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50 years of Doctor Who – 02. Gridlock
This year, the popular BBC television series ‘Doctor Who’ celebrates its 50th anniversary. To celebrate this year’s event, I’d like to build and upload 11 small Doctor Who MOCs – the last and biggest one in November this year.
About this creation
This creation is based on season 3, episode 3, where the Doctor and Martha travel to New New York in the far future, where they discover the remainder of humanity on the planet live in perpetual gridlock within the Motorway, an underground highway system.

Here is a screenshot from the episode.
And again, you can also watch it in full scale over at flickr .











MAKING OF

For those of you who are interested … *cricket* … here is a brief insight how I created this picture.





01 & 02: Sunday morning, my living room. The first step was to test how much distance I’d need to create a convincing depth for the picture. The space occupied by my table was enough (125 x 125 cm, about 4 x 4 ft.).









03 & 04: I removed the table and created a net pattern with crepe tape.







05: After that I took over 200 photos (these are only a few of them), placing the hovercar in one field after the other. There were a little over 100 fields for each layer.







06: After the second layer, I realized that the whole effort was almost completely unnecessary. All I needed were about 3 – 4 rows of cars; the rest of them wouldn’t be visible in the final picture anyway.









07 & 08: I started again, this time, right in front of the camera. After taking one photo, I added it directly to a psd-file to see, if the position of the car is okay and how many more I’d have to take in that row.







09: For the hovercars over the eye level, I needed some LEGO Technic help.







10: And finally, the Doctor. The rest was digital work







11: About 12 hours of digital work. First, I had to knock out the background of each photo in the psd-file. After that, a rough colour, contrast and brightness correction followed.







12: Now I had to create separate layers for all the lights and lamps, because the cars were too bright, but the lights were perfect. After isolating the lights, I could continue with the fine colour and brightness correction. I also added the yellow smog clouds.
For the final poster image, I cropped about half of the picture. It was a pity, but necessary to focus on the Doctor. That is the reason why the cars in the second and third row on the left side of the photo are still too bright. There was no need to correct them anymore.



