You’ll be the finest commander we’ve ever trained.
Last year, in the preview for Season Seven, Doctor Who‘s producers announced that each of the episodes would pack the punch of a blockbuster movie. And in keeping with that aim, a dramatic, movie-style poster would be released for each installment. The campaign proved extremely popular, with fans enthusiastically collecting and dissecting each image for details and references. We spoke with Lee Binding, Doctor Who‘s talented graphic designer who helped bring these visions to life, about his sweet gig, the collaborative process with producers and the team behind the posters, and the single image that took three months to create.
What’s your history with Doctor Who as a fan?
Lee: I remember my mother calling me downstairs when I was six, yelling “Doctor Who‘s on! You like that!” and me thinking “Do I…?” but going downstairs anyway. She was right, you know.
Were you the kid who sits in the back of the class doodling in notebooks?
Lee: Yeah, actually I was. I was obsessed with the shape of the Police Box. When I first started, it was like little Amelia Pond’s rough oblong models, but you keep trying and eventually you get all the detail in there — the roof and the door flanges and stuff like that. I love that Police Box. It’s a beautiful shape, and I love what it represents: the start of the adventure. I’ve seen some fan artwork where they’ve put the TARDIS on a planet, and the door’s open with the light spilling out. That for me is just the most exciting image ever. Anything can happen!
See all of the Doctor Who Series 7 episode posters here.
“I truly want the first scene of the movie to be of Veronica walking out of a rainstorm, since the end of the series has her walking into one. It would be such a low-key connection that only hardcore fans could recognize. I think the movie should incorporate subtle things like this.”
“I know Rob Thomas has said they won’t go into the whole mythology in the film but I really hope they at least acknowledge the fact that it’s the tenth year anniversary of Aaron Echoll’s death - it doesn’t have to be by much, I’ll be satisfied with having reruns of Aaron Echoll’s episode of The Tinseltown Diaries running on a telly somewhere. I just can’t imagine it going unnoticed by Logan or the Media.”
This isn’t the first time The Doctor has used chess to play off against an enemy with Very Big consequences.
This thing with chess in the recent episode, how central it was to the defeat of the enemy and the stakes on the outcome reminded me of an adventure from the time of the Seventh Doctor called ‘The Curse of Fenric’.
One could maybe call it a habit even, and a pretty fantastic one at that.