MY PITCH FOR SEASON 4
Presuming that I’d be restricted to the current format, the series would consist of 13 episodes, including three two-part stories. I would keep the current decision to replace Martha Jones with Donna Noble for most of the series, although Martha would return at the end. Ben Chatham would feature in the season as a regular companion. The other main aspect of the RTD approach which I would retain is that there would be an overall theme to the season, revealed at the end. This would be a conspiracy against the entire human race and features in a roundabout way the return of an old Doctor Who adversary.
EPISODE 1 - FIELDS OF DEATH
The Doctor returns to London and meets up with Donna Noble. He is contacted by Ben Chatham regarding strange press reports about anti-GM crop protesters being found mutilated in the fields. Investigating a site in Wiltshire, they are met with obstruction from the company, owned by a Director named Stephen Poole, and farmers. Ben suspects a conspiracy, however the Doctor also believes that there are alien forces at work. Indeed it is revealed that the deaths are the result of the Xanto Worms , alien creatures that have come to earth after floating in space and descending in pods. The Doctor uses burning incense, which is deadly to them, to defeat them.
EPISODE 2: DISSOLUTION
Arriving in Colchester in the late 1530s, the TARDIS crew become embroiled in the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Thomas Cromwell’s men have just hanged the Abbott of St John’s Abbey and are ransacking the place. Ben and Donna help the monks to escape while the Doctor is shocked to learn that Cromwell’s Inspector who fabricated false allegations against the Abbey is a certain Stephen Poole….
Using the TARDIS, The Doctor visits Henry VIII in Hampton Court where he finds a half-insane King gloating at the wealth dissolving the monasteries is bringing him, egged on by Poole & Cromwell.
Before he can confront Poole the King’s guards arrive and he has to escape. Having saved some of the rebel monks, Ben and Donna wish to assist the Pilgrimage of Grace rebels in the North, however the Doctor warns them against such a fundamental interference in history and they leave.
EPISODE 3: ROAD RAGE
The TARDIS lands near Binfield Woods, the site of a major anti-roads protest by new age eco-warriors who have a camp in the woods. The Doctor, Ben & Donna learn that the massive bypass through the ancient woods is being built via a PPI scheme by a private company ‘New World Enterprises’ , whose Director is Stephen Poole. They are concerned.
A new-age girl called Sparrow asks them to join the protest, however Ben refuses citing their unhygenic encampment and insists on finding a room in the local village.
That evening, the encampment is attacked at night by creatures who turn out to be composed of mutated vegetable matter. Trapped and surrounded on all sides, Donna rings Ben who contacts UNIT. There follows a siege and several battles before the creatures are defeated.