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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

A Running Leap

So now that I've got a rough road map laid out for my A story, the time has come for me to figure out what my B story is going to be.

The good news is that in Doctor Who one of the most common things that happens is that the Doctor and his companions end up getting separated - which means there's a pretty clear delineation between A and B stories.

So why try and reinvent the wheel? That bit of formula works well, let's roll with it.

But how will that work?

In the part of the season that we're going to be straddling here, Amy and Rory have just had their child taken from them by an alien cult (who they plan to raise into a living weapon to kill the Doctor). They then learn that their mysterious, time-travelling friend River Song is actually their daughter, all grown up and heading backwards in time as they're moving forward (her future is their past, etc).

One of the things that really bothered me about this series was that, all things aside, we never actually witness Rory and Amy coping with the loss of their child -- something that is just rife with Drama and story and all sorts of things... but that thread never really got touched.

I'd like to tug on that thread a tad.

The problem is that when you're writing a spec script there's only so much room you have to start involving backstory. That room shrinks considerably when it's also not the focus of the story. And that's definitely something to keep in mind when weighing the scales -- especially considering that only a handful of people will ever really know what you're talking about anyway.

Which leaves me with a decision to make:

Tell the story I want to tell.

Keep the storyline and find a way to make it not be about Amy/Rory losing their baby -- but leave enough subtext that fans of the show will understand.

Find another story that's episodic in nature but still reflects the theme.

Now one part of the story that I haven't really explored much is this group of people, these locals -- this small town, which most likely will be shrunk to a small farm - maybe a family... (since it's more thematically similar).

Maybe the B story is actually about this small family that's starving in the middle of the Great Depression, their mom and pop fighting to make sure their kids are taken care of.

Damn, this is getting into some heavy shit.

Hrmmm, I'm going to have to think on this some more, try to figure out what the strongest angle is.

More to come.


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