Director Ben Wheatley to helm Doctor Who Series 8 openers

Ben Wheatley To Direct Doctor Who Series 8 Openers

Acclaimed Brit Director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England) has signed on to direct the first two episodes of Peter Capaldi’s reign as the Doctor.

The filmmaker, known for his pitch black, genre-bending, cine-literate storytelling, is a bold choice to usher in both the new series and a new Doctor but with that melting pot of the macabre, gallows humour and the odd tab of psychedelia he’s also an inspired one.

The director told Screendaily:

I am very excited and honoured to be asked to direct the first two episodes of the new series of Doctor Who. I’ve been a fan since childhood (Tom Baker is my Doctor if you are asking), I’ve been watching the current run of Doctor Who with my son and have discovered it all over again.

The work that has been done is amazing. I’m really looking forward to working with Peter Capaldi and finding out where Steven Moffat is planning to take the new Doctor.

Of course, part of that plan is Wheatley himself, whose appointment certainly offers some tantalising suggestions of what lies ahead.

Could his appointment set a precedent for other acclaimed directors to work with the Doctor? This would be much like the examples set in the states, where filmmakers such as Rian Johnston and Neil Marshall have already dabbled in shows like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones respectively.

While the posters for Series 7 were certainly cinematic in scope sometimes the visual didn’t match that ambition; could this hiring hint at more cine-literate filmmakers plundering from increasingly esoteric genres?

Perhaps most exciting of all is that this could open the floodgates for other British filmmakers to one day take the helm; although he’s currently busy miniturising heroism with Ant-Man, who wouldn’t like to see Edgar Wright direct the Doctor?

(via | With thanks to Richard)


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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