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Milk wins Doctor Who deal

Milk wins Doctor Who deal
David Wood
03 December 2013

Milk, the vfx house behind the BBC’s Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special episode: Day of the Doctor, has been commissioned by the BBC to create the visual effects for the forthcoming eighth series of Doctor Who, starring new Doctor Peter Capaldi. 

The new 12-part series, which will be broadcast in 2014, is likely to be part of a two year deal which will also include the ninth series set for 2015. 

This major vfx commission worth around £1.5 million per series follows Milk's highly-regarded stereo 3D work work on the  Doctor Who 50th anniversary special: The Day of The Doctor

Broadcast on BBC1 and around the world on 23rd November the special episode set a Guinness World Record as the largest simulcast of a TV drama in history and was watched by 12.8 million in the UK, the biggest drama audience of the year. 

Milk created 129 high end vfx shots for the 75-minute show including sequences featuring the Gallifreyan city of Arcadia under siege at the hands of the Daleks and has created a making of video about their work. 

Dr Who 50th Making Of 2013 from Milk visual effects on Vimeo.

Milk also designed new fighting pods and saucers for the Daleks, a vortex effect for a time portal and vfx shots of the Doctor over Trafalgar Square. 

The team at Milk (previously as The Mill’s TV department prior to Milk’s launch in June 2013) has been creating the visual effects for Doctor Who since its regeneration in 2005. 

Milk’s CEO Will Cohen, said:   “Many of us on the team have been privileged to enjoy a 10 year love affair with Doctor Who, so to be able to carry on collaborating with the BBC Wales team on telling these incredible stories provides us with an opportunity as VFX artists to help push the boundaries of what can be done visually on television.”

Cohen added: ”A new series with a newly regenerated Doctor is in many ways like starting working on the show all over again. Doctor Who is a show that never, ever gets boring." 

Milk is currently working with the BBC to create the vfx for the much anticipated one-hour Doctor Who Christmas Special: The Time of the Doctor - in which Matt Smith’s Doctor will regenerate into Peter Capaldi’s incoming 13th Doctor - due to air on BBC1 on Christmas Day. 

Milk’s current TV projects also include Sherlock: Series Three (Hartswood Films/BBC); new pirate drama series Black Sails for Starz; Sky’s New Year’s Day TV special - David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive (Sky Atlantic); and the new TV drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, a seven part mini-series (7 x 60 minutes) due to be broadcast on BBC One in the UK in 2015. 

On the feature film side, Milk is working on MGM’s upcoming Hercules 

Doctor Who series eight will start shooting in January 2014. 



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