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Kate Walshe and Gary Pollard of special effects house Millennium FX reveal the stories behind the monsters they created for the 2017 series.
A monk sculpt for the 2017 series.
Actress Adele Lynch inside her sculpted suit, morphing into the finished design of Iraxxa for Empress of Mars (2017).
A test fitting for the tragic patients in World Enough and Time.

You can’t upgrade the universe if you’ve got a sweet tooth. So it’s a surprise to hear that Millennium FX producer Kate Walshe had to reprimand one of her Mondasian Cybermen for trying to squeeze a slice of cake through his, er, mouth hole. “I had a gentle word,” says Kate with a grin. “With only a few expletives…”

Kate has worked on Doctor Who in various capacities since 2008, and lost count of her episode credits some time ago. “Somewhere between 50 and 80?” she speculates. “One of these days I’ll count them.”

2017 has been another rewarding year of creating Doctor Who monsters for Kate and her team at Millennium, the company responsible for Doctor Who’s prosthetics and physical creatures. “We went through some really interesting processes this year” she reveals.

Some of the most significant creatures were the hideous Monks, who first appeared in the episode Extremis. Although Kate knew they were to feature heavily in the series, it wasn’t clear initially what form they would take.

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Contents include: · An exclusive interview with the new Doctor, Jodie Whittaker · DWM asks what the casting of Jodie Whittaker means for the future of Doctor Who. · Go behind the scenes with monster makers Millennium FX, with never-before-published imagery from the making of the last series. · DWM talks exclusively to former showrunner Russell T Davies about his illustrations for the forthcoming collection of Doctor Who poetry, Now We Are Six Hundred. · Nicholas Briggs reveals the secrets of giving voice to the Cybermen. · Discover new information about a classic adventure as the 1964 First Doctor story The Aztecs goes under the spotlight in The Fact of Fiction. · DWM pays tribute to the late Trevor Baxter, who played Professor Lightfoot in 1977's The Talons of Weng-Chiang, with contributions from Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Christopher Benjamin, Lisa Bowerman and more. · A brand-new comic strip adventure continues for the Doctor and Bill The Parliament of Fear, written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Staz Johnson. · A sneak preview of the forthcoming book on the history of Doctor Who in the USA: Red, White and and Who. · Legendary guitarist Hank Marvin talks about his latest recording – the Doctor Who theme! · Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher's column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more.