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Published on May 9th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Oliver Elmes

As reported by the Doctor Who News Page, former BBC graphics designer Oliver Elmes, who was responsible for various computer generated sequences for the broadcaster during the 1980s, has died.

You will know Elmes’ work as the opening titles and logo that graced the Sylvester McCoy era of the show, and various merchandise that was released between 1987 and 1996, including the Virgin New Adventures novels.

The video below will remind you of his work, which took 3 months to complete using the CAL video system:

 

You can visit the BBC Logo Gallery for more information about the pioneering graphics work that Elmes completed at the BBC during the 1980s.

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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+.




One Response to Oliver Elmes

  1. Alwyn Ash says:

    Very sad to hear. He was a genius – the McCoy opening titles are certainly one of my favourites from the Classic era! So cleverly realised…

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