"Where Are We Going This Time": The Golden Age of Science Fiction

What should happen with the season summary updates?

  • Continue as is (might delay other updates)

    Votes: 6 75.0%
  • Release them later, as supplementary material

    Votes: 2 25.0%
  • Cut out the OTL bits, only say what you've changed (might only be a temporary solution)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Stop them completely

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    8
  • Poll closed .
It would be interesting if Marina Stris joined the regular Cast in Season 3 as Deanna Troi to provide Counselling and Diplomatic help to the DS9 since they where on the frontier and front-line.

Be an good continuation of Troi's character devolpment arc from TNG, and seeing her without the Enterprise safety net would be fascinating.
That would be awesome, but with Kelly taking the place of Worf from the get go the main cast is already quite large.
 

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I can already tell that this version of DS9 would be better than OTL without Rick Berman weighing down the franchise.
Thank you! This is becoming less of a solo effort as time goes on, and much of what is to come is more of a collaborative effort between myself and @The Chimera Virus. But as someone who thinks the OTL DS9 is very good, even with Berman, I thank you for that high praise.

It would be interesting if Marina Stris joined the regular Cast in Season 3 as Deanna Troi to provide Counselling and Diplomatic help to the DS9 since they where on the frontier and front-line.

Be an good continuation of Troi's character devolpment arc from TNG, and seeing her without the Enterprise safety net would be fascinating.
That would be awesome, but with Kelly taking the place of Worf from the get go the main cast is already quite large.
She doesn’t have to be a permanent character, more along the lines of reoccurring guest star/b-cast
I do have some plans for the reappearance of some TNG and TOS crew in DS9, as happened to a much smaller extent with OTL's Voyager. But as @SuperFrog pointed out, the cast is pretty big. Personally, I reckon it could probably take one or two more people in it, as ODY's main cast is larger (11 people, rather than 9), though DS9's supporting cast is massive. Rest assured that I do have plans for a counsellor character soon, but it may not be Troi. After all, the quote from the last update took elements from a quote by Marina Sirtis about how she didn't like the DS9 set in OTL. For now, the TNG crew will stay mainly in the films, though we could well see some of the cast popping over every now and then, as with "Valiant" (which is TTL's "Defiant"). As for the films, we may well see Kelly make appearances there as Worf did in OTL, especially now that we have the Valiant in play.
 
Overview of Season 3 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

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Overview of Season 3 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Kira: “I thought Starfleet didn’t believe in warships”
Sisko: “Desperate times breed desperate measures, Major. After Wolf 359, Starfleet began exploring the possibility of building new classes of warships. In my time with the Advanced Ship Design Bureau, we came up with quite a few. The Akira, the Norway, the Intrepid, we even designed a Dreadnought. The Valiant is the prototype of her own class, the first ship in what would have been a new battle fleet.”
Kelly: “So what happened?”
Sisko: “The Borg threat became less urgent. In addition, some design flaws crept up during her shakedown cruise, so Starfleet abandoned the project.”
O’Brien: “What kind of design flaws”
Sisko: “To put it simply, she’s overgunned and overpowered for a ship of her size. In battle drills, she just about tore herself apart when the engines were at full capacity. You’ll have full access to the reports.”
- The senior staff on DS9 discuss the USS Valiant.


The Search
Newly promoted Captain Sisko returns to the station with the USS Valiant, a new ship that he helped design. The ship has been fitted with a cloaking device for use in the Gamma Quadrant. To ensure that the cloak is only used in the Gamma Quadrant, the Romulans appoint Commander Solaris as an attaché to the station. Meanwhile, Starfleet appoints a new head of Starfleet Security to the station, Lt. Commander Michael Eddington. Sisko takes the Valiant into the Gamma Quadrant to find the Founders and stop a war between the Dominion and Federation, while Odo finds himself drawn to the Omarion Nebula.​


The House of Quark
Quark accidentally kills Kozak, the leader of one of the Klingon Great Houses. After he admits that it was an accident to D’Ghor, Quark is kidnapped by Grilka, Kozak’s widow, and forced to marry her in order to save her from losing all of her property, as under Klingon law, wives cannot normally inherit. Quark, determined to save the house so he can return to his bar, finds that Kozak has been dishonourably using financial schemes to gain power, while Keiko O’Brien debates closing her school as attendance drops.​
Guest Star: Robert O’Reilly as Gowron​


Web of Lies
The Lakota returns to the station, but is soon forced to travel to the Tholian border to verify claims that there is a fleet massing there. Ambassador Xorava denies this, but upon arrival at the border, the Lakota is drawn into a confrontation with two Tholian ships. The Tholians claim that they were sent to the border to confirm claims that the Federation was massing an invasion fleet. Realising that they have both been deceived, the Lakota and the Tholians work together to find out what had been trying to deceive them into a conflict. Meanwhile, on the station, Anna Sheridan struggles to cope with the lack of things to do now that the school is closed.​


Equilibrium
While at one of Sisko’s dinner parties, Jadzia begins playing an unfamiliar tune, despite having never had musical training in any of her lives. Bashir realises that this is an issue with the symbiont, so he and Sisko take her back to the Trill homeworld to receive treatment. While there, they find evidence of Dax having had a host that Jadzia cannot remember, and investigate further, finding proof of a cover-up by the Trill government.​


Civil Defence
While converting the station’s ore processing facilities into a deuterium refinery, O’Brien and Jake Sisko accidentally activate an old Cardassian security program that was to be activated in the event of a Bajoran uprising during the Occupation. All efforts to stop the program only result in it becoming stronger, threatening more and more of the station. Eventually Gul Dukat arrives, and offers to stop the program, at the price of the Cardassians having a garrison on the station.​


