TV News: New Writers, Director, and Guest Stars announced for DOCTOR WHO

Written by Kieron Moore Wednesday, 02 April 2014

TV News

A whole host of new names have emerged to add to your personal DOCTOR WHO Series 8 wall chart, as revealed in the latest Doctor Who Magazine.

Frequent Moffat collaborator Mark Gatiss will be scripting episode 3, while Gareth Roberts will return for episode 6. Newcomer Paul Murphy will direct both.

Gatiss has written for every series since Steven Moffat took over as showrunner, so it’s no surprise to see his name yet again in the roster. Let’s hope his episode is as good as last year’s (cue OTT Yorkshire accent) The Crimson Horror. Roberts, meanwhile, has written ‘comedy’ episodes in the past, such as The Lodger and 2011’s Closing Time, the last script he penned for the show.

But wait, there’s more! Gatiss’ episode will guest star Tom Riley (star of Da Vinci's Demons), Trevor Cooper (who appeared in 1985’s Who serial Revelation of the Daleks), Ian Hallard (who you may have seen in An Adventure In Space & Time) and Game of Thrones Roger Ashton-Griffiths. Gareth Roberts’ story, meanwhile, will star Nigel Betts (who’s been in, err… Emmerdale), and Jimmy Vee, who’s played a number of aliens in previous Who episodes. It will probably not star James Corden – which will be a source of either delight or anguish to all fans.

Of course, they’ll both also star Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor and Jenna Coleman’s Clara. The series, Capaldi’s first since Matt Smith hung up the bow tie, is expected to start in the autumn.

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