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Special Effects was the episode of Doctor Who Confidential broadcast in conjunction with series 1 episode The Empty Child. The working title for this episode was FX.[1]

Aspects of production covered[edit | edit source]

  • John Barrowman discusses the joys of making his first appearance in Doctor Who, fulfilling a childhood dream.
  • The work that went into creating the sequence of Rose holding onto the blimp using wirework, greenscreen and location filming.
  • The building of the interior of Captain Jack's spaceship.
  • The difficulties of figuring out the period gas mask look for the Empty Child.
  • More detailed look at the VFX work on The End of the World.

Additional topics covered[edit | edit source]

  • Challenges of working with children from one of the scenes in The Empty Child.
  • The makeup used for the Empty Child.
  • The use of photogrammetry to create a 3D geometry map of the London skyline.
  • Designing of Captain Jack's spaceship.
  • Concept artwork across this series of Doctor Who.
  • Some of the lighting choices throughout this series, and the reasoning behind them.
  • VFX work on the classic series.

2005 promo image.

People interviewed[edit | edit source]

Music list[edit | edit source]

  • "Planet Earth" by Jamiroquai, Album: Synkronized[2]
  • "Capricorn One" by Jerry Goldsmith, Album: The Number One Sci Fi Album
  • "Pushing The Senses" by Feeder, Album: Pushing The Senses
  • "Galvanize" by The Chemical Brothers, Album: Push The Button
  • "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane, Album: Now 57
  • "I Need A Hero" by Bonnie Tyler, Album: The Greatist Hits
  • "Black Dog" by Led Zeppelin, Album: Led Zeppelin
  • "Stairway To Heaven" by Led Zeppelin, Album: Led Zeppelin
  • "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller, Album: The Ultimate Glenn Miller
  • "Holding Out For A Hero" by Bonnie Tyler. Album: Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire

Crew[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

Elements retained in Cut Down[edit | edit source]

to be added

Home video releases[edit | edit source]

The "Cut Down" version of the episode is available on the Doctor Who: The Complete First Series DVD box set.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. Doctor Who Confidential. bbc.co.uk. Retrieved on 6 January 2019.
  2. Episode 9 : Special Effects. bbc.co.uk. Retrieved on 5 January 2019.
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File:DWCON Special Effects title card.jpg +
30 minutes (full length)
15 minutes (Cut Down) +