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Published on June 18th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

The Original Nephew

If you ever felt like uncoiling the messy (and very Doctor Who) topic of budgets – and the ramifications of said budgets in the past weeks non-announcement of the plans for 2012 – then odds are you’d find yourself rolling up at the unassuming feet of Nephew.

Once planned to be an extravagant (ie. expensive) new monster in the Neil Gaiman penned The Doctor’s Wife Nephew found himself transferred from his shiny new body and placed into the more familiar one of an Ood when those pesky budgets began complaining of malnutrition.

Now thanks to concept sketches that have appeared on Special Effects/Make Up artist David Bonneywell’s Deviant Art page we can finally get a glimpse of just what Nephew may have looked like.

The pictures – first brought to the attention of the world by Gaiman himself via Twitter – are stunning- a mixture of the patchwork people design of Uncle and Auntie but with crustacean/canine features.

In Bonneywell’s description of the Nephew design he elaborates a little further on his time spent designing with the Doctor:

“Originally scheduled for the 2010 series the episode got bumped to the 2011 series. During this time budgetary restrictions and some concerns that this might be a little too grotesque for the show, saw Nephew reduced to a green eyed Ood (sigh).

“It took me a little while to get into the Dr Who groove when it came to designs and I had a lot of stuff rejected for similar reasons before I started to nail the briefs to the producers liking.”

Bonneywell also helped create The Silence and had previously worked on last season’s Cold Blood as well as a host of Hollywood productions such as Hellboy II: The Golden Army, 24 Weeks Later and Clash of the Titans in various capacities.

He’s clearly very talented, so let’s hope that we get to see more from him in future series!

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.




One Response to The Original Nephew

  1. Dalek Space Marine says:

    What a sad waste of a brilliant design. Someone should tell the BBC that sometimes you gotta spend money to make money!

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