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Published on September 10th, 2010 | by Brian A Terranova

What is Alternate Empire?

Many fans of cult movies and TV shows such as Doctor Who constantly crave more – the shows or movies just aren’t enough sometimes. We need book, audios, comics and even games. But, for some fans, waiting for these official outlets just isn’t enough. They want to be a part of it, or even enjoy the efforts of those who want to be a part of it.

Which brings us to fan films. I’ve enjoyed many over the years; being an amateur film maker myself I not only enjoy the content but the film making effort. There have been many stand out fan films over the years and sadly those that fall short as well, but so long as the creativity is there, sometimes the not-so-hot aspects can be overlooked.

Alternate Empire is a Doctor Who fan film with a difference – it is a crossover of the Doctor Who and Star Wars universes.

Actor Julian Bane plays the Doctor, with Caroline Morahan as Samantha – but what’s it all about?

The Doctor and Samantha face a new enemy – the SITH.

After being thrown into the vortex… The Doctor finds himself trapped in an unknown base in the Outer Rim Sector.

There he is confronted with KOTOR Troopers and an imposing female Sith lord who will do whatever is necessary to gain the Doctor’s secrets… If only Samantha and K9 can find a way to rescue him in time.

We’re told that the series has become a fan favorite for thousands of Doctor Who and Star Wars fans worldwide, and it certainly seems to be finding some positive reviews.

Part Two has just been released:

A crossover between Doctor Who and Star Wars might not be what you’re looking for – and the whole idea might seem a little controversial.

What is clear in this film is that director Chase White has a fine sense of cinematic flair, with shots that not only look professional, but also keep your interest.

Story wise the concept is not new, fans for years have speculated about crossovers between two or more of their favorite TV shows/movies. This isn’t to say that the story is not interesting, quite the opposite in fact. Not only are they merging the two universes but they seem to be treating it as an alternate universe that they find them selves in.Which would honestly be the best way to approach it.

The lead role of our favorite Time Lord is played by Julian Bane who, aside from wisely keeping his own American accent, plays a much different character from what we are used to in his other lives. He appears to me to be more broken and hardened. From what it looks like the fun has been taken out of his soul and he has turned a bit action hero. I’ll be interested in seeing part three to see if the fun quirky, nature of the Doctor is returned, but all in all I can’t say what Julian is doing is bad. After all this is his Doctor, this is how he should be for his story. Watch out for a very Pertwee style fight scene, though.

As a fan of both Star Wars and Doctor Who this film did it’s job well in holding my interest. That coupled with the direction, use of location and the care that clearly went into it made it one to remember. Sadly only really being let down by appearance of K-9, the Fourth Doctor’s and Sarah Jane’s trusty robot dog.  Despite the director’s best efforts to used film tricks and angle to fool the viewer into not noticing the use of a Character Options RC K-9, the toy just sadly looks inserted into an otherwise nicely polished looking film.

But as I said above, this film is a must for any fan film aficionado.

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Doctor Who and me go way back. I first discovered it on my local PBS Station WHYY in the suburbs outside Philadelphia when I was a young kid; though I am uncertain of the exact age.



4 Responses to What is Alternate Empire?

  1. avatar mykalel says:

    Well that was…interesting! I agree with much of what’s said above. The American-accented, emotionally-stunted Doctor takes a bit of getting used to, but there are glimpses of “our” Doctor every now & then.

    Caroline Morahan needs more screen time. ‘Nuff said!

    I’ll be keeping an eye out for future installments.

  2. avatar TimeChaser says:

    Well, there’s no arguing that this is one of the most visually impressive fan films I’ve ever come across.

    I think it lacks a bit in the scripting though, especially recycling lines from episodes of the classic series. It just doesn’t work with this Doctor. I want to know who he is, rather than hear him quoting his past selves. I hope he’ll establish his own personality more firmly in future installments.

    It has its faults, but I’m curious enough to keep watching.

  3. avatar G1000 says:

    Well shot, well lit, poorly scripted, and slowly edited. It all looks okay; the special effects aren’t bad, but it lacks any pace. The actors are wooden, and seem to have no idea of the show they are representing. And the eye lines, especially with K9 are attrocious.

    Is the Doctor played by an American? There’s a lilt of another accent popping up from time to time? An Irishman perhaps? Why not?

    Get the speech rhythms right, and tighten up the scripts and edit, and then we’d have something a little more worthwhile.

  4. avatar krumstets says:

    This was good stuff. I thought it looked classier than the TV series in parts.
    Good fun and hats off to the Guys n’ Gals who made this.

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