Friday, 11 July 2014

Doctor Who: Marcus Sedgwick's Spear of Destiny

Marcus Sedgwick was inquired to write up a story based upon the third Doctor, Jon Pertwee. At first, Sedgwick was a bit apprehensive and uneasy about writing this piece in such a short amount of time: one week. Before the final draft's deadline, he would have to submit a synopsis in four days, a thing that he proclaims as pointless.
Books don't work that way, because it's not the best way to get the most original or the best writing. Books will never work well that way, and just because the publishing industry has started to decide that they should, the way writers create books best isn't going to change. But okay I thought, for once, for a relatively short book (12,000 words) I think I could bash out a synopsis.
The synopsis had to be approved and checked off as "good" by not only the publisher, but BBC as well, seeing as how they own Doctor Who. Sedgwick had to work up to a standard: a set of guidelines to go along with this already outlined character. After the synopsis was written up and approved, Sedgwick would have one week to compose the final work. As an author, he was waiting for an opportunity to bring to life an idea of his which had been filed away for a later time. The idea was incorporated with Viking mythology, the tricky part being working the Doctor to fit in with it. Now, with his storyline and plot set out in front of him, he just had to meet the fleeting deadline.
 When I write, I write very fast. As long as I know more or less what I'm doing, and how I'm going to do it, I can write a lot in a short space of time.
Then, doubt crept into Sedgwick's mind: he was writing a Doctor Who story. The show is a legend, the characters beloved by all who come to know them. He wavered in his decision to write the piece, but seeing as it was too late to back out, he carried on. He reassured himself that this was his profession, a passion that he loved.
So there was nothing to do but remember the most important things when writing; to have fun with it. To be playful, creatively. To forget everyone who would read it, from the editor, to the BBC to the final reader, the Doctor Who fan him or herself, and just enjoy the process of living, for a couple of days, with The Doctor, in all his weird glory.
In the end, Doctor Who: The Spear of Destiny was created.

[Source: The Guardian ]