Hi Mike! I first wanted to say how much I am a huge fan of your work! I absolutely love how grounded your characters are and because of that the stories themselves allow for us the audience to be able to process our own trauma through them! I know there have been many things I’ve been able to explain better to people by using your work as an example!
I also loved learning that you are a Doctor Who fan! Heads up, Tumblr is home to a fantastic Whovian fan base! I was wondering if you got the chance to be a guest writer on the series what type of story would you go for? Space travels? Time travels? Also, who’s your favorite companions?
Just curious from one Whovian to another! And as a person who also works in film, I hope I can have the privilege of working under your direction some day! Thank you for continuing to remind me why it’s important to continue to story tell!
Oh jeez - where to begin. I adore DOCTOR WHO. It would be a dream to work on it in any capacity. I go back and forth about what kind of episode I'd want to write, though I'd want it to be scary. Time travels for sure. Maybe something about the lost colony of Roanoke, or something else good and creepy.
Favorite companions is tough. I'll always have a special affection for Amy Pond (that was why I wanted to cast Karen in OCULUS), and for Clara. I really loved Bill also. And Donna. And Rose. I have a particular soft spot for Wilfred Mott, and I think those final Tennant episodes are sublime.
I used to say no one would ever top Tennant for me, and then Matt Smith came along and by the end I said no one would ever be able to replace him. I was resistant to Capaldi at first but I think, having watched his seasons twice now, that he may actually be my favorite doctor. His storyline is all about mortality and acceptance and I was shocked by how beautiful it is, how sad, and how hopeful.
The longer I think about it, the more I think HEAVEN SENT might be the best episode of DOCTOR WHO and maybe one of the best episodes of television, period.
They're all wonderful though. What a vital and special series it is. I wish I could go on that journey one day, even just for one episode.
Behind the Scenes of Army of Ghosts/Doomsday (Part 12)
Excerpts from Benjamin Cook’s article in DWM #372
Of course, the ending of Doomsday was shrouded in secrecy right up until transmission. Most of the crew didn't even know what was going on.
"We kept the beach scene as secret as possible," Russell explains, "and that scene wasn't included in the shooting script - just cos they have a tendency to be left lying around! Also, bear in mind that it came slap bang in the middle of production, not at the end, so Billie still had five more episodes to film after that! The secret stayed secret for once."
And the very last scene?
"Ah, well, that was done quietly," smiles Russell, "with a small crew, at the end of a normal shooting day. And then we made a decision to cancel the BAFTA screening of Doomsday, and to not send out DVD preview copies, just to see how it would work. David Tennant pointed out that the tabloids had ruined every single twist in The Parting of the Ways, three days before! So this was a different tactic."
Link to [ part one ] of the Army of Ghosts/Doomsday Behind-the-scenes posts or click the #whoBtsDoom tag, or the full episode list [ here ]