Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in their first story, The Eleventh Hour.
Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in their first story, The Eleventh Hour.

We’re excited to report that The Time Cuckoo, a script written by Doctor Who fans David Gilbank and Paul Renhard, has won an American fan fiction competition.

The two Yorkshire-based writers submitted their story to the Fan Fiction Festival and were lucky enough to have it performed recently. Every script sent in to the Festival receives feedback, but Paul and David’s Doctor Who story went one better and was read by professional actors. You can watch the recording of their script below.

The Time Cuckoo stars the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond, as played on television between 2010 and 2013 by Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. In the writers’ own words, the story sees the Doctor being forced to kidnap Lord Nelson – after taking a bullet for him – by an alien race who believe Nelson’s battle skills will help them win a war that has been raging for centuries.

This isn’t the pair’s first win though, having previously penned the science fiction/horror screenplay Cull in 2010, which went on to win several screenwriting gongs across the globe. They also have numerous television series to their name, and currently have two short films that have been released to great praise.

The Time Cuckoo took three months to write – around 9 to 5 jobs and real life – and the reading included in the video above was produced and directed by Matthew Toffolo.

You can read an interview, featuring tips for aspiring writers, with David and Paul, conducted by Matthew, on the Fan Fiction Festival here.

Previous Doctor Who-inspired submissions include My Doctor by Mark Renshaw, which was also treated to a live readthrough, and you can watch the video of that here. Check out all the Doctor Who entries here.

Our congratulations to David and Paul for another award! If you’d like to submit your own screenplay, all the instructions are on the Fan Fiction Festival website’s homepage, here.

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