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Harper on Waters of Mars

Top Doctor Who director Graeme Harper has been revealing all on the next installment of the Tenth Doctor’s adventures – The Waters of Mars airs before Christmas, and SFX have an interview with the man who directed 1980s classic The Caves of Androzani as well as many more recent adventures including the 2008 series finale.

Naturally, “the Guv’nor” isn’t giving anything away – obviously we’re not going to either. If you want to read the interview, hop over to the SFX website and take it in. Some choice cuts here, however, beginning with Graeme Harper’s thoughts on whether or not The Waters of Mars is scary…

“I’m not sure if it’s as scary as Blink, but it’s quite frightening – because it’s so real, I think. I hope so!”

Harper also gives an overview on how the water is made to fire out of the monsters mouths and hands:

“There was a very complex system of tubes and piping that they all had to wear within the prosthetics – and water was squeezed and pressurized through the tubes to give the volume of water we required to come out of the actors’ mouths on a continuous basis.”

Finally, an insight from the director of the penultimate David Tennant era adventure of what’s going through the Doctor’s mind…

“…here he’s terrified. But I think that’s good, and I think most people will be interested to see how he gets out of this one. That what I think they think every time. But here, he really is in a very fearful state – and doesn’t want to die, obviously.

“I don’t think he wants to regenerate…”

We don’t want him to either…

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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