Flight of Tardis
Whether you discovered BBC’s DR WHO as a child in the 20th century or have become an addict of the 21st rebirth of the series (one with a much larger production budget), chances are you equate the good Doctor’s name with the fantastic.What else could it be for a Time Lord who is the last of his kind traveling in a craft (the Tardis) that is the last of its kind, who appears to have a fascination for Earthlings to the point of always having one of the female persuasion as a traveling companion as well as rushing to the planet’s aid time after time after time. Did I mention he’s over 900 years old and thanks to the regeneration process when he’s been killed, looks like a different man…at least 11 different one’s to date as the actors who play him turn the role over to the next enthusiastic fellow.It’s a kid’s show, you say? Well, yeah, but in the long run children probably make up the smallest demographic of the audience and fans worldwide. Even if you aren’t a Whoian, there are things to be learned from the series – like how to blend the laugh with the fantastic, the monsters with the clueless, how to hide in plain sight, survive with little more than a sonic screwdriver and an unlimited imagination.
And how to twist, spin and corrupt every familiar plot trope available. And they’re all available. To you, too.
This 1-week mini-workshop uses the 21st century reincarnation of the DR WHO series as a springboard for the imagination of writers of all genres, not merely those that would mesh with the DR WHO world. Familiarity with the new series is not required – watching it is not a prerequisite. The workshop will lay it all out in black and white, focusing on a handful of the programs featuring David Tennant as the 10th Doctor and Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor. We only have a week, after all, and no Tardis of our own.
The workshop is for anyone interested in taking a leap into the unknown when it comes to tweaking often played elements when building a plot.