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.

Jensen Ackles article in SFX Magazine (but first I’d like to thank one of my good friends Jo Wren for posting this, all credit goes to her)

Q: How does it feel to start year ten with Dean as a demon?

J: We’re still getting our bearings and trying to figure out where we’re going to go, but the whole demon Dean storyline is fun and new and interesting and different.

Q: What’s different about this Dean?

J: Everybody’s asked if this will be a darker Dean, but it’s actually the opposite. It’s a lighter Dean. It’s a Dean without having the weight of the world on his shoulders and trying to fight the good fight, protect his brother and do the right thing. This Dean doesn’t give a shit at all. He’s going to have a good time. He’s going to drink as much as he wants and get into fights and hook up with babes. It’s the life Dean wished he could live but he can’t because he’s the good guy.

Q: Would you say the episodes are more comedic in tone?

J: It’s not comedic. It’s a personal choice I made with the character. He’s not funny. He doesn’t care to the point that it’s kind of scary.He’s just flippant about everything even when he hears his brother might be in some serious trouble. He’s like “I don’t care” which to me is scarier than if he was like [growls]

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]

I kind of want her to know sooner rather than later. Barry just really wants to tell her, and it’s killing him in the second episode. Because she’s always been pretty much his only friend. He’s got his STAR Labs family now, but they only know him as this guy who has these powers. Nobody knows him like Joe and Iris know him. He really wants to tell Iris because she could understand on a level that nobody else does.
—  Grant Gustin on if he prefers Iris to learn Barry’s secret (x)
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…”

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]

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J2 SFX magazine 2006

Do you fancy being in Supernatural for the next ten years, like Mulder and Scully?

JA “Us, the next Mulder and Scully – Wow!”
JP “Who gets to be Scully?”
JA “Well, I’d have to be Mulder.”
JP “I wouldn’t mind putting on a wig.”
JA “Nah! I’m not sure about the wig, but if we can taste a little bit of their success and longevity, that’d be awesome.”

I hadn’t been watching [Doctor Who].  But I was watching TV one day and I saw Matt telling all these spaceships… sending them all to hell basically, and I wondered what that was like on set because there were no spaceships there and he must’ve looked really crazy.

Ryan Gosling, director of Lost River staring Matt Smith, in an interview with SFX Magazine issue #258, April 2015.

Lost River opens in cinemas on 10th April 2015.

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.

This Christmas special follows a series that was fairly dark. How does that tone square with Christmas Day?
Well, not all the series was very dark. That’s been slightly talked up. People are forgetting “Robot Of Sherwood” or “Time Heist” or “In the Forest Of The Night”. We did lots of silly, silly things. Just because Peter frowned at you during them doesn’t mean that we’re any less barking mad than normal. We certainly pick up the threads of where we were. We don’t just say oh, we’re stepping aside for Christmas to have a party and then we’ll pick up the plot again in episode one. To be fair sometimes we’ve come close to doing that with the Christmas specials.
This time you’re going to see the consequences of the last things you saw on screen, and it’s played out quite seriously. The darkness really comes from the complexity and danger in the friendship between the Doctor and Clara. A lovely and wonderful and warm and serious friendship though it is, if occasionally explosive, it’s a troubling one. It would trouble you if you saw it. I you were Clara’s best friend, you’d be saying “He looks barking mad to me”…
—  Steven Moffat (source: SFX)
The last episode ended with the Doctor and Clara deciding they didn’t want to travel with each other. How does their relationship fare?
There’s a dilemma that appears which the Doctor has to solve. And she’s at the centre of it. So he has to find her again, and he has to help her. But it creates some profound changes in the relationship.
—  Peter Capaldi (source: SFX)