Doctor Who: The Lost Stories (A-F)
Lost Main A-F G-L M-Q R-Z Untitled

Alexander The Great see Farewell Great Macedon

The Aliens In The Blood The Second Doctor
Writer: Robert Holmes Notes: Holmes submitted this idea on October 22nd, 1968, shortly after completing work on The Krotons. Script editor Terrance Dicks was wary of the proposal, feeling that OSCOC bore similarities to the eponymous facility in The Wheel In Space. He was also concerned that Holmes' proposal that the Mark II Humans be distinguished by a physical feature like an extra-long thumb was reminiscent of the TV series The Invaders. “The Aliens In The Blood” was rejected soon thereafter. Years later, however, Holmes was commissioned to write an amended version of the serial -- now set in present-day Chile and with the Doctor and his companions replaced by Dr John Cornelius and Prof Curtis Lark -- for BBC Radio 4. Cowritten with Rene Basilico, it was transmitted in six weekly episodes as Aliens In The Mind from January 2nd, 1977.
Characters: The Second Doctor, Jamie, Zoe
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Six
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: In the 22nd century, the Outer Space Commission Of Control (OSCOC) controls the flow of traffic in the spacelanes. OSCOC is located on an island in the Indian Ocean, and its staff -- led by Dean Thawne -- are in frequent conflict with the primitive natives. The TARDIS materialises on the island in the midst of a rash of sabotage which has resulted in the loss of many Earth spaceships. Although the natives are suspected, it transpires that the culprits are actually mutant “Mark II” humans, who have infiltrated OSCOC. These mutants have gained the power of ESP but are cold and emotionless, and now intend world conquest. The Doctor defeats the mutants by constructing a device which broadcasts along their psychic wavelength and burns out their superhuman abilities.
References: Doctor Who Magazine #242, DWM Winter Special 1994, DWM Special Edition #4

The Amazons see The Prison In Space

The Angarath The Fourth Doctor
Writer: Eric Pringle Notes: On August 11th, 1975, Pringle was commissioned for the first two episodes of “The Angarath” by producer Philip Hinchcliffe. These were delivered on September 27th, but after receiving no reply from the Doctor Who production office as to their suitability, Pringle eventually decided to complete the serial regardless, submitting the final two parts on March 10th, 1976. Hinchcliffe had no intention of proceeding further with the story, however, and the situation was finally dealt with on June 23rd. Several years later, Pringle would write The Awakening for Season Twenty-One.
Characters: The Fourth Doctor
Episodes: 4
Planned For: Season Fourteen
Stage Reached: Complete script
Synopsis: Concerned a race of people offering human sacrifices to sentient rocks.
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #8

The Ants The Second Doctor
Writer: Roger Dixon Notes: This idea was submitted on January 16th, 1967.
Characters: The Second Doctor
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Five
Stage Reached: Story idea
Synopsis: The TARDIS brings the Doctor and his companions to the Nevada Desert, where they discover they have been shrunk to a tenth of an inch in height. To make matters worse, they learn that the local ants have been made super-intelligent by atomic bomb tests and plan to take over the Earth.
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #4, The Doctor Who Chronicles: Season Five

The Automata The Third Doctor
Writer: Robert Holmes Notes: Holmes was commissioned to write a storyline for “The Automata” on January 16th, 1973. It did not find favour with producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks, however, and was rejected ten days later. Holmes was commissioned to write The Time Warrior instead.
Characters: The Third Doctor
Episodes: 4
Planned For: Season Eleven
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: Unknown
References: Doctor Who Magazine #246, DWM Special Edition #2

Bar Kochbar The Second Doctor
Writer: Roger Dixon Notes: This idea was submitted on January 16th, 1967.
Characters: The Second Doctor
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Five
Stage Reached: Story idea
Synopsis: In early 2nd century Palestine, the Doctor and his companions become involved with the efforts of the Jewish leader Bar Kokhba to organise an army against the Romans.
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #4, The Doctor Who Chronicles: Season Five

