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Just Released: Print Version of The Write Stuff

November 13, 2017

Now available to order in print version – THE WRITE STUFF.

In the twenty years that The Doctor Who Project (TDWP) has been in existence, TDWP has published over 150 Doctor Who-related short stories, interviews, reference material, and more. In order to do just that, it has taken the hard work and dedication of a great number of talented and dedicated individuals. These individuals are the editors, and assistant editors, of The Doctor Who Project. Since 1999, there have been 16 individuals who have served as an editor, assistant editor, and, in some instances, both.

In the works for over 5 years, The Write Stuff, pays tribute to the 16 who served as the project’s editors and assistant editors. All of them worked as a team to shape and mold the stories, working with the writers, to ensure TDWP turned out the highest quality non-professional fiction possible.

Join Bob Furnell as he speaks with Misha, Terry, Tim, Kyle, Karen, Julio, Alex, Sam, Michael, Robert, Jez, Benjamin, Jeremy, Richard, and John and learn all about the ins and outs, ups and downs, of working for The Doctor Who Project.

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INTERVIEW: Nick Krohn

November 13, 2017

Our on-going interviews with the authors of Season 41 concludes with our interview with Nick Krohn, author of Moondust.

What was the inspiration for your story?
I wish I had a deep, meaningful answer for this question. The truth is as the deadline approached, I had no ideas that really felt like Doctor Who stories. In desperation, I turned to Google and searched for ‘What will kill you in space.’ Don’t ever do this, the results are far more boring than you might think. After hours of digging through those results, I decided to narrow my focus. I searched for ‘What will kill you on the moon’ and found an article on the problems of establishing permanent lunar colonies which speculated that even robots and other machines on the moon would probably have to wear space suits, and from there, the rest of the plot began to unfold.

Can you tell us any details about your story?
I’m surprised at the amount of science fact in the story. The speculative elements of the story are usually social in nature, and have to do with culture and economics of the future. Most of the practical elements are based in reality. Dust is, in fact, a lethal hazard on the lunar surface. Every aspect of permanent colonization, from initial construction to ongoing maintenance will have to deal with it in some way. The solutions depicted are extrapolations of genuine proposed methods. The location of the colony and its mines are based on mineralogical surveys of the moon. Of course, since I’m not a scientist, there may be factual errors, but I solemnly swear I did my very best.

Can you tell us where and/or when your story is set? Why did you choose this?
‘Moondust’ takes place in 2346 in and around a large lunar mining colony populated by humans and robots. The location basically chose itself. I had decided to do a murder mystery in space, and the moon was where motive, method, and opportunity came together during my research.

What do you hope your story adds to the TDWP mythos?
TDWP stories typically do a good job of world-building, so I hope I’ve maintained the standard of those who came before. I hope I’m adding a good mix of Doctor Who adventure and elements of classic mysteries in the Agatha Christie vein.

What was your biggest challenge in writing the story?
The method of the murder was easily the hardest part of bringing the story together. Everything flowed out of it: the location, the culture, and the supporting cast all grew out of figuring out how to commit this impossible crime. It gave me a great deal of stress, and to be honest I still worry about it. After all, if that doesn’t work for the reader, everything else will fall apart.

What has your overall experience been like writing for TDWP? Any plans on contributing to future seasons?
I have thoroughly enjoyed writing for TDWP. Everyone has been helpful and supportive along the way, especially during the editorial process. I’d be happy to write for TDWP in the future, and look forward to the opportunity.

c 2017 TDWP

20% OFF All TDWP Related Books

November 7, 2017

From today to the lead-up to Christmas, both BLOSSOM CORE: THE COMIC and THE TDWP CHRISTMAS OMNIBUS, will be 20% OFF the regular cover price. For more details or to order:

BLOSSOM CORE THE COMIC
http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/blossom-core-the-comic/20029060

THE TDWP CHRISTMAS OMNIBUS
http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/the-doctor-who-project-christmas-omnibus/19923211

Either, or both, would make ideal presents for your favourite Who fan.

Announcing The Time Detectives

November 5, 2017

The Doctor Who Project is pleased to announce their newest range of short-stories, The Time Detectives.

The Time Detectives is The Doctor Who Project’s very first spin-off series and will be centering on Time Lady Grae, former companion to TDWPs Eighth Doctor.