Valiant
Commander Riker boards the station for his leave, and charms the crew. Major Kira is particularly enamoured by Riker, and takes him on a tour of the station and the Valiant. While on the Valiant, Riker stages a core breach, and takes out Kira, stealing the ship. On the station, the crew realise that Riker is actually Thomas Riker, a transporter duplicate of Commander Riker recovered a few years ago. Since then, Tom Riker has joined the Maquis, and with the Valiant, now poses a major threat to Cardassia. Sisko faces the possibility that he may have to see the Valiant destroyed to keep the peace.​
Guest Star: Jonathan Frakes as Tom Riker​


Rejoined
Commander Arpad Tigan arrives at the station to take his position as the Lakota’s new first officer. Tigan, like Dax, is a joined Trill, but tensions arise between the two of them as it is revealed that Tigan has been exiled from Trill society after he married Dr. Lenara Kahn, another joined Trill he was involved with in a previous host. Tigan reveals that Trill society is dominated by the joined Trill, and that that is why they have never been accepted into the Federation, as it constitutes a caste system. Tigan also reveals that a third of the Trill population leave the planet to join other nations like the Federation to escape the elitism of their home world. Dax and Tigan continue clashing, resulting in tension between the DS9 and Lakota crews.​


Past Tense
A transporter accident results in Sisko, Bashir and Dax being sent into Earth’s past, just before the “Bell Riots”, a series of events that is pivotal to humanity. After Sisko and Bashir find that Gabriel Bell, the man who was central to the riots, has died, he is forced to take Bell’s place in history to preserve the timeline.​


Mother Tongue
Bashir: “Actually, I learned most of the languages spoken on this station before I came here.”
Sisko: “That’s awfully convenient, Doctor.”
A virus is planted on the station that wipes the Universal Translator programs on the station and all ships docked to it, including the Valiant. Given the diverse nature of the station, the crew finds themselves having difficulty in communicating. Matters are eased somewhat by Bashir and Dax’s multilingualism, but the civilian populace are growing unruly. While Sisko and Kelly try to contact the Lakota for assistance, O’Brien tries to remove the virus from the station’s systems, finding that it is written in an unfamiliar coding language.​


Second Skin
Major Kira is kidnapped by Cardassians, who surgically alter her to appear Cardassian, awaking on Cardassia. There, she finds that the Obsidian Order believe her to be one of their operatives, Iliana Gehmor, and is introduced to her “father”, Tekeny, who tries to convince her that she is a Cardassian. Meanwhile, Odo, Garak and Sisko try to locate Kira, arriving on Cardassia just in time to saver her and Tekeny. Amoros is unable to determine whether Kira is actually Kira or Iliana, but she decides that she is Kira, though she has formed a bond with Ghemor that she intends to keep.​


Vash Decisions
Kelly: “It’s a long story sir. I was one of Robin Hood’s Merry Men, and we rescued her from a castle.”
Sisko: “Perhaps someday, I’ll make the time for the whole story.”
Vash returns through the Wormhole, bearing the Orb of Unity. She claims to have had an Orb experience, and wishes to join the Bajoran clergy. However, the crew, especially Kelly, are sceptical of her claims, given their past experiences with her. Kelly suspects that she has ulterior motives to make a profit, though Vash seems genuine in her decision. Kira introduces her to Kai Bareil so that Vash can explore her pagh, though Winn seems determined to interfere. On the station, Kelly finds evidence that Vash has had an encounter with the Dominion that she does not want to talk about. Vash is revealed to have been replaced by a Changeling, who intends to disrupt Bajor’s internal politics. The crew must not only stop her, but determine the fate of the real Vash.​
Guest Star: Jennifer Hetrick as Vash​


Outcasts
Commander Tigan and Dax continue to clash, though he strikes up a friendship with K’Rene, the two bonding over their both being outcast from their home societies. Meanwhile, Nog tries to convince Captain Sisko to recommend him to Starfleet Academy, as he has realised that he would not make a good “proper” Ferengi, and wants to make something of his life. Sisko, and the rest of the senior staff, however, require some convincing.​


Improbable Cause (Part I)
Garak is injured by an explosion in his shop. While investigating, he discovers the remnants of a bomb, tracking down a suspect. The suspect, however, is killed when his ship explodes. Odo finds evidence that the Romulans are involved, finding that the conspiracy goes much deeper. Odo accuses Garak of staging an assassination attempt to get him to investigate, as his mentor, Enabran Tain, may be in danger. They are captured by a Romulan warbird, finding Tain aboard. Tain offers Garak his position in the Obsidian order back, which Garak accepts.​
Guest Star: Paul Dooley as Enabran Tain​


The Die is Cast (Part II)
Garak and Odo are still missing, when a large Romulan-Cardassian fleet decloaks outside of Deep Space Nine, and travels through the wormhole. On one of the ships, Tain reveals that the fleet intends to destroy the Founders’ homeworld, crippling the Dominion as a result. The staff on Deep Space Nine intercept a message from Tain confirming this, and while they are ordered not to interfere, Sisko decides to take the Valiant into the wormhole to rescue Odo anyway.​
Guest Star: Paul Dooley as Enabran Tain​


The Abandoned
Quark purchases the wreckage of a Dominion ship as salvage, and discovers an infant inside it. The crew determine that the infant is a Jem’Hadar, and Odo takes care of it, discovering that he grows incredibly quickly. Matters are further complicated when Sisko recommends that the boy be taken into Starfleet custody to be studied. Meanwhile, Sisko and Jake clash over Jake’s relationship with Mardah, a Dabo girl.​


Distant Voices
As Bashir approaches his thirtieth birthday, he expresses his anxiety about it to Garak. Soon after, Bashir is attacked, and finds himself trapped in his own mindscape, represented by the station and her crew. Bashir finds that each crew member represents an element of his psyche, and that when his attacker, Altovar, captures them, he loses an element of himself. Soon, it becomes a battle to save his own life from within.​


