7th Doctor (brown coat with TARDIS)
Time Lord
Primeval Raptor
Primeval Giant Spider
Primeval Rex
The Time Lord is called Pandak- a name of a former president mentioned in The Deadly Assassin but is not intended to be the same person.
The spider and Rex were late additions (see shooting below.)
This is the first appearance of the classic TARDIS. Let me state this now: I didn't buy the Tom Baker version. Apart from not needing/ wanting another 4th Doctor figure, I've never liked that version of the police box- the roof looks all wrong to me. I probably won't be buying the Hartnell version either so this will be the version that will accompany all my classic Doctors from now on.

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This episode was originally posted exclusive to Outpost Who one page a day from 10-14th June 2010.
It wasn't intended to be the main feature on the site but when a one month gap appeared it filled the slot nicely. If you've already read it from Outpost Who, my apologies. Consider this the AFT's summer holiday. Normal viewing will resume next week. See below for details.

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Inspiration came from the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico that’s still making headlines. I thought what if that were a slick of time. A kind of temporal environmental disaster. I considered doing the metaphor  literally and having a bunch of people drilling into the time vortex.
It seemed a natural story for the seventh Doctor for some reason and I thought of creating a story that showcased the new classic TARDIS model which was imminently due at the time.
When it came to thinking of the planet of natural beauty (originally Askanon, then Utopia) that needs protecting from the time slick, I suddenly thought of the Primeval raptors that had yet to be used on the AFT and almost immediately came up with the storyline containing the themes of the Doctor not working at his best because he’s currently alone.
At this point it became obvious that the best people to be responsible for the time slick would be the Time Lords. It was only during the scripting that the parallels between the Doctor and Pandak were drawn leading to Pandak’s last line about Time Lords not at their best when they’re working alone.
I have a companion lined up for the 7th Doctor (in fact she’s been waiting since she appeared on the AFT back in 2008) but she’ll have to wait a little longer for now.
The storyline and script were completed on 6 June 2010.
The working title was 'The Doctor's Dilemma' such an obvious title, I'm sure it had already been used by someone somewhere for a Doctor Who story. However a google search revealed no such story, so the title stuck.

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Shooting took place on 9 June 2010 starting with the Time Lord space station, described in the script as "a cathedral like but small Time Lord space station. Seal of Rassilon at least on the inside." The set consisted of a single stained glass window computer monitor surrounded by a white void, keeping the set simple but suitably Time Lord-y.
The shoot continued with the jungle set (seen in many other stories). For the scene where the Doctor returns to Galadria to look at the life forms, I raided the Primeval animal box to find the giant spider and Rex. In the script, the Doctor was supposed to talk to a butterfly but Rex fitted the bill so perfectly I decided to put him in the final frames as well.

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Editing was mostly done on 9 June 2010 bar the lettering and the frames with the exterior of the Time Lord station which were added on 10 June 2010. The last thing to be completed was the interior establishing shot of the Time Lord combining the figure and the set with the top of the window photoshopped in.
Other photoshop additions were the Raptors eggs (they could have been done a bit better to be honest) and the serious Doctor's face in the reflection.
As the Doctor undoes the Time Lord experiment, I added ctrl Z to the control panel. That's something I've been wanting to put into a story for ages. One of those goofy Doctor Who-y things that you either love or hate I think.
The Time Lord station is also photoshopped and made up of images of Norwich Cathedral.
One vital piece of editing occurred just ahead of posting when I realised I'd spelled Dilemma wrong!

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This is set after season 26 and after Ace and the Doctor have gone their separate ways. I have an idea where Ace has gone and the manner of their parting will be hinted at (as it was in ‘GREY MATTER’) but it will only ever play out properly if CO ever make a real Ace figure. With Undergound Toys exclusives set to continue into 2013, I have high hopes that we’ll see some companions. They can’t all be Daleks, Cybermen and Doctor variants can they?
With the release of the final missing Doctor figures, the AFT is once again able to properly revisit the 7th and 8th Doctors eras. I wrote a lot of stories for these Doctors between 1989 and the start of the AFT in 2001 in a continuous storyline that saw some momentous events that continued to resonate for the 8th Doctor in his early AFT stories. Do I replay these events for you lovely AFT readers or break new (for me) ground?
One of the arcs involved Gallifrey starting to lose its power so, although it wasn't originally my intention, this story could be seen as part of that ongoing back story. What do you think?

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NEXT TIME!