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Whew! 
31st-Jan-2010 08:28 pm
totally_sane, suzie
Whew. What a weekend. My major goal for this weekend was to finish a script pitch for a Doctor Who story to submit to Big Finish Productions before their deadline tonight. I'd been fiddling with an idea all week - I got up on Saturday morning, bashed out a synopsis before lunch, revised the synopsis and wrote two pages of sample script in the afternoon, sent the whole thing to a friend for a critique, and then revised the whole thing again this morning. Came back after dinner this evening, gave it one more read through and a spell-check, and sent it.

(Microsoft Word's spellchecker appears to know the word "TARDIS", but has problems with "teleporter". Hmmm.)

Two remarkable things about this project: 1. It's really fun to write dialogue for Peter Davison. 2. The Evil Little Voice in my head really threw a hissy fit trying to get me not to do this. It was all, "Oh, I don't have any ideas. I'm too busy. It won't be any good anyway, and even if they commission a script from me, I'll screw it up..." I had to sit myself down, and say, "Look, suppose you knew someone who occasionally fancies that they can write, and they've been a Doctor Who fan since age 9, and they're mad about audio drama in general and Big Finish in particular. Would you accept any of these excuses from them as reasons not to do this?" And that pretty much did the trick.

I need to take a firm hand with the Evil Little Voice in my head more often.

Also, I need to submit to more things with deadlines.
Comments 
1st-Feb-2010 06:14 am (UTC)
You wrote a script pitch? That's awesome! Would you share it?? :D
2nd-Feb-2010 03:01 am (UTC)
Sure. I'm a little wary of posting the pitch publicly until Big Finish have had a chance to say yea or nay on it. (I'm not sure why - it's not like posting a short story, where it would effectively negate the first publication rights, but it doesn't quite feel right to just put it out there.) But if you're curious about my pitch, I'd be happy to send it to you in email.
3rd-Feb-2010 01:36 am (UTC)
Good luck!

As I keep saying - I rather hope that they'll just take everything they like, as they did with the short stories. With 1200 entries, they have plenty to play with!
3rd-Feb-2010 05:07 am (UTC)
It certainly seems likely that they'll choose more than one pitch to develop further. Just think, with 1200 entries, they may be set for 5th Doctor/Nyssa stories for a good long time.

Good luck with yours too!
3rd-Feb-2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking that if they take a bunch of the stories, they may do an anthology of shorts, moving some to different Doctor/companion pairings. Unlike God Send Me Well, you could do a global S&R on my plot and use just about any Doctor and companion, short of Leela (who probably wouldn't be grossed out at the idea of cannibals), Romana (who wouldn't care about cannibals) or Ace (who would just blow the snot out of the macguffin as soon as it shows).

Actually, switching it to Romana might be fun, on the basis that I could add much snark and a "Doctor, you MORON!" moment.
4th-Feb-2010 05:30 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'd have to tweak some dialogue to fit, but my basic plot idea could be adapted to just about any Doctor/companion pairing.
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