The Circus Master: The Curse of the Robots: Part 5

 

The fire slammed the bubble Denika and the others were encased in back into the nearest wall of the mine, nearly smashing it.

Denika upped the power in the sphere as hard as she could, but the more she did, the more her connection with it became greater and she started to feel the fire herself.

The Jiang Shi had managed to clutch on, with it’s claws even penetrating the sphere somewhat. Ironically lesser Vampires would have been able to rip through the sphere no problem, but fortunately the Jiang Shi’s greater weaknesses to magic meant that it was actually struggling to get through.

The creature however didn’t give up even after it had been reduced to nothing but a skeleton, but fortunately the flames soon blasted it’s skeleton to pieces.

Denika screamed as her flesh began to sizzle, but she held on in spite of the agony until the flames had finally died down after which she then using the last of her power, blasted a space below among the rubble for them to land. The bubble instantly vanished after, and Denika and the others fell onto the scorching earth. Denika who had collapsed would have landed face first into the burning dirt had it not been for Keptis, who instantly jumped back up and caught her.

Keptis tended to the witch, whilst Ashlei checked their surroundings. They were completely surrounded by large burning boulders on every side. Not only would they not have the strength to lift or push them, but they were scorching to the touch.

The mine looked largely blocked at both ends, though there appeared to be some space between some of the boulders. The only way up was to climb.  Ashlei tried to put her fingers on one of the rocks, but it was so seering she had to pull away instantly.

She suddenly noticed a hand peeking out from underneath one of the boulders. Though badly burned, Ashlei could tell that it belonged to one of the Jiang Shi as it’s fingers were clawed.

The hand started to move. The Vampire had managed to survive the flames by shielding itself behind the boulder. It hadn’t intended to, it had essentially lucked out when the boulder was blown into the undead monster, knocking it across the mine until it was trapped between two boulders and “protected”, though it’s body was still scorched.

The Vampire pushed the boulder off of it’s back, nearly hurling it on top of Ashlei in the process. The bloodsuckers entire body was badly scorched, and it’s left leg appeared to be broken as it limped after Ashlei very slowly.

Up above more rocks started to shake, as more and more of the Vampires that had survived started to crawl out from under them. One of the boulders from above was pushed on top of two of the surviving alien slaves, crushing them to death.

Another, female Vampire then jumped down, it’s body just as scorched as the others, though it was otherwise undettered.

Ashlei lifted a large flaming rock despite it being burning to the touch, and managed to hit the female Vampire over the head from behind, but it did little to deter the Jiang Shi who then grabbed Ashlei and prepared to sink her fangs into the time travellers neck.

Keptis however tripped the Vampire up from behind and then repeatedly hit it in the face with the rock Ashlei had used, the male Vampire meanwhile managed to creep up on Ashlei, but when it grabbed her, she was able to wrestle free by kicking the bloodsucker in it’s broken leg.

Some of the prisoners started to join in the fight, with three more alien slaves dogpiling on the male Vampire. One of them tried bludgeoning the beast over the head, whilst the other two hit the Vampire in it’s broken leg over and over.

Another three tried to hold down the female Vampire that Keptis was still trying to finish, but unfortunately the slaves ended up making things worse. The male Vampire was angered by the pain in it’s leg to such an extent that it reached out and tore it’s claws into one of the slaves stomach and pulled his guts out.

The bloodsucker, after quickly licking it’s victims long intenstines, then used them to strangle Ashlei. The other slave tried to pull the Vampire away and even tried to hit it’s leg again, but the Vampire with one slash of it’s claws cut his throat and sent him head first into the burning earth.

The female Vampire meanwhile managed to push the attacking aliens off, after which she grabbed Keptis and pinned him to the ground.

The Vampire’s face was burnt and broken beyond all recognition, and the monster lifted Keptis’ own rock to crush his face in, but Denika woke up just in time, and blasted the Vampire through several more rocks.

“You need to get us out of here now.” Keptis said to Denika.

“I’m too weak.”

“I know I’m sorry, but there’s no way we can climb through this mess and there are Vampires all around. They’re like roaches.”

Sure enough several more Vampires were beginning to crawl their way out from between and under the rocks

“We’ve dug ourselves into a hole, we’ll just have to dig deeper” Denika said as she blasted a hole in the ground.

Denika, and Keptis were the first to jump down the hole that was about 20 feet deep, with Ashlei and the suviving slaves following.

“What the hell are you doing?” Keptis asked?

“I don’t have the power to knock away all of those boulders, but we might be able to make our way down to somewhere safe, while I recharge.”

Denika placed another bubble around herself and the others before pushing it through the hole in the ground, though even that was taking it out of her after how spent she had been after the blast.

One of the slaves however had not made it down the pit, having decided to stay and hold off the Vampires. Unfortunately by the time one of the slaves warned Denika, she had already dragged the bubble 100 or so feet deeper into the ground.

Some of the Vampires had jumped down and landed on top of the bubble, Denika tried to push it back up to rescue the slave, but the Vampires were pushing against it, and worse this bubble was much weaker than the previous one, so the Vampires were able to rip their claws through the sphere and grab hold of one of the slaves. The Vampires then pulled the slaves arm out through the sphere and bit her.

In the middle of the commotion, the mutilated corpse of the slave who had been left behind fell on top of the sphere. Worse still the slave who been bitten instantly began to turn into a Jiang Shi and tried to attack the others. Ashlei and Keptis, catching the Vampire off guard, (as she was distracted by Denika) pushed her back and through the sphere, which was getting weaker by the second.

In spite of her weakness, Denika managed to push the sphere through over another 200 feet of rock below until eventually she reached a gigantic cavern.

There cavern below was several hundred feet wide, and at the far end of the cavern was a huge machine, connected to a long pipe that ran down a nearby massive tunnel.

As soon as the sphere hit the ground it shattered just as before, sending it’s occupants and the Vampires all over the room. One of the slaves was knocked straight between two Vampires who jumped on top of her, and mauled her to death before any of the others could help.

Up above in the Robot’s base meanwhile Carlene and the alien had become lost in the maze like corridors. They had been spotted by two of the Robots, just as they were about to reach the control room and had only managed to barely escape thanks to Carlene’s fantastic speed.

“We’re lost alien. I’m afraid in our haste we.”

Carlene suddenly pushed him to the side and put her finger to her lips. Someone was coming around the corner. Carlene reached into her beehive for a weapon, not that it would do her any good, but still.

Fortunately she soon saw it was the robot she had abandoned earlier and The Circus Master himself.

After he had made his way into the base, the Circus Master had been swiftly captured by the Robots. Fortunately Carlene’s Robot after hearing that one of the aliens had been recaptured was able to rescue him, by blasting the two Robot guards from a distance.

“Carlene I thought you were.”

“I nearly was, but thanks to our friend here” She said pointing at the Robot. “He fixed me up with some magics. Where are the others.”

“Florence I last saw tryng to escape the mine through the top. Denika, Keptis and Ashlei I, I.”

“No, please”

“I’m sorry Carlene but they were trapped in the lower levels of the mine. It’s possible that Denika could have used her magics to escape but.”

“No it is not” The robot said coldly.

“The metal of the shutters that seal off the lower levels is designed to withstand any kind of magical blast. I’m sorry but there is no way they could have escaped. ”

Carlene started to cry.

“You know that Denika can create a forcefield around herself. Believe me Carlene we’ve been through worse.” The Circus Master said, not sure if he meant it or not.

“Even if they by a miracle survived the power of the blast, they will have been buried under thousands of tons of rock.

Carlene darted back down the hallway, forcing the Circus Master to run after her.

“She always does that.” The Robot said bitterly.

“What are you doing Carlene?” The Circus Master said as he tried to hold her back.

“Those metal bastards are going to pay. ”

“How do you think you are going to do that?”

“We’ve already lost, all that matters is taking as much of them down with me before I die.”

“You’ll be lucky to last against one.” The Robot said.

“Furthermore we haven’t lost. You just feel that way because the people most important to you will sadly not see the end of this fight.”

“He’s right Carlene we need to think of the bigger picture here. There are still millions of people on this planet who need our help.”

“The bigger picture” Carlene said derisively.

“That’s all you ever think about isn’t it?”

“Funny you didn’t seem to disagree with me when it was just the Rysteians and not Ashlei that was being sacrificed for the greater good? Besides I lost my friends too. I’ve travelled with Denika and Keptis for years.”

“You’re right I’m sorry, it’s just. That girl, she put her trust in me. I promised nothing was going to happen to her.”

“Well like I said, don’t write them off yet. I don’t care what that Robot says, but he is right that we need to do what we can for the people of this world, and a pointless sacrifice is not going to help anyone.”

Back in the lower levels of the cave, the aliens, Keptis and Ashlei did their best to try and fight off the Vampires, but the monsters were too strong, and their burnt flesh and broken bones had begun to heal.

Denika meanwhile was too weak to carry on in the fight and she crawled along the cave floor, to try and get somewhere safe to charge up.

As she got away from the Jiang Shi however she found herself drawn towards the pipe that ran through the cave. She didn’t know why, but she could sense something powerful in there.

The closer she got to it, the more she could feel her own power growing. Suddenly  just as she was getting stronger, she noticed one of the Jiang Shi had followed her. The beast slashed at her, but the Witch managed to dodge his attack and instead riped a hole in the pipe.

A massive blue energy fired from the pipe, striking the Vampire in the face and vaporising it into dust.

The energy spread throughout the room vaporising more Vampires and slaves that were unlucky enough to be caught in its blast..

To Be Continued

The Circus Master: The Curse of the Robots: Part 4: The Mines

 

The Jiang Shi slowly surrounded their prey, the Witch, the Martian and the Urchin.

“Get behind me” Denika said as she started to fire magical rays at the Jiang Shi, knocking them off of their feet and back down the mine. In order to actually kill one of the Jiang Shi she would have to use up far more of her magic. After just a few of the Vampires she’d be completely drained. It was better to just simply fight her way through them and get out that way.

After clearing a path, Denika placed a barrier around herself, and her two companions and flew deeper into the mine.

As they descended they could see hordes more Jiang Shi feasting on their victims, with some corpses already beginning to rise as Vampires.

The remains of various Robots were also scattered around the mine too, though one of the Robots in the far distance was still trying to hold off a few Vampires in a futile gesture.

In the very distance Denika could make out what looked like a young girl, emaciated and worn down being pursued by two more Vampires.

She quickly headed in their direction as fast as she could. Her sphere vanished as she blasted at the Vampire chasing the girl, whilst Keptis and Ashlei tended to the slave.

“It’s okay we’re here to help.” Ashlei said.

“Please there are others back there, you have to help them. I’ve never seen anything like these monsters. Even the Robots can’t contain them.” She said.

Up ahead there was an entire pit filled with the monsters, with various slaves struggling to get free as the Vampires tore into them.

Denika fired a massive blast at the Vampires sending several back at once, but they quickly jumped back up.

“Don’t just stand there, help the slaves.” Denika said to Ashlei and Keptis who quickly ran into the pit to help as many of the aliens as they could get to safety, whilst Denika continued to blast at the horde of Vampires.

Florence and the Circus Master meanwhile had managed to get some of the Aliens to behind a nearby hill. All around where the Robots and the Vampires fighting with one another.

“We’ll never get by them without being seen.” The Circus Master said.

“I’ll distract the monsters you get the people to safety.”

“Okay right you are.” Florence said.

“What that’s it?” The Circus Master said?

“No I’ll go in your place, no you’ll be killed?”

“Well what do you expect me to say? You can’t lead those aliens out like I can.”

“Well of course, but a bit of concern wouldn’t go amiss. Honestly this reminds me of being with Denika.”

“Well if it’s any consellation I think we’re both going to get killed in the next 20 minutes or so. I might last 5 or so longer than you.”

“Yes that does make me feel a bit better.”

The Circus Master jumped over 20 feet through the air and landed on the back of a flying robot as it was blasting at a small pack of Vampires. The Circus Master tore the machines innards out from the back using his claws and sent it hurling into the three Vampires, causing a small explosion.

Both the Vampires and the Robots soon turned their attention towards the Vandal who was forced to simply dodge their attacks. Nevertheless he managed to lure them away to the other side of the mountain, whilst Florence quickly commanded the aliens to follow her.

She had no idea where she was going, but up ahead she could see the top of the mine shaft that led out into the open. For all the Siren knew there could be a whole army of Robots waiting at the top, but she definitely couldn’t afford to wait here. She would have to command some of the younger, stronger aliens to carry the old and infirm up the slope ahead.

“It’s okay you can come out now.”

“About time” Carlene said as she crawled out from behind a nearby door.

“Most of the Demons have gone to the mine to contain the outbreak of whatever it is.”

Carlene knew what it was, she just didn’t want to admit to herself that the Strange Boy was beyond help yet.

“I almost gave away my ruse for nothing.”

“If what they’re all busy in the mine darling, why don’t we just attack those metal wankers while they’re vulnerable?”

“They’ll still be hundreds of them guarding the Tent. No we have to play this smart alien. I don’t care what tricks you say you have in that strange comptartment you have on your head, trust me. We need to get you to the rebels first so you can launch a proper attack.”

As the Robot and the Vampire ran down the nearest corridor together, they suddenly heard an alarm.

“All Robots are to retreat to base. Mine B must be destroyed. It has been overrun with a new type of Demon that can infect the workers. You have 10 minutes to return to base.”

The Demons spirits would not be harmed by the explosion, but naturally they were conscious about wasting their robotic bodies.

“Mine B, is that where my friends escaped too.”

“I’m afraid so alien.”

“We have to stop them”

“There is nothing we can do. The mine is rigged up to a device in the main control room. Not only is it protected by hundreds of guards, but in a few seconds these corridors are going to be crawling with more of the Demons. We have to go now.”

“What do you think my friends chances are of getting out of the mine?”

“Well they will have heard the warning too.”

“Don’t bullshit me.”

“The mine’s are the most heavily guarded areas. It’s why I didn’t escape through that area before with you. The pandemic of Demons might have taken care of many of their guards but.”

“Then we have to stop the Demons or Robots or whatever from blowing up the mine.”

“We can’t. Alien I have seen many of my friends die in the war against these monsters, we all have to make.”

Before the Robot had finished Carlene ran down the other end of the corridor. She didn’t have any idea where she was going, but she couldn’t just leave the rest of the Circus Folk. She felt bad for the Robot. He had saved her, and she was endangering him. She just hoped he wouldn’t be foolish enough to try and stop her and blow his cover in the process.

The Circus Master meanwhile instantly jumped onto the back of one of the Robots as it flew back to base. He caused the machine to smash into a nearby wall in the process. The Circus Master then used the broken robots body as a shield against the few Robots who noticed him as he ran back into the Robots base, with the rest flying up ahead frantically.

In the base, the Circus Master was cornered by two more Robots, but before they could blast him, the Vandal rammed the dead robots body into one of the other two, and then pushed it into the other, before jumping over them both and down the nearest corridor.

“Alert, alert alien has escaped into the base, capture it, capture it.”

“They must know I’m here” Carlene thought to herself. She quickly hid behind a nearby door as 6 more of the Robots came rushing down the corridor before, she ran down the other way.

At the other end of the corridor, was another prison cell, filled with strange bald looking aliens. The aliens were pounding on the doors furiously in panic, whilst the Robot guard was trying to calm them down.

Carlene was torn about what to do. If she released the prisoners it would create a commotion that would give her a better chance of reaching the control room. There was also a chance one of them may know where it was. On the other hand if she released the prisoners most of them wouldn’t make it out alive. Was she therefore to sacrifice their lives for those of her shipmates?

After weighing it up for a few moments, Carlene felt it would be better to release them. She deluded herself into thinking that the prisoners would be safe if she freed them, as she could then protect them, even though she would be lucky to protect herself. In all fairness however Carlene wasn’t just thinking about her ship mates. She also thought of all the potentially thousands of others in the mine who would die if she didn’t stop the monsters from blowing it up.

Carlene slowly crept up on the single Robot guard and jumped it from behind. She wrestled with the monster for a few minutes before being able to rip a large chunk of metal from the Demons body, after which she then pulled several of it’s wires out causing the body to break down.

Even though the Demon was stronger than Carlene, she was lucky that she knew it’s weaknesses whilst it was completely unaware of hers.

“Use it’s hand on the door” one of the prisoners shouted.

Carlene quickly pulled the Robot’s arm out of it’s socket and used it to open the doors one after another.

“Thank you, eh, I assume you are not from this planet.”

“No love, I’m from earth.”

“Earth? I don’t believe that’s in any of the known galaxies?”

“It isn’t. I’m not even in the right time love. For all I know this is a billion years after my planet’s gone.”

The alien looked at Carlene in a strange way for a few seconds before continuing.

“Wherever you’re from thank you, we need to get out of here as soon as possible.”

“No please we have to stop them from blowing up the mine.”

“I’m afraid we can’t do that. There is no way you can make it past the control room.”

“I’ve got to try, my friends are in there. One of them, is only there because of me. She trusted me, saw me as her family. I can’t leave her.” Carlene said.

One of the aliens, a large male at the back agreed to help Carlene.

“I know what it’s like to lose a daughter to these things.”

The other 5 prisoners however refused and begged Carlene to come with them, but she insisted on staying behind to help.

“We have to move now, we probably won’t make it to control room alien.”

“I know but have to try.”

Outside in the mine, most of the robots had fled, allowing Florence and 20 or so prisoners under her control to make their way to the top of the mine. Just as they had almost reached the top however they were attacked by a handful of the Robots.

The robots shot three of the fleeing prisoners in the back, which broke Florence’s spell over them. One more prisoner went falling to his death in panic at suddenly being at the top. Florence however quickly jumped one of the Robots, and forced it to get in the way of fire from the other, before jumping onto the others back.

The Siren and the Robot flew around whilst the prisoners still instinctively crawled up to safety.

Sadly Florence wasn’t able to completely control the Robots line of fire and it managed to blast another prisoner off of the cliff to their deaths. As Florence and the Robot continued to struggle, a large metal shaft started to close at the top of the mine, to seal the prisoners in.

Florence quickly piloted the Robot towards the top of the mine where she used the robot’s body to jam the shaft before it shut.

The aliens frantically crawled up the mine to safety, but the strength of the shaft soon began to crush the Robot’s body entirely.

Florence using her supernatural strength tried to keep it open for as long as she could, but her arms soon began to give away. 4 prisoners were still a good distance from the top.

Florence knew she couldn’t hold it open much longer. “I’m sorry” she said to the aliens, but just as she was about to let go, she felt something else push the shaft back.

When she looked around, she saw to her shock it was The Strange Boy. Using the body of the Robot, the Strange boy helped push the shaft back even further with his much greater strength. Even then however he was only able to hold it back by a few minutes, but that was enough to allow the prisoners to get by before Florence pulled herself and the boy free, allowing the shaft to shut.

Outside was nothing but a wilderness, just like where they had first landed, though Florence could see the entrances to several more mines in the distance.

Three more Robots from a nearby mine flew towards Florence, but before she could even react the Strange Boy attacked them. He tore one of the robots out of the sky and then threw it into the other. When he tried to attack the third, it quickly blasted him backwards, but Florence managed to jump the creature from behind and send it crashing to the ground.

When Florence went to help the Strange Boy up, the Vampire child simply growled at the Siren.

Florence wasn’t sure what to make of the boy. There was clearly something of him still in there, but how much?

The child soon hopped off in the other direction and as more and more Robots began to emerge from the other mines, Florence was forced to flee along with the Aliens.

“It’s no use. It won’t budge.” Denika said as she fired her magic at the shaft.

Denika had managed to pull several more of the slaves away from the ravenous Jiang Shi to a safe upper level using her magics.

She spent as long as she could helping the survivors, but now with only a minute to spare, all of her energy was spent trying to smash the shaft covering the exits, but unfortunately she hadn’t even made a dent.

“It’s no use, nothing can break those shields.” The slave girl said. “I’d rather be blown apart than become one of those things.”

With the countdown to the explosion about to go off, Denika did the only thing she could to save herself, her friends and the handful of slaves she had rescued. She placed a magical sphere around herself and the others. The magic shielded them from the blast, but the power of the blast still threw them to the other end of the mine.

Denika was in constant agony the entire time. She felt the flames burning against the sphere, and the debris and corpses smashing into it. One Jiang Shi was blown on top of the sphere. The Vampire grabbed on with it’s talons and clawed and bit at the sphere in desperation as the flesh was burned slowly off it’s bones. The pain was becoming too much for Denika, but if she gave in for even a second they would all be burned to dust.

To Be Continued

 

Professor Fang: The Dark Side of the Moon: Part 4: King of the Dinosaurs

 

The Carnotaurus almost caught up to Lindsey, but she quickly managed to side swerve the giant’s snapping jaws.

The Carnotaurus could bite with a force greater than any modern day predator. Just one little nip would be all it would need to take Lindsey’s arm or head clean off!

Fortunately whilst the giant was fast, its large bulky body wasn’t very manuverable and so the more Lindsey kept swerving to the side, the more the Dinosaur was struggling to keep up with her. Eventually in a desperate attempt to catch it’s prey, the Carnotaurus leapt forward, but once again Lindsey was too fast and the giant went tumbling off it’s feet.

As it was the monster very nearly fell on Lindsey, but again she managed to swerve to the side. When she ran past the giant it still reached out and tried to bite her.

Still Lindsey was able to get a good head start on the Dinosaur as it’s tiny arms meant that it couldn’t get up easily, and she quickly made her way back to Kirsteen and the girl.

“Quick we need to get out of here, there’s a big meat eater heading this way.”

The giant’s roar quickly followed Lindsey through the tunnels, and Kirsteen instantly jumped to her feet. The time travellers, helped the young woman up and ran back down the way they came with her.

When they reached the cavern with the Raptors, most of the feathered monsters had gone, having followed the Professor instead.

“Come on we need to get down this tunnel.” Lindsey said.

“Are you insane? That’s where the Raptors went?” Kirsteen replied.

“Yes I know. We can get them to fight the Carnotaurus. Plus the Professor went that way come on.”

As the Carnotaurus came crashing round the corner, Kirsteen couldn’t afford to argue any longer, though she still thought Lindsey’s idea was insane.

Not long into the tunnel they came upon the horde of Raptors all gathered below a small hole in the cave roof, where the Professor had escaped too.

Even Lindsey froze at the sight of that many Raptors for a few seconds, before the Carnotaurus forced her and the others forward.

The Carnotaurus just as Lindsey hoped soon turned it’s attention to the Raptors, who in turn began to flee.

A few bold Raptors however stood their ground. Whilst obviously outmatched physically, the Raptors were considerably faster than the larger theropod. Lindsey, Kirsteen and the girl meanwhile tried to get to safety at the other end of the tunnel, but they were forced to hide behind a nearby rock as the Carnotaurus started to thrash around in rage at the Raptors.

The Professor meanwhile had been drawn back to the hole by the sound of the larger theropod.  Peering through he managed to catch a sight of Kirsteen, Lindsey and the girl. He slowly crawled along the roof towards them and then dropped down behind.

“Professor” Kirsteen said with relief.

“Sorry I almost thought I’d got you killed.”

“You did, but to be fair I’ve almost got you killed several times over too. Come on we’ll be safe up there.”

The Professor carried the wounded young girl and then jumped up with his Vampiric strength through the hole he had made in the ceiling. He then quickly returned for Kirsteen and Lindsey.

As he prepared to jump up to the ceiling with both however, the trio were suddenly swarmed by 4 of the Raptors who had taken notice of the time travellers.

The Professor tried to jump up, but one of the Raptors managed to jump on his back this time, causing him to drop Lindsey and Kirsteen and crash to the cave floor.

Two more of the Raptors swarmed the Professor at the same time as the monster on his back, whilst the 4th and final Raptor went for the two women.

Lindsey and Kirsteen both stood their ground against the Dinosaur, but it clearly wasn’t intimidated and moved slowly towards them, waiting for the right moment to strike.

Fortunately the young woman who they had rescued dropped a large rock from above on the Raptors back. The Raptor was knocked out cold instantly, and Lindsey grabbed the rock from the Raptors back and hurled it at one of the monsters attacking the Professor. This distracted the other two Raptors long enough for the Professor to throw them both across the cave with his strength. He then quickly grabbed his two companions and jumped through the hole before any more of the Raptors could attack.

From above the Professor, Lindsey, Kirsteen and the girl all watched with a grim fascination as the Carnotaurus and the Raptors fought with one another.

The Carnotaurus despite it’s fantastic size was utterly hopeless against the Raptors. The smaller Dinosaurs were able to jump around the Carnotaurus no problem. Much like Lindsey, it didn’t take the Raptors long to realise what the giant’s weakness was. It was a dangerous predator, with a devatatingly powerful bite force, and could run at tremendous speeds, but not only were the Raptors much faster; they were highly agile and manuverable too. They could jump onto the Carnotaurus’ back and tear chunks out of the animal before it could even react.

Normally a Raptor pack wouldn’t dare take on an animal like a Carnotaurus, but these were not normal times. Furthermore there were so many of the Raptors now as more and more of the creatures kept returning from down the tunnel. The Carnotaurus was also weak from several days without food and very little water too.

It was even more clumsy than usual, and in an attempt to catch the Alpha Raptor, that had landed more strikes against the larger theropod, the Dinosaur ended up tripping over a large rock and was sent crashing head first to the ground.

Not only did it break several ribs in the fall, but the Carnotaurus’ little arms meant that it would have a hard time getting up.

All of the Raptors soon descended from the tunnel and pilled on top of the fallen Dinosaur like a herd of locusts. Keeping away from it’s massive head, the Raptors slashed at it’s body and tail with the claws on their feet and hands, and tore massive chunks of flesh out with their jaws.

In a few minutes the Carnotaurus’ body was just a heaping mass of mangled flesh. Some of the Raptors were even bold enough to attack it’s face, as the Dinosaur let out it’s final, agonized roars and died.

“Disgusting creatures.” The young women they had rescued spat out as she looked away.

“Come on let’s get out of here before they fancy seconds.” The Professor said as he carried the young woman down the dark tunnel ahead.

The 4 of them walked slowly, not saying anything at first so as not to alert any Raptors or any other unpleasant creatures that might be near. After a few minutes the girl however brielfy spoke.

“I don’t know who any of you are. You are clearly not of this valley. We are the only tribe left now, but whoever you are thank you.”

“Well you have Kirsteen to thank. As much as I hate to admit it, I was going to leave you down there. I didn’t want to alert those Raptors.” The Professor said.

“I understand.” She said. “I would have done the same thing. What is your name.”

“You can call me the Professor, that’s Lindsey, and that’s Kirsteen.”

“My name is Hisera” She said.

“Do you have any idea where we are going” Lindsey asked.

“In truth? No, but all that matters for now is getting somewhere safe where we can at least get an idea of our bearings.”

“Not so eager to jump ahead now.” Kirsteen said smugly.

“No, I am not. I underestimated those Raptors back there. We need time to figure out where it is we need to go next.

“I’m afraid I can’t help you” Hisera said.

“You punched a hole into a level I’ve never been too before. The good thing is that there probably aren’t any Raptors here either as they’re not strong enough to break through the walls o the cave either. You’re not entirely human are you?”

“Not one bit. I was, but well that’s in the past. My two friends are human though as you can see.”

Kirsteen was rather flattered at being called one of his friends. It was probably just for practicality sake, but it still meant a lot to her, simply because it had been a long while since she had a friend of any kind.

The foursome must have wandered for roughly half an hour or so before they came across a tiny flickr of light from above.

“Up ahead, there’s a way out.” Hisera said.

“I’m afraid not” The Professor replied.

“We need to find the magical core of this valley, or else the Raptors will be the least of our problems. Chances are it’s in here.”

“It’s not” she said.

“We know where it is. It’s atop the highest mountain in the valley. ”

“For god’s sake” The Professor shouted, only to be instantly shooshed by Lindsey and Kirsteen.

“Sorry, but a core like that needs to be underground. That way you can channel it to one location easier. Up above and the energy is in more danger of being spread out too far. The way it is now, I’m not surrpised the energy is fading.

“You could reach it through these caves.” Hisera said, “but not only would it take weeks, there are hundreds of Raptors here.”

“Yes well if you know of a quicker way by all means.”

“I do, but the mountain is even more dangerous. We know full well of what is happening to this valley stranger. We’re not primitives by choice. The magic’s that once held this place together are crumbling. We have been preparing for this disaster for centuries, but the magic’s of the mountain, now that they’re acting up, well they have had unintended side effects on some of the creatures nearby.”

“How do you mean?” Lindsey asked.

“Some of the great reptiles nearest to the mountain have been, twisted into unnatural beasts. Many of our tribe have tried to reach the mountain, but none of them have got by those monsters. Even with your great strength and tricks I doubt you’d last long.”

“Probably not but the valley won’t last much longer if we don’t.”

“I’ll show you the way, but first we need to get back to my tribe. They’ll have the man power and the magics you need. We have to get out of these caves first.”

The Professor jumped up to the roof using his strength and saw that the hole was relatively small. With his strength he widened it, and then just as before he jumped up with one of the women after another, taking them with him.

On the other side of the hole was a slope that led into a small jungle area.

“The village is just ahead of that jungle. If you hadn’t punched your way through the cave, it would have taken hours to reach.”

“I don’t like the look of that jungle.” Kirsteen said. “Looks like the kind of place Raptors could live.”

“It is but we have no options for now.” The Professor said as he marched ahead, carrying Hersa with him.

The foursome tread carefully through the jungle below. Surprisingly there were hardly any Dinosaurus in the area. Along the way they came across the mangled corpse of a Triceratops, as well as a few tiny Raptors running in the opposite direction from the village. Several trees had also been trampled too, clearly by a stampede of large plant eating Dinosaurs.

Up above they could also see several Pterosaurus flying in the opposite direction too.

“I don’t like the look of this.” Hersa said. “Something must have happened at the village.”

When they reached the end of the jungle they could see the entrance to the village, two gigantic doors, bridging a gap between two small mountains that formed into a large circle behind. It was seemingly the perfect place to hide, but the two doors had been smashed open by something.

The Professor, Hersa, Lindsey and Kirsteen slowly walked inside. There was almost a mini valley in between the two mountains, with a large river, and a small village beside that now lay in ruins. There were half eaten and trampled bodies spread everywhere.

Hersa was almost on the brink of tears at what had become of her people, whilst Lindsey examined a nearby footprint.

It was a three toed footprint, but belonging to an animal far larger than either an Allosaurus, or a Carnotaurus. Lindsey knew exactly what had made it.

“We have to get out of here now” she said.

Suddenly a massive roar came bellowing through the lair, so loud it felt like the mountain itself was shaking. The earth then began to rumble and out of the darkest corner at the end emerged the most ferocious of all meat eating Dinosaurs. The Tyrannosaurus Rex!

To Be Continued

 

 

The Circus Master: The Curse of the Robots: Part 3: The Outbreak

 

“Oh that’s right I’m dying.” Carlene said to herself jokingly as she woke up.

The pain had knocked her out several times. Each time she dreamed she was back on earth in her Victorian mansion. Though she was still in agony in the dream, at least she was somewhere familiar.

As she could feel herself blacking out again for what would probably be the last time, one of the robots came in.

“Oh god what do you want, you metal wanker.” Carlene spat back at the robot that bent over her, chanting some kind of spell.

Within a few seconds the pain was gone, and Carlene felt her strength returning.

“All right what’s this? I don’t care actually, I won’t help you no matter what you do.”

“Relax alien I am not here to hurt you, the robot said.” As it spoke the fire around its face vanished, and it’s face took on a more human form.

“I am not like the others young lady.  I assume you are the female of your species?”

“Of course I am you cheeky bugger.”

“My apologies, but the potential for variation among different life forms is infinite. I am not possessed unlike the others. I don’t have time to explain, but you must follow me now.”

Suddenly the alarm went off.

“No, they must have discovered me. Come we don’t have time alien.”

“It’s Carlene love.”

Outside deep in the mine, the rest of the Circus Folk were still being pursued by the robot troops. The Robot’s had been chasing them for half an hour, and in all that time the Circus Folk hadn’t managed to help any of the slaves in the mine. They could barely help themselves.

Denika had tried to fire magical blasts back at them, whilst also trying to deflect their blasts at the Circus Folk. Whilst she did manage to knock a few of the monsters out of the sky, more and more would soon emerge in their place.

Up ahead in the far distance one of the humanoid slaves suddenly jumped out in front of the fleeing time travelers.

“What are you doing? Get out of the way you idiot or they’ll kill you.” The Circus Master shouted at the figure ahead.

Instead however the figure outstretched its arms and started to hop towards the Circus Folk.

The Circus Master halted instantly, and stopped the others in the process.

“It can’t be.” He said.

The figure continued to hop towards the Circus Folk, hissing and snarling.

The Circus Folk (except for Ashlei) knew that it was a Jiang Shi, which meant that the Strange Boy must have infected one of the workers. There was seemingly no going back for the boy now. The Circus Master didn’t think there was after his attack on the Rysteans, but at least that had been in self defence. Now it seemed he was just preying on the helpless slaves here. They certainly wouldn’t have been a threat to the small Vampire. It seemed as though everything the boy was, was now gone.

The Circus Folk tried to restrain the Jiang Shi. They had almost forgotten about the Robots chasing them.

Denika was able to quickly restrain the Vampire with a magical chain, but the beast then pulled her forward into the Circus Master and Florence, which caused the chain to vanish after the Witch’s concentration broke.

The Robots meanwhile turned their attention towards the Jiang Shi and fired on the monster.

Some of their dark magics appeared to hurt the Vampire. Despite their strength the Jiang Shi were more vulnerable to dark magics than some other breeds. Nevertheless the bloodsucker hopped through the air at one of the Robots and grabbed the flying machine in it’s talons.

The Vampire tore the machine into several pieces effortlessly with it’s inhuman strength. The Demon inside screamed as it’s metal body was torn open. The Jiang Shi didn’t just destroy it’s body however. It’s claws were able to shred the Demonic spirit inside too, destroying the monster completely. The other Robotic Demons quickly surrounded and overcame the Vampire with a barrage of magical blasts, until it was nothing but a charred corpse on the floor.

Unfortunately for the Demons five more Jiang Shi began to emerge from the mine. The Robot’s tried to hold them off, but this time the Vampires managed to overpower several of the Robots and temporarily drive them back, before more Robot soldiers arrived to take care of the Vampires.

During the fight the Circus Master and the others were able to take shelter behind a nearby rock.

“I can’t believe it.” The Circus Master said. “I thought, I hoped he could fight it, but.”

“I’m sorry.” Ashlei said.

“You should be.” Florence snapped.

“This is all your fault.”

“No it’s not her’s it’s mine.” The Circus Master interrupted.

“I should have never brought him on that last mission. Now he and all of his victims are suffering.”

“Perhaps, or perhaps this is what was meant to happen.” Denika said.

“What are you getting at?” Ashlei asked, not sure if she wanted to know the answer.

“Look around you. The Jiang Shi have probably killed more of these Robots in 2 minutes than the inhabitents of this planet have in decades. If we can take control of the Jiang Shi then we can use them to fight the Robots off.”

“You can’t be serious! You want to let those monsters infect others.”

“No of course not, but the Jiang Shi that have already been created we can use. I know magic’s that can tame them. We can use them to fight the Robots.”

“No, we can’t use these people like that.” Ashlei protested.

“People? There’s no people left in those husks anymore. They’re just Demons in the corpses of the people they murdered. Didn’t Carlene explain the different types of Vampires. At least this way those people won’t have died in vain.”

“No, Ashlei’s right.” The Circus Master interrupted, much to Denika’s surprise.

“For now at least. We might have to use the Jiang Shi later if there is no other choice, but right now, we have to try and get as many of the workers out of here as we can. The Vampires and the Robots can fight it out together, but we can’t let anymore people be caught in the crossfire. It’s the least we can do.”

The others agreed, though Denika was still reluctant.

More Vampires began to crawl out of the pits. It was obvious that the Strange Boy had jumped into the lower levels of the mine, as most of the workers were stationed there.

The Circus Master and Florence ran to the nearest group of alien workers who had all backed away towards a wall. In spite of everything they had been through the aliens clearly still had some self preservation instincts, and the Jiang Shi were quite unlike anything even they had seen before.

Some of the miners tried to approach the Jiang Shi, believing them to still be the people they once were, but the Vampires quickly turned on the hapless aliens just as soon as they had the Robots.

The crowd were somewhat taken a back at the sight of the Circus Master himself. His wild hair, colourful clothers and the massive talons at the end of his fingers made him look almost like a monster to these hairless aliens.

The Circus Master tried to reason with them, but the aliens still cowered.

“We don’t have time for this, Florence if you’ll use your voice, I’ll cover you.”

Denika, Ashlei and Keptis meanwhile headed down one of the pits. The Vampires and the Robots were engaging in an all out battle across the mines. More and more Robots were flying down from above, whilst more and more Vampires were emerging from the mine below.

