23 November 2002 - The 39th Anniversary of Doctor Who (good luck to David Price's "Dimensions On Tyne 2"Convention this weekend)
New pics in Filming - November section
Millais Dalek Exhibition featured on BBC Dr Who website
news and news archive from the production
As there's not much happening this weekend down the ol' shed (maybe I'll work on dalek no8 later but for now I'm too knackered) I thought I'd add a short note to the news section. Firstly, I travelled at great expense and at great inconvenience (yes, I used SouthWest Trains) to go to Southampton yesterday to see the Daleks at the Millais Gallery. Our two looked pretty damn good surrounded by over a dozen others. Very menacing. The room was large and cleverly lit, with the dalek army in neat rows standing in the middle. Sleeping. Awaiting the call to invade.
The BBC Cult website features an interview with Roy Brown who's organised the UNIT exhibition at the Millais Gallery in Southampton, as well as photos from the exhibition. The opening shot on the article is actually of one our 'Devious Daleks' lent to Roy for the six week period !! The pair are no strangers to the BBC since they were 2 of the 3 we lent the Beeb for their Comic Relief sketch a few years back.
Ashley hopefully completed his filming requirements for Devious yesterday afternoon when a short scene of him dangling from a precipice was filmed. The 50 feet drop was in fact rather less in reality; consisting of the garage roof of one of the team. A CSO-of-sorts backdrop was used and shots taken from above and below to hopefully create the look ofdangeronce the various effects have been added. Ashley now has severe problems holding on to anything (pens, handrails, sanity) since his hands were wrenched somewhat by the exertion of trying not to fall a terrifying 1 foot drop.
Just while I have a quick moment I'd like to insert a few words of thanks for David Price who organised the Dimensions On Tyne Convention - a successful convention indeed for all concerned. Certainly we enjoyed ourselves and were made to feel welcome. We were flattered by the attention we received, and relieved our 'slot' went well. The fans seemed to enjoy our footage - the documentary, the extracts and the 'Pertwee Scene' itself drew a good reaction, judging by the numbers of fans who spoke to us afterwards as well as the immediate reaction to the panel.
Well, we're still on at the forthcoming Dimensions On Tyne Doctor Who Convention in Newcastle this November 2001. We're in good company, as there are loads of celebrity guests, including two Doctor Who's and rather a lot of companions. Let's hope we can give you a show in the time we have allotted! We've decided to split the video presentation into four segments, with a few words betwen the clips. We're promised a question and answer session and/or interview after our final segment, so get your questions ready.
We were lucky enough to have been "called-up" by the BBC for their Comic Relief Doctor Who sketch.
Initially we were to provide the tardis set (the console and walls) although three of our daleks soon muscled in on the act, and before long had found their way onto the BBC juggernaught bound for Pinewood Studios.
Stephen and Ashley went up on day one for the build, whilst they were joined during the shoot by David, and on one day by Chris. On of Chris' prize possessions is his photo taken with Hugh Grant, whilst each of us have very good memories of our time there.
If you recall years ago we lent a couple of our daleks to a local school in Brighton as part of a project to help with childrens literacy. They were placed in the library at Patcham School and were very successful in increasing awareness of science fiction reading - so much so that they even made the inside cover of the school brochure the following year as well as appearing on BBC South's South Today magazine show as part of a week long series of Dr Who - themed items. The teacher responsible - Mr Rowlie Darby was interviewed by Sylvester McCoy for that feature.
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