On Gallifrey, there has been a revolution. Lord President Quella has been overthrown – having been seen as too weak on renegades. The new Lord President, a man named Restaar has risen up the ranks to be appointed. Having been recalled to Gallifrey by the new Lord President, Grae has been seen to have gotten off too easy from her “crime” of manipulating the time lines to bring her friend Tamara Scott back to life. She has been retried, found guilty, and sentenced to absorption – erasure from the timelines, past, present and future. While awaiting to be escorted to her death, she is abducted by a group of unknown Time Lords and taken to the head of the Celestial Intervention Agency, Coordinator Rosza and former Lord President Quella – and they charge her with a mission. In order to earn back her freedom, she must investigate the Cult of Antiquity.

Grae objects, but she is told that she has no choice – it’s this mission or her sentence will be carried out. Grae wants to work alone, but she is forced to work with Atrix Gavay, a con-man and smuggler for hire from a Earth colony named simply Flame’s Eye. Neither are happy working with each other, neither trust one another. Atrix and Grae’s relationship is initially rocky, but over time they realize they must work together. Their relationship becomes one of mutual respect.

The CIA also provide Grae & Atrix with a refurbished Type 70 TARDIS, but it’s not a fully operational model – there are no coordinate controls – only an operational Randomizer. The TARDIS can be dematerialized, but the two travellers have no control over where they go. Only the CIA knows.

Charged with investigating the Cult of Antiquity, over the course of their adventures, Grae and Atrix learn that there is more to the shadowy organization. There is a power behind the power, but who, or what, can it be? The cult’s influence and power is far reaching. They have infiltrated many aspects of Time Lord life. Many Time Lords have become involved in the Cult – even Grae’s sister Kaitha. How did the Cult evolve and come to power? Who or what is behind them? And, can Grae save her sister from their clutches?

Overseeing The Time Detectives will be Kyle Borcz as the series Range Editor. TDWP readers will know Kyle as the creator of Eighth Doctor companion, Grae; as well as having penned several TDWP stories (Blossom Core, The Tears of Rassilon, Snakecharmer) as Kyle Bastian. Kyle also served as an editor with TDWP covering Seasons 30 to 32.

The first ‘season’ of The Time Detectives will consist of four adventures with the first release appearing in 2018. The project will be accepting story proposals later this year.

Season 41 Concludes with “Moondust”

November 4, 2017

It’s been an exciting ride for the Doctor and Hannah, and their latest season of adventures comes to an end today, with the debut of the Season 41 finale, Moondust by Nick Krohn.

The tensions between the human and robotic populations of Lunar Colony L8 have become potentially explosive, and The Doctor and Hannah may be at the flashpoint. When a robotic citizen is murdered, The Doctor and Hannah become fugitives from the authorities after being wrongly accused of the crime.

In the race to discover the true culprit, the Doctor, Hannah, and their new friends uncover a vast conspiracy that could topple the colony’s government. When he is once again taken into custody, the Doctor must use the public broadcast of his trial for murder to uncover the true culprit before it becomes the public broadcast of his execution.

Moondust is available to download free in PDF format which can be read on most PCs, e-Readers and tablets. Just click on the link and download the season finale.

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STORIES WANTED: TDWP New Adventures

November 1, 2017

The Doctor Who Project [TDWP] is accepting story proposals for the very first story that will be published as part of our New Adventures range of short stories.

TDWP: New Adventures centers on the continuing adventures of an alternate Tenth Doctor and his current travelling companion Hannah Redfoot.

  • Stories are published tri-annually (three times per year).
  • Our stories have generally been between 12,000–45,000 words and have featured elements from the original 1963-89 television series as well as original creations developed by our writers.
  • Our stories are published as free downloadable PDF documents featuring a novel-like layout and specially created covers (designed by some of fandom’s most talented artists).

We are looking for imaginative, original and entertaining stories that see the Doctor and his companion travel and experience the wonders of the universe.

To contribute** a story proposal to TDWP all you have to do is:

  1. Submit 4-6 paragraphs outlining the basic plot of your story and the characters featured
  2. Provide your full name and email, and
  3. Include a brief bio telling us a bit about yourself.
    **If this is your first time submitting a proposal to TDWP, please also include 2-3 samples of your writing.