The Beasts Of Manzic The Fourth Doctor
Writer: Robin Smyth Notes: This storyline was formally rejected on May 13th, 1975.
Characters: The Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane
Episodes: 6
Planned For: Season Thirteen
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: Unknown
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #8

The Big Store The Second Doctor
Writers: David Ellis and Malcolm Hulke Notes: Ellis and Hulke were writing “The Big Store” by the fall of 1966, and turned in the storyline for episode one on November 15th. Producer Innes Lloyd and story editor Gerry Davis liked the ideas, but felt they would work more effectively in an airport setting; Lloyd also desired a six-part serial. “The Big Store” was therefore abandoned, and Ellis and Hulke reworked the concept into The Faceless Ones.
Characters: The Second Doctor, Polly, Ben
Episodes: 4
Planned For: Season Four
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: The TARDIS lands in a department store in 1973 London. The store has been taken over by two species of aliens -- one, a master race, is identified only by numbers, while the members of the faceless slave race are named with letters. The latter are being transformed into duplicates of the humans which have been abducted onto the aliens' spacecraft to maintain the charade at the store, while the unprocessed members pose as mannequins. The master aliens intend to colonise the Earth, subjugating humanity by releasing a new strain of bubonic plague. The Doctor convinces the aliens to leave the Earth in peace.
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #4, Doctor Who: The Handbook: The Second Doctor

The Brain-Dead The Third Doctor
Writer: Brian Hayles Notes: This idea was submitted during the spring of 1971. It was rejected by script editor Terrance Dicks, but its inclusion of the Ice Warriors inspired the development of The Curse Of Peladon.
Characters: The Third Doctor, Jo, UNIT
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Nine
Stage Reached: Story idea
Synopsis: The Ice Warriors, led by Commander Kulvis, plan to invade modern-day Earth using a weapon called the ‘Z’ beam, which is capable of freezing anything it touches to absolute zero. In particular, the Ice Warriors can use it to freeze a human brain, turning the afflicted individual into a subservient Brain-Dead. The Ice Warriors hijack a communications satellite and use it to take over the crew of its receiving station, whom they set to work constructing a giant ‘Z’ beam transmitter. They plan to use the satellite network to broadcast the ‘Z’ beam around the world, enslaving mankind and adjusting the Earth's climate to something suitable for Martian habitation. Realising that metals are extremely conductive at absolute zero, the Doctor overloads the ‘Z’ beam transmitter just at the point of broadcast, destroying the Ice Warriors and the Brain-Dead.
References: Doctor Who: The Seventies

The Brain Drain see The Spare-Part People

Britain 408 AD The First Doctor
Writer: Malcolm Hulke Notes: “Britain 408 AD” was first submitted on September 2nd, 1963. Story editor David Whitaker asked Hulke to revise his original storyline, however; he felt that the plot -- with its many opposing factions -- was too complicated, and also that the serial's conclusion echoed that of 100,000 BC too closely. It was hoped that an amended version of “Britain 408 AD” might occupy the sixth slot of Season One (Serial F), to be directed by Christopher Barry, but on September 23rd it was decided that the production block did not need another historical story and Hulke's serial was abandoned. The spot in the schedule was ultimately occupied by The Aztecs, while Hulke began work on “The Hidden Planet” instead. Following Whitaker's departure, Hulke resubmitted “Britain 408 AD”. It was rejected on April 2nd, 1965, by Whitaker's successor, Dennis Spooner, because the Romans had already featured in his own The Romans.
Characters: The First Doctor, Susan, Ian, Barbara (original submission; the resubmission presumably replaced Susan with Vicki)
Episodes: 6
Planned For: Seasons One and Three
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: Involved the departure of the Romans from Britain around the start of the fifth century in the midst of clashes against the Celts and the Saxons, culminating with the time travellers fleeing the indigenous savages back to the safety of the TARDIS.
References: Doctor Who: The Handbook: The First Doctor, Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #7

