The Model Unit is currently engaged in programme of refurbishment of props from the classic era of Doctor Who for the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff.
Working with Brad Kelly of BBC Worldwide, several vintage props and costumes from the 1970s and 80s have been earmarked for restoration, as part of an on-going programme intended to bring items that have not been exhibited for decades to a new audience.
That programme had been launched with the restoration of the original Davros costume and chair, last seen in 1985 in the Colin Baker story Revelation of the Daleks.
Using the original moulds, and by tracking down contemporary dressing elements, the prop has been returned to its last screen-used appearance, and presented to a new audience of ‘Doctor Who’ fans for the first time in a over a decade.
Further refurbishments are planned over the coming months.
“It’s a huge honour to win this award in such a competitive category, and I’m delighted that it’s for a programme that showcases just how good collaboration between different effects disciplines can be.”
– Mike Tucker, Visual Effects Supervisor
Find out more by downloading our press release:
The Model Unit is delighted to announce our success at last night’s TV Craft Awards, winning a BAFTA for our work on the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary story, The Day of the Doctor. Mike Tucker, Nick Kool and Alan ‘Rocky’ Marshall attended the ceremony at The Brewery in East London, along with representatives from Milk VFX, Real SFX, BBC Wales VFX and producer Marcus Wilson.
A full list of winners can be found on the BAFTA website: http://awards.bafta.org/award/2014/tvcraft
You can read more about the work on this landmark episode in our press release, which you can download here.
We are also delighted to announce that The Model Unit finally has its own Facebook page and Instagram account. You can also click through via the right-hand sidebar on this site. Please spread the word by liking and sharing!
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.