little seds of inspiration and even your own fan "series"!
A few from my notes file. Mainly just dumps f information with some ideas around them.
1. Caistor. I've lived and worked in Norwich and explored the area. Full of history, the drainage of the fens (which got one Oliver Cromwell involved in politics), their use in earlier times for smuggling, the isolation of the monastery at Ely (surrounded by water and marsh, very different to today) and more. Read The Nine Tailors for an evocation of the area. Then there was the Roman settlement of Caistor (was about 8km from where Norwich was founded). Several interesting legends about the area, a monster trapped underground by the Romans, the martyrdom of Simon the Zealot, and the proximity of the capital of the Iceni tribe, a settlement located near the village of Caistor St. Edmund approximately 8km to the south of modern-day Norwich. After the suppression of the uprising led by Boudica around 60CE the Caistor area became the Roman capital of East Anglia, Venta Icenorum.
2. Dunwich. By the lost town of Dunwich The shore was washed away They say you hear the church bells still As they toll beneath the waves
Dunwich (wiki) was once an important place. In the Anglo-Saxon period Dunwich was the capital of the Kingdom of the East Angles. Later it was a hugely important port and harbour, similar in size to London. Until 1286 when the first great storm almost wiped the town out. Later it became a notorious Rotten Borough. Earlier it had had a Preceptory of the Knights Templar. Later still there was a WW2 RADAR installation there, part of the CHAIN HOME LOW network. There are still legends of ghostly ringing of the church bells now underwater.
A lot of scope for weirdness: time travellers, artefacts collected by the Templars (and later looted), strange storms that devastated the town, mysterious wartime experiments, aquatic aliens....
3. The Sittaford Mystery. As I've said before I'm fond of Golden Age mysteries and using them as the basis for time travel scenarios, somewhat in the manner of The Unicorn and the Wasp and Doctor vs Doctor1. Recently I re-watched the television "adaption"2 of the Agatha Christie novel The Sittaford Mystery (aka The Murder at Hazelmoor) and I'm considering using it as the basis for a scenario.
Isolated, snow-bound hotel near Dartmoor. An escaped convict straight out of The Hound of the Baskervilles, a disparate group of people thrown together in adversity. And then one of them is murdered.... A good collection of characters: the ambitious, war hero, politician and friend of Churchill3, tipped to become Prime Minister; his wastrel ward and the latter's far more competent fiancée; the elderly spinster who knits; the bumbling political agent; the mysterious Egyptian servant; the stereotyped American businessman and his doctor, who crawls about on the roof with electrical apparatus and has secrets of his own; the staff of the hotel; Mister Smith-Jones; a deceptive journalist looking for a story. There's even a séance.
Such stories provide an excellent skeleton for a Who scenario; there's already a set of characters, a location and at least one plot. Now add time travellers and you have a quick and easy game.
1. In the Doctor Who Annual 2006, with the Ninth Doctor and Rose encountering a thinly disguised expy of John Dickson Carr's Dr. Gideon Fell.
2. Other than snow and a few character names the television version bears no resemblance to the book.
Time, time,time, see what’s become of me. While I looked around for my possibilities... My AITAS files.