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. Mills' work was acknowledged in a Doctor Who documentary broadcast on The Lively Arts in 1977. The same year he appeared on the BBC's children's magazine programme Blue Peter to demonstrate how some of the Doctor Who effects were realised and how children could make their own sound effects at home. He also appeared in the 2004 BBC Radiophonic Workshop BBC Four documentary Alchemists of Sound. He is also the author of many books on aquariums and tropical fish, as well as a former editor of The Aquarist and Pondkeeper magazine and a member of the Federation of British Aquatic Societies Council. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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