I’ve been updating my profile on Linked In and noticed there are a few other places I need to update, so here’s a few that need likes/endorsements/connections etc!
Well, he wishes! Sesame Studios are looking for new ideas, so what could be newer than a talking Tiger (that isn’t Tony or Tigger bouncing everywhere?) So after a few days of mulling it over, I put a pitch together, watched a couple of their Youtube videos and reminisced about Bert and Ernie, The Count and the Cookie Monster, who are all still going, along with Big Bird and a few new characters.
The obvious thing to pitch was THE TIGLET SHOW! My attempt five years ago to do something Muppet-like. As Experimental No-Budget Filmmaking goes, this did stretch the budget!
Oh my Geeky Goddess! Where did I come up with this? WHY? Yes, I have actually gone back to watch it and it was experimental, (maybe emphasis on mental?) making it by myself had its challenges, you can tell I was running out of ideas by the third episode, not sure stitching together previously made videos worked either. Two things I was pleased about were Professor Von Ool and then the GrumpyCats, with their sarcy Waldorf and Statler-like comments at the end.
So, it’s all done and pitched. I attached my Creativity and Imagination playlist from Youtube and it’s just a matter of seeing what happens, if anything.
I know I blogged sometime last summer about how Darci Farmer blew me away with her ventriloquism on America’s got talent last year, but maybe I do need to light a fire underneath the Puppetry again. Maybe try and make an original puppet and see who else I can rope into it. Come up with a new project. Things like Avenue Q and the Happytime Murders are a bit too-adult-like, it’s things like The Muppets, The Storyteller, Fraggle Rock, even Labyrinth and Dark Crystal I’m more interested in.
Anyhoo, I’ve started planning the sequel to Tiglet’s Time Travels, titled Tiglet’s Time Wars, funnily enough- cos, like, it’s a sequel and there’s temporal shenanigans going on all over the multiverses. I did think of putting in ideas from my aborted Star Trek Fan Film- Preservation, plus stuff I thought up for Infinite Whoniverses and a kids Time Travel show- there’s an idea- kids and puppets, like a junior Farscape, that’s the way to do it! (As Punch would say!)
Anyway, a week’s gone by since I made my pitch, so no news is good news, right? Probably not, but I live in a perpetual state of Hope, even if it is the false kind.
Celebrating the 55th Anniversary of Doctor Who
“Carry on my wayward son, there’ll be peace when you are done.
Lay your weary head to rest,
Don’t you cry no more”
Kansas- Carry On My Wayward Son (Supernatural version)
CARRY ON WAYWARD DOCTORS-
The timeroads travelled so far…
In an Infinite number of Whoniverses, where possibilities and Alternatives play out, The 13th NeoGallifreyan Doctor wakes from the Matrix and flees with Star in the STARDIS as The Master leads a Dalek Occupation.
The Doctor and Star collect A Key To Time and are joined by Tori, a Transguardian in Human Form. She lets in the Centuroid Armada from another Universe, which battles the fleet before they are all transported elsewhere. The Cult of Davros mysteriously escapes though.
In the STARDIS, the NeoGallifreyan 13th Doctor, Star and Tori leave their reality on a quest into Alternity.
In another Whoniverse, the 9TH TimeLady Doctor, the Last of the Timeladies, arrives in a Commune under siege by a different version of the Centuroids. Davius helps her restore power to the Sanctuary System, though she is poisoned by radiation and regenerates into her 10th Incarnation.
Mr. Tiglet briefly travels with the 10th Doctor (Eccleston) before falling asleep in Mr. Mercer’s attic and hibernating.
The Cult of Davros is sighted in Chester, so Agent Korrina of the BTA is sent to investigate.
Kai-El, the Last of the CyberKryptonions saves the day as Dr. RRR! meets five monster’s and manages to outwit them all.
The Inferno Doctor, a mirror of the 3rd Doctor meets Sarah Jane Sullivan as Project Inferno spirals out of control. They evacuate as a cataclysmic chain reaction devastates the world’s surface.
Elsewhen, in a World Without The Doctor, the Robots of Death, led by Taren Capel seize control of Storm Mine 4 and a Robot Revolution on Kaldoria begins.
In a Prelude to ‘Battlefield’ in the Arthurian Realm, Morgaine becomes jealous when Merlin takes her place as Arthur’s Advisor, then learns of Arthur’s betrothal to Guinevere. She is enraged and starts down a Dark Path in her quest for vengeance.
An Alternate 8th Doctor finishes a Timewar against a Slug-like enemy and imprisons them in the Pandoriatrix.
The STARDIS crew enters the Time Rider Reality through holes in the Dimensional wall and help Sal and others trapped in Chaos Space.
They leave, sealing up the holes, but something else has fallen through to 1st Century Jerusalem.
The Last of the TimeLadies shows Davius the destruction of her home and the betrayal of The Mistress of Lies.
The Infernoverse Master conquers Gallifrey with the Daleks and draws the Inferno Doctor into a trap as Gallifrey dies. The Master is atomised and the Doctor shot by a Dalek. Will he survive?
The Cult of Davros is sighted in Liverpool and Intervention Agents rescue Korrina.
Dr. RRR! Beats The Feline Masterrr at a chocolate Invasion, then a TimeDalek Incursion of Widnes and goes on a Grailquest across the Whoniverses.
The Temporal Adjustment Bureau sees the dangers of a new Jagaroth Empire, so sends the 4th Doctor to Paris to stop Scaroth changing history.
