It’s really easy to forget just how much work goes into making a show like Doctor Who. Any TV show requires a lot of work by a lot of people, but when you’ve got one that relies heavily on special effects, that workload increases substantially. Keeping up a level of quality while cranking out weekly episodes has got to be a daunting task, but Prosthetics Designer Rob Mayer and his crew have proven time and again they’re more than up to the challenge.
The video above is the first of two videos in which Mayer speaks about his love of the show and how the process of designing and creating practical effects takes place. It focuses more on past examples and it’s a lot of fun to hear and see how they created characters for previous episodes. The second part, which is embedded below, pays particular attention to the Dream Crabs recently seen in Last Christmas. In it, Mayer shows how they took the script’s vague description of “a gelatinous blob with claws” and turned it into some truly frightening, face-hugging nightmares.
Videos like this really help you to appreciate just how much time, effort, and love goes into making just one episode of Doctor Who. Rob Mayer put it best when he said, “We’ve all got a common affection for the show, which I hope shows through.”
It does, Rob. It really does.
The Doctor and Clara will return next year in The Magician’s Apprentice.