Monday, 21 January 2013

WAR & PEACE Part 7

WAR & PEACE : Part 7

They rushed out of the cellar and up the stairs. As they reached the top, two German guards appeared.

“Achtung halt!” one of them shouted. Kyle kicked out, knocking the gun out of the guard's hand before punching him in the teeth. Warrington-Pace grabbed the other one and flung him down the stairs. They ran out into the house and out into the grounds. Ben saw the German guards in the distance, marching a group of people towards the woods. Fortunately, Ben had picked up the gun that Kyle had kicked out of the German's hand and he held it up and fired into the air. The groupin the distance turned around.

“Oh great. So now they are going to come and shoot us instead. Nice work Ben, I don't think!” Katie Ryan angrily shouted. Ben looked calm:

“There is no need to panic Katie. We will lure them into the house and then run out of the back.”

They rush back into the house, Kyle and Ben overpowering another guard who was emerging from the bathroom. Ben rifled through his jacket and found his mobile. He tossed it to Kate-Lethbridge Stewarty who phoned for UNIT back-up troops. However as they ran through the house, three armed Draconians and Hitler appeared.

“Stop where you are!” a Draconian tersely commanded. The Germans from outside appeared.

“What are you doing in here? Where are the Jews and Americans?” Hitler demanded.

“Vee had to leave them in the woods Mein Fuhrer.”

“You idiots! I'll have you shot for this. Go and round them up again now!”

However before Hitler has finished, the sound of military trucks arriving could be heard. One of the Germans looked out of the window:

“Its UNIT troops Mein Fuhrer. Lots of them.”

“Gott in himmel. I am surrounded by idiots. Still, they will not storm this house while we have these hostages. We will adopt a siege defence position” Hitler shouted.

“It must remind you of the bunker all of this” Katie Ryan sardonically stated. Hitler glared at her:

“I detest women who don't know their place”. Katie put her hands on her elegant hips:

“Bothered Hitler. Bothered!”

They were marched into the drawing room where they sat on armchairs while German guards paced up and down. The Draconians and Hitler went into the study to converse while Warrington-Pace poured everyone a glass of brandy.

“I don't see that Hitler has any option but to surrender” he stated. Ben looked up:

“From my knowledge of World War Two I do not think that surrender is part of Hitler's vocabulary. He will go down fighting and take us with him if necessary. Our only hope is to reason with the Draconians. From what the Doctor told me they are a highly rational species and if they realise that the earth is more trouble than its worth they will leave.”

“I agree with Ben” Kate Lethbridge-Stewart added. Suddenly Hitler burst back into the room with a group of SS guards.

“We have decided to show UNIT that we mean business. One of you hostages is to be shot. And just to make it interesting, you get to vote as to which of your number it is.......”

….......... to be continued.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Bernard Cribbins Attacks Modern Kids TV

I agree with him. Too fast, too commercially driven, too lacking in imagination.

Saturday, 19 January 2013


WAR & PEACE: Part 6

Ben found himself staring into the face of.....

….....Adolf Hitler!

“You!” Ben exclaimed.

“Quite so Benjamin. Since I escaped after our last encounter, I have fondly anticipated meeting you again.” Ben winced:

“Well the feeling certainly isn't mutual. Why the hell are you working for the Draconian Empire? During my travels with the Doctor I learned a great deal about them. They hardly fit your definition of Aryans.” Hitler stared at Ben:

“Oh come now Benjamin. Sometimes alliances are necessary with non-unions, such as my alliance with the Japanese. The Draconians will let me rule the earth and in return I will supply their Empire with a plentiful supply of cheap labour, namely the untermenschen: slavs, Jews, gypsies and persons of mixed race. Then the Deutsch will have living space to multiply.”

“Its just the same old twaddle from you Hitler. Have you never thought about changing the record?” Ben asked, defiantly. Hitler stared at him:

“You are a fool Ben Chatham. I could offer you a place in highest ranks of the National Socialist movement if you would only agree. I can tell from looking at you that you have aryan blood coursing through your veins, although you do look rather pasty faced.” Ben is angry:

“I would never work for the Nazis. And I am not pasty-faced, I'm just tired. I've been through hell over the last few months, forced to go through a marriage just to please my parents. And now I've got a splitting headache coming on.” Hitler banged his fist on the arm of the chair:

“You English have gone soft! Weak public school educated, decadent pipsqueaks. Soon I will be Fuhrer of the earth, *raising voice* , I will crush the zionist filth, kill the vermin races, crush the blacks and the slavs, *shouting*, kill the weak, weed out the maggots and the scum of humanity!”

