ooh err! Yes - we're still going! Just because the website's a bit quiet it doesn't mean nothing's happening! Ashley is still set-building - having the task of building both in 5th-scale and full-scalefor the main control room. A full summer including a 3 week trip to West Africa (for work) has meant that filming is intended now to be mid to late October rather than September to allow for family commitments as well as theset construction to be completed in time.
For those of you who like to know we're still busy - well we are. It's all in the preparation, and with that in mind there's been set construction, prop mending and editing over the past few weeks. The church-crypt Tardis external door frame and door are half-finished now (think "Warriors Gate" for the look) and it's been driving Ashley half-mental (the final half). The hand-held dalek gun used by someone in the film has finally been mended (it had an annoying habit of falling apart only during a take) and is now a fearsome lump of plastic, metal, wire, fake circuitry etc etc (i.e.
Ooh err! Seriously though, we thought it best to end our crazy 'guess our guests' competition as we had such a flood of entries. One of you half got it right, and so to put you out of your misery we can reveal that last weekend we had the pleasure to work with Peter Tuddenham and Hugh Lloyd! In the next few weeks we shall add content to the 'filming' section so you can see some shots from the weekend. At present we're just putting a few stills taken during the filming, and the setup day the day before.
Well - we did it! Our little two minute scene with our guest stars was completed on the day as planned. The scene featured Tony as the Doctor in a scene from the last episode. Here's a shot from the Saturday just after we had test-lit the podium part of the set. Here we see Tony out of costume (for once). We've only lit part of the walls and the room wasn't lit, so he does appear a little dark, but we just wanted to gauge the effect.
Well, we're nearly at filming time again! This last weekend was spent in minor set construction and costume preparation. Stephen and Ashley are building a raised underlit podium for the Doctor to stand on which should be ready for this Saturday. The usual precision techniques were in evidence - the use of screws were eschewed in favour of the stout nail or five. Yes - 'Bodgit and Scarper Builders Inc.' were on scene again up to their usual tricks. Still - it'll look okay on camera - we hope!
Right - just a quickie (ooh err) - you've still time to contribute to this year's Comic Relief charity appeal. A few years ago Devious helped out by lending props and sets for the Dr Who sketch made at Pinewood. For a short time here's a special page where you can see some of our pictures from that filming session. After viewing them please then go to the Red Nose Day website and donate some money. After all, it's in a good cause! (Oh yes, and I suppose we'll show these shots on the site someday, but then with our frequency of updates you can never entirely be sure!
News reaches us that some of the team have been mentioned in this month's Doctor Who Monthly magazine! This is because they have run an Archive feature on 'The Curse of Fatal Death' - the Comic Relief Dr Who sketch from a few years back. Apparently there's a shot of a Devious Dalek with the Master Jonathon Pryce, and some mentions in the credits. In honour of this we will have to dig out a few new hitherto-unseen behind the scenes shots from that production. More news as and when. For now, here's Mr Pryce in our Tardis set !!
'Onya' the dalek - i.e. what will be the black dalek - was at the successful ModelWorld show last weekend in Brighton. Now fitted with a voice and working lights as well as the exterminator gun being functional the dalek was a hit at the show. Allied to the Robot Wars section of the show the dalek made a number of tours of the venue during the weekend, being worked by Ian Watts from the Big Brother team, or Ashley from Devious. The dalek's appearance was done for free as per last year.
Devious news received this brief email from Stephen (who now works for Radio 2 as well as occasional Southern Counties)
Bit of a wheeze.
I was doing travel on the Ken Bruce programme this morning, when he read out an email from Paul Hayes (esteemed web columnnist and also a one-off Devious dalek operator!) in which he identified me as one of the main trio behind Devious, and has also been a dalek.
A short chat about daleks followed, before I did the travel news.