As the costume design for Doctor Who heartily reflected the fashion explosion of the 1960s, other forces were also at work as the series’ set designers became ever more ambitious. Designers including Colin Shaw (The Moonbase) Chris Thompson (The Evil Of the Daleks) Martin Johnson (The Tomb Of The Cybermen) Peter Kindred (Fury From The Deep), and Roger Cheveley (The War Games) all created signature set designs for the series. At the heart of many of these designs – from the Emperor Dalek’s throne room, the honeycomb like cells of the ice tombs on Telos, to the Pop Art minimalism of the War Room – was an attempt to widen the visual scale of the programme, to infuse a sense of awe and power into the look of the series albeit on a very modest budget. Once again, the design of the series was influenced by the advances in industrial and computer design, the use of new materials and techniques and by the work of other production designers, particularly in the science fiction and spy film genres.
How this style and this cultural change impressed itself on the production of Doctor Who is…well…another story.
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