My Review of 2017

My Review of 2017 

By Mark Lever 

Welcome to my review of 2017 where I’ll be looking back at what I have achieved in 2017 and what my favourite moments have been. Here are just some of my highlights you’ve got to look forward to: an overview of my holiday’s, films I’ve seen, my Big Sesh’s, what I’ve achieved at work, gigs I’ve been to, how my personal projects are progressing and my targets for 2018. With every category I’ve put a paragraph on what I’ve got to look forward to in 2018. Hopefully I’ll write something similar to this in 2019 where I can reflect back on what I’ve written this year. 


Since I finally managed to get a full time job in something I love (I’m a Media Technician at Esher College) in late September of 2016, I have strived to go on holiday every two to three months. A goal, I’ve been very pleased to have succeeded in doing. During 2017, I travelled to Amsterdam (a city that keeps on dragging me back), Prague (a lads holiday I’m glad finally came together), Berlin (a trip that has made Germany aside from England the country I’ve visited the most cities in), Bath (romantic trip away with Raven), Toronto (chance to appreciate some of my family history), New York (several years wait come to an end), Edinburgh (I’m very pleased to have got Richard excited for Edinburgh Fringe) and Belgium (overly ambitious trip complimented with my discovery of fruit beer). 

In 2018, already booked is Madrid (where I’ll be going with Rajat, Andy and Michael and hopefully be ticking off another two football stadiums off my list – Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid & Wanda Metropolitano, Atletico Madrid), Malaysia (to visit where my brother has been working as a teacher since August 2017), Lisbon (my second Eurovision and time I will have been to the city). Currently in discussion is a holiday with my mum to either Lyon, Rome or Seville in February and Richard’s second visit to Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

When picking a holiday destination, my two criteria’s are whether it has a Hard Rock Café and if there is a football match being played there during the time I’m there. Well, how else can you filter down where to go out of the thousand places out there! A couple of years ago, I decided to switch from collecting university T-Shirts to Hard Rock Café T-Shirts. I thought there’s only so long you can attend university for! I didn’t want to be a fifty year old still wearing a university t-shirt. Furthermore, there’s often a Hard Rock Café in most major cities in the world. 

Hard Rock Café T Shirts I Collected in 2017: 

February Amsterdam 

April Prague 

May Berlin 

August Niagara Falls 

August Yankees Stadium 

August New York City 

October Brussels 

Big Sesh 

From 2015, I’ve been part of what is aptly named Big Sesh, where I meet up with most commonly attended by Jason, Rajat and Tom and sometimes cameoed by Chris and Luke. Most of which I know through Rajat, having visited Ipswich whilst he studied at Ipswich University. Tom, I know through university and Rajat through a college friend. On our Big Sesh’s we like to spice things up, mostly because we only meet up once a month, to visit somewhere different. Throughout the year, Tom and I relived our student years in Portsmouth and gave Jason a Best Of tour, experienced Bromley’s rejuvenation, Rajat became a human cloakroom in Central London and we pretended to be Spurs supporters when we visited Wembley 

On our Big Sesh’s, Jason and I like to tick off football stadiums of our list and we are sometimes joined by Rajat and Tom. Even when I get a text from Rajat texts me near half time during a Oxford game “Man, this is a dull game” – little did he know Oxford we’re going to go on to score 3 goals in the second half. 

Here are the stadiums I managed to tick off along with the match, the stadium and who I went with: 

February Cardiff City (Cardiff City vs Rotherham United), Cardiff City Stadium – Myself 

August New York City FC (New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls), Yankee Stadium – Mum 

September Arsenal (Arsenal vs Doncaster Rovers), Emirates Stadium – Jason 

September Arsenal (Arsenal vs WBA), Emirates Stadium – Myself 

September Oxford United (Oxford United vs Gillingham), Kassam Stadium – Jason & Rajat 

October Gent (Gent vs Eupen), Ghelamco Arena – Rajat 

October Bromley FC (Bromley vs Woking), Hayes Lane – Jason 

December Tottenham (Tottenham vs Stoke City), Wembley – Jason & Tom  

Odeon Limitless 

Towards the end of 2016, my Dad and I signed up to Odeon Limitless, a monthly membership which entitles you to watch unlimited cinema releases. I’m very proud to have broken my record for the amount of films I’ve seen in one year, 48.  

