Douglas Adams, the late lamented author of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” and “Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency,” was born 70-years ago on March 11, 1952 so Happy Birthday to him today.
Adams was also part-time writer for classic Doctor Who and was script editor for Season 17 (Tom Baker as the Doctor and Lala Ward as Romana). He wrote or co-wrote two fan favorites that were decidedly tongue-in-cheek. In season 16, 1979-1980, (The Key To Time season arc) he penned “The Pirate Planet” and next season, one of my very favorites, “City Of Death.” He also had another script ready for the finale of S. 17, called “Shada” which was only partially taped but left unfinished because of labor disruptions at the BBC. He died in 2001 at age 49.
Now, some notes Adams made in 1972 have come to light. It is not even the outline of a story but just some ideas of an adventure. It is unknown why he didn’t flesh it out in a script and submit it to the BBC.
DR WHO — Travel forward
Caught in 'time pocket'
Land again on Earth
Everything — slow motion
— (20 yard area around the Tardis)
Find barrier — Where? London?
Hemispherical — mirror — force field
— beings inside turn out to be projection of each observer
i.e. whoever looks at them simply sees images of himself — Why?
Because humans are a race of individuals
— self centered. These people, Zotons, are a community — each individual is a cell, and sees each other cell as an image of the community.
Come from a different space-time continuum to study this life form, which seem only to exist in this particular STC
[Margin notes] Communicate telepathically
Attempt show image of community — mindblowing!
If no one comes from the future to stop you from doing it then how bad a decision could it really be?