BBC VFX Visual Effects

Doctor Who BBC VFX Visual EffectsNew from Aurum Press this month is VFX: The Story of the BBC Visual Effects Department.

Written by long-serving BBC Visual Effects Department employees, Mat Irvine and Mike Tucker, this is the definitive history of the world’s longest-running TV effects department.

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Using interviews with the effects designers, never-before-published concept drawings, production photographs and stills from completed programmes, this book features in-depth accounts of fifty iconic shows and tells the story of the unit responsible for many of television’s most iconic images – from Blake’s 7’s majestic Liberator ship sailing through outer space to the all-time classic baddies of Doctor Who, the Daleks.

VFX: The Story of the BBC Visual Effects Department covers fifty classic BBC shows in every genre from sci-fi and drama to comedy and documentary, with Blake’s 7,The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Goodies, Are You Being Served and many more appearing alongside both the classic and modern series of Doctor Who.

Both Mat Irvine and Mike Tucker worked for many years in the BBC Visual Effects Department. Mat left the BBC in 1993 and has been pursuing other projects as writer, producer and director. Meanwhile Mike now runs The Model Unit at Ealing Studios.

Both, individually, are writers, Mat having written twelve books on scientific and hobby subjects while Mike is the author of several original novels and Doctor Who novelisations – notably Seventh Doctor adventure Illegal Alien as well as work for Big Finish The Genocide Machine in 1999 and Dust Breeding in 2001.

On sale from November 11th, 2010, VFX: The Story of the BBC Visual Effects Department can be ordered from Amazon where the £30 RRP is reduced to just£17.70!

Look out for our review of this fascinating new book next week.

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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