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It appears Series 8 will see the debut of another new director for Doctor Who.

Paul Wilmshurst is in line to helm an episode (or two, if the pattern remains the same so far). This is according to the CV of the show’s Production Designer.

Wilmshurst’s most recent TV work includes action series Strike Back and historical fantasy drama Da Vinci’s Demons. Sounds like a good mix for Doctor Who.

He joins directors Ben Wheatey, Douglas Mackinnon and Paul Murphy.

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[Thanks to Ruther.]

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EternalDoctor
EternalDoctor

I'm hoping we hear some of the talented directors of Series 7 making a return soon, but for now it sounds like they've got a brilliant lineup. Every episode of Da Vinci's Demons had striking and alluring direction so Wilmhurst is another commendable addition.

_alexgore
_alexgore

whilst new directors are good, the main thing that dw needs is good scripts and new writers. As whilst directors are vital to the overall production of the episode, I think we need new writers and/or solid scripts for series 8

Weepingdalek
Weepingdalek

While this is good...I can only hope that either Toby Haynes, Nick Hurran or Saul Metzstein returns. Because while new blood is good, sometimes it's good to keep the old pros around.

TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

Fantastic! Paul directed two of my favourite episodes from the first series of Da Vinci's Demons (although they're all so brilliant, it's hard to say any of them are better than the others) so I'm looking forward to seeing what he does here! For anyone who has seen Da Vinci's Demons, Paul directed the episode with Dracula.

SteviePenny
SteviePenny

So long as the director for Journey To The Centre of The TARDIS doesn't return, I'll be alright. The directing in that episode actually ruined it completely for me by how terrible it was. All the other episodes were perfectly fine.

I do hope though that not just Douglas Mackinnon, but Nick Hurran, Saul Metzstein & Stephen Woolfenden return because their episodes stood out by how beautifully directed they were.

GoodYear92
GoodYear92

I'm not very familiar with his work, but Doctor Who hasn't really made a falter with who it's put to work behind the camera in the last few years. And with the succession of fresh, directorial talent that's being drafted in for the new series, Moffat's remarks about shaking up the formula are being satisfyingly validated. With that said, I hope a small number of directors from the previous series will still be retained; Nick Hurran, most of all. There's nothing wrong with keeping a bit of the old flavour around.

VictorWong1
VictorWong1

I agree that they should get at least one new writer to contribute a script, and to be honest I prefer to see a female writer tackle the assignment. Someone like the British equivalent of Ruth Ozeki or Jeri Taylor or Gail Simone, for example.


And frankly I'd like to see Paul MacGuigan take on an episode.

ericbfg
ericbfg

He did some great work on da vinci's demons...

DasManiac
DasManiac

Hopefully new writers too. No more Gatiss, Chibnall, Whithouse, or Neil Cross please.

Djornad
Djornad

So many new directors! GOOD. New blood is needed. It'll really freshen things up!

Benvenfold
Benvenfold

I hope we'll see some episode titles soon - so we can speculate :)

TheNameOfTheDoctor
TheNameOfTheDoctor

I don't really care about the directors, I wanna see set photos, writers, and new characters :)

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

Although the directors are interesting, when will we hear more about writers and guest actors? That's when it really gets interesting.

The Finn
The Finn

I've seen some of Da Vinci's Demons, and from what I can remember of the direction I'm really glad if he's directing for Doctor Who.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@Weepingdalek  We've been blessed with very good Directors, but then it's also been a blessing for them, a highly rated Doctor Who episode is very good for the CV!

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

Nick Hurran is by far my favorite New Who director. Especially since the Day of the Doctor.

GregChipman
GregChipman

@SteviePenny Woolfenden's direction was hardly beautiful, and the truckload of problems with Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS were hardly to do with the direction.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@SteviePenny  Mat King was the director of that episode, his only one for the show. I didn't see anything particularly wrong with the direction of that episode, to ruin it?



TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

@GoodYear92  Hopefully Nick and Toby return; Toby was quite a big reason in why The Pandorica Opens to Day of the Moon were such beautiful episodes.

