On Love, Loss & Life (Or `how Life imitates Art that we create!’)

“Have you loved, loved someone or something so dearly ..and lost?..” So begins the monologue – something I wrote ..about 11 months ago…at a time when I was nursing my own broken heart.

The lines were for The Doctor – now in a female form, in a minisode that I wrote, directed, filmed and produced. It stars my friend Sandra Tena (published Writer, originally from Mexico) as the  world famous wanderer in Time and Space. I think, at the time, Sandra too was hiding an aching heart..    It was a case of two people with similar pains coming together to create art!  (Sandra and I are just friends, and remain so..  in case you were wondering..)

DrWho Love Loss & Life

Scene from DrWho Minisode `Love, Loss & Life’

 

The minisode was filmed by the Docklands area in London, way back in January of this year (2014)…but we only aired it on 23rd August (same day as when Peter Capaldi’s new Doctor Who episode aired on BBC TV).   Technically, that’s the launch date of `our’ own Fan video series…but full episodes are coming in January 2015 (we just finished filming all 7 stories).

So back to Love then.

I thought about the kind of pain that The Doctor might be feeling..about always loving people..and then loosing them to the passing of time…watching them age and die, or get killed..  or just them giving it up and leaving the life inside the TARDIS.    Yes, we’ve seen many glimpses of this sadness that the Doctor contains…and he does contain it..  (how could he not…he’s lived over 2,000 years old..    If he did let it sink too much..his heart will break..  both of them..   Well, I put that line in there too..  🙂

Sandra brought a real sense of inner vulnerability to that minisode when we filmed it..

And of course, a few days later, she was leaving London…and heading back to Mexico.. In a way that was a bit sad too..

But it gets better 🙂

She left some of her suitcases with me in London for safe keeping..  And she came back to London in July..   and we filmed many more episodes… And guess what…she found Love.. !  And guess a bit more-    she found love with another friend of mine..   a guy who was also in my Doctor Who fan production..by the name of Stephen Cole..   (An actor who lives in Glastonbury..)  And go on..guess once more..   they met `on the set’  during our filming of his Doctor Who story (yes, we have two Doctors!).  And they `got together on `International Peace Day’ ..That was back in September’14.

I hear they are moving in together in 2015.. and going forward in life..  so good happy news..

Well there’s more to it..   Sometimes, when some hearts mend, other hearts get broken..   and that’s life too..  I think another friend of mine ended up with a heart ache..  But wait..  the other friend found love again..  So it’s all okay!!  Honest!!  🙂

As for me..   well..  looking back at my own last 2 years ..I wonder if `Am a good man?’  I  think I am  a fallen Angel..  or a rising Demon..  Am never sure.  Broken hearts can create all sorts of turmoils..and personality shifts..  make one bitter, depressed, reclusive, unable to go forward or backwards..   (well, isn’t this a joy…Actually it is to those who follow my blogs..  I rarely write about my personal life..  and often keep to just being astrological, spiritual and all that… So here you get a glimpse…And why ever not…It’s the last day..of 2014…the `Year of I’mPossible Dreams’  that I set off back in January..   How many of those became possible..am not sure..     )

All I can say is…my story is still unfolding..    and am sure a travelling Companion will walk into my TARDIS…I mean my life.. at some point.. Well, for that to happen, I need a TARDIS first…   And seeing I partially built one years ago..and then got fed up and burnt most of it..   Yes, I have plans to build a new TARDIS…both the inside console room..and the outside Blue Box..

Then a Companion can accidentally walk into it..  I’ll make sure the door is unlocked..and kept open..  Doors..?  Hearts… TARDIS?  Life?  All same thing..   Have you not figured it out..?  Did you think just  am not talking transpersonal psychology today? Why would I stop doing that??   🙂

Have you had a dream  or two..or hundreds…of a box, a bed, a room, a ship, a car, a hut or a house?  It’s all you..you  ..you..  symbolically..!  well, same here… Yeap, Psychology ya see!

Meanwhile..    watch this minisode…It’s Brilliant and bitter sweet..  I should know..  I wrote what I felt.. and I know that parts of those tears in her eyes were not acting at all..

-Mani Navasothy  (Executive Producer / Director/ Lead writer)

Doctor Who Imaginarium Fan Productions

London
31s December 2014

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Minisode Info:

Doctor Who Imaginarium Fan productions  presents..  starring Sandra Tena as The Doctor in `Love Loss and Life’.