The Castle Of Doom The Fourth Doctor
Writer: David Fisher Notes: Fisher submitted this storyline to producer John Nathan-Turner on November 7th, 1979. Nathan-Turner rejected it in favour of developing The Leisure Hive.
Characters: The Fourth Doctor, Romana, K-9
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Eighteen
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: Unknown
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #9

Century House The Tenth Doctor
, Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale
Writer: Tom MacRae Notes: After writing Rise Of The Cybermen / The Age Of Steel for Doctor Who's 2006 season, MacRae was commissioned to pen “Century House” for the following year. It wound up not fitting into the schedule for the 2007 season, however, and so it was deferred it until 2008. Because of its almost exclusive focus on the Doctor, it was intended that “Century House” would be made as part of the season's sixth production block, double-banked with Turn Left (Block Seven), which shone the spotlight firmly on Donna Noble. However, executive producer Russell T Davies grew unsatisfied with the premise that he had given MacRae -- of the Doctor appearing on the supernatural documentary programme Most Haunted. He also worried about the season having two comedy-oriented episodes in The Unicorn And The Wasp and “Century House”, especially since these were planned to air consecutively. Finally, in mid-October 2007, it was decided to replace “Century House” with Davies' own script, Midnight.
Characters: The Tenth Doctor, Martha (original version), Donna (revised version)
Episodes: 1 (45-minute)
Planned For: Season Twenty-Nine (original version), eighth episode of Season Thirty (revised version)
Stage Reached: Complete script
Synopsis: While Donna watches with Sylvia at home, the Doctor joins a live broadcast of paranormal reality show Most Haunted. Their target is an old house purportedly haunted by the “Red Widow”. The climax would have involved the house catching fire.
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #20

The Cerebroids The Third Doctor
Writers: Charlotte and Dennis Plimmer Notes: Scripts for “The Cerebroids” were commissioned on June 24th, 1970. On the 29th, however, the serial was abruptly abandoned.
Characters: The Third Doctor (with Jo and UNIT?)
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Eight
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: Unknown
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #2

Child Prodigy The Fourth Doctor
Writers: Alistair Beaton and Sarah Dunant Notes: Beaton -- a colleague of script editor Douglas Adams from his days as a comedy writer -- and Dunant were commissioned on December 12th, 1978. On January 9th, 1979, however, their scripts were rejected as being unacceptable.
Characters: The Fourth Doctor, Romana
Episodes: 4
Planned For: Season Seventeen
Stage Reached: Complete script
Synopsis: Concerned time loops or freezes.
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #9

The Children Of Seth see Manpower

Children's Seth see Manpower

Circus Of Destiny The Fifth Doctor
Writer: Ben Steed Notes: Steed delivered his storyline in January 1983, but it was not taken forward.
Characters: The Fifth Doctor
Episodes: 2
Planned For: Season Twenty-One
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: Unknown
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #3

The Clock The First Doctor
Writer: David Ellis Notes: “The Clock” was rejected by story editor Gerry Davis on April 4th, 1966.
Characters: The First Doctor (with Steven and Dodo?)
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Four
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: Unknown
References: Doctor Who: The Handbook: The First Doctor

The Daleks In London The Third Doctor
Writer: Robert Sloman Notes: For Season Nine, producer Barry Letts decided to bring back the Daleks, who had not starred in a Doctor Who story since The Evil Of The Daleks at the end of Season Four. The original vehicle for their return was to have been “The Daleks In London”, the storyline for which was commissioned from Sloman on May 25th, 1971, but Letts subsequently decided that the Daleks would be more effectively used in the season opener, Louis Marks' “Years Of Doom”. As such, Marks' story was rewritten as Day Of The Daleks while Sloman was asked to develop a new storyline under his original commission. This became The Time Monster.
Characters: The Third Doctor, Jo, UNIT
Episodes: 6
Planned For: Final story of Season Nine
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: Unknown
References: Doctor Who Magazine #268, DWM Special Edition #2