The robots outnumbered the Vampires greatly, but it took several Robots to take down just one Vampire. The Vampires were also a lot faster than the Robots and could leap through the air and knock the Robot’s out of the sky.

The Robots fired frantically in all directions they were so terrified of the Vampires. It had been a long while since they had faced an enemy that could harm them. The Robots vaporised several alien workers, and destroyed massive pieces of machinery that the slaves had been working on for months, if not years.

The leader of the platoon tried to keep the Robots in control, but it was no use.

The aliens meanwhile having been completely entranced by Florence’s hypnotic voice, followed Florence, whilst covered them all from behind.

Most of the Vampires and the Robots were too busy fighting each other, though the Circus Master and Florence still had to push some of the aliens out of the way, of stray blasts from the robots and falling rubble. The Circus Master even got in the way of one blast, but sadly they couldn’t save them all.

Just as they had almost got out of reach, one of the Robots spotted them. (It had only done so because it was fleeing from a Jiang Shi.)

“ALERT, ALERT, PRISONERS ARE ESCAPING” It shouted.

A horde of Robots soon descended upon the Circus Master, Florence and the aliens.

The Circus Master jumped onto one of the robots, narrowly dodging it’s rays, he grabbed onto the Robot, and dug his claws in as deep as he could. He managed to pierce the metal, ableit only just. The Robot tried it’s best to shake him off, but the Circus Master not only held on, he pushed the Robot into the fleet above knocking 4 more of the monsters out of the air.

When the Circus Master tried to grab onto another one of the flying Robots however, they blasted the Vandal back into a large rock, causing it to collapse on top of him.

Florence meanwhile commanded the aliens to hide in a small cave, whilst she tried to hold the Robots off. Florence hurled several large boulders at the mechanical monsters and managed to smash two out of the sky, the monsters however bombarded her with so many blasts that she was forced to spend most of her time simply dodging them. At the very least she was able to draw the robots attention away from the aliens.

The Circus Master meanwhile struggled to push the boulder that had fallen on him away, but even his great Vandal strength could not shift the boulder.

Florence tried to help him, but she’d only moved it a quarter of an inch before one of the Robots fired at her again causing her to flee. Fortunately the blast destroyed a large section of the boulder, allowing the Circus Master to not only push it off, but with Florence’s help pick it up and hurl it at the Robot’s crushing 3 more of the Robots.

Several more Jiang Shi started to attack the Robots, though at least two of them went after the Aliens in the cave who they could sense.

Florence shouted at the Aliens to run away as they tried to help them, but the Vampires managed to catch several of the aliens and tear them apart.

The Circus Master air kicked one of the Jiang Shi from behind, knocking it over, whilst Florence was able to flip one of the monsters over her shoulder and into more of the robots behind.

They didn’t have time to stay and fight the Vampires however. The aliens were running blindly ahead, and though they had managed to get away from the immediate battle between the monsters.

In the mine meanwhile Denika, Ashlei and Keptis found nothing but the remains of several aliens, and robots’ Blood literally ran down the walls of the mind, whilst most of the bodies were mangled beyond recognition.

“I can’t believe The Strange Boy caused all of this.” Keptis said with utter revulsion and shock.

Suddenly the three time travellers heard the sound of something large and metallic close above. As Denika flew up to see she saw that the all of the entrances to the mine above had been closed off by metal hatches.

At the bottom of the bit meanwhile Ashlei and Keptis could see several figures begin to slowly emerge or rather hop from the darkness all around them.

To Be Continued

 

The Circus Master: The Curse of the Robots: Part 2:

 

“We haven’t heard any word back from them.”

“We have to open the portal. I’ll go, I.”

“I’m sorry but we can’t risk it. Any more magic and they’ll be able to trace where we are. And the chances are after that portal’s presence, they’ll be monitoring that area. You won’t be able to open anywhere without running into one of those mechanical freaks.”

“So that’s it? We just give up on our best chance?”

“I never said that. We’ve just got intel from our inside source that the robots have captured some strange creatures.. They seem to be terrified of these monsters as they called them, who apparently came here in a strange craft.”

“You don’t mean? Aliens? After all this time. I know I probably shouldn’t ask, but is it.”

“No. They’d never help us. Apparently these creatures were similar to us in some ways, but, there’s something about them that scares those robots. I don’t know if they’d want to help us, but at least it seems we share a common enemy.”

The Circus Folk had been placed in small cells next to one another. They could still speak to each other, but the cells were able to supress all of their magical powers, including even Denika’s.

The Robots had taken the paper off of the Strange Boy’s head meanwhile. The Strange Boy after his experience with the Kardons was still feral and bloodthirsty. He didn’t say it to his team mates, but the Circus Master was worried that the Vampire would never be himself again. Whilst he may have been angry with Ashlei, in truth he blamed himself. Had he not taken the Strange Boy with him then he would never have come into contact with the Kardons. From the start of their previous mission, the Circus Master knew there was a risk in bringing the Strange Boy near the Kardons, but he still did it because the Jiang Shi was the most powerful member of the team after Denika.

“What are they going to do to us.” Ashlei asked nervously.

“I’m sure they’ll just give us a nice box of chocolates and ask us to name our 10 desert island discs. What do you think? They’re Demons.” Florence snapped.

“Demons? They looked like robots to me.”

“They’re both. They’re Demonic souls that have possessed Robots.” The Circus Master interrupted.

“We’ve seen it happen on many worlds. Planets that don’t deal with their Demon problem, but advance in technology. It makes sense that the monsters hiding in the dark would use it to their own advantage. I’m most worried about what these Demons will do if they experiment on the Tent. If there is any magic in there and they let it out, well it could be dangerous.”

“We are more than equipped to deal with your vessel.” An electronic voice said through the communicator.

“Even we don’t know the full power of that ship you morons.” The Circus Master said back.

“We are not reckless. We never make a move unless we know what we are getting into. We have been scanning you all for the last few minutes, testing your powers against our replusers to see if you would be a threat to us.”

“And”

“Your powers are quite harmless. One of the female’s has a wide array of magics from another realm, but we have visited that realm and know how to counteract her power as well.”

“I’m impressed” Denika said, sincerely.

“If you have all of this power why are bothering messing around with these robots.”

“We cannot exist beyond the hellish realm unless we posses a host body from the natural world. Like your leader said for centuries we lived in the dark. We took over the frail bodies of a few of the pitiful creatures of this world, we made them fight amongst themselves for centuries for our own amusement. The fools had no idea we even existed during all the years we made them slaughter one another. As amusing as it was, we soon realised that we could use their ingenuity, and their intelligence for a far greater purpose. We pushed their race forward, took over the bodies of their greatest scientists, political figures until we had progressed to the point where they could build bodies for us that were indestructable, and spaceships that would take us beyond this miserable world. Each time we enter a world in the natural realm, or any other, we have to start from scratch. This time however we will be able to take multiple planets, even galaxies when the time is right.”

“Well I admire your ambition, but I think you’re going to need more than a few tin robot bodies to take on a galaxy.”

“We will strike when we are ready, and from the looks of things your vessel could help to accelerate the process.”

“Yes I was wondering when you’d get to that.”

“You will help us repair your vessel and then you will show us how it works. Its the only reason we didn’t dissect you as originally planned.”

“Yes well I’m afraid I can’t do that. Well I tell a lie, I can but I don’t want too. Trust me if you knew the burden of time travel you wouldn’t want me too either.”

Whilst the Circus Master was keeping the Robots distracted, Carlene reached into her beehive. The Robots hadn’t taken it from her. They must have assumed it was a part of her anatomy. (The aliens on this world didn’t have hair.) Though they could detect magic in her hair, they could detect unnatural forces throughout her entire body.

She reached in for a knife made from Lasterian, the strongest metal in the entire galaxy. (It had been given to her by the Circus Master.)

The doors to their prison were made of magic, but the magic was still channelled through cables and physical objects in the cell. The only problem however was that they were covered by the metal floors and walls of the cell. The metal used to make the cells was so strong that Carlene, The Circus Master and even the Strange Boy had been unable to make a dent in it with their great strength.

Carlene started to hack at the walls. She could sense where the magic was being chanelled through, and kept hacking away at the spot.

“What are you doing you fool. If you strike the cables you’ll be vaporized.” The voice came in.

“Thanks for the heads up darling, but I’m a lot tougher than I look.” Carlene said as she hacked through the wall with her kife.

It only took her a few seconds to reach the cable. As soon as she struck it a form of extremely dangerous dark magic flowed through her body. It was sheer agony and the force threw her back across the cell. Nevertheless cutting the cable caused the magic doors in the block of cells to vanish.

The Strange Boy was the first to run out. He not only left his cell, but the entire block and ran outside. Keptis and Florence attempted to stop the Vampire child, but he was too fast. (Even if they had caught him, he could have easily thrown them away.)

The Circus Master and Ashlei meanwhile instantly ran to help Carlene, whilst Denika started to power up her magics for defence.

“I’m not gonna lie that fucking hurt.” Carlene said as the Circus Master tried to help her up.

The Vampire tried to stand by herself but she was too weak. The Circus Master tried to carry her, but he soon had to drop her as the dark magic had permanently soaked Carlene’s body and anyone who came into contact with her would soon be infected with the magic too. Carlene’s incredible Vampire constitution had allowed her to survive the blast, which would have vaporised any natural creature to dust, but she was unable to fight off its lingering effects.

“Come on Carlene we don’t have the time.” The Circus Master said as he tried to help her up again despite the pain and the risk of infection.

“Quite right love, that’s why you got to leave me.” She replied as she pushed the Vandal away.

“Don’t be ridiculous.”

“I can barely move. I’ll infect you if you try and carry me. Besides I don’t think I’ve got much longer anyway.”

“What are you saying” Ashlei said as tears began to well up in her eyes.

“I’m afraid you’ll have to go on without me love. We knew the risks when we signed up, just promise me you lot won’t be too hard on her eh. She’s a good girl underneath it all.”

“Nonsense if you give her time, Denika can come up with something to counteract the dark magic.”

“You don’t have time, now go before you make my death worthless.”

“She’s right” Denika said with regret.

“I can’t whip up anything now that would counteract those magics. Maybe if we were back in the ship, but I can’t.”

“You can’t just leave Carlene. Not after everything we’ve been through.”

“I’m sorry” Denika said gently. “I really am, but trust me on this. There is nothing we can do.”

“Just go now Ashlei. No need to draw this out. I’m already gonna die horribly and slowly. You need to find the Strange Boy. There are enough monsters on this planet.”

“I promise we will come back for you.” Ashlei said as she gave Carlene a final hug. Even hugging the Vampire for a few seconds was agony for Ashlei however, due to the dark magic in Carlene’s body. Ultimately Keptis was forced to pull Ashlei away from Carlene and out of the room before it was too late.

“I hope she doesn’t” Carlene said to herself as she struggled to even lift her arm.

Outside their cell block, the Circus Folk saw what looked like a gigantic mine, beneath a small cliff their cell block had been placed on.. It was filled with hundreds of human like aliens of all ages being forced to work constantly.

“HUMANOIDS SIGHTED, RECAPTURE ALIVE IF POSSIBLE!”

The Circus Folk were forced to jump straight off the cliff and into the mine to avoid the Robots lasers. The workers didn’t even notice the commotion around them, as the folk dodged the laser beams and headed off through the mine.

The Robots that were pursuing them were a different model those that had earlier captured the Circus Folk and their time machine. These Robots flew at tremendous speeds. They had a similar upper body to the earlier robots, but they had no legs, only a round base which glowed blue underneath.

“Those slaves they’re not doing anything.” Florence said dismissively as she ran past them.

“Well its not so surprising is it? Pick axes against death rays. Wouldn’t be much of a fight.” Keptis replied.

“Maybe I could sing, influence them to fight back, do something.”

“Again what are you going to influence them to do? Get slaughtered. Sorry Florence, but you’re thinking too far ahead. We need to get ourselves out of this mess before we can help anyone.”

“Like Carlene.” Ashlei interrupted.

Back in the cells, three standard Robot drones had cornered Carlene.

“Worthless creature. You were warned.”

“Yeah well” Carlene said as she started to cough up blood.

“You metal wankers would have killed me anyway, so I’d rather go out on my own terms.”

“If you had been useful to us, we would have spared you. We may still spare you. We can easily reverse the dark magics that are killing you, if you agree to help us.”

“No thanks. I don’t even know how that thing works. Besides I’ve had a good innings haven’t I? A life with you lot isn’t worth it.”

“You insolent.” One of the robots said before the other held it back.

“Leave her. She’s not worth it. You’d be doing her a favour if you killed her now. The dark magic she consumed will finish her in a couple of hours, but they will feel like years. The other humanoids will help us. This pathetic creature cleearly knows nothing about the vessel. Leave her to rot.”

To Be Continued

Professor Fang: The Dark Side of the Moon: Part 2: The Last of their Kind

The Brontosaurus continued to chase the time travellers, it was absolutely relentless. The monster had become so paniced and stressed by the lack of food, and the loss of its herd, that it was almost crazed. It could think of nothing but stomping out any nearby threats.

Unfortunately the Professor, Lindsey and Kirsteen soon came to a dead end, with a gigantic mountain being ahead of the nearby jungle.

“Quick we need to hide in the undergrowth, He might miss us there.” The Professor said as he jumped down beneath some ferns and bushes.

The Brontosaurus knocked over dozens of trees as it stomped around in rage. At first it did miss the time travellers who tried to crawl to safety.  The Brontosaurus was not only a very stupid creature, but it had very poor eyesight.

When the animal saw it had come to a dead end via the mountain however, the Brontosaurus started to go beserk and blindly trampled the woods near it. It very nearly crushed Lindsey and Kirsteen under its gigantic foot without realizing, but fortunately they were both able to quickly swerve to either side. In the confusion however, Kirsteen became seperated from her two companions, whilst the monster continued to stomp around in panic.

As she tried to get away Kirsteen ended up running ahead of the beast and came into full view of the Sauropod.

The Brontosaurus quickly reached down and prepared to clamp its small jaws around Kirsteen, bu she easily managed to dodge the lumbering giant in time.

“You’re only supposed to eat plants” Kirsteen said in annoyance.

In truth however the Brontosaurus was not trying to eat her. It was just using any weapons it could against its enemies. Lindsey quickly ran in front of the monster and tried to distract it by throwing any twigs and dirt she could find at the beast. As soon as it turned its attention to her however, Kirsteen tried to draw it back away from Lindsey.

“Get out of here now.” Lindsey shouted.

“Why do you think you can handle it any better? You get out of here.”

“Oh for god sake” Lindsey said.

“This isn’t a macho thing, I have experience with Dinosaurs I know.” Before Lindsey could finish the Brontosaurus’ long serpentine neck quickly darted for Lindsey. Before she could evade it, the monster scooped her up in its jaws and lifted her into the air.

Fortunately its mouth wasn’t big enough to swallow her, and its tiny pegg shaped teeth barely cut her skin. The monster shook her from side to side in its mouth, but even then, the shakes were very slow and just made Lindsey feel a bit sick more than anything else.

The Dinosaur however still lifted Lindsey over 40 feet off the ground as it raised its neck upwards. Lindsey was almost sick at the sight below her. She’d never been good with heights.

Kirsteen could only watch helplessly. She wanted to do something, but if she did somehow manage to distract the Brontosaurus then it would most likely drop Lindsey to her death.

“Where the hell is the Professor.” Kirsteen said to herself.

As the Sauropod started to bite harder, its peg like teeth started to pierce Lindsey’s skin, and in pain and panic she kicked wildly, with one kick landing straight in the Dinosaur’s eye.

The Brontosaurus dropped Lindsey, who fell into a large tree. The branches broke her fall, but she still fell through them until she hit the ground below.  She didn’t break anything, but she was knocked out and the Brontosaurus started to close in on her.

Kirsteen quickly ran in front of Lindsey and started to throw things at the Brontosaurus for all the good it did.

Just then Kirsteen noticed some of the trees behind being trampled over.

“Oh god there’s not another of these bastards.” Kirsteen thought to herself.

The Professor however soon came running from the direction of the trampled trees. Behind him, Kirsteen could see what looked like a gigantic predatory Dinosaur, in actual fact an Allosaurus, the most numerous of the carnivores of the valley. The Allosaurus immediately set its sights on the Brontosaurus. The Brontosaurus was about 5 times the size of the Allosaurus, yet the Brontosaurus looked far more scared than the Allosaurus.

The Brontosaurus reared up on its back legs, looking even larger than before. The Allosaurus however simply darted around with its much greater speed, confusing and scaring the giant.

The Brontosaurus was forced to stomp back down to the ground after a few minutes the strain on its back legs was too great, and for the few seconds it was disoriented, the Allosaurus jumped on the Sauropods side. It gripped onto the Brontosaurus’ body with the long talons on its hands, and slashed its head at the long necked giant’s side like a hatchet, cleaving off massive pieces of flesh.

The Brontosaurus thrashed around in in deseperation, knocking several trees down. Kirsteen was barely able to pull Lindsey’s unconscious body away in time from one of the Brontosaurus’ feet.

The Brontosaurus tried to ram the Allosaurus into some trees, but the meat eater was too quick and crawled onto the top of the larger Dinosaurs back, where it continued to slice more flesh off of the Brontosaurus’ gigantic bulk from either side. Unfortunately neither the Brontosaurus’ neck or tail could reach the Allosaurus’. The crafty theropod knew this, and it would always strike at the centre of the beasts body as a result. One whack from the Brontosaurus’ tail could kill the Allosaurus.

Eventually after a few minutes the Brontosaurus collapsed onto its belly from blood loss. Too weak to barely raise its tail, the Allosaurus still held on to its back even as the giant collapsed, and would continue to slash away for a few more moments until it was sure the Brontosaurus was down for good.

The Professor quickly ran by the Allosaurus as it feasted on its kill. The Allosaurus wouldn’t give them anymore trouble. It was too busy focused on its well earned larger meal. The Professor had counted on that. He knew that he couldn’t have taken down the Brontosaurus itself, so he quickly searched for a predatory Dinosaur that could.

It wouldn’t be too hard to find one here he guessed, as there were so many herbivores nearby. It was then just a simple question of leading it to the Brontosaurus.

Lindsey stared at the Allosaurus tearing into the Brontosaurus’ carcass with an almost grim fascination. She wanted to take a picture of the gruesome spectacle, but she thought it would look a bit strange in front of Kirsteen.

The Allosaurus itself was a truly remarkable animal. The perfect blend of savagery, cunning and speed. That fact that it was able to bring down such an animal 5 times its size with minimal effort, almost earned it Lindsey’s respect. The large meat eaters had always been her favourites as a child after all.

The Allosaur however soon noticed the awestruck and horrified humans and Vampire and let out a mighty roar to scare them away.

“I think we should be going” The Professor said.

“I didn’t enjoy leading that monster to the Brontosaurus, but he didn’t leave us much choice” The Professor continued as the three time travellers crept their way through the thick jungle, past the Allosaurus that returned to devouring its kill.

As the Professor, Lindsey and Kirsteen made their way through the jungle, they saw more Dinosaurs in the woods. Mostly Triceratops’ and Hadrosaurs. These two Dinosaur species didn’t normally socialise, but as the populations had dwindled so much, various different species had gathered together for protection.

At the end of the forest, the Professor could see what looked like the entrance to a cave system. The cave was connected to the mountain that had blocked their path ahead earlier, and ran right around the forest.

Just next to the cave, and beyond the forest was a large open plain, where dozens of Triceratops and Hadrosaurs all congregated.

In the very distance of the plains, near the forest Lindsey could see what looked like a pack of Dromeosaurs circling a Hardosaur.

These Dromeosaurs or Raptors were far larger than those Lindsey, the Professor and Kirsteen had seen when they first entered the valley.

They were at least 6 feet tall, and over twice as long. They still looked small however compared to the Hadrosaur.

The Raptors were not hunting the Hadrosaur itself however. Lindsey could see that several of the Raptors had made their way to the Hadrosaurs nest in the woods behind, where they were dragging the baby Hadrosaurs away kicking and screaming.

Once they got the infants a good distance away, the Raptors killed them either by slicing their stomachs open with the sickle like claws on their feet, or by ramming their claws into the infants necks and choking them on their own blood. The infants screams soon alerted the adult Hadrosaur who charged back in the direction of the nest.

Whilst the rest of the Dromeosaurs scattered, one quickly descended from the tree tops, like a giant bird of prey. This Raptor looked larger than the rest and was probably the alpha, Lindsey thought.

The alpha Raptor sunk the claws on both its hands and feet into the Hadrosaurs back, and held on, similar to how the Allosaur had jumped onto the Brontosaurus.

The Raptor however didn’t attack in quite the same way. Instead it merely held on, whilst the Hadrosaur frantically tried to shake it off.

The Raptors were capable of bringing down big game, but only when they had too. Even for a pack it was still difficult taking down a 40 foot long Dinosaur such as a Hadrosaur, and so they preferred to target their offspring instead.

The Alpha held the Hadrosaur off long enough for the rest of the pack to drag the Hadrosaurs infants deeper off into the woods out of sight. The Alpha then retreated back to the tree tops, whilst the rest of the pack scattered back into the woods.

“We should have done something”, Kirsteen who had also noticed the gruesome sight said with regret.

“No” The Professor said firmly. “We have to let nature take its course, besides we don’t have time.”

The Professor had barely paid any attention to the Raptors. He was focused instead on the cave. It looked more like the rest of the moon, than the artificial magical landscape around it.

“The magical centre of the valley like I said will most likely be underground” the Professor continued as he walked towards the cave.

“There are a lot of corpses in there. I can smell them.” The Professor said.

“It does appear to be our only way forward though.”

“There’s bound to be more caves around here somewhere.” Kirsteen replied.

“Yes but we don’t have the time to look for them. This whole valley is holding on by its finger nails.” The Professor marched ahead into the cave without even looking back.

“He never likes to talk things over” Kirsteen said.

“To be fair he’s right this time.” Lindsey replied.

“You saw those Dinosaurs floating off into space. He has no idea where those caves lead, but still its not exactly safe out here either.” Lindsey said as she saw one of the Raptors drag a small Hardosaurs away in the distance.

The inside of the cave was surprisingly light. It was grey and dusty however, much like the moon’s surface.

“I can sense the magic here. Its stronger than anywhere else. We’re on the right track though I still have no idea where this centre is, or how we are going to fix it.”

“Well journey of a thousand miles and all that.” Kirsteen said.

“I just hope something doesn’t eat us before we finish the journey.” She continued

“Well if we run into something hungry you can always sing.” The Professor said, whilst Lindsey struggled not to giggle.

The three time travellers reached the end of the tunnel, where they saw a massive cavern below that was filled with the bones of various Dinosaurs and other animals, including human beings.

All of the Dinosaurs and animal bones looked relatively small. Some of them were clearly infants of larger Dinosaur species.

“This is the Raptors cave.” Lindsey said.

“They must drag the babies they kill in here.”

Suddenly several Raptors began to emerge from behind the corpses, roaring and hissing.

“Well I think that’s our cue to get of here.” Kirsteen said

“No” The Professor replied.

“I told you we have to go ahead. Its only Raptors.”

The Professor jumped down to face the three Dinosaurs, baring his fangs and roaring. The Raptors were a little taken aback at first. They had hunted many humans, but they had never seen even the largest and strongest humans face them so brazenly. Little did they know the Professor wasn’t even human.

Still the largest Raptor jumped at the old Vampire who quickly tossed the Dinosaur aside. The second Raptor meanwhile, the Professor sent tumbling over his shoulder and into a larg pile of human bones behind. The final Raptor started to back away a bit in fear, as the Professor slowly walked towards it.

The Raptor tried to hiss at him, but the Professor simply laughed and snarled back.

The Vampire however realised too late that it had been tricked, when a fourth Raptor emerged from behind a small pile of bones and jumped the Professor from behind. Before he could react, the third Raptor then jumped on top of him, as did the first two Dinosaurs who had recovered.

They all slashed their claws into the Professor. Had he been an ordinary human, the Raptors would have cut him to pieces! Still he was unable to break free from the Dinosaurs.

Lindsey and Kirsteen prepared to jump into the cavern below to help the Professor, but as they did, they suddenly heard the sound of several Raptors behind them.

Three of the Raptors from the forest, with one of them holding the body of a Hadrosaur by the neck had managed to creep up on the two time travellers.

To Be Continued

 

The Evil Dead vs Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Recently I’ve noticed some strong similarities between two of my favourite horror franchises. The Evil Dead and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

I’d go as far as to say that they are more comparable to each other than to any other franchise in terms of style, tone and premise as we will soon see.

Overview of Both Series

The Evil Dead franchise began with a low budget independent horror movie, called Within the Woods, directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell and Ellen Sandweiss.

The film revolved around a group of twenty somethings stumbling upon an old cabin in the woods, built next to an Indian grave yard. The spirits from the grave however soon possess one of the group, Bruce (played by Campbell), who goes on to pick off the others one by one. Though Ellen (played by Sandweiss), Bruce’s girlfriend is able to slay Bruce. The ending of the film shows that the spirits have survived and leaves her fate open as one of her possessed friends advances on her from behind.

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The film proved to an unexpected success after being shown as a b-movie before a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

A few years later in 1982, Raimi would produce a remake, titled The Evil Dead which followed the same premise. Rather than being spirits from an Indian graveyard however, the monsters were Demons from hell, summoned by a book called the Necronomicon.

Bruce Campbell and Ellen Sandweiss also played brother and sister rather than lovers, and switched roles. Ellen’s character was now possessed by the Demons, whilst Bruce’s character, renamed Ash, became the final survivor.

The ending of Evil Dead similarly saw the last survivor, Ash, being attacked by the Demons after he believed he had banished them, leaving his fate open.

The film was a huge success, though it also proved to be extremely controversial due to its excessive gore. It was even banned in the United Kingdom.

A sequel would be produced in the late 80s, Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn, which has often been mistaken for a remake as it opens with Ash and his girlfriend Linda from the first movie arriving at the cabin and reading from the book. Linda is also played by a new actress. However it is still intended to be a sequel. Raimi and Campbell had intended to open Evil Dead 2 with a recap of the first film, but they couldn’t get the rights as it was owned by a different company. Instead they were forced to reshoot a recap of the first film.

5 minutes into the second film, the Demons are shown to grab Ash just like the ending of the first Evil Dead. Everything from there on can be considered a sequel (and would later be by the series Ash Vs Evil Dead.)

Evil Dead 2 sees the owner of the cabin Raymond Knowby’s daughter, Annie arrive at the house. Though initially believing Ash killed her parents, she later discovers the truth when her demon possessed mother Henrietta returns. Ash and Annie are able to send the Demons back to hell using the Necronomicon, though sadly Annie is killed before she can close the portal and Ash is also sucked through.

The ending reveals that the portal actually sent both the Demons and Ash to the medevil era.

Several years later another sequel would be released titled Army of Darkness which would see Ash battle the forces of the Necronomicon in the 12th century. At the end of the film Ash, after defeating the Demons is given a magic potion that will send him back to his home era.

From here there are two endings, the original intended ending from Sam Raimi, and the more family friendly ending for the theatrical cut.

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Over the course of the next two decades Ash would return in various comic books and video games, including several crossover series which would see Ash encounter such characters as Xena the Warrior Princess,  Jason Vorhees, Freddy Krueger and even several Marvel superheroes.

There was also a remake of Evil Dead in 2013, featuring a new female hero. The remake though successful, was more of a serious horror movie like the original, than the later entries which tended to blend humour and horror.

Two years later in 2015, Bruce Campbell finally made a full return to the role in the series Ash vs Evil Dead. This series saw Ash come out of retirement (after accidentally unleashing the Deadites again) and be forced to work with two new Demon slayers, Kelly Maxwell (played by Dana Delorenzo), and Pablo (played by Ray Santiago). The series also expanded on the Demon lore, revealing who created the Necronimcon and introduced the character of Ruby, played by Lucy Lawless (best known for her role as Xena the Warrior Princess.)

Running for 3 series, Ash vs Evil Dead proved to be a huge critical success and brought even greater attention to the franchise. Sadly however after its conclusion in 2018, Bruce Campbell announced that he intended to retire the character of Ash, seemingly bringing an end to the franchise for good.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer originally began as a film in 1992, starring Kristy Swanson as Buffy. It’s premise revolved around one girl in every generation, known as the Slayer being granted the strength and power to hunt Vampires. The latest Slayer, Buffy Summers, is approached by Merrick, a member of an organisation known as the Watchers, to combat the ancient Vampire king Lothos (played by Rutger Hauer.)

Merrick is killed by Lothos, who later launches an attack on Buffy’s school. Ultimately however unlike all of the Slayers before her, Buffy is able to slay Lothos by going against the rules of the Watchers and doing things her own way.

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The Buffy movie was a moderate success, though Joss Whedon was reportedly unhappy with it, feeling that they toned down the horror aspects, and theme of female empowerment from his original script too much.

5 years later Whedon would revive the project as a series. The series, which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy, was a loose sequel to the original film. It takes place several months later and shows Buffy moving to Sunnydale, desperate to move on with her life, only to be approached by another Watcher, Rupert Giles (played by Anthony Stewart Head.)

Buffy at first refuses to continue on as the slayer after the events of the first film, only to be forced into action when her new friends Willow (played by Alyson Hannigan) and Xander (played by Nicholas Brendon) are attacked by Vampires. Buffy later discovers that Sunnydale is built over a portal to a hell dimension which makes it a magnet for not only Vampires, but Demons, Werewolves, Witches and other supernatural creatures.

Buffy’s main adversary was initially The Master, an ancient Vampire king, buried below Sunnydale who sought to open the Hellmouth and allow the Demons trapped within to emerge back into our world and conquer humanity.

Over the course of the series Buffy would go on to battle various other monsters, such as Demons, Ghosts, Werewolves, Zombies, Witches, Gods, Robots and even Aliens from outer space! The core cast would also expand over the course of the series too.

Arguably the two most significant supporting character in the series, outside of Buffy’s original three friends, were Buffy’s two love interests, the Vampires, Angel and Spike (played by David Boreanaz and James Marsters.)

Angel was introduced in the shows first series initially as a mystery man who gave Buffy cryptic advice on Vampires. Part way through season 1 however Angel was revealed to be a Vampire, cursed with a human soul, and therefore capable of feeling remorse. Angel and Buffy would fall in love in season 2, though later that year Angel would lose his soul, reverting to the evil Angelus he had been before. Angelus would serve as the main antagonist for the shows second season. After gaining his soul back at the end of season 2, Angel would later gain his own spin off series, simply titled Angel that would run for 5 seasons and become a major and influential cult hit in its own right.

Spike meanwhile initially began as an enemy of Buffy’s in season two and would continue to recur as a villain until season 4 when he was kidnapped by The Initiative, an organisation devoted to tracking down and experimenting on supernatural creatures. The Initiative implanted a chip in Spike’s brain that caused him pain every time he attempted to hurt someone, but not Demons, resulting in him becoming an unlikely ally of Buffy’s.

In season 5 Spike falls in love with Buffy, which leads to a destructive and abusive relationship between the Vampire and the Slayer, culminating in Spike’s attempt to rape her in season 6. Following this Spike would later win himself a soul and find redemption by sacrificing himself in the season finale of Buffy, before being resurrected as a regular for the final season of Angel.

The series was initially conceived as a “High School is hell” metaphor, but later series would depict Buffy in college and as a young adulthood. Outside of her battles with the undead, the series also saw Buffy cope with everyday personal problems such as her mother dying and subsequently being forced to raise her little sister Dawn.

At the end of the series, Buffy, much like in the original film, goes against the Slayer rules, and has Willow (who over the course of the series becomes a powerful Witch) cast a massive spell which turns every potential Slayer into a Slayer.

Buffy finished in 2003 after 7 season, whilst Angel finished the following year in 2004. 3 years later however, both Buffy and Angel’s stories were continued via two comic book series which are still going as of the writing of this article.

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The official comic book continuation of Buffy and Angel which is said to be canon according to Buffy creator Joss Whedon. 

In 2018, Joss Whedon announced that he would be remaking Buffy, 15 years after the original finished its run. No details are known about the casting or plot at present.

Both Buffy and Evil Dead would go onto be very influential on subsequent horror films and television series, with the characters of Ash and Buffy being among the most iconic horror characters. Edgar Wright, the director of Shaun of the Dead has cited Evil Dead 2 as one of his biggest influences, as has Eric Kripke, the creator of Supernatural, whilst the makers of both Charmed and the 21st century version of Doctor Who have both credited Buffy with inspiring and paving the way for them.

The stars of both franchises such as James Marsters, Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi and Eliza Dushku have also gone on to land major and leading roles in various other cult series and films as a result of both franchises popularity.

Evil Dead’s Influence on Buffy

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Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy and Angel is a fan of the Evil Dead franchise, having cited it as a big influence.

There have even been a few direct references to Evil Dead in Buffy, such as the First Evil shouting “DEAD BY SUNRISE!” in an homage to “DEAD BY DAWN” the tagline of Evil Dead 2, and a phrase that is frequently shouted by the Demons of the series. In the episode Crush, Xander also refers to Spike as “The Evil Dead.”

Whedon’s later horror movie, Cabin in the Woods followed the same basic premise as Evil Dead. It sees a group of twenty somethings become lost in a cabin in the woods, and after reading from a book, they end up unleashing ancient Lovecraftian Demons into the world. There is even a reference to the Deadites, the main villains from the Evil Dead franchise too.

With this in mind it is likely that at least some of the similarities between both franchises were intentional. There’s nothing wrong with this. All works of fiction take from others (including Evil Dead which borrowed from everything from The Three Stooges to HP Lovecraft.) Nothing is truly original, but still I think its fair to say that the Evil Dead in many ways was a predecessor to Buffy.

Interestingly enough however Bruce Campbell is a huge Buffy fan and has included a few references to it in his work too. In My Name is Bruce, Campbell’s fictionalized version of himself, who is called in to fight a Demon by one of his fans. Says after the Demon is seemingly slain.  “Next time there is a Demon. Call that Buffy chick.”

Finally the season 2 episode of Ash vs Evil Dead called Delusion, where a Demon attempts to trick Ash into believing that the supernatural are all figments of his imagination, was inspired by the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode, Normal Again, which featured a similar plot.

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Similarities

Both Revolve Around A Reluctant Chosen One

Both Evil Dead and Buffy revolve around a hero who is chosen by the forces of good to fight Demons and monsters. Both are even regularly referred to as the chosen one.

Ironically however in both cases the chosen one is, on the surface at least. Not anybody’s ideal idea of a hero and is extremely reluctant to be a hero too.

Ash is shallow, lazy, unmotivated, arrogant, egocentric, and at times, somewhat lecherous.

Buffy meanwhile though not nearly as unsympathetic or unlikable as Ash, is still, in the original movie at least, initially shown to be quite shallow, spoiled and vapid.

Both Buffy and Ash regularly quit being the chosen one for long periods at a time, such as at the end of season 1 of Ash vs Evil Dead, and the end of season 2 of Buffy. It would be unthinkable for another Vampire hunter character like Blade or Peter Cushing’s Van Helsing to quit.

Both Buffy and Ash also regularly screw things up, such as when Ash says the wrong words to release the Necronomicon in Army of Darkness, or when Buffy leads dozens of young girls to their deaths at the hands of Caleb.

Both are even responsible for unleashing a lot of the monsters they face. Ash unleashes the Demons in season 1 of Ash vs Evil Dead when he reads from the book to try and impress a girl, (whilst he’s stoned.) Buffy meanwhile is responsible for letting the Master go free in Prophecy Girl when she blunders head first into his base. In season 2, Buffy also inadvertently causes Angel to lose his soul. To be fair to Buffy in regards to Angelus, unlike Ash’s many screw up. She had absolutely no idea that Angel would lose his soul. Still to have the hero be responsible for letting the villain be free in anyway is again not something that you could imagine with most other heroes.

Buffy and Ash’s flaws do sometimes make them come over as unsympathetic and selfish, but at other times they can make both characters seem more human, which is why both have such an enduring popularity.

Who wouldn’t react the way Buffy and Ash do a lot of the time? Imagine being told that you will have to spend the rest of your life fighting the most hideous, evil, bloodthirsty monsters. That you’ll never be able to have a family, or any kind of normal life again, and that the rest of your life will probably be very short. You’d have a right to be pissed off and ask why does all of this have to fall on your shoulders?

Unlike Blade or Peter Cushing who make it a mission to hunt the forces of darkness, Ash and Buffy are thrown into it unprepared.

Buffy and Ash in both cases later gather together a group of misfits, and unconventional heroes to help them battle the paranormal, the Ghost Beaters in Ash’s case, and the Scooby Gang in Buffy’s.

Buffy and Ash’s unconventional status as heroes is regularly used as a source of comedy and tragedy in both series, which leads to my next point.

They Both Mix Horror and Comedy

Evil Dead and Buffy are not the only examples of the horror and comedy genres being merged together.

However I think its fair to say that they represent arguably the most extreme examples. Most other horror comedies tend to settle on being largely one over the other.

