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Series 8: Frank Cottrell Boyce Confirmed

Series 8 Confirmed for August, First Teaser TrailerVerifying earlier rumours, the BBC have confirmed Frank Cottrell Boyce as the final writer for series eight.

Cottrell Boyce’s episode will feature a cast of child actors including Harley Bird, the voice of household favourite Peppa Pig, alongside Abigail Eames (Harry And Paul, The Crimson Field), Ashley Foster (The Woman In Black) and Jaydon Harris-Wallace (CITV Text Santa).

Known for films such as 24 Hour Party People and Millions (directed by Danny Boyle), Cottrell Boyce says: “Of all the thrills that pen and paper have brought into my life, there’s nothing that quite compares to the buzz of unlimited possibility that rushes through your fingers and into your brain when you write the words: ‘Interior … TARDIS’.”

“I was flabbergasted to be asked to write an episode – partly because I’ve been so absorbed in the last few series that I’d sort of forgotten that it wasn’t real.”

Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, says: “Frank’s script is pure magic – and everything I could have hoped for from the genius behind the Olympics opening ceremony!! Doctor Who is born anew in the mind of a genius!”

The episode will be directed by Sheree Folkson (Casanova, Hit & Miss), and produced by Paul Frift (Escape Artist, Best Possible Taste, Restless).

Other writers confirmed for the eighth series are Mark Gatiss, Phil Ford, Gareth Roberts, Peter Harness, Steve Thompson and Jamie Mathieson.

Doctor Who returns to BBC One on Saturday 23rd August.

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twoheartsonemind
twoheartsonemind

Maybe this will end up like Game of Thrones, where they actually find good child actors.

gunslinger19
gunslinger19

dont like the sound of having lots of child actors, but Moffat's opinion bodes well i suppose, just sad the Whitehouse isnt coming back

Rani Nose
Rani Nose

Big surprise: this is actually going to be the first episode and the Doctor, Clara and Danny will be played by child actors for the whole series.

Temporal Tomato
Temporal Tomato

A whole host of child actors? Who thought that was a good idea after Nightmare in Silver? This can only end well...


TonySimmons
TonySimmons

Cast of kids including the voice of Peppa Pig. Yay, can't wait :-/

MetamorphmagusWho likes Conventions
MetamorphmagusWho likes Conventions

So there are three new writers for Series 8. Cool. I'm still hoping either Simon Nye, Richard Curtis,  Robert Shearmen, *lists every other singular writer of New Who*  to come back for Series 9.



Sephora Bosswald
Sephora Bosswald

This is really smart. Matt was hugely popular among the younger viewers and it's understandable they might be disappointed with the choice of Peter Capaldi. Great move to write a lighter episode with kids. It will help those young viewers to identify themselves as friends of this new Doctor. Did you see that video of Peter Capaldi reassuring a little girl who was sad Matt was leaving ? He's wonderful with kids. This is gonna be great.

NumberNine
NumberNine

I'm excited, but I have never liked a Who episode with a child actor. They just can't seem to find any who can even slightly act. Hopefully this will be the exception.

Pockydon
Pockydon

Well, this is amazing. My Dad's friend went to school with Mr Cottrell Boyce, and is in regular contact with him, so he's sent him a couple of my articles and basically said that I exist. That's pretty darn awesome.

awkward912
awkward912

From this and the lack of Neil Cross in the line-up, I'm willing to conclude that Jaime Matheson's second ep at least is a quick replacement for Neil's episode falling through/not being ready for this year. That doesn't mean it will be bad, but probably lower budget/slight sense of filler. Frank's ep, meanwhile, sounds very intriguing. My hope at the moment is child versions appearing alongside the adult Doc and companions rather than being turned into them, but should be fun any which way. Not seen a thing written by Frank before excepting the Olympic ceremony, but his CV speaks for itself. Excited!

MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

Gonna be honest and say I've never heard of this guy. Looking forward to his contributions to the show, however.

southsidemike
southsidemike

This is all kinds of awesome. I love FBC's Radio 4 work and 24 Hr. Party People was the best script Coogan and Winterbottom ever worked with. 

Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things
Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things

Sounds interesting. Very intrigued as to how this will turn out. Children in New Who have been great (Angie, Artie and Chloe Webber being exceptions). It'll be interesting seeing a great writer write a hopefully great episode.

Me and Stuff
Me and Stuff

Here's what I love about the DoctorWhoTV community: Over on /r/gallifrey on Reddit, I haven't seen a single comment so far (although to be fair, there aren't that many) that sounded like this episode might be something to look forward to. Instead: dismissal, uh, child actors, uh, what a rubbish idea, the Doctor as a kid, et cetera... Of course they all know it's going to be bad, because they already know everything about it. Just as they knew that The Day of the Doctor would be a big disappointment because it wouldn't feature Colin Baker in a wig. 


It's kind of rare to see a community on the internet that is able to just sit back and say "well, that sounds interesting, I'm not sold on it yet, but hopefully they can pull it off". It's a great thing, really. 


Sorry for going off-topic, but we all love being in a good mood every now and again. 

Baker Street is the Caretaker
Baker Street is the Caretaker

Looking forward to seeing what Boyce can bring to the table as a new writer, but I'm disappointed that Nick Hurran's not directing.

StephenAHayes
StephenAHayes

Nice to have a new WHO writer.

I was hoping for Neil (Nightmare in Silver) or Richard (Vincent and the Doctor) but cannot wait to see it

NewWho2012
NewWho2012

Oh well, even if people aren't immediately satisfied with a child orientated episode of Doctor Who, what difference does it make if it's bad? Maybe it's just one bad episode out of the whole series, which wouldn't be too bad. After all, it's not Doctor Who without maybe one bad episode a year! Plus, I don't like that idea about the characters being turned into children so I hope that isn't true, as this usually doesn't work with TV shows, they did this with ChuckleVision and it worked badly, so I can't imagine it being much better with Doctor Who, although it wouldn't be in my tastes anyway.

NightRises
NightRises

If the theory of the children being a young Doctor, Clara and Danny then I hope the title of the episode is 'The Fountain of Youth'.

Furfie
Furfie

Maybe children from Gallifrey?

TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

There's something I want to mention but because (thankfully) no-one has brought it up, I think it's safer not to. Very intrigued to see how this episode goes, especially with a cast full of child actors - either a hit or a failed risk in the making.


TheDoctorIsInDaHouse
TheDoctorIsInDaHouse

i'm bubbling with excitement for series 8- Its going to be amazing- read frank cottrell boyces books at school when i was younger.


NightRises
NightRises

This sounds good. Although I was hoping for more new writers this series to be honest. In my opinion both Gareth Roberts and Mark Gatiss haven't written a script that is particularly good, so I'd rather we have newbies instead of them. But overall, I'm very excited about what this series has to offer!

The Mind Probe
The Mind Probe

"A cast of child actors"... Hmm, Dr Who rarely casts decent child actors...

Mikeyboss182
Mikeyboss182

Great to have another new writer on board although I'm surprised to not see a Neil Cross script this year i thought he was a given, mayby his script is being held off until Series 9.

tcexect
tcexect

When it comes to child actors, let's hope this is more "Eleventh Hour" and less "Fear Her", if you know what I mean.

SteviePenny
SteviePenny

It's going to be odd not having Toby Whithouse writing for this series. I'm used to him having a new story every time, & they're always. His are the ones I look forward to most, for I love all of his episodes, & he seems to get better every time... so the fact that his earliest possible reappearance (now) will be in Series 9 - in 2015 - is a bit disheartening. I genuinely love looking forward to his story every season, counting down the episodes, working myself up with excitement. I won't have that this time. Shame.

"Life & soul, you are!"

Still, on the positive side of things, we have an array of new & talented writers to look forward to & enjoy, so I - as well as everyone else - could be very pleasantly surprised by the time the finale has concluded. Series 8 has the potential to surpass any other, but the question is: will it?

Time will tell - how fitting - but also, what makes me most excited is the knowledge I have, being aware that Series 9 could potentially bring back the massively successful writers who triumphed in Series 8, & it could also bring back the writers who perhaps, haven't managed to write for the Doctor yet, but we know they are hugely talented so won't have anything to worry about, as they're popular, but from previous series.

For instance; Neil Cross; Neil Gaiman; Toby Whithouse; Tom MacRae & Chris Chibnall have all either written episodes that have yet to be aired, or they are almost certain to return in the future, & with the new addition of writers like Jamie Matheison, Pete Harness & Frank Cottrell Boyce, Series 9 could be unthinkable in how catastrophically outstanding it may be.

Just a thought.

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

@twoheartsonemind I think Abisola Agbaje, who played Chloe Webber in 'Fear her' was good. The episode is obviously not one of the best, so please do try not to just hate everything about it. Because really, I think she played her part very well in it.

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

@NumberNine I think some can act well enough. Chloe Webber in 'Fear Her': Whatever you thought of the episode, Abisola Agbaje (who played her) was quite good in the role.

I know it can be difficult  for some to think anything good about a not so great episode, but really, I think her acting was quite good.

And baby Alfie in 'Closing Time', I mean, no-one beats that. - obviously joking here.

The Mind Probe
The Mind Probe

@awkward912 Perhaps after the recent DWM poll Moffat decided "Return to Akhaten" wasn't such a great plan after all… ;)


JackatHarbor
JackatHarbor

@southsidemike FCB's Radio 4 work, particularly that series about punks "One Chord Wonders" was particularly brilliant. And that drama about 60s singers. Great writer

TheArnold
TheArnold

@Me and Stuff A bit of negativity is good, keeps things interesting. Otherwise there's little debate because people know if they speak their minds they will most likely be labelled as some awful monster trying to tear an internet community apart. I mean, i definitely agree that there is far to much negativity and there is a difference between voicing your opinion and downright whinging.  But if someone has a different view they shouldn't have to gloss it over just to keep from getting hounded. A bit of passion is good. 

Creepy_Ghoul
Creepy_Ghoul

@Me and Stuff WAIT? Who believed that the 50th would be bad? Okay, everyone can have his doubts, but I trusted Moffat on that one. Mainly because he knew he would have to face a lot of angry fans if it wasn't done right. And this special was great. The only person I'm hating at the moment is Eccleston for doing NOTHING at all for the 50th. I mean, even Capaldi did something for the big event.

Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen
Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen

@Me and Stuff Gallifrey Base is also positive on the whole. Kind of makes sense that if you're a fan of a TV series you go into it with the highest expectations,

Lemonhead118
Lemonhead118

@Me and Stuff Well said. This site and a facebook group I co-run (Along with with some small forums) represent the better side of our fandom. Some YouTube commenters and Reddit however...

TheDoctorIsInDaHouse
TheDoctorIsInDaHouse

@TheCapaldiMasterplanLets see on this one- eh? I am going to pray to the God Moffat tonight that this one is amazing. Cause they surely are planning this one to be amazing- shooting it last and all!

Creepy_Ghoul
Creepy_Ghoul

@The Mind Probe One of them was in "The Woman in Black". That movie scared the hell out of me. Three days afterwards, I still thought the Woman in Black was hiding somewhere in the bushes.

TheDoctorIsInDaHouse
TheDoctorIsInDaHouse

@Mikeyboss182 Theres loads of writers who were said to be developing scripts for series 8 though aren't. Anyone else hoping for a good neill gaimen script after the abomination that was Nightmare In Silver. Something akin to the Doctors Wife.

JackatHarbor
JackatHarbor

@SteviePenny Toby Whithouse  is currently running his own big BBC One show though, a cold war spy drama "The Game" though, so I always thought he'd be too busy for Who. I'm sure The Game will be good though. And it'll mean that we get much Whithouse than 45 mins. AND if it's a big success, it'll mean he's as likely to take over a showrunner of Who as Gatiss is.

But yeah, if all the people who said they were writing a Who script that we haven't seen yet, come to fruition for Series 9  then we could get a season with Neil Gaiman, Tom McRae, Neil Cross, Jack Lothian. John Fay, Amanda Coe and Paul Cornell. Combine that with Harness, Mathieson and Frank Cottrell Boyce and you've got something of a dream team

TheDoctorIsInDaHouse
TheDoctorIsInDaHouse

@SteviePenny Don't get your hopes up to high- its not like the new writers have written anything good *looks at writers credits* OMG THIS IS GOING TO BE AMAZING!


Unibot
Unibot

@JackatHarbor @SteviePenny Hmmm I'm thinking of my dream team. Moffat, Shearman and RTD would be on the team for sure, and from the "regulars", I like Cross and Gaiman. I'm excited to see what the newer writers do for Season Eight. Phil Ford has a good track record in Who thus far. ;)