Mark 7 has a definite progression and
this is the next chapter of his story. I wanted him to
feel some real emotion and discover the consequences of
time travel. This story then is a tragic romance told
from the perspective of the companion.
This philosophical argument about being
powerless to alter time is a direct steal from the
magnificent The Aztecs.
The inspiration for the Shimmerlings
themselves were the Star Poet/ Arcateen figures.
The script was completed on 1 July 2010.
To put it in context, I was writing this story as I was
writing and filming
Pyramid of Traps
Amy Alone both
stories that were posted long after being completed.
The Shimmerlings were originally called
the Omac. The name was changed during the editing of the
story in 2013 to match their ethereal nature.
The story was edited very slowly.
Without the Entropia images, there was no urgency to get
The story was edited as far as possible
and completed in 2013. But with the AFT schedule taken
up with Daleks v Cybermen and the Doctor Who 50th
Anniversary, there was nowhere to put the story. See
Given that this is probably the last AFT adventure, I did consider
altering the final frame to remove the cliffhanger but decided I'd rather present it as
This is very probably the final AFT
adventure. The adventures of Mark 7 were supposed to
continue for at least one more story.
The robot that's following the Doctor
and Mark is called The Leviathan and it's been sent by
Earth who believe the Doctor has kidnapped Mark based on
his short communication with them in
Nemesis From Nowhere.
Mark's glimpse into the web of time
shows a few things that are said to be 'fixed points'
such as The Silents using River Song to kill the Doctor
and the Dalek invasion of Earth. I also chucked in an
image from Pyramids of Mars and a Cyberman- because
they're bound to have done something 'fixed-pointy'.