Doctor Who News The fake Doctor Who 50th anniversary trailer

Published on July 4th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

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!



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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.

8 Responses to How They Made the Awesome/Fake 50th Trailer

  1. avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:

    Why has the BBC not hired this talent?

  2. avatar shaun says:

    oh my god so so clever

  3. avatar Francis Cave says:

    I watched the “making of” then the trailer again for the umpteenth time and part of my brain still thinks it’s all real.

    I think the answer must be it’s a kind of magic…

  4. avatar Wayne says:

    I never realized that so much goes into making one of these…AWESOME!!

  5. avatar vortexter says:

    How do they make the images ’3D’ so that they move from side to side? It reminds me of Deckards Voight-Kampf machine in Bladerunner! The future is now ladies and gentlemen. Hats off to the brains behind this.

    • avatar Craig E says:

      It’s just like 3D in a way. Both eyes see two different images, both at different angles (e.g. One eye might see the front of an object, while the other might see the side of that object peeking from behind – it’s how we see in 3 Dimensions to judge the space around us). The camera in the software pans in a certain way, while everything is laid out in a 3D field in the software – so it’s as if you start to see the side of the object. Does this make any sense?

  6. avatar Bridget says:


  7. avatar Tydeus says:

    They can’t seem to get the mouths right, they need practise.

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