Everybody relax, it looks like the first episodes of Doctor Who Series 8 are in good hands with director Ben Wheatley. The rising Brit director of Sightseers, Kill List and the spectacular A Field in England has recently been doing quite a bit of talking about being behind the lens for the arrival of Doctor number twelve, Peter Capaldi.
The director, it seems, grew up with Doctor Who, specifically the Hinchcliffe era of the Tom Baker years and was responsible for making the first move to be involved in the show.
It was something I sought out. I got my agent to kind of badger them about doing, because I was a fan as a kid. But also because my kid was a fan of the show and I wanted to make something that he could see, for a change. That was it. And it’s been very geeky indeed.
Directing both the first and second episodes of the new series as we speak, he has his work cut out for him thanks to the notoriously tight schedules for filming, but still seems to be having a whale of a time doing it.
It’s very tiring and it’s a lot of stuff to do very quickly. Peter Capaldi is excellent and I’ve been able to go into the TARDIS and do all this stuff I always dreamt of doing as a nine year old. So I’m in the process right now of achieving my childhood dreams.
Unsurprisingly, given his output so far, he is eager to see a return to a darker Doctor citing his love for his Doctor growing up, Tom Baker, and the more gothic episodes they produced.
Generally it’s dark, it’s always been dark. Even in the more modern ones. If you look at the Tom Baker stuff, it’s especially dark. When he leaves Leela — who’s a very beloved assistant — he just laughs after it. There’s none of the [breaking down and crying]. He just laughs, and “on to the next one,” you know…It seems to me the episodes that we’re doing now seem more like classic Who. We’re going back to that style. But you’ll have to wait and see.
So what do you think, would a return to the darker Doctor be a good thing, do you think Wheatley is the right man for the job and if not who would you like to see take the reins for an episode or two? Speak up into the space below and let us hear your thoughts.