Doctor Who-The End of Time (Fanedit)

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I don’t want to go…

Alright already.

Don’t.

Just stop whining.

Yes, this is an edit of “The End of Time” where Ten doesn’t regenerate. An edit where he doesn’t continuously rattle on about his death. In this edit, we treat this as just another one of the 2009 specials.

I took the time to watch most of Whoflix’s fanedit of the story for some creative pointers. I think starting on the Ood Sphere without any of the crap The Doctor rattles off when he arrives is a better option, very dark, atmospheric, takes you right into the urgency of the story. The titles kick in right after Naismith instructs his team to prepare the Immortality Gate…which comes in at about nine minutes.

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Right after the titles, we cut to Ten and Wilf talking in the cafe, skipping over Wilf’s whole search for him. The Doc’s little line about Wilf taking a couple of hours to find him I feel ought to suffice for the trouble he went to in the original version. After Ten tells Wilf something still connects them, we cut to Gallifrey and the High Council making preparations, then we cut to The Doctor and The Master’s late night confrontation, and before you know, Simm’s been carted off barely twenty minutes into the cut.

Removed for the most part is The Doctor’s mother’s multiple appearances, though I decided not to hold off her appearance when The Doctor is holding Rassilon and The Master at gunpoint…I do like that scene and feel it is very impactful…and probably more so if you don’t have any clue as to what her significance is. She’s someone who opposed Rassilon, The Doctor recognizes that, somehow, and makes his informed choice. No fuss required.

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Like in Whoflix’s edit, Donna’s role is minimal  and she does not get involved too much in the action. Outside of appearing with her mother when Ten and Wilf set out on their journey, she makes no other appearances, though I left in the idea she sorts of wandered off at the point Gallifrey arrives, but I don’t resolve it.I let Donna’s whereabouts remain a mystery.

The biggest frustrations I had with this is trying to edit around the head-shaking that occurs when The Master takes over every human…in the edit, I only bother using that when Rassilon uses his Macguffin Mitten to undo the damage. The music from Murray Gold proved very tricky to work around when shortening this sequence, and I still don’t think my solution worked quite as well, but I figured it was serviceable enough.

To avoid the whole interogation of The Doctor and Wilf at The Master’s hand (leading to the “worst rescue ever”), I simply had the Doc, Wilf, and the Vinvocci flee Earth via the teleporter right away off-screen, and The Master provides the necessary on-screen info-dumping when he tries to go after them.

Other little edits from this I’m quite proud of was using a voice-over from the scene where Wilf meets The Doctor’s mother and using it to bridge neatly into The Doctor and Wilf’s conversation up in orbit..and it was relatively easy to cut around Wilf talking about The Doctor’s death with The Master interrupting them just as Wilf says he was too cowardly to shoot the dastardly fiend.

For the final bit of the edit, The Doctor tells Wilf he’ll see him one last time, with Wilf asking him where he is going next…and in true Revelation of the Daleks style, we’re left wandering just where his next destination will be…

And the adventure continues…forever

 

 

Doctor Who-Victory of the Daleks (Fanedit)

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Victory Of The Daleks is no stranger to fanediting…well, as far as mock intros are concerned anyway. All you need do is visit Youtube and search “Mighty Morphing Dalek Rangers” and you’ll get quite a few vids all poking fun at the episode’s biggest claim to infamy…trying to force feed the rebellious British Public the new Dalek paradigm. I recall back when the Anorak Zone had an episode guide devoted to New Who, the caption on one of the screen grabs simply read “BUY ME AS TOYS, I HAVE BECOME A WHOOOOOORE”

So with so many mock intros of the Fatleks/Dalektubbies/Dalek Rangers out there, one has to ask…is the whole episode worth a do-over? There are some things you can’t salvage if it’s beyond your capability, but there were some unique challenges I set for myself when tackling this one.

First order of business was to replace the pre-titles scene with a reprise of the end of  “The Beast Below”, with the titles coming after the very appropriate cliff-hanger of that episode with Churchill calling in The Doctor for advise on the Ironside project. After this, the episode proceeds as normal right up until Danny Boy and company manage to avert the Daleks plan to light up London during blackout hours. With their plan thwarted, the Daleks make good their escape and we avoid the entirety of the Bracewell bomb climax. A little voice-over from Amy neatly takes us into our final scene, and we remove the cliffhanger with the crack in the wall.

I’d say small victories are the best.

Doctor Who-The Beast Below (Fanedit)

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This is another stab at the second episode of Matt Smith’s stint as The Doctor. There is an earlier version of this edit available on this blog, and this one isn’t exactly too  different. Still intact is the “Meanwhile In The TARDIS” minisode as an alternative pre-credits sequence. The rest of the story is more or less intact, although this time I close it out on the hug rather than receive the phone call from Churchill, which leads into the next episode (which, by the way, is also the next edit on the way). High quality version will be uploaded soon, but for now here’s the scaled down Vimeo version

 

Battlestar Galactica (2004)-Pilot (Fanedit)

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Inspired by The Second Coming edit by my good friend and sometimes mentor Bionicbob over on Fanedit.org, comes this 40-minute stab at the pilot of one of my all time favourite re imaginings of a tv show. The 2004-2009 version of Battlestar Galactica.

To get this down to a manageable tv episode length, a great deal of story had to be cut, while somehow keeping it all tangibly coherent. For the most part I think I succeeded. Gone is the Lee and Bill drama over Zack, gone is Starbuck’s complaints about the Vipers, gone entirely is Baltar’s relationship with Six  and his involvement in the destruction of the colonies, gone are the human Cylons (again, taking a leaf out of Bionic Bob’s book), and in the most unique element of the edit…and just so we can speed to the finish line…there is no military resistance to Laura Roslyn’s authority. Meaning once they’re done with the station, they leap past the red line off-screen, Adama gives his speech about Earth, and we’re done with the story. I chose to end the episode on a Lee and Bill scene…you never see what kind of problems they’re having, but you get the feeling a problem exists. Less is more.

The one glaring continuity glitch is that big ol’ head wound Adama has when we catch up to the Earth speech. If I had the technical know-how to digitally insert flesh over that, I would.

A higher-quality version will be available sometime this week. For the moment, you’ll have to enjoy the scalded down Vimeo version

 

Doctor Who-The Pandorica Opens (Fanedit)

Pretty much the same as the audio-only edit I made. Not much missing other than the montage of places and people we met throughout season five, River’s portion of the cliffhanger, The Doctor’s Pandorica speech, and the destruction of the universe at the very end of the first part.