There are all different kinds of traditions over this holiday season. In the US, families enjoy the stop-motion stories of Rankin/Bass’ TV specials such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Whereas UK families enjoy the adventures of a man named Doctor Who in his Christmas specials. If, like me, you are a fan of both then you will be entranced by the stop-motion shorts on YouTube called Doctor Puppet. Thanks to its supporters, a new short will be released just in time for Christmas.
These charming fan-made specials were created back in 2012 by animation artist Alisa Stern. A small team of musicians and artists from both New York and England help with production. Over five-hundred fans and supporters from all around the world have helped to raise $16,015 on Indiegogo. Stern explains that it is a “very modest budget for a professional animation production” and that the funds had not been “to make a profit, but rather just to cover our costs while making the episode”.
For non-Whovians out there, Doctor Who is about a time-travelling, usually fast-talking, hero. The reason I say ‛usually’ is because he has the power to regenerate. This means he can change his looks, personality and, more importantly, he can be played by a different actor. The new short is to be a “dark musical adventure” featuring a puppet version of the twelfth Doctor, who is played by Peter Capaldi in the current BBC series. The Christmas special will be available online the week before Christmas 2014.
What do you think of Doctor Puppet? Will it be a new Christmas tradition for your family?