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Published on March 14th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Dark Dimension Animated?

A rather fascinating interview with future Hobbit wizard and former Doctor Who star Sylvester McCoy has appeared at ShadowLocked, where the actor reveals some of his recent work – including reference to The Dark Dimension

For the unitiated, The Dark Dimension was to be a 30th anniversary episode of Doctor Who (originally intended as feature length although it might have been episodic) and largely centred on the Seventh and Fourth Doctors in an alternative history in which the Fourth Doctor never regenerated. Featuring a time-bending villain (to be played either by Rik Mayall or BRIAN BLESSED! depending on which source you believe), redesigned Cybermen and a new Dalek (the inspiration for Dalek Storm), The Dark Dimension would have been an interesting new direction for Doctor Who.

Thanks to the work of Philip Segal in securing the rights to make Doctor Who in the USA (the eventual TV movie starring Paul McGann) the 1993 anniversary episode was shelved, despite a fascinating script and the verbal agreement (as far as we know) of all five surviving Doctors.

So – what’s happening with The Dark Dimension now? Well according to Sylvester in this interview at ShadowLocked, controversial fan Ian Levine is:

…putting together a piece of work that didn’t get completed over the years, and I was there as The Doctor to kind of ‘Doctor Who’ them up. There are pieces that have been done too for The Brigadier and The Master that were never quite completed, so that work will make them a rounded whole. Also there’s the 30th anniversary show of Doctor Who that was never made, and we’re going to do a cartoon version of that. I was doing my role in that as well.

…there were a couple of projects that we were doing. One was actually filming to beef up a piece that’s already been done, and the other was recording voices with camera so they can do a lip-sync for the cartoon.

There are a few…Downtime – that’s one that’s got a lot of dialogue. The[inaudible] Vortex – much shorter.Search Out Space; and Destiny Of The Doctors…also some audio lines for Dark Dimension.

(bolding by us for context)

If accurate (and we have no reason to doubt Sylvester) then this represents a very exciting project that fans around the world will want to see finished. Thanks to the shelving of The Dark Dimension, loyal Doctor Who fans in 1993 were “treated” instead to “Dimensions in Time”, and had to wait another 3 years for a new episode and a total of 16 years between series.

As soon as more news about this thrilling project emerges, we’ll have it here on Kasterborous!

(Thanks to Gareth)


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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+.

8 Responses to Dark Dimension Animated?

  1. avatar Leosw4 says:

    Very interestng and indeed exciting development.

    I wonder if any changes will be made to accomodate recent Doctors or in particular the Daleks(not te NPD I may add-the RTD versions moreso.Will they stil do the planned re-design?)

    Also I wonder how they will address the loss of Jon, since this was originally planned?

  2. avatar 23skidoo says:

    With Big Finish doing their series adapting unmade stories, coupled with rumors of Tom Baker making the jump from BBC Audio to Big Finish, I’d wondered if Dark Dimension might have been on the table, though as an animated version sounds kind of strange. I can’t see how they’ll be able to do the original version without Jon Pertwee in any event.

    And is McCoy referring to a new version of Downtime, the 1995 independent film that featured Victoria, Sarah Jane Smith and the Brigadier? Levine was a producer on the original, so maybe they’re expanding it in some way? The novelisation never featured the Doctor, though.

    What this sounds like to me is a DVD extra. McCoy mentions a 30th anniversary documentary. There was one – the popular Thirty Years in the TARDIS (released on VHS as MORE Than Thirty Years in the TARDIS). Wasn’t Levine involved in that in some way too? Maybe it’s being prepared for release on DVD. Remember Shada is supposed to be in the pipeline for DVD release – having some sort of simulation of another lost story like Dark Dimension to beef up the package makes sense. Though if it is animated that throws 2 Entertain’s argument about not doing animated reconstructions right out of the window!

  3. avatar Rick says:

    One nice thing about an animated version is that there are several folks who can step in to do the voices for the deceased Doctors, including David Troughton providing his fathers voice. I hope they animate it in the style of the Invasion parts as opposed to Dreamland. It’ll be interesting.

    I also hope that Tenth planet part 4 gets animated as I really want to see that Hartnell finale completed for DVD….

  4. avatar Carn says:

    i would much rather have animated reconstructions of existing missing stories please. Just doing it for The Invasion was a tease…

  5. avatar Rick says:

    I’d love to see “Marco Polo” done as well in animation, all the missing adventures and fill in the missing bits in others. Just keep the animation consistent and I think that’d be excellent.

    The guys who did The Invasion basically did it on spec (mostly out of love) in an effort to encourage the BBC to do more. The Beeb hasn’t shown any interest in spending more money on the venture sadly but they were happy enough to go ahead with the Invasion as a test though.

  6. avatar Carn says:

    I would have thought the BBC would welcome the chance to have more Doctor Who DVDs out there being bought and of stories we’ve never had the chance to own and most of us have never seen. Is their damn fault the episodes be missing in the first place. grrr, snarl, rah…

  7. avatar QKH says:

    Well, knowing Levine, this’ll never see the light of day.

  8. avatar Brian Stultz says:

    So funny; on the 24th I posted in “Making Cybermen and Slitheen Better” That I always wished Dark Dimensions came to fruition and that the Cybermen design was really great. Hope this really happens!

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