In 2009 I embarked on an project to produce a new 45-minute ‘Doctor Who’ video-drama which starred all the actors to have played the eponymous hero on TV.
With no original footage to be filmed and no participation from the lead actors (three of whom had sadly passed away) I was faced with constructing a narrative using only archival footage (albeit augmented by simple special effects) and new voice-over work. In total I produced 98 FX shots in episode one, 139 in episode two and over 200 for episode three.
I wrote and performed the lines for the Time Lord ‘Voice’ myself, although in Episode Three I was lucky enough to utilise the very clever vocal talents of Jonathon Carley to create new dialogue as David Tennant’s tenth Doctor.
With only very basic equipment (Pinnacle Studio 9 and Adobe Photoshop 7) I created all the special effects myself, chiefly working frame-by-frame as I had no video effects program. As a consequence of this laborious process each episode took several months to complete – part three taking me six months, working every evening, due to the high number of FX shots required. Episode Three was premiered at the Armada Con 23 Doctor Who Convention before its public upload.
I had just begun thinking about the concluding fourth instalment when I received a call to work on the re-colourising of episode one of ‘The Mind of Evil’ for release by BBC Worldwide. This project took 18 months to complete during which time I had no opportunity to consider the continuation of the quadrilogy.
A fortnight after the première of the ‘Mind of Evil’ colourisation at the British Film Institute, my YouTube Channel was hit by a copyright strike by BBC Worldwide who removed The Ten Doctors Part One. My appeal against their decision was dismissed. With the first instalment gone I abandoned the project in the face of somewhat persistent requests from fans to finish the story.
However, the clamour to resolve the narrative has continued unabated and so I have returned to Episode 4… I remade versions of the preceding episodes for this site and have now completed the final instalment. It was uploaded in September 2015, exactly 6 years after the first episode's premiere. It ties up many loose threads from the series, including contentious plot points from ‘The Silurians’, ‘Frontier In Space’ and ‘The Brain of Morbius’.
I was again fortunate enough to use the vocal talents of Jonathon Carley for Part Four, this time recreating a much broader collection of characters from the series past, bringing Peter Capaldi, David Tennant, Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy and K9 to life. Mert Karaca very kindly produced a wonderful CGI sequence of past faces forming inside a nebula. Huge thanks to them both for enhancing the episode!
YOUTUBE VIEWING FIGURES:
The 4 Episodes have collected 716,750 views
The Trailers have 150,000 views.
The Making Of Episode One video has 29,280 views.
Individual episode breakdowns:
The Ten Doctors Episode One has 311,000 views
(The original upload exceeded 220,000 views before its deletion. The re-upload currently has 91,000 views)
The Ten Doctors Episode Two has 186,800 views
(The original upload has 134,670 views; the re-upload has 52,130 views)
The Ten Doctors Episode Three has 172,130 views
(The original upload has 98,800 views; the re-upload has 73,330 views)
The Ten Doctors Episode Four currently has 46,810 views.
The story has been analysed by fans on TV Tropes. I hope it entertains you!
You may freely download this 56-page pdf script file (3mb) which transcribes the first three episodes.
BELOW: The making of The Ten Doctors Part One
BELOW: Mert Karaca's original CGI render for 'The Ten Doctors Part Four'