Doctor Who: The Lost Stories (Untitled Stories)
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(untitled) The Ninth Doctor
Writer: Paul Abbott Notes: After being approached by his friend, executive producer Russell T Davies, Abbott agreed to write this episode. Following a month's development, however, Abbott came to the conclusion that he was too busy with other projects to devote the necessary time to his Doctor Who script. This story was consequently abandoned, and Davies himself wrote Boom Town to replace it.
Characters: The Ninth Doctor, Rose, Jack
Episodes: 1 (45-minute)
Planned For: Eleventh episode of Season Twenty-Seven
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: Involved the revelation that the Doctor had been manipulating Rose's life in order to turn her into the ideal companion.
References: Doctor Who Magazine #360

(untitled) The Fourth Doctor
Writer: Douglas Adams Notes: Adams submitted this idea around the middle of 1974. He later reused elements of it in his hugely successful 1978 radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy and its myriad adaptations into other media.
Characters: Presumably the Fourth Doctor
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Twelve
Stage Reached: Story idea
Synopsis: Included a spaceship called the ‘B’ Ark leaving Earth with the affluent but useless members of society aboard.
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #8

(untitled) The Fourth Doctor
Writer: Douglas Adams Notes: Adams had apparently toyed with this idea for a while, and when a final story was needed for Season Seventeen (for which he served as script editor), he suggested expanding it into a six-part serial. Producer Graham Williams nixed the idea, however, which he thought would be seen as mocking Doctor Who. Instead, Adams developed the abortive Shada.
Characters: The Fourth Doctor, Romana, K-9
Episodes: 2
Planned For: Season Seventeen
Stage Reached: Story idea
Synopsis: Fed up with saving the universe, the Doctor goes into retirement, but is constantly summoned back from seclusion to resolve various troubles.
References: Doctor Who Magazine #267

(untitled) The Fourth Doctor
Writer: Chris Boucher Notes: Boucher began discussions with the production team about a new serial shortly after completing Image Of The Fendahl. However, by this time Boucher was script editing science-fiction series Blake's 7, and BBC Head of Drama Ronnie Marsh did not want writers contributing to both shows. Consequently, Boucher's Doctor Who story did not proceed further.
Characters: The Fourth Doctor
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Sixteen
Stage Reached: Story idea
Synopsis: Involved a remote Earth outpost under attack.
References: Doctor Who Magazine #197

(untitled) The Fourth Doctor
Writer: John Brosnan Notes: Shortly after becoming Doctor Who's script editor in January 1980, Christopher H Bidmead appealed to serious science-fiction authors to submit ideas for Doctor Who. Brosnan, who at the time was writing for genre magazine Starburst and would later pen more than a dozen novels, subsequently contacted Bidmead with this unusual suggestion, but it was not pursued.
Characters: The Fourth Doctor
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Eighteen
Stage Reached: Story idea
Synopsis: The Doctor lands at BBC Television Centre, where he meets Tom Baker -- the actor who plays him on television -- and the two work together to combat a threat.
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #9

(untitled) The Third Doctor
Writer: Douglas Camfield Notes: Camfield, who had recently directed Inferno, submitted this in late 1970.
Characters: The Third Doctor
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Eight
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: Set in a hidden Amazon city.
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #2

(untitled) The Tenth Doctor
Writer: Russell T Davies Notes: Davies began considering this notion while on holiday in July 2007. He had unsuccessfully approached Rowling -- author of the hugely popular Harry Potter novels -- about writing for Doctor Who in 2004, and now hoped to persuade her to appear in the programme instead, as the focus of the 2008 Christmas special. Although she was not an actress, Davies felt that Rowling was one of the few celebrities who might be even more famous than Kylie Minogue, who was appearing in the 2007 Christmas special Voyage Of The Damned. However, David Tennant indicated that he felt the idea veered to close to being a Doctor Who spoof, and Davies was already becoming concerned about the likelihood of Rowling accepting the role. In mid-August, he decided to return to his original idea for the 2008 special, which would evolve into The Next Doctor.
Characters: The Tenth Doctor
Episodes: 1 (60-minute)
Planned For: 2008 Christmas special
Stage Reached: Story idea
Synopsis: On Christmas Eve, an alien creature attaches itself to author JK Rowling. Suddenly, the real world is replaced by a magical reality influenced by the writer's own imagination. The Doctor must battle witches and wizards to reach Rowling and put the world to rights.
References: Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale

