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Series 8: Episode 4 & 5 Writers Confirmed

doctor-who-journey-to-the-centre-of-the-tardis-promo-pics-(16)The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine has confirmed the writers for Block Two of Series 8.

First up, Steve Thompson will be returning once again. Thompson’s latest episode will be the fifth of the run and guest stars Jonathan Bailey and Pippa Bennett-Warner.

Thompson has written two Doctor Who episodes so far – Series 6′s divisive The Curse of the Black Spot and Series 7′s Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS.

The mag also confirms that episode 4 is written by Steven Moffat. Both episodes are directed by Douglas Mackinnon.

Block One, comprising Episodes 1 and 2, has now been completed. Shooting on Block Two began on Monday 17 February.

[Thanks to David.]

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GregChipman
GregChipman

So, Moffat, it's clear you care more about giving your mate a favour than genuine quality. Both of Thompson's episodes were moribund trash.

eddie1611
eddie1611

I think that Thompson gets unfair criticisms. Yes, Curse of the Black Spot wasn't great but it wasn't terrible and Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS was a good episode it's just that it was ruined by the terrible acting from the Van Baalen brothers and the Directing. I hope that Tom McRae or Paul Cornell get an episode because they both had some brilliant scripts.

lukashcartoon
lukashcartoon

I liked Journey to the Center of the TARDIS, but it wasn't as great as it could have been. I'm thinking the guest acting and direction is to blame. There were some solid ideas in that episdode.





Curse of the Black Spot...not my favorite episode of series 7.  Again, I'm not sure if it was the direction or if the concept was too forced.






Venawesomeo
Venawesomeo

I really liked his last two episodes. And before you slag off an episode you know nothing about, let's wait for more info.

WillHaigh
WillHaigh

NO!!! NOT THOMPSON!!! HE WROTE 2 REALLY BAD EPISODES!!!! DON'T LET HIM RETURN!!!

Teh Doctor
Teh Doctor

Steven Thompson again? Really? Are all the writers friends of Moffat's or something!?

JonathanWhowho
JonathanWhowho

Great, someone who wrote two rubbish episodes. 

geronimon
geronimon

Why do they keep using the same writters again and again like not matter how hecked up their scripts are, they just keep falling with the same rock. It's frustrating.

Jasper_CH
Jasper_CH

I hope Moffat's episode is non-arc. So, we have six confirmed writers so far right?

Steven Moffat (E01, E04 and probably E012/13)


Phil Ford (E02)

Steven Thompson (E05)

Mark Gatiss

Gareth Roberts

Neil Cross









TheOncomingSnow
TheOncomingSnow

Am I alone in preferring hour-long single parters to 2-parters? Because that looks like what we're getting (filming on episode 1 especially was far too long for a 45 minute episode).

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

Yay, I know people disagree but I like Steve Thompson's episodes on both Doctor Who and Sherlock.

guagliona
guagliona

I want Nicholas Briggs to write an episode. He writes and directs Big Finish audios and they are AWESOME, I'd say better than the actual episodes.

parrot999
parrot999

Sorry for the upcoming randomness, but I've just made a really wierd connection today after rewatching Planet of the Spiders... What if Tasha Lem (Which I'm still pretty sure is an anagram,) is really an incarnation of the timelord who goes by the name Kampo Rimposche? Can't imagine he would get involved in the Timewar... Can imagine him regenerating into a woman, and becoming the head of a galactic church... Also, yes, I know this is highly unlikely, but it's kind of fun to think about...

Judge Claude Frollo
Judge Claude Frollo

*still hoping for Peter Davison to write episode 3*

In all seriousness, I'm not sure what to feel about this one. I hate Curse with a passion, I love Journey with my heart(s). Hmm.

Galactic Yo Yo
Galactic Yo Yo

Is it possible that the fact that we haven't heard of a writer for episode three means that there WILL be a two parter in episodes two and three?

Unibot
Unibot

I can't understand Thompson coming back - both of his episodes were the most underwhelming of Season Six and Season Seven.

dills18
dills18

Am I the only one who really enjoyed Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS?

Polyphase
Polyphase

I thought Black Spot was OK and Journey was good, I'm glad he is writing another one. The more regular writers the better :)

The_Doctor_
The_Doctor_

I didn't like The Curse Of The Black Spot, 




Journey was amazing though so i hope he is heading into a good direction

TheSoundofDrums
TheSoundofDrums

I'm fine with this. I quite like Steve Thompson. Though The Curse of the Black Spot isn't the best episode ever I still really enjoy it upon rewatches during marathons. And Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS was a masterpiece in my eyes. Just utterly brilliant and a demonstration of why Series 7 was fantastic - because it was bold and stood out and tried to bring the best of the best out of a story each and every week. So yeah Series 8 is shaping up nicely. I hope Mark Gatiss returns again. It would be extremely odd if he didn't. Hopefully he gets to write two episodes again or perhaps a two-parter. That would be interesting to see.

Doctor Who Fan 1 To 12
Doctor Who Fan 1 To 12

Moffat returning... That must mean episode 4 brings back a Moffat villain... Prisoner 0? Or Vashta Nerada (really should rewatch those episodes)

JFrance
JFrance

I am fine with him coming back, I didn't mind the curse of the black spot or journey to the centre of the TARDIS.  

WellSpokenMan
WellSpokenMan

Thompson again!? Really! He is not good at Doctor Who; he is great at Sherlock so leave him there!

SteviePenny
SteviePenny

Journey To The Centre of The TARDIS would've actually been alright if the directing hadn't been so diabolical. Nick Hurran would've improved the episode tenfold.

luckemasse
luckemasse

For god sake get Thompson out of this show already

Sharaz_Jek
Sharaz_Jek

Oh god, no. Both his Doctor Who scripts were terrible. Blind Banker was good, but still the weakest sherlock story. The only truely great thing we got from him was Reichenbach Fall, which was heavily influenced by Moffat's and Gatiss' input.

The Other Scarman
The Other Scarman

@GregChipman  completely agree. I dont understand how those 3 guys in Journey got the part, some of the worst acting in the history of the series.

Amy is Hannibal
Amy is Hannibal

@eddie1611  The latest edition of "Series 8: What We Know" says that Tom MacRae has written a script, but is unsure if it will end up being included in Series 8.

Amy is Hannibal
Amy is Hannibal

@Jasper_CH  If I recall correctly, Episode 4 is the one that introduces Danny Pink, so I wouldn't count on it being non-arc.

Rafilzes
Rafilzes

@TheOncomingHurricane  Makes sense the first episode be a little longer than the others, just like The Eleventh Hour and The Christmas Invasion.

Amy is Hannibal
Amy is Hannibal

I'm with you there. I've supported that idea for quite a while now.

The_Eternal_Dalek
The_Eternal_Dalek

@RomanaOnCaprica Curse of the black Spot definitely had its problems, but looking through the notes and information that has been given out it would appear the script was fine and many of the "plot holes" and problems are down to shoddy editing.

mczolly
mczolly

It's kind of hard to compare things, with audio you have "unlimited" budget as you don't have to care about visuals. Nevertheless, I like Briggs' writing, and it would be really nice to give him a chance.

teddybowties
teddybowties

@parrot999  Tasha Lem = LAme Hats, honey. She's River Song. Eleven told her 'you've bee nfighting that psychopath inside you all your life'. He didn't mean the Dalek; the Dalek was just a physical thing that happened to provide Tash/River with a tangible focus for the psychpathy, so she could fight it on her terms.;) but yes. Rinpoche NEEDS TO COME BACK.



Galactic Yo Yo
Galactic Yo Yo

I remember before "Time of the Doctor" aired, I was convinced that Tasha Lem was a Time Lord who was going to give up her regenerations to the Doctor.

Temporal_Tomato
Temporal_Tomato

I'm waiting for Lance Parkin, Paul Cornell, and Neil Gaiman to be honest, but Peter would be great director, I remember on the DVD for Snakedance the director mentions that he had a good eye for detail and often have his two cents on some shots, and they even considered letting him direct an episode himself...

DW_girl
DW_girl

Hopefully. Fingers crossed .

Who is the Doctor
Who is the Doctor

@dills18  No there are others with you.  We will find out tomorrow how many when it is reviewed as the episode of the day.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@SteviePenny  Not arguing with you, but I'd be genuinely interested in examples where you feel the direction let JTTCOTT down. The Van Balen brothers weren't brilliant, or was it the corridor shots, as I thought the scene by the Eye of Harmony was pretty effective.

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

@The_Eternal_Dalek @RomanaOnCaprica Agreed, I read that feature in DWM where he explained that some of the characters disappeared etc because they were in scenes that got deleted. Overall I thought that story was fine, I don't mind the occasional romp in DW because after all the show does cater to children as much as adults.

SteviePenny
SteviePenny

I just thought the directing didn't make the most of the beautiful sets, and the scenes didn't flow together at all as each shot felt disjointed and misplaced, and everything just seemed wrong. I can just remember watching it last time cringing at how bad the direction was. The pre-titles sequence - for instance - was truly awful. I felt irritated how the scene where the ship's magno-clamp cut short before the beam hit the TARDIS & I thought it was a missed opportunity in the scene where the Doctor enters back into the TARDIS; I would've loved to have seen a full transition of one scene into the next, following the Doctor through the doors instead of cutting to a shot of him simply stepping inside. It would've been a lot more impressive when showing the artificial gravity from the TARDIS laying on its side & them entering to standing upright.

Another moment that annoyed me was one where Clara runs from the TARDIS console room out into a corridor only to end back in the console room again. I'd have been so much more impressed to see that all done in one shot. It simply felt disjointed and looked silly.

Oodkind
Oodkind

@Planet of the Deaf @SteviePennyYes, but I recently watched the episode, and I had the same though, the direction was awful. Pretty much the whole episode was blurry. What was with that? I guess it was supposed to make you think the interior of the Tardis was messing with your brain? I didn't see the appeal. The shots weren't particularly good either. They didn't show off the interior of the TARDIS, it was usually just a close up of one little part, all blurry and bumpy.  

Of course, I didn't much like the writing either. The brothers were pretty bad. I did like the Eye of Harmony, though.