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Gatiss Confirms Two Capaldi Eps, Hints at Jane Austen Story

mark-gatiss-episodes-2005-2013Mark Gatiss has said he will be contributing not one, but two episodes for Peter Capaldi’s run of Doctor Who.

“I am writing for Peter Capaldi. In fact, two episodes,” he said to Cbnfoz.

Gatiss has written six episodes since Doctor Who came back in 2005. There was The Unquiet Dead, The Idiot’s Lantern, Victory of the Daleks and Night Terrors in the first, second, fifth and sixth series respectively. Most recently he contributed Cold War and The Crimson Horror for Series 7. He also was behind the warmly-received 50th anniversary docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time.

Gatiss is best known for his historical episodes. At the recent Brazil Q&A he hinted that novelist Jane Austen may be the next historical figure to feature: “One of the things which new Doctor Who sort of invented was the idea of a celebrity historical – Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie, Winston Churchill, Shakespeare. There’s three writers there so I think Jane Austen stands quite a quite a good chance actually…

He adds: “I’m not quite sure what the adventure would be. Maybe an alien posing as Mr Darcy.”

UPDATE: Mark Gatiss has clarified on Twitter: “I’ve been commissioned to write two episodes of ‘Doctor Who’. That doesn’t mean they’ll both necessarily be in this season.”

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TheOncomingFish
TheOncomingFish

Mark Gatiss can sometimes be hit and miss, but he's written some great stories so I'm happy for him to return. TCH was one of the best stories of s7 p2. Plus the writing team would feel kind of incomplete without him. 

I would like for there to be more female writers on the show. There never seems to be any, I wonder why? Pretty sure it's got nothing to do with sexism or anything as the last executive producer was female, so I wonder why there are so few of them. I guess it doesn't really matter but it would be nice for there to be more.

BillyArratoon
BillyArratoon

I'd love a return to Berlin to see that Hitler has placed a search for the TARDIS and thinks the name "Doctor" is a organization where the name is passed down.

NewWho2012
NewWho2012

Surprised they've decided to commission a story for him for Series 9, but I suppose now Series 8 is filming they're planning the basics for Series 9 which presumably Capaldi will stay for. Why wouldn't he? He's a huge fan of the show, would be a big regret for him to back out so soon. Hopefully we will get him for 3 series like Matt at least.

The Finn
The Finn

Nice to have some clearance!

firstdavros1975
firstdavros1975

Give us an episode like Vincent and the Doctor again that would be great

Lemonhead118
Lemonhead118

There we are then, conformation that Capaldi is doing more than one series

Liana21
Liana21

I've never read anything of Jane Austen (Sorry, Non-British and Crime novels fan)

Laugh on me if you want, but, What do you think about The Doctor meets Elliot Ness?

TheSoundofDrums
TheSoundofDrums

Either way it would seem Gatiss is onboard for two episodes whoever you look at it. He's either doing two episodes this series or his second episode will be for Capaldi's second series.

Speaking about historical episodes I think we should move away from just British history and go for something a little more different. I'm in favour of something being set in Ancient Egypt or perhaps Ancient China. That would make for a different story along with giving Doctor Who a nice bit of cultural scope. I mean look how brilliant A Town Called Mercy looked being totally set in Spain. Another episode like that would be most appreciated.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

If Gatiss has been commissioned to write an episode for a future (i.e. not S8) series, that suggests that Moff will continue to be showrunner for S9 at least?

The_Eternal_Dalek
The_Eternal_Dalek

But it does mean he's staying on for a second series, take that Daily-whichever-one-it-was-they-are-all-stupid-and-shouldn't-be-given-any-attention.

Lewis94
Lewis94

I'd like to see a Henry the 8th episode, he's a good historical figure to revolve an episode around.

( Im not counting the brief appearance of his legs in TPOT )

The Administrator
The Administrator

If we got a Jane Austin episode, who'd be up for Keria Knightly to player her considering Knightly was in Pride and Prejudice? At least someone who played Elizabeth in a Pride and Prejudice adaptation would be great. 

stargazer0118
stargazer0118

Something tells me Gatiss will be the next showrunner.. Not thrilled with it, but who knows, maybe if he brings good writers who get WHO it might work just fine. At least I mostly care for his characters.

Mikeyboss182
Mikeyboss182

Hope he only writes one Episode for Series 8 I'm hoping for some new writers to come on board this year.


MrRazza, the Newly Qualified Omega Identifier
MrRazza, the Newly Qualified Omega Identifier

It's not a total clarification, but this definitely suggests more than one series for Capaldi, and one of my greatest fears was that we might be having another Eccleston on our hands.

Shouldn't take everything for granted though, particularly with Moffat's reputation for trolling!

Huknar
Huknar

That sheds some light on things. "I'm writing for Peter Capaldi" does not seem to ambiguous now. Glad that's settled.