(untitled) The Second Doctor
Writer: Roger Dixon Notes: Dixon submitted this suggestion for one or more Doctor Who stories in January 1967 under the heading “General”.
Characters: The Second Doctor
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Five
Stage Reached: Story idea
Synopsis: Would have concerned a planet much like Earth but missing some fundamental aspect of our world, such as money, the wheel or eyesight.
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #4, The Doctor Who Chronicles: Season Five

(untitled) The First Doctor
Writer: Robert Gould Notes: With the abandonment of CE Webber's “The Giants”, Gould was asked to make a fresh attempt at a “miniscules” story. By mid-September 1963, this was intended to be the fourth serial of Season One (following Marco Polo); it was pushed back one slot following the insertion into the schedule of Inside The Spaceship in November. In early January 1964, however, Gould's story was removed from the schedule and the writer met with story editor David Whitaker on February 4th to discuss the difficulties he was having. At this time, it was agreed that Gould would stop working on the miniaturisation concept and try his hand at something else. A third attempt at the “miniscules” idea was made by Louis Marks, and this finally saw production as Planet Of Giants.
Characters: The First Doctor, Susan, Ian, Barbara
Episodes: 4
Planned For: Season One
Stage Reached: Storyline; possibly partial script
Synopsis: The TARDIS crew are shrunk to one-sixteenth of an inch in size. They are menaced by carpet dust “storms”, falling cigarette ash, and other creatures, and must figure out how to obtain food and water.
References: Doctor Who: The Handbook: The First Doctor

(untitled) The First Doctor
Writer: Robert Gould Notes: On February 4th, 1964, Gould and story editor David Whitaker agreed to abandon the “miniscules” idea Gould had been working on for some months. Whitaker offered to entertain another storyline from the writer, and Gould suggested this concept. Producer Verity Lambert subsequently noted her concern that this might be too similar to the John Wyndham novel The Day Of The Triffids. On the 9th, Gould informed Whitaker that he had decided against taking the idea any further. However, on March 26th, Whitaker was forced to defend episode three of The Keys Of Marinus against Gould's assertion that it made use of his “plants vs people” notion. Whitaker successfully demonstrated to BBC Head of Serials Donald Wilson that no plagiarism had occurred.
Characters: The First Doctor, Susan, Ian, Barbara
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Presumably Seasons One or Two
Stage Reached: Story idea
Synopsis: Would have concerned a planet where plants treat people the way people on Earth treat plants.
References: Doctor Who Magazine #310, Doctor Who: The Handbook: The First Doctor

(untitled) The Tenth Doctor
Writer: Matthew Graham Notes: When meeting with executive producers Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner in late August 2005 about writing a back-up script for Doctor Who (which would be used in the 2006 season in case of emergency, and otherwise would be retained for the next year), Graham offered this story idea. It was decided that he would instead pursue a concept suggested by Davies, which became Fear Her.
Characters: The Tenth Doctor, Rose
Episodes: 1 (45-minute)
Planned For: Seasons Twenty-Eight and Twenty-Nine
Stage Reached: Story idea
Synopsis: Involved a villain who has discovered how to drain things of their beauty, and has reduced his planet to a sterile grey landscape.
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #14

(untitled) The Fourth Doctor
Writer: Robert Holmes Notes: In the autumn of 1976, it appeared that the team of producer Philip Hinchcliffe and script editor Robert Holmes would continue to guide Doctor Who during Season Fifteen. One of the stories they considered at this time was a Holmes-written serial inspired by Joseph Conrad's 1899 novel Heart Of Darkness. These plans were scuppered in late October when the BBC decided to instead replace Hinchcliffe with Graham Williams.
Characters: The Fourth Doctor, Leela
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Fifteen
Stage Reached: Story idea
Synopsis: Unknown
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #8

