Published on January 14th, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett
Moffat’s Swap Shop
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 â€œmore outsideâ€ in itâ€™s first half (I guess weâ€™re in for a lot of dank and dark corridors in the first half of the series!).
Replacing Gatissâ€™ 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? Itâ€™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!