The Leekley Bible was the 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. It was written by John Leekley.
Publisher's summary Edit
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.
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 Edit
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. These included
- The Pirates (an adaptation of The Smugglers)
- The Talons of Weng-Chaing (a remake of The Talons of Weng-Chiang relocated to New York City)
- Earthshock (loosely based on the original story, which would have introduced a new more savage Cybermen called "Cybs")
- The Horror of Fang Rock) (A remake of Horror of Fang Rock)
- The Celestial Toymaker (who was to have been under the control of the Master)
- Don't Shoot, I'm the Doctor! (a more historically-accurate version of The Gunfighters)
- Tomb of the Cybs (a remake of Tomb of the Cybermen in which the Cybs are awoken by the Master)
- The Yeti (based on The Abominable Snowmen)
- Ark in Space (based on The Ark in Space)
- The Cybs (a Mars-based story where the Doctor hides in a gold mine to escape capture)
- The Outcasts (loosely based on The Invasion of Time, focusing on the Outcasts of Gallifrey)
- An Era of Fire (a mix between The Reign of Terror and The Claws of Axos)
- The Daemon Within (a remake of The Dæmons set in Salem, Massachusetts)
- The Depths (a remake of The Sea Devils set on a Louisiana oil rig)
- Shada (a completed version of 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, Leekley was removed from the project in September 1994. (REF: The Nth Doctor)