Lucy was originally going to be called Francesca in earlier drafts, but her last name Boragas developed when I was visiting Bulgaria. There were signs for a place called Burgus down the road from I was staying, so it developed from there . Lucy’s first name was changed, after I watched the TV show ‘Timeless’ and loved the character in that.
Doctor Daniel Robertson
I have always been a fan of the film ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ and also the song ‘Mrs Robinson’ by Simon and Garfunkel. So all I did for the Doctor’s last name was change the spelling to something a little similar. Daniel is the name of a person in the bible who is righteous and has wisdom as well as a follower of God, so this name seemed somewhat appropriate.
One of my close friends in real life is actually named Elaine and she used to be a nurse, I met her while I was doing my teacher training and we’ve remained in touch ever since.
One of my favourite childhood films was ‘Flight of the Navigator’. In the film, on a spaceship, a robotic pilot called Max says ‘Compliance’ a lot, which I thought was hillarious. I must admit I just randomly chose his surname, but I did used to be friends with someone a long time ago who had the same surname, so maybe it was subconcious.
One of my favourite TV shows when I was younger was the 90’s series Sliders. In it a character called Remembrant Brown is affectionately refered to as Remy. Armartti literally translates to cloaked in Latin, which if you’ve read the book you’ll know is an important plot point.
I was very literal with this one. Her name translated from French means ‘beautiful heart’.
I named this character after a lovely councillor friend I used to work with. If you’ve read the book, you might know that her character doesn’t have a happy ending, but I’m pleased to report my friend is very much happy and well.