villain: he was an aggressive, mysterious old man who suddenly and impulsively kidnaps the two teachers who stumble into the Tardis, innocently se...

July 24, 2016

In finishing your story, you are trying to do two basic things:

1. Make the ending seem like the consequence of everything that has happened so far - in other words, not suddenly resolve everything by have it ‘all be a dream’ or have events occur which make no sense on...

July 23, 2016

As we have seen, in Doctor Who’s third broadcast story, ’The Edge of Destruction’ Hartnell’s Doctor, proud and arrogant, who began as a quasi-antagonist in ‘An Unearthly Child’, becomes an ally of and friend to Ian and Barbara, the teachers he had kidnapped. It’s proba...

July 18, 2016

Successful stories ask readers four key questions:

‘What will happen next?’

This question forms the basis of even the most primitive tale or piece of drama. Keeping the reader or audience in ‘suspense’ and having them surprised by unfolding action are two signs that a st...

July 11, 2016

‘The Edge of Destruction’, first broadcast in February 1964, is a curiosity. This is partly because David Whitaker, the script-writer, appears to be confused as to what he was trying to achieve, and partly because the story was a two-part ‘filler’ to make the original...

June 25, 2016

As we saw in an earlier article,‘The Daleks’, originally aired in 1963/4, came at a pivotal point in the development of Doctor Who.

Defying its creator Stanley Newman’s specific instructions, the script was very much a conventional sci-fi yarn about a post-apocalyptic w...

June 22, 2016

The first episode of the fifty-year-old series Doctor Who had established a unique set of parameters. The juxtaposition of intentionally-odd images - an abandoned police box in a junkyard, a child who appeared to know more than her teachers, a sinister grandfather and...

June 13, 2016

The rest of the first adventure of Doctor Who, commonly known by its opening episode ‘An Unearthly Child’, is comparatively uninteresting, but worth examining simply because it is the rest of the first story of what would become an all-time television classic.

The Tardi...

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