‘The Deepening Rain’ (Z) – Introduction

Welcome to ‘The Deepening Rain’ of the ‘Zorbius’ series by Tim Bradley!

February 2013 and I was celebrating the Second Doctor era of ‘Doctor Who’ for the 50th anniversary! Also in that month, I wrote the second instalment of the ‘Zorbius’ series called ‘The Deepening Rain’, featuring the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe. The story is based on a script I penned for another series!

Before I wrote ‘Doctor Who’ stories, I attempted to write my own fantasy series set in an underwater kingdom called ‘Deep Sea Seven’. Whilst I didn’t write scripts for the series’ beginning, I did write scripts set during the series including ‘The Under-Sea Trilogy’. There were hints ‘Doctor Who’ in them. 😀

I wanted to reuse some of the ideas I put into my scripts for ‘Deep Sea Seven’ into my ‘Doctor Who’ stories. For ‘The Deepening Rain’, I reused elements from most of the scripts I’d written for ‘The Under-Sea Trilogy’ including names for places like Riseford as well as the underwater kingdom aspect.

Mainly, I based my story for ‘The Deepening Rain’ on the third script of ‘The Under-Sea Trilogy’, which was originally called ‘Blocked Gateways’ (sounds rude when I think about it 😀 ) The story essentially involved dreaming and our heroes trying to escape from the dream world with a help of one feral ally.

I’ve always been fascinated by dreams. In Chapter 2 of ‘The Deepening Rain’, it contains sequences of surreal proportions when the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe are dreaming. I also wanted to try my hand at doing an alternative version of ‘Warriors’ Gate’, which I found quite baffling when I watched it on DVD.

I was also looking forward to writing the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe for the first time in a ‘Doctor Who’ story. I’d met Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury at conventions but I hadn’t written a story featuring that particular TARDIS team from Season 6 of the classic era. This was before I wrote ‘Brain and Heart’.

I also originally wanted to write a trilogy of Second Doctor stories including one for the Doctor, Jamie, Polly and Ben as well as for the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria. As ‘The Deepening Rain’ is like the third of the trilogy with the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe, there was no harm to mention Polly, Ben and Victoria here.

I hope you’ll enjoy ‘The Deepening Rain’. I had fun rewriting it from a ‘Deep Sea Seven’ script into a ‘Doctor Who’ story with the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe and connecting it to the Zorbius series. There are some nice nostalgic references to the Second Doctor era here as well as the introduction of the Skeletrons.

TIM BRADLEY, February 2020

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