The Darkness The Fifth Doctor
Writer: Eric Pringle Notes: This idea was submitted in August 1981 alongside The Awakening, but only the latter was developed further.
Characters: The Fifth Doctor
Episodes: 4
Planned For: Season Twenty-One
Stage Reached: Story idea
Synopsis: May have involved the Daleks.
References: Doctor Who Magazine #282

Dark Labyrinth The Sixth Doctor
Writer: David Banks Notes: Banks, who had played the Cyberleader since 1982's Earthshock, proposed this story idea around the time that he reprised the role for Attack Of The Cybermen. Script editor Eric Saward liked Banks' concept, but felt that it would be too costly to realise.
Characters: The Sixth Doctor, Peri
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Twenty-Three
Stage Reached: Story idea
Synopsis: Unknown
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #3

The Dark Planet The First Doctor
Writer: Brian Hayles Notes: Hayles' storyline was rejected on February 26th, 1965 because story editor Dennis Spooner feared that it hewed too closely to Malcolm Hulke's unused serial “The Hidden Planet”.
Characters: The First Doctor (with Vicki and Steven?)
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Three
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: Would have been set on a planet which is Earth's twin, orbiting on the opposite side of the Sun, whose revolution is such that one hemisphere is always dark.
References: Doctor Who: The Handbook: The First Doctor, Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #7

The Dark Samurai The Fifth Doctor
Writer: Andrew Smith Notes: This was an unsolicited submission to the Doctor Who production office circa 1983 from the writer of Full Circle. Script editor Eric Saward was impressed enough to commission “The First Sontarans”.
Characters: The Fifth Doctor
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Probably Season Twenty-One
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: Set in Japan in the early nineteenth century.
References: Doctor Who Magazine #432

The Dogs Of Darkness The Fourth Doctor The Fifth Doctor
Writer: Jack Gardner Notes: Script editor Christopher H Bidmead commissioned this storyline from Gardner on March 29th, 1980. Subsequently, Gardner was asked to expand “The Dogs Of Darkness” into full scripts, but to replace the Fourth Doctor with the Fifth Doctor, as it was now being viewed as a possible adventure for Season Nineteen. The story was still under consideration by the end of April 1981, but was abandoned sometime thereafter.
Characters: The Fourth Doctor (original submission; the revised version featured the Fifth Doctor, presumably with Adric, Nyssa and Tegan)
Episodes: 4
Planned For: Seasons Eighteen and Nineteen
Stage Reached: Script
Synopsis: Unknown
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #9

