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Amazing Grace

Sharon D Clarke’s time on Doctor Who may have been short-lived but her character, Grace O’Brien, casts a long shadow over the series…
Grace O’Brien (Sharon D Clarke) in her final moments in The Woman Who Fell to Earth (2018); and Graham (Bradley Walsh) recalls his much-missed wife in Arachnids in the UK (2018).
Grace and Graham appear to be reunited in It Takes You Away (2018).

In Doctor Who’s 2018 series opener we loved and lost Grace O’Brien – the Woman Who Fell to Earth in her quest to save others. “It’s very emotional,” says Sharon D Clarke, who plays Grace. “At the end of that first episode it looks quite final, like it’s the last we’ve seen of my character. But of course, this is Doctor Who we’re dealing with…” Grace doesn’t cheat death but she does reappear – as a memory of Graham’s. Her spirit inhabits their house, a sensitive realisation of the grieving process in Arachnids in the UK. In It Takes You Away the Solitract (a conscious other universe) takes her form, to entice Graham to stay in its mirror world.

Sharon is with the Doctor Who team today, on location to record her final scenes of the series for It Takes You Away. Make-up designer Claire Pritchard has kindly allowed us into her hair and make-up trailer. According to Claire, “It’s the warmest place on set.” “We have been cold out there,” Sharon agrees as we pull up a couple of heavy make-up chairs. “It’s not glamorous.

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Contents include: • An exclusive preview of the New Year's day Special: Resolution. • An exclusive interview with Sharon D Clarke, who played Grace O’Brien in the 2018 series • Frazer Hines answers questions from our TARDIS tin • A tribute to Derrick Sherwin, the Doctor Who script editor and producer who oversaw the series’ transition from black and white into colour • Highlights from a previously unpublished interview with Derrick Sherwin in 2014 • Part Three of The Warmonger, a brand-new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends • The Time Team watches Doctor Who’s very first Christmas Day episode, 1965’s The Feast of Steven • An in-depth look at Series 11’s ratings • An in-depth look at Series 11’s ratings • Share your views on the latest series of Doctor Who in our 2018 Season Survey • The Fact of Fiction delves into 1981’s spin-off K9 and Company, starring Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith • Put your Doctor Who knowledge to the test with the DWM Christmas Quiz • DWM's reviews of Series 11 episodes Demons of the Punjab, Kerblam! and The Witchfinders • The Blogs of Doom, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!