SPEC Script: Doctor Who

‘Doctor Who’ is a long-running BBC Science Fiction Series based on the exploits of a centuries-old alien time traveler known as The Doctor.

If you haven’t seen the series already, you’re missing out on one of the most inventive shows currently on television. And everything is better with an accent.

As of this writing, the vast majority of the ‘rebooted’ series and many of the surviving classic episodes are available on Instant Streaming through Netflix and Amazon Prime.

If, like me, you started watching the modern series without any other background in the show, I would suggest giving the show two seasons before you make a final judgement to continue watching it or not. If you’re really in a hurry, or are having a hard time getting into the series, I would suggest watching ‘Father’s Day’, ‘The Empty Child’, ‘The Doctor Dances’, ‘Bad Wolf’, and ‘Parting of The Ways’ in the first season. In my (highly debatable) opinion, the first Series sometimes has a hard time finding its stride between what made the ‘old’ series fun and the possibilities of the ‘new’, so it can be difficult to get into. I watched every episode, but I add the other option as a begrudging alternative.

My attempt at writing a script for Doctor Who is linked below. This script is intentionally written as a stand-alone and concept-driven episode, not meant to interfere with any of the show’s larger, overarching plots. Similarly, the characters are referred to as generic names – simply ‘The Doctor’ and ‘Companion’, in an attempt to keep the script out of any existing continuity. As a side note, because of its premise, the script includes far more ‘action lines’ and emotional directives than I would normally include.

My attempt at writing an episode is presented, like the show, in a roughly forty-five-minute script.

Doctor Who Spec:
Palindrome (Download PDF)

As part of this project, I also wrote some notes on the writing process, as well as a few ‘lessons learned’ in the attempt. If, for some reason, you feel like reading these, there’s one more link below.

Notes On This Writing Attempt (Download Notes PDF)

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