S-A-V-E-W-H-O (1985)

Plot | Credits| Memories

Plot in Pictures

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"Let's go to New Or--" 
Famous characters stand by while...
Colon and Pery...
...discuss weighty issues....
..but they get along, really!
Hartell has just regenerated into Trofton.
"If you can't decide, you have to take a chance with the Big Wheel!" 
Jon Peewee's Doctor regenerated in...
"The Planet of the Sliders." (Get it? HA HA)
A pretty good recreation of "Logopolis"...
...except for the companions trying to kill Tommy off!
Here's a joke repeated in "Reign of Turner"--although there, it was with Jack Daniel's.
The announcer makes his first real appearance.
"Hmmm... what were we talking about?"
The first Doctor was perhaps a little too violent at first.
Susan listens to Duran Duran until her teachers come in.
"Dalek Masterplan": 12 episodes of sitting around.
Victorya asserts she's not afraid of her own shadow. 
"The Board Games" 
The Trofton/Jamie pledge break, complete with Dalek answering the phone.
Peewee's Doctor liked all the action. 
Precision swanning about. 
Rob Warnock's only on-screen appearance in footage shot June 16, 1985.
Katy Wommaning and her problem seeing things....
The Men of U.N.I.T.
The Time Worrier
Tewwance Dicks, without his Corona....
Peewee pledge break.
Tommy Baker interview. (Of course, he didn't need an interviewer, because it takes too much away from the focus of the show....HIM!)  
"Eldrad MUST dance!", or "Nobody Expects the Gene Kelly!"
The Two Ramadas discuss their interpretations of the character. 
"Can I call you Hyatt?"
Fawlty Towers joke--Dugan has just punched out Sybil Fawlty.
Worriers' Gate.
The Tommy pledge break.
Problems with the Doctor's regeneration in "Castra-oila."
"Okay, I said I liked her. Can I go now?"
"I wanted them to do the same for me, and they wouldn't!"
The Doctor works to determine which girl is Nyssa.
"There's no place like home!" said Tegan.
"My kind of town," sings Anthony Ailing.
"It's as easy as pie!" 
The announcer turns to watch a clip from....
Worriers of the Deep.
Turbough reaches the Black Guardian's answering machine. 
Beefcake.
Cheesecake.
Cream puff.
JHT is more interested in selling his latest book than talking about the show.
Peter pledge break. 
The announcer introduces the current season (22nd).
One of the Two Ranis. ("And it's goodnight from me....")
The Doctor's previous regenerations become androgums.
The Doctor meets up with, er, Avon in "Timelash." 
Blooper: getting the wrong American accent for "The Gunfighters" (and introducing a dodo of a companion....) 
The Peewee era blooper: keeping Katy from knocking over the Peewee device.
Blooper: the 1st Ramada quits because of the way Tommy and Lallalala are carrying on. (Basis of another "RoT" joke!) 
The first appearance of Gary Downie.
This wasn't a funny blooper, but, damn! Look at those excellent "Black Orchid" costumes! I made them myself!
Blooper: getting a climatic scene from "Caves" right. 
Blooper: Pery gets stuck saying "I"
JHT created a Christmas panto for Peter to appear in...
...which of course was totally changed (NOT!) for Colon.
A panel at a big American convention. 
Peewee in the Cabaret!
Peter in the Cabaret! (and he's singing "Master and Servant," not "Officer McKirk!")
Dalek exterminators commercial.
OK-9 and Company opening credits, with a special surprise for OK-9 at the end. 
Dubbed into Native American. 
Dubbed into Japanese. 
Dubbed into French.
Dubbed into Southern American.
This photo is here only because it's one of my all-time favorite close-ups of myself.
Dubbed into Mexican.
"Doctor Who was so popular we had to cancel it. Besides, it was cutting into my vacation budget!"
American fan reacts badly to cancellation news.
The last episode, as written by Terry National.
The final pledge break...
...where Peter gets a phone call announcing the BBC's been sold.
"No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Credits

