Thursday, August 20, 2009
Doctor Who: Time Rift
This illustration is based on the now famous Seventh Doctor fan video Time Rift.
I have never seen the production in it's entirety apart from bits and pieces. The lead actor who portrays Sylvester McCoy's Seventh Doctor has gone on to write for both the Doctor Who novels as well as an audio adventure The Fearmongers which featured the bone fide Seventh Doctor and Ace.
The original plot was: The TARDIS is drawn off course and sent to Washington DC in the near future by the Time Lords where they want the Doctor to investigate interference in a major historical event to happen within the next 24 hours -- the complete and total destruction of the US capital by an unknown force. With the help of UNIT's scientific advisor, Dr. Black, the Doctor is able to determine the cause of a series of unexplained appearances and disappearances (including that of a cybernetic warrior from the year 2165 named Ray). A time rift, which is a tangle in the delicate web of time, has centered itself on the DC area and, if it is not taken under control quickly, will go critical and destroy the entire city. General Kramer requests the Doctor's aid in averting the disaster.
I thought the story sounded great and would have loved to see it get made as a proper Doctor Who story.
I decided to do an illustration of the Seventh Doctor and the enigmatic Dr. Black. But I did the Seventh Doctor as though he was being portrayed by Sylvester McCoy. The costume design is from one I did for a couple early Seventh Doctor illustration I did which were based heavily on the one Lee Sullivan illustrated him in for Death Comes to Time.
With a few of my own inventions to the costume ;-)
Here's selected scenes from Time Rift below. I was glad to finally get the opportunity to see bits and bobs from it after all these years of hearing about it.