Thursday, August 30, 2018

RIP Michael Pickwoad

British production designer Michael Pick died in London on August 27, 2018. Pickwoad was the visionary behind the look of Doctor Who TV series for the last seven years, has was 73 Pickwoad was the son of actor William Mervyn – who appeared in the 1966 Doctor Who story The War Machines and the theatre designer Anne Margaret Payne Cooke. He began his career in the 1970’s as an Art Director before going on to be a Production Designer in the ‘80s – one of his earliest film projects was 1987’s cult classic Withnail & I, starring Paul McGann. In 2010 Pickwoad became only the second person to become the second person to helm Doctor Who‘s art department since the series returned in 2005, replacing Edward Thomas.Michael was the production designer on the Euro-western Doctor Who episode ‘A Town Called Mercy’ filmed in Almeria, Spain’s Fort Bravo in 2012.

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