Ben stares back, defiantly flicking his hair back:

“You really are a nasty piece of work Hitler. You know I have a headache and your shouting has just made it worse.”

Hitler gestured to his guards:

“Take these English away and lock them up, then take the Israelis and the Americans out into the woods behind the house and shoot them. We will then use Draconian technology to broadcast false messages claiming to be Iranian-backed terrorists. The whole middle-east will go up and then it will be World War Three. And when the dust settles the Draconian invasion will be so much easier!”

Later, Ben and the others are locked in the wine cellar. Warrington-Pace pours them each a glass of Chateau-De-Compais:

“We may as well make the best of this situation” he comments. Ben is sat in a corner with his chin resting on his knees. His blonde hair has fallen over his eyes and he is lost in the depths of his inner gloom. Chiara goes over to him:

“Hey Ben, don't worry, we'll find a way out of this somehow.”

“Its all gone wrong Chiara. Everything. This situation is just the final straw. I didn't want to get married, but my father was threatening to disown me if I didn't. I know I've not been fair to Emma in some ways, yet I have given her status and a nice home. But she wants more. And now the icing on the cake is this wretched mess. Nazis and Draconians about to enslave the earth and its all down to me to stop it. I don't think I can cope.” Chiara rests her hand on Ben's shoulder:

“Look Ben, everyone has self-doubt. But look at what you've achieved so far. It must take real skill and determination to run an organisation like yours.”

Meanwhile, Kyle is using a piece of wire from part of the wine rack to pick at the lock:

“When I was like doin' break-ins I could do this in a jiffy. I'm losin' it......'ang on its unlocked. Waheay!” Ben looked up:

“Thanks Chiara and Kyle. Come on, lets stop Hitler before he shoots the delegates.”

…........... to be continued.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

A Complete List of My Stories So Far

Here is a complete list of my Doctor Who episodes and Ben Chatham spin off stories.

Season 2 Pitch

00 The Christmas Invasion

01 War & Peace

02 Fool's Errand

03 The Love Generation

04 Starman

05 A Time For Love

06 Loyalty Binds Me

07 World on the Edge

08 Hospital of the Damned

09 Fire & Judgement

10 Not Alone

11 Child of Destruction

12 Web of Lies

13 Goodbye Is Never Easy

The Shadows of Christmas

Operation: Delta

New Age

Power of Illusion



Dark Shadows



Shadows of the Past

Hidden Dangers

Conspiracy of Terror

Power and Lies

Love & Danger


Earth Span

Shadows and Impressions

Sign of the Cross

Deadly Experiment

Into the Laboratory

Conspiracy of Terror (again)

Rage and Deliverance

Death In The Cloisters




Dark Yuletide


Alien Seed

Harvest of Evil

Series 4 Pitch

Fields of Death


Road Rage

From the Depths

Reptilian Dawn


Acorn Man

The Imperfect

The Rats of Tenbury




All Things Must Pass

Ben Chatham Annual 2008

The Living Picture

The Sun Goblet of Sacrosan

The Zranti Beast

The Zombie Kids of Death

The Cult of Quexecostal

The Lindig Valley Mystery

The Lords of Ancrazar

Nemesis (again)

The Curse of the Vampire Skull

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

Winter of the Lost

Wolf (New Years Eve Special 2007-8)

Lord of the Reedy River

The Ghosts of Weatherfield

Peace in Our Time


The Case of the 12 Gold Crosses (unfinished)

New Dawn

Face of Death

Deadly Yuletide

New Morning

Planet Waves

The Creeping Sand

Caves of Oblivion



Curse of the Zenon Amulet & the Devil Birds of Zenos

Ch√Ęteau of Death

Shakey Jake in The Prince of Alaxan

New Dawn

The Operation Delta Interviews

Day of the Beasts

Halloween Special 2010 “The Devil's Tower”

Peril in San Remo

The Cascading Fountains of Zeneth

Alternate Series 6: 1) Pyracanthia

Alternate Series 6: 2) Silent Screams

Alternate Series 6: 3) Deadly Sabbath

Halloween Special 2011 “Deadly Nightshade”

The Legend of Casington (failed Big Finish Pitch)

