Following rumours and speculation over possible writers earlier in the week, the current issue of Doctor Who Magazine features confirmation that Men Behaving Badly writer Simon Nye is joining Richard Curtis as a 2010 series scriptwriter!
Of course, the knives are out already – Steven Moffat’s earlier television work (Press Gang, Joking Apart, Coupling) is heavily grounded in comedy, while Richard Curtis created Blackadder with Rowan Atkinson. While Nye has done plenty of non-comedy work, he is best known for writing the 1990s sitcom that starred Martin Clunes, Neil Morrissey, Leslie Ash and Caroline Quentin, and also gave us Hardware as well as scripting the BBC’s revival of the Reggie Perrin story.
With Chris Chibnall (42) confirmed as well as Mark Gatiss and Gareth Roberts, the comedy writers seem to stick out like a sore thumb, don’t they?
Well, no. There are more than a handful laughs in Gareth Roberts’ The Shakespeare Code and smugfest The Unicorn and the Wasp (although not so many in Planet of the Dead if you’re taking it seriously), while Mark Gatiss made his name on television as one third of The League of Gentlemen.
In fact checking Chibnall’s CV, only Torchwood and his 1986 on air slaughter of Doctor Who on Open Air come close to comedy – so perhaps The Guardian are looking for a story in the wrong place?