This year was a fantastic year for cinema and it’s amazing to not have to rely on Meerkat buy one get one free offer to watch films. Especially as it limits you to seeing films on Tuesday and Wednesday’s. Also, to be able to see those films you aren’t totally sold by the trailer and aren’t willing to fork out £15 to see what will most likely be a waste of money.  

Although there are one or two improvements I’d like to see to the service. For starters, if you have signed up to the basic outside central London membership and would like to upgrade, you shouldn’t have to wait until your membership ends before you can upgrade. Surely it would advantageous for Odeon to allow you to upgrade for an extra few pounds a month on the spot. Furthermore, if you have the basic membership and want to see a film in central London, just like when you see a film in Imax or 3d there should be a surplus. You shouldn’t have to pay the full, rather inflated price. Finally, the in-house machines should allow you to enter your Limitless card and pick up or purchase your tickets. 

Here is a summary of my cinematic experiences: 

Best Film: Spiderman: Homecoming 

Best Superhero Film: Spiderman: Homecoming 

Best Comedy: Thor: Ragnarok 

Biggest Surprise: Harry Styles in Dunkirk 

Best Sequel: Paddington 2 

Best Sport Film: Battle of the Sexes 

Best Action: John Wick 2 

Best Horror: IT 

Best War Film: Hacksaw Ridge  

Best Adaptation: Wonder 


Every year Esher College Media and Photography department hold their very own Oscars to celebrate second year students work. As Media Technician, my role it was my responsibility to come up with the Intros, Nominations are…, Winner is… and make sure everything technical went smoothly on the night. It was a stressful month or two leading up to the event, in which I produced over 50 videos and held a couple of rehearsals but it was worth it because the actual night went smoothly apart from a couple of minor hiccups, which were bound to happen it being my first  time. Afterwards, we had an after party in a bar by the river in Hampton Court and it was good to relax and talk to the students and teachers.  

I’m looking forward to doing my second Oscars in 2018 as this time I’ll know what to export and hopefully there won’t be so much to do because I will have prepared most of the content and will only have to adapt it to make relevant for this year. Although the pressure is quite stressful once the show begins because if something goes wrong, it’s most likely on me but the adrenalin and satisfaction you get afterwards makes it worth it. 

In the last term of my 1st school year working at the college, I put on a 2 part mini course of filming and editing a multi camera project. I managed to get 6 students to attend the course, which at the end I gave them a certificate as proof of completion. The idea being it was something they could put on their cv and help them on their university application. It was a really proud moment when an article about the course featured in an Esher College newsletter.  

Inspired by how well my first set of workshops went, I put on additional workshops during my second year. I put on a week After Effects workshop every Thursday for four weeks and at the end the students and I agreed we would carry on doing more every other Thursday. The workshops have given me a good excuse to refresh myself on what I learned during the After Effects course Esher College paid for me to take as part of further development. It’s also given me an excuse to keep using the software on a frequent basis, which is important to make the knowledge second hand. Aside from the stuff already learned in the course I attended, I’ve asked students what they want to learn to tailor the experience towards them. This way I’ve taught myself how to do several visual effects including: Teleportation, Screen Replacement and Sky Replacement.  

There’s always been one element of video editing that I’ve always struggled with because I’m colour-blind and that is Colour Grading but as it’s been one of the most common questions I get asked by students, I finally managed to crack it and I now feel confident. With my new-found skills acquired, it’s been my most popular workshop I’ve done and students have filled up my timetable with either 1 to 1 or workshops in pairs. I’m now confident enough to take up the responsibility to grade Extra Time, which the majority will be sky replacement.  

Up until my job as Media Technician at Esher College, I had not lasted in a full-time role for more than four months. I was beginning to worry whether due to my Chronic Fatigue or Asperger’s Syndrome if I was able to stick at a job and keep up with the pace of a proper job. My previous jobs, were either a seasonal role, the role wasn’t right for me or required me to travel the other side of London with heavy equipment every day during rush hour.  That’s why when I reached a year in the job in September, it was a very proud moment. It showed that once I found a job in the field I love, with the right environment, distance from home, I would be able to do the job. 

Some of the perks of the job is I get to go on trips such and get paid for doing so. In 2017, I went to see Blade Runner and film students on an military assault course.  With the footage of the military assault course, I put it in a shared folder for students to access and edit their own promo video for the assault course following a short brief I had written. Their teachers worked it into part of their editing exercises. It was a great way to test the students skills of structuring a video, telling a story, pacing, cutting to music and learning how to use video to sell a product.  

