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A gaffer is the head of the electrical department. Although he or she establishes an electrical "hub" from which other departments can draw power, either on set or on location, his or her main duties have to do with rigging the lighting necessary to film a scene.

In addition to managing the technical setup of the lights, he also manages the quality of the light, as through the application of gels. Gaffers are ultimately responsible for translating the a lighting design into a practical reality.

The person creating that design has changed during the course of the production history of Doctor Who. During the 1963 version, especially in the earliest years, there was no distinction between a gaffer and a lighting director, at least insofar as the credits were concerned. The only lighting credit issued was one for studio lighting. In this case, the gaffer either was the lighting director, or the actual gaffers simply went uncredited. Even as late as the Sylvester McCoy era, no one was receiving a lighting credit for episodes filmed primarily on location, indicating that a formal lighting director was not used by the Doctor Who production office.

With the advent of the BBC Wales version, however, Doctor Who has adopted a hierarchy more common to film production. In this scheme, the director of photography is in charge of creating the lighting design, and the gaffer is the person who organizes the team to make it happen. Underneath him is the best boy, his senior assistant, and underneath the best boy are a team of largely uncredited riggers.

The modern gaffer is roughly of equivalent rank to the key grip, who also reports directly to the director of photography, and is in charge of the physical movement of the camera.

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From Muppet Wiki

Design Team:
Michael Frith • (designer)
MaryAnn Harms • (builder)

Gaffer is the bedraggled, one-eyed cat who was frequently seen hanging around backstage in the later seasons of The Muppet Show. The cat was introduced in episode 419.

Gaffer was occasionally embroiled in the on-stage antics as well, notably providing a distraction during Foo-Foo's dog act in episode 520 and playing the title role in "The Cat Came Back" sketch from episode 523. The feline was also one of the denizens of the Happiness Hotel in The Great Muppet Caper.

Gaffer made a rare apearance sans eyepatch in a Muppet Labs sketch in episode 422. Gaffer also appeared in the background in the Playhouse Video The Muppet Revue.

In 2004, the character was sculpted as a pack-in accessory for Palisades Toys' Pops Action Figure.


Gaffer's name was used in The Art of the Muppets. However, a number of Muppet Show Fan Club newsletters referred to Gaffer as "Theater Cat."


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The Gaffer

Sidney Levine (Earth-616)
Real Name
Current Alias
The Gaffer


SHIELD, formerly the Sky-Wolves


Base Of Operations
Mobile, formerly Europe circa World War II




SHIELD scientist, former Hollywood special effects technician


First appearance

Strange Tales #159
(August, 1967)



Somewhat of a counterpart to James Bond's "Q", the Gaffer was technologically advanced and designed many unique trick weapons for SHIELD and its long time director Nick Fury. Disarming with his habit of calling everyone 'boychik', Levine, worked as a Hollywood special effects man in addition to being a scientist and expert in computers and robotics prior to joining SHIELD.

As part of the Sky-Wolves, a WWII aerial combat team that was funded by industrialist Matt Slade Jr, Levine flew modified F5U jets against the Nazis just prior to the United States entering the war. Levine flew Flapjack #2 which was the only plane equipped with a holo-projector.

Levine eventually headed up the "gadget" division at SHIELD and was responsible for designing many of Fury's most innovative equipment, including later versions of his hover car and a motorbike patterned after Fury's hover car. Levine's vast knowledge afforded him pulling double duty as chief scientist, medical officer or engineer, depending on Fury and SHIELD's needs at the moment. His infectious enthusiasm and amazing skills earned Levine the nickname of "Gaff" from an impressed Nick Fury. Among his inventions, Levine devised the transcontinental contra-energy transverser, and a motorbike with hover and stealth abilities.

Levine was aboard the helicarrier when it was taken over by the Bi-Beast, and was instrumental in trying to rid the carrier of its hijacker, bringing the Hulk aboard with the carrier's vortex beam.

Levine was among the first to fall prey to the Deltite LMD, adding Levine's profile in order to gain more knowledge on how to use SHIELD's technology to improve its plans. Levine's knowledge and prior experience with not only Life Model Decoys, but more highly advanced human replicas such as the android Baron Von Strucker created by Machinesmith, helped the Deltite LMD to pioneer the second generation of Life Model Decoy, using human genetic material and memory emgrams stored in the ESP division.

Its therefore unclear how long Levine was placed in stasis and when his Delta LMD was first integrated into SHIELD. The Deltan Levine was already replaced when Fury was recovering the power core of the downed helicarrier, and had in fact ordered two agents to break open the core as a ways of distracting Nick Fury from plans that were underway with project Delta. the Deltan Levine was on hand during the HYDRA attack on the helicarrier crash site, making it easier to acquire Clay Quartermain.

Levine was thought to have died along with countless other agents aboard the SHIELD satellite but he was later revived and brain washed into a HYDRA agent as part of Baron Von Strucker's final gambit against Nick Fury. He later helped to solve the computer malfunctions aboard the helicarrier caused by the evil spirit Ogun.

Levine continued to work for SHIELD after Nick Fury's 'Secret War' and the appointing of Tony Stark as director of SHIELD. Levine was working with Clay Quartermain and She-Hulk in the wake of the passage of the Superhuman Registration Act.

Powers and Abilities





Levine's vast knowledge in the sciences, as well as medical and engineering fields make him one of SHIELD's most valuable scientists, responisble for creating some their most innovative devices. He was also a very talented Hollywood special effects designer before joining the Sky-Wolves. He is also a capable pilot and has been trained in the use of firearms.



As one of the chief designers of SHIELD technology, Levine has access to some of the most sophisticated equipment on the planet.


SHIELD Helicarrier, formerly XF5U-2 Flapjack aircraft


Levine has access to the sphosticated arsenal of SHIELD as needed.


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