Series 14 Episodes Will Take Doctor Who into “Genuinely New Territory”
Two new directors for Series 14 of Doctor Who have been announced. Block Three of filming will be directed by Julie Anne Robinson, while Block Four will be helmed by Ben Chessell.
Speaking in the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Russell T Davies said: “Julie Anne is a dream piece of crewing for me, because I’ve wanted to work with her ever since sitting in awe of the BBC’s Blackpool. Julie Anne comes with the best reference ever – an actor called David Tennant, who starred in Blackpool and loves her!”
He continued: “After the success of Bridgerton, working with Julie Anne became an even more impossible hope,” continues Russell. “So to realise the dream and get Julie Anne to Cardiff – on two wildly different episodes, by wildly different writers! – is an absolute joy.”
Meanwhile Executive producer Phil Collinson spoke about Ben Chessell joining the crew: “Our search for directors reached all the way to Australia, to find Ben.
“One of the greatest shows I’ve ever seen on television is Joe Barton’s Giri/Haji for the BBC, with the spectacular finale directed by Ben. It broke all the rules of what television can achieve, so we knew he was a perfect fit for this two-episode block, which takes the whole show into genuinely new territory. We were all wondering how to achieve what’s on the page, but Ben has marched in to show us how!”
The duo joins previously announced Series 14 directors Mark Tonderai and Dylan Holmes Williams.