In 2017 myself and a team of local filmmakers comprised of my friends Gary Thomas and Mark Lever embarked upon a project to make our own 25-minute fan-made version of the venerable British TV show Doctor Who.
The film, Reverence of the Daleks, features a cast including my good friend Elliot Stammers as the Doctor, his wife Elise Stammers as the Doctor’s companion, Jennifer; and my friend and Big Finish alumni Charlie Ross as UNIT Captain Reynolds. We also had an amazing array of small parts portrayed by great actors such as Paul Valentine, Anthony Styles and John Bagenal
The TARDIS is drawn off course to a secret military installation. Captain Reynolds has a special demonstration to show the Doctor, which puts the Time Lord up close and personal with his most feared adversary… with the fate of the planet at stake!
Reverence of the Daleks was written and produced by myself, directed by Gary Thomas and featured Mark Lever as Director of Photography. We shot the film over two years in Epsom and Ewell, Surrey.
This was a really fun project to work on – a true labour of love as myself, Gary and Mark are big fans of Doctor Who, and we wanted this to be a real love-letter to the programme – it was very exciting to work on set with a real Dalek and TARDIS prop! It was my first proper film project as both screenwriter and producer and it was quite an education on both fronts. Overall, we all had a lot of fun making the film and working with some true professionals and the result speaks for itself.
Reverence of the Daleks was released on 8th February 2020 – watch it below!
The Doctor – Elliot Stammers
Jennifer – Elise Stammers
Reynolds – Charlie Ross
Turner – Paul Valentine
House Keeper – Trevor Stammers
UNIT Soldiers – Anthony Styles, Rob Lever, John Bagenal, Thomas Chee, Michael Thomas Holmes, Daniel Gilfillan, Tom Phillips
Dalek Operator – Anneka Lyford
TARDIS Prop – Lee Howes
Camera Operators – Thomas Parker, Milo Mulvagh, Rene Toussaint
Drone Operator – Milo Mulvagh
Sound Recordists – Rene Toussaint, Luke French, Tom Fisher
Runners – Thomas Chee, Jack Shepherd-Figg
Visual Effects – Martin Lejeune
Title Sequence – David Burgess
Music/Theme Arrangement – Simon Norman
Colour Grading – Rene Toussaint
Editor – Mark Lever
Photography – Stephan Burn, Thomas Chee
Special Thanks – Steve Whiteway, Storage King Epsom, Whovian Occasions, Dalek Oswin, Rachel and Trevor Stammers, Esher Sixth Form College, Film on Film Entertainment
Director of Photography/Editor – Mark Lever
Producer/Writer – Richard Holliday
Director – Gary Thomas