My plan for 2018 regarding work is to definitely finish the rest of the school year at Esher College, especially to get a chance of improving upon the Oscars and because the working environment will be very hard to leave. Going forward, if I was to stay at Esher College, I will feel I need some extra work load to feel like I’m making a step up. There is a potential for me to run my own Complimentary Studies classes where I would get paid teaching wages instead of technician for the hours I teach. Otherwise, I’ve heard that ITV get teachers in to teach specialised areas and as it will be in Central London, this will likely to be a significant pay increase. I need to find out whether it would be part time or full time. If part time, there might be a chance I could do it on top of my current work. 


Growing up I went to several performances by artists of my dad’s and mum’s era, such as Gilbert O’Sullivan; Ralph McTell; Elton John; James Taylor. Although I enjoyed going to these gigs and gave me an appreciated of singer songwriters, once I became old enough to go to gigs myself I’ve taken the opportunity to go and see some of my favourite bands. It’s been really nice since university, to join me on my mission to tick off as many artists as possible, I’ve had my university friend, Tom.  

Here are the gigs I managed to see in 2017 with the venue and who I went to see it with: 

February Ladies of Soul. Ziggodome – Dad, Jessie, Karen, Lynn 

February Fratellis, O2 Forum Kentish Town – Myself 

June Take That, O2 Arena – Myself 

July Green Day, Hyde Park – Michael 

July Lionel Richie, O2 Arena – Dad 

July Blink 182, O2 Arena – Dad 

July The Killers, Hyde Park – Tom 

September Foo Fighers, O2 Arena – Nick & Stephen 

November Royal Blood, Alexandra Palace – Tom 

November James Blunt, Eventim Apollo – Thomas 

December Kasabian, O2 Arena – Tom 

December Queen, O2 Arena – Dad 

Gigs I’ve got to look forward to in 2018: 

February Franz Ferdinand, O2 Academy, Brixton – Tom 

April Flight of the Conchords, O2 Arena – Myself 

My Favourite Gig 

My favourite gig was Queen with Adam Lambert at the O2 Arena. Although, I’m sure nothing beats seeing Freddie Mercury with Queen, it was still fantastic to see them perform loads of my favourite songs. Especially, Bohemian Rhapsody and Don’t Stop Me Now. Practically every song of theirs I knew and are what I would definite as classic. So it’s only natural this has hit my top 5 gigs I’ve been to ever. Adam Lambert had amazing vocals and sounds a lot like Freddie Mercury, he even had all the costumes. Apart from that, he didn’t try to be like Freddy Mercury to him too much and paid homage to him several times throughout the concert. A highlight was when they played Freddy Mercury on the big screen of the historic moment when he got the audience to repeat what he was singing at the original Live Aid. 

Personal Projects 

During my time as a Freelance Filmmaker from 2012-2016, I self-financed several productions e.g. Moving In, If This Isn’t Love, Extra Time. One of the benefits of being in regular work is I now know how much money I will make month to month and in effect I can plan my personal projects much easier and on a more frequent basis. For example, when filming Extra Time, on average it took 6 months to a year to do the next filming day because Gary and I would have to save up money from our various jobs as a freelancers. Now, I have a steady job, Richard Holliday’s and my fan made project of Doctor Who will have taken just less than a year from the first day of filming to the last day of filming. Hopefully things will carry on like this and I will be able to produce my own material at a frequent rate. 

At the beginning of 2017, Richard and I started Pre Production on the fan made Doctor Who episode written by Richard. We decided to split the costs and aim to do as low budget as possible without sacrificing the professionalism and the quality too much. Where possible, we got people who would do the project for the love of the show, because they enjoyed working with us or as a favour for a friend. When needed, we hired freelance filmmakers at a reduced rate to help us out. 

The first filming day of Doctor Who happened in April and since then we have gone onto do filming days in July and October. The fourth and final day will be in January. We’ve ended up filming at Epsom Coaches, due to change of ownership at Epsom Coaches, we had to move the majority of filming to Storage King in Epsom and we’ve also filmed at Elliot’s house in Ewell. 

It’s been an absolute pleasure to take part in each filming day as we’ve got together the best of the cast and crew we’ve worked together on previous projects such as Gary Thomas (Extra Time, Moving In & If This Isn’t Love), Anthony Styles (D.E.A.D & The Wrong Date), Charlie Ross (Extra Time & Don’t Marry Him, Have Me), Rene Toussaint (If This Isn’t Love), Stephan Burn (Extra Time), Thomas Parker (Extra Time) and John Bagenal (Extra Time). We’ve also welcomed to our network of filmmakers who I very much hope to work with again in the future – Elliot Stammers, Elise Stammers, Luke French, Thomas Chee, Paul Valentine, Michael Holmes and Rob Lever. 

