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In Oxygen, director Charles Palmer orchestrated a nerve-racking adventure quite unlike anything that had previously been seen in Doctor Who.
The precarious space-walk from the pre-titles sequence of Oxygen (2017).

“I ‘ve been watching Doctor Who off and on for 45 years and I don’t think it’s changed at all in that time”, says director Charles Palmer.

“That’s the glory of it. I hid behind the sofa when I was a kid and watched it with Jon Pertwee, my kids hid behind the sofa and watched Chris Eccleston and David Tennant, and maybe one day, I’ll have grandchildren and they’ll be hiding behind the sofa. When he says ‘I’m the Doctor’ it still sends a tingle down one’s spine.”

Having grown up watching Doctor Who, Charles became responsible for sending other children scurrying behind the sofa when he directed four episodes of the 2007 series – Smith and Jones, The Shakespeare Code and the two-part Human Nature/The Family of Blood. After a decade-long break (in which time he has directed everything from Poirot to Midsomer Murders, Death in Paradise to the BBC’s acclaimed adaptation of Winston Graham’s Poldark books) he returned to Doctor Who in 2017 for two more episodes: The Eaters of Light and perhaps the series’ most terrifying and ambitious space-set adventure – Oxygen.

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“Space: the final frontier. Final, because it wants to kill us...” The TARDIS doesn’t just travel through time – stories set in space have been an essential part of Doctor Who for six decades. The inhospitable void between the stars has served as the backdrop to epic space operas and nerve-racking thrillers, while harbouring some of the most dangerous adversaries the Doctor has ever encountered. This lavish publication navigates a revealing course through the space lanes of Doctor Who, with exclusive interviews, rare images, and guides to some of the most memorable episodes.