Sunday, 8 January 2017

25 Adventure Ideas Inspired By David Bowie Albums

No Plan, an EP and video from David Bowie, from the musical Lazarus, released today on his 70th birthday. “This is no place, but here I am...”

One of my sources of ideas is X Adventures From Y Song Titles, and Doctor Who adventures from Bowie titles would be a gimme, having done Blackstar at length... and as noted on the RPG.net crosspost, Kammerice has done this one already.

He released twenty-five albums, so...

David Bowie
The travellers find that some of the leaders of 20th and 21st century culture have gone missing, slowly turning the world bland and grey. Someone is abducting them from the timestream before they become famous. Are they deliberately sabotaging Earth’s culture, or collecting artists for a private buyer? The kidnappers’ next target is a young singer-songwriter considering changing his name from David Jones...

Space Oddity
Conspiracy theories claim that Stanley Kubrick helped fake the Apollo moon landings. In the Whoniverse the opposite is possible - 2001 was partially filmed on location, with the Monolith being inspired by a real object of unknown origins.

The Man Who Sold The World
Travelling back to the formation of the planet, the Master claims ownership of Earth and the right to sell it to the highest bidder. The auction takes place tonight, aboard a stealth spaceship hovering over the Tower of London...

Hunky Dory
The TARDIS is knocked about in a time storm and resets to factory default. Every software issue is resolved, the chameleon circuit comes back online... okay, none of the non-Gallifreyan travellers are recognised by the telepathic translation effect, but you can’t have everything, right?

The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
An alien visitor becomes a glam rock star in 1972. UNIT have to provide security for his world tour, much to the Brigadier’s consternation. Actual spiders from Mars attack in episode three.

Aladdin Sane
What would you do if you had three wishes? What would you do if you had three wishes and severe delusions? A capricious energy being gives the power to reshape reality to someone with a shaky grasp of it in the first place.

Pin Ups
World War II, and Allied troops are going missing, apparently lured away from their duties. The only clue is that each of them had a pin up picture... and the central girl has vanished, leaving a blank space on the page.

Diamond Dogs
A creature rather than an adventure? Like the Hounds of Tindalos, but they enter through reflections?

Young Americans
1776, and the outcome of the Revolutionary War could change as Sontarans and Rutans fight in secret, trying to destroy a future global power centuries before it comes to prominence.

Station To Station
A train leaves Euston at 12:28 and arrives at Oxford in the Triassic Era...

Low
The Stranger moves to take a blast from a psychic weapon aimed at one of his companions - an attack that forces him to relive the worst moments of his life over and over again. The only way to save him is to enter his psychespace and brave the horrors he is experiencing, some he would never want you to see...

“Heroes”
1962, and an alien probe is shot down over West Berlin, smashing a hole in the Wall as it lands on the other side, the night before President Kennedy is due to speak to the divided city. The automated distress signal attracts the attention of a group of alien bounty hunters, just in case the threat of a World War wasn’t bad enough... Can people from both sides of the Wall come together to save the day?

Lodger
Whitechapel, 1888. Is a landlady right to suspect that her new lodger is Jack the Ripper, or is he something even more dangerous?

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
A group of alien children need help escaping from a human collector’s zoo. None of them can pass as human without a disguise. Can the travellers help get them to safety?

Let’s Dance
The travellers attempts to celebrate the Stranger’s 1200th birthday but organising a surprise party when guests live in different centuries is pretty tricky.
Or - a future human colony where all music has been banned, with the travellers doing Footloose.

Tonight
The TARDIS develops a bit of a flutter, and will only materialise at night. Not a huge problem, until the first time it teleports to the other side of the planet at dawn.

Never Let Me Down
The Stranger never makes promises. “I should be able to stop the Daleks, but you never know...” So when he promises to save a dying companion, you know he means it.

Black Tie White Noise
The “artist thieves” return, kidnapping Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers before shooting starts on their first film.

Outside
The first human colony ship going beyond the Solar System is struck by micrometeors. Someone’s going to have to go out and fix it...

Earthling
She claims to be the daughter of the Stranger and a human woman he loved and left centuries ago. Could she be telling the truth?

Hours
A grandfather clock sits in a manor house, ringing out the hour. And when everyone is asleep, it rings thirteen. No-one in the house has ever heard it, until the travellers visit, and find what happens in the extra hour...

Heathen
Emperor Maxentius wins the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. defeating Constantine. He pardons the Roman Christians, but their religion is left on the fringes of Imperial culture. Who changed history to cause this, and why?

Reality
A traveller wakes in her own bed, the day after she left in the TARDIS. There is nothing in the news about the alien encounter that brought the Stranger here, and everyone acts as if she dreamt the whole thing...

The Next Day
Part Two. The lost traveller recognises someone on the news - someone she knows to be an alien invader. How can she stop him without the Stranger or her other allies?

Blackstar
A colony on the distant world under a Blackstar, fallen to ancestor worship and human sacrifice to ward off the monsters in the dark. The Stranger has been here before... he started the religion that has taken over the world, after escaping execution...

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