Friday, 10 July 2015

Brian Minchin Talks Doctor Who Series 9

In an interview with SFX magazine, Doctor Who executive producer Brian Minchin has given an exclusive chat about the imminent return of our favourite Time Lord, in what is shaping up to be a thrilling ninth series.

When reflecting on launching Peter Capaldi as the Doctor in the previous series, Brian discussed how to build upon such stellar success:
"This series we're telling the next stage of the adventure. It's the glory years of Peter Capaldi's Doctor and Clara. As you saw in the finale and the Christmas episode, he's kind of answered his question of 'Am I a good man?' and this year he's having the time of his life, having dangerous and exciting adventures in time and space. These are the glory days of the Doctor and Clara. They're having the biggest, most dangerous adventures they've ever had and they're having great fun doing it."
What else can we expect from this series? Brian revealed the direction and ambition of series 9:
 "Everything is based on the character of the Doctor. Interesting, intelligent TV characters evolve, and you see different sides to them. I suppose the mission statement we had was bigger adventures, and to go further in space and time. We've got a very confident Doctor, we've got a very confident companion and they're both experts at doing this now so we can tell slightly bigger stories. We're doing more two-parters - and not just conventional two-parters. We're doing linked stories where you might not be sure how they're going to be connected until you see them. We're pushing the storytelling that way, to give us more scale of adventure."
Brian gave a hint of whether there would be any jaw-dropping cliffhangers:
"You'll need to see the episodes to see how we're doing it. We love cliffhangers, and we love them being in there, but we also like it when stories develop into something unexpected, and connect in unusual ways."
Additionally, he described the ever-changing rhythm of the storytelling when creating a new series, and whether the rhythm changes with bigger adventures and more cliffhangers:
"A little bit. We're still fast-paced, we're still funny, we've still got danger. Each episode works on its own. Steven [Moffat] always likes to push himself and this is a slightly new thing for him. I think Steven really enjoyed writing the two-part finale last series and he could see what that could do - it allows you to have guest characters in for a bit longer, it allows you to do different things on a production scale, it allows you to do different things with monsters."
Going into detail with Peter Capaldi's portrayal of the Doctor, Brian discussed how Peter explores different sides of his character:
"It's something that isn't good to analyse too much, because we want to let things happen in the stories, but Peter's a very intelligent actor who always wants to be doing something new with the character. If you asked any leading man or lady they wouldn't want to just be doing the same thing. Peter has a huge understanding of the Doctor and there are aspects that he wanted to play this year, in these stories. But he's very reactive. We have these big conversations but it always comes down to what's in the story, what's in the script."
Steven Moffat had previously commented about writing a funnier Doctor for series 9. With this in mind, Brian discussed the opportunity to bring more comedy into the role:
"It comes back to what I said - he's answered that question of 'Am I a good man?' He's still the same Doctor. It's Peter Capaldi being the Doctor, and he's brilliant. He came out as the Doctor questioning himself, but he's now having the time of his life. That's how we talk about it. It's got to come from an artistic place of where the Doctor's at now."
It may be difficult to imagine a comedic Doctor, with Peter Capaldi's fierce and formidable interpretation of the role. Brian revealed whether we'd see more of the Time Lord's darker side, or if he'd been softened for the next series:
"I'd say that one of the great strengths of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor is that he's unpredictable, and you're never sure which way he's going to turn - which is a thing a lot of the classic Doctors have had, and that isn't going away."
Brian also had kind words to say about Jenna Coleman, who decided to stay on for another series, revealing that he was very happy to have her stay:
"Absolutely delighted. It's brilliant. It's a series that we always wanted to tell, of Peter's Doctor with Clara, so we're delighted that it's happening."
Furthermore, Brian discussed why the production team decided to bring Missy back so soon, after her previous appearances over series 8:
"Missy is brilliant, and having seen her in the finale we just couldn't wait to work with Michelle again. Steven had the perfect story. It's not going to be Missy as you expect her to be. Steven likes to surprise everyone and he's going to do that with this opening. Missy has an awful lot of sides to her and we're going to see some new ones in this series. We also learn a bit more about her relationship with the Doctor..."
Sounds cryptic! The ninth series of Doctor Who will be airing on September 19th, and if this interview wasn't exciting enough for you, why not check out the official trailer? Let us know what you're excited about in the comments below, we always love to hear from you.

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