A Brief History of Timebase


Timebase Productions were formed in 1994 by the amalgamation of several North East amateur film-making groups who all shared a common love of Doctor Who. Our first 2-part video adventure was Regenesis in 1994, starring Rupert Booth as the Doctor. Production of the second video, the 4-part Cyberman epic Phase Four was delayed and extensive re-shoots meant that although it was the second story chronologically, it was completed fourth. The 2-parter Paradise in Chains introduced a new companion, the psychic vampire Amaryllis, and Long Shadows saw the Doctor meeting up with Shakespeare – 10 years before The Shakespeare Code on TV!  The next video, the Sontaran story Churchtown Incident, was beset by production problems and internal disagreements and remains incomplete. It would be 1998 before Kate Orman’s 2-part The Hidden Face, the last complete Timebase video of the original run, premiered at Sci-Fi London.

The Timebase Doctor also appeared in a couple of multi-Doctor shorts by Jonathan Blum; When Doctors Collide and The Pub With No Doors. There was an attempt re-launch Timebase in the early 2000s, but the 1-part bridge story Zero and its 2-part successor Unearthly Stranger were never completed. The third part of this proposed trilogy, a sprawling Gallifrey-set epic called Gaius, never even achieved a completed script. A proposed audio adventure to celebrate fifty years of Doctor Who was written, called After the Flood (Apres le Deluge), but sadly this also fell by the wayside.

Early in 2016, upon reading that there would be no TV Doctor Who in that year, former script editor Paul Ferry playfully suggested reviving After the Flood on Facebook, whereupon former producer Richard Knapper asked if it wouldn’t be better to make a new video. A script was written for a story called Memory Failure, later re-titled Anticlock, but difficulties in locking down filming dates have held back the production. However, 2019 is the 25th Anniversary of Timebase, so who knows what might happen…


2 thoughts on “A Brief History of Timebase

  1. Where (if at all) is it possible to see the films made back in the 1990s? I’ve heard so much about them. Is it possible to upload them onto YouTube or DailyMotion or some other platform? That would be awesome!


    1. I’m glad that you’ve heard good things about TimeBase, but unfortunately the old films aren’t available to view online. We decided to respect the wishes of the people involved in making them and a couple of those people have expressed a wish for them not to be online. The new film will be widely available to view online though, so it’s not all bad news.


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