TheOncomingHurricane
TheOncomingHurricane

@GoodYear92  I would consider both Farren Blackburn episodes (The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe and The Rings of Akhaten) falters on the directing front, personally. They were somewhat cluttered and had some poor camera angle choices.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@DasManiac  Well I really liked both Hide (Cross) and Crimson Horror (Gatiss), and the latter's Adventure in Space and Time was excellent too

Strontium
Strontium

@DasManiac  I know many people find this controversial, but I would like to see RTD return to do an episode. Definitely no more Gatiss. I really dislike his writing in Doctor Who.


JJ2000
JJ2000

@DasManiac  No more Gatiss, No more Neil Cross, No more Neil Gaiman, No more Steve Thompson. If Chris Chibnall writes good ok like 42 or Dinosaurs On A Spaceship, or really good like The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood, then yes, he should come back, but if it's like The Power Of Three. If Toby Whithouse writes ok like School Reunion or really good like A Town Called Mercy, then yes he can come back, but if he writes like Vampires Of (should be In) Venice and The God Complex, then it's a no no. Just good writers, pure and simple. Oh and Moffat better get back on form, he's been really lacking recently.

Weepingdalek
Weepingdalek

I know! There's just something about his direction that 'oozes' class! XD

And honestly he's one of the few directors who can really make the occasionally sub-standard cgi look brilliant!

SteviePenny
SteviePenny

There should always be new monsters, but there should also be returning ones too, and since I actually prefer returning monsters to new ones, there's quite a few I'd like to see back.

Cybermen are a must. With their new abilities I feel we've only just scratched the surface with what they're now capable of.

Daleks - because I feel it's important to see how they're dealing with the situation of the Time Lords returning.

Silurians are another I'd like to see return because I feel we haven't really had that many episodes with them yet. Possibly, I'd like to see their underground world explored further.

Sontarans. These guys need to return more than ever because their last appearance in an episode with them as the lead villains was in Series 4!

Ice Warriors - because in my opinion, we've yet to have a satisfactory episode featuring them.

TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

@TheOncomingHurricane @GoodYear92  Farren Blackburn's quite a good director (The Fades) although there were problems with The Rings of Akhaten. I'd definitely say that Colm McCarthy (The Bells of Saint John) was quite badly directed, especially those awful shots of the Doctor riding up The Shard.

Oncoming_Badger
Oncoming_Badger

@JJ2000 @DasManiacI think personally just giving the show a new style and a kick up the backside will hopefully provoke a different writing style in all of theme. Because all of those writers have written good stories before in either Doctor Who or Sherlock they just need to get out of the silly romp about for 45 minutes format end with Deus-Ex Machina format that's been going on.
 Steven Moffat with his most recent episodes looks to be pulling it back on track, so lets hope he really does for Capaldi.

floppy_who
floppy_who

good Ice Warrior story = Curse of Peladon. The classic series is a little overlooked in a lot of these threads.

(But I agree, they could do with another outing!)

JJ2000
JJ2000

@Oncoming_Badger @JJ2000 @DasManiac  I think the writers in series 7 part 2 failed in all of these stories, not just at the end. Steve is good at Sherlock, never been good at Doctor Who, Neil isn't that good, he is just way too overrated and he shouldn't be, because he's an attention seeker, who thinks he's better than everyone else and quite evidently, he's not. Neil Cross also isn't good at Doctor Who. Steven Moffat has been pulling it down with the 50th and Christmas Special, he's been pulling it in the wrong direction, completely. If the writers can't fit their story into a 45 minute slot, then there obviously not good writers and shouldn't be brought back just because their bezzie mates with Steven Moffat. They don't need a different style, the show could go for that, as long as it's good. But the show doesn't really need that, but because of the writers killing that style, it probably should aim for a new direction. Shame Coronation Street and Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother and Not Going Out are so much better than Doctor Who now. Doctor Who used to be the best, but now, I'm not so sure and so many agree with me too. Doctor Who needs to regenerate back into shape.