Written, Directed, filmed & edited by Mani Navasothy.
Filmed on location in the Docklands area of London (in January 2014).
This minisode is a character piece that explores the pain and anguish of love lost.. especially for a Time Lady!
Enjoy the minisode.. Our full run of stories start in 2015, with a Prelude called `Lucifer’s Legacy’, and first full story, `Dragons of London’  and then `Shaman’s Game’.

We already have 7 stories to tell..ranging from the final days of the Dark Times of Gallifrey (That wasn’t even its name then).. to raging Cyberman wanting the God Upgrade..and old foes playing with The Doctor’s soul itself.. !! And another thing.. One of those Doctors is not Who he appears to be..!

Doctor Who (c) BBC. TARDIS (c) BBC.

No copyright breach intended. This is an entirely non-profit fan production..by fans for fans..just for fun!!

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Links

Doctor Who Imaginarium – website

Sandra Tenna’s Books on Amazon (in Spanish)

Inkwells & Daydreams – Sandra’s professional blogs

Sandra’s personal blogs – That Voice in my Head

 

Light Relief: The Blog-Attack from last year (response to `Cybergod Cometh’)

Last year (March 2013) I wrote a blog post called  `Cybergod Cometh- What lurks within the World Wide Web’ .    It was an amusing conjecture mixed with a sort of humour that I posses which few seem to get (unless people are used to the kind of dialoguing that the late Issac Asimov- father of Robotic Laws, and Russell T Davies – previous show runner of the `new’ Doctor Who – cos my style somewhat started similar to theirs).

Cybergod Cometh (c) Mani Navasothy 2013

Cybergod Cometh (c) Mani Navasothy 2013

Imagine when I got this very abusive, highly patronising response from some random person out there in the internet!!   Well,  the point of a blog IS to touch those random people out there …But his post was just plain ridiculous.  I sat on it for ages..  It was so clear that he was so full of his own self-importance, that he failed to grasp the finer points of blog posting..  that we can express our thoughts, ideas, facts, figures or just anything.   What he also seem to have not paid attention to ..was my credentials – I have a Physics Degree, I am a Pagan Priest with quite a bit of spiritual depth, I do science-fiction fantasy  both fiction and artworks!!

So anyway, as I am declutetring, deleting old drafts and such..  I thought I;d actually share that lunatic’s abusive post – with its infinite number of spelling mistakes and drivel..   I have no doubt he was actually projecting his own ego-wanking onto me, rather than make a sensible response to my amused blog post.   (Oh..did I just insult him?  How unprofessional of me 🙂

So, here’s the precious contribution from him..  (an exact `cut n paste’ copy)  so you can enjoy his woks and have a light relief.

-Mani Navasothy

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“…….Are you aware of what some of us actually talks about at all, and beside, this childish rubbings of idiotic notions on issues you aparently dont know mutch about.

This article and you comment just underlines the lack of anything basicly, atleats the ability to think, outside the box, can you handle it.

This is what I putt inot the coscious equation against probbalilitys/posibillity.
The zero feild theory, and this site complelty parks the old dogmans and belife in the utterly simple Einstins mechanical world, where a bullet is all you have.
The old theory dont even come clse to this, witch I faind fare more accurate and describse the issue beyound what I have read for Years.

And beside, this drivel may impress yyour mother, but not me.

Do you know why I fand the shitt showelling is hillarious, and whats even wurse, the crittics are based on and comming from people not even knowing what the f… some of us are talking about, you have no f… clue.

Do you.

I was intending to be polite, but I forgott it, sorry but when new ideas are introduced, be shure that you actually know what you know your self, then talk.
To me qurious is good, this is just premature ejaqulation of oral smapms.

peace    “

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Links

Blog: `CyberGod Cometh – what lurks within the World Wide Web’ .

Blog: Making of a CyberSun mask (Doctor Who)

Blog:   Meditating Cyberman (Art – Doctor Who) 

Blog: Cyberhead, Colin Baker & Me (Convention)

Doctor Who Fan Filming at Windsor, UK (Imaginarium Productions)

On 30th October 2014, my friends and I drove up to Windsor Town – yes, same place where Royal Windsor Castle is!    It was for filming scenes of one of our  fan DrWho video stories – previously called `CyberGenesis’   (I;ll come to that in a bit).    The story involves  `our’ Doctor  suddenly appearing (No TARDIS)  in Windsor, and getting caught up in a plot by a mysterious villain called The Shaman – who seems to have found the perfect way to blackmail the Doctor – and force him to steal an artefact from  Windsor Castle itself!!

