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:
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:
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:
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!
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.
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…!