Comments

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  August 10, 2014
A belated congrats... been on the road! :)
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  August 9, 2014
Congrats on MotD!
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  August 9, 2014
Nice work
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  August 9, 2014
Cheater... ;) Ah well. Congrats on MOTD!
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  August 9, 2014
Impressive! Congrats on MOTD!
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  August 9, 2014
Congrats on MOTD - I am just as impressed the second time.
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  August 9, 2014
Congratulations on MOTD!
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  August 9, 2014
Congrats on MOTD !
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  August 9, 2014
Fantastic photograph. Your editing skills are killer, and the model and fig look amazing.
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  August 9, 2014
Congrats on MOTD, Thor!
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  August 9, 2014
congrats on motd Mr Xeno!
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  August 9, 2014
This comes at a very convenient time - only last night, the 50th anniversary episode of Doc Who was added to Netflix, allowing me to finish my campaign to watch every episode again! Plus, Season 8 (or whatever number it is) comes out this month! August is like an after-party for the 50th anniversary hype! Sorry, I'm getting overexcited.
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  October 4, 2013
wow! awesome!
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  August 25, 2013
The amount of work you did for this is amazing, but the results are great! Wow!
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  March 22, 2013
ravishingly beautiful!
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  March 2, 2013
sorry brother, i only now commented on this great creation. Tha effect of the a lot ships is great... We have to learn a lot from you of photoshop use. very well done.
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  February 28, 2013
Oh man! This is totally crazy awesome. Are real labour of love I bet. Excellent result my friend :)
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  February 28, 2013
Quoting Shayden (O_O) ... Can you do more of these thingy's where you show how you did it? Pleeeeease?
Thank you, Shayden. As long as the building or "post production" process is interesting enough, I'll be happy to show it.
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  February 26, 2013
THAT is one of the most awesome picture i've seen yet! Doctor Who is my second fav show (no offence to y'all but star Wars rules) I'm only on season 4 and David Tennant ROCKS but anywho, Can you do more of these thingy's where you show how you did it? Pleeeeease?
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  February 26, 2013
Great work man! I do have one question though that MUST be asked... doesn't your backside stick to that couch in the hot months? ~ Chris.
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  February 26, 2013
You have done a awesome job of creating a Gridlock creation. I'd like to see how you would do The God Complex, if you ever plan to build it!
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  February 26, 2013
I love it! Congratz on getting the home page! Doctor who is my favorite TV series ever and I still re-watch old episodes now and then.
  February 26, 2013
Certainly! You've tackled with great innovation a solution to similar Scenework I've had to consider before: layers generally bail me out. But it often means getting clever (if you'll pardon the Pun :D) with the work done on each. If you ever DO try out the former suggestion, Lighting on each layer can be altered too, but one faces double the amount of work involved. All that render-layer-Light-erasetobackground-merge. Arg. My brain hurts just thinking about it. Anyway - CHEERS!!!
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  February 26, 2013
Hate to say it, but; since you clearly are already comfortable with PS, (and it looks as if you were ok with all the hovercars' exteriors looking identical, true-to-episode) - you could have made one car (at several heights to preserve photo-perspective of course), then use the Image Resize in a series of decreasing percentages (even disappearing to a single point, if you chose), just creating as many Layers as you needed, then blending the Layers into a Flattened Image at the end. To create a receding perspective, just Free-Transform trailing cars to a more tapered shape, creating the illusion of distance. Not sure if that woulda be MUCH less Editing Time than 12 hours, but mighta shaved a FEW hours off that figure after the initial photo was cleaned and prepped for Matte background fill (or fills). Still I humbly tip my hat to both your creative solution, and the effort you made to honor this awesome episode, and amazing Series. 5/5, well-earned. "Now, everyone; the Doctor says 'fly UP'!" Cheers =P
Mr. Xenomurphy
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Emerald Knight
  February 25, 2013
Very cleverly done !>.....
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  February 25, 2013
Quoting Primus Maximus I was wondering if maybe, just maybe, you could join my team for the Mocathlon. So far I don't have anyone.
Thank you for asking, but I won't participate. Nevertheless, good luck.
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  February 24, 2013
I was wondering if maybe, just maybe, you could join my team for the Mocathlon. So far I don't have anyone.
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  February 24, 2013
That is, MocAthalon.
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  February 24, 2013
Just out of curiosity, are you in the MocOlympics (or however it is spelled)? Anyways, GREAT MOC! The work definitely paid off :)!
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  February 24, 2013
Quoting David Wayne (Has a lot of School) so one car HOW MANY TIMES? ... What do the Cars interior look like ...
Thank you for your comment and interest, David. I haven't counted the number of photos I took, but you can count the cars in the final picture - that's how many (apart from the first 200 that were all wrong). Since I never planned to show the interior, there is none.
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  February 24, 2013
Quoting Clever Crowe Hate to say it, but; since you clearly are already comfortable with PS ...
Thank you for your detailed comment and ideas. The reason why I dind't do what you suggest is that it would look sterile. I made sure that I always vary the angle and the alignment in the grid just a little bit for each shot and position. That is more lifelike. In addition to that, I was using 2 fixed, close light sources during the whole photo session. The angle of entry would have been wrong for the copied layers. Nevertheless, I like that you gave it that much thought. ----- I've had 2 other ideas. One was to build more than one car, but the engine bonnets and the windscreen is too expensive. The other was to build the whole car and scene in 3d software, but that would have taken even longer.
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  February 23, 2013
I remember that episode ;) Thanks for showing us just how much work went into that main photo, I'm seriously impressed, getting the tripod out is about as far as I go! The actual vehicle is also very accurate, I love the detail on the underside. Impressive stuff!
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  February 23, 2013
Total legend maniac! Hahahaha, brilliant effort, and what a pleasurable result. Congrats Xeno on a fantastic Moc and method.
  February 21, 2013
so one car HOW MANY TIMES? very cool i suggest Daleks in the next set (I haven't seen your Daleks lately). What do the Cars interior look like. If you have any advice for me feel free to comment on my stuff. I heavily appreciate your input. Thanks, ~David
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  February 21, 2013
And here I thought you built the whole thing you little trickster you! All I can say is brilliantly done.
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  February 21, 2013
The vehicles look great, and I love the Doctor. The photography and editing are incredible too.
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  February 19, 2013
Amazing. Simply amazing! You have true talent Mr. X!!!
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  February 19, 2013
Crazy amount of work on that opening shot... Wow!
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  February 18, 2013
WoW... Fantastic result, and most impressive process and description! (Thanks for sharing also those details!)
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  February 18, 2013
