Model Unit Supervisor Mike Tucker was a recent guest blogger for the Wimbledon Studios website, talking about the BAFTA-winning effects work done for Doctor Who – The Day of the Doctor. The article can be read here: Mike Tucker on The Model Unit At Media Village
UPDATE (August 2014): Wimbledon Studios has sadly since gone into administration, and faces an uncertain future. As their website is currently suspended, we have reproduced the content of Mike’s original blog locally.
How are models used in the making of special effects? Mike Tucker tells the BBC Academy team how he used miniature Daleks and the TARDIS in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special.
Read more: BBC Academy | Creating Special Effects for Doctor Who
“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!
Sci-fi & Fantasy Modeller volume 33 is out this month, with an in-depth behind the scenes feature on our work on The Day of the Doctor.
Sci-fi Fantasy Modeller Vol 33 – On Sale Now
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.
Following our work on the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who, more of our model shots featured in Matt Smith’s final episode, The Time of the Doctor, which aired Christmas Day on BBC One.
Find out more about our work on this episode of Doctor Who by downloading our press release:
Watch out for Model Unit Supervisor Mike Tucker appearance in this episode, albeit in the guise of an iconic villain!
Following our work on the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who, more of our model shots will feature in Matt Smith’s final episode, The Time of the Doctor, which airs on Christmas Day on BBC One. In addition, Model Unit Supervisor Mike Tucker is due to appear in the episode, albeit in the guise of an iconic villain!
Full details of the sequences we provided will be posted on the website following transmission.