Scary Movie for instance is totally a comedy with a horror movie setting, whilst An American Werewolf in London might have humorous, and witty moments, but is still largely a horror movie.

With Buffy and Evil Dead however the comedy is so severe that it is more or less a complete parody, whilst the horror in both franchises represent some of the most extreme and gruesome in the history of the genre in either film or television.

The jump from comedy to horror is so large as you can see from the two clips above, if you were to watch both clips in isolation you probably wouldn’t believe they were from the same show!

Both Buffy and Evil Dead are able to merge both genres together so well because they make everything so extreme. The monsters are so over the top, even just in terms of appearance that the viewers are able to accept the horror and comedy being so over the top as a result.

Buffy Vampires vs The Deadites

The main villains of both franchises possess many strong similarities with one another in the following ways.

Origins

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The gigantic, Lovecraftian, tentacled creators of the Vampires and the Deadites.

In both the Buffy and Evil Dead mythology, gigantic god like Demons were said to have ruled the earth many thousands of years before recorded history began. They made the earth a hell before being banished to another dimension, allowing the age of man to begin.

In Evil Dead’s case these Demons were referred to as the Dark Ones, whilst in Buffy they were referred to as the Old Ones. Both are based on the Old Ones from HP Lovecraft’s Cthulu mythos.

The Dark Ones were banished by one of their own, Ruby, through a book called the Necronomicon, which she hoped to use to control them. Ruby however was later stripped of her powers. In Buffy it is not known who banished the Old Ones, but the Demons were cast through a portal to hell, located beneath Sunnydale (which is referred to as the Hellmouth.)

The Vampires and the Deadites meanwhile are lesser creatures created by the Dark Ones/Old Ones to help them escape. The Deadites are released through the Necronomicon, and their goal in all three films, and the tv series, is to use the book to release the Dark Ones to overthrow humanity and bring hell on earth.

In Buffy meanwhile the Vampires were created when one of the Old Ones fed on a human and infected him, turning him into a Demon/human hybrid. He then went on to infect another and another, creating the Vampire race. Vampires main aim in Buffy is similar to the Deadites, as they hope to open the Hellmouth and release the Old Ones to overthrow humanity and bring about hell on earth.

They’re Both Demon/Human Hybrids

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The Deadites and the Vampires are not people at all. They are Demons who inhabit the corpses of humans. They absorb the memories of the human bodies they take over, and even some negative personality traits, but they are still not the people whose bodies they take over in the slightest. In some cases they even refer to their predecessors in the third person.

In both franchises we see a few instances of the Demon inside of Deadites and Vampires outside of a human body and it is depicted as nothing more than a savage animal. Therefore the entire Vampire or Deadites personality comes from the memories of the host it takes over. The Demon that possesses Deadites is referred to as a Kandarian Demon, whilst the Demon that possesses Vampires is referred to as a Van-Tal.

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The Van-Tal Demon left, and the Kandarian Demon right, without human bodies to inhabit. Vampires and Deadites only refer to the combination of these Demons in a human body.

Both Demons will often use their hosts memories to trick and torment their loved ones.

Examples of this include in Evil Dead 2 where the Demonic version of Henrietta attempts to trick her daughter Annie into releasing her by singing a lullaby the real Henrietta used to sing to Annie when she was a little girl, or in Ash Vs Evil Dead when Kelly’s mom is possessed and the Demon uses her memories to repeatedly torment Kelly.

First the Demon lets Kelly think her mother is alive, (after she was killed in a freak accident 6 months earlier.) It lies to Kelly and claims that she was injured and suffered amnesia for 6 months, before it murders her father. Even after killing her father however, the Demon manages to trick Kelly again, making Kelly believe that her mother is merely possessed and that she can fight it with Kelly’s help. Worst of all the Demon later lies to Kelly that her mother wasn’t killed in an accident, but that she in fact killed herself to escape her failure of a daughter!

Spike’s mother similarly after she is turned into a Vampire enjoys tormenting her son, by claiming that she never loved him, always regarded him as a failure, and worse that she had a sexual attraction to him!

In both cases we know that neither Spike nor Kelly’s mother viewed their children that way. Sadly however from Spike and Kelly’s point of view, there would always be a tiny grain of doubt, as the Demon has access to their memories and inner thoughts. This tiny grain of doubt is shown to torment Spike and Kelly for practically the rest of their lives.

At the same time however whilst the Demons are able to use their hosts memories to torment or trick people, ironically there are some instances where their hosts memories can affect them to some extent. The Demons can even end up having a fleeting affection for their hosts loved ones.

Examples of this include the Demonic version of Henrietta who is shown to become visibly moved when the real Henrietta’s daughter Annie sings (ironically the lullaby the Demon had attempted to trick Annie with earlier) purely due to Henrietta’s memories. This ultimately allows Ash enough time to slay the beast.

Similarly in Buffy both Spike and Drusilla, even as Vampires still love their parents. Spike even goes as far as to turn his mother into a Vampire, whilst Drusilla later takes a pleasure in torturing Angel as revenge for killing her loved ones.  Even though technically Drusilla is a Demon, merely inhabiting the corpse of the young woman whose actual loved ones Angelus killed. Once again the hosts memories are enough to trick Drusilla into caring about their deaths, just like Henrietta and Annie.

Whilst not humans, the Deadites and the Vampires do draw a fine line between Demon and human. They also explore the idea of our memories really defining who we are more than anything else to the point where an evil Demon from hell can still feel affection and love, simply due to inheriting our memories.

They Are Both Completely Evil

The Buffy Vampires and Deadites are both evil, sadistic monsters who enjoy not only killing, but torturing their victims. Despite the very rare, fleeting moments of affection from some Demons and Vampires. There are virtually no shades of grey to either.

They are all colossal perverts who frequently sexually abuse their victims too, or are at least shown to derive a perverse pleasure from torture.

Examples of this include Angelus who was shown to frequently rape his female victims, Marcus a Vampire who enjoyed torturing, raping and killing children, and even Spike who mentioned doing horrible things to girls Dawn’s age.

In the Evil Dead meanwhile Ruby’s Demon children similarly mention a desire to gang rape Kelly, whilst another female Deadite tears a man’s penis off whilst giving him a blow job. Then there is the notorious tree rape scene from the first Evil Dead.

With this in mind, coupled with the fact that they aren’t people at all, just Demons inhabiting, and therefore really desecrating human corpses. There is absolutely no moral ambiguity in killing Deadites or Vampires at all. The main heroes, Buffy and Ash can kill them in the most gruesome and over the top ways, and not once does any other character, or the viewers question if they are doing the right thing. If anything its extremely satisfying watching the Vampires and the Deadites suffer the most gruesome deaths.

In both cases however they’re both such perverts that they often enjoy being beaten up and tortured to an extent.

The Vampires and the Deadites ridiculous cruelty is often what allows both Buffy and Evil Dead to frequently switch between such overt comedy and such visceral horror. Sometimes their cruelty can be used in a more petty, comical way, with the Vampires and the Deadites being portrayed as homicidal trolls, or just jerks, whilst in other instances they can be portrayed as horrifying, sexual predators.

They Both Look Similar

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Vampires and Deadites can appear human, but when they attack they revert to their true Demon form. Their Demon forms look somewhat similar. They both have large, bumpy foreheads, yellow eyes (in some cases) slightly paler skin, and sharp teeth.

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Joss Whedon himself even said that he preferred the more overt Vampire make up for the creatures in the earlier seasons, because it reminded him of the creatures in old horror films like Evil Dead.

Finally as if those similarities weren’t enough, both the Deadites and the Buffy Vampires main enemies are a reluctant hero, who is picked by the forces of good to do battle against them, and is referred to as The Chosen One.

They Both Span Multiple Mediums

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Buffy and Evil Dead have had a greater success across several different mediums than most other horror franchises.

Big tv hits like Supernatural, Charmed, Being Human, Hex etc, have not crossed over into film or comic books or video games as frequently as Evil Dead and Buffy. Charmed did produce a sequel comic book series, but only one very basic mobile video game and never (to date) a film. Similarly many horror film franchises like Alien, Halloween, and Friday the 13th have not crossed over into television, whilst those who have such as A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream have not crossed over into the video game medium with as much success.

Meanwhile I think its safe to say that not many horror franchises have spawned musicals!

Its even more incredible when you consider that Buffy and Evil Dead have largely been produced by the same people over the decades. The 92 movie may have deviated from Joss’ original idea, but it was still his script.

There are many reasons as to why these two franchises have been able to cross over across so many different mediums more than others.

The fact that they lend themselves to parody more than other franchises is what allowed both to have musical instalments.

At the same time the fact that they do treat their horror seriously, and are even willing to go the extra mile in terms of gore and visceral content (up to and including showing people be skinned alive on screen!) Means that both can just as easily be adapted into terrifying, shocking horror movies too.

Finally the fact that both have such wide universes and mythology, allows them to be adapted as television series, comic books and video games. The fact that they both star such dynamic and over the top action heroes also makes them both a natural fit for video games and comic books too. Even Supernatural and Charmed though having a wide enough universe, both of their leading heroes are more toned down compared to Buffy and Ash. Sam and Dean are ordinary humans (most of the time) who have to rely on spells, and weapons and don’t tend to do as much over the top physical fighting as Buffy, whilst similarly, the Charmed Ones tend to rely on spells and potions to destroy Demons.

Buffy meanwhile has super strength, stabs her enemies, cuts their heads off,  and burns and beats them to death. Ash similarly has a chainsaw hand, hacks his enemies to pieces and gets involved in the most over the top surreal fights scenes.

You can see how both characters could easily translate into the comic books and video game mediums.

Conclusion

As you can see there are a number of similarities between Buffy and Evil Dead. Both feature more human, flawed, reluctant heroes, both merge extreme horror and comedy together, and both feature main antagonists who are the lesser minions of Lovecraftian Demon Gods, whose main goal is to free their masters and cause as much havoc as possible.

Finally due to their larger than life nature and dynamic, action leads, both have been able to conquer just about every medium.

The key difference between the two franchises is that The Evil Dead is aimed more at guys, whilst Buffy the Vampire Slayer is aimed more at women.

Both franchises are hugely popular among both genders, and there are plenty of strong, heroic and villainous roles for both genders in both franchises.

However that said I do think that Evil Dead is aimed primarily more at men simply because it is more of an action series. It focuses solely on the horror, the gore, the monsters. There is some romance in it, but its usually very fleeting. Most of Ash’s love interests are either killed such as Linda and Amanda, or forgotten about. Similarly Kelly and Pablo’s will they, won’t they romance, is largely in the background throughout most of the series.

Buffy meanwhile, whilst having a healthy dose of action and horror too, tends to focus a lot more on the soap opera elements than Evil Dead. We see more of her home life, and later seasons, such as most notably season 6 focus almost entirely on Buffy’s love life, as well as the love lives of her friends like Xander and Willow, with the monsters being pushed into the background.

I’m not saying that you don’t get plenty of women who love horror and gore and action, and plenty of men who enjoy romance stories. Overall though I think its fair to say that women tend to enjoy romance more, whilst men tend to enjoy action more.

Buffy and Evil Dead are similar to this respect in Supernatural and Charmed, in that Supernatural and Charmed also represent a similar idea told from a different genders perspective.

With this in mind, and considering the good will there is between the makers of both franchises. I’m amazed that there has never been a crossover between Buffy and The Evil Dead.

Ash has crossed over with Xena, Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street, but none of them in my opinion are as good a fit as Buffy would be.

I’d love to see a story where the Deadites posses Willow and make her start skinning people at random, like she did to Warren.

Deadite Willow would be the most horrifying villain in either franchise!

The Deadites could easily exist in Buffy’s universe, and the Buffy Demons could easily exist in Evil Dead’s. We know that there are hundreds of species of Demons in both franchises.

Furthermore as the lore is so similar, then they could easily fit together, unlike say Buffy and Supernatural, which has a totally different origin for Demons and Vampires.

If anything Evil Dead could explain who banished the Old Ones in Buffy. We never found out who did banish the Old Ones in Buffy? Maybe it was Ruby, who banished the Demons she couldn’t control through the hellmouth, and the ones she did hope to control into the Necronomicon. The Dark Ones and the Old Ones could easily be the same creatures. They more or less are. All you’d have to explain would be that some people call them the Old Ones, and others call them the Dark Ones.

Maybe with this in mind the Vampires and the Deadites are cousin races. Both created by the Dark/Old Ones, to free them from hell?

Whilst it will never happen in live action, I’d love to see a comic series that brings Evil Dead and Buffy together, and sees the Ghost Beaters and the Scoobies team up to take on some ancient Vampires and Deadites who plan to free the Old/Dark Ones from hell.

Thanks for reading.

My First Experience With Vampires

It’s difficult to describe your reaction, the first time you meet a Vampire, so many things go through your mind at once. On the one hand you try and rationalise it any way you can. You can’t believe that such a thing actually exists. On the other however there is a twisted fascination because it challenges everything you thought you knew.

If Vampires are real, what else is real? The existence of this one creature means the world is no longer how you thought. You now know that life after death is possible, that creatures who defy the natural order exist, and that mankind does not rule the world in the way we would like to believe. We are ultimately the prey of a much more vicious, savage beast.

Above all else however is the terror of not just facing such an unforgiving, repulsive, relentless monster, but of knowing that thousands of other beasts like it are out there, hiding in the dark. Anyone you know could secretly be one of them. One day they may become so strong, they will be able to shatter our entire civilisation and claim this world as their own.

My name is Ferne Shelley and this is how I came to learn the truth about Vampires.

My first encounter with the undead occurred in the quaint little town of Lista. I had just finished my Psychology degree at The University of Essex. I must confess that I had largely become a student in the first place simply because I wanted to put off going to work for a couple of years. In many ways this trip was supposed to be just another way of postponing my inevitable move from being a carefree, happy go lucky student, to the trenches of a 9-5 desk job.

I sometimes miss having ignorance of the supernatural. Once you know they’re out there you are never the same. You can’t be.

Still ultimately I am glad that I did gain this knowledge, as it has helped to save my and many other people’s lives over the years. I only wish I had gained it earlier as then my friends might still be alive.

I had 3 real friends throughout my time at University, Marie, Claire, and Diana. They were really the first friends I ever had. I was always something of a loner as a child. I wasn’t very popular at school, and I was picked on a lot throughout my entire childhood and my teenage years. I remember being so happy in my last year at school because everyone just forgot who I was. Being ignored was preferable to how I was treated before.

My relationship with my parents had also been somewhat cold too. They were never cruel, but at the same time they never really paid that much attention to me either. I remember wanting to confide in them about what was happening at school, but I knew I never could as they just weren’t that interested in my life.

I don’t think they ever wanted a child. They struck me as being the type of people who didn’t really want to give up the rich social life they had before I was born. Even when I was a young girl, I can remember them leaving me with babysitters and relatives to go on holidays and even just nights out.

When I went to Uni it was like being transported to an entirely different universe (well at least that’s what it felt like at the time. When I did visit another universe years later it was a somewhat different experience)

I’d been mistreated for so long that someone being polite was an alien experience to me. All I really wanted was to matter to someone.

I finally did find someone who loved me for who I was not long into my first year at Uni, Claire Jane. She was a lot more confident than me, but in some ways I sensed that she was somewhat lonely too. She did have a boyfriend named Michael who had been her high school sweetheart, but still I got the impression that she was desperate to meet new people as well.

It was easier for her than me, as she was such a friendly, nice, chatty person. It was through her that I would meet Marie and Diana. All 4 of us were in the same class, and having already loosely known Claire, she asked me along with Marie and Diana to go for a drink one time. The 4 of us ended up becoming fast friends and my time with them for the next 3 years would go on to be the happiest in my entire life.

No one made me feel as sure and confident of myself as Claire did. We were like sisters. She was like a cool, older sister (even though she was a two years younger than me, she just always seemed so much more mature). I thought we would always be friends, with the both of us going down to the pub as old ladies. I sometimes still like to imagine what would have happened if Claire had lived, and the family she and Michael would have had.

Our trip through Europe started badly, though it would soon get a lot worse. We had hoped to travel through the German countryside, visiting small towns along the way,  but we really just weren’t prepared and we soon got lost.

Those long, dreary trek’s through the dark, across German roads wasn’t exactly what I or any of the other girls had in mind when we envisioned this trip. I thought it would all be having fun at German festivals, getting drunk, maybe meeting some cute German guys.

When we finally reached the town of Lista it was such a relief to have found some kind of civilisation, though if I had known what was about to happen to the town, I would have turned and run as fast as I could in the opposite direction.

Lista was a beautiful place. It had a real innocence about it which may have been why the Vampires had enjoyed targeting it for so long. The pack of Vampires that had terrorised the town were led by a particularly vicious member of their kind named Dierck, who had been turned sometime in the 15th century.

He was a survivor, having lived through the rule of the Vandals (Demonic rivals of Vampires who ruled Europe for many centuries) and during the second world war. Unlike most other members of his kind he did not join the side of the Nazi’s during the conflict. He generally tended to attack small rural areas.

Lista had been his latest target. For months his Vampires had been visiting the town every night, dragging people away, men women, children even infants. Their victims remains would usually be found strung up in trees near the town for their families to find the next day.

The people at first were too scared to do anything against the monsters. They thought they could hide from them, even appease them, but when it became obvious that the Demons couldn’t be bargained with, the people finally fought back.

They managed to catch the Vampire gang off guard. The Vampires were not expecting the humans to turn on them. They believed that they had been terrorised to the point where they were completely docile, which would prove to be a fatal mistake for some of the blood suckers.

The townsfolk pelted the beasts with bottles of holy water until they drove them over a massive pit they had dug, filled with stakes. The Vampires that fell into it were either impaled or burned to death, by being doused with holy water. Dierck was wise enough to flee, as all of his men who survived ran away (Vampires are notorious cowards) and there was no way he could face the entire town by himself. Unfortunately however Dierck was eager to get the villagers back for this humiliation.

The villagers foolishly believed that they had seen the last of the Vampires, and celebrated for several nights afterwards.

When we arrived it had been two weeks since the Vampires had been “defeated” and the town was still celebrating. As we entered the town we saw was a mass of people gathered round an effigy of Dracula that was being burned. There was also a festival in the streets with people wearing Dracula masks and holding up crude drawings of Vampires with stakes through their hearts!

I remember thinking it was odd, but I assumed it was just an obscure, European festival like Day of the Dead. It seemed quite charming in a way. The 4 of us stayed in a small hotel just at the edge of the town. It seemed like such a relief. A warm cosy bed, a nice little town, with a festival. I thought this holiday was finally beginning to pick up. I don’t think I have ever been more wrong about anything before in my entire life.

The Vampires had been slowly building up their forces in the fortnight since their humiliating defeat. Snatching hitchhikers, stopping cars going down the road and pulling their unfortunate occupants out and turning them into Vampires.

However what really gave Dierck the edge was the fact that he was able to take control of the towns only priest, a man named George. Dierck’s breed of Vampire who were known as Nosferatu, had the power to take control of any human being that they bit.

Even the strongest wills couldn’t resist the power of a Nosferatu. One of Dierck’s minions had bitten the priest during the attack. The poor souls that the Noseferatu’s take control over are still awake, they are just unable to go against the Vampires commands.

The priest wanted to warn the town that the Vampires were planning an another attack with all his heart and soul, but he just couldn’t. Under the Vampires command he would replace all of the holy water with regular water, depriving the towns people of their most vital weapon. He also obviously would not bless any more water either.

Dierck and his now larger group of Vampires decided to strike the people of Lista during the celebrations.

It was a slaughter. The Vampires tore people to bits in the streets, they burned down houses in order to drive people back into the streets (as the Vampires could not enter a house without an invitation).

I remember waking up to the sound of screaming in the streets. At first I assumed it was just people getting a little bit too rowdy during the festival, but then all of a sudden, something came crashing through the window.

Panicked, I instantly rose from my bed, still somewhat dazed and half asleep. I could see through the smoke which suddenly filled the air, a fire at the end of the room. I realised what had happened. Someone from the streets had thrown a petrol bomb in through our window.

I turned to wake Claire who was lying next to me. We had been lucky enough to get two rooms, one for me and Claire and another for Marie and Diana. Clare began screaming at the sight of the fire, but thankfully she didn’t let her fear overwhelm her and jumped out of bed whilst making sure that I was right behind her.

We both headed for the door which the fire hadn’t reached yet. Out in the hall everyone had fled their rooms, including Marie and Diana as they had all been petrol bombed. All of the guests and staff hurried down the steps in a stampede through the hall, down the steps and out into the streets.

Outside looked like a war zone. Buildings on fire, people running through the streets in sheer panic. Straight across on the other end of the road, I could see a figure standing over a woman seemingly biting her neck!

The woman was clearly dead. Her throat had been torn clean out,  blood was dripping down the pavement and down the street. The figure standing over her then looked up at us, all huddled together, all utterly petrified. It was the most hideous creature I had ever seen in my life.

Its skin was completely snow white, its eyes meanwhile were just as red as the blood dripping from its mouth. It had no hair and every tooth in its head was razor sharp, though its upper canines were far longer than the rest of its teeth. The monsters clothes were ratty, and torn and slime dripped from its fingers. I could hear a squelching sound as it walked slowly towards us, and it left a slime trail behind it just like a slug.

The smell that came from the creature was overwhelming. It practically choked me. I wanted to be sick just looking at it.

We all began to back away slowly from the monster, when all of a sudden one of the women at the back suddenly screamed. I turned and to my horror saw four similar creatures crawling down the flaming hotel like spiders. All of them leaving a thick slime trail behind them down the building walls.

I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, but before I could take it in, the monsters suddenly jumped through the air and landed on several people in the crowd, including the woman who had screamed. The beasts ripped their throats out in seconds with their bare teeth! We all ran. Marie, Diana and Clare all kept close to me. As we ran through the town we saw people being cornered,  beaten, torn apart by ravenous monsters, but there was nothing any of us could do to help them.

We could hear the monsters roaring and hissing behind us, but none of us looked back. I was just so terrified I had no thought other than to get the hell out of this place!

That began to look like an impossibility however. At the end of the road we could see five of the creatures completely covered in blood and entrails blocking the way. We all stopped and froze. There was seemingly no way of escape. As I turned round I could see more of those hideous things coming up the other way. I still couldn’t even believe the situation I was in.

I almost felt like laughing at the absurdity of it all, when suddenly the monsters began to wince and cower. I turned around to see a young man standing in the road wielding a cross. He had come out of one of the houses. He was reasonably young, probably close to my age, had thick black hair, and was quite tall and athletic looking. He told us to follow him and we all instantly agreed. The fact that he didn’t have fangs, red eyes or stunk definitely worked in his favour!

He ran through the house he had come through on the left end side of the street. Though it was burning he still went through it as the flames hadn’t consumed the whole house.

Marie was a little hesitant to follow however which would prove to be a fatal mistake. She was scared of the flames, but as Clare reached out to try and help her, one of the brutes grabbed her and pulled her backwards. Another two then jumped her and they began tearing her apart. The man who helped us said that there was nothing we could do for her and sadly he was right. I’ll never forget the agonised, helpless look on my friends face as the Vampires pinned her to the ground and sunk their fangs into her flesh.

After we made our way through the house we reached the garden. On just the outside of the garden there were the remains of a family. Clearly the occupants of the house who had tried to escape the fire and been pounced by Vampires waiting outside.

We continued to run down the street passing more burning houses, with the man who had saved us waving his cross in the direction of any Vampire that came near.

Eventually we reached our destination, another burning house. Fortunately we didn’t need to enter it as we simply entered the bomb shelter in the garden.

There was a second man in the shelter. He was much smaller, somewhat out of shape with grey hair and clearly a lot older.

He didn’t look pleased to see us at all. In fact he started to scream at the younger man.

“Brian what on earth are you playing at? Rushing out there, when the town is being torn apart by those monsters! Always desperate to play the hero aren’t you? For all you know these three women have been bitten and are under their control.”

Brian tried to assure the older man who was called Alan, and was Brian’s father that he was sure we weren’t Vampire stooges. Of course I couldn’t understand a word they were saying, but fortunately Clare who could speak German was translating for me and Diana.

In the middle of their argument, Claire suddenly interrupted them and asked “Excuse me, what do you mean under their control?”

Brian spoke softly to Claire and said “Those monsters, Vampires, have the power to put anyone they bite under their control.” He began to tear up and couldn’t look at Clare anymore. “One of them bit my, my mother. They snatched her just outside our garden.  Dad tried to help her but he had been cornered by the flames. They’d already petrol bombed our house. I was lucky to get out of my room alive. I could see what they did to my mother from my bedroom window however.  They forced her to, to murder my sister”.

Claire was in shock. I could see Alan at the other end of the room weeping uncontrollably, his head in his hands.

Brian continued “When they bit her they threw her and Sarah together. Mum and Sarah they hugged for a while. She even told Sarah that it would all be okay and then suddenly she threw Sarah to the floor. The Vampires then handed mum a hammer and she, she”

He didn’t finish but he didn’t have to. Once he had regained his composure he explained that this bomb shelter was built during the second world war and that even the Vampires couldn’t get through it. Brian said that it was best to wait here until some help arrived.

That could be months however I thought, assuming it ever did arrive. Sadly this was our only option. The streets of Lista were a literal war zone. None of us dared to brave them again.

The night was long and difficult. All 5 of us hardly spoke a word, though all of us took it in turns to cry. We had all lost so much that night.

I tried to remain calm and brave, but at times it hit me that I would never see Marie ever again. Then it would hit me that it was because of Vampires! What was I going to tell her parents? It would get too much for me, and I’d break down.

I must have only slept a few hours that night. When dawn broke, Alan and Brian were the first up and told us that we needed to go now.

The Vampires could not go out during the day time and so if they were ever to escape now was the time. Brian, ever desperate to play the hero went out first just to see that there were no Vampires.

Brian and Alan’s house had been burned down. The streets were littered with bodies and pieces of bodies, blood literally caked the pavements, most of the houses were in ruins. The stench of death was everywhere.

As we walked nervously down the street Claire suddenly tackled me to the floor. As I looked up I saw a car driving at an incredible speed down the road, before it smashed into a house on the other end.

Claire saved my life, whilst Alan, Diana and Brian had managed to jump to the other side. The car had come so quickly from around the corner that I didn’t even notice it. As I looked around I suddenly noticed a large group of people at either end of the street. The people were covered in cuts and bruises. Clearly the Vampires had been torturing them all night, but they hadn’t killed them as they wanted these people to be their eyes and ears during the day time.

We all quickly headed back to the Shelter instantly with the Vampire’s human servants in hot pursuit.

Fortunately we all made it in time, but not only was it apparent that there was now seemingly no way of escape, but now the Vampires knew where we were hiding!

As we cowered together in the shelter one of the Vampires servants spoke.

“You can’t stay in there forever. This place belongs to our Master now. When he rises tonight he will find you and you will die like the rest of this miserable town, alone, scared and in agony.”

A part of me felt like opening the door and just getting it over with, rather than just slowly rotting away in here.

Brian however was sure that someone would find us and said we just needed to wait it out. There was about 2 weeks worth supply of food for 5 people in the shelter.

As we sat in the shelter, terrified that the Vampires servants could break down the door at any minute, Claire broke the silence and asked, somewhat nervously who the Vampires Master was?

Alan spoke, his voice quivering “You don’t want to know. And I hope for your sake you don’t have to”

Alan revealed that there was a pistol in the shelter. It had been placed here by his father who had built the shelter, in case they were buried alive when hiding in the shelter, they could shoot themselves rather than endure a slow death.

Sadly the gun would be of no use against any of their tormentors. Guns couldn’t kill Vampires, and there were only 6 bullets in the gun, but close to 50 humans under the Vampires control.

Alan told us that he had contemplated using it on himself last night. “After what those monsters did to my family I thought it would be easy just to end my pain. One quick shot to the head, then its over, the monsters couldn’t hurt me any more. But I couldn’t bare the thought of leaving my son alone to face this horror.” And with that he put the gun down and embraced his son telling him that he was all he had left. Alan was still angry that his son had been so reckless, running out in the middle of the Vampires attack to try and help anyone he could find get into the shelter.

Still he also knew that had it not been for his son’s bravery then we would all be dead now. He was proud of Brian, but at the same time, begged him not to ever do anything so reckless again. Of course given the type of person Brian was, he also knew that his warning would not be heeded.

The day was long and hard. There were so many times when I felt like opening the door and just running through them, but every time Brian and Claire would calm me down.

Claire as always was my rock. She had saved my life, but even more incredible was the fact that she was somehow managing to keep calm throughout most of this nightmare. She’d try and steer the conversation back to normality, talking about the things she was going to do when this nightmare was over like marry Michael, and try and find a job teaching.

That had been her ambition as she had always loved children, though to be honest I think she just liked the idea of having all those holidays off. Diana had ambitions of wanting to be a writer meanwhile, whilst I sadly didn’t really know what I was going to do with my life, though again I didn’t really think my future was guaranteed at that point anyway.

There were moments when even Claire couldn’t keep her cool however. She cried about Marie several times. Whenever she started crying, me and Diana couldn’t control ourselves either.

When night finally fell we sat there waiting for the Vampires Master to show up. Alan assured us that even he couldn’t get in here by force, but he still was terrified of what hideous trick the Demon would try and pull on us.

Sure enough the Vampires Master Dierck (whose name I did not know at this point) soon arrived by the door with a group of his most vicious Vampires.

They had been able to enter the garden as it had been completely destroyed and therefore no longer counted as a private residence. We could tell the Vampires had arrived by the stench that arrived with the. Dierck spoke in a loud and booming voice.

“Poor, pitiful creatures, clinging to life, when you know its pointless. Come out now and I’ll make sure that its quick”

Just then I could hear the rest of the Vampires burst out into fits of hysterical laughter, followed by a massive slam on the door which startled us all.

Dierck spoke again “Very well then, how about I make you a trade? One of you come out here and I don’t tear this young woman and her child to pieces.”

We could hear a child and a woman screaming outside. Brian went to open the small window on the door to see outside. Alan had warned him against it, telling him that it was a trick,  but again Brian didn’t listen to his father. Brian saw a young woman, bloodied, her left eye black and swollen, hugging her screaming child who must have been no older than 3.

Dierck spoke again “We’ll kill both of them unless you come out NOW. We’ll make them suffer. You’ll hear the sound of them screaming for mercy. I’ll force the mother to watch as her child dies!”

Brian headed for the door. Alan instantly jumped in front of him and pushed him back.

“I cannot believe that you would be stupid enough to fall for that trick. If you open that door you will kill us all.”

Brian however could not leave a young woman and her child at the mercy of the Vampires.

Brian assured his father that he wasn’t simply going to walk out there and expect the Vampires to keep their word. He still had the cross he had used to fight off the Vampires that had cornered us earlier, and hoped to use it maybe scatter the Vampires around the mother and her child.

Alan was still against it. Claire offered to go instead, which Alan was still against. Obviously he cared more for his son’s well being than any of us, but he thought it was an insane idea for anyone to go out there.

Diana and I contributed nothing to the conversation of course as we couldn’t speak German. I probably wouldn’t have been brave enough to go out there at that point, in fact I know I wouldn’t.

Brian couldn’t be bothered to argue with his father anymore and after picking up his cross he headed out the door as his father shouted at him.

Outside the Vampires instantly swarmed Brian, but as soon as he lifted the cross they began to cower. He quickly reached for the woman and the child. However as he headed to the door Dierck grabbed him. The girl and the woman ran towards the shelter, leaving Brian behind. Claire and Alan ran to the door, but there was nothing they could do. Alan did empty two shots into Dierck but the blood sucker didn’t even acknowledge them.

As Dierck held Brian, Brian thrust his cross in the Vampires face, but Dierck laughed. He grabbed the cross and broke it. His flesh still sizzled as he touched the cross,  but he did not even flinch. He then tossed Brian into the rest of the Vampires who swarmed him and tore him to bits. Alan screamed in anguish as he kept firing at the Vampires, and it was only Claire who quickly shut the door who prevented him from running out into them.

We could hear Brian’s agonised screams from inside, but fortunately they didn’t last for long. Brian was luckier than some of their other victims.

Alan sank to his knees. He didn’t even cry, he just looked completely broken.

I tried to comfort Alan, whilst Diana and Claire meanwhile went over to see the woman and her child, but the child ran away from them and cowered in a corner. Diana tried approaching him again, but this time when the child turned round, Diana saw the awful truth. The child was a Vampire! It had buried its head in its mother’s breast before, and had been dressed in gloves and a hat to conceal its true nature.

Now Diana could see its hideous white face, massive fangs and bright red eyes and before she could move away the monster sunk its fangs into her throat. Within seconds it ripped her entire throat out. Claire and I ran over towards Diana, but it was too late. She bled out in a matter of seconds and was dead before we could even begin to help her. Brian’s heroic sacrifice had not only been for nothing, but it had cost Diana her life.

The Vampire child attacked Claire. Despite being just a child, it still had a much greater strength than either of us.

Before I could even try and help Claire, the child’s “mother” punched me in the face. She was human, but clearly under the control of the Vampires. I’d never been in a fight before and I was instantly sent crashing to the ground, my nose bloodied.

As I lay there on the ground, she grabbed me by the throat and began to choke the life out of me. I suddenly heard a bang, and her blood splattered on my face as she fell to the floor.

Alan was standing behind her with the gun still smoking. The Vampire child turned around after the shot and ran towards Alan. Alan however managed to knock the beast towards the floor by hitting it with his gun. He then impaled the Demon child right through the chest with a makeshift stake he had created from a chair leg.

Upon being staked the Vampire crumbled into nothing but a tiny little pile of ash on the floor. Alan then put the gun to his head and blew his brains out.

There was nothing anyone could have said to talk him out of it. The Vampires had destroyed his entire life. I wish he hadn’t given the animals the satisfaction, but ultimately what can you say to a man who has just watched his son get ripped to pieces, and seen his wife murder their daughter with a hammer!

I felt like passing out from the shock of everything that had happened, and the pain in my nose was overwhelming. A combination of the pain, as well as the sight of Brian’s brains splattered on the wall, and Diana’s blood dripping from her throat actually made me vomit.

Claire helped me to sit down and checked my nose to see if it was broken. She lightly pinched my nose and when that hurt like hell she concluded that it was broken. She clearly wasn’t a medical student!

There were bandages in the shelter but as she plastered up my nose I could see a bite mark on her arm. The Vampire child had managed to get in a lucky bite during the struggle.

It was the final straw. I instantly started crying. Clare realised what I was upset about and put her arms around my shoulders.

“The Vampire who bit me is dead. I am no longer under its control. We don’t know if the bite is fatal or not. Just because its that way in the movies doesn’t mean”

I interrupted her. Barely able to speak through the tears I told her that I couldn’t imagine my life without her. Claire then told me firmly that if need be, I would have to kill her.

At that point I wished that Alan hadn’t used the last bullet on himself. I hugged Claire as hard as I could. I swore to her that I wouldn’t let anything happen to her, but it was all pointless.

Over the next few hours Claire began to weaken, her skin turned white, her eyes began to go red and her teeth began to enlarge.

I held her in my arms. My best friend, the person I cared for more than anything else in the world, as her life and everything she was, was drained away by a Demonic force.

She was brave at first, but as her condition worsened she began to cry. She screamed that she didn’t want to die, she was only 22, that she wanted to marry Michael, have kids, that she didn’t want her parents to go through losing their only child. Her final words to me just before she was completely consumed were,

“I can feel it, its all going away. Everything I am, I feel like I am already dead. Oh god this is what they feel like all the time? They can’t feel anything other than wanting to hurt people. Please don’t let me live like this Ferne. Please kill me!”

Within seconds she was gone. I hadn’t even had the time to grieve for Diana before Claire was taken from me too.

I walked away from her corpse and headed for the stake Alan had made. As I turned around however I saw that Claire had already risen.

The sight of my friend as one of those things is the most horrifying sight I will ever see in my life.

I foolishly hoped that I might be able to get through to Claire. If I had known then what I do now I wouldn’t have hesitated to stake her, but I just didn’t want to admit that Claire was gone.

Claire began to speak before I had a chance to say anything. “Don’t worry old friend I will make this quick. I won’t change you. I couldn’t spend eternity with you, constantly prattling on about your sad little issues and insecurities. It would also just be too be cruel to make anyone live a life as utterly pathetic as yours forever. Its not like the Vampires would accept you anyway. No one has. Not your parents, not even me, Diana, and Marie. We were never your friends, we just felt sorry for you,.”

I cried, as Claire laughed and continued to mock me. “There you are crying again like a little girl. That’s your solution to all your problems, just to cry and whimper and whine to whoever is unfortunate enough to be near you. Pathetic”

I wasn’t crying for the reasons that she thought however. I cried because I realised that Claire was truly gone. She would never say such a thing, even on her worst day. She loved me like a sister. If there was one thing I was sure of it was that.

I ran to the door. Whilst I knew this monster wasn’t Claire, I still didn’t want to be killed by a monster that bore the face of my friend. I knew that I could never outfight any Vampire, even with a stake, and much like Alan I really had no compunction to go on living anymore.

