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Comic Relief 1999 - Devious at Pinewood


Comic Relief

We were involved in a small way with the BBC's Comic Relief project back in '99. Blimey - that long ago. Last century. Well actually in Devious years that's not long ago as you may have noticed our lightning speed on things...

Anyway - we were chosen to provide the TARDIS set for the production, and in event also supplied 3 of the 7 daleks used in the production. The filming was at Pinewood, and this new retrospective section of the Devious website is here to tell the tale from our perspective (if ever that last sentence is made into a song then there are some great rhymes).

The Comic Relief sketch itself

Well, seeing that the BBC Doctor Who website is showing the 1999 sketch - with the ability for people to add it to their websites we thought you'd like to tsee the sketch again from here at "Devious". You can relive the over-excited Tardis rotor once more! And can you spot Stephen from the team under the console in the overhead shot? - no? that's good because you shouldn't be able to - however he was certainly there as a backup in case the rotor failed!




when the TARDIS came to tea

Of course when it was all over the sets and props had to be delivered back to Ashley's propstore. And so after it was all unloaded from the dirty-great-lorry the driver asked Ashley if he wanted to see something rather special. Ooh err. Well, once it was cleared up what the driver meant he said that Ashley ought to take one more look into the depths of the van. And sure enough right at the back was the BBC's original TARDIS prop which had been used in the Comic Relief sketch and was on it's way home.


mr wobbly

The console decided to give us a demonstration of a stage wobble. As soon as the cameras rolled it decided to wobble. Typical! It had not done this before and it decided to play up right when we didn't need it to.


So we've got our own back now. Put the flaming thing in a big big bag and stored it round the back of a shed. That'll teach it.

And it hasn't wobbled since. Or moved.


Radio Times Cover

As if! Still, in those days it was rare for Dr Who to be on the cover of the Radio Times - especially as the series had not been seen since 1996 (or 1989 depending on your viewpoint). And for the Comic Relief sketch the photos were taken hoping that that would be the case again. As it happens Victoria Wood made the cover and the picture of Rown Atkinson made page 9 or 15 or wherever instead.


being at Pinewood

Blimey - here we were. In a dirty great studio. And we knew - no-one. Hmm now what? Actually it was far from that - we were made very welcome and we managed to chat to people and see how things got done. As long as we kept back and didn't get in the way we were all right. The best bit was being consulted to ensure our TARDIS set was as we wanted it. Stephen and Ashley constructed it on the build day and at any time one of our three (David also came up) were on hand to make sure things were okay.


squeaky daleks

Yes you heard it. One of our daleks developed a squeak. Didn't do it before and hasn't since, but at Pinewood it squeaked. It could have been David though who was chosen to operate it. He hasn't the same arthritic joints of Ashley but perhaps inherited them for the day. Not normally a problem but the sound guys picked it up!



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