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These days special effects can make or break a film or television programme and are costing production companies more and more. Total Recall, for instance, cost a whacking $37,000,000! So where does all the money go?


In 1963 the BBC first broadcast a series which has been running on and off ever since and become an institution for thousands of people — Dr Who.

In the beginning, one of the major props was to be a fantastic space/time vehicle which could change its appearance to blend in anywhere it landed — the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space). Unfortunately, because the production team ran out of money, it had to stay in the first disguise it adopted, when it visited London, which is why for all these years Dr Who has ridden around in a telephone box. Dr Who, of course, was also the programme which introduced one of the very best special effects monsters ever — the Daleks!

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  • APA 6th ed.: (1990-10-27). The real thing. The Times p. Prime Time, p. 8.
  • MLA 7th ed.: "The real thing." The Times [add city] 1990-10-27, Prime Time, p. 8. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: "The real thing." The Times, edition, sec., 1990-10-27
  • Turabian: "The real thing." The Times, 1990-10-27, section, Prime Time, p. 8 edition.
  • Wikipedia (this article): <ref>{{cite news| title=The real thing | url=http://cuttingsarchive.org/index.php/The_real_thing | work=The Times | pages=Prime Time, p. 8 | date=1990-10-27 | via=Doctor Who Cuttings Archive | accessdate=7 December 2019 }}</ref>
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