All Bets are Off (Part I) by @The Chimera Virus
Lt. Kelly’s extended family decides to hold their annual family reunion on DS9 to make it easier on the young lieutenant to attend. His mother Francine, a highly regarded commodore, admits to Sisko that she has also been sent with orders from Starfleet. Sisko is to head into Tzenkethi space immediately – Admiral Nechayev will brief him further on the journey. Sisko is forced to depart in a hurry without his first officer, leaving Kira to fill the void.​

Meanwhile, the happy family reunion is underway in one of Quark’s holosuites. Gramma Mildred laments that Grampa Curtis couldn’t have joined them due to his passing, but the fact that everyone made it here makes up for it. However, just as the first day of festivities is winding down, unexpected guests arrive. After illegally docking, taking out two security guards, and trashing Quark’s bar, four Orion Syndicate enforcers led by Shulik burst into the holosuite. Mildred has outstanding gambling debts and they’re here to collect.​
Guest Stars: Betty White as Mildred Joan Kelly, Kate Mulgrew as Commodore Francine Kelly, John Goodman as Theodore Kelly, and Terry “Hulk” Hogan as Shulik​


Drawn and Quartered (Part II) by @The Chimera Virus
En route to Tzenketh, Admiral Nechayev fills Sisko, Kira, O’Brien, and Dax in on what they’ve learned. It seems that there has been a coup d’état against the Tzenkethi Autarch, and the government needs a home away from home. While the Federation is loath to deal with the oversized lizards following several costly wars, this could be beneficial for everyone in the long run.​

No one seems happy about this. But when it’s made explicit that the Cardassians are eyeing this situation covetously, perhaps with intent to swoop in and render the new Tzenkethi government a puppet state, attitudes shift. This, sadly, does not prepare them for the tooth and nail fight that awaits to get the old guard out of dodge. Tzenketh has fallen, and everyone insists they are the heir apparent…​
Guest Stars: Natalia Nogulich as Admiral Alynna Nechayev and Tress MacNeille as the Tzenkethi Autarch​


Sojourners (Part III) by @The Chimera Virus
Having returned to DS9 battered but successful in their mission, the crew find themselves frustrated by the sheer amount of work needed to keep the Tzenkethi Autarch happy. This, of course, is to say nothing of her subordinates. Tensions flare repeatedly and old wounds are ripped open again by the arrival of a Tholian delegation to the station. Gul Dukat sees an opportunity, and offers the Autarch safe haven on Cardassia, much to the chagrin of everyone.​
Guest Stars: Marc Alaimo as Gul Dukat, Tress MacNeille as the Tzenkethi Autarch, and Cree Summer as the voice of Celaxan​


Explorers
Sisko explores the possibility that the Bajroans explored outside of their home system using ships with solar sails, and sets about proving it by recreating a ship. Jake agrees to accompany him on the journey, revealing that he has been accepted as a fellow at a prominent writing school in New Zealand. The Siskos set our on their trip, while Amoros encounters an old classmate that performed better than him at Starfleet Academy.​


Transfer Window
The Breen appoint a new ambassador to the station, Ambassador Vall. Vall proves difficult to work with, interfering with many of the station’s activities. Kelly and Sheridan investigate the possibility that Vall was placed there to spy on the crew, taking advantage of her diplomatic immunity. However, they find that Vall becomes incredibly co-operative when confronted, and claims to have been trying to stop another saboteur.​


Family Business
Quark and Rom return home to face allegations that their mother, Ishka, affectionately referred to as “Moogie”, has been illegally earning profit. Matters are complicated when it is revealed that Ishka has earned more money than Quark could possibly pay back, even if he were to give up his entire net worth. The FCS’s Liquidator, Brunt, puts the pressure on Quark, who may be forced to turn in his own mother to save his skin. Sisko meets Kassidy Yates for the first time.​


Kilkenny Cats by @The Chimera Virus
A group of strange religious types arrive on DS9. They’re apparently human but conceal their bodies under heavy robes. Furthermore, they like their meals to be entirely comprised of meat – cooked rare, if at all. Before the crew has a chance to investigate their mysterious guests, the USS Lakota arrives bearing none other than Admiral Gardener. Sisko and the crew are nonplussed by this, as are the Lakota and her crew. There was no announcement of this visit. Sisko sends off a subspace message to Admiral Nechayev inquiring about this but doesn’t expect a reply very soon.​

Sisko, Kelly, Sheridan, and Tigan deal with Admiral Gardener while Odo, Kira, and Eddington investigate the new guests. Meanwhile, Dax and O’Brien hunt down the source of repeated system failures aboard the station. Things become increasingly frustrating – Gardener seems to be unfamiliar with basic Federation protocol and the system failures remain one step ahead of Dax and O’Brien. It’s when Quark finally inserts himself into the other investigation that the truth about the strange religious types is revealed: they are Kzinti. Specifically, they are Kdaptist pilgrims under the watchful eye of Kdapt-Missionary.​

Kdaptism is a persecuted religious movement comprised of Kzinti who have become disillusioned by their losses in the Man-Kzin Wars of old. They believe that God has not made them in His image, unlike humanoids, so they use personal holographic projectors to appear humanoid in their robes. This chapter is here to see about chartering a ship through the wormhole. This is to evade the Kzinti Patriarchy, which refuses to tolerate their existence.​

Three Kzinti ships soon arrive under the command of Grraursh-Commodore. They are pursued by the USS Panthera, a Niagara-class vessel with an all-Caitian crew. Captain L’Pir orders the Kzinti to stand down, even firing on them, but receives no response. When Sisko refuses to let them dock and kill the Kdaptists, Grraursh-Commodore orders ramming posture. They’ll rip DS9 apart to get what they want.​

