'Doctor Who' might be getting a new star for its upcoming eighth series, but don't expect a massive changing of the guard in the show's writers' room. Unlike the creative turnover that occurred when Matt Smith took over the role of the Doctor back in 2010, series 8 will see the return of many of the show's scribes -- including Neil Cross, it was recently revealed.
The 'Luther' creator penned two episodes of the series in 2013 -- "The Rings of Akhaten" and "Hide" -- and he revealed to Stuff that he plans to write at least one more outing for the 2014 series.
“I am going back. I have got story ideas tucked away, but if I told you about them I would have to kill you. There’s a whole bunch of stuff I want to do. Steven is clearly very busy with the 50th anniversary special and Christmas special, but I have to find out from Steven what his intentions for the Doctor are and what sort of stories he wants me to write.”
After all, you can't write an episode if you don't know the lead character's personality -- and we have no idea what new star Peter Capaldi will be bringing to the role.
Cross is enthusiastic about the new Doctor, though: "I am really excited about writing for Peter Capaldi, and equally sad not to have the opportunity to write for Matt Smith again. I think Matt Smith has been the most outstanding Doctor to date.”
“I am familiar with Peter Capaldi’s work and I am looking forward to it. Peter has presence on the screen. I think he’s an outstanding choice. There’s something about his physicality, his image, his wit, that evokes the Doctor. There’s something about him that evokes classic 'Doctor Who.'”
We certainly agree, and can't wait to see what both Capaldi and Cross bring to series 8. (This is another great opportunity for me to wish aloud for Capaldi collaborator Armando Iannucci to write an episode of the series -- I'd love a bit of satire in my 'Who.')
Fans of Cross can catch the third series of his police drama 'Luther' when it airs September 3 on BBC America.
'Doctor Who' will return Saturday, Nov. 23 with its 50th anniversary special, airing worldwide.