She’s an artist. I asked her to come and do my last one, and I’m grateful she agreed, because I wanted it to be in the hands of somebody who was a visionary and who has a cinematic thing about her. It’s a tough world because, the world of episodic television, it’s very easy to just deliver the material, or to just have a wide shot or a closeup, and some directors do that. And that works, but it’s better to have someone who is an artist and has a visual understanding and a cinematic understanding. She’s also a big Doctor Who fan and she’s incredibly smart. And for me, it means I’m with someone I can trust. I don’t have to ask Rachel why, she tells me to do something and I don’t ask, I just do it. She’s just brilliant. And she pushed Doctor Who, our Doctor Who, into a different league visually and aesthetically and intellectually. Steven’s incredibly clever, and Rachel’s incredibly clever, and they worked together. It was a great benefit to the show. I love her, she’s fabulous. She’s the real thing, and I’m always interested in the real thing – the real actor, real artist, real director. She’s absolutely bona fide, 24 carat.
— Peter talking about Rachel Talalay.