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The 43rd issue in a quarterly series of magazine releases by the publishers of Doctor Who Magazine from Panini UK looked at the special effects of Doctor Who.

Publisher's summary[]

"The Visual Effects Department, if it was a company, was the largest effects company in the world... We did everything, and pioneered a lot of new techniques." -Mat Irvine

Special effects can transport audiences to alien planets, render familiar surroundings unrecognisable and bring terrifying monsters to life. Doctor Who has been at the forefront of such television trickery for more than 50 years.

This richly illustrated publication celebrates the series' greatest effects and meets the people who created them. From the trailblazers of the 1960s to the digital artists of today, here is the story of Doctor Who's journeys into the impossible.



Other features[]

  • Build a Rocket Boys!
The story of Doctor Who's visual effects
  • A Peculiar Effect on the BBC
An extract from visual effects designer Bernard Wilkie's memoir of the same name
  • Trading Standards
The history of the visual effects and props hire company The Trading Post
  • Techniques: Miniature Effects
Looking back on miniature effects on Doctor Who
  • Techniques: The Golden Age of CSO
Explaining the then new technique of CSO as it was implemented on Doctor Who during the 1970s
  • The Monster Club
Looking back on a long-lost behind the scenes programme from 1972 called Television Club
  • Techniques: Physical Effects
Looking back on physical effects as they appeared on Doctor Who
  • After Effects
Steve Cambden, the assistant operator of K9 from seasons 17 to 18, remembers his time on the show
  • Side Effects
Interviews with the people who worked on versions of classic stories with new effects made for DVD
  • Made in Heaven
Post-production supervisor Samantha Price, Millennium FX's Kate Walshe and Milk VFX visual effects producer Louise Hastings remember their time realising Heaven Sent
  • Role Models
Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Paul Franklin pays tribute to the visual effects design on Doctor Who


BBC Worldwide, UK Publishing