Read my Doctor Who Big Finish story outline and scene

YOU may remember a few months ago I entered a Big Finish audio competition, to submit a story for the fifth Doctor and Nyssa.

So I dutifully sent mine and and waited as they were flooded with entries. In the end … I didn’t make the cut, with that honour falling to a chap called Rick Briggs – well done Rick! (you jammy sod)

Anyhoo, with no need to wait any more, here are my story outline and a sample scene that I put up on the blog for a few hours back then, which centres around the Doctor and Nyssa visiting Liverpool ……

The outline

THE Doctor is taking Nyssa to 1960s Liverpool, to attend a Beatles concert in the Cavern.

On arrival, they realise they have mistakenly arrived in 1820s Liverpool but decide to have a look around.

As the Doctor tells of his admiration for this age, the pavement collapses, sending Nyssa into the hole.

The Doctor calls down to check she is ok, but she sees hands reaching for her out of the darkness and screams.

The Doctor jumps into the hole and finds ….. Nyssa, unharmed, and a group of workmen, led by Isaac. Others rush up, drawn by the screams.

Isaac explains they were digging a tunnel, which the Doctor recognises as part of the Williamson Tunnels. The Doctor tells Nyssa a philanthropist, Joseph Williamson, paid men to dig out a labyrinth of tunnels for over 30 years beneath Liverpool, but no-one ever really knew why.

The foreman, Thaddeus Jones, appears and chastises Isaac for wasting time. He hurries them out of the tunnels before locking himself in, with the Doctor and Nyssa accompanying Isaac to his regular pub.

Isaac explains Williamson has not been seen much since Jones arrived several months earlier, while Jones has had the men digging across a much wider and deeper area. He reveals the diggers have been unnerved by strange noises and a cave in which killed the night watchman.

The Doctor determines to investigate the tunnels, while Nyssa and Isaac check on Williamson.

In his house, they find a disturbed Williamson held hostage and rembling about noises in the dark. Jones discovers them and transforms into his true form, a Sonorum, a vicious phoenix-like creature made of soundwaves.

As he attacks with a sonic scream, they escape into the tunnels through Williamson’s private trapdoor, but with Williamson struggling to run they are cornered in a cavern, filled with advanced machinery.

The Sonorum explains it has been using the tunnels to find and dig out its mate, entombed since the dinosaurs were extinct. Williamson was captured after seeing his Sonorum form, while it also caused the noises/cave in.

It turns its sonic blast on the cavern wall which cracks, revealing another Sonorum. They are about to attack again when the Doctor arrives.

He explains he found the machinery earlier and disabled it (too late), before warning the Sonorum to stop as he can help them.

As they ignore his offer and unleash their combined scream which could shatter the planet, the Doctor sadly reaches behind him for … an electric guitar he has brought from the Tardis, thrashing out a riff to overpower the creatures’ screams, match their harmonic frequency and crystallise them.

After bidding farewell to Thomas who pledges to look after Williamson and noting the guitar was ‘a bit Bill and Ted’ to Nyssa’s bemusement, the Doctor and Nyssa take the paralysed Sonorum to 1960s Liverpool, where he imprisons them inside the Liver Birds – facing opposite directions to minimise the risk of any sonic contact.

The Doctor tells of a legend that if the Liver Birds fly away, Liverpool will disappear, but he will ensure that won’t happen.

They then rush for the Cavern, so the Doctor can return John Lennon‘s guitar and the concert can begin.

Doctor Who sample scene

SCENE ONE. EXT STREET.

(FX: TARDIS ENGINES. FX TARDIS DOORS OPEN)

THE DOCTOR:

Come on Nyssa. This is Liverpool. The swinging 60s! One of the most exciting times and places in earth history.

NYSSA:

More exciting than the Pritavu Consortium at the third annexing?

THE DOCTOR:

I told you, that wasn’t my fault and besides … they were drunk.(FX. TARDIS DOORS CLOSE)

Ah Nyssa – you’re in for a treat. The Beatles at the Cavern! The mop tops! The mini skirts! (FX HORSES WHINNY & HOOVES ON STREET) erm … the horse drawn carriages.

NYSSA:

That’s how they get around?

THE DOCTOR:

Oh yes! (THEN, TO HIMSELF) Must have been a wrong turn in the 1920s.

Let’s see, according to this paper, it’s January the 5th ….

NYSSA:

Yes?

THE DOCTOR:(Pause)

1824. Still, plenty to see and time enough before the show starts.

NYSSA:

(TO HERSELF)130-odd years of time. (THEN LOUDER) Doctor! Wait for me! (FX FEET RUNNING AS SHE CATCHES UP)You really must fix that time circuit.

(BACKGROUND FX: OLD FASHIONED STREET SOUNDS)

THE DOCTOR:

Hmmm? Oh yes, one of these days. Still, I’ve always had an admiration for the pioneering spirit of this time.

NYSSA:

It seems to have a lot of energy and … dirt.

THE DOCTOR:

Do you know, in a few years just a few miles from here a revolutionary railway engine will make history and reshape the world? Remarkable. And …

NYSSA:

DOCTOR!(as FX: ROCK, SOIL, COLLAPSING, CRUMBLING)

THE DOCTOR:

NYSSA! (FX: SOUND OF SCRABBLING ON DIRT) Are you alright down there!?

NYSSA: (FX: VOICE, SLIGHT ECHO)

I’m … I’m fine. I, it’s a tunnel. I’ve fallen into a tunnel. What …?

THE DOCTOR:

Hang on and I’ll see how to get you out.

NYSSA:

Doctor, something is moving down here! There are … I …

(SCREAM!!)

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