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The Model Unit Autumn 2019 Update

GOOD OMENS

Good Omens, the highly acclaimed BBC / Amazon Prime adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s cult novel gets its DVD / BluRay release on 28th October. Miniature effects sequences featuring a Russian submarine and an American nuclear missile silo in the penultimate episode were provided by The Model Unit.

‘Director Douglas MacKinnon had come to us for the submarine sequences for the Doctor Who episode Cold War, and was keen to work with us again,’ explains FX supervisor Mike Tucker. ‘We were fortunate to be able to re-acquire the sub model that we had built for him back in 2011 and refurbish it for filming. The missile solo was built from scratch and stood about 12 feet tall.’

DOCTOR WHO

Also released on BluRay in October, Season 23 of the classic Doctor Who series gets additional effects for a special edition of Terror of the Vervoids, model unit supervisor Mike Tucker working alongside digital effects supervisor Rob Ritchie.

RED DWARF

The Starbug miniature originally built over thirty years ago for series lll of Red Dwarf got another outing recently to help advertise a change of channel position for Dave. Despite having crashed more times than a ZX81, the model still looked as good as it did back in 1989.

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Spring 2014 Update

The Model Unit is proud to have been nominated for a BAFTA Craft Award for work on Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor in the Special, Visual & Graphic Effects category. The BAFTA Television Craft Awards take place on Sunday 27 April 2014.

Filming miniatures constructed by the Model Unit for Doctor Who have now gone on display at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay.

The displays feature both the submarine models from Cold War and two dioramas from The Time of the Doctor.

In addition, the Dalek Emperor miniature that we constructed for the series’ re-launch back in 2005 is finally back on display after substantial repair and renovation by members of the original build team.

You can also read all about renovation work recently completed on a 1960s TARDIS prop used in The Mind Robber at The Prop Gallery.