‘The Tree of Riverloth’ – Introduction

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Welcome to ‘The Tree of Riverloth’ of ‘The Fifth Doctor by Tim Bradley’ series!

This story came about after the positive response to my first three ‘Doctor Who’ fan-fiction stories in ‘The Fifth Doctor by Tim Bradley’ series on ‘Bradley’s Basement’. I’d like to thank those who’ve read and supported my ‘Doctor Who’ stories as it’s encouraged me to add more stories to my personal blog.

I realised that I never wrote the story that bridged the gap between ‘Doom of the Daleks’ and ‘The Austen Code’ in the series. This was because I’d left ‘Doom of the Daleks’ open-ended, on the assumption that I would never get a chance to write another story with the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Billy.

That was in 2010. Now, I’ve completed my series of ‘Doctor Who’ stories with the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy which is a great achievement for me. When I started adding my stories to ‘Bradley’s Basement’, I didn’t expect them to be warmly received. I’m looking forward to adding more stories to the blog.

Having realised that I never wrote the interjecting story between ‘Doom of the Daleks’ and ‘The Austen Code’, I soon decided that now was the time to write it for my blog. This was very exciting for me, since I could get to tell another story with the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy who I enjoyed writing for.

The question was what kind of interjecting story could I write for the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy without disrupting the continuity of what I’d already written in this series? I had some story ideas in place to fill in the gap between ‘Doom of the Daleks’ and ‘The Austen Code’, but these weren’t fully realized.

Firstly, I had a story idea called ‘Blue’. This was about the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy visiting an alien planet where everything was blue and it connects to Billy as it was his favourite colour and also reflects his mood from ‘Doom of the Daleks’. It was to be a Companion Chronicle story read by Billy.

Secondly, I had a story idea called ‘Master Copy’. It was also supposed to be a Companion Chronicle-styled story and was to feature Nyssa and Billy with the Master, as played by Anthony Ainley from the TV series. I don’t know how this was to have worked, but I had in mind to do it a four-part story.

In the end, these ideas proved to be unfruitful and I couldn’t really develop them as proper fully-fledged stories with the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy in them. But I did think on some of the influences and the inspiration from these two story ideas, especially when developing Billy’s character journey.

I then re-listened to my ‘Conversation with Sarah Sutton’ that I conducted with Sarah at the ‘Bournemouth Film and Comic Con’ in August 2015. From my interview with Sarah, the two stories that she and me liked were ‘Black Orchid’ and ‘The Keeper of Traken’. This was where I was inspired.

I’d done a lot with referring to and being influenced by ‘Black Orchid’ in my ‘Doctor Who’ stories that I discovered that I hadn’t done anything with ‘The Keeper of Traken’. So I decided to do a sequel of sorts to ‘The Keeper of Traken’ and feature the Melkurs in it as I found them very scary as monsters.

I’m aware that Big Finish have done a ‘Doctor Who’ story with Melkurs in it called ‘The Guardians of Prophecy’ with the Sixth Doctor and Peri. But don’t worry! I did re-listen to that ‘Lost Story’ from Big Finish to help establish what I wanted with my Traken-styled story with the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy.

There are also influences of ‘Primeval’, another Big Finish audio set on Traken in the past with the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa. That story takes place before Billy joined the Doctor and Nyssa, and I enjoyed discovering how to link ‘The Tree of Riverloth’ to ‘Primeval’ and ‘The Guardians of Prophecy’.

This will be for you, the fourth story with the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Billy in my series of ‘Doctor Who’. But for me, this was a return to writing the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy again after completing their series. This was a joy and an interesting challenge to do since I love writing for this TARDIS trio.

It was a challenge, as I was writing for Nyssa, Billy and the Doctor at a time when Billy was getting to know the Doctor and Nyssa and vice versa. I had to be mindful of future stories that were to take place after ‘The Tree of Riverloth’ and to be careful of not jumping ahead of myself when writing the story.

I also didn’t want to do a ‘Psychodrome 2’ with this interjecting story for the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy as that had been done so well by Jonathan Morris and I didn’t want to seem to be repeating the same story. But what you will find in this story is Billy’s decision to keep travelling in the TARDIS and why.

Billy’s journey in ‘The Tree of Riverloth’ is one of finding what makes him want to stay in the TARDIS with the Doctor and Nyssa. I’m sure some of you know the answer to this, but it was interesting to re-discover that for myself. There are also some nice hints to future stories with Billy later on in this.

I hope you’ll enjoy ‘The Tree of Riverloth’ by me. If you find this story is akin to ‘The Keeper of Traken’ and has the same atmosphere, then that’s great. I also hope that you’ll enjoy Billy’s journey in finally staying on with the Doctor and Nyssa and the TARDIS trio fighting the Melkurs on Riverloth.

TIM BRADLEY, October 2016.


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2 thoughts on “‘The Tree of Riverloth’ – Introduction

  1. IWishIHadATardis

    Hi Tim

    I’m looking forward to reading The Tree of Riverloth, and I found it interesting, as the first part of that read, to read your Introduction – how you came to write the story, why, and at what stage in your creative writing career that it came about. I’m interested indeed that you have taken thoughts as well into the story after listening to BF stories, as well as obviously stories like The Keeper of Traken. It’s always nice to have elements of continuity in stories, as it’s good to be able to see the characters developing, in ways that we were not previously aware of, having not had these stories that interleaved between existing stories.

    On to Chapter One!

    Leigh

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  2. Tim Bradley Post author

    Hi Leigh

    Thanks for your latest comments on my ‘The Tree of Riverloth’ story. Sorry for the late replies. I’ve been away on a weekend break to Chichester recently. I hope to post my holiday report on that soon.

    I’m pleased you enjoyed reading my Introduction and finding out some of the behind-the-scenes information about how I came to write this story. This was a challenging story to write in fitting in the continuity elements of ‘Doctor Who’ stories by me, shown on TV and by BF.

    Hope you enjoy the rest of the story.

    Tim. 🙂

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