Matt's own words.
|I've been a big fan of Doctor Who ever
since it was rerun on PBS in the 90's. In high school I began
writing a fan fiction series set during the 13th Doctor era,
long before the 2005 revival of the series and its Time War
backstory. Unfortunately I never got to finish it, however I
still have the story outlines I came up with so I'll be using
them for future comics.
discovered the Action Figure Theatre around 2009 while searching
the Internet for paper models. Inspired by Phil’s wonderful
models and storytelling, I set about to create my own figure
adventures, resulting in the Fourth Doctor story 'A Christmas
Vignette' posted to Facebook in November 2012 and still
available to read in the photo albums of my Facebook profile.
hobby of mine beside Doctor Who is my Halloween costume
creations for my hometown's Halloween parade. All hand made from
materials like recycled cardboard and clothing from Salvation
Army or Goodwill. Basically I'd rather make my own costumes
instead of paying an arm and a leg for a cheap looking jumpsuit
and mask. To date I have done a Ghostbuster, Dalek, Ash
Williams, 'Dark Knight' Joker, Marvel Cinematic Universe Iron
Man & Captain America, and Boba Fett. This years costume is
DuckTales Gizmoduck. Future costume ideas include Skeletor, New
Series Cyberman, and Marvel Zombies Spider-Man.
The Second Doctor is from the Eleven Doctors box set. The
Unnamed Gallifreyian is Star Trek TNG's Captain Picard in
Romulan Disguise. The Third Doctor is from the Eleven Doctors
box set photoshopped into his Three Doctors jacket. Jo Grant is
from the Three Doctors collector set. The Brigadier from the
Three Doctors collector set stands in for Sgt. Benton with John
Levenes head photoshopped on top.
While working on 'A Christmas Vignette', I began making plans
for future action figure adventures. The Eleven Doctors box set
lets me cover all eras of Doctor Who, but the lack of TV
Companion figures means I have to custom make my own OR create
brand new companions and find areas in DW mythos where they can
join the Doctor. Very few of the Doctors actually have a point
in their adventures where they travel alone or are cut off from
their respective TV companion. In researching how many of these
points actually exist, I remembered reading about SEASON 6B, a
proposed 'retcon' for the Second Doctor to explain the
differences in his character as depicted in both 'The Five
Doctors' and 'The Two Doctors'. SEASON 6B suggests that the
Second Doctor, instead of exile and regeneration at the end of
'The War Games', goes to work for the Time Lords, or perhaps the
Celestial Intervention Agency, carrying out special missions for
them. At the end of SEASON 6B, the Time Lords enforced the
original judgment of exile and regeneration plus a little memory
loss, which leads right into 'Spearhead from Space'. Here is the
perfect opportunity not only to introduce a new companion for
the Doctor, but to also have stories not bound by established
continuity because the Doctor won't remember any of it. I had
story outlines leftover from my unfinished Doctor Who fan
fiction series so I decided to use them as the basis for my
version of SEASON 6B.
originally titled 'After the Trial', was meant to begin this new
series. After Phil Lawrence announced the Storylab, I decided to
use this opportunity to fine tune the story and maybe pick up
some pointers on action figure storytelling. Hopefully what I
learned here can be applied to future adventures.
original script, under the title 'After the Trial', was
completed on January 12, 2013. The revised AFT script, now
titled 'Quid Pro Quo', was completed on March 13, 2013. Although
never named in the story, the Unnamed Gallifreyan was called
Josman in both scripts. The black hole was not in the original
script, but was added to the AFT version to give the Doctor an
obstacle to overcome.
the Trial' script contained an opening scene recreating the
final moments of the Second Doctors trial from 'The War Games'.
This was to establish where the Doctor was on his personal
timeline when Unnamed Gallifreyan snatches him up. While
reworking the script for the Storylab, I knew this scene would
have to be cut to fit the story into the 4 page requirements.
This also meant I had to change the title, hence the title 'Quid
Pro Quo' meaning 'you help us, we'll help you', which fits in
perfectly with the Doctors situation.
