Doctor Who: 5 Obscure Doctor Who Adventures That Are Free on YouTube

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Following the cancellation of the series in 1989, there was a fan named Bill Baggs who decided to try and continue producing Doctor Who movies with his wife, Helen. Thus was born BBV and their collection of not-quite Doctor Who adventures.

When at all possible, BBV would license characters like Liz Shaw and creations like K-9 and the Zygons from their actual creators, but The Doctor and his companions were mostly out. Still, both Sylvester McCoy and Colin Baker appeared in several of these productions in roles that were just far off enough from being The Doctor that BBV wouldn't get sued. Mostly. McCoy's appearances as The Professor and his young assistant Ace (Played by Sophie Aldred) underwent name changes after pressure from the BBC and eventually disappeared altogether.

BBV also attempted to use the Cybermen, but were not granted the license. Instead was born Cyberon, and a really, really terrible film. Seriously, this is awful in a way that is worthy of song and legend, but despite its terrible script and execution, you can actually see some of the ideas that would eventually culminate in the Cybermen of Pete's World in the modern series.

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A very cool thing that did come out of BBV's Fauxctor Who was an excellent lost incarnation of The Doctor himself. Along with Dr. Who and the Shalka Doctor, Nicholas Briggs's Nth Doctor is part of a handful of alternate-universe or future incarnations that are so awesome they can't be ignored.

BBV's theory was that by using an actor who had never played The Doctor before, there might be less unwanted attention from the BBC. Briggs managed to play this Doctor for several seasons in audio form, and of course went on to voice the Daleks, Cybermen and other races in the revived shows as well as currently heading up Big Finish. "Cyber-Hunt" occurs during a bout of amnesia, with the Nth Doctor going by the name Fred or The Wanderer, but it's still an amazing story that hints at all the great things you see in modern Who radio plays.

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Death Comes to Time
Remember those webcasts I mentioned earlier? The other one you definitely need to see is "Death Comes to Time," which shows the death of the Seventh Doctor and Ace supplanting him as the only Time Lord left in the universe. Obviously, this clashes with every television story since "Battlefield" and negates the 1996 movie and the revived series entirely. Indeed, some of the more fundamentalist classic Who fans consider this to be the true end of the show and everything from McGann onwards to be something different. The timeline is among one of several shown in the Eighth Doctor story, "Zagreus," which can more or less be considered canon and thus means "Death Comes to Time" is at least a possibility.

Regardless of how or whether it fits in, the webcast features a fantastic voice cast and a truly gripping story that will have you riveted from the get-go. For fans who felt Ace never received her proper send-off, it's amazingly cathartic. Ultimately, I'm glad the show went in the direction it did rather than how stuff like "Death Comes to Time" implies it might have, but it's still awesome to see these pieces of Whostory up and available for anyone who wants to take a look.

Jef has a new story, a tale of headless strippers and The Rolling Stones, available now in Broken Mirrors, Fractured Minds. You can also connect with him on Facebook.

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Jim Rassinier
Jim Rassinier

I know of nobody that watches this show; which is fine & all, but isn't this about the 5th article about it? How about an article about another asinine show? Haven't see anything written about "Small Wonder" in a while.

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