Monthly Archives: May 2011

BLOOPERS! – The Silurians

When I was Fan Editing this story I wasn`t really doing a Blooper Hunt, but still spotted the following –

first up, here`s a lovely boom shadow…

Nice to see that it wasn`t only Warriors of the Deep that had dodgy costumes…

Someone really should have sorted them out before they went on set…

Next, here`s a camera cameo!

Can you see the join?

And finally, it`s not entirely clear from this screengrab, but if you check your DVD, you`ll see this shadow moving. It`s the camera that took the previous close-up of Pertwee turning back to get ready for the Brig when he makes his entrance!

There are plenty more instances of dodgy cossies on display, as well as the usual studio lights reflected in miners helmets[!], but these`ll do for now…

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The Doctor`s Smokin` Wife!

You know the cover of the latest DWM? Suranne Jones` [she`d get it!] hand acting remind you of anything…?

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Wot a Tatty Old Tardis…!

Watching Planet of the Spiders recently – partly for the upcoming Fan Edit in the autumn – I was struck by just how tatty that original Tardis prop had become by 1974…

1 – the window`s knackered
2 – the roof doesn`t fit straight
3 – the sign box is buggered at both ends, especially the right-hand one

It looks like there`s nothing to secure the roof at all, it just sits there…

… and by the looks of it, it hasn`t been dusted in years! Still, at least it keeps the prop boys busy, fixing all that damage…

And if this sort of thing interests you then be sure to check out this site –

Tardis Prop History

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BLOOPERS! – Planet of the Spiders

ARACHNOPHOBES BEWARE!

If you`re not that keen on the old eight-legs then maybe this blooperpost isn`t for you!

First off, there`s the eternal problem of studio lights getting reflected in shot. This isn`t the first one of these either…

And just in case you missed it the first time, five minutes later – there it is again!

They should have banned the wearing of glasses in 70s TV studios, they really should…

Somethign a bit different next. Although it`s not trerribly clear from this screengrab [featuring the info text writer`s fave extra!] but believe me, if you look closely there is a boom mic shadow passing actross Jon`s bonce…

The model spiders create all sorts of blooper casualties… for instance, if they`d only put the Queen Spider on a little raised cushion to hide the control rod, it would have been a lot more convincing…

Here, the movement underneath Lupton`s Spider is what gives the game away. And the little ball bearing on the end of it`s leg…

All together now all you Queen fans, “flat-bottomed girls you make that spider world go round!”

And if you missed it before, here`s a lovely close-up of the Queen Spider`s control rod…

Didn`t know they had Velcro on Metebelis 3, did you?

Get those bloody glasses off!

Now here`s a cracker – up in the top left you can see the head of the bloke who`s operating The Great One…

Next, here`s a BBC TV Camera making an unscheduled appearance!

And finally, some invisible wire that`s quite visible…

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