Geordie Monster Man

Former bus driver turned turned-fine arts teacher Ray Phillips works as a neighbourhood learning development worker at Boldon Lane Learning Centre in South Shields, near Newcastle – and is involved with the Hyde Fundraisers who use characters from Doctor Who and other shows to assist in fundraising efforts.

South Shields' Mopnster Maker Ray PhillipsHe’s a monster maker, and has built Cybermen, Daleks, Clockwork Men and even Davros, not to mention become well-regarded in certain circles and workd with Neill Gorton of Millenium FX. His passion for the subject is so deep that Ray is in the planning stages of developing a course in art and sculpture, one of the key talents of any monster maker.

Having appeared on Children in Need as a Clockwork Man (The Girl in the Fireplace), Ray’s work has had most exposure via BBC soap Eastenders in 2008.

“They asked for 1960s Cybermen, which I didn’t have. But I was making a 1970s version of one, and when they saw photos, they said ‘can we have four for an episode of the show to do with Brad and Stacey at a Dr Who convention?'”

Best of luck to Ray with running the course!

Christian Cawley

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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