Script Editor Andrew Cartmel’s inside account of the final years of classic Doctor Who returns for a limited reprint

Andrew Cartmel was the script editor on Doctor Who from 1986 to 1989. During his time on the show, he introduced the seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and his companion Ace (Sophie Aldred) and oversaw 42 scripts written by eight writers new to the series. Together these made up Seasons 24 to 26, the final series of Doctor Who until its return in 2005.

He embarked on a mission to bring ‘proper’ science fiction back into Doctor Who. Along the way he formulated what was later termed The Cartmel Masterplan. This sought to reintroduce the mystery to the character of the Doctor as the series celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Script Doctor is his memoir of this time, based on his diaries written sometimes on set and sometimes not even in the diary itself but on the backs of script pages. Originally published in 2005, a new edition is receiving a limited release, following the Blu-Ray Collection of Season 26, and the announcement of the upcoming Season 24.

With an introduction by modern-era showrunner Steven Moffat, a foreword by Sylvester McCoy, and an afterword by Sophie Aldred, this book is illustrated with 32 pages of photographs, many never published before. It is a vivid account of life in the Doctor Who production office in the late eighties.

The new edition of Script Doctor, with a new cover by Stuart Manning, can be pre-ordered from Ten Acre Films

‘There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, and the sea’s asleep, and the rivers dream. People made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere there’s danger, somewhere there’s injustice, and somewhere else the tea’s getting cold. Come on, Ace – we’ve got work to do!’

Script Doctor by Andrew Cartmel, with a new cover by Stuart Manning (c) Ten Acre Films Doctor Who Seventh Doctor Ace
Script Doctor by Andrew Cartmel, with a new cover by Stuart Manning (c) Ten Acre Films

 

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