Calling the Shots: Directing the New Series of Doctor Who

I somehow missed this book when it came out a couple of years ago, which turned out not to be a bad thing, as I go it for just £2 in a bargain bookshop recently. This is a totally unofficial and personal account of the creation of Doctor Who episodes, written by the only director of the classic series to have been brought back for the current version.

If you’re a Doctor Who fan, or are at all interested in how a modern TV show is made, you should find this interesting – the bulk of the text consists of daily accounts of filming – arranging shots, takes and retakes, and getting the perfect shot. There’s lots of detail about the actors, including some predictable fun when John Barrowman’s around.

Graeme comes across as both a dedicated professional and a genuinely nice guy without a bad word to say about anyone. Worth a read.