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insomniac-surfer asks "Ever turn down a job or didn't buy shares that could have made you rich and possibly famous?
Tell us what you did or didn't do that could have turned out possibly life changing."

(, Fri 2 Oct 2015, 8:28)
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Dead Ringers
Circa the Year 2000 there were some MP3s ripped from the radio program Dead Ringers being traded among the Doctor Who fandom on Usenet and elsewhere, because they featured Jon Culshaw doing phone pranks in-character as the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker.

I loved them so much I made a very rough cutout-style animation of one of the calls, compressed it to one of the horrible small video files we had back then, and posted it online.

My animation circulated nicely, went the 15-years-ago equivalent of viral, and eventually got me a very nice email from a Dead Ringers producer who'd seen the clip, loved it, and wondered if I'd perhaps be interested in working on more animations like it for their TV version of Dead Ringers which was in its very early planning stages.

I was thrilled by the possibility, but let down when we got to the point in discussions where it was apparent I wasn't from BBC land at all; I'm American. There turned out to be too many obstacles in the way of bringing a filthy foreigner like me onto their production, but they were very polite and apologetic about it.

On the bright side, they were still very complimentary about my work and wished me the best and also didn't sue me for using their audio without permission. When their TV show premiered in 2002 it ended up not featuring any cartoons anyway, and it turned out quite nice.
(, Wed 7 Oct 2015, 7:56, 5 replies)
There was a TV version of Dead Ringers?
That must have been awful.
(, Wed 7 Oct 2015, 9:49, closed)
Not only do they not sound like who they are impersonating, but they don't look like them either.

(, Wed 7 Oct 2015, 10:58, closed)
Jan Ravens does an excellent impression of herself.

(, Wed 7 Oct 2015, 13:04, closed)
I actually liked it

(, Fri 9 Oct 2015, 7:22, closed)
I'm Fiona Bruce and I'm sitting on the luckiest seat in Television Centre

(, Wed 7 Oct 2015, 10:59, closed)

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