In our second look at Doctor Who on Kickstarer, we look at five new listed projects on crowd funding website Kickstarter that range from a request for convention funding to fan films and art projects.
All our highlighted projects last time out Who by Jonny Hoy, The Will of the Doctor by Jake Mock and American Dr WHO by Daniela Larez unfortunately failed to find funding but hopefully at least some of the following projects will fare a little better.
We shall also be awarding our star highlight award each article to the project we believe best deserves a little extra help, the winning project being featured on our front page for two weeks between Whostarter articles. So without further ado, our first project…
“Doctor Huh?!” — The Unreal Story of “Doctor Who” (A Parody)
A lovingly skewed look at the history, people, culture, and craziness behind “Doctor Who!” By the writer of the hit WHOFAX comedy blog.
Finally, the definitive unauthorized, unofficial, and untrue reference work about the history, cast, crew, fandom, and culture of the world-famous scifi series Doctor Who is coming to bookshelves! Doctor Huh?! will tell a comprehensive behind-the-scenes Doctor Who story that you are guaranteed not to have heard anywhere else, because it simply is not true.
Moving beyond the constraints of microblogs, Doctor Huh?! will be a full-length affectionately-satirical look at what might have been the 50-year production history of Doctor Who if everything were a bit more mad.
Think of the sort of behind-the-scenes stories you’ve seen in every Doctor Who Magazine issue, Doctor Who Confidential episode, reference book, DVD extra, and so on, all filtered through the viewpoint of a Who fan, comedy writer, and cartoonist with a headful of trivia and an love of parody. How exactly did Lambert and Newman convince Hartnell to take on the role of the First Doctor? How did cast and crew deal with the force of nature that is Tom Baker? What terrifying, random, and possibly cursed sequences of events led to the creation of the series’ various logos? Where did the Missing Adventures go? Is Karen Gillan secretly an android? Is Kamelion secretly a person? These questions and more will be answered truthlessly in Doctor Huh?!, an affectionately satirical narrative any fan with a healthy sense of humor will enjoy.
From the Writers:
I’m Rob Vincent, generally known as Rob T Firefly. I’ve been a Doctor Who fan since I was very young, watching PBS rebroadcasts of the classic series on a scratchy black-and-white TV in the 1980s, and I remained addicted through the wilderness years and the advent of Doctor Who novels, comics, and audios right up to the revived series and spinoffs of today. I dove into the worlds of online fandom and creative fan works way back when they were still slowly becoming things people actually did, and have watched that whole scene evolve in all sorts of fascinating directions over the years. When I’m not telling falsehoods about my favorite scifi franchise, I’m an artist, writer, and performer in various media. I write for and perform on the award-winning comedy/educational web series The Media Show, which successfully Kickstartered its most recent two seasons. I’m a panelist and producer of the long-running talk-radio program Off the Hook, broadcast on FM in New York and streamed / podcast worldwide. I’m a staff member and artist at the biennial HOPE conference, and I’ve studied and performed improv comedy at Manhattan theatre The PIT. I’m also very, very grateful for your support!
Funding Target: $9500
Comment: Books usually do well on Kickstarter and Rob Vincent has a recognized set of followers and promotion ability, couple that with an interesting and potentially fun concept and this one we believe could make it’s target. Worth an investment.
Dalek Con 2014: Cincinnati’s First Doctor Who Convention by Rian Heist
From the Writers:
We are embarking on a historical event for Cincinnati, Ohio. Throughout time itself, a Doctor Who Convention has never been established or hosted in Cincinnati, Ohio. Whovians have been forced to go to traditional comic book conventions and nod to fellow DW Fans they see with a trademark Fez or Multicolored Scarf. That was me. I have been going to conventions heavily over the past few years to help promote my Pop Culture Hero Themed podcast, entitled Hero Heads Podcast. While visiting these conventions it was clear that Doctor Who has a large presence in our culture–however the closest active Who con is hours away. It’s about time we change that. I have been in touch with several artists, musicians, actors, and creators to establish a good line up for the first ever Doctor Who Convention in Cincinnati.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BlueValleyComics
Requested funding: $50000
Comment: While bringing a convention to any locale is always a challenge, Mr Heist has been forward in his promotion attempts, contacting this website personally in his endeavours, all to his credit. However we fear this one may struggle, with 10 days to go and under a $1000 of the $50,000 requested raised it’s prospects don’t currently look good, particularly with no names attached. John Barrowman is listed however for a stretch goal of an extra $50,000 (we’re in the wrong business!).
