It’s Zom’s fault.
In the comments to my Doctor Who Pop-Drama post he wrote:
Andrew, I’ve been thinking about heroic hyping the X-Men pretty much all year, but have been put off by the horrible facts of Morrison’s experience on the book. In conversation with Amy yesterday it occurred to me that, fuck it, we should go further and write something that fits our vision for the title. Mine our thinking to its core so that whatever we find doesn’t look sue-able and get that bad boy out there into the world – I can guarantee it won’t smell like any other superhero comic (as long as we can get the right artist!). I think you should do the same with this. You have the passion, the skill and the vision. Write a better Dr Who, call it something else, and sell it.
Should we form a pact?
And I have been unable to think of anything else since. In particular, I’ve recently realised that I have a setting in my head. Unfortunately, the setting is derivative.
Put bluntly, since I read Richard’s article in PEP! – and more recently the Faction Paradox books – I’ve realised that I’ve got my own ‘monomyth’ in my head, a combination of Jack Kirby, Grant Morrison and Doctor Who. An entire fictional universe, with a war between Gods that has disrupted time and causality, of which Final Crisis and the Time War are both echoes…
I have some *GREAT* ideas, but using that as a backdrop would be steering close to the boundaries of fanfic. Frankly, if I write this thing (which isn’t – quite – the Doctor Who revamp I wrote about, but is a different thing sort-of connected to it), in my head it will be happening in the same fictional universe as Seven Soldiers and Genesis Of The Daleks and …Of The City Of The Saved and a lot of other mutually-incompatible stories I love. It will never *mention* any connection with them, but I’ll know it’s there.
So, should I do it? Should I write this novel? Please say no…