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Moffat’s Swap Shop

More news on the new series of Doctor Who for this year, Steven Moffat has made a decision to swap some episodes around to mix things up a little.

This year, as you may have heard, Doctor Who will be split in two. The first seven episodes will be shown in the spring where the show will end on a massive cliff-hanger. Doctor Who will then return in the Autumn to conclude events for a further six episodes.

As reported in Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat has made the decision to move an episode written by Mark Gatiss from the first half of the shows run to the second half. His reason being that the show need “more outside” in it’s first half (I guess we’re in for a lot of dank and dark corridors in the first half of the series!).

Replacing Gatiss’ story will be a new episode penned by Steve Thompson. Whilst new to the world of writing for Doctor Who, Thompson has worked with Moffat previously on Sherlock, where he wrote episode two of the show entitled The Blind Banker (have you seen it? It’s really rather good..). Thompson also won the Arts Council’s Meyer-Whitworth Award for his play Damages in 2004 so the talent and the energy for writing a Doctor Who episode are definitely there!

So with this new swap around, Thompson’s episode will now be story number three in 2011 series and Neil Gaiman’s episode will now be the fourth.


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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