Your parents warned you repeatedly about the importance of eating your greens. Little did you know that the rationale behind it was actually “eat or be eaten”. We may never look at a bowl of spinach pasta salad the same way again…
Strapping on our weed-killer backpacks, and exercising absolutely ZERO patience for thug henchmen, we plunge into the undergrowth of “The Seeds of Doom”, the closing story of Season 13. Holmes and Hinchcliffe continue their horror theater tributes in this adaptation of “The Thing from Another World”, wherein we flinch at the Fourth Doctor’s hot temper, grimace at the malice of Scorby, wince at the prospect of a giant compost thresher, and clutch our ears at the sound of Chase’s compositions. Across all the senses, honestly, it’s a lot to take in.
We are appreciators, enthusiasts, and fanatics of certain television programs due in no small part to the captivating nature of the stories they tell. They are the creators and builders of worlds, the artists that add color, detail, and depth to an audio-visual experience that captures our imaginations, stimulates our minds, and often touches our hearts. With over 250 televised stories within Doctor Who, how does each writer put their individual and unique mark upon the tale being told? Can a producer or showrunner look to a repertoire of wordsmiths, knowing which ones can fulfil certain wishes or needs for the program’s trajectory in a given season? What aspects of fledgling writers stand out to make them ideal candidates to be given a first opportunity to write for the program?
This week, we look at the contributions of a series of beloved Doctor Who writers, classic and new, veteran and freshman. We discuss the nature of their individual craft, what impact their stories had upon the DWU both within their respective seasons and beyond, and what adept skills many of them demonstrate when penning a script for the Doctor. From the prolific Robert Holmes, to the acclaimed Paul Cornell, to brilliant newcomer Sarah Dollard, the pen so often proves mightier than the sonic screwdriver.