We filmed outside the castle, and then went to the Windsor Great Park – that’s a great big forest!    To do more location shots..   Filming continued few days later in another woods..

Here’s a short fun video that my sister filmed of us  (cast and crew) on that day in Windsor. 🙂

And now here’s the exciting bit..    We are almost close to wrapping up the filming for `this’ series…(7 stories)..and will soon start editing and uploading online- where you can watch it for free (from late November onwards!)

That’s not all..    We start pre-production on the `next series’ to be  filmed from Spring 2015 onwards and shown  from early Summer 2015.       I say `series’ but to be honest, it’s a rolling schedule..    We’ll fil, edit and show..and film..and onwards..   As and when our stories are complete.    We are entirely dependant on friends’ and fellow fans’ support, participation and even creative contributions..

Cyberhern cometh

Mani Navasothy (Exec.Producer of Imaginarium Productions, wearing the `Occult Cyberman’ costume…at Winter London Film & Comic Convention (and standing proudly next to a `classic’ 90’s Cyberman !)

WE are Looking for YOU to join us!!

So contact me..   via our website e-mail, or comments in our youtube channel, or by liking our facebook page..

-Mani Navasothy

ps.   The story we are filming is no longer to be titled as `CyberGenesis’. This is due to the shocking discovery that the BBC’s own Doctor Who story `Dark Water/ Death in Heaven’ starring Peter Capaldi as The Doctor – showed very similar concepts to our original version (which we had been writing/ working on since December 2013!!!     If we carried on the same ideas, fans would be  bored, or might say, they copied the BBC’..  So we have had a rethink and are changing some of the concepts..   and removing the emphasis on The Cyberman..and putting it on…Hern..  a horned God/ mythological figure that roams Windsor Great PArk..

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Watch our  episodes http://www.youtube.com/DoctorWhoImagi…

Join meetup http://www.meetup.com/London-Doctor-W…

More blog posts on Doctor Who

Lucifer’s Legacy – Doctor Who Imaginarium Fan production- coming soon!

Doctor Who Imaginarium – is the name of our Fan Production Series…yes series..!   It all started as a fun photoshoot in London outside that `Earl’s Court TARDIS’   on Christmas Eve last year (24th Dec’2013)  .. and before we know it, we were frantically doing an actual (spontaneous) episode  in January this year (2014)..  just days before my friend Sandra Tena was flying back to Mexico.

Then my mind got churning..  ideas started to flow..   I figured I needed a team..and more `Doctors’.

Visit our facebook page

Visit our facebook page

So by the time Sandra came back to Uk in late June’14,   there was a whole plan in motion..

Zip forward to today..   we have filmed 5-6 stories…and 2-3 are in pre-production..  (that means I am working on scripts and stories – in my sleep, in my showers, in the trains & buses and on my laptop.. 🙂  and it also means various rooms of my home are in chaos..with half created masks, costumes and props..).

Did I say we took a full size (cardboard) Dalek and filmed on top of the Glastonbury Tor?    Did I also say that we are going to Windsor Great Park / Castle…next week…to film another story?   Oh..I just did…Jolly good.

It all starts with a new beginning to the history (pre-history) of Gallifrey..   There’s Kronos, there’s a Dark Guardian of Time..and there’s Lucifer..   but not the one you think you know..

We have new age DAlek-Om, meditating Cybermen in Afterlife, Alpha-Centauri, the Great Vampire (not as you’ve seen them before), zombies, a mysterious Morgaine, a time travelling gene splicing Shaman.  amongst many things…

Oh..and a female Doctor..!

Didn’t I say?   🙂

I’ll be starting a new blog for all updates on this..but for now..  this post is a launch pad!

