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PARALLEL LINES

A look at the concept art that helped production designers realise some of Doctor Who’s alternative universes
Peter McKinstry concept painting for Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel (2006), showing the Cybus Industries Zeppelin over London.

In creating alien worlds and cultures for Doctor Who, the production team has a challenging task. No one, from performers in the first instance right through to viewers of the final product, will be able to suspend their disbelief and immerse themselves in the drama if the environment isn’t absolutely right.

The problem is arguably even more pronounced when creating parallel worlds and pocket universes, which frequently juxtapose the apparently familiar with the utterly bizarre. Consequently, ever since 2005 the production team has relied heavily on the work of concept artists as a jumping-off point for set and costume design.

McKinstry’s concept art for the landing strip on the Valiant in Last of the Time Lords (2007).

RISE OF THE CYBERMEN/ THE AGE OF STEEL (2006)

Rose (Billie Piper) marvels at the airship in Rise of the Cybermen.
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Doctor Who’s creators envisaged a series that would go forwards, backwards and sideways in time. The Doctor’s trips to parallel universes and alternative dimensions have provided the show with some of its best-loved adventures – from its black-and-white beginnings to the latest episodes, starring Jodie Whittaker. Uncover the background to these memorable journeys and explore the greatest stories beyond the television series in this lavish publication, which is packed full of exclusive features and rare images.