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The fake Doctor Who 50th anniversary trailer

How They Made the Awesome/Fake 50th Trailer

Go on admitted it, you were fooled. Or at least you wanted to be fooled. You wanted to believe that this was it, the moment that the anniversary cake was wheeled out, candles ablaze.

Alas it turned out to be a fan made labour of love, but that didn’t stop some sites from heralding it as the genuine article. Which just goes to show the amount of hard work and attention to detail that went into making this remarkable trailer.

But Doctor Who fans are a wily old bunch and love a time-bending conundrum – especially one as detail heavy as this – so in that spirit of investigation and creation the maker of the best 50th anniversary trailer that never was has released this VFX breakdown of the whole thing.

Get out your notes people, let’s see how you did!

Like a magician revealing his secrets the fact that we now know how the illusion is constructed doesn’t detract from the entertainment value – in fact, in those brief shots, cunning little cheats and slight manipulations there’s a lot more to admire.

Let’s hope the actual trailer lives up to it!



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.

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