As a fan of the well-known British sci-fi comedy shows Red Dwarf and Doctor Who, I am saddened to learn about the death of one of the most creative minds behind these shows, Peter Wragg, who died this past weekend at the age of 65.
Peter Wragg, a Visual Effects Designer at the BBC, was most known for his creative works with the models in Red Dwarf that we have grown fond of, such as: Starbug, Kryten, Camille, the Polymorph, the Psirens, the Mutton-Vindaloo Beast, the Holoship, Ace Rimmer’s dimension-jumper, Justice World, as well as many other creations that can be found throughout the Red Dwarf shows.
Prior to Wragg’s work with the BBC, he originally started to work with AP films (which was later renamed 21st Century), where Wragg demonstrated a unique craftsmanship for model work and created works for the Thunderbirds series.
As mentioned above, Wragg also was involved with some works with the classic Doctor Who series. His work with Doctor Who can be seen in the episodes of The Visitation, Resurrection of the Daleks, and Mindwarp.
The Twitter community has been active in saying their goodbyes to Wragg:
Peter Wragg, Dwarf’s Viz Effects Designer, S1 – 8, has passed away. Smoke him a kipper, he’ll be back for breakfast.
Sad news about Peter Wragg. A legend in his field.
Sad news, the lovely Peter Wragg, Dwarf’s Viz Effects Designer, S1 – 8, has passed away. He built Red Dwarf, Starbug + many more. RIP, Pete.
#RedDwarf community. RIP.Read some lovely comments and tributes today. I do hope that Peter Wragg realised just how much he is loved by the
RIP Peter Wragg. You made Red Dwarf fly, you crashed Starbug, and you made my fave TV show look fantastic. Lay them squibs in heaven sir.
Peter Wragg leaves a legacy from his work in British television and will always be remember by the fans of his work.