Charlie McDonnell - Runner[1] was one of several short episodes of Doctor Who Confidential broadcast via BBC Red Button in the run-up to A Christmas Carol. Like all in this special series of Confidential, it featured young internet film-maker Charlie McDonnell giving his thoughts on his ramble round the Upper Boat Studios. It was thus a kind of video diary, but one nevertheless produced by, and released under the banner of, Doctor Who Confidential.

Aspects of production covered[edit | edit source]

As the title suggests, the major focus of the episode was to have Charlie follow a runner around the Upper Boat Studios.

Additional topics covered[edit | edit source]

Much of the episode was concerned with depicting the pedestrian reality of the Upper Boat Studios. Very little of the footage actually showed anything to do with the production of A Christmas Carol, although Charlie did eventually make it onto an empty set.

People interviewed[edit | edit source]

The major interviewee was Jay Harley, a runner for A Christmas Carol.[2] Matt Smith made a brief, non-speaking appearance.

Home video releases[edit | edit source]

As of August 2020, no version of the episode is available commercially.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. Although the episode had the on-screen title of simply "Day 1", Charlie McDonnell - Runner is what was given on the official BBC Three website.[1]
  2. Though called a runner here, Harley were actually credited as an "assistant director" in the end credits of the episode. That said, they were, practically speaking, a runner, as the 3rd AD was credited above their name.
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