"Film editor" was a title applied across the 1963 version of Doctor Who. The title was completely abandoned after Revelation of the Daleks, when the programme began using videotape for the location and model scenes.

Throughout much of the 1960s, editing of videotape, the primary medium on which the original version of Doctor Who was captured, was expensive, and therefore avoided. A "film editor" during the monochromatic era of Doctor Who, would thus have been someone who edited only those portions of episodes actually captured on film, such as location shoots and model work.

On a few stories, such as Horror of Fang Rock and The Invisible Enemy, no kind of editor is credited. The term has clearly different applicability with respect to the 1996 movie; Patrick Lussier can be considered the genuine editor of that adventure, as it was recorded entirely on film. This also applies to Spearhead from Space, which was also made completely on film.

The BBC Wales version of the programme does not use the term "film editor". Instead, they employ an editor. As would be expected in a theatrical film release, the BBC Wales position is one of the most important in the post-production process. They integrate every visual element into a final cut of an episode, and often interjects his or her own artistic stamp onto an episode. No "film editor" of the 1963 version would have had anything like the amount of creative input a modern BBC Wales editor enjoys.

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