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In 1978, the BBC produced a television series in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, "An Englishman's Castle". It was an alternate history story, whose concept was that the British lost the Battle of Britain, Nazi Germany invaded and occupied England relatively benignly, and 40 years later, Britain rebels against Germany. Kenneth More, in his last acting role, plays the producer of a British soap opera about the British resistance of the 1940s. The Germans let the show go on to distract Britons of the present-day occupation. In a way, it was similar to "The Man in the Hig...
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Television > Other-Drama Shows • Responses [0] • Date Added [12 Feb 14]
An insurance investigator comes to Cleveland to check on a strange murder, and he visits the grave site. He discovers that the grave has been disturbed and that the body is no longer there. His investigation leads him to a short blonde woman in her mid-20s, and he wonders what her involvement in the case is. By the end, he finds out. He is not happy.

Of course, this would be "Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar," the man with the action-packed expense account, though brought forward in time by 55 years or so. To follow the most famous of its seasons, the ones with Bob Bailey as Dollar, wri...
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Miscellaneous > Radio Dramas • Responses [0] • Date Added [11 Nov 13]
In Second Age Pamaltela in the standard Gloranthan Runequest setting, a Wizard decides to experiment and summon a demon to hold in the Psychic Zoo for study. Meanwhile in Sunnydale, Willow makes herself very noticeable across the multiverse when she raises the Temple and tries to destroy the world in "Grave". In her exhaustion afterwards, her defenses are weak, and the summoning captures her.

What happens when she awakens and talks with her captors? She could recover and wreck the place, but that would be boring. She could have hostile but not immediately violent talk with her capt...
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Games > Fantasy • Responses [0] • Date Added [13 Sep 13]
Set sometime during their years in Sunnydale, the Scoobies see a strange storm system forming over the Pacific near town. This eventually spawns tornadoes, one of which heads straight for Sunnydale. And, that tornado actually picked up a lot of sharks from the Pacific and carried them with it. How do the Scoobies fight sharks crashing from the sky? Do demons and vampires help them fight the sharks off? And,how would Xander and Giles do with chainsaws?

Yes, I know Sharknado won't be shown by the SyFy network until tonight. So what? You don't need to have seen that TV-Movie to gu...
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Television > Other-Action/Adventure Shows • Responses [0] • Date Added [11 Jul 13]
While traveling through Africa, Xander hears of a possible Slayer trapped in a town under attack by a paramilitary organization. As he investigates the area, an interested ghost investigates him. A ghost without a head, and with a Thompson submachine gun. Well, Xander has had worse problems.

Yes, it's Roland, the Headless Thompson Gunner, from Warren Zevon's song.
Miscellaneous > Music • Responses [0] • Date Added [29 Sep 12]
In the future, 200-1000 years from now, (assuming that Sunnydale still exists, and S6-7 never happened) somebody gets the bright idea to mount spindizzies on Sunnydale and the surrounding area and send it off into space. What weird adventures would the flying Hellmouth have?

This is a cross with James Blish's "Cities in Flight" stories. Sunnydale will never be as important as the city with "two names, twice", but it has inventive "people".

Assume that one of the two Slayer lines is represented, that there are some vampires and some other demons left, and that it has the sui...
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Literature > Sci-Fi • Responses [0] • Date Added [9 Aug 11]
Make a change to "The Pack"; have Xander possessed for some reason by the spirit of a mongoose, not the spirit of a hyena. Now, since the mongoose is according to legend a protector of man who hates snakes and other destructive predators, that episode would work a lot differently. (That mongooses have no natural enemies in North America would cause problems.) Try to incorporate some aspects of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, from Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book.

Follow this up by changing the Graduation Day story. After all, in a town suffused by magic, with a major character still holding some of ...
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Literature > Classics • Responses [0] • Date Added [26 Jul 11]
The 2010 US political season inspired some of the most insane advertisements and campaign videos of all time. Some of these are demented enough to be fit subjects of a BtVS crossover story. And, the two maddest of the videos were Fred Davis' ads for Carly Fiorina in her campaign for US Senator against Barbara Boxer. I mean of course the "Demon Sheep" ad and the "Hot Air" ad.

