Last Wednesday it was announced that Rachel Talalay (sounds like Gallifrey) will return to direct the final two episodes of S9. Included in the announcement at Doctor Who News is a breakdown of the season so far:
|1||The Magician’s Apprentice||Steven Moffat||Hettie MacDonald|
|2||The Witch’s Familiar||Steven Moffat||Hettie MacDonald|
|3||tba||Toby Whithouse||Daniel O’Hara|
|4||tba||Toby Whithouse||Daniel O’Hara|
|5||The Girl Who Died||Jamie Mathieson & Steven Moffat||Ed Bazalgette|
|6||The Woman Who Lived||Catherine Tregenna||Ed Bazalgette|
|7||tba||Peter Harness||Daniel Nettheim|
|8||tba||Peter Harness||Daniel Nettheim|
|10||tba||Sarah Dollard||Justin Molotnikov|
|11||tba||Steven Moffat||Rachel Talalay|
|12||tba||Steven Moffat||Rachel Talalay|
This season includes more women behind the camera than any in history.
Writers Tregenna and Dollard are new to DW, though both are experienced television writers and Tregenna wrote for Torchwood. The directors are both returning talent: MacDonald is responsible for fan favorite ‘Blink’ and Talalay for the final two episodes of S8. Only one other woman – Helen Raynor – has written for new Who, and three – Alice Troughton (no relation), Catherine Morshead, and Sheree Folkson – have directed.
In the prior eight seasons, twelve episodes (out of more than 100) were written or directed by women. Women were excluded from these roles in S1, S2, S6, and S7. In S9, six episodes out of twelve so far are written or directed by women. It’s not parity, not even close; it’s not even a breakthrough in terms of television. But for Doctor Who, it’s a pretty good step up.
Keep it coming, BBC.