My Dalek Tribute Videos

In December of 2005, after just having discovered Doctor Who, I was watching the show’s behind-the-scenes spin-off show, Doctor Who Confidential.

One short segment featured shots of The Doctor’s main villains, the Daleks, cut together with the Big Brovaz song Nu Flow.


Those two elements worked so well together that I was disappointed that the segment wasn’t longer.

So I decided to finish the pairing, by making a Dalek tribute video set to the entire song.

But it took longer than expected, so I put the project on ice.


When I later decided to finish the video in May of 2007, there had been so many additional episodes featuring the Daleks that I had more cool clips of them than I could fit into the lenght of that song.

So I decided that clips from seperate season would get seperate songs, and you can see the result below.



The first Dalek Tribute

The series 1 episodes Dalek, Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways from 2005 are set to Nu Flow by Big Brovaz.

The series 2 episodes Army of Ghosts and Doomsday from 2006 are set to Numb by Linkin Park.

The series 3 episodes Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks from 2007 are set to I Just Wanna Live by Good Charlotte.


I was pretty happy with result, and would go on to make a new video for each season for the next six years.


Dalek Tribute 2

The series 4 episodes The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End from 2008 are set to The Big Boom by Jonathan Coulton.


Dalek Tribute 3

The series 5 episodes Victory of the Daleks, The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang from 2010 are set to Fashion Is Danger by Flight of the Conchords.

There had been some controvercy over the Dalek redesign in this season, so this video was me having some fun at their expense.


Dalek Tribute 4

The series 7 episode Asylum of the Daleks from 2012 is set to Crazy by Gnarls Barkley.



I also made five Classic Dalek Tributes, featuring episodes from the “classic” seasons of Doctor Who, which aired from 1963 to 1989.


The 60s – Part One

The 1960s serials The Daleks and The Dalek Invasion of Earth are set to Exterminate by Snap and Us Against the World by Westlife.


The 60s – Part Two

The 1960s serials The Space Museum, The Chase, The Dalek’s Master Plan and The Evil of the Daleks are set to Ticket to Ride by The Beatles, Disco Inferno by The Trammps and Who Said We’re Wack? by The Lonely Island.


The 70s – Part One

The 1970s serials Genesis of the Daleks and Destiny of the Daleks are set to All as One by Trocadero, The Metal by Tenacious D and Always Look On The Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle (from Monty Python’s Life of Brian).


The 70s – Part Two

The 1970s serials Genesis of the Daleks and Destiny of the Daleks are set to
One Little Slip by Barenaked Ladies and Wasteland Soul by Miracle of Sound.


The 80s

The 1980s serials Resurrection of the Daleks, Revelation of the Daleks and Remembrance of the Daleks are set to the Pascal remix of Snap’s
Exterminate.



Not all of these songs are among the types of music I like to listen to on a normal basis, as I tried to mix up the genres so that each video would feel different.

But I feel that for the most part, each song fits well with the visuals, and brings something more to the table.

I am particularly happy with the comedic parts like Dalek Tribute 3 or Who Said We’re Wack? in part two of the 60s, but The Metal part from part one of the 70s may be one of the most awesome things I have ever made.



I had some trouble getting these videos to you, as some of them had been hit by YouTube’s over-eager content ID system.

It is in fact because of being hit by that system that I am no longer making Dalek Tribute videos.

That, and the sheer amount of time it takes to make one of these, cutting all those hours of episodes down and fitting it all into a short song, it got frustrating at times.


Discovering ‘Doctor Who’

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In the fall of 2005, at the age of 15, I fell in love with a British science fiction show.

 

I had been watching the Norwegian national broadcasting network’s second channel NRK2 to an excessive point all through the summer.

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While NRK1 mostly showed mainstream stuff like the news, HBO dramas, programs made by NRK itself, well-known movies and new detective shows, NRK2 often showed more unknown cult fare.

Some of the stuff on NRK2 which I liked the most were British comedy from before the new millennium. Stuff like Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Blackadder and The Young Ones.

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Then one evening while I was watching the channel after school, I saw a weird commercial for a program which looked like it involved an alien with a pig’s head crashing into Big Ben, and the subsequent political turmoil taking place in 10 Downing Street.

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This turned out to be a trailer for just a two-part story a few episodes into the 2005 season of Doctor Who, with the rest of the season having completely different stories each (or every other) episode.

The Space Pig also turned out to be a pig from Earth which had been genetically altered by an alien crime-family, to fool humanity before the family’s actual plan could be set in motion.

 

This was one of the first times I had been exposed to this kind of weird storytelling, and I loved it!

The only thing similar to it that I had experienced at that point were books written by Douglas Adams, and I later learned that he had written episodes for Doctor Who in the 70s, and that he had even been the showrunner for a year.

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That was also something that surprised me when I found out, that this cool new cult television show that I had just discovered were actually not that new at all, and had been running on-and-off since 1963.

 

And it was a cult show back then.

Maybe not in Brittain, but at least in Norway, and probably most other countries aswell.

I spent a lot of time trying to get other people to watch it, to no avail.

Now, most people have heard of Doctor Who.

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After I saw those Space Pig episodes, I downloaded the first episodes in that season so that I could be fully filled in while watching the rest of the show on TV.

Then at the end of the season’s run on television, just as the Norwegian winter started rearing its head, I was amazed at the ride the show had taken me on.

And I looked forward to the next season for almost a year. For while the show aired in England during spring back then, I wanted to wait until I could watch it legally on Norwegian television, where I had discovered it in the first place.

 

Fall of 2016 arrived, and ‘Doctor Who’ had finally started to show up in the TV-guide.

But when I sat down to see the continued adventures of The Doctor and Rose Tyler, I was greeted with their meeting.

NRK had started showing the 2005 season all over again.

 

I continued watching the whole season a second time, in the hopes that there had been a mistake, or that they were going to air the new season directly after the old one, but it never came.

From that point on, I always watched it online, before buying each season box-set.

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And it was while looking for new episodes online that I stumbled upon a bunch of episodes from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and an American TV-film from 1996.

It turned out that the story in the new seasons of the show were a continuation of the story that began in ’63, and that the main character I knew as The Doctor, was actually the ninth actor to take on the role, explained away by The Doctor’s ability to regenerate himself when close to death.

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You can imagine my confusion..

 

I have since seen all 841 episodes that have aired at this point, the summer before Jodie Whittaker’s first season as the thirteenth Doctor.

All 28 days and 17 hours of it!

 

I am now in the middle of rewatching it all with one of the few people I actually managed to convince to see it, my girlfriend.