SHOWRUNNER STEVEN MOFFAT REVEALS HIS FUTURE PLANS FOR THE TWELFTH DOCTOR, EXCLUSIVELY IN DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 484!
In an exclusive in-depth interview, Doctor Who‘s head writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, reflects on last year’s series and tells DWM how the Doctor might change in the next season…
“We’re not bringing him back exactly as we left him, at all,” says Steven. “I think that was already evident at Christmas. He’s left some of the burden of being a superhero of the universe behind. So I’m pushing him – I’m writing quite funny this year – I’m pushing him the other way…”
ALSO INSIDE ISSUE 484 OF DWM…
- Paul McGann, the Eighth Doctor, gives his opinion on Peter Capaldi’s incarnation, and how it’s changed how he thinks about the Doctor. Plus, an exclusive preview of the new Doctor Who audio series, Dark Eyes 4, including contributions from Alex Macqueen (the Master).
- Bonnie Langford, who played Mel – companion to the Sixth and Seventh Doctors – in the 1980s, recalls her turbulent time on the show.
- Doctor Who‘s very first director, Waris Hussein, continues his guide to the making of the classic 1964 adventure Marco Polo, with the help of unique documents unseen for more than 50 years.
- Discover fascinating new facts about the 1972 Third Doctor adventure The Time Monster in The Fact of Fiction.
- In a special feature, the Watcher solves the mystery of when the Doctor was first revealed not to be human.
- There’s trouble in storage for Doctor and Clara in Space Invaders!, a brand-new comic strip written by Mark Wright and illustrated by Mike Collins.
- Steven Moffat answer readers’ questions – and speculates about the return of the CyberBrig!
- The Time Team take a side-step to watch Peter Capaldi star in the dark Doctor Who spin-off, Torchwood: Children of Earth.
- Jacqueline Rayner reflects on fear and terror in Doctor Who in Relative Dimensions.
- The DWM Review assesses the very latest Doctor Who audio and book releases.
- The Watcher celebrates the man who played the First Doctor, William Hartnell, in the latest Wotcha!
- The DWM Crossword, prize-winning competitions, official news and much more!
Doctor Who Magazine 484 is out on Thursday 5 March, priced £4.99.
Sue MacGregor reunites five people who created and starred in the first series of a television landmark, Doctor Who. Fifty years later, those who crammed nervously into the BBC’s Lime Grove Studios in 1963 recount the triumphs and disasters that ushered in the longest running science-fiction series in the world.
When Canadian TV executive Sydney Newman was drafted in to revitalise the BBC Drama department in the early 1960’s, his idea for an ageing time-traveller who would illuminate both human history and Alien civilisations struggled to be successfully realised.
After a number of other directors refused to work on the project, a 24 year-old Waris Hussein took the job. The only Indian-born director within the BBC at that time, he felt the stern gaze of the ‘old order’ upon his work.
The first episode was recorded on the day President Kennedy was assassinated and transmitted the next day, despite concerns that the show might be postponed.
Doctor Who was played by the British actor William Hartnell. His sharp, sometimes grumpy demeanour came out of his increasing difficulty in learning the scripts, but the audience immediately took him to their hearts and the series had nearly six million viewers by Christmas.
Joining Sue MacGregor is Waris Hussein, the director of the episode, Carole Ann Ford who played the Doctor’s granddaughter and companion Susan, William Russell who played the Doctor’s right hand man Ian Chesterton, actor Jeremy Young who was the first Doctor Who enemy Caveman Kal, and television presenter Peter Purves who travelled with William Hartnell in the mid 60’s as companion Steven Taylor.
Produced by Peter Curran
Series Producer: David Prest
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.
Waris Hussein, who directed the first ever episode of Doctor Who in 1963, said the programme had become too sexual, but John Hurt disagrees.
“I’m not sure about that,” says Hurt, who will appear in the show’s 50th anniversary episode. Speaking at a dinner at the W Hotel to celebrate the Liberatum Cultural Honour awarded to Hurt, the actor adds: “I’d never begrudge a kiss, or a kissing scene.”
Hurt is currently filming his scenes for the anniversary episode. “I’m in the middle of filming, I start again at 9am tomorrow. it’s brilliant and I am getting to work with David Tennant, who I have a lot of time for.”
He tells Mandrake that details of his role in the series must, however, remain confidential. “I’m sworn to secrecy about my character and my scenes.”
The actor adds that it had never been an ambition of his to join the series, but when the offer came he was unable to say no. “I’d never thought about it to be honest, but, as soon as they asked me, I knew what my answer would be.”