Monday, 27 February 2012

CDW Series 4 still nicely on track

I am happy to report that I am still nicely on schedule with series 4 of Christel Doctor Who. I now have 5 episodes of the 9 that I shall write completed in 1st drafts and ready for re-reading and editing.  The episodes that are in 1st draft state at the moment are episodes 1,2,3,6 and 11.

As you have probably seen from the series 4 information page on the blog, Burkey is writing a two part story for the first part of series 4, so this means that I nearly have the entire first half of the series written.

My next job is to get to work on the mid season finale, which (cliche alert) is an absolute game-changer and will provide some real shocks.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Series 4 won't be a complete redo

Somebody asked me this the other and I want to put your minds at rest. Although it is usually the case when the Doctor regenerates that a new series starts and many of the characters or storylines are not carried through from previous series I am going to do things differently. Series 4 of Christel Doctor Who will not forget the previous going's on in Christel Doctor Who. As you already know the Contingent, who were born out of the Guardians of Time interference in the time war, will feature heavily.

There will also be reference to a number of previous characters and events. So don't worry CDW fans, its not all change.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Christel Doctor Who of the Week...Lost in Time (Canon)

The first 2012 Christel Doctor Who Special Episode, or Story, as I am calling it, will officially be released on Sunday April 15th 2012. I have the script in a workable state and due to the fact that the episode will be interactive I am going to push ahead with production anyway and tweak it as I go.

Even though this will be the only one of the three episodes this year that will be officially part of "Christel-Canon" it will not feature the new 12th (CDW) Doctor, but it will not be Doctor-lite either. So you know what this means? Let the countdown and the speculation commence...

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Blink signs on for CDW Series 4

I am very pleased to be able to announce that Blink has signed on to write for series 4 of Christel Doctor Who. You may remember that Blink wrote the fantastic "Death on the Line" for series 2 of CDW and I am thrilled that he is returning for series 4.

This now completes my lineup of guest writers for the fourth season of Christel Doctor Who and means I shall only have to write 9 of the 14 episodes. This not only helps to bring the workload down considerably but should also give me more time to work on making the best series yet.

The full list of series 4 guest writers is as follows.

- Burkey
- JR Mortimer
- Blink
- PreTitleSequence

Monday, 20 February 2012

FOXHOUND Productions Doctor Who Series...

Whilst browsing some youtube videos during last week I stumbled upon a Doctor Who series made with the movies stunst and effects, just like CDW. Made by Foxhound Productions the stories are produced entirely within the sandbox mode of the game and 2 decent series of stories have been made. Check it out here.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

JR Mortimer will write for series 4

I am very pleased to announce today that yet another guest writer has signed on for series 4 of Christel Doctor Who. JR Mortimer is currently writing the series finale for Burkey's Doctor Who series and now he will write for Christel Doctor Who series 4 as well. I can promise you a very different story to most established Doctor who ones. JR has promised me that he likes to think big and outside of the box, which is always good. I am really looking forward to seeing what he is going to be bringing to the series and when I get more news I will covey it to you.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Day of the Daleks and Endgame coming next week...

My first project for this year was to remaster the four 2009 special episodes and then re-release them on Christel Films. I am pleased to inform you that the third and fourth episodes, namely Day of the Daleks and Endgame will be released over the course of next week. This will then mean that I am nicely on schedule to begin re-releasing the three main series of CDW as announced here.

In other news, I have also now finished writing another first draft of a series 4 episode, meaning that I have 4 of the 5 episodes written that I am writing for the first part of series 4. The other 2 episodes will be written by returning guest writer Burkey and hopefully be told as a two-part story. The Series 4 information page has been updated to reflect this information.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Centerpoint Concept art surfaces...

So here we go, finally some Centerpoint news that you can sink your teeth into. Having now pretty much written the first three episodes of (My new Doctor Who spinoff sereis) Centerpoint I am beginning to think about the look of the episodes and creating some of the settings that I have written about in the scripts.

The three images below are first credible pieces of concept art/imagery that I have come up with to begin crafting the feel of the series. It should be noted that I did not create these images, in fact I only searched for them on Google image search, but they do convey the overall mood and feel of certain parts of the series so far. Anyways; Enjoy, and let the speculation commence.

The first two images are general concept images that should give you a great idea of the direction that this series is taking, as well as a hint as to the possible storyline.

This third image, although a lot less clear, is an early draft of something that will feature heavily in the series when it hits your screens later this year. Speculate to your hearts contents...

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Centerpoint to go viral...

As work continues on the newest Christel Doctor Who spinoff Centerpoint I am moving forward with my plans for a viral ad campaign for the series. It will revolve around one of the main characters in the series and should hopefully help to build up interest and specualtaion about the series.

With that in mind, I will be looking for sites that are willing to host the small ads that I will be creating to become part of the campaign. I shall be making video shorts and still image posters so if you are interested please contact me and let me know, it would be greatly appreciated.

Willing sites will be featured in the Centerpoint credits, linked from this blog, and given access to "first-viewing" of the first episode later on in the year. Just incase you are unsure what I mean by viral ads, look at this amazing example from Volkswagen recently...

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

ARNIE Series 2 put on hold indefinitely...

