Doctor Who – That Gaiman Episode

Who producer Marcus talks exclusively about series six in the new issue of SFX, and here’s what he has to say about the Gaiman-penned episode

The initial burst of adventures in the fist half of new Doctor Who’s sixth series will showcase a script by acclaimed fantasy writer Neil Gaiman, originally earmarked for the show’s 2010 run. “It was due to be shot last year but for budget reasons we moved it to this series,” says producer Marcus Wilson. “It’s an episode that involves quite a big sprawl, huge alien world locations and a new take on a familiar character, which required a lot of work. It’s a big episode, but I think it’ll be one the fans will love. It’s a real love letter to the fans.”

He also has this to say about the opening two-parter, set in Utah: “The way Steven’s written the script is that it’s very much the feel of an Englishman abroad – it’s the Doctor’s take on America, so it’s seen through that lens. With the script as your guide you couldn’t help but have a British reaction to the environment. They took us to places they were taking a bit for granted, saying, ‘Oh, you’ll want to see this, you’ll want to see that,’ and we were going, ‘Wow, this is like the movies of our childhood.’ Toby was doing a location recce, saying, ‘That’s where they did Raiders Of The Lost Ark! That’s where they did The Searchers!’ There’s almost a mythic quality to some of the locations. Monument Valley was just stunning.”

Read the full interview in SFX207, in shops on Wednesday 9 March.