Sunday, 28 February 2010

Edit 3 of Dalek Storm

Dalek Storm is such a great creation and we should all promote it as much as we can considering that it's creator is a Yorkshire man..... Anyhow, here is the very latest edit for the promotional machine that is Dalek Storm..... Enjoy all

Friday, 26 February 2010

The new K9 is revealed

In an attempt to update K9 and make him more realistic the producers of Doctor Who have come up with this for the new series.........

Monday, 22 February 2010

Reconstruct missing episodes yourself

So, we all know that there are so many missing episodes of Doctor Who which truth be told may never ever be found. However, the soundtracks do still exist and if you have a look here then there are instructions and resources for recreating the episodes using computer animation.

It is a fascinating concept and the BBC did the very same with missing episodes of The Invasion.

Dr Who fan day in Leeds

Just a quick note to say that our next fun packed meeting for Leeds Doctor Who fans and well anyone who wants to come really is on Saturday 6th March. All are welcome and it starts at 1pm at the Adelphi pub in the city centre. If you want to know more about the group the follow this link to the website.

Its a great afternoon filled with lively discussions with like minded people and....... possibly a beer or two.

We also hold special events with guest stars such as the one in the picture which featured a certain ex Doctor Mr Colin Baker.

Saturday, 20 February 2010

New Trailer

Here is the new trailer for the forthcoming series of Doctor Who. In my honest opinion I think that we're onto a winner here. Matt & Karen look amazing together.....

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Big Finale? Potential spoilers but it's the Star so probably not......

The Star has reported that we're in for the ultimate fan boy treat at the end of Matt Smith's first season in charge of the Tardis. If you want to know more then feel free to click here.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Doctor Who Fan Film by Richard Parker

Ok, the title is a little misleading. This is a short preview of a film about fans which is currently in production and being made by our very own Richard Parker. It features a few people from our Leeds based Doctor Who meetings.

I can't wait until it is finished but for now please enjoy this.......

Monday, 8 February 2010

fan of the day (or You've Been Roger'd)

After a short break here is another Fan Of The Day from our Leeds Doctor Who fan get together. This article features long standing member Simon. Over to you Simon!!

Simon Wellings

I’m only 743. I used to be even younger.

Mental Age
About the same

How long have you been a member of the group?
My first meeting was way back in November 1987 – almost to the day that Pete Tyler got run over! I remember meeting Phil Collinson who was a good laugh. Phil of course went on to do bigger and better things but not before we made our own amateur Dr Who film in 1989, featuring him as the Doctor and me as the villain! We loved it but it was appalling. You may have read about it in the “Sex, Lies & Videotape” article in DWM last year – it’s the film that David Tennant nicked from Phil’s flat in order to embarrass him at his leaving do in March 2008. Peter Davison was apparently in the audience and said it was the worst thing he had ever seen! David Tennant said he had got his own performance wrong all these years and said Phil had finally shown him how the part should have been played! Phil had to crawl under a table!
The group kept going until about 1993 where there was a lengthy hiatus until 2004 when Neil kick started it back up again. Oh, I forgot, there was a brief revival in 1996 around the time of the Paul McGann movie – I seemed to be the only fan who liked it!

Who is your favourite Doctor and why?
Tom Baker was without a doubt the most memorable and distinctive and he commanded the most authority – that expressive face, those huge eyes, that sumptuous, fruity voice of the Gods. He had a fantastic ability to switch between dramatic seriousness and thigh-slapping funnies like no other actor I know. He was remarkable, trend-setting and way ahead of his time. He was the people’s Time Lord.

Favourite companion?
New series – Rose Tyler – such a soulful performance and Billie’s gorgeous!
Classic series – a toss up between Leela, Sarah Jane, Liz Shaw and the Brig.

Favourite episode?
Too many good ones but I’ll have a go:
New series – I love Father’s Day, The End of the World & Blink. But the best one is I think The Empty Child – fantastic, brooding atmosphere with a really moving ending.
Classic series – particular favourites of mine are Genesis of the Daleks, Deadly Assassin (terrible title, great story), Terror of the Zygons (another terrible title, another great story), Seeds of Doom & Ambassadors of Death, but the best one has to be Caves of Androzani – absolutely gripping from start to finish and with a great cast. I even liked the Magma Monster and it’s little cape!

If you were a God what would you do to the world?
In order to preserve a certain amount of free will and meaning, I would hide little bits of myself inside people’s heads so they could find me if they wanted to look.

Cake or biscuit?
I like both depending on the quality. On the whole, cake probably has the edge.

Last book you ever read?
Dr Who: The Shooting scripts. I write scripts in my spare time. Once I wrote an audio story for Paul McGann’s Doctor and it got as far as Nick Briggs who said he would talk to me about it! But nothing came of it so I’m not sure what happened to it after that despite numerous enquiries on my part. Perhaps Nick thought it was rubbish and didn’t have the heart to tell me?!

What are the contents of your fridge?
Mostly nice stuff but I find I am reluctant to throw food out until it has well and truly gone off - maybe it’s a guilt-trip about the starving millions in Africa? It reminds me of the flawed “clean plate principle” for kids. Contrary to popular parental opinion – eating everything on my plate or from my fridge has been shown to do nothing for the well-being of starving people in Africa.

