History Creator / RobertHolmes

17th Jan '16 12:22:22 PM hamonrye
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Yep, this is the guy who gave us the Autons and the Sontarans... and, as if that weren't enough, wrote the first appearances of the Master, and some of the best companions.

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Yep, this is the guy who gave us the Autons and the Sontarans... and, as if that weren't enough, wrote the first appearances of the Master, and some of the best companions.
companions. His contribution to ''Doctor Who'' cannot be overstated and we're willing to bet at least one of his stories turns up on your top 10 list, probably more.
26th Jul '15 8:15:42 AM moloch
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Series/DoctorWho wasn't the only British science fiction institution Holmes wrote for. He was offered the script editor's position on Series/BlakesSeven, which he declined, recommending Creator/ChrisBoucher for the job. He eventually wrote four episodes for that series, including "Orbit," where Avon stalks Vila through a shuttle in order to [[ShootTheDog throw him overboard to save weight]].

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Series/DoctorWho wasn't the only British science fiction institution Holmes wrote for. He was offered the script editor's position on Series/BlakesSeven, ''[[Series/BlakesSeven Blake's 7]]'', which he declined, recommending Creator/ChrisBoucher for the job. He eventually wrote four episodes for that series, including "Orbit," where Avon stalks Vila through a shuttle in order to [[ShootTheDog throw him overboard to save weight]].
6th Apr '15 11:14:32 PM nombretomado
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DoctorWho wasn't the only British science fiction institution Holmes wrote for. He was offered the script editor's position on Series/BlakesSeven, which he declined, recommending Creator/ChrisBoucher for the job. He eventually wrote four episodes for that series, including "Orbit," where Avon stalks Vila through a shuttle in order to [[ShootTheDog throw him overboard to save weight]].

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DoctorWho Series/DoctorWho wasn't the only British science fiction institution Holmes wrote for. He was offered the script editor's position on Series/BlakesSeven, which he declined, recommending Creator/ChrisBoucher for the job. He eventually wrote four episodes for that series, including "Orbit," where Avon stalks Vila through a shuttle in order to [[ShootTheDog throw him overboard to save weight]].
20th Oct '14 6:26:00 AM moloch
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* WriterOnBoard: Occasionally quite obvious, though rarely detrimental to the plot. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E4TheTwoDoctors The Two Doctors]] made the Doctor a vegetarian like Holmes (and this actually held for twenty years). [[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E4TheSunMakers The Sun Makers]] was a jab at the Revenue office (because they were taxing Holmes as both an employee and a freelancer for the BBC). [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin The Deadly Assassin]] is commonly seen as taking some potshots at the ridiculousness of the House Of Lords.
4th Oct '14 1:53:11 PM moloch
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DoctorWho wasn't the only British science fiction institution Holmes wrote for. He was offered the script editor's position on Series/BlakesSeven, which he declined, recommending ChrisBoucher for the job. He eventually wrote four episodes for that series, including "Orbit," where Avon stalks Vila through a shuttle in order to [[ShootTheDog throw him overboard to save weight]].

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DoctorWho wasn't the only British science fiction institution Holmes wrote for. He was offered the script editor's position on Series/BlakesSeven, which he declined, recommending ChrisBoucher Creator/ChrisBoucher for the job. He eventually wrote four episodes for that series, including "Orbit," where Avon stalks Vila through a shuttle in order to [[ShootTheDog throw him overboard to save weight]].
4th Oct '14 1:52:28 PM moloch
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4th Oct '14 1:51:12 PM moloch
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Many of his plots have a formula - crippled super-villain tries to regain power - but they vary widely from that initial idea. Holmes was very fond of ThoseTwoGuys: many of his stories are advanced by a double act of supporting characters. His Holmsian Double Act in "The Talons of Weng-Chiang", showman Jago and police pathologist Litefoot, were so popular that a spinoff was briefly considered, and eventually realised in 2010 by Creator/BigFinish. He died before he could finish "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E4TheUltimateFoe The Ultimate Foe]]"; it would require others to finish that one off. It's also a shame that we never got to see "Yellow Fever and How to Cure It", a story planned for the original Season 23, which would have featured the Master teaming up with the Nestene Consciousness in Singapore.

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Many of his plots have a formula - crippled super-villain tries to regain power - but they vary widely from that initial idea. Holmes was very fond of ThoseTwoGuys: many of his stories are advanced by a double act of supporting characters. His Holmsian Holmesian Double Act in "The Talons of Weng-Chiang", showman Jago and police pathologist Litefoot, were so popular that a spinoff was briefly considered, and eventually realised in 2010 by Creator/BigFinish. He died before he could finish "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E4TheUltimateFoe The Ultimate Foe]]"; it would require others to finish that one off. It's also a shame that we never got to see "Yellow Fever and How to Cure It", a story planned for the original Season 23, which would have featured the Master teaming up with the Nestene Consciousness in Singapore.
3rd Sep '14 5:37:25 AM moloch
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* OldShame: He wasn't particularly proud of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E5ThePowerOfKroll The Power Of Kroll]] and didn't think the effects would work [[SpecialEffectsFailure (he was right)]], not to mention resenting the over-arching "Key To Time" arc. This is why it is generally regarded as his weakest episode.
3rd Sep '14 5:27:44 AM moloch
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* ThoseTwoGuys: And frequently so well-written they became [[EnsembleDarkhorses pretty popular]]. Some of the more popular examples include showman Jago and police pathologist Litefoot (TheyFightCrime!), con artists Garron and Unstoffe, and mercenary Sabalom Glitz and his incompetent assistant Dibber.

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* ThoseTwoGuys: And frequently so well-written they became [[EnsembleDarkhorses [[EnsembleDarkhorse pretty popular]]. Some of the more popular examples include showman Jago and police pathologist Litefoot (TheyFightCrime!), con artists Garron and Unstoffe, and mercenary Sabalom Glitz and his incompetent assistant Dibber.
24th Jun '14 1:32:35 PM moloch
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DoctorWho wasn't the only British science fiction institution Holmes wrote for. He was offered the script editor's position on Series/BlakesSeven, which he declined, recommending ChrisBoucher for the job. He eventually wrote four episodes for that series.

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DoctorWho wasn't the only British science fiction institution Holmes wrote for. He was offered the script editor's position on Series/BlakesSeven, which he declined, recommending ChrisBoucher for the job. He eventually wrote four episodes for that series.series, including "Orbit," where Avon stalks Vila through a shuttle in order to [[ShootTheDog throw him overboard to save weight]].
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