Who director teases underwater adventure (plus a classic monster)

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Jan 14, 2013

Prepare your scuba gear and get those swimsuits out, because the second half of Doctor Who's seventh season is gearing up for an "under-siege story" involving "volumes of water." Oh, and it may involve the return of a classic Who monster. Shhhh—SPOILERS!

In an interview with Doctor Who Magazine, director Douglas MacKinnon has dropped a few tantalizing hints about the episode he's directed for the second part of season two.

The episode in question has been written by Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and—according to rumors—may be set on a ... submarine! Now, how cool would that be?

MacKinnon discussed the technically demanding episode:

"I enjoyed it just about more than any other bit of directing I've ever done. Without a doubt, if ever there were a team effort that has made an episode work, it was that one. Just the safety elements alone, with water flowing around... The gaffers, and the Electrical Department, and the practical effects guys, they were all on top of that the entire time... Also, we had to remember that there was electrical circuitry on show. All that had to be shifted to 12 volts to make it safe. And there was steam, and smoke, and explosions, and guns, and everything that makes directing Doctor Who fun. I had the time of my life. And then there's 'the creature' as well."

The other fascinating rumor surrounding that story is actually the monster that will appear in said episode. Seems like our good Doctor (Matt Smith) may be encountering a classic old enemy: the Ice Warriors. There had been rumors of the classic Who monster's return in time for the 50th-anniversary bash in 2013, and it looks like they'll indeed be making a splashy return in time for the celebrations.

MacKinnon doesn't reveal what "the creature" is, per se, but he does reveal that it's "really scary" and that there will also be CG elements that will be added.

"Because of the environment that Mark put his creature in, there was all sorts of texture around that's natural to the environment — and water, of course — and I took advantage of that. I had the creature stomping through water. I shot some of it in slow-mo, to make it look even more impressive. The results are magnificent. If that's hard work, I'll have some more of it, thank you very much."

Do you guys believe the Ice Warriors will finally be making their long-awaited return? Are you looking forward to that particular episode?

(via Doctor Who TV)

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