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Dr Who - The Silent by Kaduflyer Dr Who - The Silent by Kaduflyer
I grew up with Dr Who, it's part of my heritage as a British SF and fantasy nerd. If you would have told the little kid, that was me hiding behind the sofa, oh so long ago, that one day I'd be making monsters for Dr Who I'd never have believed you.
But for the past 12 months or so that's exactly what I've been doing. And at times, huddled on freezing cold sets up in Wales where the show is shot, I find it hard to wipe the big grin off my face or suppress the little giggles of joy as I realise just how damn lucky I am to do the job I do!

The design brief for these was a cross between grey aliens and Edvard Munch's The Scream painting. I absolutely hate grey aliens so there's more Munch here than ET.

The top photo's are of the sculpt. The middle photo's are of the painted masks. I actually made them quite pinkish as I wanted them to look soft and babyish. The open mouthed version you can see was used to create a digital morph of the creature's mouth's distorting as they used their psychic attack!
The bottom picture is a publicity shot from the show. They were eventually shot using extremely washed out colours, so all my subtle paint work got lost and in the end they looked closer to those damn Grey buggers after all!....curses!!!
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enoccortes Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago
This is great work! Love it! I'm making a mask of my own and couldn't seem to find anything to reference the Silence but I'm glad I've found this one.

Couple questions though, do you know what the black suit is made of? I can't seem to wrap my head around what type of material to use or even why they look as such. And is foam latex a better option to use? Will it have a realistic non-latex look as in with no detail? 

Absolutely great work!
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Filmographer
The suits were just ordinary, 60's style suits…straight off the peg. They look wet, shiny and slimy because thats exactly what they were….soaked in a water based slime, the same as we use for alien drool and such. It was very uncomfortable form the performers but looked great and gave The Silence that unearthly quality.

Did you mean foam latex for the masks or the suits. The Silence masks in the show were silicone but if I were to do them again I'd recommend foam latex as the silicone ones were phenomenally heavy!!

Hope this helps a little!

:)
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enoccortes Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Thank you so much. This helps a lot. Just one more thing. Are the suits not ironed or is the material just like that? 

Thank you very much!
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Filmographer
I think once messed up they just stayed that way…they were very cheap, lightweight things.
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cyrad Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Yeah, even greyscale artwork tends to look better with a hint of color in it. Unfortunate that the colors got washed out.
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Sketching-Sketches Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Omg do you sell these?
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Professional Filmographer
THese are the originals from the show and are therefore not for sale….sorry!
:)
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ToxicRebellion Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is perfect! You should totally be on TV with these
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I've never had any ambitions to be in front of the camera…so I'm happy to let my work take the spotlight whilst I stay safely in the background.
:)
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ToxicRebellion Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Makes sense :) when I first saw this I almost died because its so good!
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extraspecialimages Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
I do not see the Ood here at all, did you, or your shot get to work on the Ood? I ask because they are one of my favorite aliens.
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
The Ood were created long before my time on the show…they were I believe designed and sculpted by an amazing artist called Martin Rezzard who was responsible for many of the earliest Dr Who creations.
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extraspecialimages Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
What fun this must have been.  To be a part of one of the "now classic" aliens. One of my favorite monsters. Thanks for all your hard work. Well done.
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
They were great fun to make and I've been thrilled by how much the fans have taken them to heart. So thank you for your continuing support.
:)
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thefalliblefox Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't have BBC on my satellite system & can't watch the show like I'd want to, but I have just got my wife to start watching Dr Who for the 1st time ever, on Hulu. This guy here was her intro into the series. She thought it was awesome. Thank you for doing such a great job & for giving some behind the scenes here on dA. You are greatly appreciated. :)
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional Filmographer
My pleasure…he was brilliant fun to make and if he converts your wife to another Dr Who fan then our work will be complete!!
:)
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thefalliblefox Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I told her what you said & she told me to tell you that "she's converted." Now she wants a shirt. LOL :D
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Haha…the BBC are quite miserly with their shirts…I got a 50th anniversary one last year and a zippered fleece a few years before that (but only because it was to big for the girl they sent it to!) so she might have to wait a while. Buy her a nice Dalek embroidered sweatshirt for Christmas!!
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thefalliblefox Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't mean that she wants one from you. I told her that I was planning on buying one for myself (just a t-shirt from amazon.com) & she wants one as well. I didn't realize she liked it that much, but I guess she wants to advertise now. LOL
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Filmographer
No worries I knew you weren't asking that….oddly enough though I was given a Dr Who body warmer this morning (after saying they were a bit mean with their handouts!) It's not the most stylish piece of clothing but hey!…it's free!!….and my girlfriend will probably pinch it!!
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thefalliblefox Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's too funny. Well, at least she'll be warm & happy. And it's free!!! :D
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Professional Filmographer
True…and in fairness I can put up with the cold better than she.
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Fishtal Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for posting these, I'm glad I found them! I've been a Dr. Who fan for a long time and visited the UK last February. I decided to use some of the characters for my outdoor Halloween display this year so I'm doing Weeping Angels and Silents since they are both pretty freaky. Most of the pics I found didn't show the angles I needed but these do. :)
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad they help.
These guys have proved very popular with the fans, I can only hope some of the new creatures in the latest season prove as popular!
:)
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Fishtal Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Got my Silent finished and installed today. Turned out pretty good. Now I have to finish up a Weeping Angel, did you work on those, or was that someone else?
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Professional Filmographer
The Weeping Angels were before my time on the show…I'm not sure who sculpted them.
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Fishtal Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I posted some pics of my Silent and Weeping Angel, let me know what you think. Nothing as great as yours but I'm happy with what I was able to do in my spare time whilst dealing with a parent with cancer.
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jaceandmaria Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
What the heck is going on? I keep looking at the photo but when I look away I can't remember what it was. Hey what these marks on my arm?
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I'm having similar problems…people keep telling me how much they love the silence and I'm like: "wha???…..I don't remember making them!!…." (and my arms covered in similar marks!!)
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jaceandmaria Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Well I'll investigate. I'm going to get to the bottom of this tell me if you learn anything
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blessedout Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
WHOA! Awesome stuff! Definitely gonna fave this and watch you!
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you…hope I can make the watch worthwhile.
:)
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blessedout Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I know you will. :)
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IM-A-LITTLE-UNWELL Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Student General Artist
YOU ARE AMAZING AND THIS EPISODE IS AMAZING AND I WANT YOUR LIFE
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Unfortunately for you I'm still using my life and will be for the foreseeable future…:)…..thank you for your generous comments though!
:)
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Souleater112233 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Really??. I love dr who and this art is amazing!!!!!! Hope to see more amazing work,!!!

