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Talalay Talks “Action-Packed, Emotional” Series 8 Finale

cybermen-2014-st-pauls-lsRachel Talalay has spoken about directing the two-part Series 8 finale, promising a healthy dose of action and emotion.

Speaking to TheGlobeandMail, Talalay said: “Both parts were written by Steven Moffat, which is fantastic. There’s so much action and effects and emotional material. It’s a Cyberman episode. We shot in London for two days. One day we shot outside St. Paul’s Cathedral. There were a billion tourists circling us while we were trying to film. Part of what we were tasked to do was replicate some classic shots – from the sixties show – of the Cybermen outside St. Paul’s. It’s a whole new story.”

Elaborating further, she spoke about the difficulty of filming the very public St. Paul’s London scenes: “We had a big scene with Peter Capaldi and Michelle Gomez – a dialogue scene. We had about seven hours of shooting and quite a bit of material to cover. I didn’t factor in that we were basically given five-minute periods to shoot, then we had to let pedestrians cross. So for every five minutes of shooting, we had about 20 minutes of moving pedestrians. It was very hot as well, which made it also very hard. The Cybermen were scorching hot in their suits. You’re all the time worried they’re going to pass out.

“You’re trying not to have all your scenes prerecorded and posted on people’s iPhones and on the Internet before you have finished your own shooting. You’re trying your hardest just to keep focused. You just go, ‘Here are my priority shots. Here’s the absolute minimum we need to get, and let’s just stay concentrated on that.”

On working with Peter Capaldi she said: “He has very much found the character. Nobody had any doubts about his ability to act. The biggest challenge was he’s Doctor No. 12. He was constantly worried he had 11 Doctors he might be mimicking. Pretty much anything you do in some ways is going to mimic some other Doctor. Becoming completely your own Doctor is fine when you’re No. 2, but a much greater challenge when you’re No. 12 and you have the 50-year history. I think he was truly challenged by that concept. But even when I saw the very first footage from the first episode, which I was privileged enough to see as soon as I arrived, it was clear he knew exactly who he was as a Doctor.

“For me, David Tennant and Matt Smith, both of whom I absolutely adore, are these young, romantic Doctors. When I went to interview, before they had even announced Peter, they said, ‘We’re going to go back to the older Doctors.’ Not age, just a slightly grumpier, more complicated Doctor. They chose a different direction and different type of Doctor. For me, [Peter] is the Doctor now because that’s what I have been living with for the last four months.”

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Mercy Reborn2
Mercy Reborn2

I am hoping it will be a very good episode because it will be nice to have a good season

Castrovalva
Castrovalva

Bliss, this whole article was bliss to read!


microbat98
microbat98

I'm extremely excited about this! I haven't really liked all of Moffat's episodes recently. I disliked The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, loved Asylum at first, but gradually realised the plot holes galore and dislike it, really disliked The Bells of Saint John and wasn't a fan of the last third of Time of the Doctor. But I feel quite assured that this'll be amazing, given that every Moffat two parter so far have been absolutely incredible! I do love two parters, and Doctor Who was always meant for longer stories! About one hour and a half is my perfect length, I think. Moffat does them extremely well!

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

I really hope Clara won't be leaving this series like some people suggested. I know she's been around since 2012 but I feel we are have only started to get to know her therefore in series 9 her story could reach a satisfying conclusion.

King Joffery
King Joffery

whilst I`m not moffats biggest fan I do think he is at his best when he is writing a two parter

Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

If it's something as good as The Pandorica finale then I will be happy. I also think a good format for future series would be to have a two part opener as well as a finale. I look forward to those cliffhangers again. The Doctor trapped, his companion 'dead', the universe exploding...


Christoph1337
Christoph1337

I'm tentatively optimistic about this episode. Moffat is typically one of my favorite writers on the show, and his recent track record with the Doctor trilogy has been BREATHTAKING. But when Moffat misses, he misses HARD (see "Let's Kill Hitler" and "A Christmas Carol"). 



TheAmazingSkyFaller™
TheAmazingSkyFaller™

Pretty chuffed about this. Don't envy those trying to shoot during such a busy, hot and demanding day. 

MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

This finale could either be a great, well written finale.

