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Sylvia James

Last updated 27 July 2014


Sylvia James
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Sylvia James


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Sylvia James was an often-used make-up supervisor during early years of Doctor Who. 

After a period as a junior artist during the Hartnell era, she had three major periods of continuous work as the lead  make-up designer on the series. 

By far her longest stint was during the Troughton era, where she served continuously from The Abominable Snowmen to The War Games — that is, for all but one serial of seasons 5 and 6. 

She returned for a brief stretch in the Pertwee era, heading the make-up department for The Curse of Peladon and The Sea Devils. 

She then did the majority of work for the season 12 production block, doing every episode from The Ark in Space to Terror of the Zygons — except for Revenge of the Cybermen. 

Her most enduring contribution to Doctor Who history was the prosthetic she designed for Michael Wisher's Davros. 

Also worked on The Boy Who Would Be KingPoldarkThe Morecambe & Wise ShowCentre PlayBBC Play of the MonthPorridgeLook, Mike Yarwood!Up Pompeii!Steptoe and SonThe Kenny Everett Television Show






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