Saturday 8 January 2022

Doctor Who eyes Star Wars tech

Post-production on Jodie Whittaker's final Doctor Who special (airing this autumn) continues in earnest with the series intending to utilise technology developed for Disney+'s live-action Star Wars spin-offs The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett when Russell T Davies returns as showrunner from 2023.

Visual effects editor Emily Lawrence explained in Doctor Who Magazine (DWM) Issue 573:

“The 360 screens in The Mandalorian and how they used gaming software to create those amazing landscapes is something I’d love to see in Doctor Who,"

She goes on to describe the benefits of Industrial Light & Magic's (ILM) StageCraft:

“The actors walk in front of the screen and the environment moves with them. That means we wouldn’t need green screen anymore and that would really help our VFX vendors, because they wouldn’t have to spend hours rotoscoping out the green screen.”

With Bad Wolf, now part of Sony Pictures Television, co-producing Doctor Who from 2023 there's every chance. Will the next Doctor have a new Kamelion? This is the shape-shifting TARDIS companion you're looking for.

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