S-A-V-E-W-H-O: The Twenty-Two Years of Doctor Who

Colon

Steve Schiller

Pery

Jennifer Adams

Announcer

Philip Kelley

Hartell

Mark Christensen

Ben

Jim Luttgens

Poly

Steve Schiller

Trofton

Patrick Reardon

Time Lord

Mark Christensen

Peewee

Chris Brainerd

Sara

Jennifer Adams

Brigadier

Charles Morley

Tommy

Pat Engle

Anthony Ainley

Dennis Kytasaari

Adict

Eric Prellwitz

Nysser

Jennifer Adams

Tagun

Sue Warnock

Hairy

Mark Christensen

Ramada I

Jennifer Adams

Ramada 2

Sue Warnock

Peter

Rob Warnock

Turbough

Philip Kelley

Barbara

Chris Brainerd

Ian

Eric Prellwitz

Susan

Patrick Reardon

Steven

Eric Prellwitz

Zoey

Jennifer Adams

Jamie

John Wirth

Victorya

Rob Warnock

War Lord

Philip Kelley

Bendon

Eric Prellwitz

Frankin

Philip Kelley

Courtenay

Tim Kasper

Tewance

Chris Brainerd

Master

Steve Schiller

Basil

Dennis Kytasaari

Sybil

Jennifer Adams

Dugan

Eric Prellwitz

Hurtdall

Mark Christensen

Jo

Kathy Warnock

John Haitian-Turner

Chris Brainerd

Avon

Patrick Reardon

Servalan

Kathy Warnock

the Ranis

Sue Warnock

Eric Hufman

Will LaDuke

Dodo

Patrick Reardon

Cowboy

Pat Engle

Gary Downey

Rob Warnock

Michael Grate

Charles Morley

U.K. Fan

Rob Warnock

U.S. Fan

Jennifer Adams

Cyberman

Charles Morley

Dalek

Pat Engle

Special Thanks

Libertyville High School
Remco Rentals
The Brainerd Studios
Taco Bell
Northwestern Film Board
Columbia College
John Nathan-Turner

Executive Producer

Jack Daniels

Producer

Chris Brainerd

Cinematographer

Jennifer Adams

Written, Directed, and Produced by

Rob Warnock
Jennifer Adams
Chris Brainerd
and
The Federation
Doctor Who Cooperative

Disclaimer

We deny everything!

A BBS Television Production

©1985
 

Memories

Jennifer | Rob

Random S-A-V-E-W-H-O Memories by Rob Warnock, 2000

First off there's no way it could've been 15 years ago. Now that that's out of the way, I guess I'll start. Considering that it really was 15 years ago, it's really hard for me to remember a lot of what happened, so I'm just going to randomly throw things out as I think of them.

I'm not really sure where the original idea to do S-A-V-E-W-H-O came from. I think we just had a bunch of random scenes that we'd come up with, but no way of linking them. I think the "cancellation crisis" is what gave us the format for being able to tie them all together. I think having a lot of different short scenes helped because it meant that we couldn't shoot the whole thing in one day like we had done until that point. I can't even remember what the first scene we shot was anymore. (Jennifer, come to the rescue.) (Katy Womaning's interview, shot June 14, 1985; I missed it since I had my convocation to go to....--JAK) So, here are things that I actually do remember....

Pat Engle being really pissed off most of the time because we accidentally blew him up during the last scene where the 6th Doctor shoots the 4th Doctor. Well, OK, we didn't really blow him up, but I think he did get burned. Anyway, it meant that he only appeared off camera for the "Hand of Fear" and "City of Death" scenes because we couldn't get him to get back into costume.

The day we had to shoot the "Deadly Assassin" scene, we needed a doll to be the shrunken victim. Of course, we didn't plan ahead so John Wirth, Steve Shiller and I went to the store in costume to buy some cheap Barbie or something. Naturally when we got to the checkout there was no price on it. The cashier got on the loudspeaker to scream, "I need a price check on a Barbie!" I think that was just in case there was anyone left in the store that hadn't seen us. I think we did tend to wear our costumes in public a lot back in those days, though, because we were complete, idiotic spuds.

Then there was the "Two Doctors" scene that we shot at Taco Bell (so it would look like Spain). The manager came out to ask us what we were doing. I tried to leave before I had to answer, but wasn't quick enough. Of course pretty much everyone else had already bailed by that point, so I was stuck there trying to explain what we were doing outside of Taco Bell w/ a camera and people dressed in something akin to tin foil.

No Federation production in those days would've been complete without a trip to the beach. As usual, pre-planning made sure that Chris' Rabbit ran out of gas on the way there. Luckily Dennis came by and bailed us out quite by accident. I seem to remember Jennifer and I staying in the car so that we didn't have to walk around in our costumes. I think I always felt slightly dumber doing that than other people. Of course it could've been worse. At least that day I was playing the 5th Doctor, and not Victoria. Speaking of which, I'm not sure who's idea it was to have guys play some of the female companions this time around, but I'd like to find out who set this wonderful precedent. Although I guess it was a good idea since I remember my reaction the first time I saw Pat Reardon as Dodo. And then there's Maude (Chris as Barbara). I just wish I had been around when the "Unearthly Child" scene was being shot with Chris and Pat in drag outside of the scrapyard at closing time when all of the butch workers were leaving.

