Doctor Who producer Caro Skinner talks exclusively to SFX in a major interview in the new issue, #233, in the shops on Wednesday. The feature covers a lot of ground, but here are a couple of highlights to whet your appetite, and she talks about Neil Gaiman’s take on the Cybermen and a designer‘s dream:
“One of the things that Neil was initially really excited about was being given one of the classic Doctor Who monsters and being able to bring a new twist and a new way of looking at them,” says Skinner. “Certainly when we watched them on set they felt very creepy and the redesign of the masks recalls to a certain extent some of the earlier ‘Moonbase’/‘Tomb Of The Cybermen’ designs. What Neil’s also done in that episode is actually used the notion of being able to write a story about the Doctor in conflict with the Cybermen in a new way, to really make it a huge episode for Matt. It’s a brilliant performance, that one. It’s interesting what Neil does – he always delivers such wonderful visual sequences, as he did with ‘The Doctor’s Wife’, but one of his real strengths is that he gets right to the heart of the characters as well. In many ways that episode is as much about Matt’s Doctor in conflict with one of the most classic and famous Doctor Who monsters as it is about what the Cybermen look like.”
As for “Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS” she says, “Our designer Michael Pickwoad should probably be credited as special guest star on quite a few of our episodes this year, because some of the sets and the vistas that he’s accomplished are just absolutely mindblowing, not least in the detail but in the imagination. And obviously an episode with that title is a designer’s dream. He went away and came back with piles worth of sketches that would make any fan explode.”
This really is just the tip of the iceberg. Read the full interview in SFX 233 – out this week!