One of the biggest selling points about the fan made Doctor Who episode that sold putting my time and effort, let alone my hard earned cash towards was we would get to film with a life size Dalek and TARDIS. It was very surreal filming with a Dalek. Especially in between the scenes the Dalek wasn’t needed, to walk past a dark storage room with a gold Dalek waiting in the midst was a very odd experience. Also, towards the beginning of the day, to be corrected by the Dalek when I kept on calling it “Dalek” by screeching at me “I have a NAME”. I can’t wait to film the more action based scenes on Day 4 and to film the materialisation with an actual TARDIS rather than CGI model it in later will be a Doctor Who fantasy come true. 

In 2018 I aim to finish off Extra Time, which we currently only have the Sound Editing, Music and Colour Grading left to do. My target will be to finish it by March/April. Then it would be great to hold a dedicated premiere and start sending it off to festivals and finally get it seen by the industry. On top of that, we should also finish Doctor Who around a similar time and hold an Extra Time/Doctor Who Premiere at Elliot’s aka The Doctor church in North London where we plan to show both films, hold a Q & A and have a chorus sing tunes from Doctor Who with a cake and tea break in between. 

Casting Update: Charlie Ross as Jo Darwyn

I am very happy to confirm former Stand Up comedian, Charlie Ross will be attending my read-through on Saturday 2nd December to play the role of ‘Jo Darwyn’, a by the book doctor who has been forced into the role of leader of team D.E.A.D whose mission is to help the undead transition back into normal whilst making sure they don’t reveal their secret. Their secret being, their blood type can bring them back to life.

Working with Charlie has become a regular thing for me having now worked with him on my upcoming fan made Doctor Who project (YouTube | Facebook); time travel short film, Extra Time (Facebook | YouTube) and monologue, Don’t Marry Him, Have Me (YouTube). Having worked with him recently on the Doctor Who project as a Director of Photography, I’ll be reprising my role I had for Extra Time and Don’t Marry Him, as Producer.

D.E.A.D is a 60 minutes radio play series I’ve written the pilot for and currently aiming to do a professional recording for. The show is about a doctor, a nurse and a coroner who help the undead transition back into normal life. I’d love to release episodes on a monthly basis in the way Big Finish are doing their Torchwood releases. If the show moves into a series order, each episode will focus on another one of Team D.E.A.D’s patients who has the rare blood type which brings them back to life.

The character of Jo will be faced with a moral dilemma in series 1 of D.E.A.D as his father, who is currently occupying the same hospital he works in, is suffering with terminal cancer which Jo has a way of curing, only problem is his father would have to die first and be injected with the blood type. While he makes up his decision, he has to watch his Dad come in and out of hospital for treatments from the sidelines because as far as his Dad is concerned, he’s not alive.

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British Airways Armrest Challenge

I made my way back down the aisle of the British Airways plane from London Gatwick to Edinburgh having just waited for the stream of people coming towards me to find their seats. I found myself at the end of the plane because for the first time I was taking a suitcase along with my man bag to Scotland and there wasn’t any space in the overhead lockers above my seat towards the front of the plane in 7a.

The last person to find their seat sat down or so I thought because as I made my way back to the front of the plane a rather large individual blocked my way and I had to stop after working out some simple mathematics resulting in me figuring out I wouldn’t be able to get through. Though surprisingly, the individual in question was quick or quick as can be on making space for me to defy physics and getting through.

My drama wasn’t yet over because when I got to my seat that was in the middle of two passengers, the woman by the window was ready to make me aware of an annoying situation.

“I don’t know if they’re supposed to be like this,” She said gesturing at my arm rests which were terribly narrow.

I had a good look andI definitely agreed they were ridiculously tight and despite having just coming back from America I was up for the challenge of sitting down. With my whole row watching I slotted in and felt the arm rests instantly leaning into me. Oh, well. Challenge complete.

“I’ve just come back from America,” I said to make sure the window lady knew the feat that had just been achieved by me being able to sit down.

Once sat down I put the arm rests up and realised they went up against the actual seat unlike every other armrest I have ever come across which stand up in between one seat to the next. Taking in the situation, I decided I was happy to leave them up like that, even though I would have minimal wiggle room. It wasn’t to be as the woman next to the window made a good point by reminding me the arm rests are meant to be down during take off.