(untitled) The Fifth Doctor
Writer: Tanith Lee Notes: Lee was a well-known writer of science-fiction and fantasy, whose novels included The Dragon Hoard and Night's Master; she had also contributed to the science-fiction programme Blake's 7. She was commissioned to script a Doctor Who serial on February 6th, 1981, but this was ultimately abandoned.
Characters: The Fifth Doctor, presumably with Adric, Nyssa and Tegan
Episodes: 4
Planned For: Season Twenty
Stage Reached: Partial(?) script
Synopsis: Unknown
References: Doctor Who: The Eighties

(untitled) The Second Doctor
Writer: Barry Letts Notes: Letts submitted this idea to story editor Gerry Davis around November 1966. Three decades later, Letts revived this idea as the basis for his Third Doctor radio drama, The Paradise Of Death.
Characters: The Second Doctor
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Presumably Seasons Four or Five
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: Would have featured the Doctor confronting an evil organisation which used an amusement park as its front.
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #4

(untitled) The Second Doctor
Writer: Peter Ling Notes: Shortly after completing The Mind Robber, Ling discussed this idea with script editor Terrance Dicks, but it soon became clear that the concept was too complex to be adequately realised.
Characters: The Second Doctor
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Probably Season Six
Stage Reached: Story idea
Synopsis: Would have concerned a planet where time ran backwards.
References: Doctor Who Magazine #245

(untitled) The First Doctor
Writer: John Lucarotti Notes: On February 26th, 1965, Lucarotti agreed to develop an idea for an historical story set in India. He contacted former Doctor Who director Waris Hussein, who indicated that such a story would probably have to be set within the past couple of centuries, and suggested the 1857 Indian Mutiny as a possibility. Lucarotti was keen on the idea, but story editor Dennis Spooner informed him that a new policy forbade historicals set after 1600. Lucarotti would ultimately write The Massacre Of St Bartholomew's Eve in its place.
Characters: The First Doctor, Ian, Barbara, Vicki
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Three
Stage Reached: Story idea
Synopsis: Would have involved the time travellers in the events of the 1857 Indian Mutiny (see the entry on “The Red Fort” for more information on this incident).
References: Doctor Who Magazine #233

(untitled) The First Doctor
Writer: John Lucarotti Notes: In the spring of 1965, after his initial proposal of an historical set around the 1857 Indian Mutiny was rejected, Lucarotti gained agreement from story editor Dennis Spooner to instead write a storyline for a serial involving the Vikings, and particularly Erik the Red (whom Lucarotti confused with his offspring, Leif Eriksson). Lucarotti began writing his storyline for Ian, Barbara and Vicki, although he knew that Ian and Barbara would likely have to be replaced. When Donald Tosh succeeded Spooner, he was unaware of Lucarotti's project, and contacted him independently. Tosh and incoming producer John Wiles were initially satisfied with the Viking storyline, asking only that Lucarotti make a few changes to bring it in line with their vision of Doctor Who. On June 24th, shortly after making these changes, Lucarotti was surprised to learn his storyline had been rejected. Frustrated at having two proposals turned down, Lucarotti contacted his agents, who soon earned him a commission to write The Massacre Of St Bartholomew's Eve. In 1992, Lucarotti turned his Viking storyline into a short story for Doctor Who Magazine, entitled “Who Discovered America?”.
Characters: The First Doctor, Ian, Barbara, Vicki
Episodes: 4
Planned For: Season Three
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: After landing in 1002 Greenland, the time travellers are captured by Leif Eriksson and his Vikings. The Doctor needs some plutonic rock to repair the TARDIS, but knows that this can only be found in Newfoundland. He convinces Eriksson to lead an exploration party across the ocean. After acquiring the necessary minerals, he then takes Eriksson further on to Nova Scotia, where the Viking orders the time travellers to remain to help start a settlement. The Doctor uses the unusual tidal properties of the nearby Bay of Fundy to convince Eriksson that he is a magician, and the companions are returned to the TARDIS.
References: Doctor Who Magazine #184, DWM #233