Just then, Nechayev urgently responds to Sisko’s subspace communiqué – Admiral Gardener is currently on Betazed at a function for Lwaxana Troi. There’s no way he could be on DS9. Found out, the Gardener-Changeling reveals itself, incapacitating Sheridan and Kelly while narrowly avoiding being disintegrated by Sisko and Tigan.​

Outside, the Panthera destroys one of the Kzinti ships, but is damaged in the process. It hastily docks as the remaining pair of Kzinti ships ram the station, puncturing into the Promenade. This is possible as the shields have gone offline in the system failures. The marauding felinoids emerge, dead set on ripping the Kdaptists limb from limb.​

The Kzinti wreck the Promenade as the Kdaptists hide in one of Quark’s holosuites. Quark refuses to give them up and is only saved from being eaten alive by the timely intervention of Captain L’Pir. Quark declares that once this is all over it’ll be “warm milk and catnip for everyone, half-off!”​

Overwhelmed by the security forces, the Kzinti briefly fall back, but are roused by Grraursh-Commodore with a rousing speech about what it means to be Kzin. Sisko and Tigan inform everyone that they’ve lost sight of the Changeling, while Odo concludes that it must be hidden among the Kzinti. They’re the next most important power on the station right now aside from the Bajorans.​

The discovery of Grraursh-Commodore’s corpse by L’Pir and some of her crew confirms this, and this fact is revealed to the Kzinti. Found out yet again, the Changeling attempts to flee, but is ripped to shreds by the massive felinoids. Odo is on-hand as it dies. Another Changeling, the source of the system failures, emerges from the ductwork and vanishes with the remains.​

The Kzinti retreat in embarrassment, leaving that section of the Promenade to be sealed off pending repairs. They have much to think about, now that they are aware of the Dominion and the threat it poses. They will not take such deception lying down again. The Kdaptists are grateful to everyone and wish to leave immediately to spare them any further issues. Kira suggests they might actually enjoy a little respite on Bajor before heading out, and Kdapt-Missionary decides that might be in their best interests before they go through the wormhole. Sisko advises them to keep a low profile in the Gamma Quadrant and gives them some key pieces of information about the Dominion. The Kdaptists are thankful and head down to Bajor for a few weeks of religious retreat.​

Once they’ve left, Odo informs Sisko of the Changeling’s parting words: “This was but a diversion. We’re in your homes, your schools, your precious Starfleet – everywhere. You’ve already lost.”​
Guest Stars: Frank Welker as the voice of Kdapt-Missionary, Topol as the voice of Grraursh-Commodore, Eartha Kitt as the voice of Captain L’Pir, Natalia Nogulich as Admiral Alynna Nechayev, and Lawrence Pressman as the Changeling Infiltrator​
 
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Whew.

Sorry about the delay with the past few updates. Both myself and @The Chimera Virus have been dealing with illness. I'm pretty happy with how this season has turned out, and let me tell you, there's some real good stuff coming up. We've been working hard on it, and those of you in the Discord will have an idea as to what one of the things that will be brought up is. All I'll say for now is, stay tuned, and I think you'll enjoy the ride. As I've said before, there's a lot of stuff here that will be paid off in later seasons of the show. So, up next: Season 30 of Doctor Who, and with it, Paul McGann. See you later.
 
It is a good season, though I am disappointed you kept the Thomas Riker one. I always felt that was a waste of the character. Espically if it ends the same with Thomas in a Cardassian jail.

Since presumably the Obsidian Order-Tal Shias raid still fails, it would be nice to have a reaction scene from the resident Romulan, and or Ambassador. Better still a B plot dealing with it.

Good season- needs more B5 still imho.
 

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It is a good season, though I am disappointed you kept the Thomas Riker one. I always felt that was a waste of the character. Espically if it ends the same with Thomas in a Cardassian jail.

Since presumably the Obsidian Order-Tal Shias raid still fails, it would be nice to have a reaction scene from the resident Romulan, and or Ambassador. Better still a B plot dealing with it.

Good season- needs more B5 still imho.
I ummed and aahed about keeping that one in, but I eventually made the decision in favour of the story for much the same reason as I kept Q-Less. These stories both brought characters into the show that I wanted to reuse at a later point. This isn't the last we've seen of Tom Riker. Your comment about the Obsidian Order-Tal Shiar raid failing is a fair one, especially since the resident Romulan on the station is a Tal Shiar operative. I'll try to slip that in next season.

And as for the B5 comment, that's a completely fair criticism. I've been trying to find a way to work stories and concepts from that show into TTL's DS9, but I think it's clear to me that I haven't been doing enough. I've just had a couple ideas, and I think I'll work them in for next season, as they could be really useful plots going forward.

Edit: I've also fixed a couple of errors that @The Chimera Virus wanted me to handle with Kilkenny Cats.
 
Chapter VIII: "Starting Anew"

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Part III, Chapter VIII: "Starting Anew"

“Their restrictions weren’t too bad, to be honest. They wanted a return to the ‘classic’ Doctor Who, one that was about gallivanting around time and space, while being entertaining, and also putting out a good message. I think we got that down pretty quick. We were really helped by how well Paul, Alex and Nicole worked together. I know that some of the groups from the show have kept close, and I don’t think it’s a surprise that we have.”​
- Neil Gaiman on his first season running Doctor Who.


One more, Doctor Who found itself with a new showrunner, Doctor and companions. While for many shows, a complete change in main cast would spell disaster, for Doctor Who, it was expected. What was more controversial, however, was the way in which this had come around. The unceremonious behind the scenes exit of Brooks and Ryder, coupled with the firing of Cartmel, meant that NBC had used up much of the goodwill they had earned with the fans.

But the announcement of Paul McGann as the Tenth Doctor was a popular one. McGann was relatively well known to American audiences, and very well known to British ones. Technically, although an American financed production, none of the main cast were American, as McGann was British, while de Boer and Rice were both Canadian.


