In 2014, Timebase Productions celebrated their 20th Anniversary. To commemorate this, the idea was proposed to record a special audio adventure featuring the original Timebase Doctor. Rupert Booth. Titled After the Flood (Après le Déluge), it told the tale of the Doctor and his new (hologramatic) companion Mai taking part in a submarine race around a submerged Paris. The story also featured the Cybermen and a host of Classic Doctor cameos.
Writer Paul Ferry: “I wanted to do something that we couldn’t possibly have done on video. It’s a shame that so many fan audios, in their desire to be like the classic series, settle for very traditional Doctor Who stories. Why have a 2-room base under siege when the medium allows you to have the whole universe exploding? After the Flood was my love letter to Jules Verne and the French science fiction tradition; I’m sure a lot of people would’ve found it a bit too humorous, but I was aiming for a fun romp in the mode of The Five Doctors rather than something dark and heavy.”
Sadly, for multiple reasons, After the Flood never came to pass, but the script still exists, so you never know what the future holds. Paul also wrote a short preview to be published on a website not unlike this. It’s called Before the Flood – a title that was snapped up by the TV series a few years later – and there’s a chance that it might turn up here on the Timebase blog in the weeks to come.