The Doctor
K-9
Wun Tun (custom by Babyjelly)
Guard 1 (Attack of the Clones- Lt Danni Faytonni)
Guard 2 (Attack of the Clones- Achk Med-Beq)
High Minister - Imperial Dignitary Kren Blista-Vinee  (Return of the Jedi)
Ambassador - Toby Zed
The Master
The Benevolence ambassador is Toby Zed wearing a felt robe and an alien head I made ages ago.
The crowd consists of- Luminara Unduli (Revenge of the Sith), Deepa Belaba (The Phantom Menace) Chancellor Palapatine, Senator Organa,  (Attack of the Clones) Senator Palpatine, Sio Bibble, Chancellor Valorum, Queen Amidalla, Amidalla's handmaiden (The Phantom Menace) Imperial Dignitaries Janus Greejatus and Kren Blista-Vinee (Return of the Jedi)

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Part one was posted 23 October with part two following on 23 November.

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OF ONE MIND

The Benevolence themselves are a race that take their roots from Nestor in Battle Beyond The Stars- a group of clones, who all share the same consciousness.
It's obviously a recurring theme with me as a similar race, The Allwe, appeared in a pair of 4th Doctor stories I wrote in 1989 where one of them becomes a werewolf affecting all the others. Eventually K-9 helps them to repgrogram their central intelligence. And in 1996, another race possessed of one mind appeared in an 8th Doctor story where the linked Cassians were prey to a race of evil telepaths, the Patrazi.
When CO released the Deadly Assassin Master in early 2010, the only possible place we could use him was this post-season 15 series. But all three story slots were taken so it looked like we wouldn't get the opportunity this time round.
The original story two was a sequel to The Robots of Death that had been kicking around for years, finally doable with the release of the VOC figures. However some plot elements just weren't working so the story had to be shelved for time being.
But this created a gap in the series, with the Master ready to step into the breach.

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Since the story came about at quite short notice I decided, for speed, to piece the sets together from existing walls. The result was less than satisfactory and gave the production a bit of a 'make do' lacklustre feel. Thankfully I decided to ditch the original plan and instead used the Castrovalva sets. This fitted better with how I'd envisaged the world of Pandacea and gave the production a fresh feel and a renewed vigour to get the thing shot- and quite late given that the series was due to be advertised on 23 July!
Filming was mostly completed on 21 July with the Pandacea interiors done first followed by the blue screen elements before moving to the interiors of the Doctor's and then the Master's TARDISes. The Benevolence hub world scenes were done on 6 August. The background is silver crepe paper.

One of the ongoing problems with the AFT has been a dearth of background characters in the 5" scale compared to a glut of characters in the 3.75" "star wars" scale. This story sought to circumvent that drawback and provide the perfect looking ceremonial figures in spite of their different scale.


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Editing was an ongoing process from the end of filming until 3rd September.
The hardest part was getting the star wars figures who had been photographed on a blue background into the images of the Doctor, Wun Tun and the Ambassador. It involved lots of cutting and pasting and adjusting of levels and colours.
It was a good experiment and I think largely it was successful but it's unlikely to be repeated and certainly not on this scale.

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This story continues the adventures of the 4th Doctor, K-9 and Wun Tun (set between The Invasion of Time and The Ribos Operation) and continues almost directly from The Space Mutant. It also leads into White Christmas, the third and final story of the current series.

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