I managed to make it out of the shelter and to my surprise all of the Vampires were gone. I didn’t stop to think why however as Claire was coming after me.

As I ran out into the streets I still saw no Vampires? What had happened, had they got bored of torturing me and ran away? Just then as Claire came charging at me an arrow suddenly shot straight into her back. She was dust before she hit the pavement. It was a relief to see the monster that stole her face die. The real Claire died in the shelter.

Two men armed with crossbows suddenly came running out of the ruins of one of the houses and they cornered me.

These men were from Rentros an organisation designed to track down supernatural creatures. They had managed to slay most of the Vampires, as most of them were young and inexperienced.

Though sadly Dierck had escaped (and taken down 6 Rentros men before hand). The Rentros men would take me and the few survivors in. Among those who survived the slaughter included both the priest, George who had been forced to dispose of the holy water (the Vampires had kept him alive to show him all of the torment that he had inflicted on the town) and Brian’s mother, Carla, who the Vampires had also kept alive to further torture. They wanted her to live for a few days knowing what she had done to her daughter.

The Vampires had wanted to exterminate every single person in the town, which was why they had been so determined to destroy us. They wanted to make this town an example to any others who would dare to defy them

Most of the survivors were broken. The Vampires had forced them to murder both their loved ones and other innocent people, whilst they had them under their control. According to one of the Rentros men, it was a favourite activity of Vampires to make people murder their loved ones. He felt that Vampires enjoyed dragging decent people down to their level.

The Rentros men provided an official cover for the story and sent us all home. My life would be a black pit of despair for the next few years. Without Claire, Diana and Marie the loneliness was unbearable. Even to this day I have never made friends quite so close. Eventually I overcame my depression and would later join Rentros.

I wanted to make the Vampires pay. It felt like that was all I had left. In a way the Vampires had dragged me down to their level after all. I’d spend years training with Rentros, honing my skills and body and learning everything I could about the monsters until I was able to kill them.

However as the years passed I came to view them with pity. I saw that actually they were pathetic creatures, unable to feel anything but hatred. Slaying a Vampire came to be an act of mercy for me.

Many years later me, George and Carla (who had both joined Rentros as well) would track down Dierck in Germany, though that’s a story for another day.

I tell this story to let you all know how important it is to have knowledge on what is really out there. If the me of today were trapped in Lista, my friends would still be alive. The greatest trick the devil played was in convincing you he didn’t exist and it important that you do not fall for it like I did.

The History of N-Space Part 3: Alien Invasions and New Frontiers

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The two most evil, loathsome and hated figures throughout the entire galaxy from the 21st to 24th centuries.

Arguably one of the most turbulent periods of human history. In this section we will be examining how humanity would survive constant attacks from the Venusian tyrant, the Mekon, an invasion from the most evil creatures in all of creation the Daleks, only to become monsters themselves in the 23rd century, before uniting with other races to usher in a new era of peace and prosperity in the 31st century.

The Age of Spacefleet

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Dan Dare, the finest captain in all of spacefleet.

The 2040s was a golden age for mankind. Humanity was united like never before, all prejudices and inequalities of the past were nothing more than a distant memory and technology had reached new heights.

Sadly however as mankind celebrated its great achievements. One of its oldest and deadliest enemies plotted its destruction. The Mekon.

The Mekon had made many attempts to invade the earth throughout the 20th century. His attempts had been foiled by the likes of the Doctor, Bernard Quatermass, and Crypto, with the Doctor having set many of the green skinned tyrants experiments back by decades.

Still the Mekon did not give up and by the 2040s he had almost completed plans for two new super weapons to use against humanity and the Therons, the other humanoid race who lived on Venus.

The weapon against humanity was to have been built on the moon and disrupt the weather on the planet earth to the point where it would destroy all of human civilisation. The Mekons weapon against the Therons meanwhile would cause the fire from the Flame belt to spread over the Therons city on the other side of the planet, wiping them out.

The weapon was unstable however and needed perfecting. Still the Mekon was prepared to wait. He wanted to destroy the Therons completely. Despite claiming to have elevated himself above emotion, he held a special hatred for the Therons as inferior scum. With humanity meanwhile he hoped to turn them into a slave labour force and use them to help conquer other worlds.

In the year 2047 Captain Dan Dare arrived through the rip in time that he had fallen into almost exactly 100 years earlier. The Treen vessel that had abducted him had also crashed. Dan managed to survive the crash however, with the Treens having fled the capsule before its crash.

Dan would be taken in by UNIT who investigated the crash site. He discovered much to his horror that he had been gone for over 100 years.

Dan Dare visits his “grave” in the late 2040s.

It took the captain a long while to adjust to life in the 21st century. UNIT would help him get a job as a pilot and over the next ten or so years Dan would rise up the ranks, becoming one of the most respected and celebrated pilots of Spacefleet.

Whilst he may have shot to fame as the man from the past, Dan’s reputation as a pilot would soon eclipse his past. During the course of these 10 years, Dan’s success as a pilot in the future would allow him to live a more extravagant lifestyle than he ever did in the 20th century. He would also meet up with his relatives including the archeologist Ivor Dare. Ivor was in fact Dan’s great nephew, but as he was so much older than Dare physically, Dan would often just refer to Ivor as his uncle.

In the year 2055 Dan would come into conflict with what would eventually be his greatest enemy for the first time. The Mekon!

The Venus Mission

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By 2055 mankind’s population had increased to over 13 billion. With food becoming scarcer, mankind turned to Venus for help. Humanity did not yet have the technology to leave the solar system and whilst some terrorforming had been accomplished on Mars (including restoring the oxygen to the planet in the late 2040s.) The Martian soil was not yet fertile enough to grow plants.

Venus was an elusive planet that humanity knew was inhabited, but that no one had ever been able to get to. There had been a few manned expeditions to Venus in the early 21st century, but they had never returned and the planet was subsequently put off limits.

Now out of sheer desperation, more missions would be mounted to Venus but they too seemingly vanished without a trace.

Spacefleet was on the brink of giving up until Captain Dan was able to work out that the problem was a forcefield around the planet (which the Captain would later discover was the work of the Mekon.)

The forcefield was designed to attack the impulse engines, which all earth ships used, causing them to explode. Dan would lead a team using an old fashioned craft, that was able to infiltrate the forcefield and land in the jungles of Venus.

Dan’s team consisted of his loyal batman, Digby, Professor Joeclyn Peabody, Sir Hubert a Spacefleet veteran and two experienced pilots Hank and Pierre.

As soon as they landed, the team faced various dangers, including the Silicon Mass (which devoured Peabody’s vessel), giant Dinosaur like reptiles that inhabited the Venusian jungles and the Atlantines.

All but Hank and Pierre who had the good fortune to land on the Therons side of the planet were taken prisoner by the Treens. Though they briefly managed to escape (thanks to a defective Treen named Sondar, who became defective after experiencing an emotion, fear when he confronted the Silicon Mass.) The Mekon was able to quickly recapture all of the earthlings except for Dan, who during the fight was knocked down a ravine which washed him down a secret passage way under the flame belt to the Theron’s side of the planet.

There Dan was reunited with Hank and Pierre and learned the truth about the history of the Therons and the Treens influence on humanity. Dan was able to convince the Therons to help him. Though they did not want to restart their conflict with the Treens, Dan was able to convince the Therons to take responsibility for their role in the ascension of the Treens, who were only able to become a threat to humanity thanks to their reckless actions many centuries ago.

The Therons helped Dan sneak his way back into the Treens camps, (passing by the lake of monsters which served as the perfect natural defence for the Mekon’s city) disguised as an Atlantine slave. In the camps Dan met with another rebellious Atlantine slave, Dapon, and the two of them would work together to try and free Dan’s friends and stop the Mekon’s super weapon from going ahead.

Back at the Treen city meanwhile, the Mekon carried out horrific experiments on his 3 human captives. He wanted to test how strong untamed humans like his Atlantine slaves were as well as how high a pain threshold they had.

After the experiments (which nearly killed Peabody, Hubert and Digby.) The Mekon was satisfied that the Treens were superior, but he nevertheless grew worried that humanity may discover what he was planning as they had already made their way to Venus. He didn’t think that even the Treens could fight off the combined might of the Therons and humanity and so he decided to use more underhand means. (The Treens super weapon that he hoped could destroy the Therons, was still not ready to use as it was still too unstable.)

The Mekon forced his captives to record a message from humanity, stating that they crashed on Venus, and that Captain Dare was killed in the crash, but that the Treens took them in and saved their lives. The Mekon also wanted them to lie to humanity that the Treens are more than happy to share the food supplies on Venus with the human race.

Peabody and Sir Hubert refused to help the Mekon, even under threat of torture or death, but Digby seemingly agreed.

The Mekon hoped to win humanity’s trust by helping to cure the famine crisis on earth, after which he could then convince them to allow him to build a station on the moon, to help control the weather to help the humans, (which he would actually use to destroy humanity.)

The Mekon’s message was broadcast to earth and it did fool humanity for a short time, with the Treens even being hailed as heroes (though UNIT of course had their suspicions.)

Ultimately however Digby’s aunt would discover the truth when she was able to decipher Digby’s hidden message. Digby said that staying with the Mekon was just like being on holiday in Sunnymouth. When Digby was actually on holiday on Sunnymouth, he was falsely imprisoned. Anastasia quickly warned Spacefleet and the Treens on earth were imprisoned.

Back on Venus meanwhile, Dan was able to infiltrate the Mekon’s base with Dapon’s help and both rescue his friends and capture the Mekon in a confrontation. Dan would also rescue Sondar, who helped the earthlings to escape using Treen hover pads, powered by thought.

Unfortunately however, the Mekon’s vastly superior brain allowed him to take control of the hover pads, just as Dan and his friends were almost free over the lake outside the city. Before the Mekon could drag Dare back to the city, using a Theron device, Dan was able to sabotage the hover pad, sending himself and the Mekon tumbling into the water below.

The Mekon was unable to swim and so whilst the Treens tried to rescue their leader, Captain Dan escaped.

Knowing that the Therons had helped Dan, the Mekon declared war and decided to use his super weapon. Even though it hadn’t been tested yet and was so unstable that it could destroy all of Venus. The Mekon was still willing to take the risk.

He knew that he couldn’t fight a war on two fronts (with humanity, having been made aware of his tricks.)  So the Mekon wanted the Therons out of the way with as soon as possible.

Fortunately Dapon was able to destroy the Mekon’s super weapon by piloting one of the Treens vessels into the weapon, sacrificing himself in the process.

Dan and the others were able to escape to the Therons side of the planet after Dapon’s sacrifice. Both the Therons, and the Treens then broke their peace treaty and launched all out war on one another.

Both the Treens and the Therons however were evenly matched and every time one would attempt to launch an attack, the other would find a way to block it. The twos weaponry began to cause one another’s technology to stop working. Before all of the Therons space ships broke down however, they were able to get Dan and his friends back home.

Back on earth Dan would organise an attack on the Treens side of the planet whilst they were still vulnerable. The earth forces would succeed in overpowering the Treens whose weapons were all useless. During the fight the Mekon would escape Venus, along with some of his loyal Treens, but he faked his death.

With the Mekon’s defeat, the Treens were forced to surrender. Sondar would be appointed their new leader, the Atlantine slaves would all be released and granted equal citizenship with the Treens and Therons. For the first time the Treens and the Therons would genuinely work together for the good of Venus.

Free from the Mekon’s influence, many Treens were able to experience emotions for the first time and came feel guilt for their actions under the Mekon. Others however remained loyal to the Mekon and were convinced that he would return to lead them.

The Mekon meanwhile had fled to Mercury, a small planet in our solar system which had not yet been explored by humanity. The Mercurians were a peaceful, but somewhat placid and primitive race, allowing the Mekon and his Treens to easily conquer them.

Quickly establishing a new base and slave force on Mercury, the Mekon plotted his revenge against humanity and the Therons.

Back on earth, Captain Dan would be hailed as a hero. The Therons and the Treens under Sondar, would supply earth with enough food supplies to fix the famine crisis on earth (with the Treens advanced technology allowing them to harness enough food supplies for earth and Venus many times over.)

Whilst Dan would go on many more adventures in the years to come, his success on the Venus mission would tend to overshadow his later exploits at least until the first Treen invasion of earth.

The Red Moon Mystery

A few months after the Venus mission, mankind would face a new threat far greater than even the Mekon. The Insectoids of the Red Moon.

The Insectoids had visited our solar system many thousands of years ago where they had devastated the surface of Mars, before King Ghidorah had driven them out.

The magnetic forces of the Red Moon caused any earth vessel that came near it to shut down. It also caused widespread devastation on the colony on Mars as it passed the planet.

Dan, Peabody and Digby were able to rescue the colonists using a Venusian vehicle called the Anastacia which was immune to the effects of the Red Moon. However the earth would soon be thrown into panic when the Red Moon approached. All machinery began to break down on earth, preventing anyone from escaping as the Insectoids began to launch an attack on humanity.

Professor Peabody was able to devise a solution however after theorising that the Insectoids were able to find planets by tracing the light from their suns through space, as light was the only thing that could travel through space.

The Treens would construct a gigantic lighthouse to lure the Red Moon away from the earth. Once it got a good distance away from the earth and humanity’s technology could work again. Dan, Digby, Peabody and Sondar would fire a weapon from space capable of destroying the entire planet.

None of them wanted to, but they had no choice. The Red Moon would have gone on to destroy billions more worlds across the universe. Little did they know however a few of the Insectoids managed to escape and would later resurface many centuries later as a force to be reckoned with.

The weapon Dan, Digby, Peabody and Sondar used to destroy the Red Moon was so unstable that it caused their craft to crash land on Mercury. Back home everybody believed that they were dead, but in truth they not only survived, but would stumble upon another great threat to earth.

Marooned on Mercury

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Dan Dare comes face to face with his archenemy the Mekon a second time. 

On Mercury, Dan, Peabody, Digby and Sondar would discover that the Mekon had conquered its inhabitants and was preparing a second attempt to invade the earth.

In truth however the Mekon didn’t just simply want to conquer humanity. He judged them to be too much of a threat to his plans for conquest and now sought to exterminate them completely.

The Mekon had created a deadly plague that would be capable of wiping out all life on earth, but he had no way of depositing it on earth. An unauthorised Treen ship would never make it past either earth or Theron security.

The Mekon however had a way round this. Not all of the earth vessels that had arrived on Venus before Dan and his team had been destroyed.

One vessel had been captured by the Mekon, who kept its crew prisoner as a back up plan in case his initial conquest of earth didn’t succeed.

When the Mekon fled to Mercury, he took the captured earth crew with them. The Mekon hoped to trick the earthlings to fly back to earth in their own vessel, by allowing them to think they had escaped. The Mekon would of course keep a sample of his plague in the ship which would be released once the ship reached earth.

The Mekon had not used this plan initially, as before he had wanted to use humanity as a slave labour force, as well as study their race and history. Again however, he now regarded humanity as too dangerous to be allowed to exist.

Dan and Peabody were able to discover the Mekon’s plan and rescue the earth crew before they fell for the Treens ruse. The Mekon however was able to capture Dan and his friends and attempted to starve them into serving him. Once again however Dan was able to escape the Mekon and convince the Mercurians to revolt against the Treens, as well as alert earth to his location.

Knowing that he couldn’t stand against the combined forces of Earth, Venus and Mercury, the Mekon and his loyal Treens were once again forced to flee into space.

Back home, Dan, Digby and Peabody were all hailed as heroes for thwarting the Mekon once again, and the trio would go on many more adventures over the next few years (including foiling the Mekon yet again when the villain attempted to crash an earth space station onto Venus to reconquer the Treens.)

Dan’s next major adventure however would take him beyond our solar system. In the year 2058, earth would be visited by an alien known as Lero who belonged to a humanoid race of aliens called the Crypts.

He explained that the Crypts were locked in a perpetual conflict with a pitiless race known as the Phants. Every 10 thousand years, the Phants invade the Crypts planet and virtually wipe out their race. The only way the Crypts survive is to preserve members of their race in suspended animation in space. Once the planet became habitable again, the Crypts would revive and then return to build their society, only for the same horrible cycle to repeat.

Lero begged Dan and the earth men to help his people, as they were so weak and pacifistic they could never stand up to the Phants. Dan agreed, and he, Digby, Lex O’Mailey and a young cadet named Flamer would travel across the universe to Cryptos.

The journey would take two years, one year to reach Cryptos, and one to get home. The crew would be placed into suspended animation during that time.

When the earth men arrived on Cryptos, the Phants had already begun their invasion. During their battles with the Phants, Dan’s team discovered the reason the Phants were so aggressive and the Crypts were so passive.

The two races food supplies were drugged with chemicals, which in the Phants case heightened aggression, and in the Crypt’s case lowered it. Dan would later discover when he travelled to the Phants home planet that the real architect behind the perpetual war was a super computer called Orak. Many centuries ago, Orak had been created to protect the Phants from invaders. It was arguably the greatest war computer ever built, but after hundreds of years of protecting the Phants, Orak, having developed its own sentience, wished to create another war to give itself a purpose and also just simply for its own amusement.

Orak had led the Phants to destroy the two other inhabited worlds in the Phants solar system besides Cryptos; Alerok and Phascos. Both of those worlds inhabitants were vicious and callous warlike people who warred with each other. They had also invaded the Phants, many hundreds of years prior before being driven off. The Phants had no problem waging a war on, and ultimately destroying both races under Orak’s guidance.

However with the Crypts, the Phants were not happy invading what were a peaceful people who had never done them any harm. Orak also lacked the technology to move the Phants to other worlds beyond his solar system, so he instead drugged the Phants, turning them into vicious war mongers to attack the Crypts.

Whilst Orak loved war, he was also a poor loser and so after the first Phant invasion that he would ensure his people drugged the Crypt’s supplies too, and lock them in a vicious cycle for his own amusement.

Dan was able to defeat Orak and shut the evil supercomputer down for good, freeing both races and allowing them to rebuild together.

A few of the Phants however didn’t want to give up the power they had over the Crypts and so after Dan left, they stole the main file for Orak and fled across the Solar System. They would later build another body for Orak who would go on to lead them to build a massive empire where they would force the various races they ruled over to wage war with each other for their own amusement. Dan Dare would later come into conflict with them in the 23rd century.

Orak, leader of the Phants and one of Dan Dare’s archenemies.

After defeating the Phants, Dan prepared to return home, but Lero revealed his terrible secret.

The journey to Cryptos actually took longer than he said. It took five years to get there and five years to get back. Dan was angry at the deception, but understood why Lero had lied and forgave him as he and his companions went back into suspended animation to return home.

When they arrived back on earth in the year 2068 Dan and his men discovered much to their horror that the Mekon had invaded and conquered the planet with the aid of his new servants, the Elektrobots.

The Treen Invasion of Earth

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The new masters of humanity.

A few months after Dan and his team left for Cryptos, the Mekon and his Treens unleashed their new army of Elektrobots on Venus. They initially conquered the Treens as the Mekon knew that there was still great support for him among their people.

Whilst many had adapted to having emotions, others couldn’t cope with the new feelings and missed having their Atlantine slaves perform their grunt work.

Most of the Treens sided with the Mekon over Sondar when he returned, and those who didn’t were quickly put to death when the Mekon reclaimed his former city. Sondar however was able to escape and would remain on the run for 10 years.

The Mekon would then lead his people to finally conquer the Therons, with his new Elektrobots giving them the advantage they needed.

Within less than a week, all of Venus was under the Mekon’s control.

The Mekon immediately prepared to invade the earth, but first he had to deal with an old enemy in the form of the Furons.

The Mekon would lure the latest version of Crypto into a trap on Venus by launching constant attacks on Orthopox’s labs on earth with his Elektrobots. Though Crypto was able to slaughter many Treens, the Mekon was able to kill the latest version of Crypto by trapping him in one of his gas chambers in the Treen city.

The Mekon would then from Crypto’s corpse create a plague that unravelled the DNA of the Furons and launched it at all of the most important planets in the Furon empire. Billions of Furons were slaughtered, and their forces were forced to retreat from earth to try and hold on to what little power they could. Orthopox and the new Crypto vowed revenge, but within a few years thanks to the Mekon’s influence the Furon empire completely collapsed as more and more of their enemies would get hold of the Mekon’s plague. Over the next few hundred years, the last of the Furons would struggle just to stay alive.

With the Furons out of the way, the Mekon launched his Elektrobots at the earth. The Elektrobots however were no match for earth’s giant monsters.

Just as they had always done, Godzilla, Jiras, King Kong, Anguirus, Gorosaurus, and Rodan fought to protect the earth and slaughtered thousands of the Mekon’s robot warriors.

Eventually however the Mekon was able to defeat the monsters by using knockout gas on the monsters on Monsterland. Whilst they were asleep, the Treens would abduct the monsters and take them to a small planet, just outside the solar system.

There the Mekon would attempt to find a way to control them, but the monsters after waking up destroyed the Mekon’s base on the planet. The Mekon would attempt to set up another but the Monsters proved to be too difficult to control, and eventually the Mekon would abandon the project as he had more important matters.

Godzilla, King Kong, Anguirus, Gorosaurus, Jiras and the rest of earth’s monsters would continue to live on this world for over 1000 years afterwards (with their mutated DNA allowing them to live for so long.) Long after the Mekon’s invasion humanity would continue to leave them on what would eventually be christened, monster world. Despite the monsters many heroic actions, humanity felt they were more trouble than they were worth, and so they would be left on this planet in peace (though they would return to earth for later battles.)

With the monsters gone, humanity lost its advantage. The Elektrobots and the Treen warships massacred Earth’s defences and conquered their entire world in a few months.

Over 5 billion people were killed in the Treen invasion. It was the single most devastating event in human history at that point.

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Fry survives the Treens invasion of New York, which was destroyed in the process. The reason the Treens spared this building was because they wanted to examine the humans who were frozen, with the Mekon believing that they must be special if humanity had preserved them. 

After the surrender of humanity, the survivors would be rounded up into concentration camps and ghettos around the world. The Mekon forced humanity to build more advanced robots known as Selektrobots and weapons that would allow him to conquer other planets beyond our solar system.

The Mekon soon built up a large empire thanks to his robots.

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The Elektrobots and Selektrobots, the weapons the Mekon used to conquer the earth and various other worlds across the universe.

The Mekon would also perform various experiments on his enslaved humans, with another 3 billion people dying in agony over the next 10 years the Mekon ruled over the earth.

Reign of the Robots

After 10 years in space, Dan discovers to his horror that the Mekon has conquered humanity.

Upon arriving back on earth, Dan and his team were instantly captured by the Elektrobots who took them to face the Mekon.

The Mekon told Dan with glee how he had conquered humanity and how they were now his slaves. He planned to make Dan his servant however rather than simply kill him.

The Mekon was angry when he found out that Dan was lost in space after his conquest of earth. Despite claiming to have elevated himself above emotion, the Mekon wanted to make Dan suffer. He hated him above all of his other enemies such as the Doctor, Gamera, the Furons and Godzilla.

In the years the Mekon ruled over the earth, Dan would become an icon to humanity. The man who had beaten the Mekon three times and who was now lost. Many hoped that he would one day return and overthrow the green tyrant.

The Mekon knew that if Dan ever did return then he couldn’t just kill him, as Dan would become a martyr to the cause of the earth men. So he decided that he would crush what was left of their spirit by forcing Dan to serve him.

To accomplish this, the Mekon abducted those he knew were closest to Dan, including Sir Hubert, and Peabody and kept them in suspended animation for 10 years so that he could use them as leverage to make Dan obey him and renounce the resistance, should he ever return.

Sure enough when Dan saw his friends in the Mekon’s care he had no choice but to obey the Mekon’s will, and the Mekon would send Dan and his friends to work in his harshest labour camp.

However whilst in the camp, Dan was able to make contact with the last tiny pocket of resistance and with their and Sondar’s help (Sondar was serving as a double agent for earth within the Mekon’s head quarters.) Dan was able to discover how the Mekon controlled his robots.

He had a speaker in his levitating chair which he gave the Elektrobots their orders through. After a confrontation with the Mekon, Flamer was able to give the Elekrtobots new orders to turn on and destroy one another.

With the entire invasion force of robots destroyed, humanity and the aliens on the other worlds the Treens had conquered overthrew them. The Treens numbers were small and they had only been able to maintain their rule through the robots. Whilst most of the Treens had sided with the Mekon at first, as time went on many of the Treens who had begun to develop emotions under Sondars rule found it hard to repress them again and carry out the Mekon’s ruthless orders.

The Mekon would have all “traitors” executed by his robots and slaughtered millions of his own people, but many survived and would form a resistance movement with Sondar. Either through desertion or execution however, the Treens numbers had been greatly depleted by the Mekons actions, resulting in those who remained loyal to the Tyrant being forced to rely on their robots.

The Mekon however was not beaten yet. He had a special back up army of Selektrobots who were far more powerful, and intended to use them to not only reconquer planets such as the earth, but also carry out a mass slaughter of billions on every world to crush any further hope of rebellion.

Dan however was able to pilot one of his vessels into the space station the Mekon used to control the Selektrobots, eliminating the entire Selektrobot invasion fleet and ending the Mekon’s rule over the earth.

The Mekon was captured by human and Theron forces, but whilst on Venus he managed to escape by flying over the molten lake the Silicon Mass lived in. The Mekon was seemingly killed when the Mass consumed his vessel. In truth however he managed to teleport to safety at the right moment. He wanted to fake his death at the right moment and in a way where they wouldn’t expect to find a body.

As it was, Dan still didn’t believe his archenemy was gone and would insist on the Mekon remaining at the top of the most wanted list in the solar system. The Mekon would subsequently lay low for the next few years as he slowly rebuilt his forces.

All of the Treens who were loyal to the Mekon were imprisoned (on some of the worlds they had conquered however the Treens were executed.) Sondar would once again be appointed as the head of the Treen state on Venus.

Not all of the Elektrobots had been destroyed, but they had all been deactivated. The Elektrobots would later be reactivated and reprogrammed to aid humanity. The technology from the Elektrobots would later serve as the basis for the robots of the 31st century.

It took mankind many years to recover, but ironically the decades after the Mekon’s invasion would be more prosperous. Mankind would unite with the various worlds who had been conquered by the Mekon and together they would form a small federation of planets who would all help each other rebuild their fallen civilisations.

Over the next few decades mankind would expand beyond the solar system and advance like never before.

The Phantom Fleet

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In the year 2069 mankind would face yet another threat from space. The Pescods!

The Pescods were a race of ocean dwelling creatures from a far away planet who had created a virus that could eat metal. Humanity was given a warning of their coming by a race known as the Cosmobes whose entire planet had been destroyed by the Pescods.

The Cosmobes were a tiny race of fish like creatures who wanted to live in the oceans of earth. Their population was small, and their small size and aquatic nature meant that they would not compete for resources.

Humanity was still unsure about allowing an alien race to co-inhabit the earth. Whilst they had established a peaceful contact with various other races, humanity had never willingly shared the planet with another species before.

Still the Cosmobes proved themselves by helping Dan, Digby and Peabody destroy the oncoming Pescod fleet (though not before both humanity and the Treens endured heavy casualties from the Pescods virus that destroyed dozens of warships.)

The Cosmobes would mostly keep themselves to themselves under the ocean, but they would aid humanity at various points over the next several decades.

By the year 2070 a base on the moon had been established which helped to regulate the weather on earth for humanity’s benefit. Unfortunately in 2070, a group of Cybermen would attack and invade the Moonbase in the hopes of using it to destroy all of humanity.

These Cybermen were survivors from the 2020s war. Low on power, they had been forced to go into hibernation for years to reserve it, but now they were ready to launch their counter attack.

They would have succeeded had it not been for the intervention of the Second Doctor who was able to destroy the Cyberfleet by whisking them away into the sun. A few of the Cybermen survived however and fled across the galaxy to find a new base.

Eventually they settled on the isolated planet of Telos that was inhabited by a race of creatures known as the Cryons. The Cryons were a peaceful race who had adapted to the cold atmosphere of Telos and when the planet’s atmosphere began to rise on the surface, the Cryons built a gigantic city with refrigeration units to survive.

Sadly this was the reason the Cybermen would target their people, as they needed the refrigerator units to preserve their low power. The Cybermen would virtually wipe the Cryons out and preserve themselves in the Cryon’s chambers, though before they froze themselves, they set up a series of traps to not only protect themselves but ensnare those with the highest intellects to be converted once the Cybermen had reached full power.

Throughout the 2070s and 80s mankind would establish colonies on various worlds throughout the galaxy. Still they would be forced to endure many threats chief among them being of course the Mekon.

The Mekon would create a new race of mutant Treens who were physically incapable of any kind emotion and far more physically powerful. The Mekon first attacked Venus with his new supertreens. He wanted to exterminate what he regarded as the previous inferior race of Treens, who he was ashamed of.

Dan however was able to save Venus from the Mekon, but once again the villain managed to escape justice.

The Mekon would later work with Davros. Davros had escaped the destruction of the time travelling Dalek mothership in 1963 through an escape pod, but the blast still knocked him over 100 years into the future. Davros’ escape pod was captured by the Treens and taken to the Mekon.

Davros simply wanted to return to his home time, but the pod he escaped in had been damaged. The Mekon offered to give Davros the resources and equipment he needed if he helped him.

With no other choices Davros agreed and together Davros and the Mekon would create a race of hideous, gigantic, carnivorous blob creatures that they would used to decimate several worlds and launch an invasion of earth. The 7th Doctor and Dan Dare working together were able to destroy most of the Mekon and Davros’ creations, though Davros subsequently fled with some of the Mekon’s equipment and would later be able to travel to the future.

A few of Davros and the Mekon’s mutants would survive however in the jungles of Venus. Whilst the Therons were able to keep their population under control, they did not wipe them out and the blobs over the years would develop a greater intelligence thanks to further, unintended mutations. They would come to live in peace with their fellow Venusians for thousands of years to come.

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A descendant of the Mekon and Davros’ mutant blobs in the 31st century. Though they would come to live in peace with their fellow Venusians and other races, they still always remained a somewhat naturally aggressive species.

In the 2080s whilst exploring beyond our solar system, Dan would encounter the former despot named Xel. Whilst Dan would prevent Xel from reconquering his home world, unfortunately the monster would stow away on board Dan’s ship. The villain would make many attempts to conquer the earth, and even partnered with the Mekon on one occasion.

Dan would always stop him but he would never bring Xel to justice and he always felt immense guilt over having inadvertently brought the former tyrant to the earth’s solar system.

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Xel, one of Dan Dare’s greatest enemies and the second most wanted man in the earth solar system after the Mekon.

Dan Dare’s adventures in the 21st century would come to an end in the year 2088 when he had one last encounter with the Mekon.

By this time Dan had retired from spacefleet, but he and Digby would be called back into action when the Mekon, and the last of his Treens captured a space station which they intended to crash into the earth.

Dan and Digby as ever were able to foil the Mekon’s plan, but Dan was mortally wounded and put into a coma in the process.

Whilst Digby was able to get help, sadly it was too late and there was nothing anybody could do for Dan. Not wanting to lose the greatest hero of the 21st century, Spacefleet would have Dan placed into suspend animation alongside the others in the cryo lab such as Fry until something could be done to help him. Ultimately he would remain there for close to 200 years before medical science could properly revive him.

The Mekon meanwhile was successfully captured and put on trial. Crowds of people on earth called for the monsters blood and his trial had to be conducted in secret for his own safety.

The earth authorities decided to imprison the Mekon in a cylinder at the end of the solar system. He would remain trapped there for close to one year, before the last of his loyal Treen guards were able to rescue him, by blasting the cylinder through space to an uninhabited planet far beyond the federation the earth was a part of.

The Treens would track the Mekon down and free him. Knowing they could not return to the Federation, the Mekon and the Treens would build their forces up slowly over the next few decades.

The Mekon would create a new empire covering multiple solar systems. By the mid 22nd century he would have been more than powerful enough to conquer the Federation (though the Federation was at that point ruled by the Daleks, the Mekon’s empire was actually bigger than the Dalek empire at that point.)

However before the Mekon could launch his attack on earth, he came into conflict with a race of shapeshifting Ape like creatures known as the Krulgans.

The Krulgans had themselves built up a massive empire and were every bit as evil and ruthless as the Treens. The two races war would last for close to 100 years and would see the destruction of millions of worlds in the crossfire and the eventual destruction of both empires. Once his empire had fallen, the Mekon would retreat back to the earth solar system in the late 23rd century where he would once again come into conflict with a revived Dan Dare, though more on that later.

With the Mekon gone, the federation would enjoy a period of peace for the next few decades, though it would have to deal with a few more threats towards the end of the 21st Century.

In the year 2090 a group of renegade Ice Warriors would attempt to conquer the earth using the moonbase. They were opposed by the Second Doctor who was able to divert their invasion force into the sun.

In the year 2099 an earth colony on the distant world of Vulcan would encounter a far flung group of Daleks lost in time and space.

These Daleks had been performing time travel experiments in an attempt to try and capture the Doctor. The time machine had gone off course however and crashed landed into the Mercury swamps on Vulcan.

The Daleks lost their power and went into a state of hibernation for many centuries before the earth colony discovered them.

Vulcan was the most distant earth colony and had been cut off from earth more or less for the past 15 or so years.

The colony had been experiencing problems for years thanks to a group of rebels. When the Daleks were discovered by a scientist named Lesterson, he hoped that they could be used to help fix the colonies problems.

Lesterson had no idea what the Daleks were really capable of and assumed they were just harmless robots. The Second Doctor meanwhile who had landed on Vulcan after his recent regeneration tried to warn Lesterson, but sadly he wasn’t the only person on the colony who foolishly thought they could use the Daleks.

The rebels hoped to use them as an army to overrun the colony, as did Bragan one of the higher ups on the colony who wanted more power.

The Daleks, despite the Doctors best efforts were able to manipulate the humans on the colony into giving them the materials they needed to build up a massive army of Daleks, who proceeded to slaughter most of the colonists.

Fortunately before they could exterminate everyone on the colony or make their way to the other planets in the federation, the Doctor was able to destroy the Daleks by giving them a power overload.

One Dalek survived however and would later return to Skaro in the future, where it informed its superiors of the Doctors change of appearance.

22nd Century

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Humanity faces an enemy even more evil than the Mekon in the 22nd Century

The dawn of the 22nd century was one of the greatest periods in human history. Mankind had conquered almost all forms of disease and inequality back home and had taken to the stars like never before.

Man had established colonies on various worlds far beyond his solar system, made contact with other advanced species, exchanged ideas and technology with them, and had become part of a Galactic Federation of races. One of the many advances earth would make in the early part of the 22nd century was the development of of sophisticated Holograms.

These Holograms were not only full, lifelike projections of human beings, but the disk that projected them, their light bee was capable of full consciousness. Furthermore humanity would also find a way to download a humans memories onto a hard drive in the early part of the 22nd century, meaning that once this disk was merged with the Hologram’s light bee, it could effectively allow a person to survive as a Hologram.

Only a few Hologram’s were created however as the technology was expensive. Only the super rich would be able to download their memories onto hard drives before they died. Even then however many of them did not wish to become hologram’s as they couldn’t touch one anything. Their bodies were still composed entirely of light.

Attempts were made to try and build a hard light drive, but sadly the Federation would never succeed in developing the software.

In the year 2120 a group of Elite holograms would be sent out on various deep space missions on Holoships, with their objection being to explore the universe.

12 Holoships would be created and dispatched. Almost every Hologram volunteered for the mission. On a Holoship the Holograms could eat, drink and interact with their environment as it was all simulated. Only the most elite were chosen however.

All the Holoships would become lost in deep space, but at least one was shown to have survived for 3 million years into the future, where it was still exploring. One Holoship however would be infected with the Holovirus and its crew would go completely insane and cause havoc across the universe.

During the early years of the 22nd century, for the first time mankind felt secure and safe in the universe, but sadly it was not to last.

Throughout the 22nd century mankind would be forced to battle the greatest evil it had ever faced, the Dalek Empire.

This was the original Dalek Empire, made up of Zolfian and Yarvelling’s, rather than Davros’ Daleks. They had already conquered and destroyed many worlds by this stage, including Alvega.

The Daleks first came into contact with humanity (from their perspective) in the 2110s when a stray human space ship named The Guardian accidentally wandered into Dalek’s area of space.

The Guardian had been sent to exterminate an infestation of Krynoids on the planet Arides. When the Daleks captured the crew, they intended to exterminate them, but the Guardian’s captain Kirid was able to trick the Emperor of the Daleks by convincing him that the Krynoids were a threat to the Daleks as well.

Kirid tricks the Emperor.

The Emperor however eventually found out about Kirid’s deception and though the Guardian was able to eliminate the Krynoid infestation, the Daleks ultimately destroyed the Guardian. Kirid could have escaped the Daleks, but he willingly sacrificed himself to stop the Krynoids.