The War Doctor/9th Doctor (Hurt) is ambushed by a Dalek Squad, so leads them to the Centuroid Wars in order to destroy them.
Taking Davius home, the Timelady 10th Doctor sets off on a quest but falls into a trap set by The Mistress of Lies and regenerates.
The 4th Doctor boldly goes where he’s never been before as he crosses over to an alternate timeline to help the Timeship Tempest get back on track.
After arriving in the Gallifreyan Intergalactic Federation, The STARDIS crew are taken prisoner. The NeoGallifreyan Doctor regenerates into his 14th life and Tori uses her powers to stop a Screamer, like an Interdimensional Shark from tearing the universe apart.
The Timewars will escalate into OMNIWARS as The Supreme Obliterator TimeDalek remembers his previous life as A Doctor and shuts down every Centuroid Armada across the Whoniverses.
Doctors collide as the new 11th TimeLady Doctor meets the 14th NeoGallifreyan Doctor and the STARDIS crew. They help her leave her Reality for good.
The STARDIS is captured by the evil and twisted forces of the Interdimensional Gallifreyan Inquisition.
Tortured and interrogated, The NeoDoctor realises the identity of the Supreme Inquisitor-
He is The Dark Doctor, the Abomination, The Time Ripper, the Beast, The Valeyard.
The 14th NeoDoctor’s nightmare is just beginning.
In A World Without the Doctor, The CyberLeader struggles to make sense of the ripples through time and two sets of Pre-Conversion memories.
Roarilon wants Dr RRR, but gets The Masterr instead, meanwhile Dr. RRr and The Surgeon have fun then part ways.
The Omnilords rescue The NeoDoctor and other Alternate Doctors and burn the Inquisition down, although The Dark Doctor escapes.
In another World without the Doctor, Rose Tyler faces the Mannequin monsters with the help of Osgood.
Dr RRR goes on a quest for the Omnimatrix as Dr. Ool is introduced.
The Last of the TimeLadies meets the Obliterator Master.
In the Season 4 Finale, The NeoDoctor, Star and Tori face a Dalek Invasion of Liverpool and the fall and Regeneration of the 14th Incarnation- Nothing will ever be the same again!
SIDEBAR- DR RRR SERIES 1 AND 2-
IW went off on a tangent as we tried to develop a spin-off, giving Dr. RRR his own series. It proved harder to do and was the main reason it has taken over TWO years to prepare Series 5. In the end, Dr RRR’s adventures have been re-integrated into the main series strand again.
Dr RRR series 1-
Attack of the Stone Monsters
A Dalek in the Library
IW 2016 HALLOWEEN SPECIAL –Tainted Love- A Tale of the Vampire Wars
Dr RRR Series 2-
Doc Bear to the Rescue!
The SnowDoctor and the WolfMaster
The Quest for the Purple Power Core
The Furry side of the Force
Prelude 1- the Oncoming Stormslayer
(Easter 2017 Special/Buffy TheVampire Slayer 20th Anniversary crossover)
Prelude 2- Independence of the Teenage Dirtbag Stormslayers (Summer 2017 Special)
Prelude 3- the Cult of Davros- Salvation of the Daleks
(Christmas 2017 Special)
Prelude 4- The TimeDalek Invasion of Liverpool 2- Aftermath
(Easter 2018 Special)
The past is just the Prologue…And also the End of the Beginning!
IW 5- August 2018
ETERNAL WINTER WILL FALL THIS SUMMER!
Ian Cai Mercer 2018
What are YOU doing to celebrate the 55th Anniversary?
GREY DOMINION- Trailer 1- I slept through the apocalypse
I’ve put up a new video on my Youtube channel. Shocking, I know! After putting up a dozen hikes and events from Jan-March, I’m now behind again on April’s events. One thing I spent most of last weekend on was the footage I had shot of ‘The Mothership’ or Mersey Dome at Pierhead, New Brighton and Woodside the other week. This is part of Grey Dominion, an unfinished film script I first outlined back in 1997/98. Set in 2028, a decade after Contact with the Grey Dominion, the last few resistors discover the truth behind the Greys and witness the End of the Grey Lord’s reign.
There are several obvious influences- V, War of the Worlds, Independence Day. When I learned that the new version of War of the Worlds was being shot in Liverpool, I thought I had best get a move on with my own version.
I was going to work on the sequel to Tiglet’s Time Travels- again featuring an invasion centred on Liverpool. In fact, most of my scripts/short film ideas are set in or around the city and I’ve made over a hundred videos of different places and events over past five years. GD I actually pitched to Phil Redmond when I was involved with Shout radio- the Student radio society at JMU, but didn’t really develop it into a Radio play. I did pitch a Doctor Who version in about 2000 to BBC Books, but that wasn’t accepted, so I lost interest and worked on other things.
I have also been watching V again, as it was the 35th Anniversary last week. Most of the storyline of GD began as a ‘Liverpool Resistance’ story, although it was headed by Stevie Kuza, a Japanese student. When I changed the Lead to Lucius, who I thought might be Black, but I don’t know if that would be best. I mean, what do I know about Casting? I’ve sent CV’s to Agents in the past and heard nothing, I’ve cast myself in several puppet shows including doing Dalek voices, plus had my Nephew’s in Pawlock , but Casting Other People? Okay, let’s do it!
So, I will be getting that sorted in the next couple of months and hopefully get two more trailers done and the main shoot by the end of the summer- though I am aware I’m not the best at scheduling either- IW 5 has only one story out of six finished, so that’s dragging its feet. But the journey to get GD made has begun!