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Challenge IssuerEricJablow
Challenge NameThe Xan Brooks Challenge
Challenge TypePersonal Challenge
Category Dr. Who/Torchwood
DescriptionThis is a tricky one; it's inspired by real people. TtH has changed its rules recently about using real people, but it would still be tricky. I'm putting it here because of one of the names involved.

On June 22, 23, and 24, 2010, Jacob Isner and Nicolas Mahut contended in a unique tennis match in the first round of Wimbledon. Isner finally won 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68, after 11 hours of play. (Let's hope it's unique. They face each other in the first round of the 2011 Championships!) During the match, reporter Xan Brooks of the Guardian wrote an extraordinary blog about it: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/jun/23/wimbledon-2010-tennis-live. Here's some of the flavor:

"But none of this means a thing to the Everlasting Zombie Tennis Players on Court 18. They hear nothing but the thud of the ball off their racket and the sonorous tones of their Zombie Umpire. They can think of nothing beyond their next trudge to the chair for a short sit down before the ordeal begins again anew. They have forgotten all about Wimbledon and the world beyond the backstop.

"John Isner's serving arm has fallen off. Nicolas Mahut's head is loose and rolling bonelessly on his neck. And yet still they play on. The score is now 21-21 in the fifth and final set. This is now, officially, the longest final set in Wimbledon history.

"4.45pm: It's ace number 62 for John Isner in the Never-Ending Story of Court 18, a tournament record. But, incredibly, Mahut seems to be coming back at him. He forges his way to the first deuce of the set thanks to a backhand lob that somehow gets over the head of the American, who stands six-foot-nine in his stockinged feet. Both men, as has been established, are now dead on their feet, although the Frenchman looks the marginally less rotten (a few less worms wriggling from his eye sockets).

"6pm: The score stands at 34-34. In order to stay upright and keep their strength, John Isner and Nicolas Mahut have now started eating members of the audience. They trudge back to the baseline, gnawing on thigh-bones and sucking intestines. They have decided that they will stay on Court 18 until every spectator is eaten. Only then, they say, will they consider ending their contest.

"9.25pm: Last thoughts before I ring me a hearse. That was beyond tennis. I think it was even beyond survival, because there is a strong suggestion (soon to be confirmed by doctors) that John Isner actually expired at about the 20-20 mark, and Mahut went soon afterwards, and the remainder of the match was contested by Undead Zombies who ate the spectators during the change of ends (again, this is pending a police investigation)."

The challenge is to take an event--possibly a real event, possibly even this very one, have it actually be caused by something supernatural, and have the new Watcher's Council and Torchwood try to stop it. You could have reporter Xan Brooks talk with his namesake while trying to avoid being eaten by the Zombie Tennis Players. You could even replace Xan Brooks by Xander Harris. You could choose another fandom to cross with: James Bond, the Avengers, Dr. Who, or even Sapphire and Steel.

Still, to be safe for TtH, I guess you should disguise the base event.
Challenge Date25 Jun 10
Last Updated19 Jun 11

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