Miwk Publishing have released details of two forthcoming books which chronicle the lives and work of two legendary figures from the history of the original Doctor Who series. A Peculiar Effect on the BBC, due to be published this month (September), is the posthumous memoir (written in the 1990s) of Bernard Wilkie, a genuine pioneer in the world of TV visual effects who, together with his colleague Jack Kine, established the BBC’s first, rudimentary Visual Effects Department in 1954. Across the next twentyfour years, Wilkie helped revolutionise the world of television effects and the book chronicles his work on landmark British TV productions such as 1984, Quatermass and, of course, Doctor Who, on which he worked extensively in the 1960s and ‘70s. October sees the release of To Put You in the Picture, the memoir of Robert Banks Stewart, one of the UK’s most acclaimed TV writers/ producers whose work spans over five decades. Best known as the creator of BBC detective dramas Shoestring and Bergerac, Banks Stewart also contributed to shows as diverse as The Darling Buds of May and Lovejoy. In 1975, he wrote the first of his two scripts for Doctor Who. Terror of the Zygons opened Tom Baker’s second series and introduced the foetus-like shape-shifting Zygons, who returned to the series in 2013’s anniversary special and who will be back in a two-part story in Series Nine. In 1976, Baker’s second season concluded with Banks Stewart’s second serial, the popular Seeds of Doom, a Thing from Another World- inspired yarn which sees the Doctor and Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) battle the alien Krynoid creature, which germinates from an alien seed pod discovered buried in the Antarctic. The serial, famously criticised by contemporary TV Standards Watchdog Mary Whitehouse for its ‘graphic’ depiction of “obscene vegetable matter”, features a show-stopping turn by the late Tony Beckley as urbane millionaire baddy Harrison Chase. Both books can be ordered online from Miwk.