The final Talk! of the spring term welcomed two directors that span over half a century of one of the most successful television shows of all time – Doctor Who.

Emmy Award-winning Director, Tim Combe, was at the helm in the early years of the famous science fiction series, working in the 1960’s and 70’s with the first three Doctors, and Bafta-nominated Jamie Magnus Stone was lead director for the twelfth and thirteenth series, directing the first ever female Doctor Who, played by Jodie Whittaker.

The two media professionals spoke to a Hammond Theatre audience about the joy and privilege of working on Doctor Who, and the responsibility of protecting the legacy of the iconic science fiction show, which has fans around the world. Tim recalled ensuring that the Daleks would survive to appear in a future series, while Jamie fondly remembered working with the first female Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, and introducing Sacha Dhawan who played the Spy Master in series 12 and series 13 of Doctor Who. The directors compared notes on how special visual effects have evolved since the early episodes with Tim relying on plastic toy models to create his dramatic scenes, while current shows invests tens of thousands of pounds on ensuring the ‘wow’ moments the show is renowned for. Answering questions from the audience, the directors both agreed that working on Doctor Who was a definite highlight of their careers.

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