The Doomsday Contract The Fourth Doctor
aka Shylock
Writers: John Lloyd and Allan Prior Notes: Lloyd was a frequent collaborator with script editor Douglas Adams, who commissioned him to write “The Doomsday Contract” for Season Seventeen around late October 1978. Lloyd used ideas from an unfinished science-fiction novel called GiGax, and hewed to the comedic style Adams had established in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. After Lloyd submitted an extensive storyline for “The Doomsday Contract”, he was asked to rein in complex effects sequences and delete the Spondilas Chamber on the grounds that it was irrelevant to the plot. He also had to replace the Children of Pyxis, due to fears that child labour laws would make production difficult. Instead, he came up with a race of desert nomads-cum-mercenaries called the Wadifalayeen, although producer Graham Williams was worried that these new monsters would offend Muslims. Lloyd also recast the Plenum Trust as an altruistic conservation organisation, while the chairman of Cosmegalon was renamed Skorpios. On January 16th, 1979, however, Lloyd had to abandon “The Doomsday Contract” due to his new commitments as producer of Not The Nine O'Clock News. Still keen on the story, Adams secured Lloyd's permission for the storyline to be developed into full scripts by another writer. On February 7th he secured the services of Allan Prior, a playwright who had recently written for Blake's 7. Although Prior submitted his scripts on March 2nd, these were rejected. On August 15th, with his attention now turning to Season Eighteen, Adams again sought authorisation for another writer to be brought onto the project, which was now referred to as “Shylock”; the same permission was granted yet again on September 26th, by which time the title had reverted to “The Doomsday Contract”. However, no further development seems to have been undertaken, and with Adams' departure from Doctor Who at the end of November, it appears that “The Doomsday Contract” was dropped altogether.
Characters: The Fourth Doctor, Romana, K-9
Episodes: 4
Planned For: Seasons Seventeen and Eighteen
Stage Reached: Complete script
Synopsis: While vacationing on Cimmerian II, the Doctor is summoned before the Altribunal of Coelare Coelum, an intergalactic court. He has been called as a witness in a millennia-old case in which the Plenum Trust Corporation (whose Executive Vice President, Smilax, is an old friend) is opposing the purchase of the Earth by Cosmegalon and its unscrupulous owner, Jugend Bruisa. Plenum had been testing the Spondilas Chamber -- an incredibly powerful device capable of polymorphing matter -- when Cosmegalon bought the Earth via dubious means. Now Smilax fears that Chamber falling into Bruisa's hands. In court, the Doctor gives evidence that the Earth is home to intelligent life, which by law would nullify Cosmegalon's ownership. He is sent to Earth to retrieve a human as proof. Arriving in mediaeval Yorkshire, the Doctor is prevented from completing his task by the monstrous Children of Pyxis, who have been despatched by Cosmegalon. Fortunately, he is saved from death by the timely intervention of Smilax, and does manage to spirit away the Spondilas Chamber. Nonetheless, with the Doctor having seemingly failed, the court rules in Cosmegalon's favour. However, the Doctor tricks Bruisa and the Children of Pyxis into travelling to modern-day Earth near a missile base, where their ship is annihilated.
References: Doctor Who Magazine #218-219, DWM Special Edition #9

Doomwraiths The Sixth Doctor
Writer: Philip Martin Notes: Martin submitted this idea on December 28th, 1983, while awaiting feedback on Season Twenty-Two's Vengeance On Varos. It was inspired by the theories of astronomer and author Sir Fred Hoyle, who posited that the origins of life on Earth lay in outer space. On March 9th, 1984, script editor Eric Saward noted that more development would be needed before he could properly assess “Doomwraiths”; the notion was not pursued further.
Characters: The Sixth Doctor, Peri
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Twenty-Three
Stage Reached: Story idea
Synopsis: Millennia ago, the Doomwraiths seeded the Earth with their own genetic code in order to save their dying species. Now the Doomwraiths have reemerged to discover that life on Earth did not evolve to their design. The Doctor and Peri must stop the Doomwraiths from recovering their genetic code and destroying the human race.
References: Doctor Who Magazine #309

The Doppelgangers see Shield Of Zarak

Dragons Of Fear see Erinella

The Dreamers Of Phados The Fourth Doctor
Writer: Chris Boucher Notes: After “The Silent Scream” was rejected in early 1975, this was one of the storylines Boucher worked on with producer Philip Hinchcliffe and script editor Robert Holmes.
Characters: The Fourth Doctor
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Fourteen
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: Set on a colony ship which has been home to a civilisation spanning many generations.
References: Doctor Who Magazine #229, DWM Special Edition #8, Doctor Who: The Seventies

The Dreamspinner The Second Doctor
Writer: Paul Wheeler Notes: Wheeler was commissioned to write a four-part story breakdown on February 23rd. The story had been expanded to six episodes by the time the first installment was requested on March 13th. “The Dreamspinner” was intended to be Serial WW, the second story into production during the sixth recording block (and therefore the fourth story of Season Six). However, Wheeler's script for part one was not to the satisfaction of the production office, and it was abandoned on April 9th. The Invasion was extended to eight episodes as a result.
Characters: The Second Doctor (with Jamie and Zoe?)
Episodes: 6 (initially 4)
Planned For: Fourth story of Season Six
Stage Reached: Script for episode one
Synopsis: Involved a person with the power to make others believe that their dreams are real.
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #4, The Doctors: 30 Years Of Time Travel

