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Having finally posted the rough draft of Sarah's Timeline, I have decided to give in and have a ficathon based on it. This was partially inspired by the Day o'Classic. Sarah may only have 35 years of backstory, compared to the Doctor's 45, but I felt we should celebrate it.

Sarah's got a lot of convoluted backstory which contradicts itself. I'm giving you four options to choose from.

1. Choose a prompt and spin off an AU from there.
Example: Sarah is shown to have a granddaughter named Lily in one of the short stories. Write an AU that talks about her marriage or what her life is like in 2009.

2. Choose a prompt and reconcile it with the current Doctor Who/Sarah Jane Adventures canon.
Why did the Tenth Doctor claim he had regenerated six times since he saw Sarah last, when she's met his Fifth, Seventh and Eighth incarnations?

3. Fill in a gap with a story that convolutes the story still further.
Did Sarah travel with Six and Evelyn? Or perhaps she and Harry had a short but disastrous marriage. Did she meet Ten and Martha in 1969? Write something that contradicts modern canon...and then, if you choose, try to reconcile it.

4. Sarah's had several companions of her own over the years. What happens when some of them meet?
Eligible companions include Jeremy Fitzoliver, Harry Sullivan, Brendan Richards, K-9, the Brigadier, Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, Nat Redfern, Josh Townsend, Maria Jackson, Clyde Langer, Luke Smith and Rani Chandra.

The timeline will be as follows:

Prompt suggestions will be open until MONDAY, 16th FEBRUARY - date changed due to rl and pimping efforts. Post suggestions in the comments. I'll add a few myself later on.

Prompt claims will run from the posting of the list of prompts on 16th February until 23rd February - dates changed as per changes above).

Prompts may be posted at any time between their claiming and 31st March. We will have a tag for the ficathon, so either post or link your story in this community.

After 31st March, I will create an index post of all the stories written for the ficathon.

Wordcounts and other nonsense:

I'm setting the wordcount requirement at 100 words, but I'm not going to count them. ;) I just want this ficathon to inspire as much writing as possible.

I do request that you do proper headers even for drabbles, so that who_daily and soniclipstick will link to them.

Crack is welcome, nay encouraged. Using the Time War or Sometime Never to explain things away is allowed, but there better be more to the story than that. Unless you write an incredibly amusing drabble. Knowledge of the actual canon involved is not required, though the Doctor Who Reference Guide goes into a lot of detail, especially on the novels.

I'm not going to set a limit on how many prompts you may claim just yet. I want to see how many prompts we get first.

There will probably be no limit on how many people can claim a given prompt - tracking claims is more about me being curious about what people are writing. Also feel free to suggest a prompt that you plan to claim yourself.

I'm not going to chase you down if you claim a prompt and don't post it. I will just be very, very disappointed in you and make lots of sadfaces.

So, have at it. Prompts and questions go in the comments.


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Jan. 31st, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
And how about a seed post to start things off.

Sarah's marriage to Paul Morley
Sarah's death in Bullet Time
Reconcile the official biography with current continuity
Give Sarah an adventure with Six
Have her meet Martha and Ten in 1969

More later. I'm nearly late to catch a train.
Jan. 31st, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
At the end of Interference Sam Jones leaves the Eighth Doctor to live with Sarah Jane in 1997; I'd like to see either that reconciled with the later canon or just them fighting alien crime.

Harry Sullivan meets Luke, Clyde and Rani.

Sarah Jane was involved in the Time War.

Five Things That Never Happened To Sarah Jane, incorporating some of the events on the timeline that can't fit into New Who/SJA continuity.
Jan. 31st, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
A meeting between Harry and Josh.

A story focusing on Sarah's memory -- and it's various alterations by outside means -- to reconcile certain canon points (Five Doctors).

Sarah Jane's involvement with UNIT and Torchwood (because Jack saluted her in Journey's End)
Feb. 2nd, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
Josh reappears and is surprised to meet Luke as well as being rather annoyed that Sarah didn't tell him about Luke. Cue bantery arguement.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
Reconcile Sarah's comment to the Tenth Doctor in School Reunion about someone else's grandchildren with her having a granddaughter in Lily.

