Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Willow and Tara: Doctor Who Adventures in Time & Space

I think it is an obvious conclusion, but if Willow and Tara had been characters during Russel T. Davies run of Doctor Who, they would have fared far, far better than they did on some other show.  Heck even under Steven  "Tipping the Scales" Moffat they would have been better off.

But that is the fantastic thing about RPGs.  They let us go places and do things we otherwise never could.

So what you have Willow and Tara been like as companions to the Doctor?

Willow, the Doctor, Tara and the Dodecahedron (my clock-face d12)
Well let's take them back a bit to when they were younger, maybe when Tara first showed up on the show.  Given that it is tempting then to use my WitchCraft RPG stats as a point of origin.  But there is an issue with that.  There is no magic really in the Doctor Who universe.  There are plenty of things that look like it and there are psychic abilities, but nothing like the magic I typically have the girls doing.  So for completeness sake I am going to look at stats I did about the same time the 10th Doctor was doing his thing. Something like my FudgeChill or Mutants and Masterminds stats. So maybe instead I'll go with their ages then.

So here is an idea.  Play up Willow's tech back ground a lot more.  She becomes, what is known in the game is a Boffin. Some one that can argue with the Doctor on tech and science. Sort of like what River Song can do now or how Romana was.   Tara is still shy and quiet, but she has a very good reason, she is psychic.  Like scary psychic. Makes for some great plots and gives me something weird and alien to work with, maybe even giving her some Carrionite ancestry.

I like it.

Willow Rosenberg (circa 2006)
Story Points: 12

Awareness 2
Coordination 2
Ingenuity 6
Presence 3
Resolve 4
Strength 2

Athletics 1
Convince 1
Craft 2
Fighting 1
Knowledge 4
Marksman 0
Medicine 2
Science 4
Subterfuge 0
Survival 1
Technology 4
Transport 1

Ambidextrous (not in the book, but in my reality), Attractive, Boffin, Photographic Memory, Technically Adept, Insatiable Curiosity

Laptop, Smart Phone (PDA Phone)

Home Tech Level: 5

Nationality: American
Profession: Software Engineer
Education: B.S. in Computer Science, 2003 University of California, Magna Cum Laude

Tara Maclay (circa 2006)
Story Points: 10 (2 points used)

Awareness 4
Coordination 2
Ingenuity 4
Presence 2
Resolve 3
Strength 3

Athletics 1
Convince 0
Craft 1
Fighting 1
Knowledge 3
Marksman 0
Medicine 1
Science 2
Subterfuge 1
Survival 1
Technology 2
Transport 1

Attractive, Animal Friendship, Empathic, Psychic, Telekinesis, Telepathy, Code of Conduct, Eccentric


Home Tech Level: 5

Nationality: American
Profession: Part time QMHP.
Education: B.A. in Art History, 2003 University of Southern California, Cum Laude,
M.A. in Psychology, Counseling emphasis, 2005 University of Southern California.

Looks good to me.  Now to see if they will ever run into Vastra and Jenny.


Norcross said...

The problem is, you haven't actually created characters for Willow and Tara - you've made different characters vaguely based on them, leaving out key abilities and adding new ones that they don't have. So, basically, you've just created two random RPG characters.

Timothy Brannan said...

The difference I see is these are just the numbers of their aspects in this different world. Whether or not they are them or not depends n how they are played.

Tim Knight said...
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Tim Knight said...

Don't forget Carrionite "magic" and The Daemons where magic is essentially an exotic alien science... the great thing about the Whoniverse is that pretty much everything can be embraced ;)

Donna K. Weaver said...

Wow, quite the Dr. Who fan, I see. I've never gotten into the series, but I've got many friends who are crazy about it.

Rena said...

I just caught up with your blog today and scrolled down to check for anything Buffy related. Anything Joss Whedon-related, really. And happy to discover Willow and Tara. =) Glad to follow you.

A to Zer!

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

I would love to see two lesbians with powers travelling through time with the Doctor. It would open up a whole new set of story possibilities.

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