Season 30 would not feature any major arcs in the way that Brooks’ run as the Doctor had, though there would be an underlying mystery to Nicole de Boer’s character of Lucie Miller. Rather than choosing to join the Doctor on his travels, she would have been placed in his custody by the Time Lords. Aarushi, the Doctor’s other companion, however, would choose to join him. [1]

Kahn-Tineta would be the first companion of the Doctor to come from the past since the Classic series. A member of the Mohawk tribe from around the time of the American Revolution, Kahn-Tineta would also be the first main series Doctor Who companion to come from an ethnic minority.


Sir Derek Jacobi would reprise his role as the Master for this season, though admitted that it would be his last. Eric Idle also announced that he would be leaving the role of the Monk following this season, marking the end of a six-year run as the classic series character.

This season would see fewer “classic” characters returning than had done during Cartmel’s tenure as showrunner. It was the opinion of Gaiman that the show needed to distance itself from its past, forging a new, but faithful, identity for itself.


The production of Season 30 of Doctor Who would be marred somewhat be the announcement that Avery Brooks was seeking reparation for wrongful termination. While Brooks’ contract was technically only for two seasons, it stated that he had right of first refusal for future seasons, provided that both NBC and the BBC were satisfied with his performance. However, he argued that since he had not been consulted, nor had he been informed that the producers were unhappy with his performance, NBC and the BBC had breached contract. [2]

While the BBC were willing to pay out, NBC were not. They chose instead to take the matter to a court, where they would insist that the contract allowed them to terminate Brooks’ employment at any time if they believed the show would do better without him. No settlement would be reached by the end of 1996, but there were murmurings of an agreement being hammered out.


Despite this, the future of Doctor Who was looking to be more stable than ever, as Gaiman set about breathing new life into the show, and fans eagerly awaited properly meeting the new Doctor and companions.


[1] I'm using some of Lucie Miller's arc from OTL's Big Finish Adventures here. The character herself will be somewhat different, due to the differences between Nicole de Boer and Sheridan Smith, though.
[2] I'm no legal expert, but I think this holds up well enough.
 
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Hey everyone,

Sorry that this isn't an update, and that there hasn't been one in the past week. I've been feeling a little aimless with this recently, and I needed a little time to get some perspective on what I wanted to do going forward. So, there's been a little shake-up on what's going to happen a little ways down the line, but I think it's all good stuff. The little time away has given me an opportunity to work on a couple of other things that I've been wanting to do for a little while, and hopefully you'll see some of that soon. I've not abandoned the timeline by any means, but I was still feeling a little burnt out. I plan on getting back to updating within the next day or two.

As a side note, I'd like to thank @jolou and @Unknown for nominating this for the Best Pop Culture Timeline award for this year's Turtledoves. I was actually coming to make this little status report, and that's absolutely made my day! I'll be back soon, don't worry.
 
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Chapter IX: "That New Car Smell"

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Part III, Chapter IX: "That New Car Smell"

“I really enjoyed my time on the show. It was a lot of fun getting to know everyone and having this role in a big show. I liked the mystery around the character of Lucie as well. Paul [McGann] was a lot of help during that first season, he really took away a lot of the feeling of being in over my head with this, and Alex [Rice] agrees with me.”​
- Nicole de Boer on her role as Lucie Miller in Season 30 of Doctor Who.


With Season 30 came a new era for Doctor Who. With Gaiman at the helm, one thing was clear: this season would be distinct from any that had come before it. With a new main cast of Paul McGann, Nicole de Boer, and Alex Rice, there was a good opportunity for new fans to start watching the show, and much of the advertisement was designed to advertise the new season as a good “jumping on point” for fans.

The chemistry between the new trio was clear, with many comparing it to that between Hugh Laurie, Denise Crosby, and Tom Hanks from the start of the NBC run. The season was also the first time that Doctor Who would make use of the internet in a major way, with advertisements being hosted on many popular websites.


Season 30 of Doctor Who began airing on Sunday, May 19th 1996, it was the ninth of the revival series.


List of Episodes of Season 30 of Doctor Who:
  1. Confederacy (Part 1)​
  2. Confederacy (Part 2)​
  3. Confederacy (Part 3)​
  4. Blood of the Daleks (Part 1)​
  5. Blood of the Daleks (Part 2)​
  6. Memories of Days to Come (Part 1)​
  7. Memories of Days to Come (Part 2)​
  8. Death to the Sontarans (Part 1)
  9. Death to the Sontarans (Part 2)
  10. Fragments (Part 1)​
  11. Fragments (Part 2)​
  12. A Thousand Ships (Part 1)​
  13. A Thousand Ships (Part 2)​
  14. The Demons of Hampton Court (Part 1)
  15. The Demons of Hampton Court (Part 2)
  16. Monumental (Part 1)​
  17. Monumental (Part 2)​
  18. They Shoot Time Lords, Don’t They? (Part 1)
  19. They Shoot Time Lords, Don’t They? (Part 2)
  20. They Shoot Time Lords, Don’t They? (Part 3)
  21. Underneath​
  22. The Sword of Orion (Part 1)​
  23. The Sword of Orion (Part 2)​
  24. Storm-Blind (Part 1)​
  25. Storm-Blind (Part 2)​
  26. Storm-Blind (Part 3)​
Bold denotes a story by @The Chimera Virus, italics denote a story by @Drorac.

Cast of Season 30 of Doctor Who:
  • The Tenth Doctor – Paul McGann​
  • Lucie Miller – Nicole de Boer​
  • Kahn-Tineta – Alex Rice​
  • The Master – Sir Derek Jacobi​
  • The Monk – Eric Idle​

Reviews for Season 30 of Doctor Who were highly positive, with many noting the change in tone from previous seasons. One commented: “With this new season, Neil Gaiman has finally brought Doctor Who into the modern era, and by God does it work.” Particular praise was given to the performances of McGann and de Boer, the former of whom was nominated for the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.


