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THE HILLS ARE ALIVE

With her script for The Witchfinders, Joy Wilkinson conjured one of the most disturbing and thought-provking episodes in Series 11

Joy Wilkinson

A Morax manifests itself through the body of Becka Savage (Siobhan Finneran) in The Witchinders (2018).

“I was partly thinking of Alice nutter, who was hanged for being one of the Pendle witches but was actually a gentlewoman.”

“You can’t adopt a full-on horror approach,” says writer Joy Wilkinson.

Joy Wilkinson is new to the Doctor Who writing team, but the series has been part of her life since she was a child. “I’ve watched all of it from the end of Tom Baker onwards, but I don’t have a ‘This is what happened in that episode’ sort of brain,” she says. “My earliest memories of Doctor Who are more emotional ones.”

The first episode Joy can remember watching featured a sequence where “these things hatched out into spiders and Romana gets kind of tainted by them, ending up with wavy lines on her face. She becomes evil, or infected in some way. That one gave me nightmares as a kid. Which story was that?”

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THE DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE YEARBOOK 2019 Jodie Whittaker’s debut as the Doctor was one of the television events of 2018 and a landmark in Doctor Who’s long history. The latest Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition explores the making of Series 11 in unprecedented detail. Highlights among the exclusive interviews include: Percelle Ascott (The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos), Jonny Dixon (The Woman Who Fell to Earth), Shobna Gulati (Arachnids in the UK, Demons of the Punjab), Julie Hesmondhalgh (Kerblam!), Ed Hime (writer, It Takes You Away), Phyllis Logan (The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos), Susan Lynch (The Ghost Monument), Pete McTighe (writer, Kerblam!), Vinette Robinson (Rosa), Ellie Wallwork (It Takes You Away), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Joy Wilkinson (writer, The Witchfinders)