Doctor Who

Doctor Who - Frontios

“Frontios” is an adventure of the twentyfirst season of “Doctor Who” classic series, which aired in 1984. It follows “The Awakening” and it’s a four parts adventure written by Christopher Bidmead and directed by Ron Jones.

The Tardis brings the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison), Tegan (Janet Fielding) and Turlough (Mark Strickson) to a very far future, on the planet Frontios. There, what could be the last group of living human beings struggle to survive to what appear to be attacks from the sky.

The young Plantagenet inherited the colony command from his father but has no way to counter the meteor showers that regularly fall on Frontios. The Doctor shouldn’t interfere with the events but decides to help rescue the wounded settlers after one of these showers. Those are not just rocks falling on the planet because during one of these events the Tardis is destroyed.

Another Life by Peter Anghelides

The novel “Another Life” by Peter Anghelides was published for the first time in 2007.

The weather in Cardiff is terrible but this can’t stop Torchwood’s operations. Out of the ordinary crimes must be resolved so Captain Jack Harkness leads his team in the hunt for a criminal even in difficult conditions. Normally Torchwood doesn’t deal with a serial killer but there are situations that require its intervention, especially when the alleged perpetrator dies and the murders keep on occurring.

Owen Harper is devoting much time to the virtual world of “Second Reality”. With Toshiko Sato’s technical help he manages to create an alter-ego online adequate to his needs. The virtual meeting with his ex-girlfriend seems only another moment in his personal life but ends up intersecting with his professional life also concerning Torchwood’s activities.

Only Human by Gareth Roberts

The novel “Only Human” by Gareth Roberts was published for the first time in 2005.

The Ninth Doctor wants to bring Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness to Kegron Pluva but the Tardis detects a time distortion caused by a “dirty” time machine. The planned trip has to wait and the Doctor reroutes the Tardis to the Earth at the beginning of the 21st century.

The travelers discover that there’s something strange when they learn that a man dressed like a caveman was involved in a brawl. When they go to the hospital where he was taken, where his presence is covered by a false Ebola alarm, the Doctor realizes that he’s a Neanderthal. Speaking with him, he understands the origin of the time distortion, which must be eliminated to avoid further problems.

Doctor Who - The Masque of Mandragora

“The Masque of Mandragora” is the first adventure of the fourteenth season of “Doctor Who” classic series, which aired in 1976. It follows “The Seeds of Doom” and it’s a four parts adventure written by Louis Marks and directed by Rodney Bennett.

The Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) is showing Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) various rooms inside the Tardis and at some point they reach its secondary control room. The Doctor activates the screen and see that there’s a living energy vortex, known as Mandragora Helix. The Tardis travels through it and when eventually rematerializes and lands, it brings a fragment along with it.

The Duke of San Martino is dying and passes away exactly in the day that the astrologer Hieronymous predicted. His son Giuliano becomes the new Duke but doesn’t believe in superstitions and in fact there’s a plot carried out by Hieronymous together with Count Federico to take over the city. The arrival of the Doctor and Sarah Jane, who unknowingly carry a fragment of alien energy, makes the situation even more dangerous.

John Barrowman in 2014

On October 22, 2006 the TV show “Torchwood” made its debut. It’s a “Doctor Who” spin-off.

The producer Russell T Davies started developing an idea concerning a science fiction TV show before he even started working on the new “Doctor Who” series. The term “Torchwood” was originally used for “Doctor Who” – of which is an anagram – during the filming of the first episodes to avoid unwanted attention. When Russell T Davies started thinking about his idea again, he decided to make it a “Doctor Who” spin-off and to use “Torchwood” as its title.

The new show was developed with the idea that it was aimed at a more adult audience than its mother show but several connections were built to give an idea of the Torchwood Institute functions. In the episode “Tooth and Claw” its origin is explained, decided by Queen Victoria after she met the Doctor and discovered the existence of alien threats.