Firing Loose Canons: The First Hurdle

The continued quest to write Loose Canon – An unofficial guide to the unofficial Doctors.

This is what I get for stopping.

I have almost everything saved from the last time I gave this a shot. Sample chapter, sample essay, chapter layout and a mostly complete list of Doctors.

Almost. Mostly.

You see after I got my first (and thus far only) rejection I went back and looked at the format of the guide. There was no real structure to the way the Doctors were listed in the chapter layout. It looked for all intents and purposes as if I’d laid them all out in the order that they’d occurred to me. They looked like this for a very good reason; that’s exactly what I’d done.

So I went back and separated them out into categories that actually made sense. ‘Doctors that have appeared on the show’, ‘Turned up in audio adventures’, ‘Appeared in stage plays’, and ‘Appeared in the novels’ to give you an idea. Now, I’m old fashioned when it comes to writing and a lot of the time I write my work down on paper first before committing it to an electronic format. I went through several drafts putting the new chapter guide together- and even found a few more Doctors that I’d neglected to add the first time around. By the time I was finished with it I was pretty happy that this was the way I wanted to put the guide together. So I tore it out of my notepad and put it in a safe place to type up at a later date.

That was six months ago.

I know where I left it. I know for a fact. However there’s been a lot of things getting moved around my house the last few months and where I know I left it is the one place it isn’t now.

So, what are my options? I can tear the house apart room by room until I find it, living in hope that I wouldn’t have thrown out a single scrap of paper. Which I might very well have done. Or one of my kids might have used it for a multitude of purposes, in which case it’s lost to the ages.

DWM The Curse of Fatal Death

I could sit down with my previous notes and try to reconstruct what I thought was the perfect chapter guide. I’ll almost certainly miss something from my previous draft though. I’m positively certain that there’s a whole category that I just can’t remember.

My final option is to start fresh and build something new. I may come back to this as an option; it’s certainly not appealing at this point in time.

Guess I’d best get looking then…

Well, that could have been worse. It only took about half an hour to put my hands on it. Although it’s pretty ragged, so I’ll be transferring it onto my laptop as soon as I’ve finished this column.

My list of Alternate Doctors

The groupings are more or less as I remember them and are as follows:

Prelude – 1 Doctor

Classic – 5 Doctors

New – 2 Doctors

New Adventures – 3 Doctors

Eighth Doctor Adventures (EDAs) – 7 Doctors

In Print – 2 Doctors

Audio – 2 Doctors

Big Finish – 5 Doctors

Unbound – 5 Doctors

Staged – 2 Doctors

Web of time – 2 Doctors

Fan fiction – 4 Doctors

Whispers – 3 Doctors

Spoofs – 3 Doctors

Which gives us about 46 Doctors. Of course, that’s not including the Morbius Doctors which would bring us to 54 Doctors or all of the Fatal Death Doctors which would give us 62. There are as well a further two that aren’t on the list, one that I thought I’d added and one that I came across last week.

That’s 64. I think that’s probably enough to be getting on with. Now, if you’ll excuse me I want to get this list typed up before I lose it again.

  • Tidgy’s Dad

    Have you included Clive Dunn ?
    Or Mark Curry ?
    Just asking 🙂

  • TimeChaser

    Considering how cluttered our house is, I would never put something on paper. I would create a new document on the computer, then put a copy on a flash drive in case of catastrophic hard drive failure. But then, it’s been so long since I’ve written anything, even a check, that my hand would be cramping in a matter of seconds. I know because I wrote a list of my Criterion movies in an attempt to organize them alphabetically by director… which I then promptly reorganized a couple of days later by library spine number anyway because any other way would have just been too hard on my poor brain.

    Anyway, as to your endeavors, I can’t even think of all the Doctors you’re even referring to, so I look forward to seeing the complete list. One stage Doctor I’d love to see covered is of course David Banks’s one-night (or was it two?) stint as the Doctor in The Ultimate Adventure. From CyberLeader to Doctor, what a coup!

    • Dr. Moo

      “From CyberLeader to Doctor, what a coup!”
      You might even call it EXCELLENT!

      • TimeChaser

        “A Time Lord. But they’re forbidden to interfere!”

        “This one calls himself the Doctor, and does nothing else but INTERFERE!”

        • Dr. Moo

          I love everything about Earthshock. Even the terrible trio (Tegan, Nyssa, Adric) manages to not be off-putting!

          • TimeChaser

            The first episode of Earthshock always used to scare me as a kid. The unseen androids stalking the people in the caves. Horrible screams and disgusting puddles the only remains… chilling.

          • Dr. Moo

            And the ending when Adric dies is such a well-made scene without going over-the-top on music or shouting people, it’s all done by Peter Davison’s subtle performance and then ends on a shot of his broken badge on the floor before absolute silence over the end titles… GENIUS!

            I may have to go watch it again now.

          • TimeChaser

            It’s definitely one of Peter’s best stories, performance-wise. His confrontation with the CyberLeader on the freighter is another top moment. I think Peter typically gets some his best moments when confronting the villains.

  • Mack59

    Ken Dodd also played the Doctor in a spoof sketch in one of his shows in the 60’s

    • Dr. Moo

      From playing the Doctor to stunt-cast as a random bus-driving alien… that’s a demotion if I ever saw one!

      • Mack59

        If I remember rightly the sketch was about an incumbent Doctor who demanded a pay rise and the next thing you saw was a newly regenerated Ken Dodd Doctor. Of course the sketch probably had more to it but after nearly 50 years that’s all that I can manage to remember. I remember thinking the same as you when I saw Dodd in that story.

        • Dr. Moo

          Stunt-casting does get worse than that though, doesn’t it Kylie?