The "Unearthly Child" scene with the 1st Doctor beating up Susan is still on of my favorites. Along with "Ha! Klotons", the aforementioned "Deadly Assassin" scene, and the two Romanas fighting scene (see if you can spot Jennifer and Sue laughing). The most fun scene to shoot, however, for me, was the 5th Doctor Androgum scene. Mmmmmmm, Ho-Ho's, celery and popcorn. What a wonderful combination. I suppose if I'm mentioning my favorite scene, I should mention my least favorite. The 5th Doctor cabaret scene. I still cringe when I watch it. Or usually conveniently leave the room. In fact, I think I'll leave now.

Jennifer recalls in 2000....

The making of S-A-V-E-W-H-O has become completely entwined with my graduation from college it isn't funny. As I face the 15th anniversary of one, I face the 15th anniversary of the other (which means that next year, I hit the 20th anniversary of becoming a Doctor Who fan and graduating high school— and, really, I am too young to have graduated that long ago!)

We worked on the S-A-V-E-W-H-O script throughout the spring of 1985. Rob and Chris and I would write bits on our own during the week, and get together on Saturdays (frequently with Chris hauling both Rob and his Trash-80 computer down from Libertyville--we would camp out in the lounge across from my dorm room) to review what we wrote and put the good stuff into the computer. (One Saturday session was enhanced by Philip wanting to try out his new bartending skills, since he was taking a mini-course in it. Ideas just seemed to flow once we all had a couple of grasshoppers in us. Ah, the joys of being newly-legal to drink! Not that Rob was....)

We were originally going to start filming a week earlier than we did, but the weather was so crappy we postponed it.  Chris was grumpy that I insisted that we not film on June 15th-- silly me for wanting to have a graduation party! Rob filmed some stuff with his sister Kathy the evening of the 14th (the Katy interview, and I think the Servaspam bit at the Taco Bell), and then we returned to Northwestern on Sunday the 16th to film a lot of Peewee and Tommy bits. (Rob was grumpy because, even though we were going to do some 5th Doctor stuff that day, we fell behind and had to reschedule it. The shot of him passing the camera with a drink at the beginning of the "Jo leaves the Doctor" sequence is the only time he appeared on camera that day, and he made sure for some time afterwards that we were well aware of that fact!)

We filmed every day the following week, always meeting at Chris' house before going off to film (if we were in fact going someplace). One morning we spent at Libertyville High School. One afternoon (detailed in Rob's memories), we ran out of gas. We had so much to film, and really so little time to film it in, that it has all become one big blur to me. Things that stand out, though, are

Lake Michigan is really frickin' cold in the middle of June. Chris couldn't understand why we were acting like it was really cold when it was really, really warm out. Yeah, well, he wasn't sticking his privates in 50° water.
I had Taco Bell for the first time after we finished at the beach. 
We originally ran out of time at the High School, so we couldn't film Peter's cabaret sequence there. Chris just wanted to drop the whole scene, but Rob was really pissed off about it being dropped (since the Pertwee sequence had been filmed, mostly). So I argued how we could stage it that it would be acceptable even though it would be filmed in Chris' basement. (Perhaps I shouldn't have, considering how well Rob likes his performance in it!) Anyway, there I was on the floor just off-camera, actually playing the guitar while Rob did his best air guitar....
I had to make several long trips picking up and dropping off Pat Engle. I also had to supply rides to Philip, Jim Lutgens, and CyberCharlie. It's amazing the Bellair survived all that tollway driving. (It blew major equipment later that summer going up to GenCon in Milwaukee....)
Speaking of Pat Engle, he really was a capricious pain in the ass, and Chris spent a lot of time trying not to piss him off. A pissed off Pat = a Pat who would stop at nothing to ruin a take.
We had a really, really good time filming savewho.

I got to help with the editing, mostly because Chris had access to real equipment through his school but wasn't as familiar with it as I was. We did a lot of split audio in the production, which really helps give it an air of professionalism. We slogged down to Columbia College for most of a month to get it done. (We were trying to get it done in time to bring to Panopticon in New Orleans the end of July.)

S-A-V-E-W-H-O is still one of my all-time favorite Federation productions. In 1993, I had an Aussie guy come up to me at Visions and ask if I was the girl who played most of the companions in it! I can safely say that the production has made its way around the world!