Second Doctor
Jamie (custom)
Vandredd and Vergh (custom)
Cybermen (Tomb of the Cybermen)
Dalek (The Chase)
Apart from the figures, the other customs made for the series are the spaceships. We'll see the Dalek saucer as the series progresses but this story sees the debut of my model Cyberman ship.
Both fleets are glimpsed in the final frame of Cradle Will Fall but they were all created digitally. For the series proper I wanted physical models.
The cybership is a jumple of a plastic syringe, bottle tops, packaging from streamers of all things and bits and bobs from model kits.
It (and it's digital counterpart) were loosely based on designs for The Invasion which appear to have been echoed in Cyberships of the modern era too.

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The meeting of the Daleks and Cybermen is something so inevitable anyone who's ever come up with a Doctor Who story must have considered it at some point. It's no surprise that the new TV series did it in just its second year back in 2006.
I'd been thinking of doing this for a some time (even casually mentioning it in the McGann series in 2011) and made the 'cutaway' episode Timelocked partly as a way of floating the idea to see how it would be recieved.
The original plan had been for ten episodes featuring the seventh Doctor but with each episode taking on a distinct story, it was obvious that a longer arc was needed so I split it into six stories and allocated a different Doctor to each.

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The script was finished on 24 Jan 2012
In order to create a punchier opening, a flashforward was added in the first frame. You guys have tuned in to see Daleks and Cybermen fighting each other and by its very nature, there wasn't a lot of that in part one. We'll pick up on that next time.

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Obviously within the series as a whole there's a lot of crossover with sets so I decided to write all the scripts and film scenes in the TARDIS/ Cyberman and Dalek ships so the sets would only be needed once.
The TARDIS was first on 1 Sept 2012. There are no Dalek ship interiors for this story so filming on this picked up on 10 October with the bridge of the Dubolian ship. On 11 October it continued with the cargo hold, comms room and airlock plus the various corridors leading to and from them. 15th October saw the last of the Dubolian ship interiors with the landing of the TARDIS, the fight between the Dalek and the Cybermen and finally, Jamie and Vergh in the ducting.
The final scenes to be shot were done on 15th November and comprised all the interiors for the cyberman spaceship.

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The traders that the Doctor and Jamie meet were originally called Varoks but a lack of decent customs meant that I decided to switch them the red-painted Lazlo figure I used for The Space Mutant. As such, they use the alien race name from that story Dubolian.

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The entire DvC arc was meant to begin in July 2012 just after the seventh Doctor trilogy that unlocked the events.
However early in 2012, I wasn't feeling very well disposed to Doctor Who. I felt that series 6 had been a complete let down and the 2011 Xmas special was a total waste of time. So I decided to give the AFT series a rest knowing that when it did come back it'd have a doozy of an arc to punch back with.
So after an absence of five months, and with less of a build up than normal, Apocalypse Dawns part one appeared on Christmas day 2012. Episode 2 followed a month later on 25th January 2013.

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The year isn't stated on screen but it's probably early thirtieth Century. There aren't really any links to any TV adventures but there are strong links with some previous AFT stories. If you're new to the AFT or just didn't read them last year A. Shame on you but B. Don't worry, this is a good point to start and we'll explain everything as we go.
Get ready for the long haul. There's an arc bubbling away under the fighting but that finale is a very long way off.
The story continues next month with THE SEIGE OF SKARO

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