Doctor Who and Rivers of London artist Lee Sullivan came across The Quark Invasion of Earth, a wonderful homage to 1960s Doctor Who, and I thought I’d gave it a shout out here.
The film is the work of author Andrew Orton, creator of several Doctor Who fan films, who describes it as “a little tribute to 1960s Doctor Who, and possibly the silliest thing I’ve ever done.”
In the film, which features an elite force of the galaxy’s cheapest aliens, the Quarks head to Earth, but their invasion doesn’t go exactly as they had planned. The short film is packed with gags at the expense of both 1960’s Doctor Who monsters (those poor Zarbi!) and gentle sight gags at the expense of the BBC Visual Effects department and the way the show was recorded, complete with visible ‘strings’ and inshot boom microphones.
An an artist and animator, Durham-based Andrew Orton’s writing credits include the Doctor Who book Auton: Shock and Awe, a collection of material from the highly irreverent Auton fanzine and the Blake’s 7 book Maximum Power: An Auton Guide to Blake’s 7. More recently, he wrote Hooded Man: Robin of Loxley and Hooded Man: Robert of Huntingdon, two unofficial guides to Robin of Sherwood, published last year by MIWK, and you can watch an interview with him talking about that project below. He’s also designed Big Finish’s Sapphire & Steel audio series amongst other things.
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