So, my idea is to have Xander or Buffy investigating a problem on a California farm and eventually facing "Financial Conservative In Name Only" demon sheep. Or, a senator turned into a blimp; your choice.
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Miscellaneous > Commercials • Responses [0] • Date Added [18 Jun 11]
In "I Robot, You Jane," the demon Moloch is scanned into the Net. Now, there are stories where other intelligent pieces of software roam the Net. I'm thinking of Donna Andrews' "Turing Hopper" series. The challenge is to have Turing notice Moloch's activity, realize how wrong it is, and try to fight back against the demon. And, how would a software entity that has trouble understanding the motivation of humans try to understand a demon? How would Turing understand the existence of demons?

Anyhow, this would be the software equivalent of Godzilla versus King Kong.
Literature > Crime • Responses [0] • Date Added [4 Jun 11]
Either just after or just before The Mark of the Rani, Giles meets the Sixth Doctor and Peri in a London general store. Of course, the proprietor is Ronnie Corbett, and there is a very confused customer: Ronnie Barker. Now, everyone becomes confused.
Multiple Crossings • Responses [0] • Date Added [4 Apr 11]
On Halloween, suppose that Ethan Rayne's shop did not have a soldier costume, but had a bunch of politician's costumes. Xander might have picked the most recognizable of them; a black suit, a top hat, and a fake beard would make him into a passable Abraham Lincoln.

Now, suppose that when Ethan's spell strikes that he's turned into Abraham Lincoln. Not just Old Abe, but Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, after the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, published in 2010 and released in movie form in June 2012. How would he do in the 20th Century, in a town full of vampires? When the night is ov...
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Literature > Horror • Responses [0] • Date Added [4 Mar 11] • Date Updated [14 Feb 12]
This 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: htt...
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Dr. Who/Torchwood • Responses [0] • Date Added [25 Jun 10] • Date Updated [19 Jun 11]
Thorne Smith was most known for his Topper stories, the body-switching story, Turnabout, and the movies made from them, but he wrote a few more books too. In one of them, "The Night Life of the Gods", an eccentric inventor, Hunter Hawk, develops a ring that can turn living beings to stone and back. He meets Megaera, a wood sprite who can turn statues into living flesh and back, and they fall in love. They also amuse themselves by turning the statues of Gods in the Metropolitan Museum of Art into the gods they were modeled upon, and the gods themselves have fun in New York.

At the en...
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Literature > Fantasy • Responses [0] • Date Added [14 May 10]
The gang used the "Orb of Dagon" to weaken Glory during the battle at the end of "The Gift". Instead, make a change and have the orb be the "Orb of Argon," or actually the "Eye of Argon". In fact, tell the story in the same way the original fantasy story by Jim Theis, "The Eye of Argon," tells it.

For the uninitiated, "The Eye of Argon" is considered to be the worst fantasy story ever written. A famous game at sf conventions is to see who can read the story aloud without laughing, crying, or falling on the floor the longest. The Wikipedia article is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wi...
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Literature > Fantasy • Responses [0] • Date Added [2 Jan 10] • Date Updated [17 Jan 10]
In Charlie Stross' "Atrocity Archive" series, a secret British agency called "The Laundry," uses computers, surveillance systems, nuclear weapons, magic, and medusas to keep extradimensional entities and Cthulhoid monsters from invading the Earth. Assume now that Mo Howard interrupts a Buffy-vampire fight on one of her trips to England, post-Chosen. Meanwhile, Bob Howard has to work hard to keep Willow from hacking her way into "secrets man was not meant to know™." You can even have Angleton meeting Giles.

No sexual relationships, please. Imagine what Mo would do if Bob strayed.
Literature > Fantasy • Responses [0] • Date Added [12 Oct 09] • Date Updated [17 Jan 10]
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