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Digital Subscriptions > Doctor Who Magazine > DWM Special 43 – Special Effects > The MONSTER CLUB


In 1972 a long-lost educational programme took viewers behind the scenes of Doctor Who, offering an insight into the visual effects of The Sea Devils.

Before you could watch 45 minutes of Doctor Who Confidential on BBC Three… Before you could buy shiny DVDs crammed with special features… Before director Kevin Davies compiled a primetime look at 30 Years in the TARDIS… Even before Melvyn Bragg asked Whose Doctor Who… Before all this, television viewers were given their first glimpse of the creative skills behind the on-screen magic as far back as 1972, through a now-obscure serving of educational programming entitled Television Club.

Television has always enjoyed going behind its own scenes. On the first day of the BBC’s Television Service on Monday 2 November 1936, the seventh scheduled item (at 9.05pm) was Television Comes to London, a film laying bare the mechanics of Alexandra Palace and showing how the programme Variety, shown that afternoon, had been crafted for the new medium.

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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.