Rachel Talalay

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Rachel Talalay
Born (1958-08-16) 16 August 1958 (age 62)
Alma materYale University
  • Director
  • producer
  • professor
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Rupert Harvey
Parent(s)Paul Talalay

Rachel Talalay (born 16 August 1958) is a British-American film and television director and producer. She is also a University of British Columbia film professor.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Talalay was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her father Paul Talalay was a pharmacologist, born in Berlin to a Russian Jewish family, and her mother Pamela is an English biochemist. She has two sisters and a brother.[2] She was raised mostly in Baltimore, Maryland, with two years of her childhood in Britain.[1] Talalay attended Yale, where she majored in mathematics, graduating in 1980.[3][4] She also ran the Yale Film Society.[3]


Talalay has worked in a number of different capacities in filmmaking before making her directorial debut with the film Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991).[5] Talalay also worked on the first four A Nightmare on Elm Street films.[3] Her work with the earlier Nightmare films utilized her computer skills and finding ways to create better special effects while still keeping costs low.[3] Despite her familiarity with the Freddy movies, when she directed Freddy's Dead, she was given internal memos telling her not to be "too girly" or "too sensitive."[6]

Talalay also directed Tank Girl in 1995, and was looking into re-optioning the rights to make a new film in 2008.[7] As a film producer, Talalay worked with director John Waters on the films Hairspray (1988) and Cry-Baby (1990). She was also a production assistant on Waters' 1981 film Polyester.[8]

Talalay states that ever since Doctor Who was revived in 2005, she wanted to work on the show.[9] Talalay directed all three of Peter Capaldi's series finales: series 8's "Dark Water" and "Death in Heaven",[10] series 9's "Heaven Sent" and "Hell Bent"—the former considered by many to be one of the best episodes in the show's 57-year history[11]— and series 10's "World Enough and Time" and "The Doctor Falls",[12] as well as the Doctor Who 2017 Christmas special, "Twice Upon a Time".[13] In 2019, she directed a film adaption of Joe Ballarini's A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting for Netflix.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Talalay met British film producer Rupert Harvey while working on Android in 1982. They began a relationship soon after, and were married in 1990, with John Waters officiating the wedding.[4][15]



As director

As producer


Year Title Notes
1997 Band of Gold Episodes:
"Tainted Love (part one)" (3.05)
"Tainted Love (part one)" (3.06)
1998 To Have & to Hold Episodes:
Turkey Day Blues (1.08)
Who's Sorry Next? (1.12)
Touching Evil (U.K. Series) Episodes:
"War Relief: Part 1" (2.03)
"War Relief: Part 2" (2.04)
1999-2002 Ally McBeal Episodes:
"Saving Santa" (3.07)
"Prime Suspect"(3.15)
"Two's a Crowd" (4.03)
"Blowin' in the Wind" (5.09)
2000 Boston Public Episode: "Chapter Five" (1.05)
Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) Episodes:
"Mental Apparition Disorder" (1.02)
"A Blast From the Past" (1.05)
2001 That's Life Episode: Miracle at the Cucina (1.18)
State of Grace Episode: Eve of Discussion (1.07)
Wolf Lake Episode: Tastes Like Chicken (1.04)
Dice Episodes:
"Episode #1.1"
"Episode #1.2"
"Episode #1.3"
"Episode #1.4"
"Episode #1.5"
"Episode #1.6"
2002 Without a Trace Episode: "He Saw, She Saw" (1.03)
Crossing Jordan Episode: "Four Fathers" (1.14)
2002-2007 The Dead Zone Episodes:
"Shaman" (1.12)
"Symmetry" (5.07)
"Ego" (6.02)
2002-2003 The Division Episodes:
A Priori (2.07)
Castaways (3.17)
2003 Cold Case Episode: "Sherry Darlin'" (1.09)
A Tale of Two Wives TV movie
2004 Touching Evil (U.S. Series) Episode: "Y Me" (1.02)
Life as We Know It Episode: "Natural Disasters" (1.06)
Unfabulous Episode: "The Perfect Couple" (2.10)
2005 Sex, Love & Secrets Episode: "Protection" (1.08) (Unaired)
Terminal City Episodes:
"Episode #1.1"
"Episode #1.2"
"Episode #1.7"
"Episode #1.8"
2006 What About Brian
Whistler Episodes:
"In The Air" (1.07)
"After The Fall" (1.08)
"Scratching The Surface" (1.11)
"Meltdown" (1.12)
The Wind in the Willows TV movie
2007 Supernatural Episode: "Hunted" (2.10)
Greek Episode: "Separation Anxiety" (1.08)
Kyle XY Episodes:
"Hands on a Hybrid" (2.11)
"Leap of Faith" (2.13)
2008 Flash Gordon Episode: "Blame" (1.18)
2009 Da Kink in My Hair Episodes:
"Of Papers and Patois" (2.03)
"Playing Social" (2.04)
"Honesty the Best Policy?" (2.07)
Durham County Episodes:
"Boys Do Things" (1.03)
"Consumed" (1.04)
2010 Cra$h & Burn Episodes:
"Lawyers, Guns & Money" (1.08)
"Bond Blame Baptize" (1.11)
Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures Episodes:
"How to Get Ahead in Medical School" (1.01)
"Family Practice" (1.04)
"Unhappy Endings" (1.05)
Haven Episodes:
"Harmony" (2.05)
"Surviving the Fall" (2.06)
2011 Endgame Episode: "Gorillas in Our Midst" (1.07)
Hiccups Episode: "Sexual Healing" (2.08)
2012 Continuum Episode: "Time's Up" (1.06)
XIII: The Series Episodes:
"Breakout" (2.07)
"Mousetrap" (2.08)
Hannah's Law TV movie
2013 Bomb Girls Episodes:
"Party Line" (2.07)
"Fifth Column" (2.08)
Played Episodes:
"Cars" (1.07)
"Revenge" (1.13)
2014 Reign Episode: "Sacrifice" (1.10)
The Dorm TV movie
2014–2017 Doctor Who Episodes:
"Deep Breath (8.1) (1 scene, uncredited)
"Dark Water" (8.11)
"Death in Heaven" (8.12)
"Heaven Sent" (9.11)
"Hell Bent" (9.12)
"World Enough and Time" (10.11)
"The Doctor Falls" (10.12)
"Twice Upon a Time" (2017 Christmas Special)[16]
2015 South of Hell Episodes:
"Judge and Fury" (1.02)
"White Noise" (1.04)
2016-2019 The Flash Episodes:
"Fast Lane" (2.12)
"The Present" (3.09)
"Fury Rogue" (4.19)
"Cause and XS" (5.14)
2016-2021 Legends of Tomorrow Episodes: "Last Refuge" (1.12)
"Meat the Legends" (5.02)
2016 Unclaimed TV movie
2016-2019 Supergirl Episodes:
"Welcome to Earth" (2.03)
"Suspicious Minds" (4.10)
2017 Sherlock Episode: "The Six Thatchers" (4.01)
2018-2021 Riverdale Episodes:
"Chapter Twenty-Five: The Wicked and the Divine" (2.12)
"Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter" (3.06)
"Chapter Fifty-Seven: Survive the Night" (3.22)
"Chapter Eighty-Four: Lock & Key" (5.08)
2018 Iron Fist Episode: "The City's Not for Burning" (2.02)
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Episode: "Chapter Six: An Exorcism in Greendale" (1.06)
2019 Doom Patrol Episode: "Puppet Patrol" (1.03)
American Gods Episode: "Donar the Great" (2.06)[17]
2021 Superman & Lois Episode: "The Best of Smallville" (1.05)