The Elite The Fifth Doctor
Writer: Barbara Clegg Notes: Clegg submitted this idea in late 1982 after completing Enlightenment, but it was not pursued.
Characters: The Fifth Doctor
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Twenty-One
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: The TARDIS lands in a city embroiled in a protracted war. Most of the population is very young, and has been bred for intelligence to give them a strategic advantage. Appalled, the Doctor is branded a war criminal but saved by the twelve year-old General Aubron. They join forces with savages on the surface of the planet who turn out to be people banished from the city because they were not sufficiently intelligent. Together, they assault the bunker of the ruling High Priest. The High Priest turns out to be a Dalek who crashlanded on the planet centuries earlier, and who has been manipulating the society to elevate them to the point where they will make it possible for the Dalek to return to Skaro.
Buy: Canada · UK
References: Doctor Who Magazine #267, DWM Special Edition #3

The Enemy Within The Fifth Doctor
Writer: Christopher Priest Notes: To make up for the rejection of “Sealed Orders”, which had been abandoned in June 1980, Priest was commissioned to storyline “The Enemy Within” on December 5th of that year. By the time full scripts were requested on February 6th, 1981, it had been decided that Priest's serial would culminate in the death of Adric, whom producer John Nathan-Turner felt was not working out as a companion. Around the middle of June, a disagreement about rewrite fees and a vitriolic exchange with Nathan-Turner led to Priest's refusal to perform requested rewrites on “The Enemy Within”. It was hastily replaced by Earthshock, while Priest's scripts were formally abandoned on July 17th.
Characters: The Fifth Doctor, Adric, Nyssa, Tegan
Episodes: 4
Planned For: The sixth serial of Season Nineteen
Stage Reached: Complete script
Synopsis: Concerned a monster at the heart of the TARDIS which embodies the Doctor's deepest fears. The story featured characters called Timewrights, and ended with Adric's demise.
References: Doctor Who Magazine #239, DWM #292, DWM Special Edition #1

Erinella The Fourth Doctor
aka Dragons Of Fear
Writer: Pennant Roberts Notes: Roberts, who had directed several stories (most recently The Pirate Planet), began working on “Dragons Of Fear” in the fall of 1978, drawing on elements of both Celtic folklore and the Welsh language. A script commission followed on January 10th, 1979, with a view to making it the fifth serial of Season Seventeen (the slot eventually occupied by The Horns Of Nimon). However, “Dragons Of Fear” would have to be an expensive production, and it soon became clear that the Doctor Who budget would not stretch to afford both it and City Of Death. The story was dropped around February, by which time it had been retitled “Erinella” (which roughly translates as “Another Ireland” in Gaelic). In January 1980, “Erinella” was recommissioned, with the intention of inserting it into Season Eighteen (possibly as the penultimate serial, since Roberts was told that he would have to replace Romana with new companion Adric). However, incoming script editor Christopher H Bidmead wanted to ground Doctor Who in more realistic science, which was at odds with the premise of “Erinella”. Bidmead suggested several major changes to the storyline, but by now Roberts was fatigued with the process, and disinterested in pursuing the project further. In the mid-Eighties, Roberts resubmitted “Erinella” to script editor Eric Saward, but nothing came of this.
Characters: The Fourth Doctor, Romana, K-9 (original submission; the resubmission replaced Romana and K-9 with Adric)
Episodes: 4
Planned For: The fifth serial of Season Seventeen; Season Eighteen
Stage Reached: Complete script
Synopsis: The Doctor, Romana and K-9 arrive on the planet Erinella. There, the Doctor is immediately arrested and accused of poisoning a local noble. Indeed, everyone seems to recognise him, despite the fact that he's never been to Erinella before. Romana and K-9 retreat to the woods where they meet Og, the keeper of Erinella's dragons. Meanwhile, the Doctor discovers that the true murderer is a Queen who is scheming to control all of Erinella. Moreover, he has accidentally arrived on the planet later than he was meant to. He escapes and travels back in time to set in motion the events that he has already witnessed. Romana convinces Og to send the dragons against the Queen, while the Doctor tricks her into confessing her crimes.
References: Doctor Who Magazine #248, DWM Special Edition #9

