Under Three Hundred

The random witterings of Jonathan Morris, writer.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

River Song

The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine, out today, contains an announcement about a forthcoming thing I’ve written. It’s one of four stories contained in the box set of the fifth series of The Diary of River Song and relates the meeting of River Song and Missy. Yes, Missy, as played by Michelle Gomez. The first character from the Peter Capaldi era of Doctor Who to appear in a Big Finish release. I can’t tell you what the story is about, but it’s title, The Bekdel Test, may give you some clue. I still can’t quite believe they let me get away with that. Hahaha. You can pre-order it here.

The issue also contains the latest instalment of The Blogs of Doom. Reading one of the forums, I was recently surprised and delighted to see someone saying that it is now not as good as it used to be. I wish someone had told me at the time. But hey ho. It makes me laugh, and I think next month’s is even funnier.

In other Big Finish news, they’ve put up the cover of another box set, Doctor Who: The Time War 2, which includes another story by me, Lords of Terror. I am sworn to secrecy but can confirm that it doesn’t star Julia McKenzie, she is in a different one. You can pre-order it here.

And in other Doctor Who Magazine news, I also have an article in the latest Special Edition, called In The Studio. My article, hilariously entitled Doctor Who and the Space War, chronicles the struggle for a better studio in the series’ early days. This was a fun and interesting piece to research; some of the information is already out there but I don’t think it has been organised to this extent before. In writing the article I also found out all sorts of interesting things about BBC studios and cameras and lenses which, in the end, there wasn’t room to include. But I am now an expert on Mole Richardson Crane Cameras, so if you have any questions, let me know.

Monday, 29 January 2018


Another upcoming Doctor Who story has just been announced, The Crash of the UK-201. It stars the wonderful Maureen O’Brien and Peter Purves as Vicki and Steven respectively. I wrote it back in August 2016, in a fit of great excitement at being given the chance to write for them, and to add the first Doctor to my collection. Every now and then I’ve read the script back, because I quietly think it’s one of my best ones, so I can’t wait to hear the finished article (in December, so I still have a long time to wait!)

I can’t really say much about the story, there will be blurbs and announcements later in the year. A few people have correctly noticed that the UK-201 is the crashed spaceship we see in the 1965 story The Rescue, and have asked whether my story will feature The Rescue’s villain, Koquillion. I can’t help thinking that suggests that those people haven’t quite grasped the intricacies of the plot of The Rescue. So, in a word, no, of course it doesn’t.

You can pre-order it here.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Instant Karma!

A couple more Big Finish projects I’ve worked on have just been announced. They are:

Torchwood: Instant Karma

In the words of my co-writer James Goss: “Toshiko discovers a group with superpowers. Because it's Torchwood, they're operating out of a community centre, and they're not using their powers for good. Imagine if you could make the heads explode of people who annoy you. Would you use that power? Well, would you?”

Why did I want to write a Torchwood story? Well, mainly to see if I could. My feeling has always been that Torchwood’s format, for its first couple of years, was like a car that had been built in a rush. The whole show was put together so quickly there wasn’t time to go back and re-think things, there was only time to patch things up. I wanted to see if I could fix it, if I could make the format work. So why not pre-order it and find out?

The other project I’ve worked on is 

Jeremiah Bourne in Time

“Jeremiah Bourne is a boy with a remarkable gift. He can travel in time. Not by using a time machine, or stepping through a dimensional portal. It just happens to him, as though by accident. One minute he’s in the present day, the next, he’s a hundred years in the past, standing in the London of 1910.

Jeremiah has two questions; how did he get there – and how can he get back? On his quest for the answers, he enlists the help of Phyllis Stokes of The Society for Theosophical Research and her equally eccentric brother, Roger Allcot Standish, magistrate, spiritualist and dedicated nudist. He encounters the sadistic Mr and Mrs Grout and the ruthless Ed Viney, thief, gang member and slitter of throats. And he arouses the disapproval of Clementina Quentinbloom, the head of a home for ‘Fallen Girls’, by befriending Daisy Wallace, a girl ahead of her time.

Can Jeremiah get home? What is the connection between Clementina’s establishment and Doctor Henry Davenant Hythe, the humanitarian and eugenicist? And does Jeremiah’s gift of time travel have something to do with his mother’s sudden disappearance, all those years ago...”

With this project, I had the great pleasure of working with Nigel Planer on his story as script-editor. It’s a really interesting, original, idiosyncratic adventure with loads of interesting ideas and themes bubbling away, and some fabulously larger-than-life characters. Nigel has written lots of great parts for his fellow actors – and what actors they are, the cast list is like a who’s-who of British television! If you could go back and tell my teenage self that one day I’d work on a script performed by two of The Young Ones, Lord Percy, Miss Babs, Lydia the Bride, Shona Spurtle and Charlotte from the Le Bureau des Étrangers my head would probably have exploded. It exploded a little bit now.

You can find out more about it here and pre-order it here.

In addition, while I have you, don’t forget to pick up the latest Doctor Who Magazine, it has another of my Blogs of Doom by me. I think it’s slowly winning people over. Slowly but surely!