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The Children of January (TV story)

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This story was never produced.

Therefore, its known narrative elements are not a part of the Doctor Who universe. It may have been the basis for a similar story in another medium, however — and that story may indeed be a part of the DWU.

The Children of January
Doctor: Sixth Doctor
Companion(s): Peri
Main enemy: Z'ros
Key crew
Writer: Michael Feeney Callan
Director: Robert Gabriel
Producer: John Nathan-Turner
Release details
Story number: 6
Season/series: Season 23
Format: Unproduced TV story
Production code: 7F
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The Children of January was to be the last story of the original Season 23; when work on the season was aborted following the near-cancellation of Doctor Who, the script for this story was scrapped along with all the other proposed stories. The Children of January remains one of the few 'lost' stories from the Sixth Doctor's era to have not been adapted, either into a novelisation or into a Big Finish audio adventure.

Little is known about the story, other than a statement made by writer Michael Feeney Callan on his website[1] in 2009:

I wrote a two-parter called The Children of January. It was to be a season closer, not a series termination. But the BBC decided in mid-season that the show had run its course and, in the middle eighties, I think they were right. But I loved my episode, which was delivered late in 1985. I created a race of runaway proto-humans called the Z'ros, sort of 'human bees', of which I still have the fondest nightmares. 'The Children of January', incidentally, refers to renegade outcasts of a dawning "parallel universe" civilisation that was abandoned.Michael Feeney Callan

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