Doctor Who writer and Luther creator Neil Cross, who’d written the series seven episodes ‘Rings of Akhaten’ and ‘Hide’, has confirmed that he will be returning to write for Peter Capaldi’s 12th incarnation of the Doctor in series eight.
Writing for Capaldi’s incarnation of the Doctor is, for Cross, simultaneously exciting and sad. While he has stated that Capaldi is an ‘outstanding choice’ for the over thousand year old Timelord, Cross would have liked to have written another episode for Smith who’d been the youngest actor, at 26, to play the Doctor. Capaldi is 55; the same age Hartnell was when he played the first incarnation of the Doctor, something Cross anticipates will work to Capaldi’s advantage. "There’s something about his physicality, his image, his wit, that evokes the Doctor. There’s something about him that evokes classic Doctor Who."
Cross definitely has story ideas in the works, stating that ‘there’s a whole bunch of stuff’ he wants to do. At this moment, however, while Moffat is rather busy with the 50th anniversary episode and the Christmas special, Cross has yet to find out from the show-runner what direction in which Moffat wants to take the Doctor, and thus what kind of stories he might want from Cross. I, for one, am hoping for more ‘Hide’ type episodes, heavy on the suspense and spine-tingly horror with perhaps a less lovey-dovey ending.
Another writer who has expressed a keen interest to write an episode or two for Capaldi is the writer of acclaimed episode ‘The Doctor’s Wife’and not-so-well-received ‘Nightmare in Silver’ Neil Gaiman. Unfortunately, due to a book tour, he won’t be available to do so until series nine. However, just like Cross, Gaiman is very excited at the prospect of Capaldi’s portrayal of the Doctor, stating that the possibility of writing for ‘Peter Capaldi’s Doctor is one that [he] finds so thrilling and exciting.’
The Thick Of It/In The Loop actor, Capaldi, has a lot of us excited to see how his incarnation will differ from the previous Doctors and how much of it will be a direct product of his very presence and how much will be attributed to the writing. So what say you? Are there any particular episodes you would like to see emulated or thought the show could have done without? Are you excited about the prospect of Cross writing an episode? He mentioned that he’d jump at the chance to set an episode in New Zealand (something I would support one hundred percent) or are there any other Who writers you would like to see return to write an episode for future series?