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Altus woman joins 'Dr. Who' fan film push (2013)

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ALTUS - Peggy Sue Clay expects Dr. Who and his Tardis to visit her this year.

She'll meet him with a group of like-minded people who will help him fight enemies like Daleks and Cybermen. One or two people might be lucky enough to travel with The Doctor as a companion.

Dr. Who, a time-traveling Time Lord, and his Time And Relative Dimension In Space (Tardis) blue phone box have been a staple of TV, celebrating 50 years in 2013.

The Doctor, a native of Gallifrey, regenerates into a completely different person when his current body is used up or damaged. That is the best way to explain why there have been 11 Dr. Whos. The current Doctor on the venerable BBC series is Matt Smith.

Now, a worldwide push is on to create a fan film featuring several doctors, their companions and thousands of fans.

Clay, who founded the Altus Chapter of the Doctor Who Fan Film project, had one meeting to start planning and is having another introductory meeting at 5 p.m. Saturday at Clay Cafe, 1117 N Jackson.

"We had 17 people at our first meeting," Clay said in a phone interview. "Two people came from Oklahoma City."

Chapter members will plan part of the global movie to be shot in the Altus area. It will be incorporated into one movie to be shown internationally, completely constructed of fan-made films using the same script.

The project's main website explains there will be three films that are mostly identical but with small bits that feature a specific part of the world.

All this hinges on the main film - and all the fan films - getting the funding needed to create and shoot the movie.

Clay discovered Dr. Who in the mid-1980s when OETA showed episodes on Saturday nights.

"My brother, my mom and I watched all kinds of 'B' science-fiction movies together," she recalled. "My brother found 'Dr. Who' on OETA, and we loved it."

She found it again when she moved to Indiana, but she became seriously hooked when the BBC revamped the show in 2005 and she was back in her hometown of Altus.

"I was so excited to know a new 'Dr. Who' was coming on. It was the event of the year, but the night it came on I was in Lawton with my mother watching the Glenn Miller Orchestra," Clay said. "I did tape it and fell right back in love."

People invited to help

She discovered the fan film project when she saw an ad in a local paper for a Dr. Who holiday gift basket giveaway from the Lawton Chapter of the Dr. Who Fan Film. What she learned there led her to the main Dr. Who Fan Film website, and she decided to create an Altus chapter.

"All chapter leaders get a speaking role in the film," Clay said. "I am looking for anyone who wants to help make a film on either side of the camera."

If you visit Clay's website,, you'll get a good idea of what the project entails. If you're interested in joining, fill out a participation form. Those younger than 18 will need a parent's permission, and a parent or guardian will need to be with them at meetings and on the set.

"The forms will give us an idea of who wants to do what and who has what skills," she said. "We want to make sure everyone is on the same page."

The main film is looking for specific types, mainly look-a-likes for several Dr. Who generations and their companions.

"Everyone who wants to be in the film must audition," Clay said. "Contact me and we'll set up a time."

To see the big picture of the fan film, go to

For more information, call Clay at (580) 477-0625.

Caption: The Doctor from the show "Doctor Who" celebrates his 50th anniversary in 2013. The character currently is played by Matt Smith. BBC PHOTO

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