When it came to the new Tom Baker adventures, I knew I needed a couple of core custom figures and didn't trust myself to have the time or the appropriate skill to do them.
Instead I turned to customising maestro Malcolm (Babyjelly) Orr, giving him a couple of figures and a reference photo and I think he did a superb job (thanks Malc!)
Wun Tun is a Lazlo body with a new head. For reference I gave Babyjelly a picture of snooker player Ding Junhui.
The 4th Doctor
K-9
Wun Tun (custom by Baby Jelly)
Neevan (custom)
Krobb (custom)

The Captain is a paper model, his head based on Marvin the paranoid android from the BBC version of Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

Krobb and Neevan are also Lazlo figures painted red. I bought these figures cheap and painted them immediately to use as generic aliens. They appeared in the Torchwood episode Fox Hunt as denizens of the Far Out disco. They were the perfect choice for these characters as they were dressed the same as Wun Tun, making it look like they're all in the same uniform.


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Part one was posted 23 Aug 2010 with part two following on 23 Sept.
A lot of build up was given to this story, the first of a series of three.
A trailer was posted on 23 July, a reproduction of a trailer used by the BBC to publicise Season 17.
On the 16th August, a preview of the new series was posted with 'clips' from The Space Mutant and upcoming stories The Gift of the Benevolence and White Christmas.
TOM FAN on Outpost Who noted the one thing missing from the 'new series' build up was a Radio Time cover and supplied one of his own (left). Many thanks to him.

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A NEW COMPANION

The first Doctor Who figure I had was the Denys Fisher 4th Doctor. Along with Leela and K-9 he travelled the universe battling Cybermen, Daleks and the Giant Robot. But as Leela had been and gone on TV, so my toy Tom Baker needed a new companion. And there weren't many female dolls to choose from.

Perhaps inspired by the introduction of Adric (described at the time as an "artful dodger in space") I gave my toy TARDIS a korean soldier doll companion.
Since he was a smaller scale and looked young, he became the perfect toyroom answer the TV Doctor's teen boy companion. I called him Wun Tun (hey, it was the early 80s, we weren't really pc). He was brave, loyal and the perfect companion.
When I came to write stories for the Dapol 4th Doctor, Wun Tun returned, this time using the GI Joe figure Quick Kick. This version of Wun Tun accompanied the Doctor and K-9 in two video adventures battling the Cybermen and in my 2008 Dapol homage The Hidden Armada.
In the absence of classic companion figures, bringing back Wun Tun was too good an opportunity to miss plus the chance to flesh out his character with a proper introduction story.
This story was originally written for the 2nd Doctor, Jamie and Zoe and has been significantly altered to make it suit the 4th Doctor. The script was completed on 2 March 2010.
THE SPACE MUTANT was the last in a very long line of storylines that were thought up and rejected for Wun Tun's introduction since the 4th Doctor was released in 2008. Many of them shared similar elements- a boy living on the streets, with a brother that called him Wun Tun as a nickname, but who aspired to one day join the Time Agency hence placing him in the 51st Century.
THE EMPIRE OF WENG CHIANG written in 2008 saw the return of Magnus Greel and Mr Sin and may yet be used later.
Another storyline included an army of Cybermen secretly being shipped from a warehouse in Shanghai. This later evolved into story about a factory churning out a toxic sentient alien smoke.
Shanghai was also the setting for a story where the Graske uses a giant scorpion beneath the city as a cover to his attempted break in at the Time Agency.
One other story considered was a pastiche on Godzilla or Cloverfield with the Doctor and his new companion facing down a giant monster rampaging through the city.

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The sets for this story were a deliberate departure from the normal photoshop-and-print backgrounds. Since the return of the 4th Doctor was something of an event, I wanted to make more of an effort. The moveable set comprises four double-sided curved wall pieces with various pieces of bric-a-brac and odds and ends stuck to them and painted black.
Among the bits of model kit sprue, beads and telephone wire there is an old Star Wars commtech chip. Don't be surprised to see the walls again in another AFT story in the future.
The junk in the junk pallet and seen floating in space in the first frame includes parts from the vinatage Star Wars Droid Factory, Nubian hyperdrive from The Phantom Menace and some X Wing Fighter guns.
The corridor scenes were shot first on the 14th March with the rest of the ship interiors following on the 15th. The TARDIS interiors were done on 25 March back to back with the ones for The Time Riders. The shots of the Scuply mutant were done on the 26th March.
As this story was filmed before the release of the Classic TARDIS, this is the last classic era story to use the RTD TARDIS. From this point the classic era TARDIS is represented by the JNT/ 7th Doctor model.

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This story (and indeed the whole season) stands between The Invasion of Time and The Ribos Operation. The Doctor is travelling alone with K-9 mark 2, at least to begin with.

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The edits took place over several months with part two finally being completed on 2 Sept 2010. There were several last minute changes and additions to the dialogue specifically for the Doctor, to make him more Tom Baker-ish.

One of the first things to be created in the editing process was the mutant itself. The creature is actually a blob of super sculpy, shaped and posed for every frame it appears in. This has then been coloured and textured using photoshop.
The exterior of the ship has been photoshopped together using various engineering elements. At the same time I put together a schematic showing the scale and layout of the ship.