Director Rachel Talalay chats about Doctor Who series 8

News Simon Brew
30 May 2014 - 07:29

With two episodes of Doctor Who series 8 to her name, Rachel Talalay has been talking about working on the show...

Having brought Tank Girl and Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare to the big screen in the 1990s, director Rachel Talalay has since continued to make her mark in television too. And it was revealed a few weeks back that she's directed two episodes in the upcoming Doctor Who series 8, starring Peter Capaldi.

Chatting to Bitch Magazine, she's been discussing her work on the show, and she's said that "every episode of Doctor Who is like a mini-feature and they're all completely different. They're massive. I'm so excited to get to work with the show".

She said that "I don’t approach it in terms of 'what am I bringing that’s different?’ I’m approaching it in terms of 'how the hell do you do this?!’ It’s so hard! It’s so big and so hard and so ambitious. When you’re working with a wonderful script, you just think, ‘How to I tell this story beautifully and blow away the audience?’".

Specifically addressing the debate surrounding the number of women involved on the writing and directing side of Doctor Who, Talalay also admitted that "I did joke around with Steven Moffat in our first meeting. Immediately there was press saying 'woman woman woman' and so I said 'it's clear if I read the internet that you hired me because I'm a woman'. And he said 'oh, you're a woman? Maybe I just looked at your resume and your reel and your credentials and hired you because of that'".

Talalay added that "I'm incredibly fortunate to have the experience in effects that a lot of women don't get. So I was able to put together a reel of special effects and action that most women don't have ... A lot of women who want to do the shows that I get on, there's just an assumption that they don't know how to do that stuff and they don't have it on their resume. So the marketplace is more likely to give that opportunity to a man".

It's well worth reading the full interview, where Talalay also talks about making Tank Girl, and her thoughts on where the genre has gone since she did. You can find it here.

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