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Doctor Who Special Effects
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Written by: Mat Irvine
Publisher: Arrow Books Limited
Release date: 22 August 1986
Format: Paperback, 96 pages
ISBN 0-09-942630-7

Doctor Who Special Effects was a Doctor Who reference book published by Arrow Books Limited.

Publisher's summary Edit

When is an alien monster not an alien monster? Or a spaceship not a spaceship? Or a bleak planet in the outer galaxy not a bleak planet in the outer galaxy at all? Answer: When it's a special effect.

In this book, Mat Irvine, who has worked on Doctor Who for many years, takes you behind the scenes of this most famous of all science fiction series. There you can discover how the flying TARDIS and fighting Daleks came into being. You can find out how spectacular battles and exploding planets are filmed — and how a scriptwriter's idea for a "mobile computer, shaped something like a dog" became K9. In short, you can enter the extraordinary world of Doctor Who Special Effects.

Subject matter Edit

The Chapters are divided thus:

  • Special Effects in the Beginning
  • Behind the Scenes on 'Doctor Who
  • Planning Effects
  • Constructing Effects
  • 'Doctor Who and the TV studio
  • On Location
  • Models and Miniatures
  • Monsters and Creatures
  • The Daleks
  • K9 - The Dog
  • The TARDIS
  • Doctor Who in the Future

Notable features Edit

  • Features behind the scenes information and photos on:
  • There are also some photos and behind the scenes information on Blake's 7.

Notes Edit

Author Mat Irvine was involved in creating special effects for a number of Tom Baker and Peter Davison-era serials. He also contributed a chapter to The Doctor Who File.

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