Nick Briggs voices characters in this short animation

Nick Briggs in Animation Short!

One filmmaker looking to impress the judges in this year’s Virgin Media Shorts competition is Alex Mallinson, whose short film entitled The Story Garden is not only a well-crafted, often manic, percussive look at the inhabitants of a suburban garden, but it’s also teaming with Doctor Who-related talent.

Nick Briggs voices characters in this short animation

Lending their considerable skills to the film are Big Finish’s Nicholas Briggs who makes a small cameo as a continuity announcer, Ayesha Antoine, who played Ruth in the Bernice Summerfield plays, and BF musical maestro Jamie Robertson. You can take a look at it below…

Now in its sixth year, Virgin Media Shorts is the biggest short film competition in the UK. The competition offers filmmakers of all shapes and sizes the chance to win £30,000 to fund their next film and mentoring from the prestigious BFI.

The competition is now closed and while the judges (who include This is England and Dead Man’s Shoes director Shane Meadows) whittled down the thousands of entries to a shortlist of twelve, you can have your say by nominating one film for the ‘lucky 13shortlist entry by discussing your favourite on Twitter using the hashtag #VMShortsVote.

So if you enjoyed Alex’s film why not tweet about it using the phrase using the phrase ‘#VMShortsVote The Story Garden’ and help a fellow Whovian raise the profile of his film, or head over to the Virgin Media Shorts site to take a look at some more entrants.


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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