The Life of Dougal Drummond starts out as a quite simple idea – a man is killed, comes back to life. His story is pieced together by the Torchwood Glasgow team, and he is invited to join them.
I had the idea that Torchwood Glasgow needs a man who can’t die! But not as the boss as Jack is, rather as one of the subordinates. I actually puzzled for a while about WHY Dougal is immortal. I played with the idea of him accidentally coming in contact with The Doctor at some point, but it sounded too complicated.
Then I remembered about nano-genes and had a totally blank moment when I wondered if Torchwood knew about those things. Then I remembered that Jack Harkness’s Doctor Who debut was the nano-gene episode, Empty Child! Doh! Anyway, it slotted in quite nicely. I never actually said in the story, but obviously Dougal was found in the desert by a passing Chula ambulance!
I’m getting to grips with
The injuries Dougal sustains, are quite muted compared to the website I googled with images of really gruesome car accident victims, which I am not going to link to. Nobody else needs putting off their dinner by pictures of decapitated bodies.
Of course, I wrote this before Children of Earth aired on British TV, making a body reconstituting itself in the body bag just a bit passť! But it still works. Tom Merrick, the contact at Southern General hospital’s morgue, may well come into these stories again. Watch the space.
Making Dougal both a soldier and
gay was a bit of a controversial thing to do. But it shouldn’t be.
Gay people can be courageous, too. There has long been a campaign for
pink representation at the Cenotaph. If I can make a point in this story
about that, then so be it.