Published on August 22nd, 2014 | by Joe Siegler

Doctor Who History Compilation 1963-2014

A couple of years ago I saw a video on YouTube which detailed every Doctor Who story out there.  Chap by the name of Babelcolour put that together, and I enjoyed the heck out of his video.  Was a lot of fun.  Like most Doctor Who fans, I thought “I can do that”, so I decided to do one of my own.

Today I finally finished off my last edit of the video, which goes all the way up to Deep Breath, which airs Saturday night on BBC1.  No, I didn’t use the leak, I used the trailer for footage.   :)

This is now the third edit of the video.  The original one ended on December 25th, 2010 when A Christmas Carol was the then newest episode.  My second update ran through The Snowmen on December 25th, 2012.  This current update brings it up to speed with Peter Capaldi.

Put simply, this video is a compilation sequence where I picked a clip from every episode of Doctor Who, as well as a few other things (like some prequels).   The hardest part of the entire process was actually picking all the clips.  You’d think it would be easy, but as you work on it, you have to realize that you need some clip that is indicative of what is going on in that episode.   There were a handful where I picked a clip that wasn’t 100% relevant (and I noted that in the text during the video, that it was “for” someone).   Or it just happened to be a clip I thought was funny, or one I liked personally.  It was my video, so what the heck?   Also, the one thing I didn’t care for with Babelcolour’s video is that he restricted himself to like a second or two for every story.  I didn’t care for that, I wanted to go longer if I felt like I liked the clip or I just wanted to.

Then you had to extract out all the clips from the various episodes, and assemble them all somewhere, put ‘em into the video editor, create titles, work on volume levels (with so many video sources, volume levels were a real problem), and then make numerous passes for quality check, etc, etc, etc..  A lot of time was spent on this, and I’m quite happy with the way the overall product turned out, even if Doctors 4 & 11 crashed my video editor a few times from so many clips!

On previous versions of my video, some have thought I made odd choices for specific clips and episodes.  IF you have a question about any of the clips, lay it on me, I’d love to hear some feedback.   They’re all here.  From Hartnell to Capaldi, and including John Hurt (and both sides of his regeneration), Peter Cushing, etc.  Every companion in the entire show’s run makes an appearance somewhere, and if you aren’t current with Doctor Who episodes, you might not want to watch the entire thing, as I assume you’ve seen all of this, I make no attempt to hide spoilers here.

So grab some popcorn, and check out this video. The entire thing is 1:05:06 – longer than most Doctor Who episodes themselves.   I had a lot of fun putting it together, I hope you enjoy it.

Let me know what you think – would really love to hear it.

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6 Responses to Doctor Who History Compilation 1963-2014

  1. avatar rickjlundeen says:

    Nice job over all, but as much as I like Matt Smith –and I do, best of the new Doctors—seems a bit lopsided that 1 thru 10 gets the first half and Matt gets the second. But kudos on all the work. I guess today is a good day to this!

    • avatar Joe Siegler says:

      The problem with that is that 11 has all these extra prequels and additional scenes, so it seems weighted. And yeah, I used alot from the 50th anniv and the regeneration, but it was not intentionally weighted. I am a classic era fan first, but I like all of it. There really is/was no intentional weighting there.

  2. avatar Steve C says:

    Nice idea, shame you chose to use clips where people were speaking but not heard mixed through the music. The best edits don’t have muted talking, you either hear the person on screen or they don’t talk.

  3. avatar TonyS says:

    I have no idea what the best edits do. I have absolutely no problem with the use of clips where people are talking but not heard.

    Excellent work, Joe. I really enjoyed it :)

  4. avatar Stuart Wilson says:

    The first seven Doctors only get 18mins out of 68? I gave up at that point. Another fanvid heavily weighted in favour of New Who. You might berate Babelcolour for his style, but his videos are always balanced.

    • avatar Joe Siegler says:

      Believe me, I’m classic who first. Been a fan since 1983.

      The problem is the number of extras and edits and whatnot. The original version wasn’t weighted that way, but they kept making episodes. I mean, seriously Doctors 6 and 7 go by in a blink solely because there’s so few stories. 6 had 11, and 7 had 12. 8 had even less. There’s only so much you can do with that.

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