Realising the real crux of the situation I looked up to wave an air hostess for their attention. It didn’t take long as one of them was starting to make her way down the aisle handing out wet towels to customers. Spotting my finger up like I was back at school, I managed to catch her attention and I asked her whether she knew how to move them to the sides whilst demonstrating the issue.

“I didn’t know they did that.”She looked at me cluelessly.

“It’s okay. It’s only an hour and half flight,” I said.

Then an Asian guy stepped in behind me and pointed out that there was a button you pressed down to allow you to push it to the side to side. So I tested it out and my problem was solved. We could now take off! The Air Hostess was impressed and it wasn’t long before she was grabbing her fellow air hostesses to show them the new bit of information she had just learnt and slightly worryingly none of them knew as well.

Slightly perturbed that I had caused such a fuss, I sat back with plenty of wiggle room, so much wiggle room I even had a little dance in my seat just to test it out. I could now look forward to take off care free.

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Doctor Who: Reverence of the Daleks Trailer Press Release

Dalek Fan Made Episode Trailer!

Richard Holliday, Producer and Mark Lever, Director of Photography are very happy to announce the first trailer for our upcoming fan made Doctor Who production, Reverence of the Daleks. Our fan made episode stars Elliot Stammers as The Doctor; Elise Stammers as the new Doctor’s companion, Jennifer; Big Finish Doctor Who audio star and Stand Up Comedian, Charlie Ross; currently on a Shakespeare European tour, Paul Valentine; Top 100 UK DVD Chart, Ripper actor Anthony Styles and musician, Rob Lever.

The trailer is made up of footage shot on the 1st day of filming on Saturday April 29th 2017. We have confirmed the date for filming day 2 and 3. They will be Sunday 23rd July and Saturday 26th August respectively. The fourth and final day is set to be in September. We plan to release a trailer after each filming day. We are filming with the aim of getting it ready for a Doctor Who convention in October. After it premieres, we hope to take it around the convention circuit.

On the third day of filming we will be using a Dalek and a life size TARDIS at Epsom Coaches, Surrey where we filmed Day 1. Details to be announced very soon.

On Saturday June 17th we premiered the Doctor Who trailer at our very own star, Charlie Ross’ Doctor Who convention he ran for his 50th birthday. We were very pleased with how well it went down and it was brilliant to see it up on the big screen with a good PA system.

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Please find the full list of Cast and Crew credits below:


The Doctor – Elliot Stammers

Jennifer – Elise Stammers

Captain Reynolds – Charlie Ross (IMDB)

Sergeant Turner – Paul Valentine (CastingCall Pro)

Soldier 1 – Anthony Styles (IMDB)

Soldier 2 – Rob Lever (Soundcloud)


Producer – Richard Holliday (Website | Twitter)

Director – Gary Thomas (Website | Twitter)

Director of Photography – Mark Lever (Website | Twitter | Facebook)

Cameraperson – Thomas Parker (Website)

Sound Recordist – Rene Toussaint (Website)

BTS Photographer – Stephan Burn (Website)

Summer Transfer Window 2017

I thought I’d write an article keeping you updated on the transfers this summer by breaking down it by player and club. Under each club, I’ll be listing who is rumoured to be coming in and who will be going out and mention who is interested in them.


Bayern Munich


Lukaku – Everton (Rumoured)



Peter Bosz (Manager) – Ajax (6th June)



Klaas Jan Huntelaar – Ajax (Free, 1st June)

Sead Kolanisac – Arsenal (Free, 1st July)




Klaas Jan Huntelaar – Schalke 04 (Free, 1st June)


Peter Bosz (Manager) – Dortmund (6th June)

English Premier Division



Sead Kolasinac – Schalke (Free, Moving 1st July)

Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon  (Rumoured)

James Rodriguez – Real Madrid (Rumoured, Daily Express)





Ferland Mendy – Le Havre (£7m, Rumoured, Sky Sports)



Lukaku – Everton (Rumoured)

Leonardo Bonucci – Juventus (Rumoured, Sun)


Diego Costa (Rumoured, BBC Sport)

Crystal Palace

Ferland Mendy – Le Havre (£7m, Rumoured, Sky Sports)



Lukaku – Chelsea, Bayern Munich or Man Utd (Rumoured)



Virgil Van Dijk – Southampton

Man City


Ederson Moraes – Benfica (£35m, 1st July)

