Doctor Who:
The Olympian
Experiment



Sarah and the Doctor

by
Robin Gordon



Auksford arms: a great auk supporting a book with the legend "Ex ovo sapientia"
Auksford, 2008

 ©
Copyright Robin Gordon
1976 / 2008


PREFACE

    I wrote this Doctor Who story in 1976 and submitted the completed script to the BBC scripts department, who accepted it and recommended it for production.  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 boys.  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 department contacted me to invite me to resubmit.  I did so, but pointed out 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 is a Doctor Who adventure that almost made it to the screen.

 
CHARACTERS

Humans, Time Lords, Circeans, etc.

Speaking parts
Sarah-Jane Smith
The Doctor
Agamemnon
Odysseus
Poseidon
Leukothea
Zeus
Athene
Young Time Lord
Eurylochus
Elpenor
Calupso
Aiaia
Harry Sullivan
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart
Ohica of the Sisterhood of Karn


Non-speaking parts
Iphigeneia
Kalchas the priest
Ogugia
Nausikaa
Sir Martin Pendennis

 
Extras
Humans:
       Greek Priests, Commanders and Maidens
       UNIT soldiers, Orderlies, Sir Martin’s entourage
Time Lords:
       Members of the Research Committee
Circeans:
       Members of the Polyfemos

Non-humanoids
Alpha-Centauran
Five Daleks
Uperonian-Kentar
Siren



A NOTE ON THE
THREE NEW RACES


The Circeans
    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.  Their voices are weak, reedy and sexless and their speech is slow and trailing.  The moaning of the Polyfemos is like the lamentation of dead souls bereft of reason.
    Their garb should be shapeless, floppy and of indeterminate colour.
    Only after their liberation do they show any individuality or energy.  Their voices become stronger and their speech more normal.



The Siren
    The Siren is about two feet tall and looks something like a bird of paradise with a girl’s head.  Its song has a strange, unearthly beauty.


The Uperonian-Kentar
    As the Doctor explains, the Uperonians are bodiless brains that 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 its back.

 
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