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  1. Did you write a script for ‘The Ten Doctors’ or did you just pick out certain dialogue?

    • Well, I could only write a script for the bits I performed myself. What the actors said came from the TV episodes.

  2. I don’t want to seem impatient, but had you ever finished part 4 of Ten Doctors? And will you be posting it anytime soon? I loved what you did with it. I thought it was amazing.

    • Thank you, Jeremy. I’m delighted you enjoyed it! However, you may have seen that it is no longer available on YouTube after the BBC decided that they’d rather prevent fans from seeing it. With Part one removed it is unlikely I’ll make part four. But I’m pleased you remember it with affection πŸ™‚

      • im sure the people at tardisblue.net would air it 24 hrs dr who and they air fan films we would all love to see it also try to post on
        Dailymotion

  3. Hi Stuart. Finally I just watched the first 2 episodes of Mind of Evil. Night and day. Your work was totally awesome. From all I’ve read it was very pain staking with long hours and little pay.but you managed to extract great pride in your accomplishment. As a fan I thank you. Hopefully the future will lead to a better (and easier) way that you (if you decide too) can continue to contribute to this high quality for future releases. I know I’m not saying anything new but I feel there is no limit of praise for the work you have done (did I mention it was awesome). Again thanks and good luck with any future endeavors.

    • That’s extremely kind of you, Paul. I’m chuffed to bits that you enjoyed the work on ‘Mind of Evil’. It was quite a slog but the generosity of fans has made it more than worthwhile πŸ™‚

  4. Watched Mind of Evil twice through last night (once with the commentary and production subtitles on). What can I say? After all these years I’ve finally seen these five magical seasons in full colour and the best restoration of all is this wonderful and elusive story.

    Thank you so much for your work on Episode 1!!

    • Thank you very much, Andrew. That’s very kind of you to say so and I’m over the moon that it’s been so well received!

  5. Hi Babelcolour ,just read the various ecstatic reviews of Pertwee era The Mind of Evil.I came across the following quote:
    “The whole thing took me 18 months work at ridiculously long hours. I was working 17 and 18 hour days and utterly exhausted, whilst juggling my real daytime job as well. Every weekend, every day of annual leave, every evening after work. For a year and a half. How I managed without succumbing to nervous exhaustion or an ulcer I’ll never know. The pay was utterly crap for the thousands of hours invested in the project but it was a labour of love. A gift back to Doctor Who.”
    Pet peave of mine is underpaid people who do the lions share of work for the lesser
    financial “real world” reward.Please consider a Paypal ‘donate’ button on all your web sites
    so the many Dr Who fans can show their support & appreciation.thankyou

    • Thank you – I’m thrilled you liked the work! I think it might look a bit cheeky for me to stick a donate button on this site, but I appreciate the kind sentiment behind the suggestion!

      • I personally do not think it would be cheeky for you to put a donate button on your site. I would gladly donate to support the fantastic work you do. I have watched all your videos and I am a big fan of your work. It has made me enthusiastic about watching classic Doctor Who again.

        • That’s extremely kind of you Andrew. it’s so heartening to hear fans enjoying the work. it really does make all the hours worthwhile πŸ™‚

  6. Hey Babelcolour, I really like your work, I just have a query. I went to show a friend of mine The Ten Doctors Part 1 today and it seems to have been removed from your youtube, is there anywhere I can still watch it?

    • Hello Timothy – apologies for the delay replying. I’m afraid the BBC decided to remove The Ten Doctors – possibly because it imitated their intentions for ‘the Name of the Doctor – but they struck my account and removed it. There isn’t any other host for it, I’m afraid.

  7. Just saw the Photo Restoration page – I really don’t know why I should be surprised but – Wow! Very impressive work.

    • Thank you Sighs. Working frame-by-frame on colourisation has sufficiently built up my resistance to boredom to tackle working pixel-by-pixel on photo restoration. It’s certainly tedious, but extremely rewarding.

      • I thought I would also share my appreciation for your new page. Amazing work, really rather stunning! (like the rest of your work…)

  8. I received a telephone call from BBC Worldwide tonight. They were very generous and supportive of the work and reassured me that the decision to strike the videos on YouTube was a little over-zealous on their part and that they would be reversing the deletions. Marvellous news and a gold star to BBC Worldwide for being so positive and magnanimous.

  9. Absolutely saddened to see your videos have been removed from YouTube, especially The Ten Doctors series… I was looking forward to Part 4!

