Web Animation: Scream of the Shalka
The novel of the cartoon of the series.Scream of the Shalka
is a flash
-animated Doctor Who
serial with Richard E. Grant
as the voice of a Ninth Doctor, Sophie Okonedo
as his new companion, and Derek Jacobi
as the Master. The story was written by Paul Cornell
, and its animation was produced by Cosgrove Hall
. The serial was webcast by the BBC's official Doctor Who
website in November and December of 2003.
An English village is attacked by lava creatures called Shalka. The Doctor arrives to fight off the Shalka, but they have implanted pods in people's heads in the village and around the world, leading humanity in a global scream that will terraform the Earth into a Shalka habitat.
The webcast was revolutionary for a number of reasons. It was going to be the first broadcast piece written by an author of the Doctor Who Expanded Universe
novels. It starred a black companion (something previously only seen in spin-offs). And it had the Doctor and the Master travelling together, exploring the possibility of friendship between them. Sadly, the timing was unfortunate — because just before its release, the new TV series was announced for 2005. Scream of the Shalka
and its Ninth Doctor were deemed "alternate universe", and the series is not considered part of the Whoniverse
canon. It did, however, get both a novelisation and an official prose sequel: "The Feast of the Stone"
- Admiring the Abomination: After swallowing the Shalka's brain slug, the Doctor takes a few minutes to wax poetic about how beautiful their Hive Mind is.
- Always Save the Girl: Inverted. The Doctor knows that he'll always try to save the girl, and has given the Master standing orders not to let him do it.
- Armed with Canon: Russell T Davies strongly disliked Richard E. Grant's performance. As soon as he became the new Show Runner, he became very vocal about this Doctor not being cast for his series.
- Badass Longcoat: The Doctor wears one.
- Brick Joke: Early on, the Doctor snarks that he's going to sing some showtunes. He ends up defeating the Shalka doing exactly that, just for fun.
- Brown Note: The Shalka scream.
- The Cameo: David Tennant very briefly voices a one-scene character. He was in the neighbourhood, heard what was being filmed, and begged for a part. He then proceeded to Squee so hard that the interview crew let him ramble about Doctor Who for a bit, during which he revealed that his mum once knit him a miniature Fifth Doctor cricket sweater.
- Creepy Good: The Doctor.
- The Dulcinea Effect: Discussed.
- Dull Surprise: Everyone, at everything.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: This version of the Ninth Doctor. He also has Creepy Shadowed Undereyes. (Mind you, so does half the cast; it might just be the art style). If his hair wasn't so tidy he'd count as an example of Looks Like Cesare.
- Fantastic Racism: The Shalka view humanity and all other humanoids as lower lifeforms.
- Great Offscreen War
- Green Aesop
- Heel-Face Turn: The Master made one off-screen, and is now repenting (while snarking at the Doctor a lot). Given that he's also a robot for some reason, he may or may not have been given a Morality Chip.
- Originally, in the first drafts, the "companion" was to be a TARDIS-projected hologram of the Fifth Doctor.
- I Have to Go Iron My Dog: The Doctor excuses himself by stating he's just going to pop out and do "something eccentric".
- Ink-Suit Actor: Everyone, just in case they got to do this in live action.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: The Shalka can use their voices to control their technology, control people's bodies, and cause chemical reactions in the atmosphere.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: The TARDIS, as usual.
- Noodle Incident: The Doctor's unspecified trauma would eventually become the Last Great Time War in the series proper. It's also strongly implied (and confirmed by Word of God) that it involved the Doctor's previous companion meeting a terrible fate.
- People Puppets: One of the Shalkas' main power is doing this to people.
- Perky Goth: The Ninth Doctor.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: The Doctor and his love for Cabaret.
- Puppeteer Parasite: The Shalka use these on their top-level human slaves including Alison.
- Servile Snarker: This incarnation of The Master is (apparently) loyal to The Doctor, but also can't help but constantly verbally jab at him.
- Shout-Out: The Doctor's hairstyle looks oddly like that of Ĉon Flux.
- Space Whale Aesop: Do something about that pollution, or screaming worms from space will destroy the atmosphere the rest of the way.
- Wine Is Classy: When the Doctor is at his jerkiest at the start of the story, he goes into a small-town Northern pub and demands a specific vintage of Meursault. (In reality, he would undoubtedly have been beaten to within an inch of his life at this point.)
- World of Snark