Reconcile Sarah's official bio, which states that she and Harry had a brief relationship, with Harry Sullivan's War, which says that they don't see each other for ten years after he leaves the TARDIS (page 95).

Nat and the Brigadier solving a mystery together.

Jeremy and Harry having to work together to save Sarah from a sticky end that she may or may not need saving from.

Luke and Brendan meeting and discovering they're almost sort of related.

Harry and Sarah living their werewolf lives, post-Wolfsbane.

Can the examples you have in that post be prompts on the list too?
Feb. 3rd, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
Can the examples you have in that post be prompts on the list too?

Of course they will be. :)
Feb. 3rd, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
- Alt!Sarah in Pete's World (maybe involving Hand!Doctor?).

- Life during the Year That Never Was.

- After 'The Invasion of the Bane', Sarah decides not to adopt Luke, but he doesn't stay out of her life for long.

- Sarah Jane and the Eighth Doctor.

- Sarah stayed with the Doctor, eventually dying peacefully of old age.

- Evil!Sarah Jane and the Master.

- Maria, Luke and Clyde meet the younger Sarah Jane (and the Fourth Doctor?) as adults. Paradoxical fun ensues, and they have to team up to save the universe.
Feb. 4th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
Okay, I tried for one prompt of each type:

--What if the Doctor had taken Sarah with him to Gallifrey instead of dropping her off in Croydon Aberdeen?

--Reconcile "The Five Doctors" with "School Reunion" (for example, Sarah's apparent lack of bitterness in TFD and her apparent lack of memory in SR).

--The Fourth Doctor shows up in the current SJA'verse. Bonus points if he can be played by 2009 Tom Baker. (Oh, so many bonus points.)

--What if K-9 Mk IV met K-9 Mk III?

Feb. 5th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
- Nat and Josh meet Luke, Clyde, and Rani and/or Maria.

- Sarah Jane traveled with Jenny for a while.

- Where is Harry Sullivan in current SJA continuity?

- Seven, Ace and Hex team up with SJA-era Sarah Jane and the kids to save the world.

- How did Sarah get from the end of Dreamland, to School Reunion?

- Three and Jo turn up in current SJA-verse.

- Sarah is still traveling with Four when he meets Leela.

- After being dropped off in Aberdeen, Sarah met Romana rather than heading straight back to London.

- Whilst traveling with the Doctor, grown-up Maria and Rani run into pre-SJA Sarah Jane (possibly with Nat and Josh).

I will probably be back with more at some point. I like prompts. ;)
Feb. 8th, 2009 11:33 am (UTC)
Am I still in time??

* The Doctor wasn't called to Gallifrey at the end of The Hand of Fear
* Sarah didn't stay to see the Doctor regenerate at the end of Planet of the Spiders
* Where does Dimensions in Time fit in?
* Alan bumps into Nat and Josh (Alan can count as a companion, right?)
* Sarah introduces Luke and Brendan
* When did Sarah get the UNIT training she claims to have had, despite not being a member of UNIT in Robot
Feb. 8th, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'll be advertising it today on other comms, and extending the deadline for prompts to a week from Monday. :)

And yes, Alan counts as a companion.
Feb. 9th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Sarah Jane and Four (or Three) land in America in the close future: 2009. There the young SJ meets and falls for Alan. Alan, or course, realizes this is time-traveling SJ. Current-day SJ has always known the short affair would come full-circle.

A good Sarah Jane/Ten fic with a plot instead of pure pron.

Sarah Jane, Harry, and Four make a medical-emergency landing at UNIT - in 2009, where Dr. Martha Jones treats one of them.

Edited at 2009-02-09 02:21 am (UTC)
Feb. 9th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
Sarah teams up with Seven/Ace and Turlough.

In 1963, Sarah attended Coal Hill School or she transfered after Andrea's death.

In The Temptation of Sarah Jane, saving Sarah's parents nearly caused the end of the world. What was Sarah's life like in the alternate reality that Clyde and Rani saw.

The varying timelines indicate that something is wrong with time itself and Sarah and her companions/the Doctor/whomever need to sort the correct timeline out to save the day.

Sarah knows more than she's telling about Luke's lack of memory. Or perhaps Luke's lack of memory is tied to Sarah's multiple timelines and whatever the Doctor did to save Gallifrey.