The Evil Eye The First Doctor
Writer: Geoffrey Orme Notes: “The Evil Eye” was rejected by story editor Gerry Davis on April 4th, 1966.
Characters: The First Doctor (with Steven and Dodo?)
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Four
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: Unknown
References: Doctor Who: The Handbook: The First Doctor

The Eye In Space The Second Doctor
Writer: Victor Pemberton Notes: Doctor Who producer Peter Bryant asked Pemberton to develop a new idea shortly after completing Fury From The Deep in late 1967. When Bryant left Doctor Who in early 1969, Pemberton decided not to pursue the story, and it was not formally commissioned.
Characters: The Second Doctor (with Jamie and Zoe?)
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Six
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: Concerned an omniscient octopoid eye in space which drew things toward it.
References: Doctor Who Magazine #318, DWM Special Edition #4

The Eyes Of Nemesis The Fourth Doctor
Writer: Brian Hayles Notes: Hayles submitted this storyline on May 16th, 1975.
Characters: The Fourth Doctor
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Thirteen
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: Unknown
References: Doctor Who: The Monster Of Peladon DVD production notes

The Face Of God The First Doctor
Writer: John Wiles Notes: Wiles appears to have contemplated this idea while he served as producer of Doctor Who in 1965.
Characters: The First Doctor
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Presumably Season Three
Stage Reached: Story idea
Synopsis: In space, a massive countenance materialises in front of the TARDIS; the being claims to be God, but this is eventually revealed to be a hoax.
References: Doctor Who: The Sixties

Farer Nohan The Fourth Doctor
Writer: Andrew Stephenson Notes: This storyline was commissioned on March 18th, 1980.
Characters: The Fourth Doctor
Episodes: 4
Planned For: Season Eighteen
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: Unknown
References: Doctor Who: The Eighties

Farewell Great Macedon The First Doctor
aka Alexander The Great
Writer: Moris Farhi Notes: Although a sample script written by Farhi, “The Fragile Yellow Arc Of Fragrance”, was rejected by story editor David Whitaker, he was nonetheless encouraged to continue to develop ideas for Doctor Who. Aware that Farhi was interested in Greco-Roman mythology, on January 24th Whitaker suggested an adventure about the Greek pirate Barbarossa, in which the Doctor would be forced to invite somebody into the TARDIS. Farhi instead began work on “Farewell Great Macedon” (also called “Alexander The Great ”); such was his enthusiasm for the project that he ignored Whitaker's advice to write only one script and instead produced a full six-part serial. His episodes bore the titles 1. The Hanging Gardens Of Babylon, 2. The Wrath Of The Greatest Grecian Of Them All! or O, Son! My Son!, 3. A Man Must Die, 4. The World Lies Dead At Your Feet, 5. In The Arena, 6. Farewell, Great Macedon!. The first episode, notably, would have explained the time travellers' ability to understand other languages by showing them hooked up to a computer which teaches them Ancient Greek. Initially, Whitaker felt that Farhi's scripts simply needed tightening up, but after the transmission of Marco Polo, the production office apparently elected to gear the historical adventures such that they were set on the periphery, rather than in the midst, of famous historical events, in response to criticism from schools (although this must have been abandoned by the time The Romans was made less than a year later). Farhi was unwilling to rewrite his storyline to reflect this edict, and so “Farewell Great Macedon” was abandoned on July 31st.
Characters: The First Doctor, Susan, Ian, Barbara
Episodes: 6
Planned For: Season One
Stage Reached: Complete script
Synopsis: The TARDIS materialises amidst the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, where the Doctor and his companions meet Alexander the Great. Four members of Alexander's retinue, however, are plotting to murder the king and his successors so that one of their number, Seleucus, can ascend to the throne and allow them to return to their homeland. The conspirators try to frame the time travellers, but the Doctor and Ian succeed in a series of trials and Alexander's bodyguard, Ptolemy, proves their innocence. However, history cannot be changed, and despite the Doctor's efforts to save the king's life by having Ian build an iron lung, Alexander dies while Ptolemy helps the companions escape to the TARDIS.
Buy: Canada · UK
References: Doctor Who Magazine #294