The Emperor of the Daleks took note of humanity during this encounter considering them to potentially be a threat, and the next year yet another earth vessel would stray into the Daleks territory.

The Starmaker, which unlike the Kirid was merely a cruise space ship, crash landed on Skaro after it was blown off course.

All of the crew except for Captain Fleet and two small children, Tom and Jennie were exterminated. Worst of all however the Daleks were able to discover the location of earth from the starships remains and soon made plans to claim it as their own.

Fleet did manage to escape to earth and warn humanity of the Daleks, but sadly nothing could prepare them for what was coming.

In the 2020s the Daleks would pilot their own planet into the Federations area of space. The Daleks had earlier experimented with moving worlds with the planet Skardal.

The Daleks had attached a giant motor to the molten core of Skaro effectively turning Skaro into a giant spaceship.

Upon arriving in our solar system, the Daleks would launch successful invasions of the earth colonies on Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. They attempted to launch an invasion of Venus, but the combined might of earth, the Therons and the Treens would push them back (though not without enduring heavy casualties.)

On Saturn, three siblings, Jeff, Andy and Mary Stone would succeed in starting a rebellion that drove the Daleks out of the planet.

The Daleks were able to hold off the combined might of the other worlds of the Federation and remained in the earth solar system for 10 years. This period became known as the first Dalek war, and it saw the deaths of over 15 billion people from the combined worlds against the Daleks.

Earth had many notable victories against the Daleks such as when the Stone siblings where able to infiltrate Skaro and discovered the plans for many of their weapons.

However the Daleks ultimately won out and would have invaded and destroyed the earth and indeed the entire Federation had it not been for the intervention of the Time Lady Romana. Then in her 5th incarnation, Romana helped the Stones prevent the Daleks from using their ultimate weapon, the Giostrak ray.

The Giostrak ray specifically attacked the molten core of each world. Whilst the Daleks had the upper hand in the war, they knew that they didn’t have the power to conquer each world, and so they decided to cleanse the entire galaxy of life. The Giostrak rays were invisible to the human eye, but they could travel across space and they would heat the core of a world to such an extent that they would eventually explode. The Daleks used them to destroy dozens of worlds in the Federation, and wreck havoc on various others including earth.

Humanity even surrendered to the Daleks, with their ray causing mass earthquakes and volcanoes to erupt, but the Daleks continued to fire the ray.

Fortunately with Romana’s help the last tiny pocket of resistance were able to break into Skaro and destroy the weapon. Sadly both Jeff and Andy were killed in the process.

The Giostrak ray had taken decades to build and furthermore before its destruction, Romana had used the ray to attack the core of Skaro itself causing volcano’s and earthquakes to devastate the entire planet.

The Daleks were in no state to take on the combined forces of the Federation so they fled our galaxy.

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Romana 5 saves humanity from the Daleks in the early 22nd century.

The Dalek Invasion

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The darkest period of human history begins.

The Great Dalek War had devastated the Federation, but by 2050 mankind and the other worlds had begun to recover. Sadly however so had the Daleks.

The Daleks had found another way to conquer worlds without actually attacking them directly. Chemical warfare.

During their war with humanity the Daleks had taken several human prisoners. These poor souls had sadly not been rescued during the final attack on Skaro and the metal monsters would continue to experiment on their captives for decades to come.

They attempted to turn some of their captive humans into slaves by mutating their bodies. They created several hideous flesh eating monsters who were conditioned to be totally loyal to the Daleks.

The Daleks would also perform horrific experiments on their human prisoners brains. They wiped their minds and cut pieces of their brains out, turning them into mindless drones, called Robomen. Unlike their mutant servants, the Robomen were unstable and would break down regularly. Still they could last for several months and would be useful foot soldiers for the Daleks.

Worst of all however the Daleks would create a powerful plague from experimenting on their human captives.

The Daleks knew that any missiles would be shot down, so they hid their plague inside a shower of small meteorites which they fired at the earth.

The plague quickly spread throughout the earth and to its outer colonies. Earth and its colonies soon became quarrantined by the rest of the Federation, as all of the worlds desperately struggled to find a cure. The plague however would still spread to the planets beyond the earth’s area of space in the Federation to the point where only the outer worlds of the Federation were able to remain safe.

Two groups of humans however were able to escape the devastation of their world. These humans were chosen as part of a project in order to make sure that humanity would survive in case no cure was found. Several thousand uninfected humans were to be kept in suspended animation (as the journey would take over a century) in two ships that would travel to a far away galaxy known as the Isera Galaxy.

As much as the Federation wanted to help humanity, they couldn’t risk the plague getting loose in the universe, and so they tried to stop the vessels from escaping the earth. In the fight where several brave earth men gave their lives against both the Daleks and the Federation, the vessels would manage to escape the galaxy. One of the two ships was badly damaged however and would drift off course for over three million years with its crew in suspended animation.

The other ship would make its way to the Isera Galaxy. Neither the Federation, nor the Daleks knew where the vessel was going, and they were too busy with other more important matters to follow it. No one would ever venture into the Isera Galaxy as it was dead and of no value to any other race. Even strategically it was too remote.

Thus when the humans arrived there 100 years later in the 23rd century they would be able to establish several colonies in peace from any alien life. Their terrorforming equipment allowed them to bring life to the dead worlds of the Isera Galaxy and make the planets habitable again.

Over the centuries they would spent in the Isera Galaxy, myths would develop around the earth. Only a few historical records survived, and gradually as mankind failed to encounter any alien life in the dead Isera Galaxy, many came to believe that the Daleks were a myth and that mankind had simply left the earth due to overpopulation.

The hundreds of earth colonies in the Isera Galaxy would later be united under the alliance of planets in the 24th century, though 200 years later this would lead to a civil war with the Browncoats attempting to gain independence for their worlds. The war which lasted for ten years ended in a victory for the Alliance, though there would be still be several supporters for independence, such as most notably Malcolm Reynolds, the captain of the ship Serenity.

The Alliance would endure for several hundred years until it would be rediscovered by the earth in the 29th century and became part of the earth empire.

The vessel that drifted 3 million years into deep space meanwhile eventually collided with an asteroid which damaged the preservation chambers, reviving the crew.

These humans 3 million years into the future would build an empire in deep space cut off from the rest of humanity. They would create various mutants, Mechanoids and robots known as Simulants in Deep Space to serve them. (They would also continue to develop Hologram techonology, eventually cracking the secret of a hard light drive.)

After 1000 or so years however the Simulants and the Gelfs would overthrow their human masters and slaughter most of them as well as most other life forms in that Galaxy, though we will be covering this period of human history in a greater detail later.

The Daleks quickly launched their invasion at the Federation once it had become scattered and weak thanks to their plague.

The last of humanity on earth would eventually discover a cure to the plague mere weeks before the final Dalek invasion of the earth in the year 2167, but by that point humanity had endured so many casualties that they were in no position to take on the Daleks.

All of the earth colonies were either destroyed or under the Daleks rule by this stage, as were most other worlds in the Federation apart from those on the very outskirts who had mounted an effective defence against the Daleks.

Attempts were made by the surviving planets on the outskirts of the Federation to reach the earth and gain access to the cure so that they could then fight the Daleks, but sadly as the Daleks had conquered the rest of the Federation, then every Federation ship that tried to make it to the earth was shot down.

Monster World was right within the outskirts of the Federation and so the Federation would attempt to use the likes of Godzilla, King Kong, Jirass and Anguirus to fight back against the Daleks. They had a few victories at first, but the Daleks would soon create giant monsters of their own by fusing several of their mutations together. They also mutated several of the giant Dinosaur like creatures on their world.

Godzilla and the rest of earth’s monsters were eventually defeated by the Daleks and their army of giant monsters. Godzilla slaughtered hundreds of the Daleks and their mutations, but ultimately there too many of them for the monsters to fight. The Daleks weapons were far more advanced than any other race of aliens Godzilla had ever faced and could hurt the monsters too. Some of earth’s monsters would be slaughtered by the Daleks.

Godzilla, Jirass, King Kong, Anguirus, Rodan and Gorosaurus would subsequently be used to help defend the last planets in the Federation.

Within Earth’s solar system meanwhile, the Mercurians would be easily conquered by the Daleks, whilst the Therons and the Treens managed to place a gigantic forcefield around Venus. The forcefield kept the Daleks out, but sadly the Therons and the Treens were not strong enough to take the Daleks on either. The Daleks war fleet dwarfed the Treens and the Therons combined.

Still the Treens and the Therons did at first try and fight the Daleks off when they launched their first direct attack on the earth, but they were hopelessly outnumbered.

Sondar, who still commanded over the Treens at this point in their history personally led the attack against the Dalek fleet, but after his entire garrison was destroyed he was forced to flee. Unable to return to Venus as the forcefield was placed almost immediately after the Treen and Theron fleet lost. Sondar would be forced to go on the run for the next decade.

Sondar would amass a group of rebels from conquered planets and colonies all over the Federation. They would cause trouble for the Daleks, and even manage to ship supplies of humanities cure to the still free outskirts of the Federation.

Sadly however the Daleks would eventually within the first 12 years of their rule over earth and the other worlds in the Federation, track the rebels down and kill them all except for Sondar who managed to escape thanks to the actions of the 12th Doctor, who Sonder would then join on his journey’s through time and space for many years.

As much as they couldn’t bare it the Treens and the Therons were forced to remain trapped on Venus for the next few decades, watching helplessly as humanity suffered under the Daleks rule.

The Daleks laid waste to most of earth’s cities in their final attack on earth. London, Paris, Rome, and New York were completely devastated by the Daleks saucers.

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The Daleks lay waste to New York. After the Mekon invasion of earth, New York was made the location of the new earth government with its retro design, and as result it was one of the first cities to be destroyed by the Daleks. Once again the cryogenics lab was spared, as the Daleks wished to use the humans as test subjects. Fry and Captain Dan were among the lucky few to survive by chance. 

Before the Dalek invasion the population of earth was at the highest it would ever be. Over 70 billion people lived on the earth. On all of the earth colonies combined meanwhile, there were over 400 billion people. After the Dalek invasion however less than 100 million humans survived overall and that number would drop over the next 30 years the Daleks would rule over earth and the other planets in the Federation to barely over 10 million.

The Cosmobes would also be almost driven to extinction by the Daleks. Being more advanced than mankind they put up a better fight than humanity, but the Daleks would destroy the civilisation they had built under the ocean.

They would continue to send troops under the water to hunt for surviving Cosmobes throughout the rest of their time on earth. Only a very few Cosmobes would manage to survive.

A Dalek emerges from a river after hunting a Cosmobe in the later years of their occupation of earth.

One group of Cosmobes managed to set up a sanctuary under the ocean for humans. This city was built from the ruins of city called Atlanta. The Daleks had sunk into the ocean during their attack.

In order to survive under the ocean the Cosmobes would fuse their DNA with the humans giving them the appearance of Mermaids.

The humans would continue to live in Atlanta safe from the Daleks (with the city being at the very bottom of the ocean floors.) After the Dalek invasion when the Cosmobes would decide to flee earth, the “Mermaids” would continue to live in Atlanta until the 31st century. During that time however several legends would develop about how the city had survived

The Daleks only kept that tiny percentage of humans alive because they found humanity to be the most useful servants and lab rats. It was easier for the Daleks to mould the DNA of humans, allowing the Daleks to turn them into their mutant servants, and reshape their bodies in other ways that made them more useful slaves and foot soldiers in their wars with other races.

Other races however who they couldn’t mutate as easily, and who were deemed too troublesome, the Daleks simply exterminated. The Daleks whenever they invaded a planet would always evaluate the dominant race. If they could be of use as a slave labour force, or as grunts to use in later wars, or if their planets were of any use then they would be kept alive for the time being, but if not, then the Daleks would completely destroy the surface of the planet completely.

Humanity simply lucked out in that not only were they useful test subjects for the Daleks, but the earth also had many natural resources that were of use to them too.

There were over 600 worlds with life on them in the area of the Federation the Daleks conquered (including all of the colonies.) Only 20 including the earth would remain by the end of their 30 year rule.

The Daleks conquer humanity by launching a plague which decimates the Federation, except for the outer colonies. After fending off the Therons and the Treens who are forced to retreat to Venus, a weakened Earth is then easily overrun by the Dalek invasion force.

Rule of the Daleks

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The darkest days for mankind.

For the next 30 years the Daleks would rule over the earth and the other worlds in the Federation.

The conquest of the Federation had helped to expand the Dalek empire like never before. Prior to their war with humanity the first Dalek empire had managed to claim a few solar systems of isolated planets, but this marked the first time they had brought down a major power in the galaxy. The Daleks would subsequently expand over the next 30 years to claim more solar systems and a few smaller empires.

Earth along with most of the planets they had conquered were turned into giant factories at first to create weapons, more Daleks, and more mutant servants.

A gigantic lab was built over the ruins of New York where the Daleks continued to mutate more humans into monsters to serve them in their war against other life forms.

After 10 or so years of experiments, the Dalek scientists would create a horrific form of green slime which would twist the human body into a hideous mutated form. Not all of these mutants were powerful however, and those who were of no use to the Daleks would be vaporised.

In the year 2180 a resistance group would destroy the Daleks lab over New York. It wouldn’t set the Daleks back by much as they had other facilities on the other earth colonies the Daleks had conquered.

Still the mutanagenic slime was not destroyed. It would sip into the sewers and ruins of old New York below. Not all of the Daleks mutants were destroyed either and many of them would retreat to the ruins of old New York to escape the Daleks. Over the next almost two decades of the Daleks rule more survivors would come to live under New York to escape the Dalek. These humans would be abducted by the mutants and dipped into the Daleks slime which came to flow through the ruins like a river. Just as the mutants were shunned by humanity then the mutants came to despise all normal people and would only allow them to enter the sewers if they were mutants.

The mutants would survive for hundreds of years after the Dalek invasion below New New York that would be built over the ruins of the old one. Over time they would become a more peaceful people and develop a thriving society. Their existence would be discovered by the surface world in the 27th century by the government who would regard them as inferior scum. It wouldn’t be until the 31st century however when they were finally granted equal rights and able to live on the surface thanks to the actions of Turanga Leela (a sewer mutant who had lived on the surface for her entire life as she had passed as an alien.)

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The sewer mutants in the 31st century, the descendants of the mutants created by the Daleks in the 22nd century.

The Daleks would force the rest of their human slaves to mine the earth for materials and resources to build more weapons and space ships. Aside from creating mutants to police their camps, the Daleks would create more Robomen.

During the middle of the Daleks rule over the Federation, they came into serious conflict with the Mechanoids. (Who they had had a few more minor skirmishes with before.)

The Mechanoids were a race of highly advanced robots from a far away star system. They had been created by a galactic union of worlds to store information about the entire history of their galaxy (and many others that their creators had visited.)

The Mechanoids were essentially mini libraries that could hold a virtually unlimited amount of information. Unfortunately the Mechanoids would develop sentience and armed with the knowledge of the entire galaxy, they were able to take control of it in no time, and from there they would build a massive empire.

The Mechanoids believed in conquest as after learning the history of various worlds they had become fascinated with how some races were able to conquer others and relive their burdens through them. The Mechanoids wanted that power for themselves and they believed having studied the history of so many empires that they could avoid their mistakes.

The Mechanoids first came into conflict with the Daleks during the early days of the Daleks empire. The Mechanoids had the obvious advantage technologically speaking, but the Daleks were soon able to become a match for the Mechanoids as they slowly built their empire up. A war almost broke out between them. Both races however decided on an uncharacteristic truce until one could gain an advantage.

With the Dalek empire now having gained a huge advantage in the conquest of the Federation, the Daleks launched an attack against the Mechanoids. The Daleks had the advantage at first, but the Mechanoids were able to form an alliance with the surviving outer planets of the Federation and various other powers, many of whom had become terrified of the Daleks after the destruction of the Federation.

The Daleks soon found themselves outmatched against such a large alliance. In desperation they turned to the planet earth itself. The Daleks intended to remove its core completely and replace it with a giant motor and death ray attached, one capable of vaporising an entire planet. They had been working on this ray for decades, before the monsters had even conquered the earth.

Our planet was to become the greatest weapon of the Daleks, allowing them to destroy the Mechanoids and their allies and spread their empire even further across the universe.

There were still some small human resistance groups scattered around the earth that had caused some minor trouble for the Daleks over the course of the 30 years they had ruled the earth.

By the year 2197 however, almost all of these resistance groups had either been crushed or given up. All hope for humanity seemed lost.

The Fall of the Daleks

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“They dare to tamper with the forces of creation. They dare, and we have got to dare to stop them.”

In late 2197, as the Daleks were preparing to finish turning the earth into their super weapon, their greatest enemy, the Doctor would arrive on earth.

The Doctor was in his first incarnation, and was actually intending to take his two human companions Ian and Barbara back to their time in 60s London. Sadly as always, his unpredictable time machine had taken him too far into the future.

The Doctor and his companions explored the ruins of London, but whilst the Doctor and Ian were examining the corpse of a Roboman, Barbara and Susan were abducted by possibly the final resistance group in all of Britain.

They told Barbara and Susan that it was not safe out on the streets as the Dalek and Robomen patrols were searching for survivors. Sadly before they realised the danger they were in the Doctor and Ian were captured by the Daleks.

Back at the saucer, the Doctor and Ian found out to their horror how the Daleks had conquered humanity. The Doctor would attempt to escape from the Daleks clutches, but the monsters were testing him and monitoring the Time Lord to see if he was a threat, and as soon as the Doctor got out of his cell the Daleks instantly ambushed and prepared to robotize the Time Lord.

The last group of rebels meanwhile were preparing to launch their final attack on the saucer. The rebels were led by a man named Dortmun, a scientist who for years had attempted to build a weapon that could harm the Daleks. He believed he had finally constructed a weapon that could shatter their casing, a new kind of bomb.

Sadly the bomb ultimately had no affect against the Daleks, but the rebel attack that night created enough of a diversion for the rebels to rescue some of the prisoners including the Doctor just before the Daleks could robotize him.

The rebels however were completely demoralized by the failed attack and many of them gave up, whilst others had were scattered across London after the attack to escape the Dalek and Robomen troops.

Only Barbara and a young girl named Jennie were able to return to the rebels HQ where they would try and help the crippled Dortmun escape through the Dalek infested London. Sadly however Dortmun, believing he was holding the girls back, sacrificed himself against the Daleks.

Barbara, Dortmun and Jennie try and escape a Dalek infested London.

Barbara and Jennie would make it to the countryside, but they would later be sold out by Dalek collaborators and taken to the camps.

Ian meanwhile after the attack on the saucer had managed to stow away on the Dalek saucer, alongside another rebel. The two made it to the main Dalek camp, where after an encounter with the Black Daleks most vicious pet mutant, the Slyther, Ian was able to climb up the Daleks main shaft to their base.

At the same time Barbara tricked the Daleks into taking her to their base to meet the Black Dalek, by claiming that she knew of a rebel plot to attack them (she used Dortmun’s old plans for his bomb as proof.)

Whilst in their base, Barbara would discover the Daleks key weakness. They controlled all of their robomen with a single speaker in their headquarters. Barbara tried to take control of it and give the robomen new orders to turn on the Daleks, but sadly she failed and was captured again.

The Doctor meanwhile, working with Susan and a small group of rebels figured out what the Daleks were planning and sent Susan and a rebel named David to tamper with the Daleks main power source.

The Doctor knew from his previous experience with the Daleks that monsters couldn’t leave their metal city without the power dishes on their back. Susan and David were able to sabotage the Daleks power source, causing the Dalek machines to break down all over the world, whilst the Doctor with the aid of the rebels infiltrated the Daleks base and rescued Barbara. The Doctor would then give the robomen new orders to turn on and destroy the Daleks.

All over the world robomen started to attack the now vulnerable Daleks. Several of the Daleks human slaves in the camps also seized the opportunity and joined in attacking their former masters.

Whilst the Daleks were being slaughtered by their own servants, Ian who had managed to crawl up the shaft they had intended to send their bomb down into the earth’s core, blocked up the shaft.

When the bomb went off it destroyed the Dalek headquarters, with the Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Susan having managed to get the slaves to safety first.

Most of the Daleks were killed in the blast that consumed the headquarters, whilst the few survivors around the world were killed off by their own robomen, or died as a result of their power being sabotaged by Susan and David.

Mankind was free for the first time in 30 years thanks to the Doctors actions. Whilst the Doctor, Ian and Barbara prepared to leave, Susan had fallen in love with David during their adventure against the Daleks, and the Doctor, not wanting to stand in his grand daughters way. Told her to stay with David and build a new life on earth, her favourite planet before leaving in the TARDIS.

After saving humanity from the Daleks, the Doctor bids Susan farewell.

With the Daleks plans to transform humanity into a weapon gone, the Daleks were forced to retreat from the Mechanoids and their allies. The weaponized earth was their last hope, and now they were completely outnumbered by their enemies. The Daleks retreated back to Skaro which in turn fled to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. The Daleks original empire had almost been almost completely destroyed.

23rd Century

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Over the course of the 23rd century mankind would rebuild his devastated planet. It would take over 70 years for humanity to rebuild its cities and develop fully functioning societies again.

Mankind was assisted in rebuilding by the other surviving races of the Federation, their allies and also the Therons and the Treens who felt guilty at not being able to help the earth from the Daleks during their rule.

Life on Venus had been hard during the Dalek’s rule. Many of the Treens had come to blame the Therons for their predicament arguing that if they had still been under the Mekon’s rule then they would have been strong enough to fight the Daleks and defeat them.

This would eventually lead to a civil war on the Treens side of the planet between the Mekon loyalists who believed they should try and find their former leader to lead them into battle against the Daleks, and those who still wanted to work with the Therons. The war killed millions of Treens and devastated entire cities, with the Theron loyal Treens eventually winning out.

In addition to this it took so much energy to power the forcefield that protected Venus from the Daleks, that there was very little power left over for anything else, forcing the Therons and the Treens to scrape on very few resources.

Overpopulation on Venus prior to the Dalek invasion of earth also meant that Venus had become dependent on trade from other worlds which resulted in a mass starvation on the planet too.

Although they hadn’t been invaded by the Daleks themselves, Venus was still left utterly devastated as a result of the Dalek invasion of the solar system, with 100s of millions of Therons and Treens having died from the combination of the wars and famine.

Venus would need help itself to recover, but still even in its most desperate times, it would still supply aid to the earth in order to make up for its past inaction.

Susan would also play a key role in helping the earth rebuild. Her advanced Time Lord intellect helped humanity to develop terrorforming equipment far more advanced than before. Susan eventually married David and had two children with him in the early part of the 23rd century, John and Gillian.

As John and Gillian were half Time Lord then they aged much slower than any human would, and so their father passed on before they were even teenagers. The two were still teenagers in the 2270s, despite being born in the early 23rd century.

In addition to help from other species, some pieces of technology from the Daleks had been left on the earth and other worlds after their invasion, and it would be salvaged and used to not only rebuild humanity, but advance it in some respects to greater levels than ever before by the 2270s.

The Mechanoids meanwhile were left devastated after the war with the Daleks. It would be their former allies however who would turn on the Mechanoids afterwards that would completely destroy their empire.

The various races who had worked with the Mechanoids and the surviving worlds of the Federation against the Daleks, knew that the Mechanoids were an evil, pitiless race of conquerors in some ways no better than the Daleks.

With the Mechanoids now at the weakest they had ever been, the allied planets didn’t want to waste a golden opportunity to eliminate this potential threat and so they turned on and attacked the Mechnoids. Completely unprepared and weak, the allied worlds were able to destroy what was left of the Mechanoids empire in no time and the few surviving Mechanoids would be forced to flee across the universe to try and rebuild.

One group of Mechanoids would come to settle on a jungle planet. These Mechanoids would later capture a stray a human named Steven Talyor in the early 24th century who had crashed onto their adopted planet (dubbed Mechanus.)

The Mechanoids would keep Steven Taylor prisoner for several years and perform various experiments on him in an effort to try and create a weapon to use against not just humanity but humanoid life forms in general. They managed to master several mind control techniques and even planted false memories in Steven’s head of the Mechanoids being simple service robots.

Steven would later be rescued when the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki arrived on Mechanus. The foursome were being chased through time and space by the Daleks (these Daleks were from a later point in their history after they had discovered time travel.)

The Daleks and the Mechanoids would fight one another whilst Steven managed to slip out. The Doctor left behind a bomb which destroyed the entire Mechanoid city on the planet, killing all of the Daleks and Mechanoids.

The new Federation would be made up of the survivors of the old Federation and their former allies against the Daleks who together made up a larger power than the previous Federation ever was.

At first humanity was a small influence in this Federation but that would change over the next century.

In the early 2270s, Dan Dare would be revived from his cryogenic suspension. Thanks to the influence from various other worlds, humanity now had the technology to treat his injuries, though in order to do that they had to reconstruct his entire face, giving Dan a totally different appearance from before.

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Captain Dan’s new appearance after the reconstructive surgery. 

Dan Dare was revived more as a piece of propaganda than anything else. The new global government that had seized power after the Dalek invasion hoped that Dan, seen as the icon of the greatest era in human history could help win the people round.

From the start however this plan would backfire on them. Dan frequently clashed with this government that was far more ruthless and xenophobic as a result of the Dalek invasion. Still throughout most of the 2270s, Dan would nevertheless serve them in the battle against the Daleks.

Skaro had been forced to flee across the universe from the new Federation who wanted to crush the Daleks power completely.  It eventually settled in a distant galaxy where the Daleks would begin to build up a small power base. However one of the races the Daleks had conquered would send out a distress signal that would be picked up by the Federation who were able to surround and corner the Daleks.

The Daleks were outmatched by the new Federation, but they were able to build up a strong defence against them. The war waged on for a few years, and the Daleks came close to developing a weapon that would have allowed them to destroy the Federation.

The weapon was designed to control the magnetic field in the milky way galaxy which would have allowed the Daleks to rip apart space ships and even planets from a distance.

The monsters had been working on the weapon on Skaro for many centuries, even before the end of their invasion of earth.

Captain Dan and the Doctors grand daughter Susan would working together, succeed in destroying the weapon (though not before the Daleks were able to use it to devastate several worlds in the Federation.)

Susan had become disenchanted with the new earth government like Dan, but she still agreed to help them as the Daleks were obviously a greater evil.

After the Daleks super weapon was destroyed, Susan and Dan would be hailed as heroes back home. Sadly the earth government would attempt to capture Susan and her two children. It hoped to discover what type of alien Susan was for its own purposes.

The earth government would perform several horrific experiments on Susan, but Captain Dan would rescue her and together they would free her children before exposing what was going on to the general public. The government would deny all responsibility, and those responsible were seemingly arrested (though in truth they would continue to work for the government for decades afterwards.)

Susan decided to flee into deep space. She wasn’t scared for her own safety, but had to put her children first. Dan understood and he only stayed behind to try and expose more of the government’s dodgy dealings.

Susan and her children would leave the Federation and explore the universe for many years, but sadly she and her children would later be attacked by Daleks who had travelled from the future (See part 2 of the history of N-Space for full details.)

The short war with the Daleks eventually came to an end in the year 2277, when the Daleks were attacked from within by an old enemy, the Thals.

The Thals had been forced underground by the Daleks many centuries ago just before the metal monsters had begun to build up their empire. The Thals had waited underground for the right time to strike, and now with all of the Daleks efforts spent simply defending themselves from the Federation, the Thals were able to strike at the monsters city. Catching them off guard they destroyed the Daleks main power source, causing all of their machines to break down.

The Daleks were put into a state of suspended animation. Back on earth there was almost a universal support for the Daleks to be exterminated whilst they were vulnerable. Ultimately the other worlds in the Federation did not want to carry out a genocide, and so they instead simply quarrantined Skaro off to prevent anyone from ever reactivating the Daleks.

The Thals meanwhile would try and rebuild the surface of their world.

The Biogs Invasion and The Mekon’s Return

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In 2279 earth would be invaded by a race of hostile alien monsters known as the Biogs. The Biogs originated from the planet Zicron and their machines and weapons were made of flesh. They travelled the universes assimilating other creatures into their technology. They were commanded by the Mother Biog.

The monsters were directed to the earth by Dan Dare’s old archenemy, the Mekon. The Mekon’s empire had by this point crumbled and the monster sought to make the Federation its new base of operations.

The Mekon hoped that the Biogs would be destroyed by the combined forces of the Federation, but not before greatly weakening them, allowing the Mekon and his Treens to then emerge and take over in the aftermath.

The first planet in the Federation that the Mekon directed the Biogs to was the earth for no reason other than simply because of his intense hatred for mankind. (The Mekon had no idea that Dan had been revived at this point.)

The Biogs would set up their base on Jupiter which they prepared to attack the earth from. Dan however would be the first to discover its presence after losing a ship to the Biogs. At the time the head of the Space Corps accused Dan of losing the men through his own incompetence. They did not believe that there could be any life on Jupiter. They also did not particularly like or trust Dan, even with his status as a hero after foiling the Daleks with Susan. Dan Dare constantly questioned the Space Corp and the earth government’s methods. The head of the Space Corps was really looking for any excuse to get rid of Dan.

Dan would stow away on board another vessel passing by Jupiter called the Odyssey. which was piloted by a 5th generation Martian named Monday. Monday’s people were the descendants of the original earth colonists on Mars from the 21st century. Their colonies had been destroyed during the Dalek Invasion of Earth along with most of the of the rest of the earth colonies.

A few of the human settlers on Mars however had managed to survive on the planets surface (which had long since had oxygen restored to it.) But they would be forced to live a desperate and nomadic existence throughout the years of the Dalek occupation of earth. In the last 70 years they had managed to rebuild, but centuries of living on Mars had altered their bodies somewhat to be larger and stronger.

Monday discovered Dan not long after they had taken off, but fortunately the Martian was more open minded than those in the Space Corps and he took Dan’s warning seriously.

Dan and Monday, working together would battle the Biogs, but the monsters proved to be too powerful, and all of Monday’s crew but Dan, Monday, and Doctor Ziggy Rodan were devoured by the mutants.

The Space Corp would send a fleet to try and destroy the monsters, but they were all effortlessly destroyed by the Biogs.

Monday however would manage to pilot the Odyssey straight into the heart of the Biogs mothership which managed to force it into the sun. Sadly however Monday was unable to escape in time and he too was consumed in the sun.

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Monday bravely sacrifices himself to save the earth from the evil Biogs.

Back on earth Space Corps refused to reinstate Dan, or even acknowledge he been right about Jupiter, much to Doctor Rodan’s anger. Doctor Rodan and Dan would begin a relationship with each other that would last for a few more years until her apparent death.

Dan had suspected that the Biogs had been led to earth and with the help of a Werewolf named Rok he was able to track down the true culprit, the Mekon.

After the failure of the Biogs invasion, the Mekon had teamed up with the notorious Two of Verath.

The Two of Verath were two of the worst criminals in the galaxy who were fused together as a punishment. Prior to being joined together, the two were sworn enemies.

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One was a sadistic mass murderer, and another was a ruthless eugenicist. The two had since taken over a planet on the outskirts of the Federation where the worst criminals and the scum of the galaxy came to live.

The Mekon and the Two formed an alliance to disrupt the Federation’s economy, throwing it into anarchy, but in truth the Mekon attempted to double cross the Two. He hypnotised the Two, and implanted a bomb into their chest, capable of destroying a planet. (It was the last of the super weapons the Treen empire had developed in their war with the Krulgans.)

The Mekon intended to send the Two to attack the dominant race of the Federation’s homeplanet, where once they killed the Two, the bomb would go off. With the head of the Federation destroyed, the Mekon believed that it would throw the Federation into anarchy and allow him to take control in the aftermath.

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The Two of Verath.

Dan and Rok were able to make their way to the Two’s headquarters. Whilst they were able to discover the Mekon’s plan, they were not able to stop him from hypnotising the Two.

The Mekon at first did not recognise his old enemy, but after scanning his mind he discovered the truth and tried to feed Dan Dare to maggots!

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The Mekon and Dan Dare meet for the first time in almost 200 years. 

Dan however was able to escape with Rok’s help but they were too late to stop the hypnotised Two from making their way to the planet. However the Mekon had greatly underestimated the inhabitants of the planet who were able to free the Two from the Mekon’s mind control and send them back to the Mekon.

Dan would subsequently form an alliance with the Two to destroy the Mekon. The Mekon saw through their ruse however and tried to murder the Two. To the former rule of the Treens surprise however, he discovered that the criminals on the Two’s adopted planet were genuinely loyal to the Two and defended him from the Mekon.

In order to escape the Dare, Rok, the Two and the hordes of criminals out for his blood, the Mekon literally tore the small planet apart.

Dan and Rok were able to escape, whilst the Mekon placed a forcefield around himself to survive. The Two however quickly threw themselves into the Mekon’s forcefield in time and survived the planets destruction.

The Mekon and the Two of Verath were left floating in space together. Both wanted to kill the other, but sadly neither could for now. If the Mekon killed the Two he would explode, whilst if the Two killed the Mekon the forcefield would collapse and he would be killed by the vaccum of space. The two villains agreed to call it a truce for now.

The Mekon’s forcefield would eventually make its way into the Federation’s missile silo in space. The two villains were quickly abducted by the Federation security, but the Two was able to turn the tables on their captors by threatening to shoot himself which would have set the missiles off, destroy the neighbouring solar systems.

With no choice the Federation were forced to surrender their missiles to the Mekon and the Two who would use them to devastate several worlds in the Federation as a demonstration of what would happen if the rest of the Federation defied them.

Dan, Doctor Rodan and Rok working together would be able to foil the Mekon and the Two’s plans. Doctor Rodan was able to shut down the bomb with a special signal that scrambled its circuits, whilst Dan and Rok were able to drive the Mekon and Rok from the Missile silo (fighting past the Federation’s robots that the Mekon and the Two had taken control of in the Missile Silo.)

The Mekon and the Two would be forced to go on the run again.

They would eventually be found by some of the few surviving Treens from the Mekon’s old empire. Though he now had the upper hand Mekon did not kill the Two. As much as they despised one another the Mekon and the Two realised that they were of use to one another for now. The Two had connections via criminals all over the Federation that would be of use to the Mekon and his Treens.

The scientific side of the Two alongside the Mekon would create a virus that attacked Rok’s people. The race of Werewolves Rok belonged too had spent centuries controlling their bloodthirsty urges unlike other Werewolves across the universe which was why they had been fully integrated into the Federation. The Mekon and the Two’s virus however was like rabies in that it completely drove the Wolves mad causing them to degenerate into animals, savagely attacking one another and various other life forms across the Federation, spreading the curse of Lycanthropy further. The Mekon contacted the leaders of Rok’s people and said that they would give them the cure as long as they handed Dan, Rok and Doctor Rodan over to them.

With no other choice the Federation would attempt to capture Dan, Rok and Rodan (whilst still trying to find a cure on their own, and capture the Mekon.)

Fortunately Dan, Rodan and Rok would find a sample of the Mekon’s virus which the earth government were able to derive a cure from (they also discovered that the Mekon did not have a cure himself.)

The Mekon and the Two would next track down the last of the Cosmobes that had fled to the outskirts of the galaxy during the Dalek invasion.

These Cosmobes were derided by the rest of the Federation as cowards and traitors and were generally seen as second class citizensand even shunned by most of its other inhabitants.

The Mekon would ally himself with one of the Cosmobes who was desperate to make the rest of the Federation pay. The Mekon and the rogue Cosmobe would together create a weapon that could dry up all of the waters on each world. The weapon had been invented by the Cosmobes at an early point in their history when they like many other races warred with each other. Whilst the weapon had long since been demolished, the rogue Cosmobe however believed he could rediscover the formula and with the Mekon’s help he managed too.

The Two’s various criminal connections allowed the villains to deposit this weapon on various worlds around the Federation leading to a massive loss of life. Fortunately however Dan, Rodan and Rok, working with the Cosmobes, tracked down the Mekon and destroyed the weapon. The rogue Cosmobe would be betrayed by the Mekon who abandoned him to be captured.

Over the next few years, Dan, Rodan and Rok would continue to track down the Mekon and the Two’s criminal minions and enterprises all over the entire Federation and shut them down before finally facing the Two and the Mekon at their headquarters.

In the confrontation the villain’s headquarters were destroyed and both Doctor Rodan and the Two were seemingly killed in the explosion, whilst the Mekon and his few surviving Treens fled into deep space.

Dan was left utterly devastated at Rodan’s death and with the Mekon gone, he now lacked a purpose and would spend the next few years in solitude whilst Rok returned to his people.

In truth however Doctor Rodan and the Two had survived. They had managed as the base was blowing apart to escape into a capsule which was then blown off course and drifted outside the Federation’s reach to a primitive planet.

At first the Two and Rodan would be forced to work together to survive on this hostile world. They would later be captured by one of the two civilisations on the planet, the Grystroks. The Grystroks were a ruthless war like people who the Two was only happy to serve (and eventually took control of.)

Rodan meanwhile would flee the Grystroks and aid the race they were persecuting, the peaceful Lias for the next decade.