SEDAKRO XIV
SEDAKRO XIV

OH!!! This is good news!!! Hope he does another Steam Punky Victorian Gothic type thingie!!!

needcomicmoney
needcomicmoney

Makes sense that Gatiss is on board, though I do prefer his SHERLOCK over his WHO.

TheSoundofDrums
TheSoundofDrums

This has certainly made me happy. Glad Gatiss is back onboard for another series with a further two episodes for Capaldi's first series.

DaftDalek
DaftDalek

If there is a historical figure I would die to see in a Doctor Who episode is Jules Verne. MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Polyphase
Polyphase

Had to look up who Jane Austen was and found out she was a romantic novelist.

Oh dear, sounds a bit dreary

PaddyB
PaddyB

@TheSoundofDrums I hope that  Moffat stays until the end of of Capaldi's tenure since the modern series Doctors increasingly seem to have long term character, theme or plot arc development so it would seem disjointed if Moffat left early.

The Finn
The Finn

@TheSoundofDrums  AGREED! I'd like for some non-major countries and their history to feature (for example FINNish history).

VictorWong1
VictorWong1

Thing is, you'd need a writer who's a big fan of the period to be explored. You might get a writer who's a fan of Kurosawa's samurai epics, but writers schooled in anime appreciation wouldn't necessarily cut it for a piece on historical Japan.

Setting something in Egypt or China also runs the problem of "brownface" or "yellowface" casting -- I'm sure there's lots of ethnics in Britain's acting community who'd jump at the chance, but if they've been starved for good roles elsewhere how good would their acting chops be now?

Huknar
Huknar

@TheSoundofDrums  "An Egyptian goddess loose on the orient express in space." I was more than a bit annoyed that wasn't the christmas special after that tantalizing "cliffhanger" in The Big Bang.

Huknar
Huknar

@Planet of the Deaf  Though not a strict fan of Moffat, I would be glad he stays for an extra series. I have a horrible feeling switching show runners after just one capaldi series would be a bit too risky. But then I really do think he needs to go and let the show refresh itself.

Galax
Galax

@Planet of the Deaf  Apparently yes, because BBC has already commanded Series 9 for 2015 ! We can assume Moffat will leave after this.

Liana21
Liana21

@Lewis94 I'd like to see how The Doctor explains him he's married with his duaghter

Liana21
Liana21

@stargazer0118 I'm hopping for him or Chibnall, because I think they're look the most prepared for take the leads of Doctor Who

TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

@Mikeyboss182  I think the fact that Episode Three's writer has yet to be confirmed hints at it being by a new writer, either well-known or someone we may not know of.

SEDAKRO XIV
SEDAKRO XIV

@DaftDalek  Talking about historical figures, I would love to see The Doctor meeting Robert The Bruce as he's Scottish and because he was once in contact with The Great One in a Scottish cave while he was in exile...


All praise to The Great One!!! All praise to The Great One!!! All praise to The Great One!!! :-D









DaireConstantineOReilly
DaireConstantineOReilly

Every Doctor who fan should sigh a petition, we need an episode with HGWELLS AND JULES VERNE

Eternalitis
Eternalitis

You didn't know who she is?! Blimey.

Rani Nose
Rani Nose

@Galax @Planet of the DeafWhy can we assume Moffat will leave after Series 9?  Moffat doesn't appear to be ready to move on and the show is very popular at the moment so the BBC doesn't want him to go.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@Galax @Planet of the Deaf We knew S9 had been commissioned, we didn't know whether Moff would be staying for it though, and this seems to confirm it. I presume any new showrunner would know well in advance, indeed if I was starting to film S10 in late 2015 I'd probably want to start thinking about it now!

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@Rani Nose @Huknar @Galax @Planet of the Deaf  I can see Moff busy planning the complicated arc for S10 when he hears 4 knocks on the door of his office, and realises that this is it...



He opens the door, and sees the face of Peter Capaldi.


"How's the scripts for S10 going?" Capaldi asks. "What's wrong Steven?" as he sees Moffat dissolve into tears.


"It's not fair, I could have written so much more!"


Capaldi leaves, and Moff goes on a farewell tour to visit all the actors he's worked with, then returns to his now empty office.


"I don't want to go" he wails as regeneration energy purs out of his hands, and with a scream he turns into... Mark Gatiss (or whoever else takes over)

Rani Nose
Rani Nose

@Huknar @Rani Nose@Galax@Planet of the DeafI know  you're joking but Ten was a fictional character played by an actor who wanted to move on with his career.  Unless I've missed something Moffat is very happy running and writing Doctor Who and has given no indication that he wants to leave.

Liana21
Liana21

@Rani Nose @Galax @Planet of the Deaf Sometimes I think that if it was for Moffat, he'd be the showrunner in the 100th even in Davros' plan, on a wheelchair and a life support system, but I think that one day, i think that maybe in the next couple of years, he'll noticed that his time is over and he should leave the series in new hands.