Without a doubt, Doctor Who had hit a high. Only time would tell if this was a one-off huge success or a sign of things to come.
 
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“I really enjoyed my time on the show. It was a lot of fun getting to know everyone and having this role in a big show. I liked the mystery around the character of Lucie as well. Paul [McGann] was a lot of help during that first season, he really took away a lot of the feeling of being in over my head with this, and Alex [Rice] agrees with me.”​
- Nicole de Boer on her role as Lucie Miller in Season 30 of Doctor Who.


With Season 30 came a new era for Doctor Who. With Gaiman at the helm, one thing was clear: this season would be distinct from any that had come before it. With a new main cast of Paul McGann, Nicole de Boer, and Alex Rice, there was a good opportunity for new fans to start watching the show, and much of the advertisement was designed to advertise the new season as a good “jumping on point” for fans.

The chemistry between the new trio was clear, with many comparing it to that between Hugh Laurie, Denise Crosby, and Tom Hanks from the start of the NBC run. The season was also the first time that Doctor Who would make use of the internet in a major way, with advertisements being hosted on many popular websites.


Season 30 of Doctor Who began airing on Sunday, May 19th 1996, it was the ninth of the revival series.


List of Episodes of Season 30 of Doctor Who:
  1. Confederacy (Part 1)​
  2. Confederacy (Part 2)​
  3. Confederacy (Part 3)​
  4. Blood of the Daleks (Part 1)​
  5. Blood of the Daleks (Part 2)​
  6. Memories of Days to Come (Part 1)​
  7. Memories of Days to Come (Part 2)​
  8. Death to the Sontarans (Part 1)
  9. Death to the Sontarans (Part 2)
  10. Fragments (Part 1)​
  11. Fragments (Part 2)​
  12. A Thousand Ships (Part 1)​
  13. A Thousand Ships (Part 2)​
  14. The Demons of Hampton Court (Part 1)
  15. The Demons of Hampton Court (Part 2)
  16. Monumental (Part 1)​
  17. Monumental (Part 2)​
  18. They Shoot Time Lords, Don’t They? (Part 1)
  19. They Shoot Time Lords, Don’t They? (Part 2)
  20. They Shoot Time Lords, Don’t They? (Part 3)
  21. Underneath​
  22. The Sword of Orion (Part 1)​
  23. The Sword of Orion (Part 2)​
  24. Storm-Blind (Part 1)​
  25. Storm-Blind (Part 2)​
  26. Storm-Blind (Part 3)​
Bold denotes a story by @The Chimera Virus, italics denote a story by @Drorac.

Cast of Season 30 of Doctor Who:
  • The Tenth Doctor – Paul McGann​
  • Lucie Miller – Nicole de Boer​
  • Aarushi – Alex Rice​
  • The Master – Sir Derek Jacobi​
  • The Monk – Eric Idle​

Reviews for Season 30 of Doctor Who were highly positive, with many noting the change in tone from previous seasons. One commented: “With this new season, Neil Gaiman has finally brought Doctor Who into the modern era, and by God does it work.” Particular praise was given to the performances of McGann and de Boer, the former of whom was nominated for the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.


Without a doubt, Doctor Who had hit a high. Only time would tell if this was a one-off huge success or a sign of things to come.
Looking forward to the episode summaries.
Does Gaiman channell some of Good Omens into this season?
Never mind Good Omen ,
Does Gaiman channel "The Doctor Wife " into any of the episodes ?
 

Timelordtoe

Monthly Donor
Does Gaiman channell some of Good Omens into this season?
Looking forward to the episode summaries.

Never mind Good Omen ,
Does Gaiman channel "The Doctor Wife " into any of the episodes ?
It will be a little difficult to get this across in writing, but this season, and the rest of Gaiman's time with the show, will definitely have the Gaiman feel to it. Expect more overt horror stories, but also a little more of the "weird" that Gaiman does really well. There probably won't be a direct "The Doctor's Wife" equivalent, but a lot of the stories will have that feel. Expect a few familiar faces to appear.

Do you have the video tapes from this timeline of Jacobi as the Master?
In the OTL, we saw less then 30 seconds of Jacobi as the Master in "Utopia " .
I still want to see more.
I'm not entirely sure what you're asking here, to be honest. We didn't see much of Jacobi's Master on screen, so how he is in my head is similar to his War Master material from Big Finish.
 
I'm not entirely sure what you're asking here, to be honest. We didn't see much of Jacobi's Master on screen, so how he is in my head is similar to his War Master material from Big Finish.
I was attempting a joke.
The 30 seconds of Jacobi as the Master that we got in the episode Utopia were great and I wanted to see more of him as the Master.

I have not listen to the War Master Audio yet.
(I so behind on the Big Finish stuff it not funny .)
 

Timelordtoe

Monthly Donor
Hey guys, sorry for no update today. I'm about halfway through the next update right now, but it won't be out tonight.

Part of the reason for that is that I've been working on something else, namely a TLIAW. The first two parts are out, and it's another Doctor Who thing. If you want to give it a read, why not click here? It will (as you can guess) be much more compact, and makes use of a couple of scrapped ideas for this TL that I wanted to make use of somehow. Next update here should be tomorrow.
 
Overview of Season 30 of Doctor Who

Timelordtoe

Monthly Donor
Overview of Season 30 of Doctor Who

The Doctor: “Alright, let’s get you back home. Vancouver, you said?”
*The TARDIS shakes violently*
Lucie: “What was that?”
The Doctor: “Vancouver. We just bounced off of Vancouver.”
Lucie: “What do you mean? Where are we going now?”
The Doctor: “Quite frankly, I have no idea. Best hold onto something.”
- The Doctor attempts to return Lucie home after she appears in the TARDIS, supposedly placed there by the Time Lords.


