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Series 8: Episode 3 & 6 Writers & Guest Stars

Doctor Who The Lodger PicsThe latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine has confirmed the writers and guest stars for Block Three of Series 8.

As previously reported Mark Gatiss will be back once again. Gatiss’ long list of past episodes includes The Unquiet Dead, The Idiot’s Lantern, Victory of the Daleks, Night Terrors, Cold War and The Crimson Horror.

Gatiss next story is the third episode of Series 8 and guest stars the just announced Tom Riley. Joining Riley will be Trevor Cooper, Ian Hallard, David Benson, Roger Ashton-Griffiths and Sabrina Barlett.

Episode 6 is written by Gareth Roberts (The Shakespeare Code, The Unicorn and the Wasp, Planet of the Dead (co-write), The Lodger, Closing Time). It guest stars Nigel Betts, Edward Harrison, Andy Gillies, Ellis George and Jimmy Vee.

Both episodes in Block Three are directed by Paul Murphy. Shooting began on 20th March.

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MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

Can't say I'm looking forward to Gatiss coming back, but I'm really looking forward to Gareth Roberts. The Shakespeare code and The unicorn and the wasp were pretty good episodes, The lodger is fantastic and Closing time was OK as well.

TheOncomingFish
TheOncomingFish

I'm really not looking forward to Gareth Roberts coming back.

JonathanWhowho
JonathanWhowho

Great, two of the worst writers.  Roberts is even worse than Gatiss, and that's no mean feat. 

Gallade Zero
Gallade Zero

Ohhh. You made me think Craig was coming back. :(

Oodkind
Oodkind

Gatiss was expected to write sometime soon. I feel fine about that, and I think we all know what to expect from him. 

Gareth Roberts, on the other hand, has been hit or miss for me. I thought the Shakespeare Code was not very good, and The Unicorn and the Wasp was not the most interesting. Planet of the Dead, however was spectacular, and The Lodger was fun. Closing time badly used the cybermen, but the story was funny. So I really don't know what  to expect from him. I hope the best!

Polyphase
Polyphase

Oh and it's about time a Graske was in Doctor Who :)

Polyphase
Polyphase

I love it when they bring back actors who worked in the classic series. It must be a bit of a thrill for them :)

Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

2 great writers can't wait to have them back

Bert_Macklin
Bert_Macklin

I'm ecstatic that Gareth Roberts is coming back. I'm excited to see what kind of humor he can get of Capaldi's (seemingly) cranky Doctor.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

It's interesting how we're getting so many experienced Who writers this year. Maybe Moffat thought that would be easier with the new Doctor, that way they can just focus in establishing him and not try and juggle that with a panic attack over figuring out how to write for the show. Hopefully next year we'll get a bit of new blood, that's always interesting.

antimon_bush
antimon_bush

I hope that Moffat will write more than 3 confirmed episodes (1, 3 and 13)! 


Also, where is Neil Cross's episode??


Baker Street is on Karabraxos
Baker Street is on Karabraxos

I'm still hoping for a return from Nick Hurran. His directing makes every episode look absolutely beautiful.

Baker Street is on Karabraxos
Baker Street is on Karabraxos

Writers I would still like to see return:

Toby Whithouse

Neil Gaiman

Richard Curtis

Robert Shearman

Chris Chibnall




Beasts_a_Snarling
Beasts_a_Snarling

Oh.... Mark Gatiss is always welcome to write another episode of Doctor Who, but I find Gareth Roberts' writing repulsive. HE CANNOT WRITE A DARK EPISODE. IF THE GOAL FOR SERIES 8 IS TO BE DARKER AND MORE LIKE CLASSIC WHO THEN WHY IS GARETH ROBERTS' WRITING!?!?!??! 

Eternalitis
Eternalitis

How long until we start begging for a trailer then?

Huknar
Huknar

Oh woe is me. Where art thou two part stories. :(


Chronos the Fannibal
Chronos the Fannibal

I feel like the writers from shows like Fringe or Sleepy Hollow would do quite well writing some Doctor Who episodes.

Polyphase
Polyphase

@Bert_Macklin Yes, Humour is a very important in Doctor Who as long as it's reasonably intelligent humour. The Doctor being in a gay relationship with Craig and the like just doesn't cut it for me but, Fingers crossed :)

TheOncomingHurricane
TheOncomingHurricane

@Deus_Ex_Machina  Does Phil Ford count as new blood as he hasn't yet written for DW on his own? I'm hoping John Fay's script will show up this series as well.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

Maybe they wanted a lighter episode. You can't just have dark dark dark, you need some sort of a breaks every now and then. I wouldn't say that his writing is repulsive, but all of his stories have been pretty average.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

They'll probably show one at ComiCon, then all the really impatient people will start complaining about how unfair it is that the rest of us didn't get one, like last year with the 50th.

edoe101
edoe101

@Huknar  Well, don't panic yet, I'm not sure if episodes 4/5 have had writers/directors confirmed for them and those two episodes often form a two parter. As do episodes 8/9,

Bert_Macklin
Bert_Macklin

@Polyphase @Bert_MacklinThat's fair, that was a joke that fell flat. The playfulness that was present in that episode was quite enjoyable though imo.


You kind of got me thinking, does the BBC still have a copy of Stephen Fry's script? Why not have him tweak it and (finally) shoot it?

TheOncomingHurricane
TheOncomingHurricane

@Deus_Ex_Machina  There's ways to do comedic that don't involve bringing him in, seeing as he's never quite justified his repeated returns for me. I just hope Craig is kept well away from.

Eternalitis
Eternalitis

And thus the cycle repeats.

Why do the Americans get everything first?! Wait- no- I forgot. They don't.

The Finn
The Finn

Ep 4 is by Moffat and ep 5 is by Thompson. Both have Douglas McKinnon as director.

TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

@The Finn @edoe101 @Huknar  Given what's been confirmed about the episodes, it isn't happening. But it wouldn't be impossible, especially when you look at how brilliantly The Sign of Three worked with three writers.

Huknar
Huknar

@edoe101 @The Finn @Huknar  I did consider this considering the pattern of directors with episodes 1/2 and 4/5. But I think it's unlikely.

edoe101
edoe101

@The Finn @edoe101 @Huknar  Damn... well possibly episodes 8/9. I mean there's nothing to stop Moffat and Thompson writing one each as a two parter. 

Eternalitis
Eternalitis

You are correct, he was indeed.

You're on fire!