Outline-wise I've been trying to figure out how to make my episode seem like a normal episode, how to make it feel like it could fit in with the current series. It's taken me a bit of a while to figure out how to pull it off, but I think I'm onto something. Oddly enough, one of the most common 'type' of openings for Doctor Who is the 'oh crap, somebody just got ganked!' opening. It's a tried and tested way of getting an episode off and running and it's been in use for many, many years on the series. I like to think of it as a sort of a pre-CSI CSI way of drawing the viewer in that, well, happens to work. I'm not entirely sure how/if I can twist it, but it's something I'm running with for now and it appears to be working.
If all goes well I'll have a decent 'final' outline up for this Wednesday or Friday and then *fingers crossed* I can finally start writing the first draft.
Finally, here's a video of my son ringing in the new year with style.