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In the 1960s Jack Lovell made the costumes for some of Doctor Who’s greatest invading aliens. In this previously unpublished interview, conducted in 1995, he remembers the creation of the Ice Warriors.
Bernard Bresslaw (as Ice Warrior Varga) and his son James, pictured at Television Centre in November 1967.

Jack Lovell was the unsung monster-maker of 1960s Doctor Who. He never received an on-screen credit – much to his annoyance – and was only rarely invited to the studio to see his work in front of the cameras. He did, however, make a significant contribution to the series in the second half of the decade.

“One of the first things we made for Doctor Who were the Fungoids – giant mushrooms that could destroy a Dalek,” said Jack, recalling the 1965 story The Chase. “We also made the Mire Beasts for that story, which were based on an octopus. We never really got detailed design drawings – it was mainly a matter of ‘Jack, we need a monster – what can you do?’ It was all very last minute.”

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This essential guide celebrates Doctor Who’s most renowned invasion episodes. Interviewees include Anna Barry (Day of the Daleks), Ray Brooks (Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.), Johnny Byrne (Warriors of the Deep), Michael Ferguson (The Seeds of Death), Peter Harness (The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion), Douglas Mackinnon (Flatline), Victor Pemberton (Fury from the Deep), Toby Whithouse (The Vampires of Venice) and Jon Davey (Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel). Plus, there are rare images, a tribute to Nicholas Courtney, Terry Nation’s original storyline for The Dalek Invasion of Earth, details of Jon Pertwee's unmade story The Spare-Part People and much more!