A Stunning New Perspective On TARDIS Dematerialisation

TARDIS dematerialisation in Doctor Who has relied on a roll-back-and-mix effect for over 50 years now, an effect executed in many different ways since, but essentially relying on achieving the same end result.

But is it the best way? Since 2005’s triumphant revival, Doctor Who has had its opening titles revived, the theme tune rearranged and the TARDIS interior (and exterior!) updated regularly, more than the face of the lead character, in fact.

Last year, YouTube user John Smith created the stunning (albeit slightly disturbing) “WhoLock“, utilising CGI to put the Doctor and the eponymous character of Steven Moffat’s Sherlock in the TARDIS together. The result was a popular video, but we reckon that this new take on the TARDIS’ dematerialisation is the better production. You may also recall his video, “Rain”, of the TARDIS materialising, or even his amazing 50th anniversary trailer.

In fact, we’d wager it could go the same was as billydakiduk‘s beautifult clock-inspired opening titles, which as you’ll probably know were adopted for Doctor Who Series 8.

Says John Smith:

Since the TARDIS’ dematerialisation effect has remained largely unchanged for the past fifty years, I thought it might be interesting to try out a new approach. So this is my attempt at capturing what travelling through time and space might look like from the point of view of the TARDIS – from take-off to landing, all in one shot.

You can like me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JohnSmithVFX

The software packages Maya, After Effects, Element 3D (v2), and Premiere were used in the production of this stunning clip. We’re considerably impressed, not only by the changed persepctive but by the staggering time vortex graphics.

But what do you think?


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