History Creator / RobertHolmes

8th Feb '18 5:14:50 PM AmuckCricetine
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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: He ''hated'' bureaucrats. When he wasn't using them as villains, he was having the Doctor make TakeThat zingers at their expense
8th Feb '18 4:51:28 PM AmuckCricetine
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* ArmedWithCanon: He spent a lot of time kicking at things from the Pertwee era that he disliked (like the Third Doctor's BoringInvincibleHero problems) and providing explanations for NecessaryWeasel tropes in the show that had been previously ignored (AliensSpeakingEnglish, WalkingDisasterArea, HeroBall). He also retconned Time Lord society into a DeadlyDecadentCourt of elderly bureaucrats because he disliked the MarySueTopia concept that the previous era used, something that is still fairly controversial. He was also the first writer to confirm that regeneration can happen across gender, though he envisioned Time Lord society as a One-Gender Race of men unlike later writers.



* BloodierAndGorier, DarkerAndEdgier: Along with producer Philip Hinchcliffe, he was responsible for Doctor Who's "gothic horror" period in the mid-Seventies, and really tested the limits of what they could get away with.

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* BloodierAndGorier, DarkerAndEdgier: BloodierAndGorier[=/=]DarkerAndEdgier: Along with producer Philip Hinchcliffe, he was responsible for Doctor Who's "gothic horror" period in the mid-Seventies, and really tested the limits of what they could get away with.with.
* ComicTrio: He often set up his vilains like this, then used them to tell a genuinely frightening horror story. Even when he wasn't using the entire trio, the "character who thinks he's a genius, has some legitimate talent, but actually has no idea what he's doing" was one of his favourite archetypes, and formed the backbone of the Master, the Fourth Doctor (a rare heroic example from him), and virtually all other prominent characters he created.
6th Nov '17 9:45:55 AM dlchen145
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Robert Holmes (19261986) was a British screenwriter best known for his stint on ''Series/DoctorWho'': he wrote 18[[note]]A couple of these were effective page-one rewrites for other writers and went out under pseudonyms. The number is greater still if you count stories written by others that he heavily script edited.[[/note]] stories between 1968 and 1986, and served as script editor from 1975-1977.

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Robert Colin Holmes (19261986) (2 April 1926 24 May 1986) was a British screenwriter best known for his stint on ''Series/DoctorWho'': he wrote 18[[note]]A couple of these were effective page-one rewrites for other writers and went out under pseudonyms. The number is greater still if you count stories written by others that he heavily script edited.[[/note]] stories between 1968 and 1986, and served as script editor from 1975-1977.
27th Sep '17 8:05:29 AM SpawnofKong
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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, quite a bit of Time Lord mythology[[note]] such as the idea of 13 incarnations, the Eye of Harmony, and Rassilon[[/note]] and some of the best 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. Creator/StevenMoffat called him "the man who showed us how to write ''Doctor Who''", while Creator/RussellTDavies lamented how [[SciFiGhetto the BBC had no respect for him]], and compared the first episode of "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" to Dennis Potter.

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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, quite a bit of Time Lord mythology[[note]] such as the idea of Gallifrey, 13 incarnations, the Eye of Harmony, and Rassilon[[/note]] and some of the best 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. Creator/StevenMoffat called him "the man who showed us how to write ''Doctor Who''", while Creator/RussellTDavies lamented how [[SciFiGhetto the BBC had no respect for him]], and compared the first episode of "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" to Dennis Potter.
8th Aug '17 5:00:35 PM ClintEastwood
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* DistinguishedGentlemensPipe: He was fond of smoking one.

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* DistinguishedGentlemensPipe: DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: He was fond of smoking one.
8th Aug '17 5:00:11 PM ClintEastwood
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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 ''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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* DistinguishedGentlemensPipe: He was fond of smoking one.
17th Jul '17 4:11:23 PM moloch
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Robert Holmes (19261986) was a British screenwriter best known for his stint on ''Series/DoctorWho'': he wrote 18[[note]]A couple of these were effective page-one rewrites for other writers and went out under pseudonyms[[/note]] stories between 1968 and 1986, and served as script editor from 1975-1977.

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Robert Holmes (19261986) was a British screenwriter best known for his stint on ''Series/DoctorWho'': he wrote 18[[note]]A couple of these were effective page-one rewrites for other writers and went out under pseudonyms[[/note]] pseudonyms. The number is greater still if you count stories written by others that he heavily script edited.[[/note]] stories between 1968 and 1986, and served as script editor from 1975-1977.
13th Jun '17 3:47:33 AM moloch
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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, quite a bit of Time Lord mythology[[note]] such as the idea of 13 incarnations, the Eye of Harmony, and Rassilon[[/note]] and some of the best 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. Creator/StevenMoffat called him "the man who showed us how to write ''Doctor Who''", while Creator/RussellTDavies compared thee first episode of "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" to Creator/DennisPotter.

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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, quite a bit of Time Lord mythology[[note]] such as the idea of 13 incarnations, the Eye of Harmony, and Rassilon[[/note]] and some of the best 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. Creator/StevenMoffat called him "the man who showed us how to write ''Doctor Who''", while Creator/RussellTDavies lamented how [[SciFiGhetto the BBC had no respect for him]], and compared thee the first episode of "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" to Creator/DennisPotter.
Dennis Potter.
21st May '17 3:32:28 PM MasterFuzzy
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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. 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. Creator/StevenMoffat called him "the man who showed us how to write ''Doctor Who''", while Creator/RussellTDavies compared thee first episode of "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" to Creator/DennisPotter.

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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, quite a bit of Time Lord mythology[[note]] such as the idea of 13 incarnations, the Eye of Harmony, and Rassilon[[/note]] and some of the best 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. Creator/StevenMoffat called him "the man who showed us how to write ''Doctor Who''", while Creator/RussellTDavies compared thee first episode of "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" to Creator/DennisPotter.
20th Apr '17 12:34:21 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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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 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.

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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 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.
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