Vita and Virginia director Chayna Button is currently at work on the third of next year’s 60th Anniversary episodes!
Blogtor Who has recently reported about the return of Rachel Talalay to Doctor Who as part of 2023’s 60th Anniversary celebrations. She’s a natural choice for returning showrunner Russell T Davies to recruit. After all, she helmed many of the most admired episodes of the Peter Capaldi years. But now we know Davies is balancing the return of beloved favourites with bringing aboard fresh and exciting new visions. Chanya Button has confirmed via Instagram that she’s directing one of next year’s episodes.
Button may be best known for her work in the film world. These include the acclaimed Burn Burn Burn, with Downtown Abbey’s Laura Carmichael and The Queen Gambit’s Chloe Pirrie on a road trip to dispose of their friend’s ashes. And also the sumptuous Vita and Virginia about the love affair between Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arteton) and Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Dibicki.)
Meanwhile, as mentioned above, Button’s Instagram post confirms that there will three episodes as part of Doctor Who’s Diamond Anniversary. In recent weeks. Blogtor Who has cautioned in our reporting that we actually know very little about the plans for next year. But the fact that there are multiple directors, and that the clapperboard for Button’s episode names it ‘Ep 3’ makes clear that we’re not looking at just one special. It seems likely that Talalay helmed episode two, with Chanya Button currently working on episode three. The director of the first episode hasn’t yet been named. But Blogtor Who will be sure to update you when they are.
Doctor Who continues this Autumn with Jodie Whittaker’s final episode as the Time Lord, ahead of the 60th Anniversary celebrations next year