Monday, 28 November 2011

4 Days to go...

With 4 days to go until CDW series 3 is released I am doing a roundup of all the trailers that have so far been released. Posted below are all the character trailers and the series trailers that I have shown up to this point.

I hope they whet the appetite again. Series 3 really isn't that far away now, I am very excited...

Sunday, 27 November 2011

5 Days to go...

With just 5 days to go it is plot snippets time for episode 1. I have had to be very careful about these snippets as I want to avoid giving too much away about what is to happen. There are some rather large surprises in the episode that hopefully nobody will see coming.

Episode 1 - An Imperfect World

1. Two John Smiths in one day...Tabitha should be so lucky.

2. It might have been five years for Tabitha but it has only been moments since the end of series 2 for the Doctor and Amy Pond...and it shows!

3. There is some hustle-esque Jiggery-pokery at the start of the episode that doesn't get explained straight away.

4. There is a museum visit...and the Doctor takes an instant liking to the curator. Well he would wouldn't he?

5. There is a scene that I think you knew would be happening at some point in the series...but I bet you didn't expect it already.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

6 Days to go...

With just 6 days now to go to the release of Christel Doctor Who series 3 I am now pleased to say that I have the entire series sitting on my desktop ready to be uploaded to youtube. This means that production has officially wrapped on series 3 and I can begin turning my attention to my other projects.

I have already begun writing Centerpoint series 1 and I can give a small snippet of information in that the series will start in the very distant future. To roll out the inevitable cliches; it will be darker and more adventurous than anything you have seen before.

Friday, 25 November 2011

7 Days to go....

So here we go...just seven days left until series 3 of Christel Doctor Who and its plot synopsis time. Episode 1, An Imperfect World will be with you on the 3rd of December 2011.

I would like to think of the episode as "The odd one out" of the six part story, there are some really big surprises as well some guest appearances that you really won't see coming and a nice nod to some expanded universe literature, but before I just splurge out the whole plot, here is the official synopsis...

Christel Doctor Who S301 - An Imperfect World

Five years has passed since Tabitha Mortimer last saw the Doctor and the world has moved on around her. The promise of an old love and a new life has never been enough for Tabitha and in truth she always hoped to find a way back to that fabled blue box. But, when her greatest wish comes true it sets in motion a chain of events that will change the Doctors life forever. As old faces lurk in the shadows even older ones return to deliver the most crushing news, The gates are waiting, the Halls are open and the doctor has been running, running for too long, and soon he must face the one thing that even he cannot beat. The end of days is nigh...

Thursday, 24 November 2011

8 Days to go...

8 is originally the number of episodes that I planned for series 3 of Christel Doctor Who. Then it shot up to 13 and then back down to 6, where thankfully it has stayed.

But as you will also see, 8 is a VERY important number in the first episode of series 3, teehee

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

9 Days to go...

With 9 days left today's post is one detailing the confirmed character list for the series. Whilst building up to series 3 I have announced numerous characters but never really released a final confirmed list. Well here it is, but with a suprise inclusion...

The Doctor(d'uh)
Roger Parris
10th Doctor
11th Doctor
The next of Kin
Guardians of Time (Black AND White)

That's right, River is going to get a cameo. She won't be part of the main story but you will see her in episode 6 in a lovely little scene that I watched back for the first time tonight.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

10 Days to go...

Can you believe there are now only ten days until series 3 of Christel Doctor Who. I am now working at full pelt to have the series ready and so, beginning today, I am launching the now traditional countdown posts to the beginning of the series.

My first revelation is that in one of the episodes in the series there is a broom. Now that my seem a bit random, but bare it in mind when watching...

Thursday, 17 November 2011

A Series 3 update

Although news of Christel Doctor Who series 3 has been in short supply recently the reason is that I have been beavering away quietly putting the finishing touches to the series and working my way around the problems experienced with the Movies Stunts and Effects.

I am pleased to inform you that I have now finished adding the subtitles to four of the six episodes and I am beginning episode 5 this week. I have also finished the two pickup shots that were needed for episodes 4 and 6 and they will be exported soon.

The next phase of production will be adding the soundtrack, which I have actually done to parts of episode 6 already. As with previous Christel Doctor Who series I shall be using the traditional music from the Doctor Who soundtrack as well as various other classical tracks that help to fit the mood.

Also, for your information here are the latest run times for the episodes.

1. An Imperfect World - 14 minutes
2. Evil of a Timelord - 13minutes
3. War of the Worlds - 16 minutes
4. False Dawn - 13 minutes
5. The Halls of Creation - 11 minutes
6. 32 minutes...without 5 minute pickup...eeek.

So as you can see you are going to need to be free for quite a while on New Years Eve because by the time it is completely finished I can see episode 6 running to nearly 40 minutes, making it almost feature length. The smart question is why not put some of episode 6 into 5, but when you see the episode you will understand why I didn't.

Anyways, I hope this little update has served to whet appetites sufficiently. I shall soon be releasing the plot synopsis for episodes 1,2 and 3 and I shall be doing the customary series countdown posts for 10 days before series 3 is actually quite close now!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Series 4?!

