Chris Chibnall on Series 8

chibnall-stories-2007-12Writer Chris Chibnall is still hoping to return for Doctor Who Series 8.

Chibnall – who previously wrote 42, The Hungry Earth two-parter, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and The Power of Three – said it is still dependent on schedules and his workload on the second series of hit crime drama Broadchurch.

He told the Mirror: “If we can get the schedules to work I will write for series eight, but obviously Broadchurch is my priority and that’s no small commitment. If their schedule and our schedule can work together then I’ll nip in and do one. Steven (Moffat) has asked and that’s very nice but it will just depend on the detail of schedules.”

Matt Smith could also appear in the second series of Broadchurch, according to the Mirror’s source.

Chibnall appeared open to the idea: “I’d love to work with Matt again, he’s absolutely brilliant. I’d ­absolutely work with him at the drop of a fez. Matt is a brilliant actor and he can effortlessly become an even bigger star than he is already. The thing is he’s transformative and brilliant I think it’s great he’s off doing this movie role as a little break.”

UPDATE: Chibnall has denied Smith will appear in Broadchurch.

He wrote on his Twitter page: “Ahem. That Mirror headline about me wanting to cast Matt Smith in Broadchurch? Not true. Quotes don’t bear it out. Recycled old interview.

“I love Matt and his work – that’s all I said. Never mentioned using him in Broadchurch. And he’s off doing movies anyway. Slow news day!”<