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“I’m going to do a chamber piece, with no money, in the middle, because I haven’t done one in ages and I’d like to prove that I can actually write.” Steven Mo_ at

Aboard the TARDIS, Clara (Jenna Coleman) sees the word ‘Listen’ on the Doctor’s blackboard.
The Doctor visits an arid landscape to observe perfect hunters.

The character piece would also build on the comedy of relationships, a major element of Moff at’s BBC Two sitcom Coupling, which had run from 2000 to 2004 and charted the dating misadventures of a group of individuals. This would develop the romance between Clara and Danny, which had been hinted at in Into the Dalek (2014). In turn, the Doctor’s morality towards soldiers – and, as such, a potential confl ict with Danny – was established, with the Doctor seeing himself as a nobleman and very diff erent to Clara’s new colleague.

Listen would be one of the two episodes forming Block 2 of production on the 2014 series. Returning to Doctor Who as producer on Block 2 was Peter Bennett, taking over from Nikki Wilson who had helmed Block 1 and was then to prepare for Block 3 (comprising Robot of Sherwood and The Caretaker, both 2014). Bennett had worked on Doctor Who in various capacities since 2005, initially coming on board as a fi rst assistant director and later producing several episodes of the 2010 series.

‘Start back at Doctor Who on Monday.

Can’t wait to get started!’ tweeted director Douglas Mackinnon on Saturday 14 December 2013. Mackinnon had fi rst worked on Doctor Who in 2007 when directing The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky (2008) and had returned in 2012 to work on The Power of Three (2012) and Cold War (2013).

He became the fi rst director to have covered the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth eras of the Doctor. “I wanted to come back, they wanted me, and it was at the right time, as I’d just done Line of Duty for BBC Two, and it’s just fallen that way, very happily for me,” Mackinnon told the Daily Record. “It’s a real treat to do and I’m happy to have done more than any director in the last fi ve years.”

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Doctor Who Magazine continues its in-depth chronicle of the show’s production with a volume dedicated to the first four episodes of Series 8: Deep Breath, Into the Dalek, Robot of Sherwood and Listen. Andrew Pixley’s unparalleled behind-the-scenes coverage – reproduced in magazine format for the first time – examines every aspect of the stories’ development, from scripting through to transmission and beyond. Richly illustrated with rare and previously unseen images, this is the essential guide to the series that took Doctor Who in a remarkable new direction…