Gallifreyans lines of 'bending the laws of time' and 'a pariah
exiled from Time Lord society' are almost direct quotes from the
Second Doctor in 'The Five Doctors' and 'The Two Doctors'
The SIDRAT control room scenes and greenscreen images were
filmed over Easter weekend. The SIDRAT control room set is a
combination of TARDIS console room walls from all over the
classic series. The idea was to have a mishmash of different
eras since Unnamed Gallifreyan put the SIDRAT together in a bit
of a hurry. We have the 'roundel printout' wall from the 60's
era, the standard green roundel wall used until Season 14, the
roundel wall with roman style columns used after Season 14 until
the end of Season 20, and the fault locator wall from the 60's
era which acts as the transmat controls. The transmat is a Space
Station Nerva/Nerva Beacon transmat with a seal of Rassilon
slapped on. The control column is a 'repainted' Dalek timeship
control column from 'The Dalek Masterplan'. The 3 monitors have
screencaps from the classic arcade games Tempest, Galaga, and
Pac-Man, however the Pac-Man screen is not visible in the story.
'explosion' on Page Three, the regular lighting (two desk lamps
and the ceiling fan light) was turned off to darken the SIDRAT
control room set. The only lighting is a LED flashlight hung
from the ceiling fan and a diffused spotlight on the Doctors
face. Pieces of Saran wrap litter the SIDRAT floor representing
the broken glass from the control column.
itself is a 1/12 scale paper model based on the original
construction plans from 'The War Games'. No functional door, but
I have plans to modify it with a functional door in the future.
Over a dozen pics were taken of just about every angle of the
SIDRAT to get the right perspective for a particular panel.
Doctors TARDIS console room scene was filmed much later, April
20. The scene recreates the moment when the Second Doctor
appears in 'The Three Doctors'. The set was designed to be
disassembled and stored away, much like a movie or tv set. The
template used for the walls were console room printouts
originally designed by TickleontheTum, who created printouts of
console rooms from different eras and offered them free on his
website. Sadly, the website with the printouts is no longer
online. The TARDIS console itself is Tickles 'Hartnell TARDIS
console' repainted and modified to resemble the console during
the Pertwee era.
This story required alot of photoshopping. The sparks on the
control column is a pic of three sparklers. The figure used for
the Unnamed Gallifreyan is not in scale with the Doctor Who
figures, so shots where you see the full figure had to be shot
twice; once with the figure standing on a stack of foamcore
pieces to get the right height, then again with the figure
standing on the floor of the set and the two images blended
together. Other shots are from the waist up with the figure
standing on the foamcore pieces. The SIDRAT was filmed on
greenscreen and superimposed onto the black hole images. The
lightstream was created in Photoshop using a Lightsaber beam
tutorial as a guide.
explosion on Page 3 took many layers of different images to get
right. A pic of a nebula was used as the temporal energy
escaping from the column. Breaking glass images sell the idea of
the column shattering, plus the sparkler images line the top and
bottom of the explosion.
Doctor's jacket and frilled shirt were altered in Photoshop to
resemble the jacket and frilled shirt in 'The Three Doctors'.
Sgt. Benton was the bigger challenge. Not having the actual
figure nor the time to create a custom one, the Brigadier stood
in for Benton and John Levenes head was overlayed on top. Not
the greatest photoshop work, but being just one image I hope it
worked just fine.
lines were added and altered during the editing phase, in
particular Unnamed Gallifreyan mentioning the Time Lords took
away his name because of his crime.
used for this story is a custom version created for my
unfinished fan fiction series. The base font is called Unicorn,
which has an other worldly fantasy look to it. This same logo
will also be used for my SEASON 6B series.
This story is set within the fabled SEASON 6B, between 'The War
Games' and 'Spearhead from Space', where the Second Doctor is
working for the Time Lords before his regeneration into the
Third Doctor. The Unnamed Gallifreyan picks up the Doctor just
as he's being sent to Earth by the Time Lords. The ending leads
directly into 'The Three Doctors'.
Gallifreyans backstory is hinted at here, but never fully
revealed. The next story would have the Time Lords grant him a
new regenrative cycle for helping the Doctor and he would
continue on as the new companion, acting as a sort of 'galactic
parole officer', making sure the Doctor does as he told.
This has been a terrific learning experience, the best
opportunity to improve on my storytelling abilities. I hope to
apply what I've learned here into future adventures of the
Doctor, and I hope Phil will bring about more Storylab type
events in the future.
|This story was completed on schedule and was one of the
first to appear on the site on the planned date of 14th June
Matt's produced a great little prequel to The Three
Doctors here giving a new slant on events we've already seen.
The new Time Lord character (whoever that is) has a very characterful
way of speaking that really brings him to life. The main set
shows an imaginative use of my own TARDIS and Dalek ship
interiors (among others) and I adore his Third Doctor's console/ room. The
editing is brilliant and professional looking. I love the black
hole and the very special effect of the console exploding.