Although it is probably more than a year away I have begun to turn my attention towards series 4 of Christel Doctor Who and with that in mind I can confirm that there will be small teaser at the end of series 3. I cannot stress enough how small this teaser will be but it should prove as an early statement of intent as to how I want to ramp up the quality of the series and change the look when it returns. Be sure to look out for it.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

The ARNIE Conundrum

I have always said that Christel Doctor Who series 3 will answer a great many of the questions and satisfy a lot of the plot arcs that have been running since series 1. However, the only question that it won't answer is perhaps one that has been somewhat overlooked within Christel canon; who created ARNIE?

I do intend to answer the question, I even have a rough plan for how I would like to do it but there are no plans to reveal that information yet. I like the fact that it is a mystery and it allows me to go in a number of different directions with the character. As you will learn in series 3 and then the new year, ARNIE does have a future (woops...have I given too much away)...

Monday, 14 November 2011

Christel Doctor Who of the Week - Nostalgia

Tabitha has a very interesting line in episode 4 of series 3. She says "Since we are racking up the nostalgia points I thought I might as well join in with my two penneth". I will tell you that this line refers to a returning character but obviously I won't say which one.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Jack Harkness character trailer

I am pleased to present the second of the series 3 character trailers. This is a new character to the christel doctor who world but one that regular doctor who fans will be more than familiar with...that's right it's captain jack...


I am pleased to report that I have found a temporary solution to my Movies Stunts and Effects Problems. I have been worried that my not being able to access the game anymore would not allow me to get the final few shots I needed for series 3 of Christel Doctor Who but everything is okay now and I'll crack on with the final few pickups before anything goes wrong again (Which hopefully it won't).

You NEED to see this...

A few days ago I posted a review of episodes 2 and 3 of Burkeys Doctor Who series. As you will know if you are a long time Christel fan Burkey is a long time supporter and friend of the series and I am imploring you to head over to his blog and support that as well as you do Christel Doctor Who.

I can personally guarantee that he has some great episodes coming up because as script editor for the series I have had the privilege to read some of what is to come. So I urge you, whilst there is a lull in Christel Doctor Who news and activity you have the perfect opportunity to head over the The Writers Blog and check the three episodes that Burkey has produced so far. I shall be linking them here later in the week for you to see but I know he would really appreciate the traffic to his blog.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Character Trailer - Tabitha Mortimer

As part of a countdown to series 3 of Christel Doctor Who I am releasing a number of character trailers based on the many different characters that will be appearing in the series. I thought it very apt to start with the second most famous Christel Doctor Who character(The Doctor being number 1 of course), Tabitha Mortimer.

As you will see from the trailer a lot has happened to Tabitha since we saw her at the end of series 2 and she is still very much missing the Doctor. The next trailer will be for ARNIE and should be released quite soon. Enjoy...

The Burkey Review...

Long time follower and supporter of Christel Doctor Who, Burkey, has recently released episodes 2 and 3 of his animated Doctor Who series. If you haven't seen the episodes yet then be sure to catch them here.

Entitled "Terror of the Meduzans" Parts 1 and 2 the two episodes focus on the mysterious events that take place in a futuristic university party that the Doctor is invited to. The dynamic that has already been built up between this version of the Doctor and his fiesty companion Eve is familiar to most "Who" fans but still refreshing and you get the sense that although Eve is still slightly overawed by the Doctors world she can still hold her own when she needs to. Infact these episodes provide a great deal of opportunity for both the characters of the Doctor and Eve to be developed. We see a playful and flirtatious Eve and a Doctor who is not afraid to make the grand and almost dark decisions as he rather ruthlessly dispatches of the Meduzans leaders, an alien race called the Versinori. One is left wondering whether there are darker days to come for this Doctor?

The two part story is handled brilliantly and although it was a brave decision not to show the Meduzans at all in episode 2 it pays off ten fold in the tension, drama and anticipation that is built up. My personal preference would be that the avatars used for the Meduzans and the Versinori were swapped as the picture of the Meduzans that had been built in my head was more of an organic one rather than robotic, but this is simply down to personal tastes and takes nothing away from the quality of the episodes and indeed the story telling.

We already know that this is a Doctor that is ready to take risks but it's when Eve realises the decisions that he has to make that we really see the characters shine. The dialogue between the Doctor and Eve on the TARDIS is fantastic and we can see the Doctor through Eve's eyes. The two share a good rapport and the Doctor seems to have taken on the role of mentor to Eve as he shows her the stars.

Overall these are two brilliant episodes, the production quality is amazing and the voice acting adds a whole new level to the quality of the story telling. The auxiallary characters are handled brilliantly and you feel like you can immediately identify with them. With the addition of Wesley, Eve's brother there are surely some more fantastic adventures ahead. Two great episodes that I implore you to watch!


Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Coming up in...November

As I did in October here is a quick run-down of what to expect from Christel Films in November of 2011. As Series 3 of Christel Doctor Who draws closer I am afraid that there will be a little less on offer than usual during this month. I am crossing the I's and dotting the T's on the series in preperation for the December release. But do not fear. Here is what November has to offer...

- ARNIE Special Episode - Hunt for the Doctor. (Barring no problems with voice acting).

- CDW Series 3 character trailers - Jack, ARNIE, Roger.

- CDW Series 3 episodes 1,2 and 3 plot synopsis.