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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:25 am    Post subject: SD's Tara King fanfics Reply with quote

One of my own obsessions in writing fanfic is the creation of 'shared universes' from existing but usually unrelated series. Thus my Tara King adventures crossover with the worlds of Doctor Who, The Champions and Strange Report!

Below are the links and, in the case of the second and third stories, brief descriptions and word counts. I don't write for critical approval, advancement as a writer, to be noticed by publishers, to add to or explain the characters, or to fill perceived gaps in the show. I write purely for my own enjoyment of the hobby, and share the stories in the hope of sharing the experience. If you do think they're interesting or fun to read, please do let me know!

The Avengers: The Secrets Trust
Characters: Tara King and John Steed, with Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Corporal Benton; illustrated by Andrew Skilleter - rating: general

The Purple Peril Plot
One of Britain's new Purple Peril nuclear weapons is stolen and exploded in a test by a diabolical mastermind intent on leading the world into war. When a second weapon is stolen, the testing is over. Can agent Tara King save the world? Or will Nemesis agents Sharron Macready and Richard Barrett save the world? Or will they just get in each other's way?!
Characters: Tara King, Sharron Macready and Richard Barrett - rating: general - word count: 8,400

REPORT 4613: THE AVENGERS - 'A Very Strange Report'
An evening with friends turns into a dangerous investigation for Steed and Tara as they set out to break a drug dealing ring, but is there an even more sinister plot to be uncovered? Who is this episode's diabolical mastermind? And how far into the story will Tara go before encountering a chloroform soaked handkerchief?
Characters: Tara King with John Steed, Adam Strange, Dr David Keel, Hamlyn Gynt, Venus Smith and Evelyn McLean; illustrated by Andrew Skilleter - rating: PG-13 (hard drug use) - word count: 14,560
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Alex,

I enjoyed all three of your stories very much. Especially while there is an abundance of fan fiction with a Steed and Mrs Peel pairing, but stories with Tara are rare.

I liked your idea of a Doctor Who/The Avengers crossover story very. I have to admit that I felt in love with Doctor Who Classics a while ago and like the Brigadier a lot. There is so much potential it that.




Could we have a story with Steed in the Tardis and the third doctor in the Bentley or Mrs Peel and the fourth doctor having a scientific discussion above thermo dynamic?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

THE AVENGERS: THE SECRETS TRUST

I've just spent an enjoyable hour reading this story, which brings the worlds of The Avengers into conjunction with that of Doctor Who.

It captures the feel of the Tara King Avengers quite well, though in many ways the plot is perhaps more reminiscent of the earlier Cathy Gale shows. This is more in recognition that it is, for the most part, more grounded than the majority of Tara's TV adventures, with the outlandish elements being restricted to the methods of dispatch of the various unfortunate characters who don't make it to the story's end.

The inclusion of the two Doctor Who characters, the Brigadier and the ever-reliable Corporal Benton, is well-handled, and their presence in an Avengers story makes sense considering their brief to handle threats to security.

I imagine the author's decision to address Benton's rank as corporal rather than sergeant places this story in the pre-Third Doctor period (as Benton was first seen in Pertwee era UNIT in 'The Ambassadors of Death' and had been promoted from corporal to sergeant since his previous appearance in 'The Invasion' in 1968).

Of course, there is the fly in the ointment that 'The Invasion' was arguably set in 1975 - the infamous UNIT Dating Conundrum strikes. Best to ignore it!!!

The Brig and Benton's role in the story is relatively minor, restricting to two 'scenes', and doesn't overpower this as an Avengers story.

If I had to highlight a weakness in the plot, it's that the nature of the secrets and the identity of the man who is receiving them is not sufficiently explained or explored. It can be read between the lines that the secrets pertain to the supersonic aircraft, but this is not addressed directly, and the same goes for whether the receiver represents a foreign power or industrial competitor. Maybe I just missed it!

