Doctor Who Director Speaks

New Doctor Who director Adam Smith – the man who helmed The Eleventh Hour and the recent two parter The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone – has recently been interviewed by Digital Spy.

Doctor Who The Eleventh HourFor a short interview, there is loads in it, from explanations on the type of camera and lens that could be used to acquire a “cinematic” quality and the length of time it takes to complete CGI to demonstrating Adam Smith’s delegation skills:

“I was asked to come in for a meeting with the BBC. It was a meetiing with Steven Moffat and Piers [Wenger], who is the head of drama at BBC Wales, and Beth [Willis], who is one of the executive producers. Beth asked questions like ‘How are you going to make the dog-man and the dog bark at the same time?’ and I said ‘Speak to someone who’s done this sort of thing before.’

“In fact we actually got away with doing it in-camera because we cast someone who was so amazing – Marcello Magni – who did it without the use of computer effects.”

The fact is, Smith has proved something of a revelation for Doctor Who fans – there’s likely to be a good case for him to make a return in future series, although he makes clear that he isn’t behind the cameras for any more episodes in 2010.

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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