The idea of doing a dedicated anniversary story actually came to me quite late, though you'd think it'd be a no-brainer. The 2013 schedule had already been allocated to the Daleks v Cybermen arc and the final part (originally supposed to be in November) was moved to Christmas to allow for the anniversary story.
With fans becoming less and less enamoured at the prospect of the official anniversary story snubbing classic Doctors, I realised it could only be those of us doing action figure productions that could bring all the Doctors together in one story.
The conceit of getting Sarah Jane to collect the Doctors (joined along the way by the Brig) came quite early and I worked out the format of spending the first couple of episodes revisiting old adventures followed by three episodes of throwing the Doctors together, realising that the main joy of multi-Doctor stories is seeing the Doctors mix and get along (or not).
The actual stories that Sarah Jane visits were changed during the story writing. She was supposed to see the Brig during the Pertwee segment (The Three Doctors) and pick him up during Robot. But this meant I couldn't use any of the various 4th Doctor monsters as the 4th Doctor wouldn't remember any of them.
For similar reasons, I decided not to have the 8th Doctor picked up from his debut story but from a 'new' story based on a Daryl Joyce painting for Doctor Who magazine, itself based on Spearhead From Space.
Sarah was also supposed to pick the 10th Doctor up during Planet of the Ood but when John Barrowman was upset not to be asked back for the official anniversary, I decided to find away to include Captain Jack.
My initial idea was that the 4th Doctor would visit Sarah Jane stealing an idea Gareth Roberts wanted to use on the Sarah Jane Adventures where Sarah would find the 4th Doctor in her wheelie bin.
In the very first storyline, it actually is the 11th Doctor that is summoning his other selves. He's realised that it's his contact with the Daleks that has made them powerful. He takes all his selves out of time before their first contact with the Daleks in order to weaken them. With the Daleks v Cybermen arc running, I wanted to avoid making either of them the main villain so I looked at other monsters but none of them had met all the Doctors. The closest was the Master but at the time I had other plans for him so I decided to ditch the 'contact with the Doctor made them strong' idea.
Given that it's the Golden Anniversary and with the announcement of the upcoming Axon figure I decided it was fitting to make them my main villain- scuppered when the set was delayed until next year! (see shooting, below)
Originally I'd planned to avoid The Eleven Doctors as a title on the assumption that other fan video sites would use it. But having considered several other titles to do with 50 or 'golden' I decided the best one really was The Eleven Doctors and so I went for it.

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CAST LIST

Sarah Jane Smith (Whatever Happened To Sarah Jane Smith?)
11th Doctor (Eleventh Hour set)
Mechanoid
Daleks (The Chase)
1st Doctor (original SDCC release)
2nd Doctor (original SDCC release)
The Brigadier (The Three Doctors)
3rd Doctor (The Time Warrior)
Lynx (The Time Warrior)
4th Doctor (Pyramids of Mars with scarf from City of Death set)
D84
SV7
Voc robots
5th Doctor (Time Crash)
Peri (Caves of Androzani)
Sharaz Jek
6th Doctor (Original release)
Peri (Attack of the Cybermen)
Cyberman (Earthshock)
Dalek (Remembrance of the Daleks)
7th Doctor (Remembrance of the Daleks)
Autons (Rose)
8th Doctor (11 Doctors set)
Cassandra
Jabe
Moxx of Balhoun
Face of Boe
9th Doctor
Rose
Captain Jack
10th Doctor (11th Doctors set)
Martha Jones
Zygon
Pyrovile
Drashig
Slitheen
Empress of the Racnos
Krillitanes (grey and brown)
Axon creature
Axon humanoid (custom)
K-9
Robot K1
Weeping Angel
Sea Devil
Ice Warrior
Pig Slave
Sycorax Warrior
Mummy
Silent
Empty Child
Ood Sygma
Sutekh
Graske
Smiler
Clockwork Robot (blue)
Silurian
Judoon Captain
Kroton (custom)
Heavenly Host
Scarecrow
The first stumbling block in the production and with some of the footage already shot, the upcoming Axos set was delayed until 2014, denying me one of my principle villains. I considered a few options, including switching the Zygons to the role of main villain- though I was conscious that this would appear to ape the official anniversary story The Day of the Doctor. I contacted some chums in the toy industry to see if I could borrow an Axon figure to no avail so eventually decided to make a custom version.
She's a simple figure, just a Primeval Jenny with green stuff eyes, painted in a yellow undercoat and a gold wash.

Who's that in the background of part five, page one? Top marks if you spotted my paper Kroton. I'll have him up for download in due course.


