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Published on November 23rd, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett

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Edgar Wright to Direct Who?

Recently, USA Today had a chat with film director and overall Cult Classic Overlord Edgar Wright. The very talented helmer is responsible for bringing such delights to life as Channel  4’s Spaced as well as big screen treasure Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim Versus the World.

He’s also a self confessed Doctor Who fan, which gives him extra points in the good taste category of life. His films and his TV shows have contained appearances by one well known actor as well; none other than Simon Pegg who guest start as the albino Editor in the 2005 episode of Doctor Who, The Long Game. And let’s not forget his female muse, Jessica Hynes who appeared in 2007’s Human Nature/ Family of Blood and recently made a cameo appearance in The End of Time, Part Two.

But the man himself has never been involved in directing an episode himself, is that something he would have liked to have done? He told USA Today:

“OK, you’re going to be very disappointed in me. Russell T. Davies asked me to direct (an) episode and I couldn’t do it. And I was a big Doctor Who fan when I was a kid, and my mother was very disappointed with me that I couldn’t do it… If I had done it, I wouldn’t have been able to do any promotion for Shaun of the Dead in the States. And I wouldn’t have given that up for the world.”

Ok… fair enough. But is it something that could happen in the future? Wright commented:

“You know, Steven Moffat (and) I kind of worked together a little bit through Tintin, and he did say to me, he goes, “Anytime you want to do an episode, shout.” And I go, “OK, maybe I will.”

Excellent news! Wrights fast cuts and comedy visuals as well as his breathtaking action direction would make any Doctor Who episode utterly brilliant. But just how far does his fandom go?:

“I grew up on Doctor Who. I used to dress up as Doctor Who as a little kid. There’s pictures of me dressed up as Peter Davison. I was obsessed with Tom Baker, and I used to have the Radiophonic Workshop music… what’s funny is Nigel Godrich‘s dad used to work for the Radiophonic Workshop, and there’s a couple cues in Scott Pilgrim where I think Nigel’s doing Radiophonic Workshop stuff. There are a couple[of] bits where I’ve said, “Oh, it sounds like Doctor Who music!”

Only a fan could make that reference! Let’s hope that one day, Edgar says yes and brings some of his style and panache to Doctor Who.

Scott Pilgrim Versus the World will be available on Blu-ray and DVD from 27th December and can be pre ordered from www.amazon.co.uk now. Go do it as the movie rocks!

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What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!




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