Where Next For Whopix?

Telecomics are the future of Whopix, but what type of stories would you like to see on the site? More adaptations, like The Three Doctors? Or original stuff, like Return Of The Doctor? Well, here’s your chance to influence what we do next!

There are two polls, the first for what telecomics you’d like to see next, and another for what format you’d prefer them in. The polls will remain active until Series Ten ends.

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Regeneration!

OMG!

WTF???

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The Master Returns!


OMFG!

He’s got The Beard!

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The Two Masters!

Never mind all the sadness of Capaldi’s impending regeneration, or the anticipation of the return of the Mondas Cybermen, following The Moff’s warning at the recent screening of The Pilot, fandom was scratching it’s collective head as to what the Mega Spoiler at the end of episode one was going to be…

until today.

Was it going to be a cameo of River and Eleven at the frost fair in episode three?

No.

Was it Jenny, the Doctor’s Daughter?

No.

Was it Susan, the Doctor’s Granddaughter?

No.

Was it Polly, turning up to help defeat the Mondas Cybs in the finale?

No.

So what could this mega-spoiler possibly be?

Well, it was this:

 

 

I bet nobody saw that one coming, I certainly didn’t!

Can’t wait to see how Simm and Gomez are going to get on together…

Exciting as the news is, Whopix can’t help thinking that perhaps two incarnations of the Master and the Mondas Cybermen in the series finale  is maybe a bit much? Having Simm and Gomez on screen together would make a two-part finale on its own, and the idea of having two incarnations of the Master meeting each other has been done before…

And if the BBC Publicity Dept hadn’t stuck Simm in the trailer, I wonder how much longer they would have managed to keep his inclusion under wraps? We haven’t had a real surprise reveal since Derek Jacobi told us who he really was in Utopia

Despite being comprehensively spoiled by the Press, fandom can at least hold its collective breath for the next eleven weeks until in antici…pation of Simm’s return to the show, and wonder just how the Simm incarnation of the Master is going to get along with the Gomez incarnation of the Master…

…as well as wondering just how two Masters are tied up with whatever the Mondas Cybermen are up to. Still, not long to wait and now we know the last two episode titles…!

 

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Mondas Returns!

Since Whopix is now working the nightshift at a well known online retailer, it was only today that he saw THIS:

The original Mondasian Cybermen return to Doctor Who as filming begins on the final block of the forthcoming series

Fekk! The Mondas Cybs are back!

What a nice parting gift for Peter to have his fave monsters in his “final” story. His inner fanboy must be squee-ing with delight to be going up against them. What a brilliant “thank you for the past three years”.

The suits are regulation silver, and the bulky headlamp has been scaled down, as has the huge chest unit of the originals. I just hope Nick Briggs does a better version of the voices than the original…

And, before you get too excited, I doubt this is a Moffat version of Spare Parts

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SPOILERS FOLLOW!

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it seems it’s not just the Mondas iteration we’re getting for the finale, it looks like Earth is being invaded by a Multi-Cyber Squad of metal men…

not only do we get the Mondas Cybs, we also get both the Rise of the Cybermen and Nightmare in Silver versions too!

What d’you reckon the chances are that there are other versions lurking back on the Cybership? Moonbase Cybs? Invasion Cybs? Earthshock Cybs?

Let’s just hope this doesn’t turn out to be the Asylum of the Daleks version of Every Cyberman Ever!

Excited? We are now!

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BBC Animation Fan Survey!

Whopix is part of the BBC Worldwide Fan Panel, and their latest survey, which is now closed, was about the animated version of The Power of the Daleks.

As well as asking what we thought of it [fantastic it exists but a shame it’s so flawed], the BWFP went on to ask some very interesting questions about fans’ thoughts on future animated projects, such as this one:

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So it seems the Beeb are considering doing their own Fan Edits of the animated missing episodes, something we’ve been doing over at Whoflix for years!

