I originally intended for the weapons training scene to come at the end of the previous episode, showing everyone coming to accept Alun in the team. But it really would have unbalanced the story, so it became the start of the new story, Baptism of Fire. We see that far from being good at only filing, Alun is an exceptional crack shot. But he has never fired a gun in anger, and doesn’t know if he is good enough.

The issue of taking first Ianto and then Alun for granted is one I wanted to explore. Jack saying “Thanks, Ianto” without looking up to see that it was Alun threw that into focus. The crux of the story once it unfolds is how much they NEED Alun and Ianto, the only two left outside the Hub when it goes into lockdown. Ianto, even though he is full of flu, manages to tell Alun how to get into the Hub through a back entrance only he knows about. And then Alun finds out if he CAN fire a gun in anger in order to save everyone.

Alun has moved in with Ianto at this point. Their relationship is cemented, even though they have that love scene where they won’t use the word love. Later, when Ianto does admit to being in love with him a benchmark in their relationship HAS been crossed.

The Jec-Tet are in response to requests for a good scary monster as some of the stories have been more psychological. They are about as nasty as I can make them, although since they don’t get to kill anyone they are a bit toothless. I used them again in a New Lords of Time story “South Atlantic” in which The Ninth Doctor has to deal with them. A few of them die in that, but again, due to the nature of the story, they don’t get to kill anyone. But they do scare the living daylights out of people.

South Atlantic goes online on October 20th, 2007