Promising to take fans behind-the-scenes of Peter Capaldi’s emotional goodbye, BBC Radio 2 will air a one-off special lifting the lid on this year’s Christmas special, Twice Upon a Time.
Recorded on location during the last days of Peter Capaldi’s time as the Doctor, the Access All Areas Doctor Who Special will be presented by Jo Whiley and features interviews with the episode’s actors and crew including showrunner Steven Moffat, Pearl Mackie, David Bradley and Peter Capaldi himself (not to mention an interview with already-departed series 10 companion Matt Lucas and material from the Doctor Who archive). Not only is Peter Capaldi an interviewee, he also curated (and agonised) over the song choices in the special too – it’s the Doctor’s Desert Island Discs!
Speaking to the Radio Times, Jo Whiley – whose show Peter Capaldi made his emotional goodbye announcement, said:
“We were really lucky to be on location when they were filming the final scenes of the Christmas Day Doctor Who special.
“So we spent the day with the cast, and it was all very emotional.
“It just felt like a real privilege that we were there to watch some of the most emotional scenes that people will see play out on the Christmas Day Doctor Who. To see the chemistry between all the different characters, to watch the Doctor as he nears the end of this incarnation.
“It’s fantastic, just to hear all the various members of the cast telling us about the things that had happened beforehand, and the story behind it all. It’s just going to be such a huge emotional climax on Christmas Day, when people watch the whole thing.”
The official synopsis for the radio special reads:
“As Peter Capaldi calls time on his adventures in the Tardis, Jo has exclusive access to the Doctor Who team. She catches up with the stars of the series on the set including Pearl Mackie, David Bradley, exec producer extraordinaire Steven Moffat, and the Doctor himself. Plus, Jo hears from outgoing companion, Matt Lucas, and digs into the BBC Doctor Who archive.
“There will be stories from behind the scenes including how Matt approaches being recognised by fans, the radical ways in which Pearl’s life has changed, Pele’s reaction to signing a Brazil shirt for the Doctor and how Doctor Who has always been with Peter Capaldi – from dressing up as a Dalek as a child, to karaoke singalongs to The Killers all in the name of getting into character…
“Plus, Radio 2 listeners will find out which member of the team has a penchant for Chas and Dave!”
According to Whiley, fans are in for an epic treat when the episode airs on Christmas Day.
“They wanted to give people the best possible send-off with the grandest story; they wanted to give the viewers something to remember him by, and the greatest Doctor Who Christmas Day special that they possibly could watch.”
The Jo Whiley – Access All Areas Doctor Who Special airs on BBC Radio 2 from 8 to 10pm on Thursday 21st December.