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Rachel Talalay Directing Series 8

continuum-artAmerican director Rachel Talalay will be helming two episodes of Doctor Who Series 8.

Talalay has previously worked on a host of cult TV shows including Haven, The Dead Zone, Kyle XY, Supernatural and time travel drama Continuum.

Talalay told Film UFC she is sworn to secrecy on everything to do with the storyline “until it leaks out.” But she admits to being huge fan of the show and taking “crappy selfies in the TARDIS!”

She joins directors Ben Wheatey, Douglas Mackinnon, Paul Murphy and Paul Wilmshurst.

[Thanks to Ruther.]

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Maiden_Ty_One
Maiden_Ty_One

Looks like they're really going for some new directing talent with this series. Hopefully this bodes well for a new, darker and less childish tone to the show that it so desperately needs.

TheOncomingFish
TheOncomingFish

Great to see some fresh talent on Doctor Who! And it's nice to see a female director.

DavidSJH
DavidSJH

Good to see a woman directing but it's a shame they couldn't find a British woman to direct. I fear this is the end of Americans working on Doctor Who...

DawnTime
DawnTime

Fantastic great to see a woman directing. go Girl!

Oncoming_Badger
Oncoming_Badger

A Female Director, awesome! I love when women get involved in the Who Production team!

MikeFalino
MikeFalino

I'll bet that the two episodes done by a Continuum director are going to be the best of the season!!!

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

Also, seeing an American directing gives me hope, seeing as I want to write for Who someday.

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

Ugh, I was hoping we could escape the Moffat hate brigade for once. Seriously, I get that having female representation is important, being a feminist myself, but really, this lot of extremists is misguided at best and downright idiotic at worst. Moffat is most certainly neither sexist nor misogynistic. And if activism in favor of equality is the issue, this really is the wrong place to look.



Nightmarish
Nightmarish

I rewatched the supernatural episode she directed just now. While I'm no expert, it seemed pretty good(not Nick Hurran level directing though).

DonJKrouskop
DonJKrouskop

The director of FREDDY'S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

I get annoyed when people say that Moffat doesn't hire enough women. Sci-fi is a male dominated genre with way more men working in it than women, so it makes sense that there'd be way more men working on the show. Men tend to be more into sci-fi than women, so it only makes sense that more men would work creating sci-fi than women. It's not that they don't hire women, just that most women look at other genres.

Dalekium
Dalekium

I do wonder how they decide who is going to be a director, let alone a writer. I wonder if there are some basic requirements for what is needed to direct Doctor Who. Talalay's background seems to suggest a sci-fi or fantastical background. I just hope that she is also a pretty good (which is an understatement) director.

Gallade Zero
Gallade Zero

Just out of curiosity, what WAS the last Who story to be directed by a woman before this? I know Enlightenment was, has there been any since then?

Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

love the way everyone jumps on people for being sexism crazy moffat haters before they say anything, I don't accuse moffat of being sexist in who he employs (besides i think the BBC probably ahs the final say in that anyway)only in the way he writes characters

TheRISEofCapaldi
TheRISEofCapaldi

Awesome news!!!! Continuum is one of my favorite tv shows right now.

TheGreatCompanion
TheGreatCompanion

Her last name is really fun to say.... Talalay, Talalay, Talalay!

All of that aside, I am excited for a female (and American!) director.

StephenAHayes
StephenAHayes

Great news on this.

Any news on Peter Jackson...?

PimpMyTARDIS
PimpMyTARDIS

I'm losing count of writers and directors

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

It looks like the Directors of the key 2012/13 episodes Nick Hurran, Saul Metzstein and Jamie Payne won't be coming back, perhaps Strax obliterated them


iKingsSGC
iKingsSGC

@DavidSJH Just because one is American does not mean they cannot do Doctor Who justice. Look at her past work experience before making a judgment rather than basing your expectations simply on "Female and American." Just because Doctor Who did not originate in America does not mean that Americans are not just as passionate about the show than British fans. To see people say "shame they are American" leaves a terrible taste in my mouth.

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

She directed one episode in season 2 so I'm not so sure about that.