The Female Of The Species see The Prison In Space

The Final Game The Third Doctor
Writer: Robert Sloman Notes: Created in response to Roger Delgado's desire for the Master to be written out of Doctor Who -- because his attachment to the programme was making it difficult for him to find other work -- a storyline for “The Final Game” was commissioned on February 15th, 1973, and was inspired in part by producer Barry Letts' interest in Eastern philosophy. “The Final Game” had to be abandoned when Delgado died in a car accident while filming in Turkey on June 18th. In its place, Sloman developed Planet Of The Spiders instead.
Characters: The Third Doctor, Sarah Jane
Episodes: 6
Planned For: The final serial of Season Eleven
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: The Doctor and the Master are revealed to be two aspects of the same person -- the Master representing the “id” (instinctual needs and desires) and the Doctor the “ego” (conscious perception of and adaptation to reality). The Master ultimately perishes in an explosion which saves the lives of the Doctor and others; it remains unclear if this was a final act of redemption on the villain's part.
References: Doctor Who Magazine #314

Fires Of The Starmind The Fourth Doctor
Writer: Marc Platt Notes: This was an unsolicited submission made to script editor Robert Holmes in late 1975. Holmes felt that it lacked action and drama, and was in need of a proper antagonist. Nonetheless, he thought that “Fires Of The Starmind” had more potential than most amateur submissions and encouraged Platt to continue writing. “Fires Of The Starmind” was rejected on December 15th, but after numerous attempts, Platt would finally earn a Doctor Who credit on Ghost Light in 1989.
Characters: The Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane, Harry
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Thirteen
Stage Reached: Complete(?) script
Synopsis: Information in the Time Lord libraries is stored on photons. A sentient star uses this as a means of invading Gallifrey.
References: Doctor Who Magazine #305

The First Sontarans The Sixth Doctor
Writer: Andrew Smith Notes: Smith, who had written Full Circle for Season Eighteen, was commissioned to provide a storyline for “The First Sontarans” on January 10th, 1984 after impressing script editor Eric Saward with two unsolicted ideas entitled “The Dark Samurai” and “The Metraki”. However, Smith's concept was abandoned in mid-February when it was decided that Robert Holmes, the creator of the Sontarans, would revisit them in The Two Doctors.
Characters: The Sixth Doctor, Peri
Episodes: 2 (45-minute)
Planned For: Season Twenty-Two
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: Involved the disappearance of the crew of the Mary Celeste, and presumably would have dealt with the origins of the Sontaran race.
References: Doctor Who Magazine #432, DWM Special Edition #3

The Fragile Yellow Arc Of Fragrance The First Doctor
Writer: Moris Farhi Notes: On January 6th, 1964, Farhi contacted story editor David Whitaker about writing for Doctor Who. Whitaker commissioned a script for one episode, which became “The Fragile Yellow Arc Of Fragrance”. Whitaker rejected this on the 24th, feeling its subject matter was unsuitable for Doctor Who, but encouraged Farhi to continue to develop ideas for the programme.
Characters: The First Doctor, Susan, Ian, Barbara
Episodes: 1
Planned For: Season One
Stage Reached: Complete script
Synopsis: On an alien planet, a man named Rhythm woos Barbara. She is unaware, however, that her rejection of his advances mean that Rhythm is now sentenced to die.
Buy: Canada · UK
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #7

The Furies see The Space War

Lost Main A-F G-L M-Q R-Z Untitled