PixelWho Project II: The Next Regeneration
Synopsis: The PixelWho project came about through a desire of the artist to combine his passion for the British science fiction program “Doctor Who” with the 8-bit artistic style of 80’s video games, which also carries a great deal of nostalgia for him. It is an attempt to be the most complete catalog of Doctor Who characters in order to celebrate the creativity and dedication of all the artists who have worked on the program over the last 50 years.
The overall goal is to document every character, both significant and incidental, from every Doctor’s respective movie/series runs. Nathan freeze frames DVDs and scours episode screen captures in order to recreate each character accurately and roughly to scale. Every pixel is individually laid by hand; no computer conversion program is used. His art is a true labor of love which requires dedication and time. For example the 10th Doctor poster took 4 months of work to create. The lost episodes of William Hartnell’s (the 1st Doctor’s) era were recreated by referencing production photos, telesnaps, and promotional materials.
Requested Funding: $5200
Comment: PixelWho always does incredibly well on Kickstarter and falls into the recent popularity of 8-bit art. The project shouldnt have an issue reaching it’s $5200 goal and stands at $3042 raised with 10 days to go.
The Toon Of The Doctor (Doctor Who Cartoon) by The Toon of the Doctor
From the Writers:
Myself & a friend are completely obsessed with Doctor Who having run 4 separate successful Doctor Who facebook pages over the past 2 years that we have known each other origionally wanted to write a FanFiction book series but after long discussions for many hours we decided to make it into a cartoon! “The Toon Of The Doctor” was born! We set a facebook page up and starting sending out messages and posts in every Doctor Who or artists group/page on facebook asking if anyone would like to volunteer their services and knowledge for the project and we have had an overwhelming response to it. in just under 2 days we had over 50 people wanting to help out with this project in any way they could, be it writing, designing or promoting it across facebook & twitter. We would like your help to make mine and my friends dream become reality. We have got an amazing team behind us and have already got quite a few of the episodes written.
Requested funding: £500
Comment: While the lack of animation examples or depth of details to the project may put some off, £500 is not a big ask for what appears a team full of enthusiasm.
STAR PROJECT: Doctor Who Movie – Consigned into Oblivion by Thomas Perryman
Synopsis: Consigned into Oblivion: Another Adventure In Time And Space!
Consigned into Oblivion is a Doctor Who Movie that fits into the Doctor Who Universe.
This story takes place with the Second Doctor and we have an exact double of Patrick Troughton, its uncanny. I have searched for years upon years to find a Patrick Troughton stand in and honestly, bless their hearts, the Cosplayers were not working out. I found Bill as a working actor of stage and screen in U.S & Canada. Finding Bill was a major part of this Movie experience.
We want to emulate the old time Doctor Who TV experience of the Second Doctor by filming a Second Doctor Movie with past Actors and Actresses that have worked with Patrick Troughton. I could go on and on but we are so excited by this project to bring a bit of Classic TV to the 2015 viewing audiences.
The Movie Plot: (currently the short version May 2014)
Movie setting in a Psychiatric Prison Ward
Doctor has forgotten or lost his mind
Strange UFO activity surrounding this northern Florida location
The return of old friends
A Strong Psychological Drama/Thriller that takes place with Time and Space of Science Fiction
Requested funding: $30,000
Comment: Consigned to Oblivion looks like a dream film project for any fan of Patrick Troughton’s time as the Doctor. With a potential for classic series companions to guest star, established actors and production staff, the project stands head and shoulders above similar projects. While the funding requirement is large, standing at $30,000, with 42 days to go and $735 raised it is off to a decent start. Please support our star project and help make this one a reality!