Mbappe – Monaco (£113m, Rumoured)

Bernardo Silva – Monaco (£43m, 1st July)


Fabian Delph (£12m, Rumoured, Telegraph)

Man Utd


Romelu Lukaku – Everton (Rumoured)

Mbappe – Monaco (£113m, Rumoured)

Ivan Perisic – Inter (Rumoured, Daily Express)


Alvaro Morata – Real Madrid (Staying Put)



Tammy Abraham – Chelsea (Loan, Rumoured, The Times)



Virgil Van Dijk – Southampton



Darren Fletcher – Stoke (Free, 1st June)


Matthias Ginter – Dortmund (£15m, Rumoured, Independent)

West Brom


Ferland Mendy – Le Havre (£7m, Rumoured, Sky Sports)

Huddlestone – Hull (£2m, Rumoured, Sun)


Darren Fletcher – Stoke (Free, 1st June)

La Liga

Atletico Madrid

Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon  (Rumoured, ESPN)


Hector Bellerin – Arsenal (£45m, Rumoured, Mirror)

Real Madrid


Pepe – PSG (Rumoured)

Bale (Rumoured, Daily Star)


Alvaro Morata – Real Madrid (Staying Put)

Ligue 1

Le Havre


Ferland Mendy – Crystal Palace, Brighton, WBA (£7m, Rumoured, Sky Sports)


Bernardo Silva – Monaco (£43m, 1st July)


Mbappe (£113m, rumoured)

If you have any transfer rumours or confirmations, please contact me by tweeting @markleverfilm or commenting on this post.



Ederson Moraes – Man City (£35m, 1st July)

3 Days Until Trailer for Time Travel Short Extra Time

Second Trailer for Extra Time Featuring Former Doctor Who Companion Louise Jameson

It is now 3 days until the second official trailer for time travel short film, Extra Time will be released. It will be released on the official YouTube channel for Film on Film Entertainment at 5pm on Friday 7th April 2017.

Extra Time follows gambling addict, Spacey Black who goes back in time to stop his cousin, Kayla Black from killing promising footballer, James Spring.

Extra Time stars Louise Jameson (Doctor Who, Doc Martin, Eastenders) as Kayla Black; Charlie Ross (Big Finish Doctor Who) as Spacey Black; Ben Burman (Emmerdale) as James Spring; John Bagenal (Zayn Malik & Taylor Swift’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’); Gary Chivers (former Chelsea footballer) Graeme Dalling (Early One Summer) as Sam; Denholm Spur (Trouser Bar); Paul Valentine (Rotten), Daniel King (Doctor Who), Rishi Gupta and Jamie Rhodes as a Football Player.

The crew consisted of Mark Lever as Producer/Writer; Gary Thomas as Director/Editor; Pia Storck as DoP; Laimis Bilys as Camera Assistant/Gaffer; Simon Norman and Mark Andrews (Kingsman: Golden Circle) as Sound Recordist; Freddie Roche (Tracey Ulmans Show, Let’s Be Evil, Smoking Guns) as 1st Assistant Sound; Monika Swiatek (Help Point, Drive Thru, Mesopatamia) as Make Up Artist; Francesca Brooke, James Atkins, Lucy Noble (Conjuring 2, Poldark) and Myles Woolford as Script Supervisor; Martin Lejeune as VFX Artist; Anna Haffers as 1st AD; Thomas Greader (WhatCulture), Joanne Gale as Runner; Rene Toussaint and Thomas Parker as BTS Videographer; Stephan Burn as BTS Photographer; Rob Lever as the Music Composer and Riyadh Haque as Colour Grader on the second trailer.

The second Extra Time trailer was edited by Gary Thomas and Mark Lever, Sound Edit was by Simon Norman, Music by Rob Lever, VFX by Martin Lejeune and the grade by Riyadh Haque.

Extra Time is currently very near to reaching picture lock. After completing picture lock, it will go onto the sound edit, then the music and finally the colour grade. We have also very nearly finished every VFX shot, which there is over 20 throughout the film. Once the film is complete we will be going on the festival circuit and holding a premiere in the summer time.

We are currently scouting out locations for the premiere. If you have any recommendations, we’d be very interested in hearing them by sending us an email to At the moment, we are looking at either Clapham Picturehouse and or a central London location.

