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BREATHING SPACE

In his script for the 2017 episode Oxygen, writer Jamie Mathieson depicted a dangerous and terrifying environment that had terrible consequences for the Doctor…
“You find yourself with Ridley Scott and James Cameron looking over your shoulder.” Oxygen scriptwriter Jamie Mathieson.

Filmmakers have been preoccupied with the final frontier since the earliest days of cinema, when French director Georges Méliès embarked on Le voyage dans la lune in 1902. Since then, countless screen journeys to the stars have enthralled audiences on the big and small screen. Why do we still love space?

“For me it’s a Boy’s Own adventure thing”, says Jamie Mathieson. “As a kid I was very enamoured of Blake’s 7. I was traumatised by Doctor Who at the age of six and couldn’t watch it. My big things when I was a kid were Blake’s 7 and Sapphire & Steel. Blake’s 7 was huge in my house. So space is a very exciting place to go. The shadow of Alien [1979] and Aliens [1986] looms large over the whole space genre, and I’m a massive fan of both those films. Any time you write anything in that area, you find yourself with [directors] Ridley Scott and James Cameron looking over your shoulder, informing what you’re doing.”

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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.