Or a noisy mess trying too hard to be epic.

We'll have to wait and see.

robohappy
robohappy

Well Moffat has a mixed track record for finales. 2 were very good, Big Bang and Name of the Doctor (I love Name of the Doctor), while 2 were very very bad, The Wedding of River Song and (if you could call this a finale) Time of the Doctor (I HATE Time of the Doctor). So I think there is a 50/50 chance this could be very good.... or very bad.

Scootersfood
Scootersfood

@microbat98 I honestly loved The Doctor The Widow and The Wardrobe and have literally no clue why it gets so much hate 

Captain_British
Captain_British

@King Joffery Two parters or hour and a half specials. Moffat isn't very good at telling self-contained short 45 minute stories but his two parters always stand out to me. Honestly, I think the show is always at it's best when spanning a story across two or more episodes.



Scootersfood
Scootersfood

@Christoph1337 Why does everyone hate Let's KIll Hitler? and unless I'm wrong alot of people liked A Christmas Carol...

Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor!
Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor!

For me, Moffat became a lot better when he took over. I'm not too crazy about his RTD-era stuff; I don't even like "The Girl in the Fireplace". "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances" is a solid two-parter with some standout scenes and some great Ninth Doctor, but it's not even the best that Series 1 has to offer, in my opinion. "Blink" is indeed very good, but it's far from the best thing to ever come out of Doctor Who which I think too many people treat it as. "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead" is the only piece of Moffat's RTD-era work that I feel lives up to his later stuff. From then-on, I love pretty much everything that he's written, to varying degrees, aside from "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe" and "Asylum of the Daleks". The latter being an unfocused mess but still a decent story with a handful of great/creepy ideas, and the former being a perilously dull waste of time (other than the last few minutes). If "Deep Breath" is as good as I think it will be, then in my opinion, this could be the best five-episode (because yes, I do count "The Night of the Doctor" as an actual episode;it deserves it) run in the whole revival yet.


Julian_Prime73
Julian_Prime73

I love those two eps. I love how we are all different.

robohappy
robohappy

@Christoph1337 The Doctor Trilogy was a steady dicline for me, Name of the Doctor was one of my favorite episodes of Doctor Who in general! The Day of the Doctor I have mixed feelings about (Dropping the Zygon plot, The War Doctor, How the Doctors saved Gallifery). But Time of the Doctor was downright horrible. The episode made me quite upset actually >:(

Scootersfood
Scootersfood

@robohappy Honestly I adore all his finales. I LOVED Time, I thought it was an absolutely amazing episode (Nowhere near as amazing as the flawless DoTD, though in my opinion). Big Bang is my favorite of the non-regeneration ones, and I actually really loved Wedding. Name Of The Doctor I loved too. To me, Moffat will never dissapoint a finale :)

NineTenElevenTwelve
NineTenElevenTwelve

@robohappy Liked "The Pandorica Opens"/"The Big Bang", meh about "The Wedding of River Song", LOVED "The Name of the Doctor", and liked "The Time of the Doctor". So I guess my scores would be: TPO/TBB - 8/10, TWORS - 5/10, TNofD - 10/10, TTotD - 7/10.

 Notsosmartguy
Notsosmartguy

@robohappy I agree I love big bang and name of the doctor wedding was a bit meh but I adore Time of the Doctor. In my mind it's easily the best regeneration story of the relaunch.

Liana21
Liana21

@robohappy He has it easy for me, I love Big Bang and Name and also Wedding and Time

TheIdleIdol
TheIdleIdol

I think you've hit the nail on the head with that last sentence. In fact, I'm coining the term "Moffat's Law" for that hypothesis right now.

Christoph1337
Christoph1337

@Scootersfood @Christoph1337 LKH people felt was rushed and tried to cram too much into an episode that was too short. "A Christmas Carol" didn't particularly do anything wrong, but it just told the exact same tired story every Christmas Carol story has told since the original with practically nothing new brought to the table (though I will admit some of the uses of time travel were interesting). For me, both episodes just sort of come down to an absence of good. 

Julian_Prime73
Julian_Prime73

Conversely I thought Time was wonderful and everything Matt deserved. And Day is untouchable in my eyes. But as I said. I love how we r all different and rightly so.

Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor!
Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor!

May as well throw in my chips; Pandorica/Bang - 10/10, Wedding - 8/10, Name - 8.5/10, Time - 10/10. Also, while I still love it, "The Day of the Doctor" is actually my least-favorite of the Doctor tetralogy.


supermoff is alone. Listen...
supermoff is alone. Listen...

@robohappy The Big Bang - 9.50/10.00 ; The Wedding of River Song - 9.00/10.00 ; The Name of the Doctor - 8.75/10.00 ; The Time of the Doctor - 9.50/10.00. Ok, not equal, but all still very good :D

robohappy
robohappy

@NineTenElevenTwelve @robohappy For Me The Pandorica Opens"/"The Big Bang" was 8/10 (Would have been 10/10 if Amy didn't bring the Doctor back with love/memories.. urgh) The Wedding of River Song was 2/10 (It was pretty bad!) The Name of the Doctor was 10/10 for me! And Time of the Doctor was 1/10.... 




robohappy
robohappy

@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey @robohappy Although I agree with you on The Big Bang and The Name of the Doctor being fantastic episodes (Well Big Bang was great until Amy brought the Doctor back with the power of memories and love.... urgh......) I have to disagree with you about Time of the Doctor, sure Matt Smith's regeneration speech was GREAT ("I will always remember when the Doctor was me!), everything else about the episode was just BAD, very very bad. In general the episode itself didn't even make much sense. 

 Notsosmartguy
Notsosmartguy

@The8thDoctor @robohappy That was a little rude 8th doctor. robohappy wasn't even being asinine and arrogant like some other people can be when expressing their opinions.

Scootersfood
Scootersfood

@Julian_Prime73 Toally agree! 50th will always remain my favorite episode of all time and to me Time was the saddest Regeneration episode so far!

robohappy
robohappy

@supermoff  @robohappy Why do you think the Wedding of River Song was better than Name of the Doctor! (In Dalek Voice): EXPLAIN! EXPLAIN!

SonicTheHedgehogRules
SonicTheHedgehogRules

@robohappy @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey For me personally, Time of the Doctor, from a certain perspective, is quite rushed. Throughout Series 7, they were building up to something about the Doctor's big secrets and his grave. Then the War Doctor shows up (I have no complaints, the 50th is far from perfect but it's still a fantastic episode), and then the 50th happens, then we return to the Doctor in Time and it seems as if many enemies and plot elements are sort of thrown into his face, and he has to kinda just put up with it. My personal issue with the enemies in the story are the Weeping Angels. I hate them with a passion already, so to just see them placed RANDOMLY in the story doesn't make the slightest of sense. The Sontarans, oh poor them, being misused and terribly written since Series 5. A shame, really. And the Cybermen? Essentially returning to their Cybusmen form, so essentially a reverse evolution. The Daleks are flawless, so no complaints there, and the Silence are excellent too. Basically, you watch Time of the Doctor for the regeneration, which is about at the last 20 minutes or so, the rest of the episode seems more like a catch up from all of Series 5, 6 and 7. But that's just me, the story is still a joy to watch (except the inclusion of the Weeping Angels, that was stupid), and that regeneration always gets to you. Although, I'll be entirely honest, the End of Time does a slightly better job at finishing off Tennant's era better than Time rounds off Smith's (although Smith's Regeneration scene is better than Tennant's for me).

 Notsosmartguy
Notsosmartguy

@robohappy @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey I really enjoyed the story for what it was sure I guess it could've been longer but I'm glad it wasn't too long like the end of time. I also felt it emphasizes how great of a.character the 11th doctor was, showing off his good qualities, paying tribute to all his brother st moments (like the drunken giraffe), and allowing us to see how far he came from the man who doesn't like endings to the man who willing faces his own death with dignity and courage. I also felt  Clara while underused had alot of great moments and Tasha Lem was interesting. In the end I was more than satisfied with the conclusion to the silence arc Hopefully we'll both enjoy the 12th Doctor's regeneration story when his time comes :-) 

Julian_Prime73
Julian_Prime73

I can't understand why people moan about Amy's appearance. It wasn't a Rose moment. It was his mind remembering. And it was beyond touching. Time has got better without the weight of expectation.