  1. ^ a b Bailey, Ian (8 August 2014). "Q&A: UBC professor went from Doctor Who fan to director of this season's finale". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Dr. Paul Talalay, Johns Hopkins molecular pharmacologist who made broccoli famous as a cancer fighter, dies". The Baltimore Sun. 13 March 2019. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Wigler, Stephen (27 September 1991). "'Freddy's Dead' Gives Rise to Career". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 5 May 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016 – via HighBeam Research.
  4. ^ a b Wigler, Stephen (September 8, 1991). "A Friend of Freddy Krueger: Rachel Talalay has worked on five 'Elm Street' films". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  5. ^ "A Nightmare On Elm Street : Interviews - Rachel Talalay". Nightmareonelmstreetfilms.com. 2005-03-22. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  6. ^ Rohter, Larry (17 March 1991). "Are Women Directors an Endangered Species?". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  7. ^ Anderson, Martin (August 5, 2008). "Rachel Talalay for Tank Girl reboot". Den of Geek!. Archived from the original on May 5, 2018.
  8. ^ Rachel Talalay Biography, Film Reference
  9. ^ Collis, Clark (3 November 2014). "Doctor Who Director Rachel Talalay Talks 'Dark Water'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Film Prof Directs Doctor Who Season Finale". The University of British Columbia. Archived from the original on 20 March 2018. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  11. ^ Reynolds, Andrew (20 December 2015). "Directing Doctor Who: Rachel Talalay's Notes on Heaven Sent". Katerborous. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Original Mondasian Cybermen return to Doctor Who!". BBC. 6 March 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  13. ^ "The 2017 Doctor Who Christmas special will be called..." Radio Times. 23 July 2017. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  14. ^ Fleming Jr., Joe (April 15, 2019). "Netflix Turning 'A Babysitter's Guide To Monsters' Into Family Film; Rachel Talalay To Direct". Deadline. Archived from the original on April 15, 2019. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  15. ^ Collis, Clark (July 19, 2016). "Rachel Talalay talks going from Tank Girl to Sherlock". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  16. ^ Marcus (23 July 2017). "Twice Upon A Time - Official Doctor Who 2017 Christmas Teaser | SDCC 2017 | BBC America". Archived from the original on 21 August 2017. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  17. ^ "Home - American Gods S2 Presskit". Starz. Retrieved February 12, 2019.

External links[edit]