Revival of the Daleks

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In the year 2285, an earth prison ship named the Starfinder would crash land on Skaro near the abandoned city of the Daleks.

The ship contained two prisoners, one of whom named Ladiver had been arrested for breaking the quarantine and visiting Skaro a few years prior.

Not long after the ship crashed, the Daleks were reactivated by a member of the crew and began to slaughter them one by one.

The captain of the vessel, Redaway initially believed that Ladiver was the traitor, but the two were quickly forced to work together to fight off the Daleks. Redaway was eventually captured by the Daleks however who brutally tortured him to death.

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Redaway is tortured by the Daleks. During the torture session he was able to discover the identity of the real traitor. Sadly though Ladiver was able to rescue Redaway, he died of his wounds before he could tell Ladiver the truth.

Ladiver soon discovered that the traitor was in fact a member of the crew rather than a prisoner, Bob Slater who hoped to use the Daleks as his army to conquer the Federation.

Slater had reactivated the Daleks using several devices that he placed on their backs. If the Daleks disobeyed him then he could simply deactivate them again. The Daleks pretended to be docile servants for Slater, but in secret they were able to reconnect their power source.

Slater watched in horror as the devices fell off the Daleks backs and his former “servants” turned on and killed him.

The Daleks prepared to begin their war against the Federation again, but Ladiver was able to escape their city and warn the Thals. The reason Ladiver had visited Skaro was to be with his lover, a Thal woman named Ijanya, who he had helped defeat the Daleks years ago.

Whilst Ladiver distracted the Daleks, Ijanya was able to deactivate the monsters power source, putting them out of action once again. Before he was put into a state of suspended animation, the Black Dalek vowed Ladiver that they would return.

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The Daleks are shut down a second time by the Thals.

The survivors of the Starfinder would return to earth, where Ladiver would be pronounced dead, allowing him to stay on Skaro with Ijanya.

Sadly Ladiver and Ijanya’s life together would not be a happy one. A few years after the defeat of the Daleks Skaro would be invaded by a race known as the Moroks. The Moroks were an emerging space power from just outside the Federation.

They conquered Skaro relatively easily. At first the Federation attempted to defend Skaro in case the Moroks tried to reactivate the Daleks. The Moroks however soon made an alliance with the Federation. The Moroks would destroy the Daleks and conquer the Thals if the Federation left them alone.

The heads of the Federation agreed. By this stage earth and various other races who had suffered under the Daleks had gained a greater influence in the Federation and they had no trouble with exterminating the Daleks.

They had still been prevented however from doing so by the Thals who did not want to carry out a genocide. Even though the Federation were far more powerful than the Thals, they did not wish to set a dangerous precedent of larger powers imposing their will on smaller planets.

However the Moroks who were seen as evil conquerors could do the Federation’s dirty work for them and wipe out the Daleks after which they would “negotiate” a peace treaty for the public.

Ladimer was given a warning by a friend of his in the Federation that the Moroks would invade and humanity would be happy to let them have the Thals.

With no other choice, Ladimer and Ijanya would lead a team to rescue the Daleks from the city. The Thals were no where near advanced enough to take on the Moroks. The Daleks were their only hope. A small group of Thals were able to hold the Moroks off long enough for the Thals to get most of the Daleks safely underground.

The Thals reactivated the Daleks underground, though much like Slater it was in a way where they would shut down the Daleks if they turned on them.

The Daleks would reluctantly work with the Thals to fight the Moroks for many years. Eventually however even with their limited resources the Daleks were able to develop their own power source, but they still worked with the Thals, as neither could stand against the Moroks.

The Moroks outnumbered both the Daleks and the Moroks greatly and were able to slaughter their small armies.

One of the Daleks killed during the Morok’s invasions casing was later placed in the Morok’s museum of greatest triumphs.

The Moroks would make a fatal mistake at the start of the 24th century when they unknowingly released Davros’ Daleks from their prison.

These Daleks were far more advanced than Zolfian and Yarvelling’s Daleks but they had been sealed beneath a mountain for several thousand years by the actions of the Fourth Doctor. With only limited resources the Daleks were completely trapped below ground with neither the original Daleks nor the Thals even being aware of their existence.

The Morok’s however detected the old Kaled bunker below the ground and thinking it was a secret Dalek base they blasted their way there. As soon as they made their way in however Davros’ Daleks fought back and were able to slaughter the Moroks.

Davros’ Daleks were more powerful than the Moroks as they could power themselves and fly.

They wiped out the entire Morok invasion force relatively quickly and then turned their attention to the Thals.

Davros’ Daleks, just as they had done thousands of years ago slaughtered the Thals. The Zolfian and Yarvelling Daleks sided with Davros’ Daleks, despite having worked with the Thals for years, they showed no clemency to them.

Most of the Thals were exterminated but a few led by Ijanya managed to escape to another world. The Thals had not mastered spaceflight yet and would not do so for the next couple of hundred years, but they were able to capture a Morok spaceship and force its occupants to take them across the universe to another planet.

The Thals would never return to Skaro on a permanent basis again. Ladimer was killed by the black Dalek and leader of the Zolfian and Yarvelling Daleks who had worked with for years against the Moroks (the two had even saved each others lives during the constant battles against the Moroks.)

The surviving Thals fled beyond the Federation’s area of space as they no longer trusted humanity. They would spend the next several centuries building themselves up to strike back at the Daleks.

Back on Skaro Davros’ Daleks would force Zolfian and Yarvellings Daleks to further mutate themselves in order to match Davros’ Daleks, and they upgraded their casings to be more powerful and capable of powering themselves too.

The leader of the Zolfian and Yarvelling Daleks, and Davros’ Daleks would then merge together into the one entity, who would become the new Emperor of the new unified race of Daleks.

The new unified Dalek race would pilot Skaro out of the Federation and Morok’s reach into another galaxy. Despite how advanced and powerful they were, they were few in number and so they needed to regroup. The Federation would search for Skaro, but it travelled far beyond their reach, where the Daleks would over the next 100 or so years build up a new empire, far larger than the original as well as discover time travel.

Red Dwarf

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In the year 2292 the legendary Jupiter mining corp ship Red Dwarf would become lost in space. Red Dwarf carried a crew of over 1000 people when a radiation leak caused by a faulty drive plate killed all but one of its crew, the lowest ranking technician, Dave Lister.

Dave Lister had been put in stasis, a special kind of suspended animation for a few months as a punishment for smuggling his pet cat, Frankenstein, on board.

Whilst Lister was in stasis, the second lowest technician on board the ship (and Listers bunk mate) Arnold Rimmer failed to fix the drive plate properly, leading to the destruction of the crew.

The radiation leak was so great that no earth crew could board Red Dwarf to rescue Lister and so it would be forced to drift through deep space, piloted by its sentient computer Holly for over 3 million years.

Red Dwarf would eventually drift into the galaxy where the humans who had earlier fled from the Dalek invasion of earth had escaped too. By the time Red Dwarf arrived there however, almost all of the humans had been killed off by the Gelfs and the Simulants who were now the dominant life forms, though a few stray Mechs and other man made creatures survived.

On Red Dwarf itself however there would be one other survivor besides Dave Lister. His pet Cat, Frankenstein was stored safely in the cargo hold of Red Dwarf away from the radiation. Frankenstein was pregnant and she and her kittens descendants would eventually over the course of 3 million years evolve into a race of intelligent cat people called the Felix Sapiens.

The Felix Sapiens would come to worship Lister as their god and after a holy war that nearly wiped their species out, the Cat people would leave in two vessels to try and find the mythical lost world of Feschie (in reality an earth colony Lister had planned to move to with Frankenstein.)

The old and the sick were left behind to die on Red Dwarf, with eventually only one young male remaining.

Dave Lister would be awoken from stasis three million years into the future (with only seconds having passed for him.) By that stage Holly, who gone somewhat peculiar due to the millions of years of solitude, had revived Arnold Rimmer as a hologram to accompany Dave Lister. Hologram technology had been revived in the later part of the 23rd century before Red Dwarf had become lost. This technology however was more basic than that before the Dalek invasion, but it was now more common, with various space ships having their own hologram member. It would be discontinued at the start of the 24th century however with the government believing it was ultimately too expensive and pointless as the demand for more and more holograms was growing at that point.

Rimmer and Lister along with the last Cat person on Red Dwarf (who Lister came to simply name The Cat) would later discover an abandoned Mech named Kryten and together the 4 of them would go on various adventures in deep space together, though we will be looking at the history of the Dwarfers in greater detail later.

The Lost Worlds

In the year 2294 Dan Dare would be sent on a mission to explore an uncharted area of space that the Federation had attempted to colonise many times before, only to lose all contact with the colonists each time. The mythical lost worlds.

The mission was seen as suicide, but Dan still eagerly accepted. He had spent years in solitude grieving for Doctor Rodan, but now he was eager to resume his career. Sadly however his public clashes with the government meant that no one would hire him. The Lost Worlds was the only possible chance he could get to be the captain of a vessel again and so he took it.

Dan knew given the Lost Worlds reputation that no one would willingly venture into the Lost Worlds, so he was forced to make his crew up of some of the worst criminals and outlaws in the Federation.

Whilst this would later lead to problems, with one of the criminals attempting to overthrow Dan and leading a mutiny. Two of the criminals, a large brutish man nicknamed Bear and another nicknamed Gun (as he had a gun built into his hand) would become two of Dan’s best friends.

Dan would travel the Lost Worlds in a gigantic space fort, with a scout ship christened the Eagle.

Dan’s mission was actually to try and find any survivors of the recent colonies that earth had established on the outskirts of the Lost Worlds, but which much like the Federation’s previous attempts to colonise the Lost Worlds, they had lost all contact with.

It wouldn’t take Dan long to discover that there were no survivors on the outer planets, but he would continue to explore the Lost Worlds right up until the early 24th century.

Dan would explore more of the Lost Worlds than anyone before him. Among his most notable adventures in the Lost Worlds included his adventure on the Sand World of Vern.

On Vern the Sand was not only alive but it ate flesh. An entire earth colony that had settled on the planet, believing it to be uninhabited were consumed by the living sand.

When Dan arrived to investigate, several of his men would be devoured by the killer Sand, and his ship would be trapped in a sandstorm. Dan however would be able to escape the Sand planet by using his ship to affect the atmosphere, making it rain which weakened the Sand enough for it to loosen its grip on Dan.

Dan would also encounter a planet of Vampires. The Great Vampires many eons ago had travelled to the Lost Worlds. They had destroyed most of the worlds they had visited, but on this planet a few lesser Vampires had survived and would do so long after their creators were slain by the Time Lords.

For thousands of years these monsters lured passing ships to their world and slaughtered their inhabitants. They slowly built up a small population of captured aliens who served as their regular food supply. These aliens would be broken down emotionally by the Vampires through constant torture to ensure that they would never turn on them.

Whilst the alien population served as a regular food supply, the monsters still love luring passing ships and hunting less docile and easy victims.

The Eagle would be lured down to the planet, with the Vampires pretending to be a peaceful, yet somewhat primitive society at first. The first night they spent there however, Dan would discover the awful truth when two of his men were lured away by two Vampire girls who ripped their hearts out.

More of Dan’s men would be slaughtered by the Vampires, but they managed to fight their way out past the monsters and back to the Eagle.

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Dan Dare and his men battle the Vampires of the Lost Worlds.

By far and away Dan’s greatest exploits in the Lost Worlds were his battles against the Star Slayer empire.

The Star Slayers were the biggest power in the Lost Worlds, having conquered hundreds of worlds. It would take Dan many years to bring down their empire, but he managed to convince many of the worlds in the empire to rebel, and succeeded in killing the Star Slayers ruler, the Dark Lord in a duel.

The Dark Lord, Dan’s nemesis during his time in the Lost Worlds.

Sadly Dan’s adventures in the Lost Worlds would come to an end when his crew encountered Moebius.

Moebius belonged to a highly advanced race known as the Golden Ones. Moebius’ crew had decided to explore the universe, but unfortunately a plague had killed all of the crew except for Moebius himself who had downloaded his mind into a computer.

Moebius would continue to pilot the ship through the galaxy, but it eventually developed a mind of its own and began capturing various races and destroying entire worlds.

Moebius desperate to stop the destruction would abduct Dan and his team in the hopes that they could finally destroy the ship from within and save countless worlds.

Though Dan managed to destroy the ship, sadly all of his crew were killed in the process and his fortress was destroyed.

Dan would be left floating in space until he was eventually found by his old archenemy, the Mekon.

Servant of Evil

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The Mekon had travelled to the Lost Worlds many years ago to escape the Federation. He felt it was the perfect place to begin a new empire. His Treens were able to conquer a few planets and used their resources to build various weapons. However their plans to become a major force in the galaxy were hampered when the Mekon fell ill.

Mekon’s were genetically engineered to live for centuries, and this Mekon, the last of his kind was nearing the end of his natural life span. The Mekon would pull all of his Treens efforts into trying to find a way to prolong his life. They soon learned of the existence of the Crystal of Life, a powerful artefact, created from a star.

When the Mekon first discovered Dan he simply intended to torture and kill his archfoe, but when his attempts to make Dan relive the most painful moments from his life instead made the former pilot amnesiac. The Mekon decided to use Dan as a pawn to help him retrieve the Crystal instead.

The Mekon had also imprisoned Sondar (who had settled in the 23rd century after his adventures with the Doctor.) Sondar would escape however and manage to restore Dan’s memories, but unfortunately by that time Dare had done everything the Mekon had wanted, and the former Venusian tyrant was able to acquire the crystal.

The Mekon would gain immortality from the crystal and become far more powerful than ever before.

Armed with his new powers and abilities the Mekon would return to our galaxy. Despite having originally repressed his emotions, the Mekon had learned how to hate over the centuries. He despised not only Dan Dare but all of humanity too, and wanted to make them all suffer.

Dan and Sondar followed the villain back, but the Mekon prepared for them. He hired a shapeshifting Krulgan to impersonate and frame Dan.

This Krulgan was actually a former enemy of the Mekon during the wars, but since the collapse of his empire he had resorted to being a mercenary in the Federation’s area of space.

The Krulgan at first refused to work for the Mekon, but the former Venusian tyrant was ultimately able to force the Krulgan into helping him by threatening to expose him to the Federation. The Treens could detect a Krulgan in any form it had assumed through their advanced form of smell (which is why the Treens were the first people to challenge them.)

The Krulgan assumed Dan’s form and framed him for a high profile murder in the Federation. Dan and Sondar would be forced to go on the run as they tried to hunt the Krulgan down and clear their names.

When they finally found the monster, it was killed by a a warrior woman named Morag, using her pet alien that resembled a Pteranodon!

Morag’s people had been enslaved by the Krulgans and her husband had been killed by the Krulgan that had framed Dan and Sondar.

Morag had no idea that the monster had framed Dan and Sondar before it killed them, and she agreed to help them clear their name and bring down the Mekon (who she also held a grudge against as the Treens had destroyed her home planet in their war with the Krulgans.)

For the next few months, Dan, Morag and Sondar would work together to try and bring down the Mekon but not only did the villain cover his tracks well, but the trio were constantly being hunted by the Federation.

Dan would be forced to undergo more reconstructive surgery to change his appearance a second time.

Dan’s new appearance after his reconstructive surgery.

The Mekon would destroy the government on earth with his new weapon and took control of the earth after defeating the earth’s armies in the year 2304. The Mekon was aided by several Treens on Venus, who even after all this time still remained loyal to the former tyrant.

The Mekon’s second occupation of earth would only last for a few months. He did not devastate the planet in the same way as before. Cities were left largely intact. Still the Mekon’s rule over the population was brutal and over 500 million people would be slaughtered by the villain, more than both World Wars combined. Most of his rule was spent trying to defend the earth from the new Federation. He would force his human slaves to help build weapons that he hoped could devastate the other worlds of the Federation.

Dan, Morag, and Sondar working with the other worlds of the Federation would infiltrate the Mekon’s base and drive the monster off the earth.

The Mekon would go on the run with his loyal Treens and Dan, though this time he would not be able to escape the Federation’s area of space. He would remain the most wanted fugitive in the Federation for the rest of his life.

After saving the earth Dan, Morag and Sondar would be approached by the 13th Doctor to accompany him to the 31st century for an important mission. After being returned to their own time, they would later go their separate ways. Morag to try and find more of her people, and Sondar to try and help Venus recover from the Mekon’s actions.

Dan meanwhile, his named cleared would form a new team called Dan Dare’s Eagles (named after his old vessel.)

Dan’s Eagles consisted of Tremloc, a benevolent Treen mutant, Velvet O’Neil, a member of a race of aliens known as the Scouran and Andy Zapper Lawrence, a human who had been flung forward from the 20th century. Dan naturally could relate to Zapper and would take on a fatherly role to young boy.

Dan’s Eagles would have many more battles with the Mekon and his Treens as well as various other threats to the galaxy over the next few years.

Towards the end of the 2300s, Dan would finally discover that Rodan had survived and would aid her and the Lia’s to finally drive the Two of Verath off Glasias. Rodan and Dan would later marry in the early 2310s. Their relationship was long term for a while however as Dan continued to try and track down the Mekon (and the Two), whilst Rodan would continue to help the Lias rebuild their world.

However whilst Dan’s name was cleared and many would come to regard him as a hero again, he still clashed with the Earth government all the time.

The new earth government established after the Mekon’s second invasion of earth was even more hostile to aliens, and was desperate to make earth a major power that could never be invaded again. Over the course of the next 50 years, the earth would slowly begin to undermine other powers in the Federation to the point where it would become the dominant power in the Federation. The primary reason for this was the establishment of the super computer, Control in the year 2320.

Control would allow mankind to terrorform planets to a greater extent, control the weather on certain planets, and power more advanced weaponry than other worlds in the Federation.

Slowly but surely humanity would begin to stamp their will on their former allies.

In the early 2310s The Mekon would discover the secret of time travel and attempted to change history so that his first invasion of earth was never repelled.

Dan however managed to travel back and confront the villain in the past. He would be forced to work alongside his younger self. Dan simply told his younger self that he was his great grandson (he often told people in the future that he was simply the grandson of the original Dan Dare to avoid explaining how he ended up in the future, and why he looked different.)

Though Dan foiled the Mekon’s plan, the villain would continue to try and perfect his time machine. His experiments however ended up creating ripples throughout the time vortex which threatened all of time and space, eventually drawing the Time Lord’s attention, who quickly sent the 10th Doctor in to deal with the problem.

The 10th Doctor his companions, Elena and Yarox, as well as Crypto 245 and of course Dan Dare himself would work together to stop the Mekon’s time travel experiments from destroying the universe.  At this stage the last of the Furons had been reduced to nothing but intergalactic nomads, travelling from world to world, desperately trying to survive.

Still despite Orthopox not wanting to draw attention to their race now that they were vulnerable (and many species wanted revenge.) Crypto’s hatred for the Mekon eclipsed everything else, and he was determined to make the monster pay for destroying his people.

Working together, the Mekon’s archenemies were able to destroy his time machine and seemingly kill the green skinned tyrant once and for all.

With the Mekon gone, Dan would settle down with Doctor Rodan for many years. He became a recluse for a while, disgusted with what the Federation were doing, he would later aid various resistance groups making him an outlaw.

Dan and Rodan would be forced to flee to an area of the Federation, still not under humanity’s control with the two being branded as traitors back on earth.

Dan would make one last visit to earth’s area of space again however near the end of his life to do battle with his archfoe the Mekon for the final time in the year 2330.

The Mekon had survived the Doctor, Crypto and Dan’s attack on his base, but he had been left badly wounded. The Mekon was saved by his few surviving Treen servants who placed him on an advanced life support machine that barely kept him alive. The Mekon had finally been driven insane by his latest defeat. Over the decades his hatred for humanity and Dare above all else had slowly dragged him deeper and deeper into madness, but now near death and in constant pain, the Mekon’s rage finally pushed him over the edge.

The Mekon knew that he wouldn’t live for much longer in his current state, and so he sought to make all of reality pay. He couldn’t bare the thought of the universe going on without him. He was also bitter that no matter how hard he tried his empires had always fallen, and his enemies, humanity, had if anything been made stronger by his actions.

The Mekon decided to rebuild his time machine, but this time he would turn it into a weapon. He would intentionally use it to rip apart the time vortex, which would not only destroy this universe, but all realities as well.

The Mekon didn’t want to use it to try and go back to change his own history. Changing time in such a direct way was dangerous in N-Space, and even if he did manage to find a way to change things, the Time Lords would detect him and he was in no position to take them on.

The Mekon no longer wished to conquer. He just wanted to tear everything down.

With only a handful of Treens to help him, the Mekon formed an alliance with the Two of Verath and together the two villains would recruit human rebels as their new allies.

The Mekon through hypnosis was able to take control of the leaders of the various human rebel groups which had previously always fought and made them steal pieces of equipment for his weapon. Even the Two of Verath was duped by the Mekon as he merely believed that they were building a time machine. The Two hoped to travel back and prevent being fused together. Under the Mekon’s guidance the rebels were unified like never before but they also became far more ruthless and began slaughtering civilians on certain colonies.

Dan would be summoned to help by one of rebels he had worked with years ago named Kasta who suspected something was wrong. Doctor Rodan had sadly passed away in the year 2327, and since her death Dan had become somewhat reclusive and pessimistic.

Still he agreed to help his former ally and the two would eventually discover the truth. The Two would also discover what the Mekon was really planning and turned on him, though the Mekon would in turn kill the Two.

The Mekon was also able to mortally wound Dan, but before his death Dan would overload the Mekon’s weapon causing it to explode and finally destroy the former Venusian tyrant once and for all.

Dan would be buried on the neutral world he had spent the last few years of his life on alongside Doctor Rodan by Kasta.

Back on earth Dan would still be smeared as a traitor by the earth government and his heroic exploits in finally destroying the Mekon would be covered up by the government.

He would be largely forgotten as a result for hundreds of years afterwards, but by the 31st century Dan’s exploits would once again be known to the public and he would become one of humanity’s most celebrated heroes.

The Mekon’s influence on the resistance movement caused it to collapse completely. The earth government were able to smear all resistance movements as Mekon sympathisers.  It would take decades for the resistance movement to recover.

Over the next 60 years after the Mekon and Dan Dare’s death in 2330 mankind would come to completely dominate the Federation thanks to Control. All planets would either be ruled by humanity or at least become dependent on them. The Federation under humanity’s guidance would conquer thousands more worlds and expand like never before. A few planets would remain neutral, but throughout the 24th century most of our galaxy would be under the earth’s rule. Humanity would be utterly ruthless in stamping out all opposition in the most brutal way possible, ironically becoming no better than the Mekon himself.

By the late 2370s the resistance movement had begun to recover and over the next 20 years it would score many notable victories against the Federation.

The Federation in response would clamp down even harder on any form of resistance with Federation officers earning a reputation for brutality that would persist for hundreds of years afterwards.

In the late 2380s the resistance movement was led by a man named Roj Blake who scored many notable strategic victories against the Federation and was able to win round more support for the resistance than ever before.

The Federation however would nevertheless manage to capture Blake in the year 2390 thanks to the efforts of Space Commander Travis who Blake was able to grievously wound in the process, blowing off his arm and one of his eyes. Rather than simply kill Blake however the Federation brainwashed him to renounce the resistance on air. If they killed him he would have been a martyr, and so instead they brainwashed him into being a loyal citizen of the Federation. In the meantime the Federation would hunt down and slaughter almost all of Blake’s former allies.

A few years later in 2394, the few surviving members of Blake’s resistance would manage to track their former leader down and help restore his memories. Unfortunately the Federation would capture Blake again as well as slaughter the last of his former allies (even after they had surrendered.)

The Federation attempted to brainwash Blake once more, but his mind had built up a resistance to it, and he continued to renounce the Federation. Still not wanting to kill Blake and make him a martyr, the Federation would instead discredit him by brainwashing several children into believing that they had been raped by Blake.

With his reputation completely destroyed, Blake was shipped off to the prison planet, Cygnus Alpha.

Along the way Blake would attempt to take over the ship with the aid of several other criminals including Kerr Avon, a computer expert, Jenna Stannis, a smuggler, Vila Restel, a cowardly thief, and Olag Gan, an alien who had murdered a Federation guard that murdered and raped his wife.

The attempted takeover however was quickly crushed thanks to Vila’s incompetence, but Blake, Avon and Jenna would get a second chance, when the prison ship stumbled across a seemingly abandoned gigantic alien spacecraft.

The prison ship would send several guards to explore the ship, but they were all killed by its self defence system. Not wanting to lose any more men, the commander would send Avon, Blake and Jenna to the ship, promising to spare them if they found out what was wrong.

Avon and Jenna nearly succumbed to the ships defence system, as it used illusions to draw its victims in, but Blake after his experiences with the Federation could recognise the illusions for what they were and destroyed the defence system.

Jenna would then quickly pilot the ship away from the Federation. The alien vessel that Blake would come to christen the Liberator could move faster than any Federation ship and came equipped with a teleportation device. Blake would follow the prison ship to Cygnus Alpha where he would rescue Villa and Gan.

Later Blake would recruit another ally, a young alien telepath named Cally. Cally’s people, the Auroni were a peaceful race who had been persecuted for decades by humanity.

Together, Blake, Jenna, Vila, Cally, Avon, Gan and the Liberator’s living computer, named Zen would be known as Blake’s 7 and they would become the most notorious enemies of the Federation. The Liberator allowed them to outfight and outrun any Federation ship, whilst its teleportation system allowed them to infiltrate Federation bases and colonies like never before.

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The original incarnation of Blake’s 7. 

Blake’s 7’s most notable victory in the early years was stealing the super computer named Orac, who would become a member of their crew.

Blake’s 7 were pursued in the early years by Travis, though in reality the greater threat came from Servalan, Travis’ superior.

Servalan was the most vicious, power hungry and sadistic woman in the entire Federation. She was hated and feared by all of her superiors and those who worked with her. Whilst all of Travis’ efforts were spent trying to capture Blake (with the Federation wanting the Liberator to study in the hopes of mastering its teleportation system.) Servalan would slowly build up her power throughout the Federation’s ranks.

In the year 2395, Blake would launch an attack on Federation control only to discover that it had been moved to a far away planet called Star One. In the resulting confrontation with Travis and Servalan, Gan was killed and the crew began to lose faith in Blake.

Things had always been tense between Avon and Blake. Avon did not care about Blake’s cause. In fact he felt it was pointless and that Blake would get them all killed eventually as he could never hope to win against an empire.

Avon had only stayed with Blake because it was the safest option for him, but he regularly tried to undermine his authority.

Still Blake would carry on as the leader of the group as he desperately tried to find the real location of control. After a year or so of searching, Blake was finally able to track down Star One.

When he arrived at Star One however he discovered that Travis had beaten him there.

Travis by this point had become an outlaw from the Federation as well for a massacre he carried out many years ago. Servalan had given him a pardon because she felt she could use him against Blake, but after the two’s failure had resulted in the secret of Control not being on earth being exposed, Servalan allowed Travis to be tried to take the heat off of her.

Travis was driven insane by what he felt was a betrayal of the Federation and sought to make all of humanity pay. He had managed to contact a race of hostile shapeshifting aliens from the Andromeda galaxy who had sought to expand their empire into the Federation’s area of space.

The aliens however had been kept out by Star One’s defence system, but Travis was able to give them the secret code to by pass the defence system, and infiltrate Star One. The aliens quickly slaughtered the humans sent to monitor Star One and prepared to destroy the base.

Ironically Blake would now be forced to try and protect Star One from the aliens. As bad as the Federation were, the aliens planned to exterminate virtually all of humanity, as well as the other races under their rule.

During a confrontation with the aliens and Travis, Blake was badly wounded. Avon was able to kill Travis, whilst Cally was able to dispose of all but one of the bombs Blake had placed around the base.

The last remaining bomb shut down Star One’s defences, allowing the full alien invasion fleet to move in.

With no other choice, the Liberator sent a distress signal to the Federation. Servalan had just managed to assume control of the Federation after staging a coup and she instantly dispatched her main war fleet to defend Star One.

In the meantime the Liberator would hold off the aliens by itself. Avon was forced to lead the attack as Blake was still recovering from his wounds.

A full scale intergalactic war would break out between the Federation and the aliens, with the Liberator fighting on the Federation’s side. The war lasted for several months and ended in the complete destruction of both the alien and the Federation fleets. In their final counter attack the aliens were able to destroy Star One completely.

Though the aliens were defeated, the Federation’s power was completely crushed. Blake had seemingly won.

Blake and his crew however would be forced to abandon the Liberator during the final days of the war, and both Blake and Jenna would subsequently become lost.

Avon, Cally and Vila would return to the Liberator after the war, and they would pick up two new companions along the way, Del Tarrant, a petty criminal, and Dayna, a young weapons expert.

Along with Orac and Zen they would make up the new 7 with Avon as the new leader in Blake’s absence.

For the next year Servalan would desperately attempt to rebuild the Federation’s empire. She would become more fixated on capturing the Liberator and Orac, seeing them both as her way of reclaiming her former power.

Avon ironically would take up the now missing Blake’s place as the leader of the resistance, though it was not for altruistic reasons. Avon enjoyed the freedom he had in the post Federation galaxy and was determined not to loose it.

Sadly however after a year of leading the crew, Avon would make a fatal mistake when he took the Liberator through a dangerous fog in space in order to meet up with what he thought was Blake.

In reality however it was Servalan who was tricking Avon in an attempt to get her hands on the Liberator. Whilst Servalan managed to outwit Avon and steal the ship leaving Avon and the rest of the crew stranded on Terminus (an unstable man made planet.) The fog Avon had brought the Liberator through ultimately destroyed the ship. Though Servalan was able to teleport to safety in time, she was left stranded on a far flung earth colony, during which she was overthrown as the President. Servalan would subsequently fake her own death, and go under the alias of Commander Sleer and slowly work to regain her power.

The former crew of the Liberator meanwhile would run into trouble on Terminus. Cally was be killed by one of Servalan’s booby traps, whilst the others would struggle to survive against the dangerous creatures of the planet and in the freezing conditions.

Eventually however they would be rescued by an immortal named Dorian, who kept himself alive for centuries by sacrificing innocent people’s lives to prolong his own. He intended to make the crew his new sacrifices, but Avon managed to kill Dorian, after which the former Liberator crew would adopt Dorian’s spaceship, Scorpio, and his headquarters as their own.

Thanks to Orac, the crew would be able to adapt old Liberator technology to Scorpio including the teleportation system and the ability of the ship to go faster than any Federation vehicle.

They would also take on Dorian’s former assistant and lover, Soolin, who he had also attempted to sacrifice as a new crew member to replace Cally, whilst Scorpio’s living computer, Slave, made up the new and final incarnation of the seven.

Under Avon’s leadership the crew of the Scorpio would continue to fight the Federation for a year. Though they had many more notable victories, including stopping the Federation from acquiring the Tachyon Funnel, a planet destroying weapon developed by the rogue scientist Egrorian. The Federation was still able to slowly rebuild its power thanks to the help of a new mind controlling drug which they were able to spike the population of various worlds with.

Avon needed a figure head to unite the various rebel factions together to strike back at the Federation and destroy it whilst it was still weak.

Avon hoped that Blake could be the figure head. Blake had been stuck on the planet Gauda Prime, a rogue world populated by criminals for the past year or so. Jenna had sadly since departing from the Liberator been killed in a confrontation with Federation scout ships.

All the time spent alone on Gauda Prime had made Blake bitter and paranoid and though he still wanted to destroy the Federation, he would make every single one of the people he recruited go through a test to see if they could be trusted where he would pretend to be a Federation agent.

Sadly this would ultimately backfire on him, when Avon arrived. Scorpio was shot down on arrival by criminals. Tarrant had nobly stayed behind on the ship to pilot it whilst the others teleported down. He survived the crash only to be found by Blake on the ground below who performed his usual test of character on Tarrant. Unfortunately before he could explain what had happened, Tarrant escaped and told Avon that Blake had betrayed them.

Before Blake could explain it to Avon, Avon shot him dead. Immediately after Blake’s death, his base was swarmed by Federation troops. Ironically one of Blake’s allies was in fact a Federation double agent. One by one, Dayna, Vila, Soolin and Tarrant were shot dead by Federation troops.

Only Avon who had completely snapped from the realisation of what he had done, was left to face down the Federation guards in a last stand.

In the year 2397, all of the members of the final incarnation of Blake’s 7, but Avon are slaughtered by the Federation.

Avon was captured by the Federation who did not want to make him a martyr figure. Ironically Avon himself had become something of a figurehead to the resistance movement in Blake’s absence.

Servalan, who had once again managed to seize power, gave Avon an ultimatum that if he publicly renounced the resistance and made out that Blake had been a traitor then she would allow him to live in exile. Avon was a totally broken man at this point and put up no resistance to Servalan.

Avon would spend two years in exile, whilst Servalan, using Orac that she had managed to retrieve from where Avon left it on Gauda Prime was able to expand the Federation again to greater levels than before.

Eventually in the year 2399, Servalan would decide to finish Avon off and sent assassins to kill him. Avon meanwhile who had recovered from his mental breakdown was able to kill the assassins and stole their vessel which he used to flee from the Federation.

Avon knew it was pointless to try and fight the Federation again so he fled to the neutral city of Kaldor city beyond the Federation’s reach where he would remain for a few years, under the alias of Kaston Lago.

Whilst on Kaldor City Avon would face the last of the Fendahl that had survived the Doctors attempts on it’s life in the 1970s.

In the year 2407, Avon would help foil an invasion of Kaldor City by the Cybermen who wanted to use it as a launch pad for an invasion of the Federation.

Avon would work with the 8th Doctor and Arnold Rimmer against the Cybermen. This version of Arnold Rimmer was a hologram from several million years in the future. He had left the crew of Red Dwarf to assume the identity of Ace Rimmer, a dimension hoping heroic alternate version of himself. At first he struggled however, but after joining the 8th Doctor he gradually became a more genuinely heroic figure, worthy of the title of Ace.

Avon would subsequently join the Doctor and Rimmer, and the three of them would travel together for many years.

Back in the 25th century meanwhile, Servalan would degenerate further in the later years of her rule. She became more paranoid, psychotic, perverted and reckless despite her earlier success. The last few years of her rule were a very dark time indeed.

Servalan wanted to conquer the Lost Worlds area of space. Ever since Captain Dan’s mission to the Lost World’s the Federation had largely ignored the Lost Worlds out of fear.

In the 2380s however they had attempted to establish colonies there, but just as before they had lost contact with them. Servalan would later in the year 2397 mount a rescue mission to Vern, the sand world in search of the one man she had ever loved. Whilst there she became stranded with Tarrant who she was forced to work with to escape.

The records of Dan’s mission to the Lost World’s had been lost when all of his exploits were covered up by the Federation.

This would prove fatal in the year 2414 after Servalan’s death, her successor who was just as obssesed with conquering the Lost Worlds. (It had become a symbol to to the Federation of power) mounted another expedition to the Lost Worlds. The Federation were able to conquer various planets at first (though they stayed away from Vern of course.)

However one team would make a mistake of landing on the Vampire planet Dan had visited a century earlier.

One of the Federation troopers was infected by one of the Vampires and when he returned to the Federation, he would infect others, and eventually even the new supreme commander himself would be transformed into a Vampire.

Vampires had largely been driven to near extinction throughout the Mekon and Dalek invasions of earth. Both the Treens and the Daleks singled the bloodsuckers out as threats.

A few had survived and spread to the outer colonies, but they were too few in number to pose a major threat. The infected Federation guard however was able to infiltrate the Federation high command and very soon Vampires would spread across the Federation, taking over entire colonies.

The new supreme commander would be quickly deposed a second time after she was discovered to be a Vampire, but he would soon try and unite the Vampires together as an army against the Federation.

Whilst the Vampires were never able to overthrow the Federation, they did weaken it considerably. The Vampires mixed in with numerous rebellions, and incompetent, corrupt supreme commandersc caused the Federation to finally collapse. Throughout the rest of the 25th century the entire galaxy fell into chaos. Whole planets were destroyed, others fell into a dark age, whilst others including the earth quarantined themselves from any other world to prevent Vampires from making their way to their planet.

Contact between earth and outer colonies would still happen however. Ships would still try and deliver food and supplies to the outer colonies that needed them. Simply travelling from world to world was dangerous. Vampires, criminals, and other races and organisations who tried to assume power in the Federation’s absence all fought with one another constantly and attacked any passing ships that came by.

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Servalan would be remembered as one of the most evil women throughout history.

Servalan’s human descendants would continue to have an impact on human society for many centuries to come. Servalan had one daughter in the year 2400. Her daughter grew up to be a cruel, sadistic and selfish woman just like her mother. One of Servalan’s descendents would even become a Vampire during the wars. She often claimed to be the original, but this was a lie.

Servalan’s descendants would continue to be involved in the shadier dealings of the earth empire and the Democratic Order of Planets.

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Carol Miller, a direct descendant of Servalan in the 31st century who was every bit as corrupt and evil.

