As part of my silly floppy artwork, I wanted to find a retro computer font. Then I remembered that there’s a 1960s Doctor Who serial with this beauty.
The War Machines is a cracking slice of 60s sci-fi. It’s very groovy.
But what font is it?
It isn’t Westminster.
The W is completely wrong. And the letter
T is mirrored.
Westminster has a surprising and interesting history.
It isn’t Data 70.
Which, in any case, was released a few years after the episode. Time travel is complex though.
It isn’t a modern font like Computer Font
As far as I can tell, it is an original font which is heavily inspired by Westminster. The
T is a particular giveaway.
There are only a few title screens, so there are only a limited number of characters available.
With a bit of jiggery-pokery, we can grab a few more character. A flipped
E easily becomes a
3, for example.
I am indebted to
my producer Clayton Hickman for his original investigative work.
Just noticed the War Machines title font isn't one of the regular typefaces I assumed it was. Was it specially made? pic.twitter.com/JIyFLlGl8d
— Clayton Hickman (@claytonhickman) March 25, 2016