What if Sarah had chosen to become a scientist rather than a journalist?

Sarah is Susan's fobwatched grandmother (the Doctor's wife).
Feb. 9th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
Continue the Interference timeline. What happens after Three regenerates.

Sarah travels around the world. Tell us some of those stories.

Everybody lies. Some of these stories are lies Sarah has told. Why?

In School Reunion, Sarah describes K9 as harder to find parts for than a Mini Metro, but doesn't suggest that it's impossible. How was she finding the parts?

Just how skilled is Sarah with alien tech and where/how did she learn the skills? Did she borrow the Gallifreyan version of Make Magazine from the TARDIS when she left?
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
From the timeline: 1977, Sarah spends two years working in Manchester. Perfect opportunity to meet a Doctor who sounds like he's from the North.

Wolfsbane: Sarah and Four work to protect werewolf!Harry and find a cure for his condition.

Harry and Sarah had a long and non-disastrous marriage - they've been married since shortly after she left the Doctor. Obviously, they've kept it pretty quiet - how, when, where, and what funny consequences have there been?

All the standard options have been trotted out for who picked up Sarah from Aberdeen; let's see what would have happened if it was someone completely unexpected.
Feb. 17th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)
All the standard options have been trotted out for who picked up Sarah from Aberdeen; let's see what would have happened if it was someone completely unexpected.

Okay, just have to ask -- who are the "standard options"? I'm assuming one is Harry -- I've seen him most often, at any rate -- but who else do you think has been done to death already?
Feb. 17th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
It wasn't my prompt, but I'd guess UNIT personnel and the Doctor.

But as far as the prompts go, I'm inclined to interpret them very loosely, so I'd go with whomever you think is someone unexpected.
Feb. 17th, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)
I'm thinking anyone related to UNIT - Harry especially, but Benton (may be because I've written it!), the Brig, anyone from that time period. 'Course, if you use one of those and can put a new twist on it, I think that would be fun too!
Feb. 17th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
Thanks for the reply! I'm still mulling all the options -- given my slow writing pace, I will probably only get to do one prompt -- but yours has made my short list and while I figured I could probably get away with whomever I want to claim is unexpected, I also don't want to disappoint if I do use your prompt.

Okay, thinking, thinking . . . (and I love that I can still claim it even if someone else gets there before me -- nice to have a low-pressure / high-enjoyment ficathon!)
Feb. 17th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
:D Then my job here is done.

I purposely made it low pressure to avoid stuff I don't want to deal with (like people who don't deliver their fics on time).

Feel free to choose more than one prompt. Or to continue taking prompts after the ficathon is over. My main goal was to generate fic, not to make people worry over deadlines.
Feb. 9th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
In the 1974 TV Comic Special story 'Double Trouble': 3 & SJ fall foul of a repair to the TARDIS that pushes them to a parallel world where their counterparts are a Bonnie & Clyde style pair of thieves. In escaping that AU the Dr says he can't garauntee that they will return to their own. So where did they end up?

Kate Lethbridge-Stewart visits. Luke enthuses about her father but Rani can tell he's a sore point
Feb. 16th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
Sarah met the Doctor during his Academy years, during a school trip.

Sarah's childhood with Aunt Lavinia

Sarah's time at uni.

Sarah works with aliens on Earth as sort of a way station. Consider the following options:
1. Sarah has contact with the Trion government (and keeps an eye on their habit of leaving exiles on Earth).

2. Tell an untold story of an alien she's helped (either to leave Earth or to settle peacefully).

3. Tell the untold story of some object from Sarah's attic (how she got it, what it does).

4. There was a crazy plan to chameleon arch as many Time Lords as possible and get them safely to Earth before the Doctor threw the switch, so to speak, and Romana arranged with Sarah to get them settled. Why hasn't she told the Doctor? How much does she know? How many people escaped and who?
Feb. 16th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
What if Sarah did meet the Eighth Doctor during Wolfsbane?

What if Harry didn't leave after Terror of the Zygons?

What if Sarah was around for the events of Millennium Shock and helped the Doctor and Harry defeat the Voracians?
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