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Published on February 8th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

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Amateur Who Film

Doctor Who fandom – in fact organised sub-culture in general – is littered with fan-made attempts to recreate or add to the overall text. An amateur Doctor Who production has been in the works for some time in the Highlands of Scotland, with a premier recently in Merkinch Community Centre, Inverness!

The work of an Inverness-based group of artists with learning disabilities known as Studio3, animation techniques have been learned at Highland Print Studio in the Longman industrial estate. The production – funded by HI-Arts and Highland 2007 – features the Doctor, and the Daleks as well as a selection of Scotland’s most famous historical artifacts (not, however, Sylvester McCoy)…

And it seems rather a fascinating project:

“Doctor Who is on holiday in the Highlands at his croft and is dragged into a battle between the Daleks and the Lewis chessmen,” studio manger Alison McMenemy explained.

“There are a lot of Doctor Who fans in the group so we came up with the idea of doing a previously unseen episode.”

“We spoke to the BBC and got permission. They were great and had no problem with it,” Ms McMenemy added.

So no chance that the group will find themselves in legal trouble for copyright infringement. Of course who has ever heard of the BBC suing anyone..?

If you get the chance to see it, let us know what you think.

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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