Inspired by some of the changes Whoflix has been making to some of the availible episodes of missing serials, I thought I’d take a stab at Evil of the Daleks Episode 2, merging it with the linking material of Episode 6 of The Wheel In Space
And so we have arrived, in two weeks time, in another place, The Doctor WILL fall. What awaits us? More of Moffat’s risk-free resurrections? Will Pudding Brain Joe Public be left scratching their heads in the Timey Whimey wilderness? Will Simm Simmer down? All this and more will be answered whether we like it or not.
In the meantime, now is as good as ever to start sorting out this particular series. Join me on a journey of rediscovery as I go back in time to try and make this series, weak in many aspects of storytelling and suspense, into something that will hopefully keep people coming back for more week after week.
Starting today, and updated weekly, will be Doctor Who Series Ten as I would have it. A series without unnecessary mystery box teasings, under utilized guest stars, new episodes for Michelle Gomez to chew scenery in, a series with maybe even a few twists and turns in established stories, some stories may even be out of transmission order. So many options as time is rewritten and scenes are re-edited.
The following details contain SPOILERS for the series and the edit:
As you’ll find when you open up the first episode…you may find it begins not at The Doctor’s study…but somewhere a lot more distant, both in time and space…on a planet of professional executioners…that’s right, we’re getting the Vault mystery out of the way right off the bat. This is all of the Missy scenes from ”Extremis” repurposed for ”The Pilot”, we cut to the credits just as Missy urges The Doctor to let her live, and from there we find a chap at the door..Bill’s door, as her friends are out house-hunting.
That’s right, the first few minutes of ”Knock Knock” a fun but immensely flawed entry in series ten, pops up in this one too, setting up the events of a future edit, and making a recurring guest star out of David Suchette’s Landlord character.
From there, we cut back to Bill attending The Doctor’s lectures, we don’t need her being formerly introduced to him, all we need to learn is he’s her tutor and that’s it.
While she has selected a new house with her friends, it’s still going to take her a while to move, so don’t worry if you think she’s forgotten about her new digs.
After we pop over to Puddle Lane [god, whoever will get that reference?] after it locates The Pilot, we breifly go back to Doc and Missy before we check in on christmas with the crank and Bill, and from there the episode proceeds as normal until Bill arrives in a panic at the campus. Heather ripping off the Midnight monster and padding out screentime is cut and Bill makes a bee-line for The Doctor’s study.
From there, the only thing left to cut is the trip to Australia, and then most of the episode is the same, save for the conclusion of the Extremis spots right after The Doctor gives the photos of River Song and Susan a stern telling off. We conclude our edit with footage borrowed from ”Lie of the Land” and then head into next time and the coming soon.
Stay tuned for next week as we put on a brave face and SMILE
[I will eventually remake this edit along with the remainder with the DVD sources when they become available]
Exciting times ahead for DW fans. Power of the Daleks may be getting an officially sanctioned animated adaptation, CLASS’s premiere is but a month away, and then there’s only a few weeks until the Christmas special. Before you know it, we’ll be well on our way to the moment we’ve all been prepared for, Moffat’s departure
But cast your minds back to 2013 when we were all prepared for another sudden departure, as Matt Smith boweed out of the TARDIS and made room for our current holder of the house…or box, or whatever.
Yes, from the vault of edits passed, I bring you my long overdue edit of Time of the Doctor.
I first dabbled with an edit of this not long after it’s 2013 transmission and with this version I made adjustments and improvements to the elements I changed. We don’t get any nudity/holographic clothes here, a lot of that was very easy to smooth over with the aid of the television soundtrack. Also gone is the whole of Clara’s interactions with her family as well as Eleven’s long-winded speech and phantom Amy. Here, The Doctor regenerates at the belltower and comes up the TARDIS steps as Capaldi.
A well prepared moment for us all.
The Stolen Earth is a great way to wrap up a golden year of Doctor Who, or it would be if it did’nt indulge in pantomime twiddling of huge oversized knobs (fun fact: that there is a call back to an old BBC2 continuity annoucement). Sadly, I can’t fix how the DoctorDonna fixes things, but what I can do is cut back on a couple of things to create a unique presentation
First of all, we don’t quite get to The Doctor until much later in the edit, we focus on all of the companions first, and even the titles kick in before Rose can look up and power up her weapon to face something that takes ages to arrive. When she arrives, that’s when the titles come.
Much like the recent Stolen Earth edit by Whoflix, I was able to bride parts one and two of the story seemlessly with the regeneration sequence. I took a lot of cues from that version before branching off in my own unique direction, so props to his edit for serving as a good guide to cutting away what doesn’t fit (Cann rambling about constant death that never comes, which never made sense, and especially less so now) and what feels like padding (Shadow Proclamation)
You’ll have to forgive me cutting away before Mickey and Jackie can formerly introduce themselves…cropping screens and what not is beyond my understanding so I had to cut back on the scene to avoid any on-screen credits for part two.
To conclude the edit, I went with having Donna/Doctor survive the metacrisis and not get her mind erased. Much like how my End of Time edit ended with Tennant living to fight another day, let’s give the most down-to-earth companion the opportunity to travel with The Doctor “forever” like she wished
Vimeo is being a pain lately, so you’ll have to use the MEGA link for now
Asylum of the Daleks is a pretty fine story once you glance past some of it’s glaring flaws-chief among them the rather sordid and nasty portrayal of the Ponds. Teaching kids about separation and divorce was a brave choice by Moffat, but it does lead to a lot of needless melodrama in a story all about surviving an altogether different kind of hell, and diverts from the episode’s big hook…Daleks. Loads of them.
Also removed are the manner in which the Daleks assemble our intrepid trio…they are Daleks, they move in as mysterious ways as any time lord, let your imagination run wild as to how they got there…it’s sort of like how they opened Bad Wolf back in 2005 with The Doctor in the big brother house. Doctor and companions in trouble, no soap opera beforehand, or during, this adventure.
Oh and I shortened the ending slightly from Eleven hammering home “Doctor Who” to the audience and ends with “you’re never gonna stop asking”
A fanedit of The Eleventh Hour with a few minor additions and trims, cheif among them being the end of “The End of Time” for the pre-credits, and the omission of the fish fingers and custard scene, Jeff’s dirty internet history, The Doctor changing clothes and confronting the Atraxi, and The Doctor and Amy’s conversation outside the TARDIS
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.