I wrote this Doctor
story in 1976 and submitted the completed script to the BBC scripts
department, who accepted it and recommended it for
Unfortunately the production team had just changed, and the new lot had
decided to dispense with humour and concentrate on what they called
fantasised violence aimed purely at an audience of teenage
They therefore rejected this story, though I have never quite been able
to persuade myself that their use of a human sacrifice scene in their
first adventure was entirely coincidental.
When the production team changed again, the scripts
contacted me to invite me to resubmit. I did so, but pointed
that the storyline, and in particular the concept of Time Lords, had
moved on and that The
Olympian Experiment would no longer fit.
It was, of course, rejected again, but what is here presented
a Doctor Who adventure that almost made it to the screen.
Time Lords, Circeans, etc.
of the Sisterhood of Karn
Commanders and Maidens
Orderlies, Sir Martin’s entourage
Members of the
Members of the
NOTE ON THE
The essential characteristics of these humanoids are languor,
lassitude and fatigue to the point of near exhaustion. Their
lives are drained of all energy, colour and individuality.
voices are weak, reedy and sexless and their speech is slow and
trailing. The moaning of the Polyfemos is like the
dead souls bereft of reason.
Their garb should be shapeless, floppy and of indeterminate
Only after their liberation do they show any individuality or
energy. Their voices become stronger and their speech more
Siren is about two feet tall and looks something like a bird of
paradise with a girl’s head. Its song has a
As the Doctor explains, the Uperonians are bodiless brains
exist parasitically on the other species of their planet. The
Uperonian-Kentar is therefore a hybrid creature consisting of an
Uperonian brain controlling the body of a Kentar, which is like a
giant, multi-legged beetle with pincer like-claws. It is
approximately the size of a small van and capable of carrying loads on
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