An Army of Fans

Everybody is going quite literally Doctor Who mad this week, with the press chatting about everything from Billie’s teeth to this – a superb offering from The Guardian that discusses several fan-made attempts to remake missing episodes of Doctor Who through soundtracks and animation.

Inspired by the efforts of Cosgrove Hall on 2006’s The Invasion, these small teams – sometimes even comprising one fan – have been developing computer-based portrayals of the first three Doctors and their companions on adventures such as Power of the Daleks, The Sensorites, and The Wheel in Space.

There is certainly a desire to do more official titles, however:

Dan Hall, commissioning editor for the Doctor Who DVD range, says: "Unfortunately these things have to be paid for, and animations are very expensive. The Invasion … was a co-venture that was majority-funded by the BBC, and they’ve decided not to invest in them any further.

"I would love to do another animation. It’s just a matter of finding a way that it can be done affordably. It’s nowhere near affordable, and it’s not one of those things where you can … just make a smaller profit on it."

So – a hugely popular television series with at least 12 DVD releases a year, and the BBC can’t afford to do more animations?

It’s interesting to note that between July 2008 and (at the earliest) January 2010, the BBC hasn’t planned a reconstruction release. When better time to get maximum press attention than when Doctor Who is off air?

Christian Cawley

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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