Published on November 2nd, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett
Karen the Witch
The story, written by David Ness, will tell a contemporary tale using elements of a tale about a woman named Gowdie who was tried for witchcraft in 1662. The confession she gave provided a detailed insight into European folklore concerning witchcraft.
The piece is one that lies close to the heart of Ness, as he explained:
â€œI live close to where the events of 1662 took place and have been fascinated with the story of Gowdie for years.Â Itâ€™s one of these legendary stories that has persisted through the yearsâ€¦many of the modern witchcraft clichÃ©s can be traced back to Isobel Gowdie, including broomsticks and covens.Â And the influence of her confessions can be seen in many places, from Sir Walter Scott through the Burnsâ€™ Tam Oâ€™Shanter.â€
This sounds like it could be the basis for a Doctor Who tale itself and should be perfect for Karen to sink her teeth into. At the moment nothing has been confirmed concerning her involvement in the film but weâ€™ll update you as soon as we hear more!