‘Junglos 4198’ – Introduction

Welcome to ‘Junglos 4198’, the second story of ‘The Salvador Trilogy’ in ‘The Fifth Doctor by Tim Bradley’ series! This instalment of ‘The Salvador Trilogy’ was what I was looking forward to the most!

With ‘The Austen Code’, the first story of ‘The Salvador Trilogy’, completed in March 2011, my attention turned to the second. ‘Junglos 4198’ was to be an epic adventure on a jungle planet. I wrote this one from April to June 2011 while Matt Smith’s second season of ‘Doctor Who’ was on TV.

The inspiration for ‘Junglos 4198’ came from my love of action-adventure movies and high-fantasy dramas with the likes of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Spider-Man’. I also took my cue from the classic adventure ‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stevenson and most notably ‘Muppet Treasure Island’! 😀

Before ‘Doctor Who’ came into my life, I attempted to write a high-fantasy trilogy on the lines of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ called ‘The Quest of the Jungle’. I took inspiration from writing this fantasy trilogy from watching ‘Muppet Treasure Island’ and I created my own world called Junglo, not Junglos.

I wrote this fantasy trilogy in my teens during 2003. Sadly I didn’t get to complete ‘The Quest of the Jungle’ trilogy, as I was struggling to write prose and was pretty inexperienced at the time. But with work unfinished, I made sure I kept what I’d written so far as I didn’t want to waste any of the ideas.

When it came to writing ‘The Salvador Trilogy’ in 2011 for my ‘Doctor Who’ fan-fiction series, I found an opportunity to re-use my ‘Quest of the Jungle’ trilogy story ideas. I re-applied the story and the ideas for the second ‘Doctor Who’ story in ‘The Salvador Trilogy’ and thus it became ‘Junglos 4198’.

In terms of what was familiar and different from the ‘Treasure Island’ story to ‘Junglos 4198’, I included a number of characters that featured similar traits and characteristics. These included Jason Drodo similar to Jim Hawkins; Lo-Jo Sil similar to Long John Silver; Captain Doromir similar to Captain Smollett; etc.

There’s also the spaceship Hispaniola that appears in ‘Junglos 4198’. Some of the characters’ names are also familiar to ones featured in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Obvious ones include Captain Doromir who’s similar to Boromir and Jason Drodo’s surname is very similar to Frodo Baggins’ father.

As well as Salvador as a villain, there’s also a super-villain that appears in this story called the Mud Man aka Dr. Gun Nett. The Mud Man was a creation based on my favourite super-villains from the ‘Spider-Man’ movies/comics with the likes of Sandman and traits of Doctor Octopus/Doc Ock and the Green Goblin in him.

There is also a tribe of savage natives that appear in ‘Junglos 4198’. These are called the Gren and they were originally featured in my fantasy trilogy ‘The Quest of the Jungle’. I renamed some of the characters and had them worshipping the Mud Man, as they’re led by Ja-Ara who is clearly bonkers.

In the story, there is a dark tower called Ungol which is not too dissimilar to towers in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy liked Cirith Ungol, Barad-dûr and Orthanc. There is also a ferocious beast living in the tower called the Bullor, which I took my cue from the Minotaur and also the Garm in ‘Terminus’.

Just to say, I saw the 2010 movie ‘Avatar’ directed by James Cameron, a year before I wrote this story in 2011. I did re-watch ‘Avatar’ to gain some inspiration for writing the story with the jungle landscapes and atmospheres featured in the film. I was so blown away by the CGI special effects in it.

Before I wrote this story, the sad news came that Elisabeth Sladen, the actress who played Sarah Jane Smith in ‘Doctor Who’, passed away in April 2011. Like with Nicholas Courtney, I made a dedication to Lis Sladen in ‘Part One’ of the story and also to have a nice link into ‘K-9 and Company’.

Salvador’s presence in this ‘Doctor Who’ story by me is quite fleeting, at least for the first two episodes. But later on in the story, there is a confrontation between Salvador and the Doctor and a little more gets revealed about the link between them. What that link is, well, you’ll have to find out!

The number 4198 in the title ‘Junglos 4198’ is actually a clue to what this story’s about. It’s the date for the planet Junglos when the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy visit it in the story. But there’s more to the date 4198 on Junglos in connection to Salvador, as the Doctor discovers when he solves the mystery.

But the highlight of writing this ‘Doctor Who’ story for me was writing for Nyssa and Billy. These two become really close during the story as their relationship is developed whilst separated from the Doctor on Junglos. What happens to Nyssa and Billy at the end will definitely change their friendship.

I enjoyed writing ‘Junglos 4198’ as a story. It was a different beast to tackle compared to ‘The Austen Code’. It’s probably my favourite out of ‘The Salvador Trilogy’, but I’ll let you decide which your favourite is. It’s definitely a story full of drama, action, adventure and high-fantasy for you to enjoy.

We’re now half-way through ‘The Salvador Trilogy’ and Salvador’s plans for the Doctor get deadlier. By the time you’ve finished ‘Junglos 4198’, Salvador will set his last trap for a certain battle to begin…

In the meantime, enjoy ‘Junglos 4198′! It has moments of horror, but hopefully not too much.

TIM BRADLEY, February 2017.

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