Doctor Who has always been creative and fun enough to attract a myriad of talented actors, writers and producers – but when it comes to directors, the hiring process has always focused on talent rather than wish lists.
For example, whispers of a new Neil Gaiman episode always attract public attention, casting for a Doctor Who episode always gets the tabloid newspapers reporting furiously, but when the episode reveals who is to be the director… that’s overlooked. And the director is one of the key elements to making the episode what it is!
So let’s focus on a little director rumour and start the rumblings with something that Matt Smith mentioned at the London Comic Con MCM Expo recently. The actor would like Danny Boyle – well-known for being at the helm of such films as 28 Days Later, Trainspotting, A Life Less Ordinary and also the director of the London Olympic 2012 ceremony – to direct an episode of Doctor Who in the future. Smith described what he liked about Boyle’s work:
Everything he does. He adds pace, style – whether it’s zombies or a guy riding a bike on the way to a cliff or a guy running down a street getting hit by a car.
Having Danny Boyle direct a Doctor Who episode would surely gain a lot of publicity and be a great draw for regular viewing audiences who aren’t Doctor Who fans. He would also create some fantastically exciting action scenes for our beloved show.
Smith also name checked Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) as another director he would like to enlist into the Who fold; Wright has already mentioned that it is something he has considered.
Come on Moffat – let’s get some more excellent British directors involved with Doctor Who!