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MINIATURE Effects

Until the advent of computer-generated images, the filming of miniatures was probably the best-known aspect of the visual effects craft.

The public has always enjoyed seeing highly detailed miniatures of buildings or vehicles, and behindthe-scenes documentaries showcasing the making of films such as Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind during the late 1970s and early 80s helped raise awareness of how these effects were achieved.

BAFTA-winning visual effects designer Mike Tucker. Photo © Karen Parks.

Miniatures are also an easy target to attract criticism, for whilst a well-crafted miniature effects sequence can be almost invisible to an audience, a badly executed one is all too obvious – although, to be fair, the same can also be said of CG or creature effects. And, over the years, Doctor Who has had its fair share of both.

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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.
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