You don’t have to know a thing about TDWP, its history, or have read any or all of its past stories. It doesn’t matter. Ignore it all. We’re merely looking for well written Doctor Who adventures. Besides – a good story is a good story and as long as you include our Tenth Doctor and companion Hannah in the story proposal, you’re good to go. It’s that simple. (Oh and don’t worry, we’ll make detailed biographies available to you on both characters, as well as photographic reference material to give you an idea what the characters look like.)

Story proposals and all requested material should be submitted as a MS Word document attached to the body of an email.

Deadline for submitting proposals is:      November 15 2017

Submissions to:     thedoctorwhoproject@shaw.ca

The full Submission Guidelines are available to download in PDF format and found under the tab marked “Submission Guidelines”

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently only seeking submissions for the very first New Adventures story. We will be putting out calls for further stories in the range later this year/in early 2018.

INTERVIEW: RICHARD HOOVER

October 30, 2017

Our on-going interviews with the authors of Season 41 continues today with Richard Hoover, author of Rites and Responsibilities.

How and when did you get interested in writing?
I’ve been interested in writing pretty well since I could form letters in elementary school. The ability to weave worlds with words? Heady stuff.

How did you get involved with The Doctor Who Project?
In 2014 I saw on DoctorWhoNews.net that Pencil Tip Publishing was taking submissions for their first Temporal Logbook. I submitted a second Doctor story for judging. While my story wasn’t picked for the Logbook, Bob Furnell reached out to me about publishing my story as a Brief Encounters tale on the website. Bob was kind enough to contact me again and ask for a story proposal for season 41 and the rest is the history. Or possibly the future, if you happen to have a time traveling blue box.

What was the inspiration for your story?
For Rites and Responsibilities I had two main sources of inspiration.

First, I got to thinking about how the Doctor’s existence is sort of like backpacking across Europe before settling down to a nine to five office job. Except, of course, the Doctor never settled down. I wondered what the Doctor’s life would have been like if he had settled down and stayed on Gallifrey with the rest of the time lords. Here we get a glimpse of what that other life might have been.

Second, I was keenly interested in doing a story where the companion was critical to moving the plot forward. Given how amazing the Doctor is, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of having the companion be a passive observer to events. Since Hannah was a new companion, with only one story to her name prior to season 41, I wanted to make her pivotal to the events that unfolded.

Can you tell us any details about your story?
Aside from the cover blurb? Hmm. Gallifrey. Quella. Susan Foreman. Sentient, talking parakeet. And maybe a few hints why Hannah’s along for the ride and what her role alongside the Doctor is.

Can you tell us where and/or when your story is set? Why did you choose this?
My dad got me interested in Doctor Who at a young age, back when Sylvester McCoy was in the role. I was fortunate to see all of the surviving episodes at that time (big cheer for YTV). My dad always enjoyed the Gallifrey stories which, given the direction NuWho has gone in, have been scarce and have presented a significantly different Gallifrey from the one in classic Who.

I wanted to do a story that got back to the pomp and circumstance of the time lords before they went “bad.” That also naturally sprung forth from the inspiration of seeing what the Doctor’s life might have been like if he’d remained on Gallifrey instead of going wandering.

What do you hope your story adds to the TDWP mythos?
I think every companion who joins the Doctor in his travels has to find their own niche. There has to be both a reason for the companion to want to travel with the Doctor and a reason for the Doctor to allow the companion to travel with him. Without spoiling the story, I’d like to think I dropped a few bread crumbs about Hannah that can be explored in the future as to why she’s with this particular Doctor.

What was your biggest challenge in writing the story?
My biggest challenge with any story is getting the voices of the characters right. Here the challenge wasn’t just getting this version of the Doctor right and wasn’t just getting Hannah right, it was getting their relationship with each other right. With only one prior story involving Hannah, it was a little tricky finding the right tone for the two characters together. Fortunately, the editorial staff didn’t ask for any major overhauling so I hope I got it in the right ballpark!

What has your overall experience been like writing for TDWP? Any plans on contributing to future seasons?
Working on the story was a lot of fun and getting to grips with these characters helped me stretch as a writer. I’d also like to thank the editorial staff for their suggestions. They got me to think about my story in different ways and I believe it’s stronger for it. I’d love to be able to contribute to future seasons.

Interview copyright 2017 TDWP