Scifi Sitcom Brain Storm


Occasionally I have known to blurt out creative ideas on twitter, and the one that keeps coming back to me is writing a Scifi Sitcom.

Now these have been done, most notability with Red Dwarf, but I was looking for a Time Travel Twist.

I have just had a quick pen and pencil draft of of a pilot, but it reads back as a poor Steven Moffatt Episode of Doctor Who. (Not to say that Steven Moffatt’s Doctor Who is poor, just this plot seems a bit like a duff episode).

I know a lot of the Doctor Who of late has had a LOT of humour, but I was looking at a 6 episode 30 minute laugh-a-thon scifi idea. Which could allow character development.

Now what style?

I had thought a bit Basil Fawlty in a time machine, with some nice time travel paradox farce.
Or a Police Squad / Airplane / Naked Gun style comedy packed with in jokes, sight gags and breaking of the third wall.

I had a quick thought about casting and came up with 2 names Al Murray and Richard Herring. I have been stalking Richard on Twitter for a while, as I was a huge fan of his work for the past 20+ years.

Apparently Richard Herring does have a multiverse comedy in the works (very much look forward to it). But I still get a Pub-Landlord-as-The-Doctor style sketch going through my head. Now obliviously I don’t want to be so brash as to hijack an existing character and work it into a Doctor Who spoof. But I still like the idea of having Al Murray as the Time Travelling comedic lead. Bumbling through time ala Frank Drebin.

A few things I would need to do to take this to the next level, I am no stranger to writing comedy (I submitted many sketches and a sitcom pilot to the BBC back in the early 1990s) but I am a big stranger to getting it commissioned.

First step. Work on my characters and a loose 6 episode story arc with lots of laughs and get a pilot of episode one written.

I will post updates here.


About Brian Edwards

Brian founded Scifind after university, studying Molecular Biology and Genetics. Brian's adventures in the lab rekindled his love of science fiction and led indirectly to him deciding to form his own online marketing company. Scifind followed and now he spends his time working on Scifind.com and most importantly, the SF Buzz. As the editor and founder, Brian is responsible for the magazine's direction and vision. He tweets too much @scifind