-Mani Navasothy

(Executive Producer/ Director)

ps.   If you are living near London, and like to join our fan production for our series#2 in 2015,  get in touch with me soon..  I am looking for cast members, production team members for all of the following –  story writing, script editors, directors, camera/ filming, photography,  prop/costume makers, cosplayers, help with transport and pretty much everything a video production needs!!  🙂    This first series has been done very much with my close circle of 10+ friends… where we’ve doubled-tripled up to do so much.. So we are looking to develop wider and bigger..   🙂

Check out our facebook fan page.. at https://www.facebook.com/ImaginariumProductions

Links to video teasers:

Doctor Who Imaginarium opening title (test)

Doctor Who Imaginarium – Sandra Tena in the Doctor

Doctor Who Imaginarium – Stephen Cole is the  Doctor

Doctor Who Imaginarium – Mani Navasothy is NOT the Doctor

Doctor Who Imaginarium – TARDIS sabotage

Doctor Who Imaginarium – Prologue teaser – Lucifer’s Legacy

DrWho: CyberGenesis (new fan video production, London)

CyberGenesis - Broken Horn (c) Mani Navasothy 2013

CyberGenesis – Broken Horn (c) Mani Navasothy 2013
“Halloween! Windsor Great Park!! A shamanic group is performing a ritual to honour the Dead. A freak lightening has brought back something dead and forgotten..and it’s looking for the forbidden upgrade! The old myth of Hern the Hunter and his Wild Hunt is about to take a new twist..! ” (story by Mani Navasothy)

So are you a Doctor Who fan?    Have you watched all those fan videos on youtube?   Have you made any yourself?   so you make or wear your own costumes and run around with a SOnic screwdriver fighting doors..and the occasional Dalek or a shadow..or some memory being?   Do you walk past a statue of an angel and shiver ..just for fun?

Well, this news is just for you..!

This is one of the Doctor Who fan productions I’ve started work on..  and I’d love to meet up with fellow fans..who might like to get involved..

Big Question: Will I be in it?  Yes, probably..  Will I be playing the `Doctor’?   Big..No!  (May be the Valeyard or The Master..and no doubt a few monsters).

Thing is I will be writing., directing and producing …so better am behind the camera..or at home making props.  I’ve done video plays before…decades ago..with my cousins (they were more Blakes-7 style, and some thrillers). I’ve done audio plays with friends at school..  and for the past 7-8 yrs I’ve done numerous `public’ rituals..where I write lines and make masks..and people do them in festivals and pagan events.. I’ve also written many novels, short stories, sci-fi and all that..

But it’s time..to put all that creativity where it’s really supposed to be..  in making videos and films!  That’s been the secret passion for decades…

So here we are..!

3-4 stories are planned, and will be filmed and released in 2014..  as and when production completes! (It’s for fun, and depends on how many others get involved…acting, filming, editing, special effects, props, sets, transport to locations outside london, editing, music and so on..  !!)

Working titles are as follows  (not in any order)

  • Wounded Healer / Fractured Soul
  • Glastonbury Mystery
  • CyberGenesis
  • Dragons of London
  • Equinox / DarkLight

There is a story arc..but am not telling.. 🙂

So if interested in getting involved..  please contact me using the form below..   (Ig you have a video camera and can do second unit filming even better.. as it’ll save time..!)

Best Wishes

-Mani Navasothy

Website:  Doctor Who Imaginarium

Doctor Who – Art of Mani

If all goes well, a portal will open up at 7.50pm (gmt) and swallow the entire..  No..just kidding. Am going to try something a bit clever..   set up a blog and let it be published at a pre-set time..(cos I;ll be in a Cinema watching the big show tonight!!)   So.. this blog should be coming out…at 7.50pm…gmt..when the `Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor’ premiers all over the world..in many countries…in many cinemas..as well as on their television screens (of course!)

Most of this art works are very old..and faded.. I suppose I could enhance it graphically…Maybe another time..But here are the scans of the original..

These were copied covers off those Target Novelisations..  going back to mid-1980’s when I had arrived in UK..

And here are some slightly better quality pencil art.. portraits of the older Doctors..  

And Finally, here’s a concept illustration (A3) called `The Forfeit’  that shows the 6th Doctor with Valyard..   Notice the Hanged-Man tarot card, the fallen chess piece, the 13 on dice and so on..  🙂 

Enjoy

The Forfeit - Drwho  (c) Mani Navasothy

The Forfeit – Drwho (c) Mani Navasothy

and a more recent ones..   ShipWreck can be seen here..  The making of my Cyberman mask (few years ago) can be seen here.   And the K-9 model here

Feel free to leave ya comments..  🙂

-Mani

ps. Am starting a few new full scale craft projects (Doctor Who) with `making of..  ‘ videos to boot..  Just for fun..  So look out for updates in a few weeks..  😉  After all, we still have the big Regeneration from Matt smith to Peter Capaldi’s 12th / 13th Doctor at Christmas to get very excited about..!!

*all art works shown here (c) Mani Navasothy.   If sharing, please give credit to the artist 🙂 Thanks.*