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Featuring: Second-and-a-Halfth Doctor
Main enemy: Time Lords
Main setting: Gallifrey, The TARDIS
Key crew
Publisher: BBC Video
Writer: Ashley Nealfuller and David Clarke
Director: David Clarke
Producer: "S-A-D" (Stephen Cranford, Ashley Nealfuller, and David Clarke)
Release details
Release date: UK: 6 July 2009
Format: DVD, 12-minute bonus feature with TV: The War Games

Devious is the name of a short film included on the DVD release of The War Games, showing off the narrative and plot of an unreleased fan serial produced primarily in the 1990s.

Production began five years before Jon Pertwee's death in 1996 and constituted one of his last performances both as the Third Doctor and in acting altogether, doing his final widely-seen performances (a TV commercial for Vodaphone and the 21 April 1996 segment of Surprise Surprise) afterwards. Pertwee's scenes were videotaped in April 1995. Following Pertwee's death, Big Finish Productions utilised audio of him from Devious in the fortieth-anniversary audio drama, Zagreus.

In 2009, BBC Video released a twelve-minute excerpt from Devious as a bonus feature on the UK and North American DVD releases of the final Troughton serial, TV: The War Games; the story of Devious takes place between it and Pertwee's first televised story, TV: Spearhead from Space. This marked the first time the BBC has released a fan film of this nature, although it is uncertain whether its inclusion on the DVD means it is accepted as a valid story by the corporation.

Plot Edit

The Second Doctor has been partially regenerated by the Time Lords as punishment for breaking the non-interference policy, but the process is stopped halfway, leaving the Doctor an amalgam of his second and as-of-yet future incarnation. The Doctor is sent on a mission which involves battling Daleks, where he sees many people die. Afterwards, he is sent to a void by a pair of Time Lords, where he finds his TARDIS. Inside he tries to leave, but finds the ship not working. He is suddenly granted by an old man in a suit, who reveals himself to be the Third Doctor -- the man who the Doctor was meant to turn into. The Doctor prepares himself for the rest of his regeneration, and collapses in a chair. There, he completes his transformation. Awakening, he is greeted by one of the Time Lords on the TARDIS' viewing screen, who wipes the Doctor's mind of his knowledge of time travel and sends the TARDIS to Earth. There, the Doctor exits the TARDIS and collapses outside.

Cast Edit

  • "Second-and-a-Halfth Doctor" - Tony Garner
  • Second Doctor - Patrick Troughton (via archive footage)
  • Third Doctor - Jon Pertwee
  • Voix - Peter Tuddenham
  • Scribe - Hugh Lloyd
  • Auriga - David Clarke
  • Callisto -Anthony Townsend
  • Adreinna - Lynette East
  • The Covellitor - Stephen Cranford
  • Councillor Chaldor - Ashley Nealfuller
  • Aturo - Arthur Harrod
  • Observer Aquilia - Heather Cohen
  • Observer Vardrah - Chris T. Kirk
  • Ralib - Ian Edmond
  • Nilan - Richard Kingshott
  • Stunt Double for Pertwee - Tim Pieraccini

Background Edit

During the 1990s, a large number of fan-made audio, film and video productions were undertaken to keep the Doctor Who brand alive during the "wilderness years" between 1989 and 2005. Many of these productions featured either characters who were effectively the Doctor in all but name (such as The Stranger and The Time Travellers), or non-BBC-owned characters and monsters from the TV series that had been licensed direct from their creators (such as P.R.O.B.E., Downtime, and Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans).

With the exception of Tom Baker, all surviving Doctor actors, including Pertwee, had participated in at least one of these productions. Among fan-films, only Devious and one other (Gene Genius with Sylvester McCoy) are known to have featured one of these actors playing his incarnation of the Doctor. Although neither films were licensed, a mini-edit of Devious was later released by the BBC.

Story notes Edit

  • A major factor that began production of Devious was the comparison of Garner to both Troughton and Pertwee, looking like a cross of the two. This fueled the idea of the Second Doctor only regenerating halfway.
  • The full film featured appearances by Daleks, Cybermen and Polly Wright. Anneke Wills does not appear in the excerpt featured on the 2009 DVD release, as rights could not be secured to show the Cybermen (which appear in Wills' scenes). Similarly, the Daleks (which also feature in the production) were not seen.
  • The TARDIS console and walls, along with the Dalek props, were borrowed in 1999 for use in The Curse of Fatal Death. In 2004, the console room was borrowed for use in a four-part news report on the history of Doctor Who. The TARDIS exterior (not seen in Curse), complete with Yale key-and-lock, has also appeared in a few retrospectives.
  • When Jon Pertwee agreed to reprise his role in 1995, the console room was overhauled – the walls were upgraded from simply having photocopied roundels on cardboard to using cut-out roundels on hardboard, while the console itself was upgraded from a foot-long model to a full-sized one. Most scenes that had been recorded up to that point with the original console room were reshot using the new console/walls; a few brief shots using the original walls can be seen in the 2009 excerpt.
  • The final scene of the story is a redo of the Doctor's first appearance in Spearhead from Space, with Pertwee coming out of the TARDIS and his stunt double doing the fall.
  • The opening and closing sequences on the mini-film are from the Second and Third Doctor eras, respectively.
  • The website claims that Devious was "something only intended for our friends to see and enjoy - the website being the documenting of the film-making experience - hence you may see images, not clips from the production", implying that the finished product will not see mass release. Even if the film is released, it will not be covered by this wikia as it will certainly not be a BBC-sanctioned release.
  • Devious and its production team were profiled on the BBC shows South Today in 2005 and South East Today in July 2009 (to coincide with the DVD release of The War Games). Clips from the production were also seen in the "making-of" feature on the video release of The Curse of Fatal Death.
  • Per authorial intent, this story is the "bridge" between TV: The War Games and TV: Spearhead from Space. While this is at odds with the Season 6B put forth primarily by TV: The Two Doctors and COMIC: Action in Exile.
  • Jon Pertwee had aged considerably since his television portrayal of the Third Doctor. His reprisal in the film portrays his Doctor in a retroactive elderly state during his first moments. This was initially a problem for some crew in the film, although the possiblitiy of filming with Pertwee quickly overshadowed this. On the commentary of the film, it is noted that TV: The Christmas Invasion seems to explain this, a comparison being drawn between the Doctor's hand healing and the Third Doctor growing "younger."

External links Edit


  • Devious

    3 messages
    • I have no clue what to do here. Can we disqualify it as an unfinished work, similar to the TV version of Shada?
    • Well the main issue with Shada is that the linking narration is Tom Baker doing it as Tom Baker. Devious' recap doesn't break the fourth wa...

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