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New Script from Matthew Graham?

2006's Fear Her was written by Matthew GrahamDen of Geek have been lucky enough to speak to Matthew Graham recently, co-creator of Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes and the man behind 2006’s Fear Her.

They’re keeping their lips sealed for a few weeks about the upcoming thurd and final series of Ashes to Ashes, but Den of Geek have been given permission to reveal Graham’s feelings about a return to Doctor Who.

Fear Her was broadcast in 2006 and features a suburban housing estate, a young girl missing her late father and a lonely alien organism, as well possibly the cheesiest moment in any Doctor Who episode – the Tenth Doctor lighting the Olympic flame in 2012.

While the boat has sailed for the 2010 series, it seems that Graham might get a chance for 2011, potentially joining a roster of scriptwriters that already includes Neil Gaiman.

I went to see Piers Wenger and Steven Moffat last year about doing a two-parter for the series that they’re shooting now. And I contacted them and said, ‘Look, I’ve got this idea for a Doctor Who. Can I talk to you?’ And they were, ‘Yeah, yeah. Brilliant.’ And I just couldn’t make the time work.

Piers has been really, really gracious and said that if you could come and do a Doctor Who for us, we’d really love to have you back. And I’d love to do it. It’s a fantastic job.

So the feeling is that Matthew Graham – whose earlier episode is one of the least popular of the revived series – is likely to get a second stab at Doctor Who. Given the success he’s had with Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, we hope he gets a better budget this time…



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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