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Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Mike Tucker Praises Weta Range

Visual effects veteran Mike Tucker nods approval of Weta's Doctor Who range.

At the recent MCM Expo in London, Weta caught up with Mike Tucker – British special effects wizard.

Mike was for many years with the BBC and is now in business for himself as Effects Supervisor at the Model Unit, a company he established after the BBC closed their Visual Effects department.

In this line of work, Mike has repeatedly been asked to create visual effects for the new series of Doctor Who and in his long list of creations can be found one that connects him closely with Weta, namely the golden Dalek (from the episode Dalek) that Weta modeled their statue on.

Mike and the Model Unit have been involved in quite a few of the more recent episodes of Doctor Who, modeling anything from 1/6th scale tower blocks on Rose Tyler's estate in The Christmas Invasion (as well as blowing out 111 of its windows) to a barrage balloon for The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances.

Mike even commented on the Weta Doctor Who range:

'As a huge fan of the work done by the Weta Workshop I was delighted that one of the props that we made for Dr Who Series One was to be immortalised by David Tremont and the team as a 1/6 scale statue. The final model is better than I could have imagined; the attention to detail is simply staggering. Can't wait to see the rest of the range.' - Mike Tucker, Miniature Effects Supervisor.