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Dick Mills (born 1936) is a British sound engineer, specialising in electronic sound effects which he produced at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Mills was one of the original staff at the Radiophonic Workshop, joining in 1958 as a technical assistant. At first he was employed to handle the hardware of the Workshop but soon found himself recording effects. Some of his earliest, uncredited sound work was on the 1958 BBC science-fiction serial Quatermass and the Pit. Another of his prominent early recordings was the “Major Bloodnok’s Stomach” sound effect, a significant part of the popular The Goon Show.

Although he recorded much in those early years, it is for his later work on Doctor Who for which he most remembered. In 1972, he took over from fellow BBC Radiophonic Workshop sound effects producer Brian Hodgson, who he had sometimes previously assisted, and continued providing “special sound” for the programme until it ended in 1989. He also provided special sound for the Doctor Who spin-off K-9 and Company. Owing to his technical know-how, he managed to bring to the position new methods of recording sound effects quicker than before. Besides his sound effects on Doctor Who, he also produced and compiled the first of the programme’s music compilations Doctor Who - The Music and Doctor Who - The Music II. Over the years, many of his own sound effects have also appeared on various compilations.

Other sound effects he provided included material for the cult series Moonbase 3, produced in 1973 by then-Doctor Who producer Barry Letts, and also occasionally sounds for The Two Ronnies.

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  • Blob_B

    Wonderred if you read your 'own' page. Nostalging from the Stokes era and just saying hello again. See Mr Abbott update John's picture so he doesn't look like Paddy anymore. I hope life is good and I was sorry to miss you and JJP at AV 2008 - Oh the nostalgia. Happy fishing

    31 Oct 2008 Reply

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