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Getting the TV Movie off the ground at all proved to be an almost impossible challenge, as its executive producer Jo Wright reveals...

Tom Baker was really my Doctor,” reveals Jo Wright, who served as the BBC’s executive producer on the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie. “I remember thinking he was incredibly attractive – sort of wild and funny – and slightly out of control. There was something really good about him.”

With a career encompassing hit dramas including Lovejoy, The Sculptress, Othello, 55Degrees North, Human Trafficking, and currently Midsomer Murders (to name but a few), Jo recalls her first encounter with the Time Lord actually took place when she was making trailers for Yorkshire Television.

“One day, they asked me to go down to the studios and get Tom Baker to do a trailer to camera,” she smiles. “I couldn’t believe it! This was my first job in television and I was going to meet Tom Baker – who was still Doctor Who at that point.

“So I went down to the set, getting lost along the way, then I found him standing there on the stage. I went up to him and asked, ‘Can you read this?’ As a joke, he turned round to me and boomed, ‘No, I can’t! ’

“I must have looked like I was going to burst into tears because he instantly smiled and went, ‘I’m so sorry, I was only joking! What would you like me to say?’ And then he was really nice to me. He’d buy me drinks in the bar and tell me stories of how he had to hide on the train coming in because all the kids would come up to him, before confessing he didn’t really mind. I was really thrilled to meet him actually. He was good fun!”

It was at an industry Showcase event in Brighton, decades later, that Jo was then offered the opportunity to become involved in reviving the Doctor for a 1990s audience.

Sylvester McCoy made a brief return for his Doctor to be killed off.
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A special issue celebrating the 20th anniversary of the 1996 TV Movie! Contents include: interviews with actors Paul McGann, Eric Roberts, Daphne Ashbrook, Yee Jee Tso and Gordon Tipple, and Executive Producer Jo Wright; a feature examining the legacy of the TV Movie; Steven Moffat answers readers' questions; Fact of Fiction – The Power of Kroll; Part One of a new comic strip, Witch Hunt by Jacqueline Rayner, illustrated by Martin Geraghty; The Time Team watch Victory of the Daleks; plus news, reviews, previews, prize-winning competitions and much more.