As for animated cut-downs, it all comes down to economies of scale. If it’s more economically viable to do a shorter version of The Dalek Masterplan than the whole epic thing then that’s what we’ll get. Simples. The Beeb have done this sort of thing before anyway, notably with Marco Polo and Galaxy 4, so it’s interesting to see that they’re trying to gauge fan resistance to the idea of cut-down compilation versions instead of every episode in full.

And “unaired” can only be a reference to Shada, meaning the Beeb are at least thinking about it…

Here’s the next one:

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I’ve seen the Levine version of Shada and it’s a bit strange moving from live action to animation and back again, but you soon get used to it. And I’ve had to do it for my fan edits of The Reign of Terror, The Moonbase and The Invasion so it wouldn’t really be a problem for me.  It would certainly be more economic to do as there would be less to animate but the Dame Levine strain of fandom will have an apoplectic fit of Bidmeadian proportions at the very thought of it…

Then there’s the obvious one to ask:

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The answer to which is clearly The Evil of the Daleks!  

The Daleks and the Troughton Doctor models already exist, helping balance the cost of creating characters from scratch such as Maxtible, Jamie, Victoria etc Perhaps that’s why the Beeb are questioning fans on cut-downs, they’re thinking of cutting the padding and the extraneous characters. Personally, Whoflix doesn’t have a problem with that, if nothing else it’ll make the fan editing of future animations a lot easier!

After Evil? From a sales and costs perspective it would make sense to do The Dalek Masterplan as, again, the Dalek models already exist. Masterplan is one story that you could justifiably cut down as it’s huge, over-long and very, very slow. They could incorporate Mission To The Unknown and skip The Feast of Steven!

This next one took me by surprise!

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Animated versions of the Titan Comics??? Who saw that one coming!

Personally Whopix thinks more original animated Doctor Who would be a good thing, particularly if that animation was set during The Time War, with a soundalike voicing The War Doctor now that he’s sadly no longer with us.

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As for animated versions of the Titan Comics stories, I think that one’s a red herring to help the Beeb gauge reaction to the idea of original animations. For a start, animated versions of Titan stories wouldn’t really be different enough to the comics themselves to be worth watching. And then there’s the question of who’s going to voice the deceased Doctors, let alone Eccles.

Personally, Whopix would like to see an animated version of his telecomic version of The Three Doctors…!

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The Power of the Daleks: A Colourised Cock-Up!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we’ve got The Power of the Daleks as an animation. For all its flaws, and there are plenty of them, as far as Whopix is concerned, having a dodgy animated version is better than having nothing but telesnaps and a few warped 8mm clips. And to be fair to those behind the project, a lot of the mistakes were clearly down to not having enough time or money for proper checking between the work of individual animators.  Blame the Beeb for that one.

So having disappointed fans all over the planet by having animated the episode with avoidable mistakes, the Beeb then compound their original error by colourising the monochrome original and getting the colours wrong!

It starts off okay, but look at the sky. This is meant to be the TARDIS in Antarctica at the end of The Tenth Planet, but the sky on Vulcan will turn out to be pretty much the same colour…

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Hartnell on the console room floor looks okay too, but then they forget to colourise the titles. A colour animation with a B&W title sequence just looks weird…

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So far so Meh but then, just when you’re starting to get a little bit excited about how this is going to look in colour, things go downhill pretty rapidly with our first sight of Ben & Polly…

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I’m sorry but what the heck is Ben wearing? Yuck!

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That’s more like it! As if that wasn’t bad enough, the console has turned from green to silver…

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Whilst what Ben’s wearing may be open to debate, and he’s not wearing grey chelsea boots for a start, something that’s clearly the wrong colour is Polly’s colony outfit…

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How do we know it’s the wrong colour? Because there’s a colour production photograph that tells us what colour it should be!

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Which means the colourisers should really have given us THIS instead:

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And finally, does anyone think that Dalek embryos are brown???

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Nah, Uncle Tewwance was right, the colour for monsters is green!!!

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The colourised version of The Power of The Daleks is available on the upcoming Blu-Ray/DVD steelbook release, scheduled for February 6th in the UK.

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