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The Final Cut

Editor Will Oswald has been responsible for numerous missing scenes while assembling and polishing episodes of Doctor Who. Along the way, however, he’s instigated a surprising amount of new material…


Editor Will Oswald on the set of 2015’s Hell Bent.

“John Boorman once said to me that editing is the last chance to rewrite,” says Will Oswald, recalling the words of the film director behind the likes of Deliverance and Excalibur. And Will himself has used that skill to execute rewrites as the award-winning editor of many Doctor Who episodes across the last decade, including the 2017 Christmas Special. “The first cut of Twice Upon a Time was 93 minutes and had to come down to 60,” he recalls. “A lot of work…”

At the age of 11, Belfast-born Will was captivated by the futuristic grace of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), a film expertly assembled by editor Ray Lovejoy. Graduating in computer science at Queen’s University, Will joined BBC Cymru as a trainee film editor in 1979. He also worked at Granada before becoming a founder member of the Cardiff-based independent production company Teliesyn, where he headed up the post-production department. He then moved to another Cardiff company, POV, before going freelance in 1996.

Winning BAFTA Cymru awards for Best Editing on the courtroom drama The Bench (2001-02), Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood and Steven Moffat’s Sherlock (2010-), Will’s credits include BBC Cymru’s drama Belonging (1999-2009), successful sleuthing series such as Dalziel and Pascoe (1996-2007) and The Last Detective (2003-07), Casualty (1986-) and BBC One’s post-modern take on the legend of Robin Hood (2006-09).

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From scenes which didn't make the final cut to characters who were completely edited out... Issue 525 of Doctor Who Magazine brings you the best bits of Doctor Who you never got to see! Doctor Who Magazine 525 also includes: • An interview with Will Oswald, an editor on Doctor Who from 2007 to 2017 • DWM chats to Michelle Ryan about the return of her character Lady Christina de Souza • The Time Team returns - and they've regenerated! • Out of the TARDIS with Janet Fielding, who played 80s companion Tegan • A look back at the ways new Doctors have been introduced to the public • Jamie Lenman's cosplay quest to recreate the Fourth Doctor's scarf • Part Two of The Clockwise War, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill • The Fact of Fiction delves into the 2009 Tenth Doctor story Planet of the Dead • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!