    It reminds me a bit of the Daleks exterminating someone after they’ve fulfilled their purpose.

  10. So sad to see the BBC stab you in the back. Can’t believe they deleted almost an entire channel’s worth of AMAZING work!

    Have you explored ways to upload your videos? Like, for example, Dailymotion? Because, from there, you could embed them back onto this site!

    Cheers

  11. Thank you so much for what you have done. I first saw Dr Who in January 1970 and my Doctor was, is, and will always be Jon Pertwee. As with most fans the programme was a major part of my childhood and something to which I have a very great sentimental attachment. Seeing ‘Planet of the Daleks’ Episode Three restored to colour was amazing. I am very much looking forward to seeing ‘The Mind of Evil’ restored to colour as it was when I first saw it back in 1971. I hope that ‘The Mind of Evil’ DVD will include some wonderful extras and that you will be a part of that. Best regards, Graham

    • Thank you very much! 40,000 visitors in four months is considerably more than I expected, but absolutely brilliant!

  12. I first stumbled upon your work with True colours, and it made me cry every time I watched it because it was so beautiful! The time and effort you put into your work really shows, and I’ve been really excited by the work you’ve put up since. You’re a credit to the fandom, and I’m glad it’s been recognised πŸ™‚

    • That’s a lovely post Bekky. Thank you so much, and I’m so happy you enjoy the work πŸ™‚

  13. Hi Stuart,
    I have to agree with Alwin. Since I first saw one of your colourisations of William Hartnell some time ago, I was amazed at the work you had done. I love the tributes as well, especially the Brigadier & Sarah Jane, my two favourite characters since I first watched Doctor Who as a child in 1974. When Invasion Of The Dinosaurs, Ambassadors… & Mind of Evil were announced for DVD, I hoped you would be asked to work your magic on these stories. I have no doubt that Mind of Evil will look fantastic. Maybe if a “special edition” of Invasion of the Dinosaurs came to be, you’ll be asked to work on Episode 1 to restore it back to its full glory.
    I’d also read that you had worked on Ambassadors… but never found any more information about that.
    The 10 Doctors is great & I’ve enjoyed watching this, looking forward to the next part.

    • Thank you, Andrew!
      I’m so glad to read you liked the memorial tribute to Lis and Nic. Such a sad fact that they had to be made in the first place.

      I’m afraid I had nothing to do with ‘Ambassadors of Death’, but some of my work will be seen on the forthcoming ‘Terror of the Zygons’ DVD as well as ‘the Mind of Evil’. I hope you’ll enjoy the work on there. And thank you for the kind message πŸ™‚

  14. It would be arwsome if you released the 10 doctors part four when the 50th Anniversary comes out

    • It should certainly be finished it before November next year, but it does work out quite nicely that it’s going to be uploaded for the Anniversary year. With any luck the BBC will make their own 11 Doctors as well!

    • I think that’s an excellent idea, when I eventually find myself with some free time. My old Babelfish Colourisation Website had a Tutorial Page that proved very popular. I think it could make a re-appearance eventually!

  15. Hi. This may seem like a crazy idea, but why not make this colourisation project a community style one? I’m sure there are volunteers out there, and with help with your BBC contacts, could make this pretty big. Post some tutorials, give out the colours needed and give 100 frames or so to each volunteer. You’ll have coloured video way quicker than a solo project.

    Colouring these videos fully is not going to get done on an individual effort right now. Have you thought of this before? The only downsides I can think of this idea are the initial setup, and the loss of the individual fame you get for doing this yourself. Then again, leading such an ambitious project yourself brings its own fortunes!

    • The main problem with a community style colourisation is that, to be honest, I have never seen two colourisers work to the same style, the same palette, saturation or technique, never mind to the same quality as each other. The results would be incredibly distracting with every shot in the video having a different look & feel dependant on who had worked on it. This would be exacerbated by any video that had quick edits and the different styles followed each other rapidly. I think such a venture is ultimately doomed to failure…

  16. Hi Stuart,
    glad to see you have your own site and very impressive it is too.
    Been a fan for many years and you were the main inspiration for my Dvd covers and photoshop colourisation that has thankfully led to some paid work occasionally. Thanks for all the advice you have given in the past and a great thank you for all the tremendous work on all the colourised Dr Who clips.
    always looking forward to seeing more from you, time consuming as it is.
    Best wishes mate.
    Don

    • Hiya Don,

      I remember chatting with you way back on the Babelfish Colourisation Site. You *have* been following the work for a very long time! So glad to hear you’ve got paid for your endeavours! I greatly appreciate you taking such an active interest in the work.

