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The Chronicles of Doctor Who?, informally better known as the Leekley Bible, was John Leekley's 45-page "new series document" or "bible" for a proposed Doctor Who TV series that would have been produced by Amblin Universal in the mid-1990s.

Publisher's summary[]

The Leekley Bible was intended to be the starting point of a new Doctor Who series, essentially a reboot of the series reinventing Doctor Who with only the core concepts and mythos intact.

Concepts like the TARDIS remain, as did the names of many Time Lords such as Rassilon and Borusa (though sometimes spelt as "Barusa"). Gallifrey was also mentioned. (REFDoctor Who: Regeneration)


A ruggedly handsome young Time Lord named the Doctor discovers that he is the long-lost son of the great explorer Ulysses, but not before the Master becomes the Lord President of Gallifrey. The Doctor must travel with the spirit of Borusa (who can only exist inside the "time-crystals" that power the Tardis) and find his long lost father to restore the balance of peace across the universe.

Notable features[]

As the Leekley Bible was produced as reference material for TV series writers, it included several "sample premises" meant to illustrate the types of stories that could be told in this rebooted format. (REF: Doctor Who: Regeneration)

A number of other story ideas were written by Leekley but not included in the final draft of the Bible. (REF: Doctor Who: Regeneration)

  • The Cybs
  • The Sea Devils
  • The Outcasts
  • The Land of Fear
  • The Claws of Axos
  • The Daemons
  • Shada

After the Bible was written, Leekly scripted Fathers and Brothers, the intended pilot episode of the series, which is a loose adaptation of Genesis of the Daleks in which the Master kills Davros and create the Daleks to control the Universe, featuring the spider Daleks. However, after his ideas were met with a poor reception due to being considered too serious, Leekley was removed from the project in September 1994. (REF: The Nth Doctor)


Some elements of the Leekley Bible, like the Doctor's father being named Ulysses, were later used in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures.