Visitors could also explore a display that celebrated the BBC Visual Effects Department, which of course was a large part of - especially - the Classic series. Visual Effects itself no longer exists, gone the way of most of the BBC departments that actually made the programmes.
One of the staged panels during the three days (picture above) was where effects gurus Mat Irvine and Mike Tucker were joined by the robodog K-9 and his voice, the actor John Leeson. In the pic above, left to right: MC Stephen Cranford, Mike Tucker, Mat Irvine and John Leeson. And, oh, K-9 oversees proceedings from the front of the stage.
The Effects Team line up (below) in front of 11 Doctors. Left to right, Mike Tucker, Nick Kool, Alan ‘Rocky’ Marshall, and Mat Irvine.
The Beam Machine (below) from ‘The Stones of Blood.’
The larger gun (below) from ‘The Face of Evil.’
The Gundan axe (below) from ‘Warrior’s Gate.’
Sentinel 6 (below) from ‘Warriors of the Deep.’
'Boris the Spider’ (and friend) from, ‘The Planet of the Spiders’ (above), while (below) the simulated ‘face’ from ‘The Face of Evil.’
The large submarine models (above) were built for ‘Cold War’, while the centre of the cabinet (below) contains the oldest prop and model, the recording device (left) and small police spaceship (right) from the 1972, ‘Frontier in Space.’
Real-life Mike Tucker (above left) meets a broadcast character of the same name. One of the many visitors to the Visual Effects stand, actor Terry Malloy (right) was there because he played the Mk III Davros in Doctor Who. In another BBC long-running programme (in fact, the longest-running) radio-soap, ‘The Archers’, he plays a popular character called Mike Tucker.
K-9 (below) meets his transportation mode for 1981’s ‘K-9 and Company.’ The Crayford convertible Austin Metro shown here was used in the original show, and loaned by its current owner, Alan Dowers.