Sunday, 28 December 2014

The DWAITAS Annual 2015

Something I still think we should do...

Introduction to roleplaying - complete with dinky Fighting Fantasy style solo adventure.

Character sheets for Twelve (first time in print), Clara and Danny. And the Paternoster Gang, because I bet lots of kids would like a chance to play Strax and release the laser monkeys.

A Thousand Years - The Time Of The Doctor in some detail, perhaps relating to the Trenzalore short stories and the like.

Gallifrey Stands - using the promise of home, and a look at Time Lord characters and technology appearing throughout the series.

The Promised Land - people and machines all seeking it, and what awaits them...

The Robots Of Death - a guide to robot PCs and monsters.

Stats for Missy and the Cyber-Dead, the Mummy and the Boneless.

Adventures - teaming up with Psi and Saibra again to steal a time paradox, and a Christmas special.

Friday, 26 December 2014

The Doctor Who Annual 2015

Basically the Doctor Who Adventures Annual, as noted in previous years, with puzzles and big photos and that kind of thing. If you want depth, get the DWM Yearbook! It has no comics at all!

In terms of fiction we get two short bright comic strips and this year one very short story.

The Monsters Of Coal Hill School has a nice premise built around Clara being a teacher - aliens kidnapping teachers to learn about Earth so they can better invade it. Plenty of invaders pick up famous experts (the Rani going for Einstein et al) but why not more down-to-earth types? Bad luck picking Clara, obviously...

Freeze has Clara trying to use the TARDIS to avoid being late after sleeping in, which is a lovely in-character bit, so naturally she and the Doctor end up on a planet being invaded by vandals who enjoy freezing things and are rather upset it does not seem to be working...

Finally, When The Wolves Came is a quick sketch of an atmospheric idea, a boy stranded in a ruined future London fleeing from wolves back to the safety of the blue box he has been hiding in for months... It feels like the seed of something bigger. Hmm.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Last Christmas

Last Christmas has been on now, so... post 1111 is a new adventure.

Spoilers for those Santa hasn’t reached yet.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Christmas song or Christmas special

It’s Christmas Eve Eve, and in less than 48 hours’ time we’ll have seen Last Christmas. Now I’ve blethered about Christmas Specials many’s a time before now (example) but of course that title gives me an idea: Find random list of favourite Christmas songs and imagine what Doctor Who stories named after them might look like.

Fairytale Of New York, The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
A couple arguing through the season find a little magic. Featuring the Ponds, of course.

Driving Home For Christmas, Chris Rea
22nd century colonists heading back to Earth as their rotation ends, lost in the dark of space and needing a light to guide the way.

Happy Christmas (War Is Over), John Lennon
The trenches of the Great War, 1914, and the impromptu Christmas truce that still inspires us a century later. (Already visited by a few Doctors in other media. See also Stop The Cavalry by Jonah Lewie... as referenced in...)

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, Wizzard (is that where Terry Pratchett got that?)
A poorly worded request leads to a time loop of family, presents and the Queen’s Speech. Can the travellers find the subtle differences in each example and break the loop? Boxing Day will never be more welcome...

That’ll Be Christmas, Thea Gilmore
Like Rose in 2005, the characters find themselves landing in the middle of a family Christmas with no warning. Of course, they do have access to a time machine...

The Planet That Came For Christmas

Stop everything! New Doctor Puppet Christmas Special!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

The Eighth Doctor Sourcebook

Coming soon, featuring his TV adventures and companions (so my stats for Izzy will have to do) as well as a complete campaign set in the Time War and running all over the Doctor’s timeline. That might well make it the standout for GMs.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Fortean, Whovian, Cornellian

Paul Cornell has started his annual Twelve Blogs Of Christmas, and got to something deeply Whovian and strange at number two. (Also good for Primeval.)

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

The Doctor versus Fallout

A game that lets you talk and sneak all the way through and doesn’t necessitate combat even against Boss monsters, you can play and win Fallout: New Vegas... as the Doctor.

Nightmarish post-apocalypse future? Must be Tuesday.