Doctor Who is one of the longest-running television shows in Britain, and over nearly 60 years on our screens (albeit with a bit of a break in the 1990s) the sci-fi show has amassed armies of fans across the globe. We’re not far off the return of Russell T Davies with Ncuti Gatwa at the helm, but first, we must say goodbye to Jodie Whittaker…
One of the things that attract people to the programme is its ability to continually reinvent itself with new incarnations of the lead actor, and different writers and producers taking the helm to bring their own unique style of storytelling to the Doctor’s adventures in space and time with his companions.
But beyond just watching the show, one thing Whovians are famous for is being active members of a worldwide community of fans who meet, who talk, who celebrate the show – and who create their own content based on the dramas of our most famous Gallifreyan friend.
And so today, we’ve been doing a bit of digging around the internet to find some-such brilliance from the great minds (and creative talents) of people who love Doctor Who across the globe. We’ve found some fantastic fan-made videos that celebrate the show and, well, in some cases are funny and down-right brilliant in their construction.
So, if you like Doctor Who and you like videos that are about Doctor Who, this could be exactly the right place for you to spend a bit of time!
John Smith’s Wholock is simply a masterpiece. Fusing two Steven Moffat shows, Doctor Who and Sherlock, into its own new story featuring Matt Smith as the Doctor, Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as Watson, this really is something to behold. The sheer quality of the storytelling and the majesty of the editing means it deserves every one of its 10m plus views on YouTube.
Enter the Twelfth
Most fans can only dream of creating something that actually becomes part of the show, but for Billy Hanshaw from Leeds, that dream became a reality with this brilliant title sequence he created for the Twelfth Doctor’s arrival into the show. When Steven Moffat saw the original video below on YouTube, he decided it was the right direction to go.
“I happened across it, and it was the only new title idea I’d seen since 1963. We got in touch with him, and said, ‘OK, we’re going to do that one.'” Mofffat told the BBC.
Added Billy: “I had to pinch myself because I didn’t know if it was really happening,”
“It’s one of those stories about people putting something on YouTube – it’s usually a musician this happens to. They put a performance on there and they get picked up by a label.
“It’s a similar kind of story. I thought, these things don’t generally happen.”
BlobVanDam deserves the near 1.5 million views this video has picked up over the years for his brilliant CGI LEGO-inspired regeneration scene between Matt Smith’s Eleventh and Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctors.
This is a simply stunning work of art that will put a smile on the face of every Whovian.
331ERock took the Doctor Who theme and turned it up to Eleven in his brilliant hard rock version of the theme played on guitar.
As he says: “I included the “I am the Doctor” tune in there as well, it reminded me of Symphony X or Liquid Tension Experiment, who I both love”
Fans of the show are going to struggle NOT to tap their feet to this one – or rock their heads!
Ever wondered what would happen if the Doctor spent Christmas with friends as a puppet? Well, you need wonder no more with this glorious musical production from the incredibly talented folk at DoctorPuppet.
As they put it themselves, “‘A Timelord Christmas’ is a labour of love made by a crew of professional artists and musicians. It was produced and animated in under a month in a tiny Brooklyn apartment. The music and vocals were produced and recorded in England.”
I challenge you not to love this one…
Doctor Who Acapella
Another musical treat, this time from The Warp Zone, who take the Doctor Who theme and, well, they do it acapella. It sounds like a concept that won’t work – until you watch it and find out that it does – very, very well!
Yes, it’s the talented John Smith again – this time trying to show fans what it might look like for the TARDIS to travel through space and time using stunning visual effects.
As he explains: “Since the TARDIS’ dematerialisation effect has remained largely unchanged for the past fifty years, I thought it might be interesting to try out a new approach. So this is my attempt at capturing what travelling through time and space might look like from the point of view of the TARDIS – from take-off to landing, all in one shot.”
This is a brilliant piece of fan-made film that you will want to watch over and over again.