fantasy: Hyperdrive

Aliens among us: Hyperdrive

Hard to believe that the BBC touted this – supposed comedy – as being in the vein of Red Dwarf. The BBC’s ‘other’ science-fiction series was launched a year after the regeneration of Doctor Who: one was a model of how to do it right and the other an object lesson in how to produce absolute dross. With Hyperdrive, the only rationale, and discernable objective, appears to have been to do it on the cheap; somehow it survived for two seasons despite having almost nothing going for it – except a few brilliant makeups in the first series.

Somehow creature & makeup designer Davy Jones, together with Mike Stringer of HybridFX, managed to create a few brilliant ‘aliens of the week’. By the second series the producers must have realised that they could cut what must already have been a miniscule makeup budget even further by virtually abolishing all prosthetics apart from the reappearance of Lavya. Carolyn Cousins was the chief makeup artist for the first season.