(untitled) The Fourth Doctor
Writers: Pat Mills and John Wagner Notes: This was submitted around the start of 1979, but was not taken forward. Wagner and Mills subsequently reworked it as Doctor Who and The Iron Legion, their first comic strip for Doctor Who Weekly, published in issues one to eight from October 1979. The artwork was by Dave Gibbons, who later rose to fame as the illustrator of the seminal comic book miniseries Watchmen.
Characters: The Fourth Doctor, Romana, K-9
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Seventeen
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: Set in a parallel universe where the Roman Empire persisted into the present day.
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #9, Doctor Who Weekly #s 1-8

(untitled) The Third Doctor
Writer: Trevor Ray Notes: Around the time that he became Doctor Who's assistant story editor in late 1968, Ray spent three days carrying out research on this story with the Marines. He eventually decided his idea was too technical to be accomplished in Doctor Who.
Characters: Presumably the Third Doctor
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Presumably Season Seven
Stage Reached: Story idea
Synopsis: Would have been set underwater.
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #4

(untitled) The Eleventh Doctor
Writer: Gareth Roberts Notes: Roberts began developing this script at the behest of executive producer Steven Moffat in September 2008. Several drafts were written through July 2009, at which point the episode was abandoned and Roberts was instead commissioned to write The Lodger.
Characters: The Eleventh Doctor, Amy
Episodes: 1
Planned For: Season Thirty-One
Stage Reached: Full script
Synopsis: Unknown
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #27

(untitled) The Second Doctor
Writer: Derrick Sherwin Notes: Sherwin -- at the time making the transition from being script editor to producer of Doctor Who -- was apparently planning to write this story, designated Serial AAA, from about October 1968. (It also seems that he was intending to write for Doctor Who during the previous June; this may have been a different story idea, however). It appears that problems hit both this adventure and the preceding Serial ZZ, “The Impersonators”, and so in November the decision was made to conclude the Second Doctor's era with a single ten-part Serial ZZ, which became The War Games. Sherwin's story, which was never formally commissioned, was dropped at this point.
Characters: The Second Doctor, Jamie, Zoe
Episodes: 4
Planned For: Final story of Season Six
Stage Reached: Unknown
Synopsis: Would have ended the adventures of the Second Doctor and set up the Third Doctor being trapped on Earth.
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #4, The Doctor Who Chronicles: Season Six

(untitled) The Third Doctor
Writer: Martin Worth Notes: This was apparently considered in late 1970.
Characters: The Third Doctor
Episodes: Unknown
Planned For: Season Eight
Stage Reached: Story idea
Synopsis: Concerned plant life taking over the Earth.
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #2

(untitled) The Tenth Doctor
Writer: Unknown Notes: Over the course of 2004, executive producer Russell T Davies developed the idea of a Doctor Who story intertwining Queen Victoria, werewolves, and warrior monks like those in the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; the first two elements were partially inspired by The Unquiet Dead, a ghost story featuring Charles Dickens. Davies gave this concept to an unknown writer to develop as an unslotted story (to be used either in an emergency during the 2006 season or possibly for the 2007 season). With the resulting storyline eschewing both the werewolf and monk elements, however, the production team determined that the writer had not delivered the pitch they desired. Davies ended up tackling the scripting duties himself, and the result became Tooth And Claw.
Characters: The Tenth Doctor, Rose
Episodes: 1 (45-minute)
Planned For: Seasons Twenty-Eight and Twenty-Nine
Stage Reached: Storyline
Synopsis: Set at Buckingham Palace, this story concerned Queen Victoria getting an alien insect in her eye.
References: Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #14

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