DawnTime
DawnTime

@Deus_Ex_Machina

I have been a sci-fi fan since I was 12 - over 30 years later and I am still a sci-fi fan.  I think there are more woman out there than you think that are fans especially knowadays.

Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

@Deus_Ex_Machina  my problem is that people comment saying people will make statmements like these, before they do suggesting that there is some group of fans out there who will do anything to bring down moffat and that the sexist critiques are all just part of this master plan


Rani Nose
Rani Nose

@Deus_Ex_Machina   You are describing a perpetually closed system into which women can never enter.  Moffat is in a position of power.  That power gives him the opportunity to take a chance on good female talent that, if successful, will widen the fan base and open the doors for more female talent.   


Doctor Who is not representative of all of sci-fi.  The show already has a significant female fan base (and not just because they are Tennant/Smith fan girls), which is exactly the reason why there is a desire to see more women involved in creating the show.





farsighted99
farsighted99

@Dalekium  the requirement is that they have to be damn good. The director makes or breaks the episode...

TheOncomingSnow
TheOncomingSnow

@Gallade Zero  The last story was The Lodger. Before that in the new series, there was Blink, The Doctor's Daughter, Midnight and Amy's Choice. Incidentally, Planet of Fire (notable at the moment) was directed by the same woman who directed Enlightenment. The last female-directed Classic story was The Mark of the Rani.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

I agree. Sure, he has a few issues writing female characters, but he's not sexist.

calliarcale
calliarcale

@Ninjauthor As a woman myself, I like the way he writes his female characters, and have not found him to be demeaning in any way to my gender.  But as with any art, we'll come out of it with different impressions.

TardisBoy
TardisBoy

Hurran will probably be back for the finale.


Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@Rani Nose @Deus_Ex_Machina  Since the show came back, there show has gained many more female viewers than before, and in time they will go on to become the next generation of writers, actors, prop designers etc, but this will take time. 

Back in the 70s and 80s when most of the current Doctor Who people grew up, the female audience was much smaller, especially the real hardcore Who fans who grew up to produce the new show, people like RTD, David Tennant, Moff, Gatiss, Capaldi and so on.

TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

@Rani Nose @Deus_Ex_Machina  But it isn't as if Moffat hasn't been looking for female writers - he has, but in the small pool of female sci-fi writers in Britain, it hasn't proven as easy to actually gnab one. I mean, RTD was only able to get one, and the other lovely lady he asked was busy finishing off her successful series of novels.

SteviePenny
SteviePenny

I've liked the directing in every episode named there! I'd be happy if any of them returned.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@Deus_Ex_Machina  I disagree, the show is dominated by strong female characters, if anything it's the male characters who are shown to be weak!

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

That would be likely they had a famous director (Ben Weathley)  for the first episodes so they'd need someone just as good to direct the finale of the new Doctor's first series.

The_Eternal_Dalek
The_Eternal_Dalek

@Planet of the Deaf @Rani Nose@Deus_Ex_Machina Has that ever been confirmed anywhere or is that just speculation? There's been plenty of female viewers at all times, the only thing is there were technological limitations once upon a time and figures like that were not an immediate concern back in the day.


The only problem is people just assume it was mostly male at one point due to stereotyping of fan groups and of course the rise of the fan girl (and when I say fan girl I mean the correct definition of the term, the obsessive, weird, creepy lot that need to have a serious talk with a psychiatrist).

Unibot
Unibot

@TheCapaldiMasterplan @Rani Nose @Deus_Ex_Machina  There's no need for the writer to be a sci-fi writer. Moffat isn't a sci-fi writer per se - his background is comedy, even situational comedy. Most of the writers in the show have more of a background with comedy and drama than science fiction. However, Moffat has asked a lot of women to write for Doctor Who. I heard a rumor of like twelve or so. You don't hear about it because it's considered unpolite in the business to publicize a rejection.  



Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

@Planet of the Deaf @Deus_Ex_Machina  I'm not arguing about sexism in the writing thats a debate for another comment section. what I'm annoyed that is that people keep commenting about some kind of moffat hate brigade who use this news to hate on him and make more sexist allegations which in my view hasn't happened yet