Hanshaw put the video up on YouTube, and it was eventually seen by Doctor Who producer Steven Moffat. Not only did he like the idea, he liked the whole damn thing. So for the premiere episode featuring the new incarnation of the Doctor played by Peter Capaldi, the show just used Hanshaw's opening from YouTube, though thankfully with no watermark.
This isn't the only time the show has hired a fan. Part of Doctor Who's special effects team, John Smith, landed the job after making Wholock -- which sounds like a thing to keep the Grinch from stealing all your shit, but was a fanfiction crossover between Doctor Who and Sherlock. Though since this was an elaborately produced video and not a DeviantArt doodle, at no point did Holmes and the Doctor start making out.
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Marvel Took A Random Fan Letter And Turned It Into Venom
You probably know Venom as one of Spider-Man's greatest adversaries, or as the star of that recent movie about Tom Hardy getting possessed by an evil Instagram filter. It all began in the 1980s, when Marvel (a meager comic publisher, not the cinematic behemoth it is today) had a contest for "aspiring writers and artists." And fan Randy Schueller suggested that Spider-Man should get a new costume -- namely a black one, so that he could "blend in with the shadows."
Schueller's idea didn't, however, involve any alien symbiotes, but instead had the Fantastic Four and Tony Stark going full Project Runway and designing Peter Parker a new outfit. Marvel was so taken with the black suit idea that they bought it for a cool, uh, $220. They also gave Schueller first stab at writing the script, but after two drafts, his ideas were rejected. A year later, Marvel's Secret Wars was released, and unbeknownst to Schueller, the kernel of his idea made it onto the page. Spider-Man had gone full Johnny Cash.
Marvel Comics"Could you guys give it a rest with the battle? I'm trying to primp."
According to Schueller, he was both "thrilled and saddened" to see his idea realized without his help. Then, when the suit became Venom, he was "disturbed." Though he's probably now more disturbed that his $200 idea paved the way for an almost-billion-dollar movie.
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