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Published on March 21st, 2014 | by Danny_Weasel

Defend Arcadia with Sci-fi & Fantasy Modeller #33!

If, like me, you’re the kind of person who loves to know the ins and outs of the special effects side of things then you may want to get your hands on this month’s issue of Sci-fi & Fantasy Modeller, as it contains what looks to be a rather impressive look behind the scenes of the miniatures used in the 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor.

The special anniversary episode used a wonderful mix of old school miniature effects and up to date CGI and merged the two together so well that there were times even my well trained eye was stumped as to which was which. Turns out  from reading Sci-fi & Fantasy Modeller most of the Time War sequences set on Arcadia were miniatures.

The article looks at the genesis of the project, how they came to be involved (due to their sterling work with the submarine in Series 7 episode Cold War) and how they would face the challenge of shooting high speed miniature sequences in 3D.

Personally I love that for the 50th year the show is still using the tried and tested (and sometimes better looking) miniature effects, and hope that this article will spark more interest in the field and bring it back to more common usage over the CG alternative. You can pre-order your copy of issue 33 of Sci-Fi & Fantasy Modeller today from Forbidden Planet.

What are your feelings on this subject? Are miniatures still the number one effects choice for you, or do you see it as a remnant from the past that should be left there in favour of new techniques? As always our comments section is there for you to fill up people.

(With thanks to Phil)



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3 Responses to Defend Arcadia with Sci-fi & Fantasy Modeller #33!

  1. avatar iLikeTheUDK says:

    Apparently one of the guys who did many of the new series’ physical/scale model effects and also founded the company who made them, Mike Tucker from The Model Unit, has already made model effects for the classic series, in the Sixth and Seventh Doctor eras!
    The first ever special effect shot he made for Doctor Who can be seen in the very first scene of “The Trial of a Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet”, here:
    And he made many of the other sfx shots (including other motion control shots like this one) for Season 23 (“The Trial of a Time Lord”), 24, 25 and 26, many of which are the most impressive in the classic series’ final 4 seasons. No surprise when BBC Wales hired him in 2004 to do the practical effects for the new series when they were producing Series 1/Season 27.

  2. avatar LSE says:

    Mike Tucker also did visual effects for Red Dwarf and co-wrote a book with Spirit Alfred about her character, Ace.

    • That’s one hell of an autocorrect !

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