For the 50th anniversary of the world’s longest running science fiction show, three London based filmmakers have got together to produce a new documentary about examining how the face of Doctor Who fandom has changed since the series returned to TV screens in 2005.
Doctor Who has entertained fans for five decades. Many fans who have grown up watching the show in their youth have even ended up working on the series in some capacity. For example, actor Peter Capaldi, recently announced as the Twelfth Doctor, is a self-confessed fan and famously wrote to the producers as a teenager. Writer and author Cameron K. McEwan (aka Doctor Who blogger @BlogtorWho) has teamed up with filmmakers Elisar Cabrera and Jack Ayers to produce a new documentary on how fandom has changed since the series came back in 2005. There have been many documentaries about Doctor Who but this unique one by Capital City Entertainment is about the fans themselves and its changing face over the years.
The film is already in production and several familiar faces to Doctor Who fandom have agreed to appear in it. Interviews have been recorded with former companions: Sophie Aldred (Ace), Louise Jameson (Leela), Caitlin Blackwood (Amelia Pond); recurring characters, Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Catrin Stewart (Jenny), Dan Starkey (Strax) and Simon Fisher-Becker (Dorium Maldovar); writers James Moran (“The Fires of Pompeii”), Jane Espenson (“Torchwood: Miracle Day”) and Andrew Smith (“Full Circle”); former Doctor Who script editors Gary Russell and Eric Saward; comic writers Tony Lee (IDW Doctor Who), Simon Furman (Doctor Who Magazine strips and Transformers), Dan Slott (Spiderman) and Richard Starkings (Elephantmen); and many more including many Doctor Who fans who have been filmed at various conventions around the country.
The production team chose to bypass traditional documentary film funding avenues and intend to raise their final production and film release costs for their film on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.com, a website where contributors can donate to creative projects and good causes in exchange for “perks”.
“We wanted to keep this film 100% independently produced and distributed as we have always said through the production process this film is ‘by fans for fans’,” said co-director Elisar Cabrera.
“As well as offering the standard perk of a free DVD, we thought we’d offer other perks that help bring Doctor Who fans together in this film. So, we have one perk that offers the chance to see edited clips before the release as well as a perk that gives fans a chance to contribute to the film their own photo memories of being a fan,” said co-director Cameron K. McEwan.
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Elisar Cabrera, Producer