Confederacy
Lucie Miller, a Canadian student, appears in the TARDIS, claiming to have been put there as some sort of “protective custody” by the Doctor’s people. The Doctor has no knowledge of this arrangement, but agrees to return her home. However, the TARDIS has difficulties in flight “bouncing” off of Vancouver, landing in what will become Pennsylvania in 1754, just before the start of the French and Indian War.​
The TARDIS refuses to take off, leaving the Doctor and Lucie stranded. The Doctor decides to investigate what could be causing the issue, telling Lucie to remain in the TARDIS while he performs maintenance. Lucie, however, decides to investigate the local area, encountering a British unit, led by a young George Washington. Lucie also meets a young Mohawk girl, named Kahn-Tineta, who is travelling with an allied band of Iroquois, primarily Mingo.​
The Doctor determines that the TARDIS cannot take off due to a temporal nexus forming, which is also what drew it there. He ventures back to the console room, finding that Lucie has left the TARDIS. He leaves the TARDIS, trying to follow her footsteps.​
Lucie tags along with the Iroquois band for protection, becoming more acquainted with Kahn-Tineta. Kahn-Tineta reveals the rising tensions between British and French colonists, with Lucie realising that this will imminently lead to a war. Many of the soldiers comment of Lucie’s clothing, and the fact that she was travelling alone, with one of the British troops, Harding, keeping a close eye on her.​
The Doctor manages to catch up with the unit, reuniting with Lucie. He chastises her for leaving the TARDIS, as there could be any number of dangers. He tells her about the temporal nexus, revealing that one can only form when a pivotal event in history is altered, creating a point where many timelines diverge. This means that they are either not the only time travellers there, or their presence risks altering history.​
Harding is also suspicious of the Doctor, accusing him and Lucie of being French spies sent to undermine their mission. The Doctor figures out that they are on their way to the Battle of Jumonville Glen. If the battle goes differently, the Seven Years War and all events afterwards will play out differently. He tells Lucie that they must keep the timeline the same at any cost, for the sake of the Web of Time. Lucie begrudgingly agrees, on the condition that she be returned to Vancouver afterwards.​
The Doctor and Lucie enlist Kahn-Tineta's help, revealing the truth about themselves to her. Harding uses this meeting to convince Washington that the Doctor and Lucie are trying to turn the Iroquois against them, and Washington has them detained and left at the next outpost they come across. The Doctor realises that Harding must be the time traveller, and wants to get him out of the picture before he can thwart his plans.​
The Doctor, Lucie and Kahn-Tineta escape from British captivity, stealing horses to catch up with Washington’s unit. They arrive just before the battle is due to begin, noting that the British unit has already taken position. Their arrival is noted by the unit, and Harding leaves to sneak up on them. He manages to knock Lucie and the Doctor off of their horse while Kahn-Tineta goes to ensure that all is well with the Iroquois troops.​
Harding reveals that he is a pro-British imperialist from the future that has stolen a “Vortex Manipulator”, a crude time travel device. He is determined to stop the American Revolutionary War, and had decided that the best way to do that is to kill George Washington. When the battle begins, he will shoot Washington dead, and prevent him from leading the Continental Army in the war.​
Kahn-Tineta eaches the Iroquois group, during which time the battle begins. She urges the Iroquois to go in to prevent the British from slaughtering the French colonists, which they do. She returns to the Doctor, and they rush into the midst of the battle to prevent Harding from killing Washington. The Doctor manages to knock Harding’s gun out of his hands just before he fires at Washington. The shot flies past Washington’s ear, and sees that it was Harding who fired it. Accusing him of treachery, Washington has Harding detained.​
Washington thanks the Doctor for saving him, bidding him safe travels. The Doctor and Lucie set off back to the TARDIS. Kahn-Tineta asks if she can come too, and the Doctor accepts. Arriving back at the TARDIS, Lucie asks if she can stay, provided that the Doctor promises to return her home safe. The Doctor accepts this as well, happy to be travelling with companions once more.​


Blood of the Daleks
The TARDIS lands on the planet Red Rocket Rising, which is in the middle of a civil uprising after the planet has been hit by a meteor. There, the Doctor, Lucie and Kahn-Tineta discover the disgraced scientist Martez, who claims to have found a new way for the population to survive, while the colony is offered assistance by one of the Doctor’s oldest and most hated enemy, the Daleks. The Doctor follows Martex, seeing that she has created a new race of Daleks from a fusion of human remains and reverse engineered Dalek technology. The Doctor realises that the Daleks have come to Vasquez to destroy these new Daleks, which they see as an affront to their purity.​


Memories of Days to Come
The Doctor, Lucie and Kahn-Tineta arrive on Cassandra, a resort planet in the far future where people come to see visions of “their future”. The Doctor deduces that these visions are procedurally generated from the client’s memories and wishes. The Doctor decides to make use of the other facilities at the resort. While he warns them that the “visions” aren’t reality, he says that there should be no harm in either Lucie or Kahn-Tineta using the machine. While Lucie is in the machine, it malfunctions. The Doctor investigates, and finds that the staff are using the client’s memories to entertain a being called the “Kallis”, and keep it from awaking and rampaging across the galaxy. With the malfunction, the device is no longer functional, and the Doctor, Lucie and Kahn-Tineta have to stop the Kallis.​


Death to the Sontarans by @The Chimera Virus
The Sontarans are poised to lose their eternal war with the Rutan Host. Desertion is at an all-time high - which isn’t supposed to happen at all. When the Doctor, Lucie, and Kahn-Tineta arrive at one of these AWOL colonies, they find that not much is different aside from the Sontarans fighting amongst themselves. They claim this is at the behest of General Sontar himself… who is supposed to be dead, yet speaks to these Sontarans with some regularity.​
The late Sontar appears in the sky and informs these deserters they must reach a state of total frenzy, then commit mass suicide. As the travelers investigate, they find that the Sontarans are being duped into this by a race known as the Mire, who feast specifically on adrenaline and testosterone, and are impersonating Sontar. Other AWOL colonies slowly blip off the map, and as much as he hates doing so, the Doctor must save the Sontarans if possible to prevent any changes to the Web of Time.​
Guest Stars: Christopher Ryan as General Sontar/Mire Leader, Toby Aspin as Major General Sklant, and Tim Raynham as First Lieutenant Vrull​


