With the recent announcement from Cubicle 7 that the Eleventh Doctor Sourcebook, for The Doctor Who RPG, will soon be available for pre-order to non-subscribers (subscribers already have the PDF), they are nearly up-to-date with their sourcebooks chronicling the Doctor's televised exploits.
So, what next?
We know there's a book of adventures in the works (All Of Time & Space, Volume One), but what else would you like to see officially produced for the game (accepting the limitation that Cubicle 7 only has the license to cover the Doctor's onscreen outings)?
I asked the two biggest fans of the game I know - Craig Oxbrow of The Door In Time, and Michel Albert aka Siskoid, who oversees the production of the unofficial, extracanonical, fan supplements for the game - for their suggestions.
We all agreed that the obvious choice would be supplements covering the two recent successful spin-offs from Doctor Who: Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures
Craig reminded me that Class is also on the way (the new eight-part Doctor Who companion show that sounds a bit like SJA, but without Sarah Jane), which will, no doubt, produce more gameable material.
The official description of Class reads as follows:
Class is a Young Adult (YA) series set in contemporary London. Incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected. With all the action, heart and adrenaline of the best YA fiction (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Hunger Games), this is Coal Hill School and Doctor Who like you’ve never seen them before.Craig added that he'd be interested in seeing a "timeline for humanity, from pre-human Earth to the end of time, with references to episodes and adventure hooks throughout history".
|Victorian London, as seen in Deep Breath, complete with unexpected 'visitor'|
This touches on a similar idea I had for a "historical era" series, with each supplement focusing on a specific period in time (in the past or in the TV show's established future).
The one that immediately jumped to mind for me was a Victorian book, with rules, maps, adventures for the mid to late 19th Century.
As well as Dickensian London, and the later London of Jack The Ripper and the Talons Of Weng-Chiang, the book could also look at the Wild West, the North West Frontier etc
Meanwhile, Michel had a slightly different spin on this idea, suggesting a series of books supporting the style of stories usually associated with Doctor Who.
"One aspect of the series that could be used to inspire new sourcebooks is common Doctor Who plot types," he said. "We could have, for example, a book about Historicals, one about Bases Under Siege, one about Invasions, and so on. A Historical sourcebook could theoretically cover all of human history to date (from our point of view) with details on each era, public domain historical figures all statted out, and equipment appropriate to each Tech Level, in addition to adventure seeds and campaign advice.
"Such a book might inspire a mirror twin: A Future History sourcebook that details human/galactic history from here on out. Humanity survives until almost the end, and books like Lance Parkin's AHistory have done the research and put the puzzle together. That's a good template for doing a companion book for the proposed Historical book!"