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Visual Effects Society Award

Congratulations to Simon Wickers, Charlie Bennett, Tim Barter, Arianna Lago – the team behind the gorgeous matte backdrops in the 2008 series adventure Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead.

The stunning matte work in the episode is the recipient of an award from the Visual Effects Society in the category of Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Broadcast Program or Commercial.

From the pen of incoming showrunner Steven Moffat, Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead featured a planet sized library of books and other storage media in the 51st century, with remarkable shots showing the architecture of the area where the TARDIS took the Doctor and Donna.

It’s another tick in the book of "good stuff" to have been in Doctor Who, and a general indicator that the series continues to impress as well as be the single British presence in the awards.  There is a place there for Primeval – but a larger budget must be given to that show before it starts making the same sortr of critical impression as Doctor Who.

(Via @SFXMagazine on Twitter)



A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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