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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much…I will be back on the show in 2014 so hopefully will have more to show you then.
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Souleater112233 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Yayyyyyyyy  :D 
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mewtwokookie Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thats so cool xD
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you
:)
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adknight Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
The work you do is amazing. To think three-dimensionally and create something like that, to me, is brilliant. These creatures that you bring to life as The Silent have a great creepy factor and certainly did the job. I did like the pinkish aspect that you added too. I wish they would have kept that. There's something more eerie about a creature looking more human flesh colored versus the typical grey of aliens.

Keep up the great work and thank you for making the show a LOT more interesting. It wouldn't be what it is without your talent and creativity! Thanks!!!
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks so much for such very kind words.

Dr Who is a wonderful show to be involved with, not just because I love it so much myself but because the fans are so appreciative and generous with their praise, criticism and comments.

I'm involved in a major film project at the moment and the new DW season is starting without me but hopefully when I'm finished on the movie in march of next year I'll be invited back for some more time traveling adventures!
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SwampCat025 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student General Artist
oh god, you are a genius! after i watched that episode i spent weeks talking about these critters to my friends (though most of them didnt watch doctor who they still were pretty creeped out about the silence). I fell in love with them!  you've got to be the luckiest man on this planet. i would kill to step foot, just once, on the doctor who set. :)
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Well...ONE of the luckiest at least (it takes hundreds of talented people to make a DW episode). I'm very proud of the reaction these guys got from the fans and I hope they come back to creep more people out very soon.
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RodgerPister Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013   Digital Artist
These were my favorite creatures on DW! Well done!!
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you...glad you enjoyed them.
:)
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Pimander1446 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Wish to one day be as lucky as you are, to work for and with those i always admired as i was little. Of course its pretty hard. But ill keep dreaming and working, maybe one day the dream becomes real.

The Silents! i really liked the idea of no visible mouth when i first saw them in the DrWho. I made a long travel from spain to London and then to Wales to go to Doctor Who Experience and take a photo of them and all other monsters!
Amazing work as always, and i really enjoy all of the designs.

It looks pretty difficult to breath in there, and also heavy. Air comes in only by the eye holes?
(Do you try your works on, too? Or only the actors have the honor to fit in there? OF course i dont mean while filming.)
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
They are very heavy since they are made of silicone (not my choice...I would have gone for lighter foam). All masks like this are hot and unpleasant to wear but we try and make it as easy as possible for the performer. The eyes of the Silent are completely fake, the performer is actually looking out through the vertical, fleshy creases where the mouth would be if the Silent had one. Other creases and folds are cut through to allow air in and out. This is a common trick with these sort of things, we sculpt in details to obscure sight lines, breath holes etc. Even where a suit will divide into gloves, legs etc we will build in folds and creases to hide the joins. Working in the industry for so long I can spot these things on other suits and make ups...try it...it's a good game to play!!

As for do we try them on?....are you kidding!!!!?..................of COURSE we do!!! I would have a deep mistrust of anyone in my industry who didn't, at the faintest of excuses, pull on a mask/suit/costume and go "raaaaarrggghhhh!!!" around the workshop. It's the same when you puppeteer with radio controlled facial expressions....we tend to be in the shadows on set operating the control box and pulling the same "Grrrr" faces as the creatures we are operating. The fact is we are all fanboys/fangirls exactly like you guys. Which is why I always tell people to chase their dreams. Sure it's hard to get in, it takes dedication, hard work, patience and an extremely thick skin to endure the disappointments...but it is possible...we did it and so there's no reason that you can't!
:)
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Pimander1446 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Wow,it really sounds difficult. Cause then while designing, you also need to come out with ideas to hide those things. Its sounds like working on a puzzle.

Its really nice to know that! I wouldnt be the only one to do that. They always tell me to be more grown up, but i think that its very important to "play" with your works. You want to design a monster? Feel the monster inside!
Im a bit childish most of the time, but it helps me enjoy what i do! And what i would like to work on when im older... Well, not too old neither! When i feel prepared to take the courage and start going for it. (and when finishing the studies).

And about what you said, i think im gonna need to Thick skin a lot!! What scares me most are the disappointments ill find in my way.
And thanks a lot for the cheering ^^
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Filmographer
'Growing up' is over rated...no one in my industry looks their age and I'm convinced it's because inside we're still all kids!

Any career in art is fraught with danger and disappointment...but if you really enjoy what you do then you barely notice it, you're just having fun and naturally adapting to the tougher climate.
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