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TECHNICAL BREAKDOWN

The compositing of the various images that made up the space station shot was achieved using an optical printer – a device consisting of one or more film projectors linked to camera, allowing strips of film to be re-photographed and combined into one image. By using black-and-white mattes, previously filmed elements can be inserted into new footage.

Here, Peter Tyler details the process required to film the sequences in The Trial of a Time Lord where first the TARDIS, and then the pods (containing Melanie and Glitz) are drawn into the vast space station. In the latter instance a single pod model was shot twice, to make it look as if there were two. Filming took place in the week commencing 21 April 1986:

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“Space: the final frontier. Final, because it wants to kill us...” The TARDIS doesn’t just travel through time – stories set in space have been an essential part of Doctor Who for six decades. The inhospitable void between the stars has served as the backdrop to epic space operas and nerve-racking thrillers, while harbouring some of the most dangerous adversaries the Doctor has ever encountered. This lavish publication navigates a revealing course through the space lanes of Doctor Who, with exclusive interviews, rare images, and guides to some of the most memorable episodes.