Amazing, work on this. Seems like a lot of work but it was so worth it.
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  February 18, 2013
wow, you're a magician !!!
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  February 17, 2013
Yeeeesssss!!!!!
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  February 17, 2013
Excellent! The final image looks great, but I find the process leading to the image more interesting. Great work!
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  February 17, 2013
Mind-boggling is the only way I can describe this. Great work!
  February 17, 2013
This is excellent. I was silly enough to think you made all the cars, until I read your "how done". Very convincing. Looking forward to the rest of the Dr Who series.
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  February 17, 2013
I love this episode. :) Excellent work on the hovercar, it's very accurate. The poster picture is a stunning. It really fits the mood of the episode very well, and it's very artistic. I can't wait to see your next Doctor Who MOC! :D
Mr. Xenomurphy
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Thoy Bradley
  February 16, 2013
Haha that sounds like a hilarious episode! The techniques you have used to create the image are awesome, I have seen it done before who withdrew $158 then took many many photos, layered them, and made it look like his room was full of cash. Brilliant stuff as always :) ~Thoy
Mr. Xenomurphy
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Daniel Floyd
  February 16, 2013
That was one of my favorite episodes,so nice job on recreating another great shot from my personal favorite TV shows.
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  February 16, 2013
Another fine piece of art! Very clever technique to create this too, thanks for the insight :)
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  February 16, 2013
Really nice work.
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  February 16, 2013
Quoting Thoy Bradley ... I have seen it done before who withdrew $158 then took many many photos, layered them, and made it look like his room was full of cash. Brilliant stuff as always :) ~Thoy
Thank you, Thoy. Hahaha, posting such a picture is pretty dangerous - it might attract thieves.
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  February 16, 2013
pure genius, I,m hoping I can match this level of work. well done sir, well done.
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  February 16, 2013
Wow, that one picture sure too a lot of work but the result is very nice.
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  February 16, 2013
what a vision, superb image and vehicle!
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  February 16, 2013
The scarf is yours, just be careful not to trip on it. ;)
Mr. Xenomurphy
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Takanuva 77
  February 15, 2013
incredible effects, and such a cool moc:)
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  February 15, 2013
So awesome! Really well done!
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  February 15, 2013
excellent!
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  February 15, 2013
Lot of work. Thanks for the tutorial
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  February 15, 2013
Wow, impressive! Thanks for the lesson too! :)
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  February 15, 2013
Slick! Thanks for the behind the scenes, too, very interesting to see how it's done. I'd say even more convincing than the still from the show. Awesome!
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  February 15, 2013
A fantastic episode, and a great homage to the last day of Captain Jack's life. (when I figured that out for the first time, it was.... just.... this is why I love Dr. Who!)
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  February 15, 2013
Def one of my favorite eps! It was soo sad at the end though. Great brick work and edits!
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  February 15, 2013
lol more editing than building, but the result is awesome :)
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  February 15, 2013
The cars are amazing! I loved that episode so Im glad you decided on this one. And you sure did it well.
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  February 15, 2013
:O I've never seen a technique like that. You're a genius!
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  February 15, 2013
I loved this episode, and this build certainly does it justice. 2 down, 9 to go!
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  February 15, 2013
It's very interesting to see how you were able to create this beauty! Looks like all the trouble you went through paid off :)
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  February 15, 2013
Quoting Brick Savage ... My hat and scarf off to you good sir.
Thank you, Chris. Can I keep the scarf? ;o)
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  February 15, 2013
Quoting Tim C ... I actually like how the inner rows are brighter. It gives the effect of some interior lighting. ...
Thank you, Tim. I've had areal perspective in mind when I decided to make the distant rows brighter. It is a bit exaggerated in this case, but the effect as such works well.
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  February 15, 2013
Finally, a use for VHSs now. :)
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  February 15, 2013
As usual your work astounds me. I love the 10th Doctor and really enjoyed this episode, it was nice to see BBC tackle social issues they never had before. My hat and scarf off to you good sir.
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  February 15, 2013
What a feat of patience. How worth it. Amazing vision here, Dr. X. The hovercar build is really excellent, and I love the platform that the Doctor is walking out on. Being a lover of photo editing, I can't say enough of the artistry that has gone into the final product. I actually like how the inner rows are brighter. It gives the effect of some interior lighting. The yellowish fog is a fantastic touch. Thanks for letting us in on the techniques used to get this done.
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  February 15, 2013
Quoting Legopard   ...(Du hast scheinbar immernoch nicht genug Schraubenschlüssel in neugrau. Soll ich gucken ob ich nochmal zwei hab? ;) )
Thank you, Jonas. Hahaha, hierfür würde ich allerdings 4 benötigen. Aber lass mal, die Scheiben vorne sind auch altgrau.
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  February 15, 2013
These photoshop skills are unbelievably! And the build is perfect. Like always. (Du hast scheinbar immernoch nicht genug Schraubenschlüssel in neugrau. Soll ich gucken ob ich nochmal zwei hab? ;) )
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  February 15, 2013
Quoting Jared . VHS?!?! Haha, glad to know I'm not the only one still hanging on to those! Brilliant lay-out, and incredible picture!
Thanks, Jared. Yes, I've had a large collection of tapes. Most of them are gone now, but as you can see, a few of them come in handy sometimes, hahaha.
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  February 15, 2013
VHS?!?! Haha, glad to know I'm not the only one still hanging on to those! Brilliant lay-out, and incredible picture!
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  February 15, 2013
thats crazy how u did that.. btw love the DR.
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  February 15, 2013
Nice work!
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  February 15, 2013
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist ... Hat's off my friend, hat's off.
Thank you. I'm impressed how fast and how much you can write. Very much appreciated.
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  February 15, 2013
Fancy! I love the hovercar design, and while my memory of the episode is almost as hazy as that atmosphere, your MOC is instantly recognizable. The angled trans-blue pieces work wonders, and I love the use of the tools as door-handles. Impressive piece of photo editing as well, I admire that you took so many photos - and your extra effort payed off. The poster is phenomenal, your placement of the doctor, platform, cars, and smoke is sheer perfection. Without a doubt you are a true master of composition, one of the most artistic builders around. Hat's off my friend, hat's off.
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  February 15, 2013
A great MOC and very interesting and informative commentary.
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  February 15, 2013
Quoting Monsterlego , Excellent! no face of boe?
Not yet ;o)
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  February 15, 2013
Wow.
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  February 15, 2013
Excellent! no face of boe?
 
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