The filming took two years and four shooting days to finish. It was self-financed by Mark Lever and Gary Thomas. We filmed at Auto Trader, Wimbledon; Epsom Coaches in and the car park at Travis Perkins in Ewell West, Surrey; St Catherine’s Football Ground in Lower Morden, Surrey and in Epsom, Surrey and Raynes Park, London.

Get an insight into the production by going behind the scenes in our series of BTS Videos starring Charlie Ross, Ben Burman, Mark Lever and Gary Thomas

Watch the first official trailer here, which has been praised by modern and classic series Doctor Who Director, Graeme Harper and viewed over 2000 times as of Wednesday 5th April 2017.

Follow the latest news on Extra Time, view behind the scenes pictures, be the first to know about the latest trailers, when the film is released and the premiere by liking us on Facebook 

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Doctor Who (Fan Made) Crew Update: Thomas Parker


Richard Holliday (Producer), Mark Lever (Director of Photography) and Gary Thomas (Director) are very happy to confirm their latest addition to the crew, Thomas Parker as the Behind the Scenes Videographer on their first day of filming of upcoming fan made Doctor Who project ‘Reverence of the Daleks’.

Thomas Parker is an award winning filmmaker who focuses on cinematography and video editing aspects of production in corporate and entertainment film making. His academic background began with a triple distinction* extended media diploma which then led to obtaining a first class honours in Television and Film production (creative skillset accredited) from the University of Portsmouth. He has a vast amount of experience in viral, corporate and feature filmmaking in order to deliever successful videos to suit clients’ needs and expectations. He’s experienced with cameras such as the Arri Alexa/Amira, Black Magic (4K), Sony Cameras FS700, PMW-F55, EX3, Canon C-300 and a variety of DSLR’s. As a video editor, he’s experienced with a range of well-known editing software such as Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Software and Sony Vegas.

Reverence of the Daleks puts the Doctor at odds with UNIT’s latest experimental plaything – a supposedly ‘docile’ Dalek, but when the experiment goes awry, it is the Doctor alone who must stop the Dalek from escaping a high-tech, secret UNIT compound and wreaking extermination across London.

Thomas Parker will be the Behind the Scenes Videographer on Day 1 of filming ‘Doctor Who: Reverence of the Daleks’. His job will be to provide plenty of material for Richard and Mark to produce plenty of behind the scenes videos for you to get insight into what it took for us to make the episode. There should be plenty of interesting stuff for him to film as we’ll be shooting several shots for VFX to be added, a Dalek and a TARDIS and filming in several locations inside the Epsom Coaches grounds including offices, a yard and a testing room.

Here is an example of a behind the scenes film he shot for short film, Extra Time:

The first day of filming ‘Reverence of the Daleks’ will take place on Saturday April 29th in Ewell West, Surrey. Currently signed up as part of the cast is Elliot Stammers as The Doctor; Elise Stammers as The Doctor’s companion, Jennifer; Charlie Ross as Captain Reynods and Rob Lever as Soldier 1. Crew members already confirmed include Rene Toussaint (Website) as Sound Recordist; Stephan Burn (Facebook | Website) as Behind the Scenes Photographer.

Day 2 & 3 are yet to be confirmed but will likely to take place between May/June.

The fan made Doctor Who episode will hopefully premiere at Charlie Ross’ Doctor Who themed birthday event in June with Matthew Waterhouse (Doctor Who) and Katy Manning (Doctor Who). Richard Holliday and Mark also have plans to feature it at Who’s at the Playhouse in Epsom, Surrey where Louise Jameson, Colin Baker and John Leeson are just some of the stars set to star.

Mark and Gary have worked with Thomas Parker previously on their upcoming time travel short film, Extra Time, which they are in the process of putting the final touches to get it ready for the festival circuit. Thomas Parker filmed the interviews featured in the video below and the technical and cast rehearsals footage.

This blog was written by Mark Lever (Website | Twitter | Facebook)

Doctor Who (Fan Made) Casting News: Charlie Ross

Big Finish Doctor Who Star Cast!

Richard Holliday (Producer), Mark Lever (Director of Photography) and Gary Thomas (Director) are very happy to confirm the casting of ‘Charlie Ross’ as Captain Reynolds in their upcoming fan made Doctor Who project ‘Reverence of the Daleks’.

Reverence of the Daleks puts the Doctor at odds with UNIT’s latest experimental plaything – a supposedly ‘docile’ Dalek, but when the experiment goes awry, it is the Doctor alone who must stop the Dalek from escaping a high-tech, secret UNIT compound and wreaking extermination across London.

