I am conceptualizing a composite time travel scenario that would incorporate:
HG Wells' The Time Machine;
Poul Anderson's Time Patrol;
an adaptation of Doctor Who;
a few other works.
I think that three popular sf series would benefit from some revision:
in Superman, there should be some explanation of why Kryptonians exactly resemble white North Americans (see here);
in Star Trek, Vulcans should be descendants of human colonials, not aliens;
in Doctor Who, the Time Lords should be future humanity, not aliens.
There are two versions of Doctor Who: one TV series and two feature films. In the latter:
Doctor, played by Peter Cushing, not by any of his TV actors, is not an
alien Time Lord but an English inventor, like Wells' Time Traveler;
his surname really is "Who."
my third version, the Doctor would be an absconding Time Lord as on TV
but the Time Lords would be future Terrestrials identical with
Anderson's Danellians. I thought of this merely because either Katherine
Kurtz or Poul Anderson used the phrase "Time Lords" when discussing the
Danellians in an Introduction to Anderson's Time Patrol story, "Death
And The Knight," in Tales Of The Knights Templar.
would like to consult my copy of this anthology but it is back home in
Lancaster while I will be in Norfolk until Saturday. If I had a time
machine, would I be able to travel forward to Saturday when I will be
back home? Not exactly. If the time machine were only able to move
through time and not also through space, then I would arrive in Norfolk,
not in Lancaster, on Saturday whereas, if the machine were able to move
through space, then I would be able to arrive home now and would have
no reason to delay my arrival until Saturday.
In my proposed composite scenario, there are four kinds of time machines:
Time Lord/Danellian time machine or TARDIS encloses its passengers, is
disguised as some appropriate historical structure like a British police
telephone box, is bigger inside than outside thanks to extra dimensions
and travels through the Time Vortex instead of directly from one set of
spatiotemporal coordinates to another;
Time Patrolmen use timecycles as described in Anderson's series;
civilian time travelers use shuttles that are boxes enclosing their passengers, in this respect similar to TARDIS's;
single nineteenth century inventor constructs the Time Machine which
resembles a timecycle in that the traveler sits on it although it takes
time to traverse time instead of disappearing and reappearing without
any subjective time lapse.
The Doctor steals a TARDIS
and embarks on adventures through space and time. The Time Lords realize
that he resolves several crises and therefore do not prevent his
excursions. However, he must be prevented from changing events and thus
coming into conflict with the Time Lords' human agents in the Time
The invention of the Time Machine is an
extremely improbable event that does not really fit into the Time
Lord/Danellian timeline. Because it is so improbable, when the Time
Traveler sets off into the future, he passes through a quantum
fluctuation and arrives in the 802,701 AD of a timeline where mankind
does not evolve into Danellians but devolves into Morlocks and Eloi as a
long-term consequence of Victorian social divisions. However, his
return journey reverses the quantum fluctuation so that he returns to
the main timeline just when Manse Everard and Charlie Whitcomb are
visiting the Patrol London office. Where/when did the Time Traveler go
after that? Other quantum fluctuations could have taken him to 1984 or
2001. In 1984, the Party claims that the past exists only in memories
and records but a Time Traveler from 1895 would disprove this.
Meanwhile, what happens elsewhere in the Solar System?
HG Wells' The War Of The Worlds has Martians invading Earth;
a film about Orson Welles' radio adaptation of The War Of The Worlds has Martians as a fiction within the fiction;
George Orwell's oppressors of humanity are entirely human;
Doctor Who has Ice Warriors on Mars;
Poul Anderson has several Martian races (see here), including one that invades Earth (see here), but does not tell us which, if any, exist in his Time Patrol universe.
(Wells, Orson Welles and Orwell!)
Addendum: For an earlier proposed sequel to The Time Machine, see here.