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With the first storyline done by April 2013, the script was finished on 28 May 2013.
The final panel of the script was removed and not filmed. In that panel, Clara would appear and kill the Silent, thus saving the Doctor and tying in with The Name of the Doctor- the last aired episode before this story.
Another scene cut from the scripting stage would have seen the 5th Doctor concerned for his companion Peri given that she is currently (in his timeline) suffering from Spectrox Toxaemia. He asks the 8th Doctor what her ultimate fate is but the 8th genuinely doesn't know. This could be interpreted as a comment on how Peri's departure was handled in the show but is actually a veiled foreshadowing of events in the upcoming Daleks v Cybermen finale.

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One of the fun things about this story was reusing sets from TV adventures. Some were dictated by which episodes were revisited during the story, but most (for the Axon's holograms) were my choice and used sets I'd made for download but never actually made myself. How many did you recognise?
Filming began on 8 July with the Traken scenes.
9 July saw the Sandminer Corridors, Nerva beacon and the Time Warrior stairwell.
10 July Rassilon's tomb from The Five Doctors and UNIT HQ.
For 12th July we moved to Platform One (a new improved version than was originally available for download) and then the Torchwood exit in Cardiff.
13th July was London streets for Remembrance of the Daleks and the interior of Sarah Jane's house.
The Attack of the Cybermen sewer was shot on 14th July.
15th July was the Skaro corridors.
16th July was the 1960s TARDIS interior and Spiridon jungle.
17th July was the exterior of Sarah Jane's house and the Silence timeship. I realised that since it was only used for one panel, I didn't need to make the whole ship console.
There followed a break in filming while I made the sets for the next filming block, beginning on 8 August with Sharaz Jek's lair from The Caves of Androzani.
 

For some sets, I couldn't resist doing some mock-ups of actual episodes:

14th August I filmed the scenes from The Chase. Green screen elements were done on 22 August.
Once I'd made my Axon custom, the Axos interiors followed on 18th Sept and concluded on 21st August with the areas just outside the simulations where the Doctors are captured.
The 8th Doctor segment was referred to as San Francisco in the script and was supposed to be a street with upturned cars. But when I researched the Daryl Joyce painting I realised it was set in Singapore. The set is based on the Sunrise Mall in Singapore and was filmed on 24 September.
For the area where the first Doctor encounters the Krillitanes I chose Castrovalva, simply because I had the set to hand. This was shot on 26 Sept.
The last bits were done on 8 October and included the Axon hologram room (switched off) with an insert of Inter Minor from Carnival of Monsters.
Final pick ups of the Doctors seeing the Silent ship were done on 13th November.

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Editing on the story was done at the same time as the filming, with each scene being slotted in as an when they were done.
One of the final panels to be done were 161 where the 7th Doctor takes a peek into the future. This was held up because I needed a distinctive future setting. Some people had suggested the Powell Estate but I struggled to find a decent and instantly recognisable image. In the end I went with Starship UK and used a picture from Return To Starship UK.
The other remaining panels involved exterior shots of Axos. The last of them were completed on 13th November.

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The story ran for five days, one episode a day from Monday 18th November to Friday 22nd November.
I've been hyping this story for months with tidbits on Facebook and even it's own dedicated site www.theelevendoctors.co.uk.  I'm very pleased to say that it was delivered on time as promised. I love it when a plan comes together.

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Where do we start?
This story revisits a number of televised episodes directly:
The Chase (part 6): The Doctor and his companions are now prisoners of the Mechanoids when the Daleks (having pursued the TARDIS for last five episodes) arrive.
The Three Doctors (part 2): While the third Doctor and Jo have been transported to Omega's black hole, the second Doctor is left behind at UNIT HQ.
The Time Warrior (part 1): The Doctor is investigating the disappearance of scientists and his sensors are set off by the appearance of a Sontaran projecting himself from the past.
Robots of Death (part 3): The Doctor and his friend D84 are on the look out for Taren Capel's workshop. The cry that D84 has heard is Leela, locked in the crew room.
The Caves of Androzani (part 2): The Doctor and Peri have been rescued by Sharaz Jek only to find the vile creature has romantic intentions towards Peri.
Attack of the Cybermen (part 1): The Doctor and Peri are following a signal from, they believe, a stranded alien, unaware that there are Cybermen at large in London's sewers. This scene should really have used the black stealth Cyberman but I don't have one.
Remembrance of the Daleks (part 4): This scene is probably during the end of the story. While Ace follows Mike, the Doctor heads back to the school to finish of the Imperial Daleks.
The End of the World - the Doctor brings Rose to Platform 1 to watch the final death of Earth.
The Last of the Time Lords- with the Master defeated, the Doctor and Martha bring Captain Jack back to Torchwood.

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