The Blooding

The Wedding of Ben Chatham

Dragon's Ear & Druid's Spear

War & Peace

The Fanzine Stories

The Ghosts of Peversham Station

Acorn Man 2012

The 'Orchids' Trilogy

Aliens in the Orchid House

Return to the Orchid House (unfinished)

Orchids in June (Play for the theatre)

Doomwatch 2010

1) Price Worth Paying

2) Nest of Doom (unfinished)

Saturday, 12 January 2013

"WAR & PEACE" Part 5

OK folks, here is part 5 of this classic adventure:

“War & Peace” Part 5

Later, back in the bar, Ben was discussing the recent developments with his team, Chiara, Kate Lethbridge-Stewart and Nigel Warrington-Pace. He sipped a glass of 1986 Chateau-De-Compais red.

“You know, one thing I will say about this conference is that the quality of the wine is superlative. The 1986 Chateau-De-Compais is probably the finest red produced in France in that decade. It has soothed the ache of my bruises as well.”

“So are you ok now Ben?” Kate asked.

“As ok as one can expect I suppose, after a violent and traumatic altercation. Anyway, back to business. The two Germans have clammed up, but clearly we need to find out who they are working for and who else is in danger here. Any blue skies lateral thinking on this.... anyone?”

Chiara looked up:

“Well so far they have attempted to antagonise relations between the US and the Russians. However that is unlikely to result in any direct conflict. I'd have thought that if someone really wanted to stir things up then they'd go for trying to cause some more probable conflicts. You know, where there is already tension.”

“You mean like that between India and Pakistan? Or North and South Korea?” Kate Lethbridge Stewart replied.

“Yeah, exactly”.

Katie Ryan frowned:

“Oh yes, and that wild speculation is founded on exactly what evidence?”

“I'm not claiming it is Katie, we are in a position where all we can do is speculate?” Chiara answered.

“Pffft thats just a cop out. You clearly know nothing and are just trying to impress Ben” Katie replied. Kyle chipped in:

“Well I reckon like that Chiara's right. If they wanna cause a major conflict they I'll bet they'll go for the middle east. Build on the suspicions they've created about the Iranians. Do in someone from Israel then … pow... the shit really 'its the fan”. Warrington-Pace & Kate Lethbridge Stewart looked at each other:

“You're right. Come on, lets check on the Israeli delegation right now” Warrington-Pace said.

“Good thinking Kyle, come on!” Ben added.

They all rushed upstairs to the suite of rooms where the Israeli delegation were staying and were confronted by two armed men in the corridor:

“Achtung halt!” they shouted, before a bullet whizzed past Ben's head. Warrington-Pace pulled out an automatic pistol and fired back at them while security men appeared. One of the Germans was shot in the leg and both were captured. The wounded man, delirious with pain, started to babble:

“I'm sorry , I have failed you... I vill never forgive myself for mein inadequacy”

“Who the hell is he talking to?” Katie asked.

“A camera.... someone is watching this on the security cameras.... where is the control centre based?” Ben asked.

“In the basement” Warrington-Pace answered.

Ben led the way downstairs to the basement and towards the control room. As he approached, he noticed that the door was ajar:

“This is suspicious. I think it maybe a trap.”

However it was too late. The security men who had followed from upstairs pulled guns on Ben and the others. Warrington-Pace was disarmed. Then, from out of the shadows, emerged three armed Draconians.

“Do not attempt to resist. It seems that our plans need to progress onto plan B”. Ben recognised them from stories told by the Doctor:

“Why does the Draconian Empire want to stir up trouble on earth? You have shown no interest in aggressive expansion in this area of the galaxy before?” A Draconian frowned:

“Ah, I see we have an informed human here. Actually the Empire has gone into economic decline and we desperately need to seek out new and cheap sources of forced labour. Our associate assures us that this planet has a surplus of low quality people ideal for slave work.”

“Who the hell is your associate?” Ben asked, asked, angrily.

“Oh haven't you guessed yet, Benjamin Chatham?” a voice said from within the darkened control room. Ben walked into the room and saw a man sitting in the corner of the room, bathed in shadows. Suddenly the light switch went on and Ben found himself staring into the face of.......

…................. to be continued.

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Tuesday, 8 January 2013


Exciting news! The single "Where Are We Now" is out now. Watch the video here:

Album "The Next Day" Out in March