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The Making of Doctor Who: Silver Nemesis was the most comprehensive documentary to be filmed around a single story: the three-part serial celebrating the 25th anniversary, Silver Nemesis, first broadcast in 1988.

Including a series of archive clips from the BBC and candid behind-the-scenes interviews and features, presenter Eric Luskin takes the viewer through all the various stages of bringing a script to screen, from writer Kevin Clarke's first, somewhat ill-prepared pitch for the story, from the earliest rehearsals to actual location filming showing things going right and things going wrong, through to post production.

Fully supported by John Nathan Turner, it was a bold move to raise the Doctor Who profile in the USA with coverage of this action-packed, non-studio-bound story. With its Royal family theme of particular interest to the American audience, even the actress Dolores Gray featured as an American tourist tracing her family roots.

This documentary was only ever released with the extended edition VHS of the story, and on this occasion had to be slightly edited to remove clips from stories written by Eric Saward, from whom clearance permission had been refused. It was never shown on UK television and, because of copyright issues, could not be included with the 2010 DVD release as part of a box set with Revenge of the Cybermen.

Documentary breakdown[edit | edit source]

The Making of Doctor Who[edit | edit source]


Presented by Eric Luskin at Arundel, and Arandale offers an introduction to the location rehearsing and recording the 25th anniversary story of the long-running television series, from the earliest rehearsal to actual location see things going right and things going wrong.

A look at casting, usually 8-15 principal actors with, for this story 20-40 extras.
  • West London Television Studio room 103 Day 2
Entirely shot on location rehearsal time being reduced for this production[statement unclear].
  • A Tech Chat at West London Television Studio room 103 (June 21 1988)
  • June 26 1988 - featuring the folly used in filming Arundel was vacant with plans to be made into a home.
  • Friday day of chaos – very behind schedule last scene, run out of money, just one hour to go
  • Explaining the Front Axial Projection (FAP) technique using a silver super reflective paint (like that on a projector screen and on road-signs at night) used on the statue, bow and arrow.
  • John Nathan Turner (Producer) talks about taking the show into the 80s and now the 90s and giving each new Doctor a fresh new look
  • Filming at a very cramped indoor location, Day 5, at Arundel Castle (June 27th 1988)
  • “Whod –out”, John Nathan Turner again discusses this, his last series of Doctor Who - or not as it turns out!

Production credits[edit | edit source]

Produced and Written by Eric Luskin
Directed by Freddie Chisholm
Lighting Cameraman - Kevin Baxendale (Know Who Productions)
Location Audio - Stan Nightengale
CMX Editors - Bob Herman and Larry LiMato
CMX Assistants - Grace Bethea-Shipman and Richard English
Electronic Graphics - Allison Goodman
Engineering Supervisor - Jeffrey Joslin
Post Production Audio - Robert E. Dorsey
Art Direction - Ed Yungman
Graphic Artist - Steve Oleszek
Opening Animation - Synthetic Imagery, Princeton, N.J.
Animators - John Maurer & Harry Saffren
BBC Production Liaison - Marion McDougall
Special Thanks to Virgin Atlantic Airways and The Members of the New Jersey Network
Theme Music - "Doctorin' the TARDIS" Courtesy of TVT Records
Programme Clips Courtesy of BBC Television
Executive Producer - Albert Rose
The Making of Doctor Who had been a co-production of New Jersey Network and BBC/Lionheart C1988 N.J.N. All Rights reserved
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