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The Prison in Space

October 22nd, 2011 (11:57 pm)

The publishers of that most infrequent but most research-intensive of Doctor Who fanzines, Nothing at the End of the Lane, have a second in their series of books of untransmitted scripts imminent. This will be The Prison in Space by Dick Sharples, which until very late in the day was intended to be the fourth story in the 1968/69 season, its slot eventually being filled by The Krotons. It is notorious for its idea of a planet dominated by leather-clad women, not far from the Two Ronnies serial from their 1980 season, The Worm That Turned, but presumably without lots of men in frocks and Diana Dors ruling from Barbara Castle. This celebration of misogyny would not have been Doctor Who's finest hour, if reports are true, though publication of the script will . The cover illustration is suitably lurid, and can be found at the artist's Deviantart page.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/459393.html.


Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)

The cover didn't get past the security filter on the computer I'm using!

I'm tempted by this for historical reasons (I sound like Kenneth Horne: "I buy it for historical research..."), but I also wonder if buying a script that went unmade because it was consider awful and sexist is going to be worth the high price tag (I'm assuming it will cost as much as the previous book). At least Farewell Great Macedon was a reasonable script rejected because of the production office changing the programme's direction (and perhaps because it was too similar to other, already broadcast, stories).

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
Hartnell words

This link might work - it's a test as Picasa albums have changed to Google+ with associated changes of format...

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)

I saw it before, I just needed to adjust the security settings first. Sorry if I didn't make that clear.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2011 12:13 am (UTC)

That's OK - my misinterpretation!

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2011 09:13 am (UTC)

Lurid's the word! (I'm inclined to think that if it didn't get made on grounds of sexism in the 1960s, it must be too awful to contemplate, but I suppose it has a certain train-wrecky interest...)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2011 09:34 am (UTC)

If even Terrance Dicks, not exactly a feminist, thought that it was worth cultivating The Krotons on the side, while Peter Bryant and Derrick Sherwin pushed ahead with this story until it collapsed...