Rachel Talalay: 2017 Christmas Special is ‘A Fanboy’s Dream’

Finale specialist Rachel Talalay has been chatting to Doctor Who Magazine about helming this year’s much anticipated showdown between the Master, Missy and The Doctor – and sharing some details about Peter Capaldi’s finale bow, the 2017 Christmas special.

In this month’s Doctor Who Magazine, Talalay, who is on her third Doctor Who series finale, spoke of her delight at being asked back.

She said:

“It took my breath away. It really, really took me by surprise. I didn’t know that Steven [Moffat, showrunner] was going to announce it when he did, and suddenly my Twitter was full of so much incredible positivity – and I was overwhelmed, because I don’t take these things for granted.

It’s definitely quite something to be asked to direct three in a row and be part of this epic ending.”

However, that’s not the end of the epic conclusions. The grand finale for both herself, Steven Moffat and the Twelfth Doctor himself Peter Capaldi, comes this Christmas.

Commenting on the script for the Christmas special, she said:

“Oh, it’s so wonderful. I’m the biggest fan of it. It’s a tour de force. It’s a fanboy’s dream. I mean, there’s a certain absolute fanboy-ness to it, which will make you squee – but also it’s a beautiful, joyous, heartbreaking script. Steven is a genius. So I don’t lose sight of how lucky I am. Even when I’m like, ‘How the hell are we going to get this done?’”

DWM #514 also reported on the read through for the episode which took place on June 8 where Steven Moffat told the cast and crew in attendance:

“The one thing I have to say is, it’s Christmas Day, we’re gonna keep it funny, and we’re gonna keep it lively, as well as sad. If we cry, they” – by which he means the audience – “won’t. We want them to cry. So Doctor Who will laugh bravely into that good night.”  

Doctor Who Magazine #514, which contains exclusive interviews with John Simm, Michelle Gomez and Steven Moffat, and a preview of the Series 10 finale, The Doctor Falls is available from June 29, 2017.