Monthly Archives: December 2010

“Pacifism only works when everyone feels the same.”

On the surface of it the plot of the Daleks is similar to the last adventure. They arrive, are captured by the Daleks and eventually escape. Just as before their escape is delayed by getting involved with affairs of the … Continue reading

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“Do not touch me!”

Skaro Daleks Awareness: 3 Coordination: 2 Ingenuity: 3 Presence: 4 Resolve: 3 Strength: 4 Traits: Armour [Major Trait] – Made from Dalekanium the shell reduces damage by 10 Fear Factor [2] – More primitive and limited than later models these … Continue reading

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“Stay in the light!”

‘The Survivors’ is the first episode to include the full appearance of the Daleks. Completely non-humanoid Barbara wonders if they are robots or is there actually someone inside. Their first scenes are certainly memorable, barking orders and able to paralyse … Continue reading

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“Can’t you imagine an animal unless it’s flesh, blood and bone?’”

The next story is variously known as ‘The Daleks’ or ‘The Mutants.’ It introduced one of the most iconic monsters to the series and established that the Doctor and his companions would be exploring realms of pure science fiction rather … Continue reading

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“Remember, Kal is not stronger than the whole tribe.”

So you’ve decided to have cave men as your antagonists. A typical stat block might look like this: Awareness: 2, Coordination: 2, Ingenuity: 1, Presence: 1, Resolve: 2, Strength: 5 We want to have most of the intelligence related attributes … Continue reading

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The actual time that the adventure with the tribe of gum takes place is a bit of a mystery. Even though one of the versions of the script was entitled ‘100,000 BC’ the date doesn’t quite match the environment or … Continue reading

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“If you could touch the alien sand and hear the cries of strange birds, and watch them wheel in another sky, would that satisfy you?”

The first adventure the crew of the TARDIS share takes place far in the past, pitting them against primitive cave men who have forgotten the secret of making fire. This is an archetype for stories where the crew encounter primitive … Continue reading

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“I know that free movement in time and space is a scientific dream I don’t expect to find solved in a junkyard.”

Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space is a good system to model the television series, especially as it can easily model social conflicts. ‘Unearthly Child’ doesn’t provide much in way of fights but it does provide some good examples … Continue reading

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“Have you ever thought what it’s like to be wanderers in the fourth dimension? Have you?…”

We begin with the very first episode of Doctor Who, The Unearthly Child. After all, that’s how it all started. The Unearthly Child is so unlike what was to come, concentrating on two teachers investigating a mysterious student only to … Continue reading

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