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Scientific Adviser (short story)

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Scientific Adviser
Doctor: Second Doctor
Featuring: The Brig
Main enemy: The Cyber-Planner
The Cybermen
Main setting: London, the 1990s
Key crew
Writer: Ian Atkins
Release details
Part of: More Short Trips
Release date: 1 March 1999
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Scientific Adviser was the second short story in the Short Trips anthology More Short Trips. It was written by Ian Atkins. It featured the Second Doctor.

Summary Edit

Lloyd Kingsley-Sayle is filming a movie about the Cybermen invasion of the 1970s. At the request of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, the Second Doctor poses as a scientific advisor on the set. The Brigadier is concerned that the movie will reveal too much about UNIT. The Doctor "corrects" events in the film while also making friends with Lloyd's seven-year-old daughter Kate. Kate had been kidnapped for a week last year and returned mysteriously.

As the Doctor makes changes to the film script, a control room (a Cyber-infiltration unit) records his suggestions and evaluates their success rate for an invasion of Earth. The Cybermen have been monitoring the film's progress through an implant in Kate's skull that they put in her last year when they kidnapped her. After several changes to the script, the success rate for invasion reaches 100 percent. However, the Doctor has been aware of this all along, enters the control room, and suggests the Cybermen leave Earth before UNIT arrives to destroy them.

Kate undergoes a successful surgery to remove the implant (and her tonsils).

Characters Edit

References Edit

  • Some of the changes the Doctor makes to the script include:
    • The Cybermen arrived by water pipes, not the sewers.
    • The aliens were named "Zexians", not Cybermen.
    • There were sixty-four landing sites, not just London.
    • Tobias Vaughn had a troubled childhood, explaining his motivation for helping the Cybermen.
  • The Doctor uses the alias John Smith.
  • A man named Michael is playing Tobias Vaughn in the film.

Notes Edit

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Continuity Edit

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