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TRADING STANDARDS

Independent visual effects company The Trading Post made its first contribution to Doctor Who in 1963. In 2013 the company was still around to help celebrate the programme’s 50th anniversary.

In the earliest days of Doctor Who the BBC’s Visual Effects Department didn’t have a great deal to do with the programme, as it was considered beyond their resources. As a result, effects would be handled by scenic designers, who often employed outside companies such as Shawcraft for special prop construction and model work. Contrary to the popular conception that effects on Doctor Who’s original run was handled largely in-house, this hiring-in procedure continued for several years.

Bill King ran The Trading Post in the 1960s, at the time of the company’s closest association with Doctor Who.
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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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