As mentioned elsewhere in the Notz section, managing a collection this large is helped mightily by a consistent nomenclature. Fortunately the BBC itself had a very useful tool in the nature of production codes for the stories of the classic series which ran from A (for An Unearthly Child) to 7Q (Ghost Light). Not all letters were created equal however. ‘I’ was never used, ‘O’ and ‘U’ only sparingly but the rest of the alphabet was fair game, downright game-y.
|BB||The War Machines|
|4B||The Sontaran Experiment|
|5B||The Pirate Planet|
|8B||The End of the World|
|11B||The Impossible Astronaut|
|12B||The Crimson Horror|
|13B||The Zygon Inversion|
|14B||The Tsuranga Conundrum|
The extension of this system into nu-Who is wholly a Tour construction, but one which helps the Tour make sense. Then again, during this slack period between series one might as well have fun with it. Let’s see what the letter ‘B’ has in store:
That’s a pretty impressive collection of stories with nary a bad’un in the bunch, with the possible exception of the last. The Daleks kick-started the whole series, The War Machines was really the first modern story, The Silurians set the tone for the Pertwee era, The Pirate Planet was wildly imaginative, Earthshock is a classic, so is Midnight.
And while The Tsuranga Conundrum was not to the Tour’s collective taste, it stands to reason that story ’15B’ will be coming at the end of Series 13.
Yet another reason we can’t wait for Series 13.