The Unsung Heroes of Doctor Who

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From being papped in Majorca whilst filming ‘Little Britain: Abroad’ to the importance of hairspray on ‘The Onedin Line’, Sandy has plenty to say about some of the well-known shows she worked on. Having started out as a design assistant in the early 1970s, she would later go on to be an Art Director on all sorts of comedy and sitcoms. Sadly her ‘Doctor Who’ wasn’t full of spaceships and monsters, but one actor certainly made a lasting impression on her.


Starting out at the BBC, working alongside June Hudson and John Bloomfield on shows such as ‘Survivors’ and ‘Poldark’, it was certainly a fantastic training ground for Rosalind. Early design work for her included ‘The Flipside of Dominick Hide’ and its sequel, although she would find herself working alongside Peter Firth some 36 years later on ‘Victoria’. Rosalind talks about the challenges of designing for television, film, opera, ballet and theatre; still enjoying the wide range of all the arts has to offer.


‘Doctor Who’ was a very special show to work on for Valerie, as it was her first program she worked on after training. From there she found herself in the world of comedy and sitcoms, working on the likes of ‘First of the Summer Wine’ and ‘Hi-de-Hi’. Valerie remained in the world of comedy when she went freelance, working on ‘The Victor of Dibley’ and ‘The Green Green Grass’ amongst others. Despite having moved away from the industry these days, she clearly loved every minute of it.


Roger has a long association with the BBC and as part of that ‘Doctor Who’. He talks about the ins and outs of some of the technical challenges thrown at him during ‘The Evil of the Daleks’ as well as the joys of early computer graphics sometimes being a little too clever.  Both Roger and his son continue to enjoy the show, particularly after a very influential visit to the set of ‘The Androids of Tara’, when his son met Tom Baker.


The range of shows the BBC produced, particularly during the 1970s and 80s certainly kept the design department busy. Les clearly loved to be across a number of different genres and periods, so it was perhaps inevitable he would work on some of the more unusual shows such as ‘The Day of the Triffids’,  ‘Survivors’ and ‘Doctor Who’. Les talks about the challenges of these shows, as well as going freelance and how he almost got into a lot of trouble over a light switch.