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Sontaran Director Interviewed

Douglas Mackinnon – guiding hand behind The Sontaran Stratagem/ThePoison Sky – has chatted about his experience on the show, breaking the TARDIS, and enjoying Doctor Who as a child.

The director was very pleased to be working on Doctor Who with Tennant, Tate and Agyeman, while he also got the chance to sow his kids around the BBC Wales studio at Upper Boat, and show them the treasure chest that is the prop store – but tha’s small fry to actually breaking the TARDIS…

"During filming I was working on the Tardis and I managed to break the bit in the middle which goes up and down.

"I wanted it to go too fast for a dramatic scene and it just stopped working. I couldn’t believe I’d broken the Tardis.

"Thankfully, we managed to fix it half an hour later but I had this surreal phone call with my nine-year-old son Thomas, who is a massive Doctor Who fan, back home in Fife and said: ‘You’ll never believe what I did today…’

"And he shouted to my wife Mandy: ‘Mum, dad’s broken the Tardis!’"

Brilliant! I daresay it all snapped back in to place nicely, but look out for any unusual hole or scratches on rewatching the latest episodes…

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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