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Doctor Who: Rachel Talalay On Directing Dark Water & Death In Heaven

Rachel Talalay may be a first-time director on Doctor Who, but she knew just what to do to avoid spoilers when filming the series 8 finale. She says of how long she’s known about the pivotal scene in yesterday’s penultimate episode “Death in Heaven”:

“Since April! It all happened so quickly, me getting the job. I read episode 11, the morning it came to me, as I left for the UK. I read it on the airplane and I shrieked! The other day when we were doing ADR, adding in the dialogue, the ADR technician slammed the console and said ‘oh my God, really? Really?’
It was classic, and I thought yes, it’s going to work!”

She and her team went to great lengths to avoid spoilers for the finale, an effort which seems to have paid off, since nothing major from the two episodes has leaked. Talalay says of the different things they’ve done:

“We put out script sides that were incorrect. We published for the crew a script that was incorrect. The actors when they finally did the correct lines mouthed them. We were outside St Paul’s Cathedral with everyone on their iPhone recording. I’m still shocked that the big spoilers, the secrets, have been kept until now. People were taking cameras and sticking them in the tent. Taking pictures of the sound man’s script! So I give huge credit to the team for figuring out a process! I so enjoy all the theories as to who is Missy and what’s going on!”

The second episode of the two-part finale, “Death in Heaven,” airs this Saturday, 8 November at 8pm on BBC One and 9/8 CST on BBC America.

[Source: Kasterborous]