Hope you’re watching Maffew…
Hope you’re watching Maffew…
Another old score to settle, not just for the Seventh Doctor, Lady Pentforte and the Cybermen, but for me and this particular serial. This time there will be a reckoning.
I first attempted to tackle this serial in 2015 and naively thought I could cut out any and all mention of Pentforte and get through the whole thing in 15 minutes, but after some kind pointers given to me by a few friends, I realised that wasn’t going to fly. The goal of fanediting I now feel is you have to take the good with the bad and enhance it’s strengths a lot more. So here in this edit all the elements are present.
I have looked at other stabs at this edit (I would recommend Whoflix’s version), they all basically fuze all three parts of the serial into one cohesive half hour or 45 minute whole, and I thought to myself that if I were to tackle this story again, I ought to do things differently than them just to stand out a bit, so I decided to retain the traditional serialised format for the story, only it would be two instalments as opposed to three.
The jazz session and Sylvester and Sophie under attack serves as our pre-titles teaser for Episode One, I removed a lot of The Doctor and Ace talking about the Nemesis in the museum, removed them going to see the Queen, removed the method by which Pentforte and Richard travel back through time to make them more mysterious, removed the police guards entirely, and omitted the Doctor explaining villidium to Ace (that comes much later in the story), so by the time we get to part two, we’re only eleven minutes in tops. More changes to part two, now a part of the newly constructed episode one, removes the appearance of the skinheads
The cliffhanger of part one is the cliffhanger of the official part two, and forms the beginning of the pre-titles of my version of part two, and it’s at this point that the mix-up of footage goes back to part one, with the Doctor finally turning his full attention to Pentforte and the battle of wits with Fenric in the chess game. There is but one continuity glitch, in that one of Pentforte’s arrows is embedded in the front of the TARDIS doorway which disappears when The Doctor and Ace arrive at Pentforte’s study, but you can let that quickly slip from your mind, it’s not there long.
Pentforte and Richard hitch hiking is in there, but there is none of the comedy involved, nor an appearance from the american tourist.
To avoid crediting the skinheads and the tourist, I used the end credits of part one for both instalments
The highly anticipated 25th anniversary episode of Power Rangers, “Dimensions In Danger” had an extra bit of footage cut from the original transmission. This footage was ultimately uploaded to Nickelodeon’s official Youtube page.
I have taken the segment (Tommy as Dino Thunder Black against his doppelganger) and inserted it into the full episode, making it as complete as it can be.
Another “renegade” edit that won’t find itself on IFDB, and a long overdue re-hauling of a prior edit that first surfaced on this site back in 2015.
The Name of the Doctor was the last stop before the 50th anniversary, a tidy little story in which the Doctor travelled to the site of his own grave to prevent the Great Intelligence from making fleeting cameo appearances across his entire time stream, getting up to all kinds of unexplained mischief, unravelling the Doctor’s influence on the universe and reducing it to ruin .
It’s never made entirely clear how he sets about poisoning every friendship and killing him time and again, it’s just said rather than shown, which hurts the impact. I know there’s only so much you can do with archive footage and inserting Richard E Grant into them, it’d have helped if they’d been a little less lazier and put together the Intelligence confronting stunt doubles not dissimilar to the ones that are running around Clara in the Doctor’s timestream.
First thing to go was the man tortured by the Whispermen, telling Vastra and Jenny that The Doctor’s greatest secret had been discovered. For one, this information is regurgitated by Clara later in the episode, so this really boils down to padding and to give the Paternoster gang something to do to set up their big psychic meeting with River and Clara. I figured we’d best get to that meeting quick as we can, so the episode now opens with Clara receiving Vastra’s letter and being deposited into the dream. The titles then hit as Vastra asks Clara the question “what is his name”
Another change I made was moving up the pre-titles of Clara meeting the various Doctors in the timestream to just after she enters it near the end of the episode, I had to time the end of this very carefully to avoid bleeding into the DW sting that led to the title sequence. I think for the most part I succeeded without making it sound too abrupt. It’s not ideal, but it’s servicable.
The next change was to Clara in the Doctor’s timestream, cutting her observing the Ninth Doctor, saying she’d seen eleven faces, and that she “never saw that one”
This edit makes use of yet another dazzling effort from Youtube content creator Olivercomet
Comet was responsible for the Paul McGann to John Hurt regeneration and post-regeneration scene that made up the concluding half of my “renegade” edit of Night of the Doctor. Here, he pulls off another miracle, incorporating Christopher Eccelston’s Ninth Doctor into the Name of the Doctor narrative in place of John Hurt. The original idea behind the 50th was to indeed put Nine at the forefront of the narrative, but Eccelston did not wish to play, so we got Hurt and the War Doctor mythology added to the show instead. Not a bad trade off, but oh the tantalising question of “What if…”.
At least with this edit, we can satisfy our curiosity.
Another quick alternative cut of the second half of a two-parter, this time for one of Chibnall’s big offenders from series five. I personally don’t mind this one, though I thought it would be interesting to see how it is judged without the more interesting aspects of it missing…meaning Rory’s first of many, many, many deaths and the crack in time.