And I'm sorry.
Dave-El here and what kicks off today is a multi-part serial featuring the 12th Doctor in the aftermath of Series 9.*
*You may ask, "Hey, does this take place before or after The Husbands of River Song?" Hey, do I have to work everything out here? You guys figure it out.
It's a story that has been kicking about in my head for quite awhile, the idea of the Doctor having a rather unique and long term relationship with a companion. Maybe its a subject that has been explored in some of the expanded media (books, Big Finish audios, comics, etc) but not one that I am directly familiar with and certainly not one touched upon in the TV show.
So indulge me if you will.
As always I do these things in script format instead prose to save some time (I don't do this for a living, you know) as well as perhaps call up a sense of watching this on TV.
So let's do the disclaimer....
And here we go!
Scene opens: A bustling city street, neon lights everywhere. We're in Edinburgh, Scotland. Our focus zooms in on a specific night club. As we pass through a pulsating mass of dancing and screaming young people, the smoky air is shredded by the howl of an electric guitar.
Moving above the throng, we see a stage awash in bright spotlights. On that stage are 4 men, three of them in jeans and ragged t-shirts, playing keyboards, bass guitar and drums respectively. They are all young with long hair with some degree of facial hair. But the 4th member of the band stands out. He’s flailing away at his electric guitar like a madman. He’s dressed in a black jacket and slacks with a dark purple t-shirt. He’s wearing black shades on his lined face. His hair is an unruly mass of silver-grey curls.
Over to the side are various mothers and fathers keeping watch over their kids while chatting with each other. One black woman is sitting alone, watching intently as her 8 year old son scampers around the playground. Her name is Claire Parker.
The Doctor: I'll do what I can!
Claire: My baby! He just turned 8!
The Doctor (scanning): I'm...
The Doctor stops scanning, looks sad.
Claire turns towards the Doctor with tears in her eyes, still clutching her son tightly.
Claire: My name's Claire...Claire Parker. Thank you. Whatever you did, thank you for saving my son's life.
The Doctor nods. Claire stands and Toby stands next to her, clutching his mother's hand.
Toby (shyly): Thank you, sir.
The Doctor manages the slightest of smiles as he nods towards Toby.
The Doctor: Thank you, Toby.
Toby and Claire smile and turn to walk away. The Doctor stands silent witness to this moment as the parents move on with their kids and the policeman is on the radio with his headquarters. The slight smile is gone as the Doctor looks grimly towards the departing Claire and Toby.
There's a robot on Mars looking at rocks. Lots and lots of rocks. Nothing but rocks.
It's enough to drive a robot insane.
And just when the Doctor and Toby Parker decide to pay a visit.
And just what is the deal with our new young friend Toby anyway?
The mystery will unfold a little bit more with Episode Two of...
That's posting next Sunday but a new post on some thing or another will be coming up tomorrow.
Until then, remember to be good to one another.