The Prison in Space

No. 5 of 6 in the Miscellaneous script books series
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By:Dick Sharples
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Released:  October 2011
Publisher:  Lulu
Format: paperback

Note:  In the same vein as Farewell Great Macedon, this print-on-demand book is the first publication of a TV script which was written for the Patrick Troughton era but never produced. Although the script has never been published in print form before, Big Finish did release an audio dramatisation of the same story as part of The Lost Stories: The Second Doctor Box Set in late 2010.

Cover blurb:
"You leave this to me. There’s a special technique required in handling women..."
The Doctor

When the TARDIS lands on the rooftop garden belonging to Chairman Babs, the travellers find themselves on a planet ruled by women. Tried and condemned to serve a sentence on an orbiting space prison, the Doctor and Jamie must use their ingenuity to break free and rescue Zoe, who has been conditioned to unquestioningly accept the rule of Chairman Babs...

Eager to inject some humour into the series, producer Innes Lloyd called upon experienced scriptwriter, Dick Sharples, to come up with a story that would inject a lighter tone into Doctor Who. That adventure was The Prison in Space, originally envisioned to write out the character of Jamie and introduce a new companion called Nik — and it’s a story that was a hair’s-breadth away from being made.

Gathered together for the first time, this Nothing at the End of the Lane scriptbook contains Dick Sharples’ original storyline and his redrafted scripts for this missing 1968 story along with a look at the background to its creation. This volume also features reviews of the story, a special edition of DWM’s original Time Team and an overview of Patrick Troughton’s turbulent final series as the Doctor.

Also included is a unique look at Brian Hayles’ original storylines for the abandoned Ice Warrior adventure that would have originally followed The Prison in SpaceThe Lords of the Red Planet.

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