All told, for someone like me who is not well-versed in fan fiction from any series, let alone The Avengers, this seemed to hang together well, hit the right notes in terms of Avengers film era storytelling, and held the attention well.

I look forward to reading your other stories over the coming week. Cool

In closing, I'd like to ask what were your inspirations for the story, and what gave you the idea to include the two Doctor Who characters?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan wrote:
In closing, I'd like to ask what were your inspirations for the story, and what gave you the idea to include the two Doctor Who characters?

My father's professional background (retired now) was partially in experimental aircraft design for the Royal Aircraft Establishment, and as a family we share a keen interest in visiting historic places of interest owned by The National Trust or English Heritage such as castles and country houses. So in those terms it was, especially with this being my first Avengers fanfic, writing about what you already know! My interest in aviation turns up again in The Purple Peril Plot, the second in the series. More specifically, I had recently taken three friends to visit a National Trust owned house near where I live and we had been aggressively accosted by the resident membership monster; as we're all Avengers fans, the rest of the day (and the whole holiday) were filled with light hearted comparisons between NT and the eccentric characters, secret organisations and diabolical masterminds of the show bent on forcible recruitment policies. That, along with comparisons to the Blake's 7 universe Federation. Making a NT property a cover for an Avengers plot was an in-joke as well as a fun way of combining two hobbies; it's worth mentioning here that the two American tourists are my two US friends, who the crazed membership lady was trying to browbeat into joining the Canadian branch of the Trust before allowing them to buy tickets, and they were thrilled to turn up in print! Character wise, it was always going to be a Tara King story. It's interesting that you ask about the inclusion of the two UNIT characters, as that was a slightly back to front development. The artwork commission actually came first, with the idea to place all four characters together in a scene being something I discussed with Andrew Skilleter before the story fully took shape around it. The period from The Evil of the Daleks in 1967 through to Inferno in 1970 inclusive is my favourite era of Doctor Who, so no particular inspiration was needed to lead me to L-S and Benton as ideal characters; UNIT as an organisation within the DW universe interests me in itself, rather than just being a device to facilitate counter invasion plots.

Regarding the lack of description about the secrets themselves, and the identity of the paymasters; this was all deliberate. Too much information about the organisation behind the plot might have diluted the humour of the villains' cover and, as I wrote the story initially for my friends who were with me that day, that was the main emphasis. But it was also because the show itself was often quite vague about the details, usually dealing with the villains' operations and the effects of their plans on others; this was a trope I identified when trying to establish the style of the show in order to try and replicate it. For example, episodes like Love All don't go into a lot of detail about the contents of the secrets so much as the means used to obtain them. I'm also not keen on fanfics that explain everything, and I feel intellectual readers appreciate the freedom work things out or speculate as they go; my focus is very much on describing the experience of the adventure from the various subjective viewpoints rather giving an objective view of the plot. Agatha Christie is a strong influence, and she often did not allow readers to know more than the characters (unlike, say, Alfred Hitchcock's approach to films) and even at the end only explained things so far. Other influences - not that I claim to write anywhere near their level - include Captain W.E. Johns, Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, Terrance Dicks and P.J. Hammond.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ischtar wrote:
Hi Alex,

I enjoyed all three of your stories very much. Especially while there is an abundance of fan fiction with a Steed and Mrs Peel pairing, but stories with Tara are rare.

I liked your idea of a Doctor Who/The Avengers crossover story very. I have to admit that I felt in love with Doctor Who Classics a while ago and like the Brigadier a lot. There is so much potential it that...

Thanks! Glad you liked them, and your manipulation of Steed outside UNIT HQ is great Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Spaceship Dispatcher!

Thanks ever so much for the detailed explanation of your inspirations - much more detail than I was expecting, but fascinating to read.

Intriguing that the illustration came before the story - I'd never have guessed. I'm looking forward to working my way through the rest of your website, and not just The Avengers. Smile
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