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Production Values

Producer Alex M ercer joined the Doctor W ho team in 2017 and is now working on Jodie W hittaker’s second series. Here he provides an insight into life at Roath Lock Studios…
Producer Alex Mercer, on location in Spain for Demons of the Punjab (2018).

J odie W hittaker’s era of Doctor W ho has already w elcom ed plenty of new talent to the show, both on and o the screen. Series 11 proclaim ed a new Doctor, a new show runner, new series regulars, new w riters and… a new producer.

“D octor W ho is such a big undertaking,” says Alex M ercer, w ho supported Nikki W ilson on all ten episodes in 2018, the 2019 New Year’s Day Special and is continuing the role for the 2020 series. “There’s a lot of planning, a lot of prep, a lot of post-production, a lot of budget to keep under control. Nikki is the series producer but w e’ve split up the roles.”

Alex led on the episodes Arachnids in the UK, Dem ons of the Punjab, The W itchfinders and The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos. “I’m on set as the eyes and ears of the producer and the w riters. Really you em ploy the director and a fantastic team and you put your faith in them to do the job. I’m here not to w atch over them but because I’ve got a broader view of the entire series.”

Executive producers Chris Chibnall and M att Strevens invited Alex to join Doctor W ho’s production team back in 2017. “I’d w orked w ith Chris previously on Broadchurch [2013-17] and I’ve w orked w ith M att m any tim es before on other jobs. So, bless them, w hen they w ere thinking of a producer for the show, they thought of m e. W hen they asked, I w as absolutely blow n aw ay. Doctor W ho is such an exciting thing to be able to do. So I thought about it for about ten seconds, then said, ‘Yes please!’”

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This issue includes: • An exclusive interview with new composer Segun Akinola • A candid interview with Eric Saward, Doctor Who’s longest-serving script editor. • Former showrunner Steven Moffat discusses Eric’s legacy. • Robert Allsopp describes his unusual contributions to Doctor Who’s prop and costume departments – from the Sylvester McCoy episodes to the present day. • Alex Mercer describes what it’s like to be one of the current producers of Doctor Who. • Storyboard artist James Iles talks us through some of his stunning illustrations. • Jacqueline King – aka Sylvia Noble – answers questions from the TARDIS tin. • A tribute to Shane Rimmer, who guest starred in The Gunfighters in 1966. • Part Four of Herald of Madness, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends. • How one cosplayer became the War Doctor’s companion. • The Fact of Fiction explores the 1979 story Nightmare of Eden. • The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!