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Street Life

In October 1979 the Doctor Who production team visited Cambridge to film scenes for Shada. These rare and previously unseen photographs are an intimate record of that memorable shoot.
A teenage Steve Cambden with K9 in 1980.

I was just 16 years old when I was lucky enough to become a very small cog in the production of Doctor Who, assisting K9’s operator Nigel Brackley during production of the 1979-80 series.

I spent most of my time in the studio, watching and learning from visual effects designers like Mat Irvine. Shada, however, would be partly shot in and around Cambridge, and this would provide my first experience of location filming. I always took a stills camera into the studio, but I never forgot that I was the most junior member of the crew so I would be very careful about how and when I used it. The last thing I wanted to do was create the impression that I was in any way abusing the access I’d been given. The real no-no’s were using a flash, taking close-ups and asking people to smile. Despite observing these rules, I still managed to come away with some interesting pictures. I took my camera with me during the making of Shada, and also shot five minutes of behind-the-scenes Super 8 footZage.

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This festive edition of Doctor Who Magazine includes an exclusive preview of this year's Christmas Special, Twice Upon a Time, plus there are exclusive interviews with Christmas Special stars Pearl Mackie (Bill Potts) and Mark Gatiss (the Captain). Doctor Who Magazine 520 also includes: • A in-depth look at the making of BBC Worldwide's new version of Douglas Adams' 'lost' 1979 Doctor Who story Shada • Actor Daniel Hill and production assistant Olivia Bazalgette chat to DWM about how they met on Shada... and how they later went on to marry • Rare and previously unseen photographs from the Cambridge location filming of Shada in October 1979 • DWM's first ever interview with 100-year-old Earl Cameron, who played the doomed astronaut Glyn Williams in the 1966 story The Tenth Planet • A tribute to Paddy Russell, Doctor Who's first female director and a television pioneer • We look back on Doctor Who’s first Christmas specials – the feature-length omnibus repeats that were specially created at Christmas time • Part two of The Phantom Piper, our new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill • A festive Fact of Fiction explores the 2011 Christmas Special The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the DWM Christmas Quiz, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!