Many of you know I’m a big fan of Doctor Who – the BBC TV series charting the sci-fi adventures of The Doctor.. a Time Traveller. Well, for the last 2 years (exactly, to date from 24th Dec 2013 to today 24th Dec 2015) I’ve been Executively producing our own fan series..
Our series has been very Esoteric – with many occult & magical / pagan themes running through it.. (and more on the way!)
Well, series#1 of our DoctoWho Imaginarium is now complete, with 11 episodes and few minisodes and can be viewed on my DrWho Youtube channel (link below). It stars a female Doctor (Sandra Tena) and a male Doctor (Stephen Cole). Interestingly, both of them met each other last year during one of our filming sessions in Glastonbury..and would you believe it..they are now actually (for real, legal and all) married!! So it’s now Sandra Cole & Stephen Cole. 🙂 We’ve also had Dougal Duthie as our boy-Doctor for Children in Need 2015 special.. (and..you’ll soon see me in some mysterious Doctor-ish role).
Our previous logo of the 3 Wheels with a pendulum swinging… and the letter `i-2 (i-squared) standing for `Imaginarium’ was used till now.. (and may I add.. we were using it long before the wheeled title sequence of Peter Capaldi’s first series aired in August’14).
Now, we’re rebranding the name slightly..as `Doctor Who London – by Imaginarium Fan Productions’ and last night I unveiled our new logo. And here it is..:-)
“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..)
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
31s December 2014
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!!
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..
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..
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..
BBC has announced that Peter Capaldi is to play the 12th incarnation of The Doctor (Doctor Who).. –
The Time Lord (BBC TV show) will be celebrating its 50th anniversary later this year (23rd November) in a special episode with the Current (11th) Doctor Matt Smith…joining forces with the 10th Doctor David Tennant.. and the forgotten Doctor John Hurt (last seen in `The Name of the Doctor’)..when the current Doctor `entered his grave..and into the energy matrix that is his `imprint’ on the universe.. (every tear and every scar on the space-time created by the Doctor’s travels!!)
To celebrate the arrival of the 12th Doctor, I have created this graphics below 🙂 It was created using some space background I had digitally painted, along with photos of Stonehenge, and the old Police Phone Box ..found outside London’s Earl’s Court tube station.. (go have a look 🙂
Hope to create more art / graphics to celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who..