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.


The Doctor VS Anubis

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This is the story about how the main character in Anubis: Dog of Death started out as a minor villain in my unmade ‘Doctor Who’ comic books.

 

In the summer of 2016, I contacted the artist John Barry Ballaran, to order a painting for my girlfriend for Christmas.

It would portray David Bowie and Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor from ‘Doctor Who’, battling an army of cybernetic creatures by shocking them with their electric guitar riffs.

 

The finished work would have a very realistic style, but long before the painting was done, John sent me a sketch of how the layout of the painting would look.

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To me, this looked like something straight out of a comic book!

 

At this point, I had wanted to make several ‘Doctor Who’ comics for a long time.

Ever since I discovered ‘Doctor Who’ at 15 years old in 2005, I have always had countless ideas for stories set in that universe.

When I was younger I used to dream about the possibility of running that show, and even after admitting to myself just how unlikely that is, I still had a need to get all those ideas out somehow.

And while I could simply write a fanfic, I had imagined these ideas as television episodes, so I felt many of them needed to be visual to truly express what I wanted those ideas to become.

So I asked John if he would be interested in attempting to make a ‘Doctor Who’ comic with me after the painting was done, and he said yes!

 

I ended up writing a script for a one-part story, and asked John to draw a test-page.

Since ‘Doctor Who’ is owned by the BBC, and Titan Comics owns the rights to distribute comics based on the property, our only chance for financial support to pay for John’s work would be to send in the script and art samples to Titan Comics, and hope they would be willing to pick us up for a few stories.

I was pretty naive to think that they would be interested, as I am sure countless well-established writers would give their left hand to be able to write for anything ‘Doctor Who’ related.

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They never got back to us, but that did not come as a very big surprise to me, and even before I had sent in the script I had been thinking about other possible stories me and John could bring to life together.

When I first had the idea of a version of Anubis trapped inside the body of a purse dog, it had actually been as a villain for one of my ‘Doctor Who’ stories.

But even before I knew for sure that I would not be able to make those comics, I decided that character was too good to merely be an antagonist in another character’s story.

I knew Anubis The Dog deserved to have his story told, so it was to him I turned next.

 

Starting a series about original characters is much harder than relying on an established brand, but it also leaves me more freedom.

But who knows, maybe if ‘Anubis: Dog of Death’ gets really popular I’ll get a better chance to write about my favorite timelord.

I’ll save my drafts just in case..

 

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