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.’
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.
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.
We are delighted to reveal that we have been involved in an episode of the new series of Doctor Who, allowing us to continue our run of having worked with each of the four actors playing the Doctor since the show returned to our screens in 2005.
We’re not at liberty to discuss the details of our sequence just yet, but there is a glimpse in the series 10 teaser trailer:
UPDATE: you can now read all about our work on Thin Ice in our feature post here.
The Doctor Who Experience’s ongoing programme of restoration saw us returning two classic Tom Baker era monsters to their former glory.
The Doctor Who Fan Show spoke to Mike Tucker about his time working on Doctor Who and some of his personal highlights:
Doctor Who Experience Unveils Classic Fan-Favourite Monsters | Articles | DoctorWho.tv.
The next batch of monsters to be restored will be unveiled this month.
With warm wishes to everyone who has supported our work in 2016.
The Model Unit continues the programme of restoration of iconic Doctor Who monsters from the vaults for BBC Worldwide.
The next phase of classic monster refurbishment at the Doctor Who Experience is interactive. Follow the link to vote for the costumes that you want to see refurbished next.
Voting closes on Friday 23rd July, with the winning monsters announced w/c 25th July.
To vote, click through to the DoctorWho.tv website: Choose the next monsters to appear at the Doctor Who Experience!
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.
The second BAFTA Guru interview on VFX, with contributions from Model Unit Supervisor Mike Tucker, is now live on the BAFTA Guru website, and on YouTube.
Hear from the visual effects experts behind Avatar, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man, Doctor Who and Sherlock on how they bring the impossible to life on screen, how technology has changed the visual effects process and how beginners can get their start in the industry.
The Model Unit is very proud to announce that it has been nominated, alongside Real SFX, for an RTS Craft & Design Award for the practical effects work seen in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor.
For miniature effects supervisor Mike Tucker this is the fifth time he has been nominated in this category, having previously been put forward for individual awards for 999 International – Missing in Action, The Brighton Bomb, and Horizon: Last Flight of the Columbia, and under the Model Unit banner for Human Body – Pushing the Limits.
“Having won the BAFTA earlier in the year, its fantastic for the team to now get a second nomination, and I’m delighted that it’s for a show that really showcased how well practical effects can work within a modern drama production.”
– Mike Tucker, Visual Effects Supervisor
For more information about the Model Unit’s work on this episode please contact Mike Tucker.
The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff reopened to the public today and Wired magazine has a behind-the-scenes look at the design process – including the Dalek area that the Model Unit contributed to.
Read more at WIRED.CO.UK