April 1995 saw the culmination of many months of frantic activity.
A week before and we had held our final run-through of the scene we were to film with Jon Pertwee - the legendary actor comedian and entertainer known for his many roles on stage screen and film. This great personality was to come down to Worthing in under a week and hopefully film a scene featuring a conversation with our own Doctor - local amateur actor Tony Garner.
At the time I guess we were nervous although the pressure of the looming date ensured we "upped our game" and tried to ensure everything was right for the day.
We recall that Stephen rang David and later Ashley with a question on the lines of "you know we wanted an actor to play the part of the Third Doctor for the final scenes of Devious - well I think we have one - Jon Pertwee!" - well at first David didn't believe him!
Stephen had been friends with JNT and Gary for some time and it was as a result of a conversation that the possibility of Jon being asked to reprise the role was mooted and readily accepted by Stephen. Only afterwards we all sat down and assessed what needed to be done.
Raising our standards was key. We took one look at our console model and our walls and decided we had enough time before the intended filming date to construct a new set to be put up in Stephen's main living room at his house in Worthing. We built seven new Tardis walls - 4 with roundels, 1 scanner wall, one with assorted controls on it and a door section. Ashley and Stephen designed the construction and then the rest of the team joined in with the construction to the pattern.
And then after some signing of photos and bookes etc it was time for him to go and Stephen Ashley and David took him back up the A24 home.
A day we shall remember for the rest of our lives. The 12 minutes or so on the BBC DVD War Games are for everyone to enjoy, and we hope a fitting finale to Devious. The trailer on that DVD extra showing some scenes from Devious had to be edited so as not to include the daleks which was a shame as Devious is a dalek story but understandable due to the likely costs involved with rights etc just for an extra. However we hope it gives some sort of context for the Jon Pertwee scene. But for us lucky few we had a day to remember - filming Doctor Who with a real Doctor.
A real star.
8th July 2012 - note - we have just located our VHS documentary footage of the day and we will attempt to extract some still shots from it for the site and maybe some video !
24th July 2012 - as you can see we have uploaded some screen-caps from the (sorry, VHS) documentary footage to illustrate this article and we'll be adding them to a new gallery soon!