When I was a kid, being a huge Doctor Who fan, I wrote numerous letters to the Doctor Who office largely inquiring about how the show was made. It was 1972 and Doctor Who was entering its ninth season on BBC 1.

I was thrilled to have delivered to me a large package from the BBC containing two full studio scripts for the Jon Pertwee serial ‘The Mutants’, which they were making at the time. The package also contained set designs and studio floor plans for these episodes and a delightful letter from Barry Letts giving me an idea what all this stuff was.
J2 in SFX magazine 2006 Part 2

 Meet the men responsible  – Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, alias estrogen-tickling demon slayers Sam and Dean Winchester in TV frightfest Supernatural. They bundle into the room like overgrown puppies, their sparring and mutual support echoing the sibling relationship of the Winchester boys. Seems scary just got tardy, too – they’re 20 minutes late and they apologize profusely…

JA “We’re late because he [indicated Padalecki] partied hard last night and apparently fell asleep in the shower.”
JP “I couldn’t attend an interview without having a shower.”
JA “Sure… but you’re always in there for hours. What do you do in there?”
JP “There’s a lot of me to wash, okay?”

…wearing the converse with [the suit] was something I was adamant on since day one. Lots of people thought it was a terrible idea but I thought it would take the curse off wearing a suit. It stops it looking like ‘man in suit’, which can be a bit imposing. The thing about the Doctor is that flash of anarchy that goes through him.

David Tennant talking about his Doctor costume in SFX Magazine (issue #143) in May 2006.

[Found in SFX Magazine #258 as part of their feature on 10 years of New Who]

Steven Moffat Teases Next Year’s Doctor Who | SFX

For those who don’t want to know anything about anything ever: SPOILER WARNING!!!

We’re back at the movie posters thing,” the Who supremo tells us, confirming that the next eight episodes will share the sense of widescreen ambition that powered this year’s run. “No two-parters, so they’re all standalone stories. And they are all huge – there isn’t the budget-saver episode. I don’t know how we’ve done this. Possibly we’ll find out at the end when we’ll have no money left and will have to go to prison…”

So what sort of tales will we see as the show builds to its milestone anniversary?

“We have Doctor Who taking on the modern urban thriller, which is not very much like anyone else’s modern urban thriller!

“We’ve got your base-under-siege story in a new way.

“We’ve  gone all-out to give you a fantastic alien planet, which is looking absolutely amazing.

“We’ve got a cracking ghost story, a really cracking ghost story.”

And that’s not all…

“We’ve got Neil Gaiman doing the Cybermen – part of the impulse there was to say “Have we fully exploited the creepy factor of the Cybermen yet?” I thought Neil would be a good match for that.

“You’re going to see “Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS”, with more of the TARDIS than you’ve ever seen before.

“We’ve got Diana Rigg and junior Diana Rigg in an absolutely mental story by Mark Gatiss – all period drama will pale next to this monstrosity of nonsense! It’s absolutely glorious. You’ll watch other period dramas and say ‘When are they going to do the scary bit?’

“And then there’s the finale, which has got some serious fan-pleasing going on in it. My aim for it – which I’m about to humiliate myself at the tone meeting by saying – is to have slightly more than you think could possibly happen in one episode. Slightly more treats than you think you could be allowed…”


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SFX 251 is here – with a world exclusive look at Peter Capaldi’s first series of Doctor Who! We bring you five collectable covers to celebrate! Plus: all the hottest views, news and features from every outpost of the geek universe!

An unmissable exclusive interview with Steven Moffat! Brace yourself for the most revealing insight into series 8 to date, chatting about Peter Capaldi, the possibility of Peter Jackson directing a story and a sneak-peak preview of each and every episode.

PLUS: It’s not just Mr Capaldi, you know! Choose from these supremely collectable Doctor Who covers! [x]


SFX Magazine August 2016 preview

Chris Pine was one of many Star Trek Beyond stars to sit down with Britain’s biggest SF and fantasy magazine, SFX, to talk Trek and more. On making Trek in 2016, Pine said that, while the JJ films have tried to touch on “demanding questions and themes”, it’s just not possible to make a movie without “wham-bam explosions and planets blowing up”. Plus, SFX grabbed exclusive interviews from Director Justin Lin, Karl Urban, John Cho, and Soufia Boutella, who joins the cast as Jaylah. 

Chris Pine spoke about how Star Trek can compete in the modern cinema marketplace.

“You can’t make a cerebral Star Trek in 2016. It just wouldn’t work in today’s marketplace. You can hide things in there – Star Trek Into Darkness has crazy, really demanding questions and themes, but you have to hide it under the guise of wham-bam explosions and planets blowing up. It’s very, very tricky. The question that our movie poses is “Does the Federation mean anything?” And in a world where everybody’s trying to kill one another all of the time, that’s an important thing. Is working together important? Should we all go our separate ways? Does being united against something mean anything?”

On rumors making the rounds way back when that Chris Pine was originally going to share scenes with William Shatner, Chris said:

“At this point there’s been so much built up about this potential portentous meeting between the two Kirks… Fuck the movie, it would just become about that. The movie can’t become about that. The movie has to be about whatever story we’re trying to tell. It’d be fun, it’d be kitschy, it’d be a great piece for you guys to talk about, and for late-night TV, but above and beyond that I don’t know what it serves for our storytelling purposes, you know?”

SFX also spoke with Director Justin Lin, who said that remembering Star Trek’s mission statement was key to making Beyond.

“What was so great about Star Trek in the last 50 years was not only the characters, the sense of exploration, and these themes that connect to us as human beings, it also had the ultimate mission statement — which is to try new things. I think sometimes that gets lost. Let’s sometimes go to places where we’re not that comfortable. If anything, this is the one franchise where you can do that.”

And, Lin’s favorite character? Why, Dr. McCoy of course:

“Bones was my favourite growing up. So to be able to re-engineer Bones, and to see where he is today but then at the same time how he would interact with new challenges and how that would shape who he is and evolve him… That was part of the joy.”(x)

I was looking for the Capaldi moments every episode, saying ‘We need a Capaldi moment, that moment where he’s not Matt Smith, he’s not David Tennant, where he’s a dangerous, unpredictable, volatile character’. Because that slaps the audience awake, in a way. The longer you do a show the cosier it gets, the cosier it gets, the nearer to death it gets. You really have to say to people ‘Pay attention. He’s far more unpredictable than that’. So now, having done that, and having blasted our new Doctor at them, we can go other places with him. We don’t have to work at that anymore because people just accept him. I won’t be looking for the Capaldi moment next year because the whole show is a Capaldi moment.
—  Steven Moffat [x]
EXCLUSIVE – Matt Smith Talks New Doctor Who Series And 50th Anniversary Special! | SFX

This is a question I’ve never had a chance to ask anybody before: what’s it like being on a stamp?

It’s a great privilege that the nation will be licking the backs of our heads. It’s an amazing thing – I’m really proud to be part of it. It’s cool. it’s something that I can show my grandkids.

You’ve got Jenna joining as Clara. What new colours does she bring out of your Doctor?

I think that essentially she allows him to complete his grieving period, as it were, over the Ponds. Not that he’ll ever forget the Ponds but she gives him his mojo back somehow, and his spirit of adventure, and allows him to go right, you’ve got to look forward. Importantly, she gives him something to be curious about, because she is this impossible girl and he doesn’t really understand how or why or what context she exists in. I think she ignites his curiosity. And with the Doctor that’s the thing that keeps him flying around.

This is a brilliant, fun interview. Click through for the rest.