A Brief History of Timebase

TIMEBASE FILMS were formed in 1994 by the amalgamation of several North East amateur film-making groups who all shared a common love of DOCTOR WHO. Our first 2-part video adventure was REGENESIS in 1994, starring Rupert Booth as the Doctor. Production of the second video, the 4-part Cyberman epic PHASE FOUR was delayed and extensive reshoots meant that although it was the second story chronologically, it was completed fourth. The 2-parter PARADISE IN CHAINS introduced a new companion, the psychic vampire Amaryllis, and LONG SHADOWS saw the Doctor meeting up with Shakespeare – 10 years before THE SHAKESPEARE CODE on TV!  The next video, the Sontaran story CHURCHTOWN INCIDENT, was beset by production problems and internal disagreements and remains incomplete. It would be 1998 before Kate Orman’s 2-part THE HIDDEN FACE, the last complete TIMEBASE video of the original run, premiered at Sci-Fi London. There was an attempt re-launch TIMEBASE in the early 2000s, but the 1-part bridge story ZERO and its 2-part successor UNEARTHLY STRANGER were never completed. The third part of this proposed trilogy, a sprawling Gallifrey-set epic called GAIUS, never even achieved a completed script. A proposed audio adventure to celebrate fifty years of DOCTOR WHO was written, called AFTER THE FLOOD (APRES LE DELUGE), but sadly this also fell by the wayside. Early in 2016, upon reading that there would be no TV DOCTOR WHO in that year, former script editor Paul Ferry playfully suggested reviving AFTER THE FLOOD on Facebook, whereupon former producer Richard Knapper asked if it wouldn’t be better to make a new video. Events spiralled from there and the script for MEMORY FAILURE was written, with a new Doctor to be played by Paul. Originally intended as a one-off with an oblique, open-ended format, MEMORY FAILURE soon spun off into second 45-minute episode MAN IN THE SHADOWS. The rest is yet to come…

 

COMPLETED VIDEOS:

REGENESIS (1994)

PHASE FOUR (1996)

PARADISE IN CHAINS (1995)

LONG SHADOWS (1995)

THE HIDDEN FACE (1999)

 

INCOMPLETE VIDEOS:

CHURCHTOWN INCIDENT (1997-98)

ZERO (2003)

UNEARTHLY STRANGER (2003)

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