Hello! I’m not entirely sure what to say here. The Trickster has just shown me his ingeniusly clever commentary on his story, The Wrath of Kaagh and he expects me to write one too. So, here I am!
The Trickster covered all there is to know about the team behind this project in his (and I can’t stress this enough) absolutely brilliant production notes, so I guess I’ll just talk about how I became a part of this ambitious (to say the least) fan-fiction campaign. It started sometime in May. The exact date - I don’t know, and quite frankly I can’t be bothered to fact check.
Anyway, to the point: it all started in May. Zoe Lance, our supreme leader and project director (she’ll be chuffed with that snazzy title) announced she was to relaunch Sarah Jane Adventures based off Russell T Davies’s original plans for the series on our sort-of-social-media platform, DWTV Downtime. The first six episodes would be based on the unmade episodes of Series 5B, which would be followed by a full length series, no longer set in Bannerman Road, but instead in the village of Foxgrove, starring a cast of original characters invented by her majesty - no, not the Queen: Zoe of course!
At first, I wasn’t too sure. I was interested but whether I could find the time for such an extensive commitment was another thing. Zoe noted my expressed interest and tried to reel me in. As gently as I could, I refused, but offered to help with further episodes if it kicked off, which I admit wasn’t the best side of me - I wasn’t eager enough to get involved with this project invented by someone who can be called mad on the best of days simply because I had my doubts. Not because it didn’t have potential. In fact it was rich in it. No - my issue was that it was very ambitious, and quite a task to take on. At the time I hadn’t known Zoe long enough to know if anyone could pull it off, it’d be her. But, like I said I would, once it kicked off and Zoe roped in a fantastic team of writers I decided I wanted in. And yes, I realise that makes me sound like a leech. (EDIT: Ever since I wrote this Amy has been nicknaming me ‘Leech’. ‘LEECH RIGHT MOAR’ is how she oftens starts conversations with me.)
My introduction into the project came in the form of the spin-off, Bloomin’ Lovely. The Trickster pitched the idea behind Bloomin’ Lovely on DWTV Downtime and I was immediately hooked. It’s easy to understand: Gita having her own show is without a doubt a winning formula. I signed myself up almost immediately. I know what you’re thinking: hang on, James Oswald (if that is even your real name), you didn’t get involved with Series 6 because you felt it was too ambitious! How come you went and signed yourself up for a 18-episode extension of the campaign? And you’re right. The project was even madder than ever before but I had glimpsed into its potential and I knew the writers behind it much better than I did previously to know it was going to be a success.
And here I am! At the time of writing (September the 1st, 2016) I’ve completed all of the Bloomin’ Lovelys I’ve signed up for (*cough* which is more that can be said for Zoe *cough*) and I’m anticipating the launch of this fantastic project. In fact, so much so that the past few days I’ve done nothing but procrastinate from doing actual work by making supplementary excel documents. I’ve made this brilliant table detailing all the publishing dates and it extends all the way to November 2017. Take my word for it - it’s a marvel, although Zoe doesn’t think so. Especially as of today. she has been forcing me to work four-hour shifts in writing episodes for Series 7! Yep, that’s right! I’m currently writing a story that won’t see the light of day until October, 2017!
Now about these Bloomin’ Lovely stories: I’ve written three. The process for writing these, I found, was to write up the zaniest, most ridiculous synopsis and work around this. These synopses were short sentences that summed up the plot. They went a little like: In which Gita fought a Dinosaur during her wedding ceremony. Of course Gita does not actually fight a dinosaur in any Bloomin’ Lovely stories, nor have a wedding ceremony. Although I think I’m on to something there… Perhaps for Series 2? I’ll pitch it to Zoe later...
Anyway, I took this very much to heart and the two episodes I came up with myself (The Invasion and The Rivalry) were as mad as I could get. In fact, with the latter Zoe expressed doubt it could be pulled off. And whether I did pull it off is up to you to decide! My third (in order of writing) story, The Husband was an idea donated to me by some other writer who decided they didn’t want to do it. Perhaps that’s not the best way to sell the story to you…
Something you’ll notice a month or so from now with the aforementioned The Husband is that I’ve done something interesting with it. It is connected with the following episode (The Rivalry) and together they form somewhat of a two-parter. Well, I say that, but they are about as connected as The Girl Who Died and The Woman Who Lived. So, yeah. Take my statement with a pinch of salt.
Writer of The Invasion