Dead Ringers: Doctor Who calls Sylvester McCoy
Though this has been posted to YouTube by others, it was actually me who made it. It's an edited-photo-based animation set to a prank call from the radio version of the BBC's "Dead Ringers," a sketch comedy show featuring celebrity impressionists.
Back in August of 2000, Neil Perryman of popular scifi comedy site Tachyon TV (still around at http://tachyon-tv.co.uk !) had an archive of prank calls made by Jon Culshaw, a "Dead Ringers" impressionist who specialized in the voice of Tom Baker, aka the Fourth Doctor Who. Culshaw would make prank phone calls in-character as the Doctor, and he had just done one in which he pranked Sylvester McCoy, the actor who played the Seventh Doctor. The online Who fans were loving it, and Neil saw a Doctor Who animation I'd made spoofing the old "wassup" beer ads. He asked me if I'd do another for his site set to that call, and I jumped at the chance.
The low quality is due to the fact that the original video was only 160x120. (That was an Internet video ten years ago!) I edited photos into the different frames I needed, saved them as bitmaps, and then assembled everything in a cranky old version of Adobe Premiere for Windows. I also compressed the crap out of this in some crappy old codec, since I was hosting it on my own limited webspace at the time, and even a 10 megabyte file could use up my bandwidth for the month if it got as popular as this did. It was very well received; I even had the pleasure of exchanging some really nice emails with "Dead Ringers" producer Bill Dare about it.
Dedicated with love to all the lunatics from turn-of-the-millennium rec.arts.drwho !
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