Thanks, Steven. You’ve done some pretty awesome things:
- Hired the most new female directors for NuWho (Catherine Morshead, Sheree Folkson, Rachel Talalay)
- Tripled the number of episodes directed by women since becoming
showrunner in 2010 (9/69 for about 13.04% for the Moffat Era, presuming 9x09 is still being directed by Justin Molotinkov as previously reported in his CV)
- Hired the first woman to direct a two-parter in NuWho (Rachel Talalay for ”Dark Water” / “Death in Heaven”)
- Hired the first woman ever (Nu or Classic) to direct a series closer episode (Rachel Talalay for “Death in Heaven”) and brought her back the second year in a row to do the next season closer
the first woman to direct a series opener for NuWho (Hettie MacDonald
for the upcoming “The Magician’s Apprentice”), who is also the fourth woman ever (including Classic Who) to direct a series opener
the second woman to direct a two-parter for NuWho (Hettie MacDonald for
the upcoming “The Magician’s Apprentice” / “The Witch’s Familiar”)
- Hired more women than ever (Nu or Classic) to write for the show in a single season (Catherine Tregenna and Sarah Dollard for upcoming 9x06 and 9x10)
We’ve still got a long way to go. Two female writers or two female directors in a 12 episode season is still very tiny. (Plus no professional women have ever written or directed Christmas specials or minisodes in NuWho under either showrunner. However, some of the child winners under the writing competitions held during the Moffat Era were female. “Good as Gold” was written by three girls, for instance.) Even four episodes between two female directors is very small and considering NuWho’s been around since 2005, it’s very frustrating for so many when we’ve only just reached such a small number as our biggest accomplishment so far.
But that’s the thing: so far. Last year an unprecedented two female directors were hired in the same season and directed more episodes (three) in a single NuWho season than ever before. This year, the same number of women were hired, but given more episodes (four).
These are landmarks; this is progress.
MacDonald and Talalay were the first two female directors ever brought back for NuWho and they were given the biggest episodes of the season. That’s phenomenal!
So again, thank you Steven, and let’s once again smash season nine’s records in season ten!