Doctor Who Magazine goes behind the camera to talk to some of the directors behind the show’s most iconic moments

The latest Special Edition of Doctor Who Magazine reveals the role that directors have played in bringing the series to the screen, from 1963 to the present day. Directing Doctor Who includes tributes to some of the greatest behind-the-scenes names, shot-by-shot highlights of outstanding episodes as well as exclusive interviews with directors from almost every decade of the show’s history. It’s the ultimate guide to some of Doctor Who’s most influential figures. The special breaks down the role of the director in turning the script into a finished episode. And it examines some classic episode to illustrate how the direction helped make them beloved greats.


Rachel Talalay directing Mark Gatiss, David Bradley and Peter Capaldi on the set of Twice Upon a Time (c) BBC

Interviewees include:

  • Warris Hussein (An Unearthly Child, 1963)
  • Paul Joyce (Warriors’ Gate, 1981)
  • Graeme Harper (The Caves of Androzani, Revelation of the Daleks, Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel, Army of Ghosts/Doomsday, 42, Utopia, Planet of the Ood, The Unicorn and the Wasp, Turn Left, The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End, The Waters of Mars; 1984-2009)
  • James Strong (The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks, Voyage of the Damned, Partners in Crime, Planet of the Dead; 2006-2009)
  • Douglas Mackinnon (The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky, The Power of Three, Cold War, Listen, Time Heist, Flatline, The Husbands of River Song; 2008-2015)
  • Rachel Talalay (Dark Water/Death in Heaven, Heaven Sent/Hell Bent, World Enough and Time/The Doctor Falls, Twice Upon a Time; 2014-2017)


Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: Directing Doctor Who (c) Panini
Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: Directing Doctor Who (c) Panini


Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: Directing Doctor Who

The new special is on sale from Thursday the 5th of August, priced £6.99 (UK). Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: Directing Doctor Who can be ordered from the Panini store. You can also buy the digital edition from Pocketmags (£4.99) or take out a subscription via the official site. You can also find it in WH Smith and all good newsagents.


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