Watch This Brilliant Fan-Made Doctor Who/Sherlock Crossover “Wholock”

Image courtesy YouTube user John Smith

Fans of both Doctor Who and Sherlock have been begging for a crossover episode and while this isn’t officially it, this stunning fan-made video by YouTube user John Smith is probably as close as we’re ever going to get.  In the video entitled Wholock, his video and VFX work is nearly flawless, and for a fan video it blows everything else away.  I’d say it’s better than a lot of TV productions that aren’t giving their all in the VFX department (I’m looking at you, OUAT).

After the video, scroll down to watch Mr. Smith’s VFX breakdown video.  It’s possibly even more fascinating and entertaining than the finished product.  Someone give this guy a job working on a Wholock crossover, like, yesterday.

John Smith’s synopsis:

“Months after an encounter with a mysterious ‘Doctor’, Sherlock becomes obsessed with discovering more about this impossible man… until the man makes an unexpected return.”

In anticipation of both the Doctor Who Christmas Special and the Third Series of Sherlock, I created a small crossover story. Though it may not be perfect, I’m still pretty happy with the results.

Hope you enjoy!


And now for a peek “behind the curtain” as it were.  This is the VFX breakdown video that’ll make you wish you could create magic half as good as this guy.

Credits and synopsis by John Smith:

– Original Wholock Logo by
– I Am The Doctor/Sherlock’s Theme Piano Mashup by Chris Musitano

A little Visual Effects Breakdown of some of the shots from Wholock. Enjoy!

Of the 85 shots in the final video, only two contained no VFX. Everything from clothing replacement to rotoscoping to full facial animation to a 3D TARDIS was used to create the illusion of a continuous story. And so, unlike the 50th Trailer, I could not simply remove a shot if it wasn’t working very well, as every single angle was vital to the flow of the story.

Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, and Premiere were the programs used in creating the visuals.


A special thanks to my long-time friend Michael for sending me the link so that I could share.  Thanks, Michael!  See you at Dragon Con.

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor premieres Christmas day, December 25, at 9/8C on BBC America

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