Brief Encounters is The Doctor Who Project's all new short stories featuring stories that are under 5000 words and feature classic Doctor/companion pairings from the original television series (up to Survival), and from the ongoing adventures of the Eighth and Ninth incarnations as published by TDWP. Each story will be published on the TDWP website as completed. Our first three stories will be published very soon and feature…
FEAR THE DARK
By Robert Mammone
This story features the Third Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith
An asteroid in Deep Space. A small team of scientists have been secreted aboard a research station located on a hidden asteroid in deep space. Their mission - successfully test a system designed to create wormholes at will, and enable their government to use it to quickly end a rebellion that is threatening to topple the old order. The final test is successful - too successful, rupturing the fabric of the universe and allowing living shadows to cross over, consuming the scientists. When the 3rd Doctor and Sarah Jane arrive, they discover the remnants of an investigative team sent to determine what has gone wrong. Initially under suspicion, the Doctor and Sarah team up with the surviving investigator, Lieutenant Ruschenko. With the threat of a full blown invasion imminent, they must work together to drive the creatures back into their own dimension, and seal the breach before the universe is overwhelmed by creatures intent on consuming every living being.
By Dan Tessier
This story features the Sixth Doctor and Peri
The Doctor and Peri take a trip to nineteenth century Borneo in search of the fabled Rafflesia flower - a seemingly harmless trip that takes a turn for the worse when they encounter British explorer Professor Crumb and a group of deadly Iban warriors. However, the true threat is something very different - something that isn't human. The travellers discover that evolution doesn't always run quite the same course across the Universe...
By John Davies
This story features the Second Doctor, Ben and Polly
Nobody could ever question Ben Jackson's loyalty. In the navy and now in time and space, he was someone to be trusted, someone to have on your side. He was unshakable. With Polly and the Doctor, this trait had become symbiotic. Together, they were a team, a unit - rock solid in taking care of each other no matter what the Universe may throw their way. And right now, as Ben moves quietly through an alien control room, this solidarity is needed more than ever. Polly has been captured. Imprisoned by the Emod, her only hope of salvation rests with Ben and the Doctor. However, as time passes and Polly's would be rescuers strive to reach her, Ben finds himself undergoing a personal trial of faith.
TDWP SEASON 36
An all new season of adventures in time and space featuring the ninth Doctor coming FALL 2009.
THE WEB OF TIME
By Rob Mammone
Returning to Gallifrey via the Timescoop, the Doctor seeks vengeance on the High Council for their actions in Journey's End. But his task is interrupted by the reappearance of Silver. But this is not the Silver he knows, but something far more alien and sinister. Barely escaping with his life, the Doctor stumbles across a young orphan girl named Alienka. Together, they journey to the Capital, intent on seeking answers to the mystery around them.
In the Capital, the mystery only deepens, for not only has the High Council vanished, but so have every Time Lord. The Capital is now a shadow haunted place, full of old memories and creatures that stalk the empty halls. As they journey towards the heart of the city, the Panopticon, they discover that a monstrous creature is weaving a new web of time, anchored on one side by the Matrix and on the other by the Eye of Harmony.
Soon, the Doctor is in a race against time to purge the Matrix of a race of extra-dimensional creatures known as the Teteo-Colotl before they are able to bind the Eye of Harmony to their web. But not all is as it seems. Before this adventure is finished, the Doctor will question not only the very nature of reality itself, but also his own motivations.
THE WAX MUSEUM
By Jez Strickley
Intent on taking his mind off of recent events, the Doctor pays a visit to the Celestial Exhibition, a rare showcase of artwork from across the Milky Way Galaxy. The Exhibition's favourite son is the master-sculptor Nanos Mortich, a man for whom art is everything. Mortich specialises in waxwork models of the rich and famous - waxworks which just so happen to be atomically perfect. Suspicious of Mortich's latest exhibit, the Doctor decides to take an unguided tour of the sculptor's famous Wax Museum. However, the Doctor's arrival is exactly what Mortich has been waiting for... Why are Mortich's waxworks so lifelike? And just what sort of trap has the Doctor walked into this time?
THE BOX OF SECRETS
By Will Harvey
All the Doctor wanted was a peaceful holiday on Tensira, but fate conspires against him once again. Accidentally finding himself in the Imperial throne room, he can't resist showing off his knowledge and realises too late that he's just added his name to the top of the Emperor's list. A list of scientists who are expected to open a mysterious, indestructible box... or die for their failure. The Emperor, his sanity dissolving in paranoia and isolation, has convinced himself that the box's unknown contents are the only thing which can keep him safe. He has killed his own subjects in pursuit of his obsession, and will kill as many more as it takes. Rebellion and assassination hang heavy in the air. Someone is going to die, it seems, and soon. It may be that the best the Doctor can do is choose who it is to be.
By Simon Birks
Once upon a time a man named the Doctor did a shameful thing, something he had to do to save the lives of an entire planet. Now the guilt has come back to haunt him in the shape of a sphere; a silver sphere on its own journey home. But rectifying the problem is not going to be easy; scattered over space and time are others affected by it; manipulated by it; changed by it. Now they are coming together: Pamanzi, a trader with a hidden past; Jeremiah, a man driven to insanity in the search for his missing family; and the Goyellercanth herself. The Doctor is lost, following the instincts of a sphere, its instincts of survival, and hoping, at last, that he is doing the right thing…
By Bob Furnell & Jez Strickley
A visit to the Gamma-Magna Star System triggers an unexpected turn of events as the TARDIS is penetrated by a deadly foe who is able to unpack the Doctor's memories at will. Forced to make a dark and disturbing journey down memory lane, the Doctor is confronted by long-gone companions and adversaries, as his anonymous interrogator seeks to discover what makes the Time Lord tick. As the Doctor struggles to distinguish reality from fiction, a deadly game of questions ensues which threatens to destroy him.
COMING CHRISTMAS 2009
AND THE CHILD SHALL LEAD
By Samantha Warner
THE DOCTOR WHO PROJECT