We're half-way through the BBC's 20-part period soap opera Dickensian, which posits a world where many of the characters from the novels of Charles Dickens - at different stages of their lives - lived in and around the same area of London.
But what if - for the sake of a Doctor Who RPG scenario - the Dickensian we are watching on our Time-Space Visualiser was the reality of life in the Whoniverse's early Victorian London?
And a more journalistic Charles Dickens (pg 70, The Ninth Doctor Sourcebook) used these characters as the inspiration for his novels, rather than vice versa.
The novels would therefore remain the same, just their backstories would be slightly doctored (pun intended).
This would allow the player-characters to rub shoulders with the like of Bill Sikes, Fagin, Miss Havisham, and Ebenezer Scrooge without the necessity of sending them to the Land Of Fiction (pg 128, The Second Doctor Sourcebook).
|Inspector Bucket of The Detective (Stephen Rea), a potential ally for the player-characters|