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Published on November 22nd, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds

Doctor Who Under Siege!

Director Douglas Mackinnon has shared some details about his up-coming ‘under siege’ episode for the second part of Series 7.

Matt Smith as the Doctor

As revealed in Doctor Who Magazine the episode, written by Mark Gatiss, will be an ‘under siege’ story featuring ‘a volume of water’ – which could confirm earlier rumours of the episode being set on a submarine.

With so many toys to play with Director Mackinnon understandably loved every minute of it:

“Without a doubt, if ever there were a team effort that has made an episode work, it was that one. Just the safety elements alone, with water flowing around… The gaffers, and the Electrical Department, and the practical effects guys, they were all on top of that the entire time… Also, we had to remember that there was electrical circuitry on show.

“All that had to be shifted to 12 volts to make it safe. And there was steam, and smoke, and explosions, and guns, and everything that makes directing Doctor Who fun. I had the time of my life. And then there’s ‘the creature’ as well.”

Obviously, Mackinnon isn’t confirming the identity of the creature, but says that it is ‘really scary’ and will feature CGI elements:

Because of the environment that Mark put his creature in, there was all sorts of texture around that’s natural to the environment… I had the creature stomping through water. I shot some of it in slow-mo, to make it look even more impressive. The results are magnificent. If that’s hard work, I’ll have some more of it, thank you very much.

‘The creature’ – if rumours are to be believed – could be the classic Doctor Who enemy the Ice Warriors.


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

3 Responses to Doctor Who Under Siege!

  1. avatar Krumstets says:

    Maybe they are bringing back the Myrka…?

  2. avatar Steve Andrew says:

    Everything I’m hearing about this episode is really encouraging to me. “Base under siege” stories are as traditional to Dr Who as blue boxes. I’m sure Gatiss is well-versed in the tropes: the gruff no-nonsense commander, the multi-ethnic crew, the mysterious deaths, confined spaces, suspicions falling on the new-comers. Setting it on a submarine (if true) would add a whole extra layer of potential peril, especially if it’s run aground and the air’s running out…

    As for a returning monster, yeah I suppose it could be the Ice Warriors (I hope so), but “a source close to the show” has revealed it’s really the Myrka! ;-)

    • I’m encouraged by this one too – whether it’s homo-auqa-reptilia, Ice Warriors or a completely new monster (more than likely), it seems like the setting is one that will result in a quite memorable episode…

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