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50 Years ago today- Recording of the pilot episode took place.
Doctor Who was to be recorded in Studio D at Lime Grove in west London. Opened in 1914 by the Gaumont Film Company, Lime Grove was a film studio converted for television. Bought by the BBC in 1950, it would be home to some of the nation’s most-loved programmes for over 40 years.
Studio D was 5,300 sq ft, about 83ft x 64ft. Long-running series broadcast from here included What’s My Line?, Sooty, Dixon of Dock Green, Blue Peter, Steptoe and Son, whose theme was composed by Ron Grainer, and Britain’s first soap,The Grove Family, which took its title family from the studios, was created and written by Jon Pertwee's father and elder brother, Roland and Michael, and whose cast included Peter Bryant.
Television production in the 1960s followed a strict pattern. Overnight, the sets for Doctor Who were rigged following the plans drawn up by the designer, Peter Brachacki. Over half the studio was taken up with the interior of the Doctor’s time and space ship, the TARDIS. Built by freelance contractors Shawcraft Models (Uxbridge) Ltd, the set featured a large hexagonal unit strung from the ceiling. The main console took up a large space, consisting of six instrument panels and a pulsating central column. Other sets included the school classroom and the junkyard, which featured the TARDIS prop.
Once the sets were rigged they needed to be lit. Television lighting is a skilled art which takes years of training and experience. Sam Barclay was assigned to light the episode, having just finished working on the drama Jane Eyre. As well as creating the atmosphere of the show, the lighting director also needs to make sure the characters are correctly lit by careful positioning of key lights and back lights….Verity Lambert
It was terribly ambitious, it was hard. It was our first day in the studio, we had these awful cameras, we had Sydney [Newman - Head of Drama] coming in saying he hated the titles and the title music. Everyone was under tremendous pressure.Waris Hussein
All my wonderful visual shots that I’d designed on paper were now going to have to be manifested by these monstrous cameras that were so heavy that the cameraman couldn’t move.
read the full article here, it’s great.
a couple of shots of my Wonder Woman costume based on the amazing Rory Phillips redesign. Thanks should also go to themarysue for posting that illustration and helping to inspire this cosplay!
I had a lot of fun in this costume and people really seemed to like it! they totally got I was Wonder Woman and I think that means I’ve managed to translate the design successfully! Yay!
here is the link to original illustration by Rory Phillips: http://www.gogopicnic.com/wonder-woman-redesign/