Monthly Archives: December 2010

“I say, I may have had a bang on the head but this is a dashed queer story.”

The Victorian era is a perfect match for Doctor Who. It is often said that the Doctor dresses in clothes that are reminiscent of that era, at least he did until his 9th incarnation (but even he dressed for the … Continue reading

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“Have I ever, in my thirty years in the halls, seen such a dazzling display of lustrous legerdemain?

To make your adventures come alive, so they aren’t just backdrops for the action scenes, you need engaging characters that the players will remember. Long after they’ve forgotten which adventure they were fighting Cybermen or Daleks they’ll remember their encounter … Continue reading

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“There’s nothing unnatural about the holograph technique.”

‘Talons of Weng-Chiang,’ as befitting a Sherlock Holmes inspired story, has an emphasis on clues. The tattoo worn by the captured assassin informs the Doctor that he is a member of the Tong of the Black Scorpion, worshipers of Weng-Chiang. … Continue reading

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“Man who goes too quickly step in bear trap.”

After our jaunt to the 51st century we now travel back to Victorian London to follow a refugee from that time zone in ‘The Talons of Weng-Chang’. Written by Robert Holmes it is a good illustration of changing the format … Continue reading

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“My lonely angel, stuck on the slow path with me.”

For a series based around time travel there are few stories that actually revolve around it. For the most part the TARDIS is simply used to get the main characters to the heart of the action. ‘Girl in the Fireplace’ … Continue reading

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“France. It’s a different planet.”

In ‘The Girl in the fireplace’ we are presented with two eras, 17th and 51st century. The Doctor’s comment illustrates that both are equally exotic and alien to his 21st century companions. A little research can provide you will a … Continue reading

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“What’s Pre-Revolutionary France doing on a spaceship? Get a little perspective!”

We leave Classic Who for the moment, leaping into New Who and a story written by one of my favourite writers, Steven Moffat. I’m talking about  ‘The Girl in the Fireplace.’ The plot is what I like to call a … Continue reading

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Secret of the Jaguar

To give an idea of how I design adventures I’ll use the recent game I just ran, ‘Secret of the jaguar’, as an example. I wanted to go for a historical adventure to start with. This is one of the … Continue reading

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“I never noticed the shadows before.”

The eventually cause of all the problems in ‘The Edge of Destruction’ is a broken spring, which it is fair to say the least exciting of all the scenarios presented during the story. Ian and Barbara suspect the Doctor and … Continue reading

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“I can’t take you back Susan. I can’t!”

‘The Edge of Destruction’ is a very difficult story to categorise mainly because it was specifically designed to be odd. After a story in the past and a story to the future it was decided that there should be a … Continue reading

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