I have an idea!" - an innocent e-mail
from Rocket Rev that turned into a frenzy of fire, bullets and bombs:
Dr Who and the Daleks - UKFR style!
After many hours propped up against the bar with
DEMEX (I've got loads of Detcord to get rid of) going
over the Rev's idea, we came up with a small set piece of two, maybe
three, Daleks firing 14mm candles at a 2D Tardis, which would fire
blue candles from its light back in return Daleks lose.
Various stages of construction
Then the five hour drinking session one afternoon
kicked in, big time! DEMEX who has his own FX company and works
in films and TV, stated that he may know of an armourer and a stunt
guy that might be interested in coming along to the Woodman, to
spice things up a little. Well 'phone calls were made and we talked
money. I talked to the Rev and we agreed that it would cost too
much and that we should to stick to the original plan, keep it small.
Well I started to search the web for Dalek and Tardis
plans and even had to join online forums in the Who World.
The Rev booked a day off work and came down to DEMEX's London workshop
and the Daleks went into production. We found along with the original
builders that they are a difficult thing to build! We even had a
look at the NSD (New Series Dalek) and talked to the builder, who
confirmed it was a sod to build. After a full days work
and a candle light supper, the Rev went forth back t'north.
Assembled on the field
I had a few all-nighters with the three Daleks and
the Tardis, also quite a few hours in the pub with DEMEX. We started
going over the set play, found it was lacking in the WOW
department, then agreed to go for it after an extended session back
at the workshop with some pyro thrown in, well thrown outside.
Well, it took 16 people, hours in a sound studio,
a trip to Kimbolton (who gave the hemi's for the Dalek skirts),
a lot of money, lots of Detcord, petrol, 400 bullets, pyro, 8 rolls
of bell wire, hours searching for props, endless rounds of drinks
and even more money and after the second attempt, I think
it was worth it, I hope you did too.
Stuntman (left) and "Demex" (right)
Hats off to DEMEX, his crew and friends, who gave
up their time and money, just to entertain UKFR members, friends
and family, top bunch and thanks. Also a big thanks to the Rev,
for his idea and help making those dam Dalek skirts!
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