What did you laugh at so much that stuff came out of your nose?
Moths Ate My Dr Who Scarf with the fabulous Toby Hadoke. I also had a tear in my eye at the end.

What would your Autobiography be about?
How to be the writer, director, producer and main character in the movie entitled “My Life”.

Would you travel to the past or the future?
My only interest is in the future as I’m going to be spending the rest of my life there.

If you had a Superpower what would it be?
Most Superheroes are loners and are dysfunctional and tend to appear in really bad films. Their superpowers don’t make them happy. My superpower would therefore have to be super self-awareness – kind of like Buddha in a cape!

What did you want to be when you were 12 years old?
I wanted to be a bigger Simon. I felt it was inevitable.

What would you do if you suddenly became a fish?
Probably no reaction. Is a fish aware that it swims in water any more than we’re aware that we move through the air? If I had an ounce of Simon left, I would probably get bored after a while, crawl up out of the mud and learn how to walk (where have I heard that before?) and then sprout wings and fly away somewhere. Should only take half a million years or so.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

New Storm teaser....

Just another edit of the forthcoming Storm film.....

On Reflection

I do not think of myself as a Doctor Who fan, in fact I don't consider myself to be a "fan" of anything really.

Let me explain....... My relationship with Doctor Who started in 1975 or thereabouts. I think the first one I remember was The Arc In Space and I must have been 3 at the time. The Saturday routine in our house back in the 70's was simple. Get up, dressed, fed and then off to the shops. In the afternoon we went swimming then on the way back we would get fish and chips for tea and then get ready for this weeks thrilling instalment of Doctor Who. It was a magical time, being young and witnessing all new episodes of Tom Baker strutting his stuff. I named my goldfish Sarah and Harry. We went to Blackpool to see the museum, my mum knitted me a scarf and at Christmas I got the Doctor Who annual which was my most treasured possession.

That was the start and it continued through my life. Doctor Who only left me for a brief time (about a year) in the 80's when girls became really interesting but it wasn't long before I was watching again.

I am not a fan though. I like things that are good and for me, Doctor Who has always been good and therefore I like it. If it ever disappointed me then I would not like it or watch it, but so far it has never been that bad.

I'm not a fan of Elvis Costello either. I have most of his albums and, for the most part they're all brilliant. However, there are a few which I will never listen to again as I don't like them.

Anyway, I just wanted to get that off my chest..... strange I know!!

If anyone else wants to do the same let me know and (if I like it) I will post it here!

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Dalek Storm Filming report - Part Two

....... Steve worked Storm really well and knew exactly what type of shots and angles would work well.

Filming then moved onto a classic white corridor scene which could have come straight out of 70's Tom Baker Doctor Who with Alan showing off his mastery of controlling Storm and it's near perfect Dalek movements.

Lighting was always going to be a problem in some of the darker areas of the location however we used it to our advantage by using some of the lighting effects on Storm to stand out in the darkness..... this made some great eerie shots which are going to work well. Unfortunately the lack of light led to Storm having a little collision which we caught on camera and will no doubt feature as an Easter Egg on the DVD release.

Time was moving on at this point so we decided to move outside to take advantage of the light. We got some great footage here as well as the lighting conditions were near perfect.

So, as of today we're still at the very early stages of this project, with post production, sound design and final edits to complete. But, so far so good and as a special treat here is a very early teaser trailer for what is to come. Please bear in mind that it is in a very raw state and I will be re writing my music as I'm not 100% happy with it yet......... Hope you enjoy and let us know what you think......... Nick.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Bill Nighy in new series

Digital Spy have reported that the legendary British actor Bill Nighy will appear in the next series in an episode also featuring Van Gogh.

Bill has regularly been associated with the possibility that he might end up playing the good Doctor himself one day so it will be great to see the great man in an episode.

Now, I have my fingers crossed for Patrick Stewart!!

Dalek Storm Filming report - Part One

On Saturday 30th January 2010 filming began for a new short film featuring the legendary Dalek Storm.

It had been discussed and decided that the only way to raise the profile of Storm would be to have some high quality footage and pictures to show the rest of the world (and the BBC) that Storm should be taken seriously.

To this end Alan Clark (Storm's creator), Steve Dutton ( professional photographer and cameraman), Alan's partner, Raymond Hyde (Dalek builder) and myself all met up at Magna in Sheffield which had been booked by Ray as the location for the shoot.

Steve & I drove down together and arrived at about 10:20am where we met Alan and co in the car park still assembling Storm. It was cold, very cold so Steve & I decided to grab a hot drink and look at possible area's within Magna which would be good to film in.

20 minutes later we all convened in the entrance and were told that Storm was too big to fit in any of the lifts and therefore the only way we could film on the upper levels would be to take Storm apart and then re assemble - a process totaling 1 hour. Therefore we decided to attempt to get all the footage shot downstairs and outside the building.

The first set of shots were taken against a brightly lit background with Storm performing various maneuvers and we made sure that we had enough to create some special effect which would be added later in post production.

Part Two to follow..............