In September 2009, Episode One of a new 45-minute ‘Doctor Who’ web series entitled The Ten Doctors was released to the public via YouTube.
Relying entirely on newly recorded dialogue and specially created FX shots to enhance pre-existing archival material, The Ten Doctors web-series took inspiration from movies such as 1982's Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid to create a brand new drama by manipulating disparate footage. In total 98 FX shots were created in episode one, 139 in episode two, over 200 for episode three whilst the concluding instalment consists almost entirely of digitally enhanced footage.
The script was written by Stuart Humphryes, who also performed the role of the recurring Time Lord ‘Voice’ and Alternative Doctor. In Episodes Three and Four, talented voice artist and TV actor Jonathon Carley contributed his amazing vocal talents to create new dialogue as various Doctors, including David Tennant’s 10th Doctor, Peter Capaldi's 12th, Paul McGann's 8th and Sylvester McCoy's 7th. He also performed dialogue as the computerised companion K9.
Episode One - The Aduction (original upload 03 September 2009)
Episode Two - The Convergence (original upload 3 January 2010)
Episode Three - The Dark Dimension (original upload 19 September 2010)
Episode Four - The Final Trap (original upload 13 September 2015)
The Ten Doctors package - comprising 4 x episodes, trailers and a Making Of video - has achieved a million views.
Episode One was recommended in SFX Magazine March 2010.
Episode Three was premiered at the Armada Con 23 Doctor Who Convention before its public upload.
The web series has been featured on TV Tropes here, nominated as "one of the 8 Most Amazing Fan Videos on YouTube" by Digital Spy here, reviewed in June 2016 by Data Extract issue 231 (the official publication of the Doctor Who Fan Club of Australia) and reviewed in 2010 by the on-line magazine Theta Morbius Times issue 1. It is listed on IMDb here.
There was a long gap between the completion of Episode Three and the concluding instalment because Stuart Humphryes had been contracted to re-colourise episode one of The Mind of Evil for DVD release by BBC Worldwide. This project had begun in 2009 with the production of colourised test material and was delivered in February 2013. During this period re-colourising The Mind of Evil the continuation of the quadrilogy remained in limbo.
In March 2013, a fortnight after The Mind of Evil's première at the British Film Institute, Episode One of The Ten Doctors was removed from YouTube due to a copyright strike for its use of archival footage. At the time of deletion the episode had passed a quarter of a million views. This event delayed work on the concluding episode even further. The opening instalment was later re-uploaded in 2014 and work then began on the completion of Episode Four..
The final episode 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 such as the Doctor's ambiguous age from The Silurians and The Mind of Evil, his encounter with the Medusoids mentioned in Frontier In Space and the implication that earlier unknown incarnations of the Doctor may have existed in The Brain of Morbius.
The Ten Doctors incorporated archival footage from numerous sources across TV and Cinema. Amongst the television series utilised were the BBC productions of Romeo and Juiliet (1978), The Musketeers (2014), The Hanging Gale (1995), Merlin (2008) Extras (2005), Jim'll Fix It (1985) and The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Last Sontaran (2008). Other TV series included The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (1956), Fringe (2008) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (2011).
Dozens of movies were also used to create the narrative, including The Mouse That Roared (1959), Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD (1966), The Spaceman and King Arthur (1979), Time Bandits (1981), The Draughtsman's Contract (1982), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Van Helsing (2004), Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004), Splinter (2008), Antichrist (2009), Knowing (2009) and many others.
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
Mert Karaca's CGI render for Episode Four