Dr Who : Can You Hear Me

Client: BBC | Directed By:  Emma Sullivan

Our Work: VFX, Composition

At the end of 2019 The 2D Workshop were lucky enough to be asked to contribute to the VFX of Season 12, Episode 7 of Doctor Who.

The episode, entitled “Can You Hear Me?” introduced the immortal god characters Zellin (Ian Gelder) and Rakaya (Clare-Hope Ashitey). Gelder talks about bringing the character to life here. The characters are able to teleport and The 2D Workshop was challenged to find a unique look as they appear and disappear in various locations.


How did we bring this to life?

The effect had to look organic and magical in nature so we developed a 2D animated look inspired by dust and sand clouds.

As the characters were shot on location without any green screen, the first job was to rotoscope them, extracting them from the shot. Clean plates also had to be created if none already existed.


Once we had the characters isolated we used fluid particle simulations to disintegrate them and enhanced the look with live-action, billowing smoke footage for added realism and depth. Final touches of ground shadows and reflections were added in comp to integrate the effect into the scene as realistically as possible. Check back for a case study with a full breakdown on How and What we used to created these VFX for Dr Who.

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At The 2D Workshop we’re obsessed with the art of filmmaking. Whether we’re creating character designs and animation for a jaw dropping ad campaign, bringing VFX magic to an all-star feature length TV bonanza or writing and developing our own IP to showcase all that we LOVE about film. QUALITY is key.

No matter the project our remit stays the same – provide a UNIQUE, CINEMATIC, ARTISTIC piece that delivers the client’s message in the strongest way possible. We tailor our writing, directing, design and animation to each client’s specific requirements. No two projects are the same which suits us to a tee as we endeavour to develop techniques and styles, continually diversifying our filmmaking arsenal.

Situated in the ever inspiring city of EDINBURGH, The 2D Workshop’s team consume and create as much content as possible with an ENERGY and PASSION that has translated directly into each project we’ve delivered since we set up shop in 2012.

If you have a project that deserves an IMAGINATIVE, DYNAMIC, DEDICATED team bringing it to life, get in touch! We’d love to chat more.

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