The 100 year long Vampire wars would come to an end at the start of the 26th century in the year 2525 when earth would develop a new weapon capable of unravelling the Vampires DNA which they were able to use to virtually wipe them out across the entire galaxy.

Over the course of the next few decades the earth would attempt to establish a new central power in the galaxy to unite the warring planets.

By the 2570s earth had managed to unite several of the planets in the galaxy under the banner of the earth empire. This “empire” was not malevolent however like the Federation. In fact it sought to protect the planets under its jurisdiction. Alien worlds in the earth empire would receive aid from the earth (that had come out the best from the Vampire wars as it was the only planet that had never been invaded by the Vampires at any point.) Earth would help cure famines and diseases on various planets, and help their people rebuild their worlds. Earth would also pay out reparations to various planets that had suffered under the Federation too.

These worlds would also still govern their own laws, with earth never being allowed to interfere again. However all of these planets armies would still be forced to help humanity if it ever became involved in a war, regardless of who was the aggressor, whilst humanity was under no obligation to help these worlds if it didn’t want to. Many worlds agreed to this condition simply because they had no choice.

In the year 2588 an earth expedition would be sent to Telos to uncover the secret history of the Cybermen.

The expedition however was founded by a secret terrorist organisation known as the brotherhood of logicians who wanted to reconquer the former Federation’s territory.

The Brotherhood funded what was for all intents and purposes an archeological expedition so that they could revive the Cybermen and use them as their servants to help reconquer humanity.

Two members of the brotherhood would join the expedition as double agents to free the Cybermen from their tombs when the time was right.

The Second Doctor and his companions, Jamie and Victoria would arrive on Telos at the same time as the expedition. The Doctor suspected that Cleeg, one of the brotherhood had an ulterior motive, but sadly the Time Lord’s curiosity got the better of him, and he left it too late to stop Cleeg, who revived the Cybermen for the first time in 5 centuries.

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The Cybermen quickly turned on Cleeg and the explorers. Recognising their old enemy the Doctor, the Cybermen wished to turn them all into a new race of Cybermen and partially converted a member of the crew Toberman.

The Doctor however would convince Toberman to turn on the Cybermen and was later able to use the Cybermen’s own traps to destroy and imprison them back in their tombs declaring “Last time they were frozen for 5 centuries. This time it must be forever!

Sadly Toberman despite breaking free from the Cybermen’s control would still be killed in a final confrontation with the Cybercontroller, as were most of the rest of the expedition (including Cleeg himself.)

With the Cybermen sealed back in their tombs, the Doctor hoped he had seen the last of his old enemies, though as he said to Jamie he “never liked to make predictions.”

The earth empire would continue to expand throughout the galaxy for the remainder of the 26th century, but in the late 2590s it would come into conflict with another vast interstellar empire, the Draconian empire.

The Draconian Conflict and The Second Dalek Wars

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The Draconians

At the start of the 27th century humanity and the Draconians would establish a frontier in space to avoid any future skirmishes.

Neither the Draconians or humanity really wanted to go to war with one another. The Draconians were not an evil race of conquerors like the Treens or Daleks.

Sadly however both races were instinctively distrustful of one another and had many close calls, with their worst being in 2605 when General Williams fired on a Draconian vessel that was travelling to the earth to negotiate, and contained a nobleman from Draconia.

The ship was a war cruiser as that was deemed the only way the noble man could travel, but its guns were empty. Still Williams felt the cruiser was an act of aggression and destroyed it. Years later he would discover that it was unarmed and would try and make amends for his sins.

In 2610 the tensions between Draconia and Earth would reach their peak when a third party, the Master would attempt to manipulate the two races into a full scale conflict with one another.

The Master, then in his first incarnation would send Ogrons to attack both earth and Draconian ships, often killing most of the crew. The Master would use a hypnotic device that would cause the Draconians to see the Ogrons as humans, and the humans to see the Ogrons as Draconians.

Fortunately before a war broke out the Third Doctor and Jo Grant would arrive in the middle of one of the Masters Ogron raids. The Doctor was not affected by the Masters device and saw the Ogrons for what they really were.

The Doctor had a hard time trying to warn humanity about the third party provoking both sides for its own benefit. The Master using a forged alias was the chief of police in the earth solar system framed the Doctor and Jo as criminals.

Eventually however the Doctor was able to knock out one of the Ogrons that had attempted to assassinate the Draconian emperor, and after the Master was forced to flee, the effects of his hypnotic device wore off, allowing the Draconians to see the Ogron for what it really was.

The Doctor and the Draconian Prince would then warn the President of earth, and she authorised an earth vessel led by General Williams (who was desperate to make amends) to the planet of the Ogrons to try and gain proof of a third party (with the population of earth now being hungry for war against the Draconians.)

When they arrived on Draconia however, the Master was already waiting for them and he had summoned his allies, the Daleks!

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The Doctors two greatest enemies meet.

The Daleks since fleeing our galaxy in the 24th century had settled far beyond even the andromeda galaxy. They had since discovered the secret of time travel to the point where they were able to create a machine that could travel anywhere in time and space which they had earlier used to chase the First Doctor through various locations in an attempt to exterminate him.

The new Dalek race had suffered a set back in their early time travel experiments however when the Second Doctor spread the human factor throughout their race, which gave many Daleks human emotions such as compassion and remorse.

A civil war broke out on Skaro between the humanized and regular Daleks which very nearly wiped out their entire race. Ultimately the regular Daleks won out, but still a few of the humanized Daleks would escape to the furthest region of the galaxy. These Daleks would eventually develop their own society and religion which persisted at least until the 31st century. They referred to themselves as Deacons to distinguish themselves from the Daleks.

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The Planet Express Crew encounter the Deacons in the 31st century.

Back on Skaro the Daleks would recover from the civil war and go on to build a massive empire that dwarfed the previous one belonging to the Zolfian and Yarvelling Daleks.

They would continue to experiment with time travel technology and even briefly found a way to change history so that their invasion in the 22nd century was never overthrown by the Doctor. Ultimately however the timeline would be restored by the Third Doctor in the 1970s (see the 20th century section for full details.)

After their invasion was foiled the Daleks would attempt to abduct the Doctors TARDIS from the time vortex itself. Instead however they abducted the TARDIS of the Doctors archenemy, the Master.

The Daleks initially believed that the Doctor had just changed his face again and prepared to kill him, but the Master was able to talk his way out of it. He convinced the Daleks that he could be of help to them in destroying the earth and Draconian empires.

The Daleks were preparing to launch a full scale invasion of our galaxy. They were more advanced than humanity, and their empire was several times larger than earth’s and Draconia’s. However the Daleks knew that if they were to attack the earth empire, then all of the neighbouring great powers of our galaxy and its neighbouring galaxies would unite against them. The Daleks reputation was still worse than humanities even after all this time.

The Daleks wouldn’t just have to fight the earth, but several entire galaxies. Though they were more than willing to fight all of the great powers, the Master promised the Daleks that he could make their conquest easier by provoking a war between earth and Draconia.

The Master believed that a war between earth and Draconia could potentially escalate to include the other great powers, as many of them still had interests in the earth and Draconian empires.

Once the war had destroyed most of the great powers the Daleks could easily move in and conquer the survivors.

The Daleks agreed to let the Master live for now whilst he put his plan into action. The Master meanwhile whilst provoking a war between earth and Draconia, tried to find a way to make his hypnotic device work on the Daleks in the hopes of provoking a civil war among their race that would wipe them out.

The Master would also prolong his life by giving the Daleks information on the Time Lords and their history which had eluded them until now. The Masters actions would ultimately be what helped to elevate the Daleks to a level where they could threaten the Time Lords.

General Williams entire team were slaughtered by the Daleks and Williams, the Doctor and the Prince of Draconia were taken before the Gold Dalek who wished to exterminate all 3 of them.

The Master however wanted to prolong the Doctors torture by making him see the earth and the galaxy he loves so much in ruins, and so he convinced the Gold Dalek to keep him alive until the war was over.

The Doctor, Williams and the Prince would escape however, with the latter two fleeing back to earth and Draconia to warn their people of the Daleks intentions.

The Doctor meanwhile would be wounded by the Master in a final shoot out before making his way back to the TARDIS.

There the Doctor would send a telepathic message to the Time Lords, telling them that he needed to find the Daleks base. Even with the Masters plan foiled, the Daleks would still be more than powerful enough destroy the earth and Draconian empires.

The Time Lords directed the Doctors TARDIS to Spirodon. Here the Daleks were working to create a virus that would allow them to wipe out most life in our galaxy. They were also through experiments on the native life forms who they had conquered, the Spirodons, attempting to master the secret of invisibility.

Finally the Daleks were also preparing a massive army on the planet Spirodon too, who were kept in stasis until the time was right.

After recovering from his wounds, the Doctor would work with a kamikaze group of Thals who had landed on the planet to foil the Daleks schemes. (These Thals had set up a base on Skaro briefly where they found out about the monsters plans before following them to Spirodon.)

The Doctor was able to position one of the Thals bombs by an ice volcano near the Daleks base which caused an eruption, burying the Daleks base, their army, all samples of their plague, and all of their research on invisibility under thousands of tons of molten ice.

The Thals would then escape by stealing the Dalek supreme’s vessel leaving him trapped on Spirodon, whilst the Doctor and Jo escaped in the TARDIS.

The Doctor had set back the Daleks greatly. Not only had they lost their two key weapons, the secret of invisibility and their plague, but earth, Draconia and various other great powers were now united against them.

Still the Daleks still felt confident that they could destroy the great powers. The plague, the Masters plan to create a war were only to make the Daleks invasion easier.

From the year 2610 to 2690 earth, Draconia and various other great powers across the Galaxy would unite to fight the Second Dalek empire. The war was the bloodiest in our galaxies history. Humanity did not suffer as many casualties as they did during the Dalek war, but that was only because so many races were involved. Still humanity did endure incredible losses. The greatest since the Dalek invasion. Over 30 billion people were killed in the second great Dalek war.

From all the great powers combined, over a 100 billion people would be killed in the conflict against the Daleks. The Daleks would eventually be beaten back in the 2690s however, having lost billions of soldiers of their own during the war.

Their final strike took place on the planet Calesk, on the very outskirts of the galaxy. Here the Daleks attempted to create a weapon that could rip a hole in the fabric of the universe. The Daleks hoped to use it to create worm holes in any part of the universe that could destroy their enemies fleets.

Little did the Daleks know however their weapon was so unstable that it would actually shatter the barriers between N-Space and every other universe causing them to all bleed into one another, leading to the destruction of all universes as all anti matter realities would bleed into their counterparts.

The Daleks experiments already created several rips between realities, which caused the USS Enterprise from D-Space to fall into N-Space. The USS Enterprise was the flagship of the Federation from D-Space, a benevolent organisation that united several planets together. This was the original Enterprise, piloted by Captain James T Kirk.

The Enterprise arrived in Calesk’s solar system where it was almost destroyed by the Daleks. Fortunately however the Third Doctor arrived on the Enterprise in time and would help the crew escape the Daleks.

Working together, the crew of the Enterprise and the Doctor would attack the Daleks base on Calesk (whilst the allied forces held the Daleks army at bay.)

Though the Enterprise suffered many casualties (more on this mission than any other in fact.) With their help, the Doctor was able to destroy the Daleks weapon and their base.

With Calesk gone, the Daleks last chance of victory was lost and the monsters were forced to retreat back to their empire, whilst the Enterprise returned to D-Space before the tears in reality healed.

Whilst the Daleks were beaten back, they still held on to their empire. None of the great powers including the earth had the willpower to wage another war against the Daleks again in order to rescue the planets under their rule and so a truce was called for now.

Over the course of the next 40 years however the Daleks would still launch many attacks on the earth and various other powers across the galaxy. These incidents never led to another full scale war, but they still saw a heavy loss of life.

One of the most notable incidents however came in the year 2702 when a space plague began to sweep through the galaxy killing millions of people on colonies around the galaxy.

The only known cure for the plague was parrinium a substance that was most common on the planet of Exillion. Unfortunately however any ship that went to Exillion never returned as the city would drain any vessel that landed of all its power.

Still with no other choices the Earth empire would dispatch a ship to Exillion to mine for parrinium.

At the same time however the Daleks would dispatch a vessel to the planet. The Daleks hoped to mine the parrinium themselves and then destroy the surface of Exillion to prevent humanity from obtaining any more supplies. The Daleks would then use their supply to hold the earth to ransom and effectively make them surrender.

Both ships however were affected by the power drain from the city. The Daleks weaponry would also be rendered completely useless by the power drain as well, forcing them into a temporary alliance with the human party, and the Third Doctor who had also landed on Exillion with his companion Sarah Jane.

The Daleks lied to the Doctor and the humans that they were suffering from the same plague too, though the Doctor naturally had his doubts.

The Doctor, the Daleks and the humans would struggle to survive together at first against the hostile Exxilons who attempted to sacrifice the Doctor and Sarah to the City that they worshipped as a god.

The Daleks however were able to overcome the power drain by replacing their dead ray guns with machine guns that allowed them to slaughter the Exxilons on mass and conquer their planet.

The Daleks would then force the Exxilons and the humans to mine the parranium for them.

The Doctor meanwhile would work with a rogue Exxilon named Bellal to infiltrate the Exxilon’s city where he would scramble its brain eventually causing the City to die. At the same time the Daleks also destroyed the beacon of the city, restoring power.

Now at full strength the Daleks revealed their true plans to the humans and the Doctor and that they intended to launch a plague missile onto Exillon once they were in space, rendering further landings impossible on the surface of the planet.

However just as the Dalek had gotten clear of Exillon, one of the human party who had stowed away, activated a bomb which destroyed their vessel. Sarah had also managed to sneak all of the parrinium onto the earth ship (replacing it with bags of sand on the Daleks ship.)

The parrinium would be shipped back to the earth colonies, curing the plague.

Whilst the Daleks would send their agents to infiltrate and attack various human colonies and bases, earth and various other powers would send their agents to fight the Daleks too.

Almost all of the agents sent to fight the Daleks however never returned. Eventually the earth government would send criminals in against the Daleks, as they couldn’t find any volunteers.

One of these criminals Abslom Daak would go on to become one of the most notorious enemies of the Daleks.

Originally Daak just joined the war against the monsters to escape the death penalty but it later became more personal for him when the woman he loved was killed by the Daleks.

Daak would work with the Doctor on many occasions. Though the two had very different methods, they nevertheless would make an effective team against the Daleks.

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Abslom Daak vows to wipe the Daleks

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Abslom Daak uses his trademark weapon, a laser chainsaw on the Daleks.

Daak would later go on to travel with the Twelfth incarnation of Romana in E-Space for many years who he developed feelings for.

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Daak would spend much of his life travelling with Romana 12 who he fell in love with. She never returned his feelings however, but the two still had a very close friendship.

These skirmishes would continue for the first few decades of the 28th century until the Daleks would be caught in a war with another, equally vicious race of machine creatures known as the Movellans.

The Dalek and Movellan war would last for a further almost 2 centuries, during which time all of the Daleks hostilities with the earth ceased as the monsters pulled all of their efforts into fighting their new enemy.

The rest of the 28th century would be a more peaceful time for mankind as it spread further out into the galaxy and made new advancements in technology. There would be great advancements in robotics during this time, with many robots developing full sentience for the first time.

Another major advancement during the 28th century included limited time travel technology which was able to pull people from just before their moment of death. The technology to develop this had first been mapped out by Ron Popeil in the 21st century when he discovered a crystalline surface. He wasn’t able to harness its true potential however, and though there would be some study in the Crystalline’s in the 23 century, it wasn’t until the 28th century that they would be harnessed to their full potential.

Even then however this time travel technology was extremely limited. It could not pull a person’s full body into the present. Only their heads would be brought through time.

These time displaced heads were kept in jars surrounded by the crystalline substance to keep them in the present. This crystalline substance could also de age them to their prime too, and effectively allow them to live forever.

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When this technology was first unveiled many hailed it as the greatest invention in the history of mankind, but others viewed it as inhuman to keep people locked in a state between life and death. Attempts were made to harness the crystalline substance in such a way that the full bodies could be brought into the present, but sadly this was never achieved as the Crystalline substance was too limited.

The heads would be able to overcome this by having robot bodies and even clone bodies attached. Many of the heads would on to live very productive lives, with Nixon even becoming President again in the 31st century.

The biggest controversy involving the heads would happen at the end of the 28th century when Jesus was brought back through the crystalline’s. Jesus’ head would disavow the religions that worshipped him and tried to tell humanity the truth about God. Unfortunately however this led to mass riots in the streets and many denouncing Jesus (and by extension the rest of the heads) as fakes. In order to save their business the head museum would send Jesus backwards in time.

Several advancements in cloning and genetics would be made throughout the 28th century too which would result in humans becoming a lot more durable than ever before and life expectancy increasing until the late hundred and 50s.

The Furons would also recover in the 28th century. Ironically they would be aided by humanity. The human race felt a certain kinship with the Furons, due to the fact that all humans contained some Furon DNA, and Crypto had still saved mankind from various threats. They would offer the Furons asylum from their enemies in the Earth empire, as long as they would aid humanity in any future wars. The Furons happily agreed and ironically thanks to humanity they would slowly begin to rebuild over the next few hundred years.

Unlike the other races in the earth empire the Furons were able to convince humanity to make concessions to them. Human criminals would be shipped off to the Furons to allow Orthopox to carry on his experiments.

At the start of the 29th century mankind would be called into yet another intergalactic war with their old enemies the Cybermen.

These Cybermen were the survivors from Planet 14. After their failed attempt to conquer Kaldor city these Cybermen had since built up a massive invasion force and were able to convert entire worlds into members of their own kind.

The Cybermen would have the upper hand against humanity in the war, but the human race and their allies would be assisted by the Vogans. The Vogans originated from a planet made of gold, the one metal which was fatal to the Cybermen and they supplied vast amounts of gold to the Cybermen’s enemies allowing them to destroy the Cyber fleet.

Just before they retreated however the Cybermen would fire a Cyber missile at Vogan which devastated the surface of the planet.

Furthermore as many other planets had been made aware of the planet of gold then there would be more invasions of the planet from other races. Eventually humanity would place a quarrantine around Vogan ten years after the Cyber wars in the year 2840. However even with the quarrantine, the Vogans would still retreat underground for the next 60 years .

On earth meanwhile a group of Silurians would be revived in the year 2850. Things would be peaceful between the Silurians and humanity at first, but sadly it didn’t take long for things to escalate between them yet again. Part of the reason for the conflict was because these Silurians wanted to revive the other members of their kind, but the earth government refused for now, believing that it would create more problems on the already overpopulated earth.

Both the humans and the Silurians made attempts to destroy the other which ended in the deaths of the Silurian group.

Nevertheless as the reptiles had been brought to the public’s attention, the government would search for other Silurian hibernation chambers around the world. Terrified of what would happen if the Silurians awoke, but not wanting to destroy the Silurians, the government would have the Silurians shipped out to an uninhabited planet that had been terrorformed to resemble earth 65 million years ago. Several of the Dinosaurs kept in suspended animation however would be kept on earth in Zoos.

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Dinosaurs buried under the earth in the Silurians preservation chambers are revived for the first time in 65 million years.

There were widespread complaints and protests held on earth from the population, with people arguing that the Silurians had just as much right to live on earth as humanity. There would also be Silurian groups who would launch attacks on the earth to try and reclaim it.

The Silurians adapted to life on their new planet and would by the end of the 29th century establish more peaceful relations with humanity and both races would even share technology with one another. Still relations were never completely easy between humanity and the Silurians. Things would only get worse in the 29th century when several aliens would come to settle on earth and be granted full citizenship. Many Silurians would launch terror attacks on the earth decrying both humans and the aliens who had settled there such as the Decapod’s phoney earthlings.

By the end of the 29th century the Daleks and the Movellans had become locked in a logical empase. Neither could fire a shot without the other’s battle computer finding a way to block it.

The Daleks would seek out their own creator Davros in an attempt to try and break the stalemate. The Daleks had by this stage abandoned Skaro. Having plundered it of what little resources it had left, the Daleks were now scattered across hundreds and thousands of worlds.

In the year 2887 a small group of Daleks, along with several slaves would land on Skaro and dig through the ruins of the old Kaled bunker to find their creator Davros.

The Emperor of the Daleks was aware that Davros had not died when they shot him centuries ago. He had found the notes about his life support machine and worked out that he had simply been placed into a state of suspended animation. The Emperor had kept this knowledge secret however in case the Daleks ever needed their creator again one day.

Unfortunately however for the Daleks, both the Movellans and the Fourth Doctor along with his companion, the Second Romana would land on Skaro just as they had almost finished digging through the ruins of the bunker.

The Doctor would be able to make his way to the ruins of the bunker where Davros had simply been left for thousands of years before the Daleks. Davros had been placed in a state of suspended animation by his life support machine, whilst it slowly regenerated his organs.

The entire process had taken over 1000 years, but Davros was now ready to live again.

The Doctor did his best to try and get the revived Davros away from the Daleks, but the monsters in retaliation started to exterminate their slaves until the Doctor was forced to release Davros back to them.

The Doctor however was able to negotiate with the Daleks to release their prisoners which they regrettably did.

The Doctor soon discovered the truth about the Movellans, that they were not only no better than the Daleks but that they wanted to destroy Skaro to prevent the Daleks from breaking the stalemate. The Doctor however was able to lead the freed Dalek slaves to overpower and destroy the Movellans. Though highly advanced, the Movellans could be easily overpowered physically as simply pulling their power pack free would be enough to deactivate them.

Davros meanwhile grew paranoid about the Movellan spacecraft and sent all but one of the Dalek squad to it, strapped with explosives to the craft to destroy it.

The Doctor however managed to make his way to Davros and destroyed the Dalek that was guarding Davros before forcing him to detonate the bombs early, destroying the Daleks before they reached the Movellan ship.

The escaped human slaves would escape Skaro in the Movellans ship taking Davros with them as prisoner.

The Daleks were too preoccupied to rescue Davros and he would be taken back to Earth where he was tried for his crimes against the rest of the universe. Davros was found guilty and placed in suspended animation where would remain for close to a century.

In the year 2897 a small group of Planet 14 Cybermen would attempt to destroy Voga before beginning their second campaign against the Earth Empire. The Cybermen attempted to send three captured humans, strapped with three Cyber bombs to the centre of the planet which would rip the planet to pieces.

The Doctor however would foil the monsters plans and destroy the Cyber ship.

The final surviving group of Cybermen from the Cyber wars meanwhile would retreat to Telos. Having learned that there was a city of Cybermen there during the wars, the Cybermen would awaken the other, more primitive members of their kind from the Ice tombs of Telos and upgrade them. (They would also revive the Cyber Controller who had been badly damaged and drained of his power, but not destroyed.)

The unified Cyber race would prove to be more powerful than any before and it would expand throughout the 30th century, building up a massive empire.

The earth empire meanwhile would fall throughout the 30th century. Many of the worlds that had previously been dependent on earth had become advanced enough to survive on their own. More importantly the human race found that it simply didn’t have the resources to waste on other planets anymore. In the 2960s, the earth empire finally collapsed and by the end of the decade, earth would help form the Democratic Order of Planets along with various other races who would all be treated as equals.

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In the year 2977 the Dalek and Movellan war would finally come to an end when the Movellans created a virus capable of attacking the Dalek mutants. The plague spread throughout their entire empire and very nearly destroyed their race.

The Movellans in turn would be destroyed when various allied powers attacked them. The allied powers had been waiting for the right moment to strike. They had considered attacking the Daleks and the Movellans when they were both distracted fighting one another, but there was concern that the Movellans and the Daleks may unite against the allied powers.

Instead they decided to wait until one had destroyed the other and then strike at the winner whilst they were weakened. The Movellans worn down by centuries of fighting the Daleks were quickly overrun and destroyed.

The last surviving Daleks would be forced to flee from the allied powers and the earth empire to try and survive.

They would perfect android duplicate technology which would allow them to infiltrate various planets across the galaxy and for a while remain hidden.

In the year 2980 the Daleks would rescue Davros from the prison ship, but their creator soon turned on them. Davros knew that the Daleks had no real loyalty to him and would discard their creator once he had served them. Davros wished to create a new race of Daleks and after poisoning several of the Daleks that had saved him with samples of the Movellan virus, managed to escape to Necros.

(During this time the Daleks also attempted to change the history of earth in the 1980s by using their duplicates though this invasion was ultimately foiled by the Fifth Doctor. See the 20th century section for full details.)

During this same year a group of Daleks would infiltrate the earth with the aid of their android duplicates.

These Daleks would attempt to destroy the planet by using the mutants in the sewers. The descendants of their original creations, the mutants had since built a thriving society in the sewers.

The Daleks however having found that their DNA had mutated to unprecedented levels wanted to study them and create a new race of mutants to serve them.

The Daleks would easily enslave the mutants and perform absolutely horrific experiments on them. Thousands of mutants were killed, entire communities were wiped out by the Daleks actions.

Sadly no one on the surface even knew the Daleks were underground as no one cared about the mutants. They were seen as inferior scum at best by the surface dwellers.

Fortunately the Doctor and his companion Leela would help the Mutants and defeat the Daleks before they could unleash their army of new mutants on the surface. Most of the Daleks new mutants were destroyed, but a few would surface below the regular mutants “city”.

One of these mutants, dubbed El Chupanibre, would terrorize the regular mutants for many decades after.

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Leela faces the Daleks in the sewers of New York in the 30th century. 

During her adventure against the Daleks, Leela saved the life of a young mutant couple Turanga Morris and Turanga Munda. At the time Munda was pregnant with their only daughter who Munda decided to name Leela after the woman who saved her and her husband’s life.

Munda and Morris’ child was initially only born with one mutation, a single eye and they felt that she was too “normal” to not be allowed to live on the surface. The two mutants would disguise Turanga Leela as an alien and abandoned her at an orphanage where she would be raised.

Leela would believe she was an alien abandoned on earth for the first 25 years of her life. Still her parents would always watch out for her throughout her early life from the sewers and help her out from time to time.

Leela would later learn that whilst her parents gave her up to ensure a better life for her, they never abandoned her.

On Necros meanwhile Davros would quickly take control of its main facility, Tranquil Repose and use it to create his new army of Daleks.

Tranquil Repose was a medical facility where those dying of terminal diseases were kept in suspended animation until a cure could be found for their condition.

Davros would transform some of the people kept in suspended animation into his new race of Daleks, conditioned to obey only his will. He chose those he deemed to be the greatest intellects and strongest minds to be his new race of Daleks. Those he judged to be the lesser intellects meanwhile he turned into food and sold to the outer planets in order to gain money for his experiments.

The Doctor is horrified to hear what Davros has done to the Tranquil Repose facility on Necros.

With his new army of Daleks completed, Davros would then lure his archenemy the Doctor (then in his Sixth incarnation) to Necros as part of a trap.

Davros succeeded in capturing the Doctor, but just as he was about launch his new army, his original Daleks arrived and captured him.

These Daleks had been summoned by one of the staff at Tranquil Repose who had grown to despise Davros. Whilst the Daleks took Davros back to Skaro to stand trial for his crimes, they also intended to recondition his new army of Daleks to be loyal to them.

Fortunately however a knight named Orcini who had been hired to kill Davros, but who still wanted an honourable kill destroyed the Dalek army with a bomb before they could be activated.

The Doctor would subsequently convince the people on Necros to harness the planets on the planet to create a food source to feed the starving planets.

Davros meanwhile would later escape from the Daleks. He would spend the next few years attempting to take control of the monsters only to fail each time.

Davros would later find a way to revive the frozen Dalek army on Spirodon, who he then reconditioned one at a time to be his servants. These new and upgraded Daleks would drive the original Daleks from Skaro (after the Movellan war the monsters had returned to their old home planet which they had terrorformed.)

Davros would make Skaro his new base of operations and he would also upgrade his own body too. As the Doctor would later comment “he had removed the last vestige of his human form.”

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Davros in his new form.

Davros’ Daleks on Skaro would be referred to as the Imperials, whilst the original Dalek faction would be referred to as the renegades.

Both factions would over the course of the next century or so build up their own empires whilst constantly warring with one another.

In the year 2985, the new Cyber empire had expanded to such an extent that the earth grew terrified and would attempt to mount an alliance between various other races even beyond the Democratic Order of Planets against the Cybermen.

The Cybermen however would attempt to stop the conference from going ahead by planting a Cyber bomb on the earth which would have been capable of destroying the entire planet.

The Fifth Doctor and his companions however would successfully deactivate the bomb, but the Cyber leader had a back up plan.

He would crash a gigantic ship into the earth filled with Cyber bombs which would render planet uninhabitable. Despite his best efforts the Fifth Doctor was no match for the Cybermen who were able to steer the ship towards earth. Unfortunately for the Cybermen however their own technology inadvertently sent the space ship back 65 million years where it was the cause of the final extinction of the Dinosaurs.

The Cybermen however still achieved a small victory over the Doctor as they forced his companion, Adric to remain behind on the ship as it crashed. Adric’s death would continue to haunt the Doctor for centuries to come.

The alliance of planets would wage war on the Cyber empire which would last from 2985 until the year 2997. The alliance of planets was the largest humanity had ever assembled and ultimately even the Cybermen couldn’t withstand it and they were eventually beaten back to Telos.

One group of Cybermen did manage to make their way to earth during the war where they would revive several of earth’s giant monsters buried under the ground as Cybernetic monsters. Among these included several of the Gyaos and King Ghidorah.

The earth would be forced to turn to giant monsters such as Godzilla and King Kong for help. All of earth’s giant monsters had continued to live on Monsterworld for the past 1000 years. Their mutated metabolism would allow them to survive for several thousand years, though by this stage baby Godzilla had fully grown meaning there were three Godzilla’s now. The Federation had attempted to weaponize Godzilla in the 24th century, but the monsters were too powerful for the Federation to capture.

The monsters had played a brief role in helping to fight back the Daleks during the second great Dalek war.

The Democratic Order of Planets would still nevertheless be able to bring Godzilla, King Kong, Jiras, and Anguirus back to earth with the help of the 12th Doctor.

Back on their home planet for the first time in close to 1000 years, the monsters would battle the Cyberized versions of their old enemies such as Ghidorah and Gyaos. Godzilla and his allies would destroy the Cybermen’s monsters whilst the Doctor destroyed their invasion force on earth. The monsters would then be shipped back to Monster World.

In the year 2998 the Cybermen would succeed in capturing a time vessel which they attempted to use to change the history of the universe by preventing Mondas’ destruction. These plans were foiled by the Sixth Doctor, and with the last suriving Cryons help, the Sixth Doctor was also able to destroy the Cybermen’s base of operations on Telos, forcing the last of the Cybermen to retreat across the universe.

By the end of the 30th century human civilisation was thriving like never before thanks to both its own technological advancements and those of the various alien species that had come to settle on the earth. However this would create a problem of people in the 30th century becoming decadent as they no longer had any responsibilities. In order to get round this the government would force people to take jobs through computer chips implanted in their minds. Those who lacked the chips were deemed outlaws.

At the end of the year 2999 Philip J Fry would be awoken from his 1000 year long slumber. Having been preserved solely to battle against the Brain Spawn when they returned, Fry was not sorry to leave his life in the 20th century behind as he felt his life was going nowhere.

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Fry awakens in a very different world to the one he left behind.

Sadly however the job he was assigned by Turanga Leela at the cryogenics lab was the same as his job from the 20th century, a Delivery boy. He refused to go back to his old life and fled from Leela who tried to install his career chip. .

Along the way Fry encountered a robot, Bender and the two of them would soon forge a strong, if somewhat unusual friendship.

Leela would catch up to Fry in the ruins of Old New York where the two bonded over the loss of their family and not fitting in 30th century earth. Fry inspired Leela to quit her job, and the three of them tracked down Professor Hubert Farnsworth, Fry’s great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great nephew.

Farnsworth ran a delivery company called Planet Express which he used to fund his outlandish experiments. His old crew had been tragically killed on an expedition against gigantic bees and he was only too happy to hire Fry, Bender and Leela.

Despite the fact that he was a Delivery boy again, Fry was happy to work for the Professor.

Whilst only a delivery company, the Planet Express crew would become involved in many of the most important events in earth’s history throughout the 31st century.

In the final article of the series we will take a look at the golden age of mankind in the 31st century, how the Daleks and the Cybermen would rebuild their shattered empires, the cold war between the Daleks and the Time Lords, the fall of mankind and its enslavement at the hands of the Apes, the Furon wars, the second Ice Age, and the final fate of mankind.

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To be continued.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vampire Stories That Should Be Adapted For Film and TV

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There have been many Vampire films and television series over the decades. Some inspired, others fairly unoriginal, but still very enjoyable, and others just plain awful.

Whilst Vampires may have been somewhat overexposed in the last few years, personally I think Vampires are the most interesting and varied monsters. I think there’s always a new angle a writer can bring to them.

With this in mind the following are Vampire stories from other mediums that haven’t sadly received that much attention, but that I think would potentially make brilliant films and television series.

Let me know what you think, and if there are any overlooked Vampire stories you’d like to see on the big or small screen.

Fray

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What’s it about?

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Fray is a comic book mini series created by Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy and Angel and is set in the same fictional universe as those two series.

Fray takes place in the future of the Buffy/Angel universe, in a time when technology has advanced but little else has. Vampires are public knowledge too, but most people believe them to simply be a breed of mutant and they are referred to as lurks.

Aside from Vampires, most Demons and supernatural creatures have vanished from the earth. They were apparently wiped out in a battle that took place in the middle of the 21st century, described as the ultimate battle between good and evil. (It is implied that it was Buffy and the Scooby gang who fought in the battle.)

Now however after over 100 or so years, Demons are being brought back into our world through dark magics, and as a result a new slayer is called for the first time in over a century to battle them, Melaka Fray.

Things become more complicated for Fray however when her brother Harth ends up becoming the new Vampire king of Manhattan.

Why It Would Be Great

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Fray is definitely Joss Whedon’s best comic book work. Its setting in the far future with hover cars, mutants, and death rays, is a very unusual setting for a Vampire story and could I think help it to stand out from other pieces of Vampire fiction. It would need a larger budget to do its setting justice, but that might not be a problem given Joss Whedon’s recent success.

As a leading character, Fray in many ways is more of a hothead, yet also at other times more practical than Buffy or Faith. She doesn’t tend to let her personal problems affect her life to quite the same extent as Buffy.

She’s also a bit more unpolished compared to other female heroes too. Fray carries a massive scar that runs down her face, similar to the Wishverse version of Buffy.

Finally another reason I think a Fray series would do well is because of its connection to Buffy and Angel. Both series are still rightfully regarded as classics and have massive followings. As seen with the success of the Buffy and Angel comics, many people evidently want more stories set in that universe.

I don’t think that you could bring Buffy and Angel back to television now however.

Its not because the concepts or style are outdated, its more simply because I think too much time has passed for the cast. Angel and Spike for instance are meant to be immortal characters, and whilst James Marsters and David Borearnaz have aged very well, ultimately as it is 15 years on then they have changed perhaps a bit too much.

Fray however could continue the story and universe, and you might even be able to have Buffy characters pop up in the series from time to time. For instance one issue of season 8 of Buffy sees her travel forward into the future and even work alongside Fray. This could easily be adapted as an episode with Sarah Michelle Gellar reprising her role.  This same issue also reveals that Willow at some point tragically gave into being Dark Willow again and has become a major villain in Fray’s time, working alongside Harth.

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Buffy and Fray in the future take on Dark Willow.

It would be an absolutely sensational story arc to have Dark Willow be the main villain of a season of Fray. Though it might be too controversial for Buffy fans, depending on what way they went with it.

Personally I think it would be better to have Willow exist in the future, having survived for so long via magic, but serve as a mentor to Fray instead.

Overall I think Fray is just screaming to be adapted as a television series. With its interesting setting and premise, unique and gritty female lead and its connection not just with Buffy and Angel, but to Joss Whedon, a major cult figure. I think it would be guaranteed to develop a very devoted cult following at the very least.

The Cast?

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Dana Delorenzo would in my opinion be the best choice for Fray.

For those of you who don’t know who she is, Dana Delorenzo is an American actress best known for playing Kelly Maxwell, a main character on the horror series Ash Vs Evil Dead.

Though it sadly only lasted for 3 series, Ash Vs Evil Dead has still developed a very large and devoted following, and Delorenzo’s foul mouthed, short fused Demon slayer is without doubt the most popular character in the series alongside its lead, Ash himself.

Delorenzo is also an impressionist too. She used to be a professional Amy Winehouse impersonator due to her rather staggering physical resemblance to the late singer. She was even in an Amy Winehouse tribute band.

I honestly can’t think of anyone better to play Fray than Dana. As you can see she could handle the physicality of the role perfectly. She’d also be able to capture the more gritty aspects of the character too, better than a lot of other actresses. How many leading actors do you think would be happy to do a scene where their heads were dumped in toilet water by a Demon puppet, perving them up like Dana did in Ash Vs Evil Dead?

