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SPECIAL EFFECTS

In the final episode of Nigel Kneale’s groundbreaking serial The Quatermass Experiment (1953), a hideously mutated creature takes refuge in Westminster Abbey. With no means to depict anything more sophisticated, Kneale and his future wife decorated a pair of leather gloves and Kneale’s wriggling fingers did the rest.

The BBC established its Visual Effects Department the following year, carefully choosing a name that would draw a distinction between television trickery and sound effects. By all accounts the designers and assistants recruited by Jack Kine and Bernard Wilkie were a motley crew. Each one was highly talented. Some were deeply eccentric. None of them was frightened to fail.

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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.
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