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Bubblewrap monsters reborn?

July 1st, 2010 (12:23 am)

I was frightened by the Wirrn larvae and transforming Noah when I was four, even though I could tell they were made out of some kind of packaging material... and Barbara Kidd, the costume designer of The Ark in Space and other Doctor Who stories of the 1970s and 1980s, is returning to the programme to be Doctor Who's costume designer for series thirty-two/six/11.1. She's since been costume designer for all sorts of series, including Little Dorrit in which Arthur Darvill (Rory in Doctor Who) played Tip.

The Doctor Who News Page also reports on the appointment of Sanne Wohlenberg as producer, coming over from Wallander (Kidd and Wohlenberg... Wirrn in Sweden?); some sources are saying this will be the executive producer role, replacing Beth Willis. Apparently shooting on the Christmas special won't start until August now, the forums claim, perhaps a side-effect of the departure of Beth Willis late in the day and her replacement by Wohlenberg, or of Steven Moffat's need to reconstruct the script for the Christmas special after his hard drive crashed.

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Posted by: segh (segh)
Posted at: July 1st, 2010 06:24 am (UTC)

Oh that's where I've seen him!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 1st, 2010 08:59 am (UTC)

Arthur Darvill's casting could certainly be considered part of the 'quality' branding of Doctor Who; though Little Dorrit was not considered as much of a success as Bleak House.

Posted by: A Meticulous Catalogue of Wrongs To Be Avenged (splendorsine)
Posted at: July 1st, 2010 06:40 am (UTC)

It's funny, in the old days a "new producer" for Doctor Who was a HUGE deal. Now we only care about what in the old days we'd have called the script editor, albeit one hogging more of the writing duties than used to be considered tasteful.

I assume producers of the new show do have *some* impact on the direction it takes. Does anyone know if they're actually anywhere near as significant to how things unfold as Letts or Hinchcliffe or Williams or Nathan-Turner might have been in the past?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 1st, 2010 09:09 am (UTC)
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I think it's more a case of openly hogging the writing duties, given that the final transmission scripts of the majority of the Pertwee era stories seem to have been by Terrance Dicks even though he was only credited on screen as script editor; and the same goes for Robert Holmes and most of his successors. A dominant author is what the BBC want - if there had only been eight episodes of the 2005 series, apparently Russell would have been expected to write all of them!

As for producers, they have had significant creative input in the 2005+ set-up - Mal Young (for the Eccleston season), Julie Gardner and Phil Collinson all made decisions which affected the direction of the series and how particular episodes developed. Less has been revealed about how Piers Wenger, Beth Willis, Tracie Simpson and Peter Bennett affected the 2010 season; only Wenger will be along for the forthcoming season.

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: July 1st, 2010 11:03 am (UTC)
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Wirrn in Sweden?);

Now I'm thinking of Wirrn that sound like the Swedish chef from the Muppets...