Post by Deleted on Jun 3, 2021 3:23:36 GMT
Jun 2, 2021 12:01:28 GMT @wolfie53 said:It can look intimidating, but there are only really a few hard rules (to do with licencing and things of that nature), as follows:
- You can use the First through Twelfth Doctors (barring the War Doctor) set within the timeline of the show;
- You can use all existing Classic Series companions (barring K9), including those developed for Big Finish;
- You can only use Rose, Martha and Donna from the New Series;
- You cannot create your own companion (i.e. they can't hop aboard the TARDIS at the end), and;
- You cannot use preexisting monsters (Daleks, Cybermen, etc.) or established characters (e.g. Counter-Measures, Jago and Litefoot, et al.).
Other than that, the universe is your oyster. The rest of the guidelines, as listed by Nucleus from Ian Atkins (the guy who kickstarted the Spragg), are more recommendations on what tended to resonate most with the judges. With a lot of competitions, authors submit blind without knowing what their audience's preferences are, this is a bit of insight into that. Distilled down, a story for the competition will tend to catch their eye if it:
- Has emotional resonance and makes the listener feel;
- Uses a small cast;
- Steers clear of relentless extremes in tone (e.g. a story can be dark, but preferably not bleak);
- Is submitted with a layer of polish (solid grammar, spelling and coherency), and;
- Is preferably your best submission because you can only pitch that story once.
I Guess thats my issue what i wanted to write was quite a heartbreaking drama featuring The 8th Doctor and i guess i thought that the rules above were that they couldnt
have darker toned stories
Yeah, as Drama Man says, it's all about striking a balance. Forever Fallen, for instance, has quite a heartwrenching conclusion to it. It's very logical and very real, but there's a sense of emotional release to it. It's not a happy ending, but a good ending, if that makes sense. Things have the potential to get better and we get to see that to some extent, too. The reality leans more towards optimism than pessimism.