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Published on March 8th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

“Emotional and Heartfelt”

The Eleventh DoctorJust what you would expect from a script by the king of UK schmaltz, Richard Curtis; Piers Wenger described episode 10 of the upcoming series of Doctor Who as “emotional and heartfelt.”

Executive Producer Piers Wenger was chatting with Doctor Who Magazine alongside colleague Beth Willis, discussing how different the job of running the show is as well as some of the various new directors they’ve used in season 31 – along with the new movie-grade camera equipment, none of the directors has any previous work on Doctor Who .

“I’m really excited about seeing it because the director, Johnny Campbell, also directed episode 6, and that is such a glorious, colourful, crazy, made Venetian romp.

“While Richard’s episode is terribly moving and emotional and heartfelt, it has a very substantial, important issue at the centre of it. I’m really excited to see how you tell a story as big and complex as that in Doctor Who.”

Curtis of course is the man behind the hugely successful Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Love, Actually and Blackadder – he’s made a career largely on providing laughs and warmth with lots of tears. He is also one of several comedy writers who have contributed scripts to Matt Smith’s first series as the Eleventh Doctor.


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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+.

2 Responses to “Emotional and Heartfelt”

  1. avatar grantwebb says:

    I wonder if Cutis’ story will delve into Van Gogh’s depression and self of worthlessness – hence a nice reveal at the end of his legacy.

    I’m looking forward to this story.

  2. avatar Leosw4 says:

    If its going to be resembling anything that he has done before, I would hope it would be Blackadder.

    I certainlt wont be looking forward to Matt becoming all bumbling like Hugh Grant-but I am sure that wont happen…..will it?

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