11th Doctor
Clara Oswald
Star Wars Dark Trooper
This is the first appearance of the new scale character figures in any story.
3.75" figures have always been my preferred scale and I've only strayed from it twice- in the 90s for Star Trek and in 2006 for Doctor Who.
So when they announced that Doctor Who would be switching scale, I'd actually already been thinking that I'd like some smaller figures. Not at the expense of the wonderful 5" figures but just the Doctor, TARDIS, maybe a companion and some iconic monsters. Enough to fight alongside Luke Skywalker or Indiana Jones.

Disappointingly too-diddy daleks.

 

By the end of series 7a (The Angels Take Manhattan) I'd seriously lost interest in new Doctor Who. I found the stories overly smug, self involved, utterly unengaging and worse, totally lacking in new and scary monsters. The figure line needed something to reinvigorate it and the prospect of this new scale really did invigorate my enthusiasm. I viewed the latest series (series 7b/ 2013) with fresh eyes and a renewed excitement.
Some people don't like change and many fans took an instant dislike to the new scale without seeing any prototypes and I believe that bile, vitriol and unjustified sense of betrayal has become a habit that has poisoned fandom. Unfortunately, some of the figures aren't that great so many of those fans haven't been won over. And with the next two waves offering little that hasn't already been done better in 5" scale that doesn't look set to change.
As someone that did supported the scale change and bought the first wave upon their release in May 2013, I'm the first to say they're not perfect.
Having grown accustomed to 5" figures, these little ones do take a lot of getting used to. The paint app on the original run of Doctor figures is generally quite poor, Clara's hairstyle on the original figure doesn't seem to match her screen counterpart (though the face is spot on!) and the Daleks are just that little bit too small.

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The plan was to make a new story to showcase the mini Doctor and Clara as soon as possible
This wasn't the story I'd intended to make but that tale would have taken more effort and time than I had available so I needed to come up with a short and easy to make adventure. To that end I turned to some pitches that I'd sent to Doctor Who Adventures that hadn't been picked up. Among them was the tale of a robot in a junk yard...

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The pitch already set out what happened page by page so it didn't take long to work up a basic script to shoot from. This was done on June 2013.

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The story was shot on the same day using a single set dressed with various bits of paraphernalia from various toy lines. How much can you spot?
There's the vehicle maintenance mini-rig from Star Wars, bits of the Star Trek 2009 transporter playset, the Queen's hyperdrive from Star Wars Episode 1 and my own custom walls used in The Space Mutant.
The whole story was shot virtually in order apart from a couple of reverse shots of the robot which were done out of sequence.

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The story was edited just as quickly and completed that very day.

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The intention was to get the story out as quickly as possible but the AFT was already stacked up with its monthly episodes and the impending Story Lab entries.
So I offered the pages to www.outpostdoctorwhoforum.com to put out a page a day which they did between 10th-13th June 2013.
The story appeared on the AFT website ON 24th February 2014.

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This story could be dropped anywhere into series 7b. I arbitrarily choose to put it after Cold War.
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