Leeds group celebrating 20 years of making their own Doctor Who films

In the console room at a Dr Who fan production group at Oxford Place Centre, Leeds. Pictured, left to right, Gordon England, David Hobson and John Field. PIC: Graham Lindley
In the console room at a Dr Who fan production group at Oxford Place Centre, Leeds. Pictured, left to right, Gordon England, David Hobson and John Field. PIC: Graham Lindley
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A LEEDS-based group of Doctor Who fans – who make amateur films based on their hero’s exploits – are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their fan production group The Projection Room.

Group members materialised for a birthday celebration at the Oxford Centre in Leeds city centre on Saturday to watch clips of the nine Doctor Who movies they’ve made over the years.

All the movies have been scripted from scratch before being filmed on home made sets on location in and around Leeds.

Their films are shown on YouTube and have a cult following, attracting thousands of viewers.

Former Dr Who star Sylvester McCoy has appeared in one film and Colin Baker has done voice over work for another.

Garforth Academy science teacher Chris Hoyle, 42, who launched the group in the early 1990s, said: “We cast, script, resource, film and produce the episodes from start to finish.

“They are our own original stories, not re-makes of the BBC ones.”

British Gas telephony analyst David Hobson, 47, of Barwick-in-Elmet, Leeds, has been involved with The Projection Room for 18 years and has played The Doctor in three films.

He said: “We have a laugh and people see to appreciate it. I’m not sure my wife is overly thrilled, but she accepts it is part of me.

“My daughter is 13 and is completely embarrassed by the whole thing.”

“They watch the films. They tend not to want to watch multiple times, but they do seem to enjoy he initial experience. They indulge me.”

Mr Hoyle said around 100 people from all walks of life are involved with the group, including a bingo caller, a British Gas worker and a personal trainer.

He added: “We generally tend to build our own props. We built the console room and interior set for the Tardis. The instruments are things off eBay, big levers are bakelite dials.”

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