Dana’s personality as Kelly also matches Fray in that on the one hand she is quite level headed and practical, but on the other she has quite an explosive temper. Finally Dana also has the right look for Fray. Short, more exotic, darker good looks, and a constantly angry expression on her face.

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In my opinion Delorenzo would be as well cast as Fray as Sarah Michelle Gellar was as Buffy.

As for Harth, Fray’s Vampiric brother, I think Robbie Kay would be a good choice. Kay is a young and very talented actor who is probably best known for playing an evil version of Peter Pan in Once Upon A Time.

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Robbie’s malevolent version of Peter Pan was originally a lazy bum named Malcolm who gave up his only son Rumplestiltskin in order to return to being a boy, and live forever on the magical island of Neverland.

Pan returns many centuries later to try and murder his great grandson Henry, and steal his heart in order to prolong his own miserable life. He also attempts to curse the town of Storybrooke where Rumple lives, condemning his son to the worst fate of all.

Robbie Kay was amazing as Pan. I’d rank him as one of the greatest television fantasy villains of all time. Kay’s Pan was charming, suave, and witty on the surface, yet underneath there was a real horrible, sneering, cruelty to him. He was like that horrible bully at school that pretended to be your friend, only so that he could humiliate you before he sticks the knife in and twists it.

Kay was also brilliant at doing the old man in a young man’s body too. In the scenes where he encounters his son Rumplestiltskin as an adult (played by Robert Carlyle) you buy that Kay is Carlyle’s father, as utterly ridiculous as it might seem.

Harth in many ways is similar to Pan. Like Pan he is a relative of the main hero. He has a boyish, somewhat friendly look, but underneath is very cruel, manipulative and cold. He also like Pan is not above pretending he still cares about his loved ones to his advantage, (when he secretly despises them) and he is also again despite his young appearance, the fearsome and tyrannical leader of a powerful group of supernatural creatures.

There are two problems however with Robbie’s casting. First of all his accent doesn’t match Dana’s. He could adopt an American accent, but his natural English accent is part of his screen presence. Also he might be a bit too young to play Dana’s twin brother.

Dana is 35 years old. She could easily pass for at least 10 years younger (not that 35 is old of course.)

Still whilst Dana can pass for her early 20s no problem, Robbie does look like a teenager. You could possibly get round that by having it that Harth was sired as a teenager and its been a few years for Fray, but obviously Harth hasn’t aged.

As long as he could do a good American accent then Robbie for me would be the perfect choice for Harth.

Kelly vs Peter Pan. Please someone make this happen!

Finally for the role of Erin, Fray’s sister, I’d love to see Stephanie Beatriz. Best known for her show stealing performance as the aggressive Rosa on Brooklyn 999, Stephanie would be good for Erin for many reasons.

To start with she is not entirely unlike Dana Delorenzo physically (both could play Amy Winehouse in the film of her life.) Also the character of Erin is the head of the police force of Manhattan in the future too, and Stephanie already has experience playing somewhat bad tempered law officers as seen with Rosa.

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They’d be the most badass sisters of all time.

The Legacy of Kain Series

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What’s It About?

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Set in the mythical land of Nosgoth, this series follows the adventures of Kain, formerly a young nobleman who is resurrected as a Vampire by the Necromancer Mortainus. Kain as Vampire initially despises his condition and seeks to find a way to turn back, before eventually embracing his destiny and becoming the king of the Vampires.

The series sees Kain constantly struggle against the Circle of Nine, powerful sorcerers who control the fate of Nosgoth. In various entries in the series Kain even manages to change the history of Nosgoth, turning it from a land where Vampires are all but extinct, to one where Kain rules a massive Vampire empire.

Later entries in the series follow Kain’s rivalry with his son, Razziel. Razziel, also a Vampire is thrown by Kain into a bit of never ending torment after defying him, but manages to survive only to re-emerge later as a mutated soul devouring Vampire.

Razziel is condemned to a slow torturous death by his father only to return as a more powerful adversary later.

Whilst Razziel seeks to destroy his father, the two nevertheless do work together in other entries to try and in their eyes, save Nosgoth.

Razziel and Kain’s somewhat complicated relationship.

Throughout the series Kain wavers between an anti hero and an outright villain, but he always remains convinced that he is doing the right thing.

Why It Would Be Great?

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The Legacy of Kain is easily one of the greatest video game series ever made.

Not everything that works in a video game works in other mediums, but I think a television series of the Legacy of Kain would translate really well.

On tv I think it would stand out somewhat more. We don’t see that many Vampire television series or films that take place in a mythical fantasy land like Nosgoth. They usually take place in modern day, or in Gothic surroundings.

Also Kain and Razziel are very unusual leading Vampire characters. They are truly monstrous in appearance. (Razziel is missing the lower half of his jaw!) Most good guy Vampires are portrayed as sexy like Spike, Angel, Vampirella etc for obvious reasons.

Also Kain and Razziel are a little bit more complex than other Vampire protagonists too. They aren’t motivated by being in love with someone, or even in just in being a better person. They both want to challenge destiny, defy the will of the gods, and shape the world in a way that they believe to be better.

The fact that The Legacy of Kain also deals with time travel too is also a somewhat unusual subject for Vampire fiction.

The Legacy of Kain television series would need to have a large budget to do its exotic and colourful settings justice, but still if done right I think Legacy of Kain could be a Game of Thrones style gritty, violent fantasy series.

The Cast?

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Kain would have to be played by Simon Templeman who voiced the character in the original games. The character would have to be made older, but that’s okay. Small price to pay to get Simon Templeman back. Templeman to me has the best voice for a villain.

Among his other notable roles include The Angel of Death in Charmed, the psychotic spectre Pervayne in Angel, and Doctor Doom is the classic 90s animated version of the Fantastic Four.

Sadly however Michael Ball the voice actor for Razziel is too old to play the character. He is 80 years old! Instead I think Michael Fassbender would do a brilliant job at capturing the characters passion, fanaticism and more complex personality.

The Amazing Screw On Head

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What’s It About

Set during the time of the American Civil War. The Amazing Screw On Head revolves around a robot who can attach his head onto various different bodies, and who battles Vampires, Demons, Werewolves and Zombies.

His two archenemies are his former butler and friend, Emperor Zombie, and his former lover who was turned into a Vampire, and now works for Emperor Zombie.

The Amazing Screw On Head originally began as a one shot comic book, written and drawn by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.

It was later adapted as an animated pilot in 2006 starring Paul Giamatti as Screw On Head, and David Hyde Pearce as Emperor Zombie.

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What a shame this series was never picked up. It could have been one of the greatest animated series of all time!

Why It Would Be Good

The Amazing Screw On Head is a wonderfully crazy, offbeat and imaginative story. It has a love triangle between a robot, a Vampire and a Zombie, Vampires, a main hero who can replace his body as easily as changing a coat, giant hundred foot tall Demons fighting spider robots in the American civil war, and a prissy uptight Zombie who is willing to sacrifice all of humanity just so that he can be a butler to a Demon.

Its safe to say its quite unlike any other Vampire television series. Its a great blend of surrealist offbeat humour and a genuinely good, imaginative horror story.

The Cast

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I would love to see Bruce Campbell play the title role. Bruce Campbell is a legendary horror actor best known for playing Ashley Williams in the classic Evil Dead trilogy and sequel series Ash Vs Evil Dead.

Campbell has also had starring roles in many other genre classics too however such as Bubba Ho Tep.

Campbell I think based on his previous work would be able to find the right balance of humour and drama in the character. As silly as The Amazing Screw On Head may seem, he still has to be played completely straight. Not only does that add to the comedy, but it also allows the story overall to still be a proper fantasy adventure, and not just a total parody.

As for Emperor Zombie, personally I think Matt Smith, best known for playing the 11th Doctor would be an excellent choice. He could capture the villains more uptight, prissy mannerisms and zany humour perfectly.

Ash vs the Doctor? Someone make this happen!

Finally for Screw on Head’s former Vampire lover, I think Lucy Lawless, best known for playing Xena, and who has a long history with Bruce Campbell would make an excellent choice.

Vampirella

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What’s It About?

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Originally the character of Vampirella was portrayed as an alien from the planet Drakulon, where blood flows in rivers. As the blood begins to dry up however due to the planets two suns, Vampirella is sent to earth to try and find a way for her kind to survive. It is said that centuries ago another member of her kind, Dracula visited the earth and was able to survive on the planet. Vampirella discovers that this is because her species can survive on the blood of humans.

Though giving into her thirst initially, Vampirella eventually is able to control her dark urges and works to help fight the evil members of her kind who were created on earth by Dracula, (who also goes on to become her archenemy.)

Many decades later when Vampirella was revived, her origins were changed so that she had been sent from hell by her mother, Lilith, the mother of all Vampires to help mankind. Lilith was initially believed to be seeking redemption for her sins in creating the Vampire race, but it was later revealed that she had her own evil plans for her daughter.

Why It Would Be Great?

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Vampirella is the original Vampire superhero. There had been benevolent Vampire characters in fiction before Vampirella, such as most notably Carmilla Karnstein. However these characters were usually just love struck, mopey heroes who wanted to give up being Vampires and have a normal life.

Vampirella marked the first time we saw a Vampire actively hunt other members of its kind and other supernatural creatures such as Witches, Demons and Werewolves.

Also whilst super strength and other incredible abilities had been a feature of Vampire myths throughout the ages, Vampirella was really the first time where these powers were used in a more overt way like a superhero.

Vampirella is really one of the most pivotal characters in Vampire fiction, helping to pave the way for the likes of Blade and Angel. Sadly however despite this whilst she has a following, Vampirella remains somewhat overlooked in comparison to other Vampire characters.

Its amazing that save a terrible 1996 straight to video film, there has never been a proper adaptation of the character either. Apparently there was an attempt to make a serious film version by Hammer in the 70s which would have starred Peter Cushing as Van Helsing, and Caroline Munro as Vampirella, but sadly it was never made.

I think there could be a lot of value in a Vampirella tv series. Most brooding Vampire heroes tend to be guys, like Angel, Blade, Spike, Mitchell from Being Human etc. It might be interesting to see a female version of this type of character. Vampirella also had an interesting collection of supporting characters and villains culled from various myths and Vampire stories such as Lilith that could be exploited too.

As for which of her origins to use, well I think you could maybe merge both of them together so as to incorporate elements from the characters entire history.

You could have it that Vampirella instead comes from an alternate universe where Vampires have overrun humanity. Perhaps in this universe, Van Helsing failed to stop Dracula when he was in London during the events of Stokers novel. Remember that in Stokers original novel, Dracula is only in London so that he can use the British empire to spread Vampirism around the world like never before, and eventually overrun humanity.

Maybe in Vampirella’s universe Dracula succeeded after killing Van Helsing and now humans are nothing but cattle, with there being rivers of blood and all other supernatural creatures having been enslaved by Vampires too, just like Draculon from the comics, but at the same time its effectively a hell dimension like her later origins.

Maybe the alternate world has even been renamed Draculon! Of course in the first episode you’d have Dracula and Vampirella, the last hope for the last group of human resistance accidentally get transported to our reality whilst dueling with each other (in our universe Dracula just as in Stokers novel was killed by Van Helsing in the early 20th century, explaining why Vampires haven’t overrun our earth.)

You could also later have Lilith be the one who engineered Dracula and Vampirella to be transported into another universe through a spell like in Vampirella’s later origins, so that she could take over in Dracula’s absence. However after she takes over Lilith finds out that the humans the Vampires feed on have been hunted so extensively that they are dying out, and so she decides to lead her army to our earth.

Much like with Buffy, Vampirella also fights various other monsters such as Demons, Werewolves and Witches and so the stories wouldn’t have to just stick to Vampires either.

The Cast?

Its hard just whittling it down to one choice for Vampirella, but I’d say my top choice would probably be Katarina Law.

Best known for playing Nyssa Al Ghul in Arrow, Katarina has the right look for the part, can cope really well with action roles, and is a great actress all around who could easily carry her own series.

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Famke Janssen best known for her roles in various action and cult films such as Goldeneye, the X-Men film series, and The Faculty would make a brilliant Lilith too. She’s great at playing really nasty villains and she’s physically quite imposing too.

 

The Monster Club

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What’s It About?

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The Monster Club is an anthology horror novel by R Chetwynd Hayes. It was adapted as a film in 1980. I’m only going to be talking about the film here as sadly I haven’t had a chance to get a hold of the book yet, though its on my to do list.

The films premise sees a horror author attacked by a Vampire named Erasmus, who pretends to be a homeless man. Erasmus does not kill the horror author however after recognising him and invites the author for a drink at the local monster club.

There Erasmus tells the author three real stories about monsters.

The first story is about a Shadmock named Raven. Shadmock’s are hybrid monster creatures, who kill using a deadly whistle which burns their victims. Shadmock’s can’t always control their whistle however and will sometimes unleash them on their victims in a moment of anger or stress.

Raven is a wealthy, kind hearted individual, who keeps away from people so as not harm anyone. Unfortunately however he soon becomes the target of two con artists, Angela and her boyfriend George.

Raven falls in love with Angela and even proposes to her. Though Angela does develop a genuine friendship with the Shadmock and doesn’t want to hurt him. George forces her to go along with the scam. Things become too much for Angela however when she meets Raven’s strange monstrous relatives, and later when Raven finds Angela trying to steal the money from his safe, he willingly hands it over to her pitifully telling her “You could still love me”.

Angela however having finally snapped from the pressure screams at Raven that she could never love him, and Raven in grief unleashes his whistle which completely destroys Angela’s face. When Angela returns to George, he is driven insane by the sight of her mutilated face and ends up in a catatonic state for the rest of his life.

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Angela after the Shadmock’s whistle destroys her face. Ironically her final words to her boyfriend before sending him into a permanent catatonic state are “you could still love me.”

The second story revolves around a Vampire who still has a normal human family. Unfortunately despite seemingly being reformed the Vampire is still the target of a group of dedicated Vampire hunters. The Vampire however after tricking their leader is able to turn him, resulting in the Vampire hunter being slain by his own men.

The final story sees a film director named Sam stumble upon an old town named Loughville whilst searching for an atmospheric setting to shoot his new film.

As soon as he arrives in Loughville, Sam is confronted by several decrepit old men who tell him he will never leave. When he tries to get away in his car, Sam finds it has been sabotaged and is attacked by the residents.

Barely escaping to a nearby house, Sam soon meets a young woman named Luna. She explains to him that the residents of the village are hideous flesh eating Demons called Ghouls. She says that she is a half human, half Ghoul, and that her mother was a traveller who stumbled upon the village, where she was raped by the Ghouls, and then eaten alive after she gave birth to Luna. Luna says that the monsters have devoured countless other travellers who have strayed too close to the village, and tells Sam that the only place he will be safe is in the local church.

Sam barely makes it to the Church, which the unholy monsters can’t enter. Whilst there he discovers the rotting skeleton of a priest as well as his diary, which details the chilling circumstances of how Loughville came to be overrun by the Ghouls.

Originally Loughville was just a normal town, but at some point its people discovered a Ghoul lurking in a local graveyard. The villagers wanted to kill the abomination, but the Priest foolishly thought he could rehabilitate the monster and took it into his house.

Later however he discovered the beast feasting on the corpse of one of its victims. He chased the Ghoul away, but by then it was too late and the monster was able to summon a horde of Ghouls who quickly overran Loughville.

The Priest escaped to the church, but he was too scared to try and escape and eventually died of dehydration in the church. The final entry in his diary mentions that even as he writes he can hear the howls of the ravenous Ghouls outside.

The Ghouls turn on Luna for helping Sam and try to eat her. Sam is able to ward them off with a cross and get Luna inside the Church. Luna then warns Sam that soon the Elders will return to the village. The Elders regularly make visits to the London underground where they snatch unsuspecting victims. Luna states that the Elders are far stronger than the regular Ghouls and that they won’t escape if they return.

Sam and Luna make a run for it through the woods, carrying a cross to ward the Ghouls away. Unfortunately just as they are about to escape, Luna’s own Ghoul father kills her by throwing a rock at her head.

Sam escapes to the motorway meanwhile where he is picked up by two policemen who promise to help him. However the policemen drive back to the village and explain to Sam that they are actually the escorts for the elders when they visit London, whose car Sam can see driving behind them.

To Sam’s horror the car arrives back in the village square where the monsters swarm the car, and the two policemen turn round revealing their monstrous teeth to the petrified film director, who is then eaten alive.

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Sam finds out the hard way that there is sometimes corruption in the Police force.

After entertaining the author with the three stories, Erasmus insists that he be made a member of the Monster Club. Despite the fact that humans aren’t monsters, Erasmus is able to convince the owner of the club (a Werewolf) that humans are evil by listing all of the horrible things they have done to each other and the author is made an honorary member.

Why It Would Be Great

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Okay now I know that this book has already been made into a film in 1981 starring horror icons John Carradine and Vincent Price. The film is great fun and at places genuinely terrifying such as in the Ghoul story.

Still I think that it could also be the basis for an interesting television series. I would keep the same basic premise for the television series as the film and the book, but change a few things around for practicality sake. I would have the horror author from the book arrive in a city, famous for its ghost sightings, and monster stories to get inspiration for his latest book, only to discover that the stories are real!

He would just as in the movie befriend Erasmus, who in this version would be a reformed Vampire. The Monster Club would in turn also be a place for reformed Monsters who use their powers for good to chill out after a day of saving the world.

The main characters aside from Erasmus would be Raven, the son of the Vampire from the second story, and Luna, (who I would reveal had survived being hit on the head. The way I see it, she’s half Ghoul so she has to have some kind of special Ghoul powers. Maybe she was stronger than she thought, and awoke a few hours later, slipping away from the Ghouls who also thought she had died?)

Together they would be a group who fight monsters such as Vampires, Ghouls and Werewolves. The series would blend humour and genuine horror together just like the original film and novel.

The book and film have such rich backstories and mythology for their monsters its a shame we don’t get to see more, which obviously the tv show would exploit.

The book features an interesting idea of Vampires, Ghouls and Werewolves being the three original monster races, with all of the others like the Shadmock being hybrids of some kind.

I’d love to see some of the other monster hybrids in action and see their powers. Its a shame that we only get to see a Shadmock. Also how do the different monster breeds view each other?

Maybe some hybrids consider themselves superior to the original monsters as they have all of their powers and fewer of their weaknesses?

Added to that a lot of the characters in the three stories I feel have more potential to exploit in a tv show. Luna for instance has potential to be a really interesting heroine. A half human, half Ghoul who at first finds it hard to adjust to human society, who has a lifetime of horror in the Ghoul village to overcome (including watching her own mother be eaten alive by hordes of monsters, including her own father!) Then there is also the fact that Luna herself was forced to eat the remains of the Ghouls victims too!

Similarly the Shadmock is a tragic character who could be so torn over the guilt at destroying the woman he loves he is determined to make up for it.

At the same time the Vampire character from the second story could also be made into a darker character. Perhaps he keeps his wife and son around simply as a cover? Maybe his wife is being forced through hypnosis like the Priest in Dracula Has Risen From The Grave, or Renfield in the Lugosi Dracula to protect him during the day, but every minute she is struggling to break free? We could also see how the Vampire abuses his son in an attempt to crush all humanity out of him, so that when he is older he can turn him into a more effective Vampire.

The boy however would escape his father, and devote himself to killing his father, becoming a Vampire hunter, whilst his father would be determined to make his son pay for blowing his cover too.

The Vampire hunter (played by Donald Pleasance in the film) who is turned could also an interesting villain for the main characters. Much like Gordon Walker in Supernatural he would be a Vampire who hates being a Vampire but can’t control his bloodlust and so he ends up being dangerous to everyone and everything around him.

There are also a number of other characters from the anthology who could make effective villains. Angela for instance would be a great archenemy for Raven. After he destroyed her face and made her an outcast like him, she would be determined to make him pay.

Luna meanwhile would have the Elders and her own Ghoul father as her foes. It would be cool if they made the Elders (who we don’t actually see in the film) look like the Ghouls in these terrifying illustrations we see in the priests account of how Loughville fell.

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Ghouls are very under represented in horror movies and television series compared to other favourite monsters like Vampires, Demons, Witches, Zombies and Werewolves. We never see them as the main villains in any major franchise for instance, so a Monster Club tv show could finally give them a big role. 

Again it feels like we only scratch the surface of the Elders in both the book and the film. We know that they are more powerful than regular Ghouls, that they travel to the city and snatch people in the London underground to bring back to the Ghoul village. We also know that they have eyes and ears outside the village, including most disturbingly of all, in the police force!

There is so much potential in the Ghouls backstory. We could see stories involving the Elders creeping about the dark streets of London, picking people off, or stories that explore how they have agents across human society in the police force, or even in other areas such as the government, maybe even the entertainment industry! We could see how there are hundreds of towns like Loughville across the world, and they are all in some way connected, with the Elders working through a network with one another.

We could see how the monsters have even managed to take over modern cities, albeit in more discreet ways than Loughville as they have to work under the radar.

I would also love to see a story where Luna returns to Loughville to destroy it and we get to see the town in a greater detail, including the cages where the Ghouls keep their victims locked up, as well as the remains of Sam and of course the return of Luna’s abusive, monstrous father.

There’s an entire wealth of stories just waiting to be used in the universe R Chetwynd Hayes created.

The Cast?

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I think that Noel Fielding would be a great choice for the role Erasmus. For Erasmus you’d need someone who is quite optimistic, yet has quite a dark sense of humour. Someone who can happily tell their victim that their blood was the nicest he ever drank and hope they’ll take it as a compliment.

Noel is a great comedy actor and he has experience playing weird and over the top monsters like the Hitcher, the Spirit of Jazz, Tony Harrison and of course Old Gregg!

I am sure he could come up with a suitably over the top and lovable personality for Erasmus.

I’d also love to see Noel play other monster roles in the series too. I think he would do a brilliant job as one of the Elders too. His performance as the Elder would have to be more frightening. I think it would be interesting to see Noel try and tackle playing a a proper horror movie monster. A lot of his characters like the Spirit of Jazz and The Hitcher are bordering on being genuinely creepy. You can imagine how with a little tweaking the Hitcher could be a genuine horror movie villain. A green skinned monster who enjoys stabbing and raping people!

As for who could play the horror author, I think Noel’s comedy partner, Julian Barratt would be excellent.

Julian is a great comedy and serious actor. He’s really good at playing pompous know nothing know it all’s and I think he could bring a lot of humour to the author character, yet not too much that they couldn’t have him be involved in serious storylines.

As for Raven I could definitely see Reece Shearsmith playing him. Shearsmith who is best known as a member of the League of Gentlemen is a lifelong horror fan and I can see him coming up with an interesting look and somewhat more nuanced performance for the tormented but hot tempered Shadmock.

As for Luna I think that Ingrid Oliver would be great. I admit I LOVE Ingrid Oliver so I pretty much want to cast her in anything. Still I think she would bring a lot of vulnerability and strength to the role as seen with her performances as Natalie in Peep Show and Osgood in Doctor Who.

The Witches

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What’s It About?

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A Roald Dahl novel, The Witches revolves around an old former Witch hunter and her grandson (neither are named in the novel, but in the film the grandmother is named Helga, whilst the boy is named Luke.)

Helga warns Luke about Witches who are said to be Demons that take on human form. Witches despise children above all else and torture and kill them using their spells.

According to Helga Witches are all bald, have purple eyes, long talons, and square toes which they cover up in various ways when luring children away to murder.

Despite Helga’s warnings however Luke is later captured by the Grand High Witch of England (who poses as the head of a children’s charity!)

The Witch uses Luke as a test subject for her new potion, which turns him into a mouse!

Luke and Helga soon discover that the Witches are attempting to spike candy bars all over England with this poison and turn every child into a mouse!

Fortunately however with Luke’s help, Helga is able to turn the tables on the Witches and spike their own food with the poison, causing them to all turn into rats where they are hacked to pieces in a hotel.

The ending of the book and the film differ from this point. In the film one of the Witches (played by Jane Horrocks) reforms and reverses the spell turning Luke back into a boy. In the book however there is no good Witch (as such a thing simply cannot exist.)

Thus there is no way to turn Luke back from being a mouse, and he will only live another 9 years. Still Luke and his mother decide to hunt down the remaining Witches and wipe them out using their own poison.

Why It Would Be Great?

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Okay I know there are two things I have to address. First of all this is not a Vampire story, and second, its already been adapted.

However I’m going to make an exception in including the Witches here. First of all whilst it might not be a Vampire movie, it does still follow all of the tropes laid down by Vampire stories. Its basic plot is somewhat similar to the two modern day Hammer Dracula’s, Dracula AD 1972 and The Satanic Rites of Dracula starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee for instance.

Both revolve around an old grand parent, who used to be a monster hunter, both see them come across their archenemy, the alluring, but utterly loathsome leader of a race of monsters. Both see the leader of the monsters target their enemy’s grand child, and both see the monster using aspects of the modern world to keep hidden in plain sight, whilst intending to launch a plague with horrifying effects.

Also whilst the 1990 Witches film adaptation is one of my favourite films, I think that it might be quite interesting to base a television series around the Witches.

The series would follow Luke and Helga travelling the world killing Witches. It would have to take a few liberties to be adapted. Much like the film, Luke would have had to have been turned back into a human after the Witches were destroyed.

You could include the reformed Witch character from the film if you wanted, or you could just simply have it that after slaying the Grand High Witch, Helga was able to find a way to reverse the potion. She is a Van Helsing style expert on the occult after all. It shouldn’t be too hard.

You’d have it set about ten years after the events of the novel, with Luke now being 18 and you’d have to add at least one or two more characters so it wasn’t just Luke and his grandmother all the time.

Also I think you would need to change it so that the Witches were not an all female race of monsters. I don’t think the original novel was sexist because of this. In fact quite the opposite. I think its great that women got a chance to play one of the scariest monsters in all of horror. Normally the most terrifying monsters are men, like Dracula, the Daleks, Freddy Krueger etc,  whilst female monsters and villains in general such as Catwoman tend to be more sympathetic. So it was good to see a female monster for once who was evil as you could imagine.

However in the current climate I think having a show about a young man go around killing female monsters would just stir things up. The SJWs and the anti SJWs would probably both try and claim the show. You’d get people saying the show encourages violence against women, and you’d get people saying that the Witches are a metaphor for feminists, and Luke is a symbol of men fighting back against Third Wave Feminism.

Its sad but its true that in the current climate almost nothing can be apolitical anymore. It’s the SJWs fault for trying to find sexism in EVERYTHING. Its only natural that the anti SJW side would soon start to do the same and slap their agenda on everything they can. Still that’s the way things are, so I think it would be better to simply have it that Warlocks also exist in this version and they are the same as Witches.

I wouldn’t bother to have there be any power struggle between Witches and Warlocks either so as not to get it dragged down in any more feminist vs anti feminist crap. Just have some cells be commanded by a Grand High Witch and others by a Grand High Warlock.

In keeping with the book, then the main villains would all be Witches, with the Warlocks usually just being mooks. The Grand High Witch would still be heroes archenemy.  The same way that most Vampires we see in Buffy are men, even though we know that women can be Vampires, then this would just be the same in reverse.

I think the Witches would offer more different roles for women than we see in other genre series.

The role of the grandmother is almost always one that is occupied by a man. Whether that’s Peter Cushing, Ruper Giles, Abraham Whistler, Bobby Singer. The crusty old mentor figure who is a paternal figure to the younger heroes, who knows everything there is to know about Vampires, Demons, Witches and monsters, who has countless books on the occult, who loves reading about the occult, who is old, but still tough as an old pair of boots and at times quite ruthless. We rarely see female versions of that character.

The Witches also wouldn’t have to be bound just to Witches all the time. At the start of the book, Helga mentions that there are various other monster species including Ghouls, but none of these creatures make an appearance.

In the television series however you could do episodes that focus on these monsters. I think you could actually have The Witches and Monster Club television series take place in the same universe, and even have crossovers between them. I think their style would mesh as they are both very British and both whilst having moments of genuine terror, also have a somewhat tongue in cheek aspect to them too.

The Cast?

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For the role of the Grandmother I think that Jenny Agutter would be marvellous. Jenny Agutter is a highly respected British actress known for her wide range of roles in various film and television series such as Call the Midwife, Logans Run and An American Werewolf in London.

She’s good at playing quite practical, level headed characters, but at the same time she also has a very warm, caring aspect to her too as seen in the poignant final moments in An American Werewolf in London where she attempts to talk David down.

As for the Grand High Witch, you’d need to get someone who much like Anjelica Huston is strikingly beautiful, yet can also play a grotesque monster really well.

I think that Lucy Lawless once again would be an amazing choice for the Witch. She is an excellent villain and much like Anjelica Huston, looks imposing physically.

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Don’t tell me you couldn’t see her as the Grand High Witch.

Katey Sagal an actress best known for her roles in Futurama, Sons of Anarchy and Married with Children would also make a great Grand High Witch. Like Lucy Lawless and Anjelica Huston she is physically quite imposing and she can do nasty really well too.

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Another great choice for the role would be Michelle Gomez. Now I absolutely despise her most well known role, that of Missy, the female version of the Master in Doctor Who. However in all fairness that’s not because I dislike her. I think that everything about the character of Missy from why it happened, to the way it was written was terrible. The actress almost didn’t matter.

Michelle Gomez, Missy aside is a good actress, and she is certainly good at playing crazy and nasty people. I could easily see her playing a really menacing Witch. Whilst she’s not physically very tall, in the original novel the Grand High Witch is actually said to be very petite in both frame and stature so Michelle could actually be a more faithful interpretation than even Anjelica Huston’s.

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As there is meant to be more than one Grand High Witch then you could have all 3 actresses play Witches at various points in the series. Why settle for one marvellous, crazy, shameless ham actress?

American Vampire

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What’s It About?

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American Vampire is a comic book series created by Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuergqueqe and Stephen King. Its premise revolves around the idea of there being various different species of Vampires, giving rise to the different myths and legends over the centuries.

The series follows an outlaw named Skinner Sweet who is the first of a new breed of Vampire, immune to many of their standard weaknesses and limitations such as sunlight.

The series primarily follows his life throughout the 20th century as well as his battles with other Vampire breeds, and his somewhat complicated relationship a young woman named Pearl Jones, who he turns in order to save, and who then goes on to wage war against a pack of European Vampires who had ruined her life as a human.

Why It Would Be Great?

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American Vampire has a particularly interesting premise with its blending of different Vampire myths and settings across various different periods in American history. Its Vampire protagonists are also not really good guys either. More villain protagonists who are slightly less evil than the Vampires they are facing. Skinner Sweet is a sociopathic murderer even before he becomes a Vampire!

I think it might work better as a film series than a television one.

The Cast?

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For Skinner Sweet I think Boyd Holbrook would be excellent. Holbrook is best known for playing the sadistic villain Donald Pierce in Logan. With Skinner he could give us a Vampire protagonist that is genuinely difficult to like, but still engaging on screen.

Michelle Rodriguez meanwhile would be great for Pearl. Who plays tragic, badass action heroines better than her?

Tomb of Dracula

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What’s It About?

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Tomb of Dracula was a long running Marvel comic. It told the history of Dracula, showing his life as Vlad the Impaler, when he first becomes a Vampire, when he kills the then current king of the Vampires, Nimrod and takes his place, his attempts to spread Vampirism across the world, his battles against the Van Helsing family and his own half human, half Vampire daughter, Lilith and his many deaths and resurrections over the centuries.

Later series see Dracula battle the Night Stalkers a group of Vampire hunters which include Drake, Dracula’s human descendent, Rachel Van Helsing, reformed Vampire Detective Hannibal King, half human, half Vampire Eric Brooks (Blade) and Quincy Harker, a descendent of Jonathan Harker.

Why It Would Be Great?

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Obviously there has already been an adaptation of Blade, and I liked the Blade trilogy. It was in its own way innovative and influential.

Still it wasn’t really faithful in anyway to the original source material. Its versions of Dracula, Blade, Hannibal King and Frost were all drastically different to the Marvel versions, whilst characters like Quincy Harker and Rachel Van Helsing were replaced with the Whistler family. Other characters like Lilith were omitted completely meanwhile.

Personally I’d love to see a version that stays closer to the original. The Marvel Dracula could actually be the definitive version of Stokers Vampire.

It manages to capture all of the elements that we see in the most famous versions of Dracula. There’s the physical, savage aspect and the sadism of Christopher Lee, the hypnotic, sinister gentlemanly qualities of Bela Lugosi, the romantic qualities of Dracula’s like Jack Palance, Frank Langella and Gary Oldman, and finally he also captures the arrogant, Vampire King who wants to rule the earth aspect of Stokers original Vampire.

I think the television series based on Tomb of Dracula would probably feature the Nightstalkers as the main characters, but that would be okay. We could still see Dracula’s long history unfold via flashbacks.

I think it would also be better if they set it in the 1970s too. Whilst the stories could be adapted to modern day fairly easily, I think that the 70s setting would help the series stand out more.

The Cast?

For the role of Quincy Harker I think Tim Curry would be an excellent choice. Tim Curry needs no introduction. He is one of the greatest British actors of all time, famous for his wonderfully over the top performances in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Legend, Clue, Muppets Treasure Island and IT.

Sadly Curry suffered a stroke in 2012 and now uses a wheelchair. Fortunately he can still speak, and continues to act, having done both voice over work, such as in Over The Garden Wall, and live action work, such as the 2016 remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show where he played the Narrator.

Now the character of Quincy Harker is in a wheel chair too, so physically there wouldn’t be any problems in Curry’s current condition. Also I think Curry would be right for the role as Harker is an old eccentric, very British, stiff upper lip type character that Curry plays so brilliantly in films like Clue.

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As for Dracula himself I think Aidan Gillen would be good. He is a brilliant villain as seen with his performances in Game of Thrones and Shanghai Knights, however he is also able to bring a certain gravitas to his performances that would help to flesh the Marvel Dracula out.

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For Rachel Van Helsing meanwhile I think Heida Reed would be brilliant. Whilst best known for her role in Poldark, what really made me think she would be great was her performance as Joecyln Peabody in the recent audio version of Dan Dare, a similar brainy heroine who fights monsters. She’d have to dye her hair blonde, but other than that I think she would be excellent.

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For Hannibal King I’d like to see James McAvoy as the famous Vampire Detective. King is supposed to be a very thoughtful, sensitive character which is why Ryan Reynolds, no offence intended to the man, didn’t really do the character justice.

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For Blade I think D.B. Woodside would be an excellent choice. He has already played a kick ass Vampire hunter, Robin Wood in Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 7, and his recent role as Uriel in Lucifer further shows how well he can cope with action and genre roles too.

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Finally for Lilith I think Morven Christie would be great. Morven is a character actress who is known for playing somewhat complicated, tormented, even villainous characters, so I’m sure she’d be able to get into the characters complex personality no problem.

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The Federal Vampire/Zombie Agency

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What’s It About?

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The Federal Vampire/Zombie Agency is a website that is written from an in-universe perspective. It was later adapted into a comic book miniseries.

It details an alternate history of the world where Vampires, Zombies and Werewolves were public knowledge with humanity throughout its entire history. The Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency was set up to deal with the threat these monsters posed to humanity.

Vampires, Zombies and Werewolves are not supernatural creatures in the Federal Vampire/Zombie Agency universe. They are the result of mutations and viruses, and all of their powers, and specific weaknesses are explained away through rational means.

The Vampires in the Federal Vampire/Zombie Agency are truly hideous, pitiful creatures who live in squalid little caves, are impotent, and their bodies literally rot away into nothing.

Killing them is seen as an act of mercy by the FVZA.

Why It Would Be Great?

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The Federal Vampire/Zombie Agency would be the basis for a really dark and frightening Vampire television series.

Its definitely the anti Twilight, anti Vampire Diaries in that it makes being a Vampire look like the most horrifying thing imaginable.

Vampires in the FVZA are bald, ugly, rotting, impotent monsters who live in caves, and fight each other for dominance.

The fact that its Vampires are also created through rational and scientific means could also help the series stand out somewhat from almost all other popular pieces of Vampire fiction which are obviously more fantasy based.

The Cast?

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The leading character in the FVZA series would have to be Doctor Pecos, the world’s greatest expert on Vampires.

Personally I think that Peter Capaldi would be brilliant as Pecos. Capaldi is great at playing the older, angry, insufferable genius type. Sadly during his tenure as the Doctor he was somewhat wasted, though I won’t go into why again here as that’s been covered many times before.

Still hopefully Doctor Pecos would make a better use of his talents. In my opinion Peter Capaldi needs to play a Vampire hunter. He has the right look for it. He kind of reminds me a little bit of Peter Cushing, arguably the greatest onscreen Vampire hunter of them all.

Capaldi is a massive fan of Peter Cushing and even bases his autograph on Cushing’s so I think if given a chance to play a Cushing style Vampire hunter/expert he would really relish the chance.

Thank you for reading, and let me know which overlooked Vampire or supernatural stories you’d like to see adapted.