Tony Garner (Second-and-a-Halfth Doctor), Patrick Troughton (Second Doctor), Jon Pertwee (Third Doctor), Anneke Wills (Polly Wright), Peter Tuddenham (Voix), Hugh Lloyd (Scribe), David Clarke (Auriga), Anthony Townsend (Callisto), Lynette East (Adreinna), Stephen Cranford (The Covellitor), Ashley Nealfuller (Councillor Chaldor), Arthur Harrod (Aturo), Heather Cohen (Observer Aquilia), Chris T. Kirk (Observer Vardrah), Ian Edmond (Ralib), Richard Kingshott (Nilan), Tim Pieraccini (Stunt Double for Pertwee)
|Written by||Ashley Nealfuller& David Clarke|
|Directed by||David Clarke|
|Produced by||Stephen Cranford/Ashley Nealfuller/David Clarke|
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 Time Lords will decide whether or not to conclude his regeneration on the terms that he must foil a Dalek plot that threatens their existence.
- 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.
- 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.
- For at least the excerpt, the open and close 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.
- Devious and its production team were profiled on the BBC shows South Today in 2005 (although the show claimed production began in 1990) 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 The War Games and Spearhead from Space. While this is at odds with the Season 6B put forth primarily by The Two Doctors and Action in Exile, it is possible that the group was unknowingly viewing a recording of the Second Doctor’s trial and actually retrieved him during his forced regeneration at the end of The Night Walkers. Such a move would not be out-of-character for the Time Lords, as they had a spy among the TARDIS group in this story and, much later in the Doctor’s life, manipulated video evidence to frame him for crimes they committed (The Trial of a Time Lord).
- 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. However, given that Time Lord regeneration is a lengthy process with an active cycle before it concludes (The Christmas Invasion), it is possible that his new body had yet to finish changing into a healthy form. By the time the Third Doctor appeared in Spearhead From Space, his body could have fully developed into a more youthful appearance.