When he [Grade] arrived as [the BBC’s new] Chairman, Mark Thompson was back as [its] Director General and [he] actually asked me if we could stop [production of Doctor Who]. - Courtesy of Digital Journal.Tranter goes on to explain how she lied through her teeth to keep production rolling, because she believed that the return of Doctor Who was the right thing for the BBC to pursue. Ten years later, as one of the corporation's flagship shows, Doctor Who seems to have proven her right. It sounds like a fascinating story.
Also in this month's issue are three short scene script extracts which Steven Moffat has released, saying they are to be used for the twelfth Doctor auditions. Whilst the scenes are for audition only and will not feature in any future episodes, they are all entertaining in their own right and interesting for the purposes of imagining what the twelfth Doctor will be like. One is a scene immediately after regeneration with the Doctor speaking to Clara and discussing how his (or her) body has changed, another features a confrontation with a Cyber Leader and the final extract is a quiet conversation with a boy in his bedroom and about what happens when the lights go out.
It's very easy to read them in the voice of the eleventh Doctor, which is most probably deliberate. Moffat won't want to give too much away about the new Doctor and auditioning actors and actresses will have to work very hard to portray someone new. I have to admit, I wouldn't mind seeing some of those auditions in progress.
Doctor Who Magazine #463 is out today priced £4.75.