      Thanks πŸ™‚

  17. Hello Stuart.I’m really impressed with the colorised images of the Patrick troughton stories.
    Have you thought of colourizing supercar(1961/62) and fireball xl5(1962/63)?
    I think those two series would look great in colour.keep up the good work

    • Thank you Pelham. I’m glad you like them.

      The manual colourisation process is such a time consuming, tedious and labour-intensive process that, unless someone waves a fat wad of cash at me for doing it, one has to have an active interest in the material to motivate oneself to invest the man-hours and effort. With Doctor Who I have that active interest but, since I’ve never sat down and watched Fireball XL5 or Supercar I would have to leave the endeavour to others who actually enjoy the shows.

  18. Today marks two whole weeks of going live with babelcolour.com!

    A big thank you to everyone who has visited, commented and enjoyed the work over the last fortnight. You’ve made the site much more successful than I ever thought would be possible. Thanks to you all

  19. So glad to see you were commissioned by the Doctor Who Restoration Team. Well deserved. Hope they include you in some kind of 50 year video. Love all your tributes to those who have moved on. All top notch and touching.
    I have a Doctor Who fan since “The Key of Time” series and am looking forward to seeing your work on a future DVD. (I try to buy 2 or 3 a month) – Cheers

    • That’s very kind of you Paul. Delighted to read that you’ve been touched by the memorial videos. Such tremendously great stars gone too soon.

      You’ll find my work on a couple of forthcoming releases – ‘Terror of the Zygons’ and ‘The Mind of Evil’. Hope you enjoy them!

      • Both those videos are on my purchace list. Since Terror of the Zygons is already out there do I need to wait for the “remastered version” ? I had to wait half a year for Doctor Who to return to BBCA now this. Lucky I need a few others.to occupy my time while I wait.

        • Terror of the Zygons isn’t “out there” just yet! You might be able to pick up the old VHS version, but the DVD hasn’t had a release date yet.

          • Those crazies Amazonions. Typed in the title and I get “buy at Amazon”. Go to the site and I get “be notified when title becomes available”. (I was trying to get the episode number to see if I had it) To date I’ve got 118 stories/DVD’s from the original run so there are a few more I need while I wait (and even better new ones still being made). I have also enjoyed Matt Smith and the Steven Moffat era. The episode I’m most looking forward to is the one with Diana Rigg. (Loved The Avengers too).

  20. Hi there, love youre videos and nice to finally find yorue website, I hope to go and follow you on other sites now as well, and what are youre thoughts on the new series of doctor who so far ?

    • Thank you very much πŸ™‚

      I’m a tremendous fan of Matt Smith – he has a mesmerising screen presence that often transcends the material he has to work with. I’d be glued to the screen whatever he was in.

  21. Absolutely love the website. I think it’s great that all your work can be presented in one place; I could spend hours on here going through everything. All the best with The Mind Of Evil.

    Simeon

    • Thanks Simeon, great to know you like the site. I’m sure that, once I have some free time again (!) it will grow and grow, with more additions and pages. Keep popping back and you may find new things πŸ™‚

  22. Stuart keep up the magnificent work – here hoping that the Mind of Evil sells in bucket loads and your work is seen by a huge audience that drums up enough interest to recolour more BW material from the 60s and 70s

    • I hope it sells in record numbers! Shame I won’t get any royalties! Though if the interest is there and the will is shown for other stories to be tackled, that would be marvellous πŸ™‚

      • Will you really not get any royalties for it? You are getting paid a fee at least, right? I know the BBC is a non-profit organisation an’ all, but they should be paying you at least a modest fee for your services, surely?

  23. Hi Stuart,

    Many, many thanks for all your continued contributions to the DW community.

    Good luck in making your ‘hobby’ a bona fide business venture! (if that’s what you want?)

    I just don’t know where you find the time for your forum comments, videos, & now this site?!

    Cheers

    • That’s very kind. I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the work. Juggling one’s time is the tricky part of the job – there’s never quite enough hours in a day. Though I’m delighted to say this website was built for me by inspired lamb designs, so I’ve not been distracted from the ‘Mind of Evil’ workload.

    • Thank you very much. Part Four has had to be delayed until I finish ‘The Mind of Evil’. I hope you’ll get to see the final installment in 2013 πŸ™‚

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