2:48pm Wednesday 21st August 2013
By Matthew Taylor
LOCAL producers of an A-list laden sci-fi film will be letting members of the public experience ray gun weaponry and a dimensional doorway in Cheshire this weekend.
Winsford BBC producer, Dan Freeman, and the team behind forthcoming Timelord feature, The Minister of Chance, will be allowing families to go behind the scenes at Beeston Castle on Sunday, August 25.
The Minister, first played by Stephen Fry during Sylvester McCoy’s TARDIS reign, was developed into an award winning audio podcast at Blakemere Craft Centre in Northwich.
Now it’s moving to the big screen, with Beeston one of several county locations re-imagined as ‘Chanceshire’ for the movie - which begins production in October starring former Doctor Paul McGann and Sylvester’s Hobbit co-star, Jed Brophy.
Dan, producer Clare Eden and props wizard Mike Kelly will be on hand at Beeston from 2pm demonstrating the camera trickery used to create alien weapons, rocketships, monsters and more.
“Families will be able to walk through the doorway that The Minister uses to travel between worlds,” explained Dan.
“There will also be a World premiere: the first public view and test-firing of the beautiful Crystal Compression Pistol – carried by Durian, who is played by Paul McGann in the film.”
The prop will then be on display in Chester’s Grosvenor Museum before The Minister’s rocketship visits the city during another digital effects extravaganza in the Roman Amphitheatre at 2pm on Sunday, September 1.
Dr Who and Minister of Chance fans alike are invited to both events, and to partake in more behind the scenes exclusives by joining the ‘Ministry’ at www.ministerofchance.com.
In last week’s Guardian Weekender, we asked you to name who Minister of Chance star, Jed Brophy, played in Peter Jackson’s Tolkien masterpiece, The Hobbit.
The answer was C: Nori.
The winner is Eric Johnson, who has been notified by email and will receive a limited edition Minister of Chance t-shirt.
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