Hi there! We notice you are using an Adblock tool.

Kasterborous produces five or more pieces of original content daily (over 100 every month). Our writers are volunteers, offering their services to give you interesting Doctor Who articles and features.

Money raised through advertising on this site is reinvested into hosting costs, competition prizes, review materials and occasional gifts for our contributors.

To help us maintain our wide breadth and high standard of content, whitelist our non-profit site to continue enjoying it without these pop-ups.

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 TotalFilm.com | With thanks to Richard)


Andrew has left Kasterborous. Any article that appears on the site past February 2016 claiming to be written by Andrew Reynolds has been done so maliciously and without the authors consent. The author does not condone gambling in any form and would not seek to publicise the industry through a children's television show. If you like Doctor Who articles without a hefty dose of identity theft and gambling spam, why not check out http://thedoctorwhocompanion.com/

Please note that responses to this post are subject to our comments policy.

© 2005-2015 Kasterborous. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | SheKnows Media - Entertainment