Charlie Ross plays Captain John Reynolds, a cocky and complacent UNIT commander determined to impress both the top brass of the military organisation and their fabled scientific adviser, the Doctor, but quickly finds his confidence misplaced when the experiment with the Doctor’s deadliest enemy, a Dalek, gets out of his, and human control, and it is only thanks to the Doctor, and once his military support has been decimated by his recklessness, that the extermination of London is averted.

Production Still of Charlie Ross as Spacey Black in Extra Time

The first day of filming ‘Reverence of the Daleks’ will take place on Saturday April 29th in Ewell West, Surrey. Currently signed up as part of the cast is Elliot Stammers as The Doctor; Elise Stammers as The Doctor’s companion, Jennifer and Rob Lever as Soldier 1. Crew members already confirmed include Rene Toussaint (Website) as Sound Recordist; Thomas Parker (Website) as Behind the Scenes Videographer and Stephan Burn (Facebook | Website) as Behind the Scenes Photographer.

Day 2 & 3 are yet to be confirmed but will likely to take place between May/June.

The fan made Doctor Who episode will hopefully premiere at Charlie Ross’ Doctor Who themed birthday event in June with Matthew Waterhouse (Doctor Who) and Katy Manning (Doctor Who). Richard Holliday and Mark also have plans to feature it at Who’s at the Playhouse in Epsom, Surrey where Louise Jameson, Colin Baker and John Leeson are just some of the stars set to star.

Mark and Gary have worked with Charlie Ross previously on their upcoming time travel short film, Extra Time, which they are in the process of putting the final touches to get it ready for the festival circuit. In Extra Time, Charlie Ross plays the role of ‘Spacey Black’, a selfish gambling addict who travels back in time to stop his cousin, Kayla Black (Louise Jameson) from killing James Spring (Ben Burman).

Charlie Ross is a former stand up comedian come actor who starred in short film, Early One Summer directed by Gary Thomas. As a stand up comedian, Charlie Ross has performed to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival multiple times and toured the country. He recently retired making people laugh for a living in 2016. He is now a teacher in North London, hosting panels at Doctor Who conventions and starring in upcoming time travel short, Extra Time (watch a BTS video here).

Charlie Ross on set on Extra Time Day 4 in Ewell West, Surrey.

This blog was written by Mark Lever (Website | Twitter | Facebook)

Europa League: Remaining Teams Domestic Positions

We are now down to the final 16 teams in the Europa League 2016/2017. The remaining teams feature three belgique, two german, two russian, one dutch, one spanish, one cypriot, one turkish, one french, one danish, one italian, one english and one greek – teams from 12 different countries.

Every year, we see how teams who play in Europa League get hit by the added pressures of increased fixture congestion and in effect start taking drops in performances in their respective leagues as they place higher importance towards playing in europe due to the financial significance. Therefore I thought it was worth a look at seeing how europe has effected the remaining teams in the Europa League.

Out of all of the teams left in the Europa League, Apoel Nicosia, FC Copenhagen and Olympiacos are doing the best in their domestic leagues. Where as, Borussia Monchengladbach are doing the worst. Then again, it’s worth taking into consideration the toughness of the leagues they compete in.

Here is the draw to the Round of 16 with their domestic positions taken into consideration:

Apoel Nicoasia (1st) vs RSC Anderlecht (2nd)

FC Copenhagen (1st) vs Ajax (2nd)

FC Rostov (7th) vs Manchester United (6th)

Celta Vigo (9th) vs FK Krasnoadar (5th)

FC Schalke 04 (10th) vs Borussia Monchengladbach (11th)

KAA Gent (7th) vs KRC Genk (8th)

Lyon (4th) vs Roma (2nd)

Olympiakos (1st) vs Besiktas (1st)

Here is a look at how every team left has been doing in their respective leagues

Team Country Position Pts
Ajax Netherlands 2nd 55
Apoel Nicosia Cyprus 1st 59
Anderlecht Belgium 2nd  55
Besiktas Turkey 1st  47
Borussia Monchengladbach Germany 11th 26
Celta Vigo Spain 9th  33
FC Copenhagen Denmark 1st  54
FC Krasnodar Russia 5th  28
FC Rostov Russia 7th 25
Genk Belgium 7th 42
Gent Belgium 8th 41
Lyon France 4th 43
Man United England 6th 48
Olympiakos Greece 1st 51
Roma Italy 2nd  56
Schalke Germany 10th  26