Episode 3: Living Legend
Uruk, circa 2700 BC. Lady Penelope meets humanity’s oldest mythical hero: King Gilgamesh himself! With the city being besieged by enemy troops and sinister omens, an epic battle awaits, where Penelope, acting as the goddess Ishtar, will face another divine impostor of tremendous power, Kido the Neanderthal will find his true destiny and a myth shall be born!
This Sumerian episode was inspired by the Timewyrm: Genesys novel featuring the Seventh Doctor – but with some very heavy changes in terms of plot and NPCs. The role of Enkidu, Gilgamesh’s “wild man” friend was (of course) filled by Kido and I made quite a few changes to the main villain’s profile and backstory. Although her physical envelope has been destroyed, her psychic being somehow managed to teleport away (in the vortex?), Eresh (that’s her name) will certainly be back, since she has a lot of potential as a recurring arch-villaines… Last but not least, the story also made heavy use of the decidedly ubiquitous “telluric power” and its connection with Sumerian ziggurats, increasing its “Penelope-ness”, if I may risk such a bold neologism...
Next stop: London in July 1969, at the time of the Apollo 11 Moon landing!