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Rachel Talalay
Rachel Talalay
In the DWU
Main jobs: Director
Stories: see credits section
Main time period active: 2014-present
Career highlights
Notable non-DWU work: Sherlock, The Wind in the Willows, Supergirl
IMDb profile
Interview
The return of Rachel Talalay - Doctor Who Series 9 (2015) - BBC01:18

The return of Rachel Talalay - Doctor Who Series 9 (2015) - BBC

Another interview
Ask the Experts Which Series was your Favourite to Direct? - Doctor Who - BBC00:50

Ask the Experts Which Series was your Favourite to Direct? - Doctor Who - BBC

One more interview
Ask the Experts What was the hardest shot to film during Series 8? - Doctor Who - BBC00:39

Ask the Experts What was the hardest shot to film during Series 8? - Doctor Who - BBC


Rachel Talalay is an American director who directed the Doctor Who stories Dark Water / Death in Heaven and Heaven Sent / Hell Bent. She is the first woman in the show's history to direct a finale episode.

She is known for films such as Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare in 1991, Ghost in the Machine in 1993, Tank Girl[1] in 1995, and The Wind in the Willows in 2006.

CareerEdit

Talalay graduated from Yale University, where she majored in mathematics[2]. She was working as a computer programmer at Johns Hopkins when she got her first job in film, a production assistant on the 1981 John Waters film Polyester, a job which led to her working at production company New Line. She most notably worked on New Line's Nightmare on Elm St. franchise, working her way up from accountant on the first Nightmare film, production editor on the second, produced the third and fourth, and then given her first directing job on the fifth.[1]

Doctor WhoEdit

Talalay was a fan of Doctor Who as a child, and identified Tom Baker as "her" Doctor. She was a fan of the revived series, and actively pursued a job on it through her British agents. She credited her work on genre films such as the Nightmare on Elm Street series with granting her invaluable experience to working on such a special-effects-heavy production as Doctor Who.[3]

Talalay's hiring to direct 2014's episodes Dark Water and Death in Heaven made the news in feminist circles, due to Talalay being the first female Doctor Who director since Catherine Morshead directed Amy's Choice four years earlier and the first female director in the show's history to direct a finale.

I did joke around with [showrunner] Steven Moffat in our first meeting. Immediately there was press saying, "woman woman woman" and so I said, "It's clear if I read the internet that you hired me because I'm a woman." And he said, "Oh, you're a woman? Maybe I just looked at your resume and your reel and your credentials and hired you because of that." We both agree that that's what we hope I was hired on.Rachel Talalay[1]

Talalay returned to the show the following year to direct the episodes Heaven Sent and Hell Bent. Following the broadcast of the Series 9 finale, Talalay posted her detailed annotations of the Heaven Sent script's opening scenes online.[4]

Other workEdit

Talalay has taught film production at the University of British Columbia.[2]

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