Grant Morrison wants to write TV Who

In the mid 1980s, Grant Morrison contributed 3 (recently reprinted and colorised) strips for Doctor Who Magazine – and according to a little chat he’s had with MTV’s movie and comics minisite, he wants to do some television Doctor Who – or bigger…

Morrison remains a big fan of Doctor Who, and has steered clear of the novels upto now for several reasons – one being he wants to write for television.

“If I was going to do it, I’d probably do the television version,” Morrison said. “That would be the thing to see. ‘Doctor Who’ for me was always about drama. It was about actually watching it on the television, and the fact that in Britain it was kind of a Saturday night ritual thing was a very primitive, sitting-around-the-campfire kind of feeling. I think that’s the aspect that I always liked: the fact that kids would be terrified, but at the same time, parents would watch it, and they would be able explain to the kids what it was they were terrified about. It was about the communal experience, and it’s become that again, since Russell T. Davies took over.”

There’s also a movie version of the big man’s sleeve:

“That would be fantastic to do,” he said. “I’ve got quite a good story for Doctor Who. I think it would have to be quite definitive, especially because the recent series have had a few really strong definitive stories, such as ‘Human Nature,’ and ‘Silence in the Library.’ A couple of those I thought just nailed the character so completely, and that’s what you have to aspire to: a definitive, iconic, almost ultimate Doctor Who story.”

Of course Morrison might have been overlooked based on the common themes of much of his previous work. That’s just speculation, and there’s no reason to say he shouldn’t do it, one day…


Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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