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Published on January 5th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

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Series 5 Writers?

Den of Geek have been speculating on the writers of some of the stories for Series 5 of Doctor Who (known in these parts as Season 31) – and there’s an interesting rumour abroad!

With new showrunner Steven Moffat naturally taking a share of the writing duties, Gareth Roberts (The Shakespeare Code, The Unicorn and the Wasp) and Mark Gatiss (The Unquiet Dead, The Idiot’s Lantern; Professor Lazarus in The Lazarus Experiment) are both apparently involved as of course is Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Love Actually) who is so far the biggest name to have been revealed.

Meanwhile rumours and counter rumours of comic book creator, novelist and screenplay writer Neil Gaiman (Stardust, Neverwhere, The Sandman) have persisted since the first names were attached in the summer of 2009, yet most curiously none of these rumours are mentioned on Gaiman’s Wikipedia page.

Chris Chibnall (42, Torchwood) is also said to be involved – as are either/both/neither of David Renwick (One Foot in the Grave, Jonathan Creek) and Simon Nye (Men Behaving Badly, Hardware). Given the number of writers potentially involved who are best or largely known for their comedy, Season 31 is likely to be fascinating for this reason alone!

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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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