DIY Dr Who Story

There’s new Who on the TV tomorrow night — if you’re in the UK. In the Antipodes, however, we have to make do with what we can get, either illicitly via downloading, or by just plain waiting for the ABC to show it. Invariably out of sequence with Christmas (unless we’re hugely unlucky and they hold onto it for a full twelve months, which is always possible. Note: Possible. Not desirable).
For those who are waiting, here’s a simple guide to making your own 1980’s-era Who with simple props. It’ll help pass the time. Or something. I’ll explain later.

Step One: Scenario & Victim:

Here I am, walking through the quarry. I hope that strange glowing stone I found is worth some money!
Here I am, walking through the quarry. I hope that strange glowing stone I found is worth some money!

(Note to the Art Department: Remember to Photoshop the Quarry in before transmission, please)
Step Two: Affordable special effects
Gahhhhh!! What's happening to Meeeeeeeeee?
Gahhhhh!! What's happening to Meeeeeeeeee?

Step Three: Alien Invasion

MUST. DESTROY. HUMANITY.
MUST. DESTROY. HUMANITY.


Step Four: The Alien Plan has a fatal, exploitable flaw
HOW EXACTLY DO I SEE OUT OF THIS THING?
HOW EXACTLY DO I SEE OUT OF THIS THING?

From there, it pretty much writes itself — for obvious copyright reasons, I can’t include any images of anything the BBC has copyright on, like, say, that chap with the police box.The beauty of this scenario is that it pretty much fits itself into any era who. Take, for example, 60’s Who, in which the exact same scenario pretty much looked like this:
Reveal at end of episode nine. Cue: End Credits Music
Reveal at end of episode nine. Cue: End Credits Music

Or even modern, 2000-era Who:
MUST. DESTROY. LONDON. OR. IS. IT. CARDIFF. THIS. WEEK.?.
MUST. DESTROY. LONDON. OR. IS. IT. CARDIFF. THIS. WEEK.?.

Author: Alex

Alex Kidman is a multi-award winning Australian technology writer, former editor at Gizmodo, CNET, GameSpot, ZDNet, PC Mag, APC, Finder and as a contributor to the ABC, SMH, AFR, Courier Mail, GadgetGuy, PC & Tech Authority, Atomic and many more. He's been writing professionally since 1998, and his passions include technology, social issues, education, retro gaming and professional wrestling.

1 thought on “DIY Dr Who Story

  1. Yay Lego Who :). And the ABC completely changing their own rules it seems is showing Christmas Who in Jan 2009 (only a month after the UK – unheard of :)).

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