I know I said we would be taking a break until series seven part two was over but for some reason I found myself Fan Editing the first episode only a few hours after it TX`d…
… but then, since this follows on from The Snowmen, which I`ve also edited, I think they make a nice double bill. And no, I didn`t include the prequel, as The Doctor bumping into Clara when she was a kid is just too obvious. I did toy with the idea of a “Previously…” pre-credits sequence but decided against it in the end, as it would just have been clips of Clara and we get all that anyway during the Doctor`s phone call with her at the start.
New Series edits are not something I`m that keen on as they are, in general, very difficult to do, mainly due to Murray Gold`s music being so prevalent throughout the episode that it usually makes it too obvious that there`s been a cut made. But with this one I managed to cover the joins pretty successfully I think. The edit runs to about 36m, meaning we`ve tightened things up by about 9m without losing any of the plot, which is quite a lot for a New Series episode.
Apart from the pre-credits sequence, which gets cut altogether so we can discover what`s going on along with the Doctor, everything`s still all in there, things just happen that little bit quicker, which is one of the liberating things about not having to work to a timeslot. The edit had fourteen separate cuts made to it to bring it down to that shorter running time.