I am sorry to say that I have had to make the decision to put ARNIE series 2 on indefinite hold. I had planned to get the series out this year with a guest "Lead-writer" but I have been working pretty much round the clock on CDW and Centerpoint which means that I am not going to be able to devote any time to ARNIE.

That doesn't mean however, that series 3 of CDW was the last time you saw him. And on that bombshell I shall let the speculation commence...

Monday, 13 February 2012

Christel Doctor Who of the Week...Centerpoint

I can exclusively reveal that a number of the Doctor's companions will get a mention in Centerpoint. I'm not going to say in what capacity, but they will get a mention. I am also hoping to be able to release some Centerpoint news very soon.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Planet of Souls (Again)

Here is the second of the four 2009 specials The Planet of Souls. Having looked at the episode again I actually decided to take one small scene out instead of putting anymore in. This episode of course gave the Doctor his first true companion, Ida Scott, albeit for only one episode, she became an integral part of "Christel Canon and would return in series 2 as well as series 3 of the show.

Part 1

Part 2

This episode is of course now on the new specials page of this blog.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Christel Doctor Who in all its Glory...

As I announced at the turn of the year there will not be a fourth series of Christel Doctor Who until 2013 and so to keep interest high in the series, and hopefully to attract a few more people, I am intending to re-run the whole 3 series, including the 2009 specials, over the course of three months this year. I am aware that series 1 is no longer available to watch on the sidebar and so I shall be re-uploading it, if that's even a phrase, through youtube and then posting along with the other two series for you to see again.

The idea behind this is that anybody who visits the blog for the first time can watch the series from the very start, and any regular fans will not only have a chance to catch up on their favorite stories, but have a chance to see all three series in a short space of time and follow all of the story arcs through to their completion in series 3.

I have a rough schedule in mind and in the words of run dmc, "It goes a little summat like this..."

April 2012 - Christel Doctor Who Series 1.
May 2012 - Christel Doctor Who Series 2.
June 2012 - Christel Doctor Who Series 3.

To mark the re-release of each series I will also be taking the opportunity to update the blog design so that by the end of the re-runs the series are organised into their own pages, which also frees up a little more space on the ever increasing side bar.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

New Series, New Hardware

With plans for CDW series 4 and Centerpoint beginning to step up a gear I have treated myself to some new hardware, so that both series can be rendered in glorious HD.

This has also allowed me to tentatively begin what is professionally known as "pre-production". In Christel terms it literally means having a play around to see what can be done.

My shiny new laptop (apple of course) will allow me to take the look of the series to the next level ad whilst I am going to keep very tight lipped about how I intend to do this, you will be able to notice a major difference in quality when both CDW 4 and Centerpoint hit your computer screens.

EDIT - Having now had the time to play with the new hardware I am very excited about the start of the two new series. I really can't wait to hear and see what you all think. 

Monday, 6 February 2012

Christel Doctor Who of the Week...The Master

At the end of the 2009 specials the Masters TARDIS crash lands out of sight and he is not seen again. This was done with the original intention of bringing him back in a later series. I first planned for that to be the finale of series 2, and then moved it to series 3, however when I noticed just how many characters there were going to be in series 3 I decided to leave the master out.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Planet of Souls Coming soon...

I have nearly finished remastering the second of the 2009 Christel Doctor Who specials, Planet of Souls. The episode didn't really need much work at all actually and instead of adding anything extra in I have actually taken one tiny scene out. I am hoping to have everything ready so that upload can begin tonight, meaning that the episode should be with you (again) either tomorrow or Tuesday at the latest.

Friday, 3 February 2012

What to expect in February...

During February I am planning to finish a number of the smaller projects that are ongoing at the moment.

With this in mind there will not be much in the way of new content from Christel Films, but there will be some big announcements and some information about Centerpoint. Here is a quick outline of what to expect...

- The three remaining 2009 specials will be remastered and re-released.

- The third 2012 CDW special story will be officially announced. You haven't missed the second one being announced yet, don't worry.

-  You will get to see the first exclusive shots of a new Centerpoint character, as well as shots of the ones you already know about.

- There will be a "fan-pleasing" announcement on February 10th.

I will of course, also be carrying on with writing for both series 1 of Centerpoint and Series 4 of Christel Doctor Who so be sure to check back regularly for more news and updates on both projects.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Series 4 to run to 14 episodes...

The big news today is that I have decided to run series 4 of Christel Doctor Who to 14 episodes instead of the standard 13. The reason for this is that I intend to have a mid-series break and I want 7 episodes in each half of the series. Plus I am also hoping to have around 5 guest writers onboard, which means I needed to expand the amount of episodes to accommadate them.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Christel Doctor Who of the Week...The Halls of Creation

In a scene that was eventually cut from episode 6 of series 3, the evil version of Azmael explained to the Doctor that it was indeed "them" (The guardians of time) who had saved Gallifrey after the Doctor chose the humans at the end of series 1. He went on to explain that the halls were created by the guardians as a mid-way point between the normal time-stream and Christel Cannon.They were to be, in-effect, a rudementary spawner for the many different enemies and threats that the Doctor had, and would, face.

However, as the scene went on, the characters rambled far too much and the whole thing got somewhat confusing towards the end.