Mike Tucker is a Welsh special effects expert.
Tucker was one of the principal members of the BBC Visual Effects team behind the production of Red Dwarf, when the show was still aired by and shown on the BBC, and before the show moved to the Dave channel after Series VIII.
Work on Red DwarfEdit
Tucker worked on Red Dwarf from the beginning, from Series I onwards.
Tucker was responsible for a number of practical effects, for example the scene where Legion removes Lister's appendix with a laser scalpel - the belly mould was actually on Tucker and not Lister actor Craig Charles.
Tucker also played a few roles on-screen, such as the "blob" Camille.
Tucker was responsible for creating a number of spaceships in the show, for example White Midget and the SS Centauri. Tucker was also present when they accidentally destroyed the set of the Red Dwarf planetoid in a blazing inferno due to accidentally using the wrong gas to simulate Starbugs jet propellant.
Tucker was also responsible for the creation of numerous props, for example the hand-held version of the Bazookoids (the Bazookoid MKII) seen in "Stoke Me a Clipper", used by Ace Rimmer to kill the Good Knight.
The Psi-Scan props were embossed with with it's manufacturers logo - "Tucker Instruments". This was a reference to the FX designer Mike Tucker. (Series VI Collector's Booklet)
- Mike Tucker on Wikipedia