Fragments
The TARDIS arrives at The Codex, the largest archive in all of the universe, apart from the Time Lords’ Matrix, in order to find information that the Doctor is looking for. While there, the Doctor finds evidence of a cover-up involving one of the largest starliner accidents in all of history. He begins to piece the fragments of information together, but soon discovers that he is not the only person there to have an interest in the accident, and certainly not the most dangerous. Kahn-Tineta is accosted by a man from the Juras Corporation, one of the companies involved in the accident. Lucie comes to her aid, and they tell the Doctor what happened. The Doctor has found evidence that the starliner was operating an experimental drive that malfunctioned during the flight, and that Juras is trying to cover it up to avoid litigation, willing to go to extreme lengths to ensure that anybody who finds out the truth is silenced.​


A Thousand Ships
The Doctor takes Lucie and Kahn-Tineta to see Troy before its fall. While there, they hear that Helen of Troy has arrived in the company of Paris. Knowing that this will lead to the destruction of Troy, Lucie tries to warn the populace, but the Doctor says that it will do no good. He confesses his part in the fall of Troy, but that the event is too important to alter. But when the Greeks don’t come, the Doctor worries that history may need a helping hand once more, to Lucie’s dismay.​


The Demons of Hampton Court by @Drorac
The Doctor, Lucie and Kahn-Tineta arrive in Hampton Court in the year 1534 to find a heavily pregnant Anne Boleyn being tried for witchcraft. However there are sinister goings on at the palace, like why does the Duke of Norfolk have a gun, and why does Henry VIII seem intent on protecting his daughter Mary?​


Monumental
The TARDIS lands on Earth in the year 3138, in what was once London. At the centre of the city, they find a large monument to “The Great Conquest”, which the Doctor has no recollection of. With the recent changes to history, the Doctor realises that somebody may be playing games to get his attention. While he investigates what “The Great Conquest” was, he also searches for a connection between recent events. Meanwhile, Kahn-Tineta discovers that this new utopian society may not be what it seems at face value.​


They Shoot Time Lords, Don’t They? by @The Chimera Virus
A Celestial Intervention Agency outpost in Galactic Sector Nine-Seven-Three summons the Doctor under the table. The outpost’s team requests his help in dealing with the resurgent War Lords. They have recently shown immense societal progress that shouldn’t be possible under the terms of their species’ imprisonment. Given the Doctor’s involvement with the events that led to this situation, he has been selected to head behind the isolating null-time field. His mission: to spread misinformation and sow enough dissent to get the ball rolling and make it easier for a proper follow-up. Lucie and Kahn-Tineta will need to stay behind at the outpost. While deeply suspicious, the Doctor begrudgingly accepts on the condition his companions are allowed to remain with him. The Time Lords say only Kahn-Tineta is allowed. Lucie will stay with them. The Doctor uncomfortably accepts.​
Once on War World, however, he finds he’s not the only Time Lord hidden among the War Lords. The Monk is stranded here as well, having hit the null-time field which killed his TARDIS and turned it to stone. He has manipulated events to this point and gotten in well over his head. Should the War Lords find out who he really is, he’ll be shot on sight… That said, he’s not above taking the Doctor down with him. A game of wits ensues between him, the Doctor, and Kahn-Tineta as both parties attempt to gain control of the situation. This is compounded by the War Lords’ plans for freedom advancing at a much quicker schedule than previously surmised, spearheaded by a hideous affront to life. One with a particular vendetta against the Doctor and his people. Meanwhile, at the outpost, Lucie’s snooping produces equally shocking results.​
Guest Stars: Eric Idle as the Meddling Monk, Dawn French as the Interfering Nun, Philip Madoc as the reanimated War Lord, Meera Syal as the Chief Strategist, Ian Hart as the Head Scientist, and Christine Ebersole as CIA Agent Majolica​


Underneath
The TARDIS lands in a small town in England, during the modern day, finding that the people are being stalked by a strange shadowy figure that abducts people and takes them to the “underneath”. The Doctor and Kahn-Tineta meet the one survivor, who claims that “it feeds on what you were, and takes it for itself”. Soon, the Doctor and Lucie are targeted by this creature, but for some reason, it seems to be ignoring Lucie.​


The Sword of Orion
In the year 2503, humanity is locked in a war with “Android Hordes”. The TARDIS lands on a derelict cruiser, and the team find themselves apprehended by human officers, who plan to kill them. But there is more danger on this derelict cruiser than fanatical humans, as the Doctor encounters an old and weakened enemy, who only want one thing: for humanity to be upgraded.​


Storm-Blind
Following the revelation that the Time Lords have no knowledge of who Lucie is, with her not appearing anywhere in their archives, the Doctor decides that they should try to find out more about Lucie’s history first hand. Before they can cross back into Lucie’s time stream, however, the TARDIS is temporarily disabled by an attack from a nearby planet. The trio are unharmed, but an old enemy of the Doctor is here, and worse, he wants to talk.​
The Master apprehends the Doctor, and reveals that he has been made aware of a coalition of aliens that wish to take out the Time Lords, but that he has managed to broker a truce with them in exchange for the Doctor’s life. He hands the Doctor over to the coalition, leaving Lucie and Aarushi alone in the TARDIS. With the help of emergency systems, the two must try to find and release the Doctor, and figure out how to fly the TARDIS.​
Guest Star: Sir Derek Jacobi as the Master​
 
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