Reeltime Pictures

Reeltime Pictures

Reeltime Pictures

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Reeltime Pictures is a British multimedia film and video production company founded in 1984 by Keith Barnfather.It is known for its many documentaries about the long-running television series Doctor Who (Barnfather was a founding member of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society) and in particular for The Myth Makers, a series of interviews with people associated with the making of the series. Many of these programs were hosted by actor Nicholas Briggs, who would later provide the voice of the Daleks in the 2005 series of Doctor Who.

Reeltime Pictures also pioneered a technique of creating direct-to-video Doctor Who spin-offs, despite the BBC's close guarding of the series, by building the spin-offs around incidental characters and monsters licensed directly from the writers who created them. Their first effort, 1987's Wartime, was a small-scale piece built around Sergeant Benton of UNIT, a recurring character from the 1970s. In 1987, Reeltime produced Myth Runner, a parody of Blade Runner written and directed by and starring Briggs and featuring outtakes from the Myth Makers video series.

Later and more ambitious productions include Mindgame, Return of the Sontarans, Downtime, and Daemos Rising. Ironically, despite their non-BBC-licensed status, novelisations of both Shakedown and Downtime were released as part of the BBC licensed Virgin New Adventures and Virgin Missing Adventures Doctor Who spin-off novels. The narrative of "Shakedown" was expanded to incorporate the...
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