With moments like this, I was trying to think of ways to integrate Bill’s Doctor into the story and have him take part fully in the adventure. The challenge with his dialogue was that it couldn’t actually change the script very much. So here, for example, he has a bit of a go at Omega, as his Doctor more than likely would, which gives us a slightly different take on the removal of the mask but still gets us to the same place in the story that we need to get to.
Monthly Archives: October 2015
PANEL 2: Following on from the previous instalment, you have to keep track of where Bill is relative to the others. Here he is slightly behind Jon, as to have him in front would take him out of the frame, and the whole point is to have as many shots as possible with all three of them together.
PANEL 3: Bill has now moved in front of Jon in order to aid the composition of the shot. Presumably he stepped forward to remonstrate with Omega when he reveals his plan for the Doctors
PANEL 5: Sometimes there’s only one place Bill can go in the frame, such as here. It’s just a case of finding the right shot that you can resize him to fit with the other Doctors. The only guides we have to how tall Bill was relative to the others are the few publicity shots taken for the story with the three of them together, which show that Bill isn’t much taller than Pat…
The shots with all three Doctors in, such as the ones here, were some of the most satisfying to create. Once you had found just the right shot of Hartnell, you then had to work out where he was standing in relation to the others, then adjust the “camera” accordingly to get him into the frame, which often meant creating a clean background to go behind him from the existing elements of the set.
PANEL 1: Singularity gets an upgrade! A piddly little column of smoke doesn’t really come across as all that impressive. It would have been a lot better on TV if they’d just had a really bright light shining straight up and the rest of the chamber that bit darker to give it more emphasis. Instead I had to resort to a composite formed from a couple of images I found online.
PANEL 5: Even if we all accept the storytelling conceit that Billy is there with Pat & Jon, one of the hardest things to overcome when trying to sell the illusion is shadows. If you find a great screengrab of Bill but the lighting is wrong then you have to either use another screengrab of bugger about with it to try and make it match up to the originals
PANEL 2: The only option in this shot was to have Bill on the other side to Jon & Pat. I couldn’t really see his Doctor joining in this version of the “three heads” gag which we saw in The Web of Fear. Besides, finding a shot of Bill where was crouching down in just the right position to make it work was impossible.