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Meet the Crew

As work on the 2017 episodes continues, some of Doctor Who’s lesser-spotted crew members take time out to describe their contributions to the series.
A Doctor Who crew in action, on location in Dubai for Planet of the Dead (2009).
Female crew members join Jenna Coleman (as Clara Oswald) and Michelle Gomez (as Missy) on the TARDIS set during the making of The Magician’s Apprentice (2015).

As Doctor Who fans, we’re unusually knowledgeable about the background efforts that go into getting our favourite show on the screen. Many of us could pass a pub quiz that posed the questions ‘Who played the Eighth Doctor?’ or ‘Who designed the Daleks?’ We know the names of producers, directors, script editors and writers.

Look at the end credits of episodes made since 2005, however, and you’ll see nearly a hundred names whizzing past amid a dizzying array of mystifying job titles. What do they all do? What is a ‘post-production supervisor’? What does being a ‘production secretary’ entail? What are your responsibilities as ‘prop master’? So, for a change, we’re shunning the director, ignoring the writer and cold-shouldering the producer. This is the chance for the other people to have their say.

Assistant director James DeHaviland (right).

One thing that unifies everyone working on Doctor Who, whether you’re the top dog (hello Steven Moffat) or the lowliest tea boy, is that your day starts early. Really early. “You never truly get used to your alarm going off at 5.30 am and you try not to smash the thing,” says James DeHaviland, who joined Doctor Who as a second assistant director on David Tennant’s valedictory run of Specials in 2009. It’s his job, he says, “to type up the call sheet, book the background, give the cast their call times and get them to and from costume and make-up and set.” Luckily for James, home is comfortably close to Doctor Who’s base at Roath Lock in Cardiff, so he can rock into work by 6.00 am.

Recording a scene with Matt Smith (as the Doctor) for The Snowmen (2013).
Call sheets for Last Christmas (2014).
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On the 50th anniversary of The Power of the Daleks, Doctor Who looked back as well as forwards. While an animated reconstruction of the Second Doctor’s début was being prepared, work began on new episodes to be broadcast in 2017. Inside this issue, you’ll find exclusive interviews with some of the people behind the next series and the recent spin-off Class, the story behind the acclaimed exhibition of Target Books artwork and a ringside seat at the Power of the Daleks launch event. This is the essential guide to the worlds of Doctor Who.