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Voyage of the Damned’s director James Strong, shares extracts from his personal production diary, while DWM eavesdrops at the episode’s Tone Meeting:
“It mustn’t look like an Earth forklift,” points out showrunner Russell T Davies, as the team discusses the climactic sequence where Kylie Minogue herself dispatches villain Max Capricorn. “We\ll do a makeover!” suggests production designer Edward Thomas. “Pimp my truck!” laughs Russell.
But when Ed adds that you need a licence to drive said forklift, producer Phil Collinson buries his head in his hands. Yes, he’s crying.
“I’m just mesmerised by the the idea of us teaching Kylie Minogue how to drive a forklift truck!” admits executive producer Julie Gardner.
“Can we check to see whether she has a forklift licence already?” requests Russell, optimistically. “Oh this is insane!”
Also in a massive 12 pages of coverage of Voyage of the Damned, there are interviews with actors Geoffrey Palmer, Russell Tovey, Jimmy Vee, Clive Rowe and Debbie Chazen; dozens of new and unseen photos from the making of the Special; and a detailed set report, including an unexpected visit from Sixth Doctor actor Colin Baker!
Meanwhile, there’s an extensive tribute to Doctor Who’s first producer Verity Lambert; David Tennant answers more readers’ questions in part two of an exclusive interview; Russell T Davies tells DWM about forthcoming changes to the production team of Doctor Who in Production Notes; the Doctor and Martha encounter gothic horrors in Part One of a new comic strip, Universal Monsters; Planet of the Ood writer Keith Temple discusses Donna’s first visit to an alien world; DWM visits the set for Torchwood Series Two and catches up with the programme’s stars to ask what next for the Underground Adventurers.
Also in DWM 391, the Time Team witness the Attack of the Cybermen; Neil Harris confesses to a very private hobby in You Are Not Alone; and discover the man behind Mr Copper, in an eye-opening interview with actor Clive Swift!
All this, plus the latest exclusive casting news for the new series, reviews, previews and a competition to win the new Doctor Who: Beneath the Surface DVD box set!