Hey I love your blog an your art an I was wondering what or who is the Shalka Doctor? I'm a huge whovian but I've never heard of him
Back in 2003 there was this Flash-animated Doctor Who series that was produced and broadcast on the BBC’s website. It was called Scream of the Shalka, and was written by Paul Cornell (the writer of various DW novels/comics, as well as the more widely known stories from RTD Who, “Father’s Day”, “Human Nature” and “The Family of Blood”). During the time of its production, the DW series had not yet been revived and the creation of SotS was a way of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the original show.
This was the very first story that portrayed a proper (non-spoof) Ninth incarnation of the Doctor. They were voiced by Richard E. Grant (aka Shalka!Doctor, aka REG!Doctor)
However, before the webisodes were even released and made official, there were people behind the scenes trying to convince the BBC to produce a brand new series. Once Russell T. Davies was hired as showrunner and Christopher Eccleston was officially cast as the Ninth Doctor in the revived series, the characters and events of SotS were immediately pushed to the side and are now typically designated as “non-canonical” material (read: separate timeline from New Who).
So yeah. It’s often dismissed because it doesn’t fit with the new series, though imo that is a huge plus, for a variety of reasons (and there’s no reason you can’t enjoy both anyway)
Some additional points:
- in this alternate universe, the Doctor and the Master are travelling together in the TARDIS
- The Master (voiced by Derek Jacobi - hello! Two for you, Sir Jacobi) inhabits an android body (constructed by the Doctor, with the Master dictating preferences re appearance etc., naturally) because his physical body was destroyed in events that occurred prior to the story. He is literally unable to leave the TARDIS (for reasons that are not quite clear) but despite the unstable and complicated history between the himself and the Doctor, they’ve evidently been together long enough to have gotten to the point where they’ve reached an understanding and get along well. Descriptions of the TARDIS interior (in the novelisation) indicate that they’ve made it a shared home for both of them
- Alison Cheney, the primary human character, is voiced by Sophie Okonedo. She is awesome x100000
- David Tennant has a very small (uncredited) role in the animation as a caretaker, because when the audio for the animation was being recorded, he was in a nearby studio recording a radio play. When he heard about it, he managed to convince the director to give him a minor part (aw)
- RTD is quite harsh about REG’s performance in SotS but he thought the story itself was excellent
- Paul Cornell wrote a novelised version of SotS which was published in 2004. If you’re going to pick between either reading the book or watching the animation, read the book.
- Cornell unambiguously states in his notes that the Doctor is asexual (thank you Paul)
- The Shalkaverse is an amazing place
- The end