Film Prof Directs Doctor Who Season Finale


Rachel Talalay directs DOCTOR WHO

Rachel Talalay directs DOCTOR WHO

Don’t miss Assistant Professor Rachel Talalay’s back to back directing work on two Doctor Who episodes scheduled to air November 1 and 8 [9pm EST, 6pm PST]. 

The much anticipated episodes comprise the season finale for the long running cult TV hit which now stars Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. The titles have recently been announced: Episode 11: ‘Dark Water’ airs Saturday November 1 and the season finale Episode 12 is titled ‘Death In Heaven’ and airs Saturday November 8. Both the episodes were directed by UBC assistant Film Prof Rachel Talalay and written by Steven Moffat.

Rachel Talalay has spoken about directing the two-part Series 8 finale, promising a healthy dose of action and emotion. Talalay said:

“Both parts were written by Steven Moffat, which is fantastic. There’s so much action and effects and emotional material. It’s a Cyberman episode. We shot in London for two days. One day we shot outside St. Paul’s Cathedral. There were a billion tourists circling us while we were trying to film. Part of what we were tasked to do was replicate some classic shots – from the sixties show – of the Cybermen outside St. Paul’s. It’s a whole new story.”

The Doctor is an alien Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey who travels through all of time and space in his TARDIS. His current travel companion is Clara Oswald, though he has a long list of friends and companions who have shared journeys with him. Instead of dying, the Doctor is able to “regenerate” into a new body, taking on a new personality with each regeneration. Eleven actors, plus John Hurt, have played the Doctor thus far. This season, Peter Capaldi is the Twelfth Doctor, succeeding Matt Smith as star of Doctor Who.

Read an interview with Rachel Talalay on
See the back to back season finale on The Space Channel

Watch the trailer for the second half of Talalay’s two-part season finale (“Death in Heaven”) below.

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