5 Fans Who Do Doctor Who Better than the BBC

Categories: Doctor Who

Xander David-Hugh and Billy Hanshaw: With a new Doctor coming in 2014 we'll almost certainly be getting a new title sequence that will define Peter Capaldi's new take on the role. At least two fans have made mock-ups of suggestions, and in both cases they are far superior to pretty much anything that has shown up in the actual show. The one up there comes from Xander David-Hugh, and is mostly a more action-packed and exciting version of the already killer Matt Smith/Jenna Coleman intro. If you'd like something a little more revolutionary, Billy Hanshaw has this. It's much more focused on time than space, and might be the better fit with the supposed quest for Gallifrey that fans are expecting to see.

1981Timelord: Though fans are grateful to Steven Moffat for filling in the last of the regeneration gaps in "The Day of the Doctor", it still felt like a gyp. John Hurt's War Doctor, worn out from the struggle, quietly and happily began his regeneration, but onscreen we see only the barest hint of Christopher Eccleston's eyes beginning to form on the new face.

So it's nice to see that someone like 1981Timelord was able to make it literally a million times more fantastic by fully completing the sequence using all the same material the BBC had at its disposal. Then again, he's got a lot of practice turning people into the Ninth Doctor. Before "Night of the Doctor" he also made what was probably the then-best possible regeneration sequence to fill the gap.

Stuart Humphryes: Better known as Babel Colour, Humphryes is, as far as I know, the only person on this list who has actually worked on Doctor Who officially. He was the person behind the colorization of "The Mind of Evil", and his skill at bringing the black and white era of the show into color is unmatched by any other.

Which is why it is really annoying the BBC doesn't use him for that more.

Whenever the show wants to incorporate footage of the first two Doctors, rather than have them colorized they just make every Doctor seen through a weird monochrome lens. Apparently Time Lords have Tardises but skyping in color is too much to ask.

Then, when Clara Oswald interacted with the First Doctor as he was preparing to flee Gallifrey, we finally got to see William Hartnell in color with a modern companion, the result was not even close to the clarity and realism that Humphyes brings to the table. As awesome as those moments from "The Name of the Doctor" were, they could have been even better in Babel Colour.

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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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