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Doctor Who-The 15th Anniversary Rose Rewatch…And Re-edit! [Fanedit]

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Uncertain times, but you can still count on a Doctor to sort you out, and we’re all eager to help spread his or her cheer

Some of those involved with The Doctor’s many adventures, from Steven Moffat, to Chris Chibnall, to Jodie Whitaker, have all done their part to raise spirits and reassure the citizens of planet Earth that darkness never prevails (but you can rely on the miserable ‘not my doctor’ lot to spin Jodie and Chibs’ contributions to suit their vindictive agendas…the souless cretins) . and now it’s the turn of the man who restarted it all, Russel T. Davies, who. in addition to publishing a lost short story written back in 2013, will be live-tweeting today as we are all encouraged to gather ’round our computers and televisions to enjoy the first episode of a renewed tv institution…’Rose’, as Nu Who celebrates it’s 15th year of existence today.

The last decade plus has seen the show go through some shakedowns…RTD’s era had it’s triumphs and letdowns, Moffat had it’s letdowns and triumphs, Chibs has seen letdowns…and further letdowns, though a few bright sparks have come of it (Dawan’s Master is a highlight, and Thraham, whether Chibs is in favour of it or not, seems to be catching on a bit thanks in no small part to my modest efforts), but for a revival to have lasted this long, and in many cases outlast other revivals, is nothing short of remarkable and attests to the staying power of DW’s potential as an outlet for strong and creative ideas.

And it’s such creativity that is presently fuelling the show’s attempts to stay relevant after the Timeless Children revelations proved it’s most supreme test of cultural stability. Fans are as divided as any other human being is over our first and third world problems, not sure whether they should stay loyal, fight for a better product, or not challenge anything and just consume. In a phase of human history where Mother Nature or God has just about had their fill of our behaviour and is testing us like never before, it’s sad to see the show struggle to unite the fans even with the best of intentions.

Still, you’re not here to read about what I think of the fans, or the world, you’re here to watch ‘Rose’ like the rest of us…and so I offer you, as a fan who understands the frustrations of many, a choice

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You can either watch ROSE: EIGHT TO NINE, a previous edit I made some years back which sees Paul McGann regenerate into Christopher Eccleston, and enjoy an ending where Nine leaves Rose well behind and heads towards new, forever unseen alternative adventures…

…Or you can sit back, let the world’s problems slip by you, embrace your Nu-Who nostalgia entirely, and let an enhanced special edition re-edit of Rose take you on the trip of a lifetime.

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This edit makes use of shots and sequences from the 2005 TV Spot “The Trip of A Lifetime”, the only real changes come just before the shopping mall is destroyed (I inserted shots of The Doctor running away from the ball of flame) and the rest of it makes up the brand new ending.

You can stay at home, you can make chips, or you can come with him, relive your glory days as a fan knowing those days may never come again, or become a fan again

Your choice.

Keep safe

Doctor Who-The Parting of the Ways [Fanedit]

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Discussing this episode on Doctor Who forum “The Hive” got me excited about the potential of tweaking the ending of this episode so that Rose doesn’t resurrect Jack Harkness and there’s no foreshadowing of a regeneration before Eccelston begins his farewell speech.

I was able to pull it off by grabbing a line Eccelston says shortly after Rose says “I bring life” and bring it around to just before she says that line (which then led to a shot of Jack coming to life), the line worked really well and segued neatly into the rest of the scene.

Another tricky part was editing out Jack approaching the TARDIS just before it dematerialised, I had to time the take off just right, and then cut to the interiors, also removing some of Rose’s dialogue so the tone was more sombre, with Rose confused and The Doctor preparing for the end.

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Doctor Who-The Name of The Doctor [Fanedit]

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”

The reason?

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.

UPDATE: I was notified by someone that I had not asked Comet for permission in using his footage for these edits. I had taken the time to comment on his Youtube pages for the videos letting him know I was doing these edits for fun and to see how they would look attached to full episodes. If he has a problem, he can contact me and we can discuss, but seeing as I’m not taking credit for any of his hard work and am acknowledging and even promoting his videos on the website, I hope he takes account of that gesture and gives these edits their blessing.

For now though, they’re staying up.

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