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Matt Smith, Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan in Doctor Who: The Power of Three

Chris Chibnall for Doctor Who Series 8?

Broadchurch creator and regular Doctor Who scribe Chris Chibnall has confirmed he has been approached to write a new episode for Series 8.

Matt Smith, Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan in Doctor Who: The Power of Three

Chibnall who has previously written five episodes of the show was understandably pleased to amongst the names of potential writers for the show.

Speaking to Cultbox, The Power of Three writer commented:

“I hope to [return for series eight], and Steven [Moffat’s] been good enough to ask…So we’ll just see if all the schedules figure out and stuff like that. But it’s always lovely to be on the list.”

Chibnall went on to describe the privilege he felt and the particular joys of writing for Doctor Who:

“It’s… a delight to go in and write a Doctor Who [episode]. Steven is a great showrunner to work for, and you always do a Doctor Who if there’s time, because you can tell stories you can’t tell anywhere else.”

While plans are in motion nothing has been confirmed in regards to how the episodes will be scheduled following the anniversary and the Christmas specials in November and December respectively.

Also, there was no mention of whether or not this upcoming season will continue the trend of giving writers two episodes per run.

So are you pleased that Chibnall will be returning to the Who-fold? Are you already concerned about the potential gap between the anniversary celebrations and a new full series?


Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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