I know this is the second of two Doctor Who posts in a row. I’m starting to bring out the the geek in “Graphic Designer, Photographer, Geek”, but I simply loved the look and simplicity of this short animation that I had to add it here; plus my inner whovian demanded me to.
This is a short stop motion animation called “Running through Time and Space” by Adrianna Ojrzanowska, and covers the Doctor Who timeline since it started up again with Christopher Eccleston’s Doctor back in 2005 up until Peter Capaldi’s Doctor presently! She took 307 pictures, many hours of drawing and 4 takes of photo shooting! It’s a sweet, funny, and tragic wee animation commemorating the main events of Doctor Who through the different series from his regenerations to meeting his companions (Rose, Martha, Donna, Amy, Clara) and losing them…
The beginning/end of each series, his regenerations and the companions’ arrival/departure are cleverly divided by separate sheets of paper as the characters walk or “run” from page to page. These points are extremely crucial to the idea of running and the surprise in the series but these are also the most emotional parts in this short because sometimes the companions are left behind in the previous page (signifying their departure in the series) while the Doctor is left alone; it’s very effective and heartbreaking at the same time. Two moments which stood out to me were Rose’s and Donna’s departure; these detailed moments can both easily be missed first time watching, but in the last milli-seconds that they feature, Rose turns sad as the Doctor runs onto the other page without here, and Donna stands alone with question marks above her and just disappears. Both departures were tragic in the TV Show itself and equally sad in this animation.
Another thing that stood out to me and made me smile and laugh were the exclamations which feature regularly in the show: “Run!”, “Allons-y!”, “OI!”, “Exterminate!”, and the final “Hello. I’m the Doctor. Basically. RUN” message at the end. As said in the series, “there’s an outrageous amount of running involved” and I really like this theme as it blends well with the stop-motion animation style and general idea of the Doctor Who series as a whole emphasising its energy, mystery and different emotions.
If you wish to see this and more of her work, here are some links to Adrianna Ojrzanowska’s pages: