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And no women writers on Doctor Who! Does Steven Moffat have a problem with women?
Not sure if I've seen any of their productions.
Didn't Tom McRae confirm back in 2012 that he was writing another episode? He stated: “I don’t know when you’ll see it, but you definitely will”. So perhaps for series 8? (doctorwhotv. co. uk /macrae-confirms-another-who-episode-39262.htm)
Well done to these guys, Great to see new blood. Outrageously jealous :)
A Crazy Story , it better not be surreal and off the wall like that rediculous episodes written by Nial Gaimen and niel cross, they all sucked
I loved Being Human when Aiden Turner was in it. It'll be interesting to see the writer's take on Doctor Who
Yay new blood! I do love most of our current crop of writers but honestly I'm very happy we're getting some variation! :D
"A rather crazy one." - that sounds very appealing to me! Crazy is my middle name. Well, I think it should be.
I'd still love to see Capaldi pen an episode some time during his run.
As for 'where are the women'?
Well, you have to look at who's available and has some experience in genre TV. Helen Raynor as far as I'm aware hasn't written anything for TV since 2011 and after the bashing she received from certain areas of fandom, I'd be surprised if she wanted to return. Chris Chibnall keeps poaching Catherine Tregenna (Torchwood) to write episodes of Law and Order: UK, so that's kind of a block there. Lucy Watkins is possibly available, but I'd rather the writers of Atlantis were kept as far away from the show as possible. The likes of Wallander and Dirk Gently have a pedigree. Atlantis does not. There's Jane Espenson, I suppose, but she lives and works in America (and with RTD was co-lead writer on Miracle Day so that's not the best of ideas either). Vanessa Taylor presents the same problem. Julie Rutterford isn't really a genre TV writer, despite an episode of Life on Mars and 3 of Ashes to Ashes. Catherine Linstrum's co-written one episode of Primeval, that's her entire TV writing career. Sarah Phelps is somewhat busy working on The Crimson Fields and an adaptation next year, so she's not really available (and her experience in genre TV is limited).
And those were really about all I could find. If anything, it's TV in general's problem, rather than Doctor Who's.
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel was amazing!
I haven't seen any of those unfortunately, but looking forward to them.
Not bad at all! Not that I've seen any of their works, but these shows have a good pedigree for a reason, I look forward to what they bring to the table!
Mostly good line of writers returning:
Phil Ford- The guy who co-wrote Waters of Mars? HELL YEAH!
Mark Gatiss- Meh
Steve Thompson- DAMN IT. JUST LEAVE. GO BACK TO SHERLOCK
Gareth Roberts- HELL YEAH
Neil Cross- As long as he doesn't write another bad episode like Hide, and instead another good one like Rings, I'm happy.
Chris Chibnall (possibly)- HELL YEAH
A being human writer- Yes. Yes. Yes.
Hope these new writers are a bit more consistent! Last half season, the only consistent writers were Moffat and (maybe) Cross.
YES! New writers! I love new writers! And I love crazy stories! Could we have more of this please Moffat? By the way, how do you like my complete profile facelift? (I used to be called Epicduda, but I now think that is too immature).
Neil Cross is also confirmed. Shame you forgot it :p
Think we could really do with a female writer..bring Helen Raynor back, I personally loved her dalek and sontaran two parters as well as her torchwood episodes!
Great news it's good to have some new blood, I wonder what
episodes Block 4 will comprise of?
I loved Being Human, so this is great news! And of course it was Toby Whithouse's baby, so will we see a similar style or story? Well probably not, everyone's different...though I would like it if the man himself was confirmed! The God Complex is one of my favourite episodes of all time, pure genius
Now these... THESE are promising writers! Their episodes will certainly be ones I shall look forwards to. Now I need to hear the name "Toby Whithouse" and I'm content.
This looks exciting! I don't know their work, but I'm familiar with some of the shows, and they certainly have respectable sci-fi/bizarre credentials! Disappointed to see that we still have no women slated to write for the next series though...
For 'a rather crazy one' read silly
They both sound like BBC3/E4 writers. Still must be optimistic!
I'm sure they'll be great even though I haven't seen any of their work although I'd like to see being human sometime I'm just glad atm that the chances of Cross or Gaiman coming back for series 8 is slim
I like when they stick to the same writers all the time, most TV shows do good when they keep there writers
@Wibbly-Wobbly Strawberry Jelly Now that would be cool!
@TheOncomingHurricane Moffat said last year he actively sought out female writers but they all said no. There isn't a deliberate bias against them - I hate for people to think the show is prejudiced to female writers.
@TheOncomingHurricane Catherine Tregenna wrote the Torchwood episode Captain Jack Harkness, right? If that is true, then she HAS to write for doctor who.
@TheOncomingHurricane If people are getting tickboxy, there aren't exactly many black/Asian "mainstream" sci-fi or drama writers out there on TV either
That movie was Awsome , it was great British humor mixed with time travel, kind like Shaun of the dead in terms of its comedy
@Malohkeh I don't think there are any consistent writers on the programme. No one write who has written more than one episode has had completely outstanding almost beyond criticism episodes.
@Malohkeh I wouldn't say Neil Cross was consistent. I really liked The rings of Akhaten (although I seem to be in the minority) but I thought Hide was one of the most boring and lifeless stories in the history of the show.
Except he's not been confirmed in any official capacity (which generally means by the BBC or DWM). He says he has been asked but so have Chibnall and Gaiman. And lots of scripts get shifted about. All these are in the "what we know" post under notes.
@WhoLock Her Torchwood episodes are amazing. Her Doctor Who stories need to be burnt and erased from existence.
@Mikeyboss182 By the looks of it, they're filming along the series rather than filming episodes massively out of order. Apparently, the director of Episodes 7 and 8 is Paul Wilmshurst so that may be Block 4.
I'd really like Withouse to return and write a two-parter (he's my favourite Who writer at the moment after Moffat). Then again it doesn't seem likely that there will be any... I miss the format because the first episode usually sets the scene nicely while the other is always really exciting and there's plenty of time to have a good resolution there's no need for a mad race to the end.
@SteviePenny I honestly haven't liked any of Whithouse's episodes apart from School reunion.
Neil Cross was confirmed to be returning. I linked to an article elsewhere in these comments.
@Ivegotkidneys Hopefully plenty of members on the site's forums will back me up when I say that Being Human is a show that wholeheartedly deserves your attention in the not too distant future. Seasons One-Three in particular are sublime, and although the production team took something of a misstep with the fourth series, they more than redeemed themselves with a spectacular final run last year. Most of my support for Toby Whithouse's potential ascension into the role of Steven Moffat's successor derives from his captivating work on one of BBC Three's finest productions.
@DaireConstantineOReilly I agree it is nice to have those regulars you can rely on but there are people out there who could be really have a talent for Doctor Who stories but we'd never know if they never took on newbies!
@PK-S @TheOncomingHurricane Given that there's only a few female genre writers in the UK, it'll always be hard to find ones who are not only available but actually want to write for whatever show. However, if she wasn't busy writing a film trilogy, I would've love for Moffat to try and lure JK Rowling towards Doctor Who, but she was busy during RTD's era and she's busy now.
@Planet of the Deaf @TheOncomingHurricaneThat is exactly how I would describe TV hiring nowadays - tickboxy. It's not a word but it perfectly describes the 'let's hire someone for diversity' culture. Hire whoever is available.
@Planet of the Deaf @TheOncomingHurricane No, you're right there. I don't think there will be for a while, either. Call it cultural inertia.
@RobertLythgoe @Malohkeh Hide was great, with very well written characters (unlike the rather unbelievable Van Baalen brothers for example)
@DWTV And you can throw in Jack Lothian who is also alleged to be writing for the show although perhaps not series eight.
@TheCapaldiMasterplan @WhoLock That's a matter of taste. I adore her Daleks in Manhattan two parter.
@TheCapaldiMasterplan @Mikeyboss182 They always do that.
a@Amy the Consulting Key Ring ah well you win some you lose some at least this means that the chances of Gaiman returning are slim
@tbuxton42 @Ivegotkidneys I love Being human, but next show runner of doctor who? In my opinion, Whithouse is doctor who's current worst writer, along with Stephen Thompson. The only one of his episodes that I have loved was School reunion.
@tbuxton42 @Ivegotkidneys I kind of disagree - Series Three was way too dark and depressing, lacking any of the humour and energy that made the first two so great. Series Four, on the other hand, did a u-turn and brought back the humour and fun that was missing, but still managed to be dramatic. Also: Mark Gatiss as Mr Snow. But, Series Five was definitely amazing especially with a smaller cast, fewer locations, and Phil Davis as you-know-who.
@BeyondThePolice @TheCapaldiMasterplan @Mikeyboss182 Not really: they usually film massively out of order (in 2012, for example, going from Episode 4 to Episode 10, and later Episode 12 to Episode 6) because usually the directors are given two episodes that aren't close together. So far they've filmed it: Episodes 1 and 2, Episodes 4 and 5, and Episodes 3 and 6.
@RobertLythgoe @TheCapaldiMasterplan @tbuxton42 @Ivegotkidneys Once you take Sarah Jane and K9 returning out of the mix, you're kind of left with a rather cheesy story, overdramatic villains and questionable acting. Personally, I feel it's only viewed as a good story because it saw Sarah Jane return.
@RobertLythgoe @tbuxton42 @Ivegotkidneys Whithouse seems fan favourite to take over, and I personally can't say I disagree. The man is marvellous!
@TheCapaldiMasterplan @RobertLythgoe@tbuxton42@Ivegotkidneys Oh. Why do you not like it?
@RobertLythgoe @tbuxton42 @Ivegotkidneys That's actually the only episode of his I don't really like.