The cover was a huge success. The Radio Times printed extra copies but they still completely sold out - a very rare occurrence. The art director & I could walk on water for a few weeks after that. The image was produced as a poster which also sold out & was then reprinted in lenticular 3d.
I was particularly excited when I saw it for the first time in the newsagents & saw Ian McK peeking out of the side - the best credit I’ve ever had I thought. Until I picked it up saw that it said Ian McKellen. Whoever he is.
This ‘Vote Dalek’ cover went on to win a number of awards, the most prestigious (and unique) being the Professional Publishers Association’s ‘Cover of the Century’: a short list of 10 (including iconic covers from Vogue, Harpers, Cosmopolitan & the Beano) was drawn up from the preceding 100 years (what a task!) & then opened to a public vote.
A display of the cover, with one of it’s stars, was the centre piece of an exhibition at the Museum of London celebrating 90 years of the Radio Times.
It was a great privilege to be involved in the creation of such an iconic cover.