Character A arrives and talks with Character B, then leaves. It's the least-interesting of all possible premises--and therefore the best possible premise to use to judge a writer's skill. If you can craft an entire story out of two people talking, with a coherent arc and compelling characters and enervating dialog... you can do anything.
Which is precisely why I so adore stories like these (the recent 9th Doctor ST leaps to mind). At their best, they represent Doctor Who at its best.
i really can't praise Landbound enough. This is precisely the kind of story I always wanted to see from the TV series: no padding, no action sequences, no goofy-looking foam-and-rubber monster. Just a person, in a spot of trouble, paired with a meddlesome time-traveler. It's a perfect story and embodies everything I love best about the 3rd Doctor: his wit, charm, ego, abrasiveness, and unerring tendency to fix things immediately.
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