About The Ten Doctors
Back in 2009 I embarked on an project to produce a new 40-minute ‘Doctor Who’ video-drama which starred all the actors to have played the eponymous hero on TV. With no new footage to be filmed and no participation from the lead actors (three of whom had sadly passed away) I was faced with constructing a dramatic yet logical narrative using only archive footage (albeit augmented by special effects) and new voice-over work. I produced 98 FX shots in episode one, 139 in episode two and over 200 for episode three.
I wrote and recorded the lines for the Time Lord ‘Voice’ myself, although in Episode Three I also utilised the 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 FX shots myself, chiefly working frame-by-frame. As a consequence of this laborious process each episode took several months to complete – part three taking me six months work due to the high number of special effects required.
After an 18-month break, during which time I was colourising ‘The Mind of Evil’ for release by BBC Worldwide, I have returned to the episodes once more to provide re-mastered versions for my website. The project, though experiencing a long hiatus (rather like the parent show itself) is not ready to die just yet. I am pottering around at the moment with effects for the concluding episode four. So watch this space!
Below is an explanation of how some of the effects were achieved in Episode One.