5 Fans Who Do Doctor Who Better than the BBC

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There are two really wonderful things about the era that we live in. No. 1: the ability of any entertainment vehicle to reach a worldwide audience with comparative ease. There's a reason we're still finding lost episodes of Doctor Who in sheds in Africa half a century after they were shipped there. Getting the word out used to be really hard and uncertain.

The second thing is that incredible film and television technology is so accessible to the average consumer that with a little practice and hard work virtually any fan can surpass many aspects of his favorite geek shows and movies themselves. That's a good thing because sometimes a show like Doctor Who sort of drops the ball in places.

These five fans not only pick up the ball. They run it all the way down field for a touchdown.

R. A. Mitchell: One clear area where the BBC is failing fans is that it doesn't seem really all that keen on keeping up with the vast world outside the show. I'm not talking about making sure that every single fact adds up and doesn't contradict itself across the novels, audio stories, and comics. I just mean making sure that they're accessible.

Consider the Eighth Doctor, who many met for the first time in "Night of the Doctor" recently. As I pointed out last week, getting to know some of his wider work outside of his 1996 television movie can be a huge headache. Especially his comic appearances, because Panini Books has allowed the first volume, Endgame, to go out of print.

Enter R. A. Mitchell, who has started not only preserving them online, but turning them into pretty spectacular motion comics. While Mitchell is no Paul McGann, he still has a pretty incredible voice that brings the stories to life. BBC is really missing out by not taking all these comics that they have lying around and turning them into motion comics along the lines of Buffy Season 8. It'd basically be printing money, but until then Mitchell has us covered.

Alisa Stern: Another thing that would be nice from the world of Doctor Who would be more content aimed at the 3 - 5 age group. My daughter loved the animated special Dreamland, but it's more or less the only one of its kind (Infinity Quest is rubbish). Dreamland is also not very good, with production values slightly below that of your regular straight-to-DVD Barbie releases.

Stern, an animator who has worked on quality shows like Team Umizoomi has outdone Dreamland amazingly with her Doctor Puppet series. The shorts are expertly crafted recreations of the various Doctors having minor adventures, and I can tell you from personal experience that it accomplishes ten times what any other official animated adventure has with far less. That BBC hasn't given Stern some sort of job producing these officially is kind of a travesty.

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dwsoufflegirl
dwsoufflegirl

Copying is the sincerest form of flattery, haven't you heard? These 5 people are not saying they are better than BBC. Obviously they have a lot of love for the show b/c they have spent a lot of time making there own fan based videos ... I think you are missing the point here.

BTW ... Doctor Who was originally made as a Children's program. Yes, it has grown since then and the audience varies throughout all age groups, but even my 4yo loves the Weeping Angels and Daleks, but most of the concepts go over his head. That being said he LOVES the Doctor Puppet and I don't see that as a negative thing b/c once he gets a bit older he will watch Doctor Who and he will already have interests in the show since someone was awesome enough to make a version fitting for a smaller audience.

I think you should see these 5 artist's as a positive group of people. They obviously love the same show we all feel passionately for. Some people just have creative minds most of them don't want to change the show, they just like to express there love for the show.

I understand that the person who wrote this article feels these people should be a part of the show ... but that is his opinion, it doesn't mean he wants the entire show changed. In my mind, these people are a part of the show. They are part of the ultimate fan-base for the show. They don't call us Whovians for nothing ... we are passionate about what we love.

OK ... I am done ranting ... for now. Love all Whovians ~*Soufflé Girl*~

redneck3
redneck3

Don't blame the Beeb for the cop-out on Hurt's regeneration. It was Eccleston who said no.


brewerroxanne
brewerroxanne

if they don't like the way D rWho was done they don't have to watch it. its not made for 3 to 5 year olds so they they already have shows for that age demographic. Dr Who is made for adult entertainment I'm sorry it can't be made for everybody. Its fantasy so facts don't have to add up you five people need to get real. If you five were writing DR. WHO no one would watch it. American egos you always think you can make something better but you end up trashing it. keep your hands off Doctor Who. he's perfect!

JefWithOneF
JefWithOneF topcommenter

@redneck3 Eccleston didn't show up to that guy who made the video's house either. 

FreyjasSong
FreyjasSong

@brewerroxanne Obviously, you have forgotten that Doctor Who started as a children's program. Aimed at children. To entertain, and possibly educate, children. Children where the program's primary target demographic for a large part of this show's history. It is hardly "adult entertainment".

anonymousxanonymity
anonymousxanonymity

@brewerroxanneJust bc people put their own spin on things doesn't necessarily mean they dislike the show. I know some pretty enthusiastic fans who do so brilliantly. Some people just like to play with others toys.

JefWithOneF
JefWithOneF topcommenter

@brewerroxanne  "People spend all their time making nice things and then other people come along and break them." - Patrick Troughton ("Enemy of the World")

JefWithOneF
JefWithOneF topcommenter

Dweeb needs to make a comeback.

redneck3
redneck3

@JefWithOneF Nor did that guy ask for permission to make new footage using Eccleston's likeness, which the BBC would likely have had to do (and probably did do, and got turned down).

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