The Web of Terror
pur-ple (pûrpl) n.
1. Any of a group of colours with a hue between that of violet and red.
2. Cloth of a colour between violet and red, formerly worn as a symbol of royalty or high office.
3. Imperial power; high rank: e.g born to the purple.
4. In the Roman Catholic Church, the rank or office of a cardinal or a bishop
5. Those literary worlds visited by Iris Wildthyme where the
prose is as sensual, convoluted and self-aggrandising as Iris herself...
Get Wildthyme In Purple here at the Obverse website.
I don't remember how I came to be invited to write for Wildthyme In Purple by Stu Douglas. I'd been in touch with him about something else... or was that after this came out? I honestly don't remember how it came about... but I'm rather glad it did.
I like pulp literature. Comics, novels, sci-fi, cops... I've always loved the feel of pulp.
I knew what I wanted to do with this one straight off the bat. One of the old pulp sci-fi stories that made the movies that turned up in sci-fi seasons on BBC2. Something like THEM!... Actually, that may have been my starting point. The army against giant bugs.
Not bugs - a spider.
I bloody hate spiders.
What could make me like a spider? Why would I want to like one? Because this is Iris Wildthyme and so the story has to go through an Iris filter. So why would I ever like a spider? If it was able to hold a good conversation, was aware that it was a creepy crawly. Ooh, so it was intelligent as well as huge? There we have it. Radioactive fall-out from nuclear testing. How pulp is that? But I need a pulp hero. A fifties era hero. The army dude is too straight-laced... somebody to give a bit of the Hollywood style cynical chat... a reporter obviously. And there we have the basis of the story, made a lot more fun when you throw Iris into the middle of it if she's on her way to Vegas... to do a show? To see the Rat Pack maybe?
Bosh. There we are.
I had a hoot with this one. I mean, seriously loved it.
Erimem short stories
OUT AMONG THE STARS
ECHOES and INTERLUDES
LIFE ON MARS ON MARS
A BLEAK MIDWINTER and INTERLUDES
Other Doctor Who short stories
GRAHAM DILLEY SAVES THE WORLD
THE TIME LORD'S STORY
FAR AWAY IN A MANGER
THE OTHER THREE DOCTORS
THE XMAS FILES