We are now mere weeks away from the return of Doctor Who and still there is so much that we don’t know – isn’t the suspense brilliant?
Well the latest bit of juicy information to trickle out is that Frank Cottrell Boyce has been linked to that final blank space in the list of writers for Series 8 which includes a plethora of talent both new and returning such as Phil Ford, Stephen Thompson, Gareth Roberts, Peter Harness and Jaime Mathieson.
Frank has previously worked with Russell T Davies on Granada drama Springhill in the mid-1990s so he does have links to the show. He is also the man responsible for movies such as Millions, 24 Hour Party People and most recently the Colin Firth starring adaptation Railway Man – oh and also the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.
If true this is quite a big deal for the show to attract someone with such a high-profile resume, but then again since its return to the airwaves in 2005 the show has pulled in some of the biggest and best names for writing duties. Not counting the likes of Moffat, Gatiss and Russell T we have had some frankly epic names.
The man who gave us the award-winning The Doctor’s Wife and the slightly less prestigious Nightmare in Silver is a best-selling author in his own right with international best sellers galore and a string of very successful film adaptations of his works such as Stardust, Coraline and Neverwhere (which was amazingly a best-selling novel, a TV series, a comic book and most recently a radio drama). Rumour has it he is working on another script for the Doctor, but it is unlikely to be for Series 8.
The man who gave the world Broadchurch has also given us episodes of Merlin, worked on Law and Order UK and was the only person other than the creators to write for Life on Mars. Chris has done some sterling work for the Doctor in the past in the form of stories like 42, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and the mini episodes of Pond Life.
The man behind the Idris Elba smash hit Luther (which gets bonus points for co-starring Paul McGann) jumped into Series 7 to give us two stories that had polarizing reactions fro fans in the shape of Rings of Akhaten and Hide.
Blackadder, Mr Bean, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, War Horse, Bridget Jones. Seriously, I could fill a whole page with the list of awesome that this man has given the world through his writing for both the big and small screen, but to us Whovians he will always be the man who makes us cry every time we see sunflowers. Vincent and the Doctor is rightly regarded as one of the best episodes of Doctor Who of all time and stands as a landmark for what writers can do when given the wide palette that Doctor Who offers.
Of course the list goes on and on for top notch writing on the show, with new and untested writers sharing space with veterans, which brings us nicely back to the fine line up we have for series eight now. With a clutch of tried and tested writers like Mark Gatiss, Gareth Roberts and the Moff leading the charge while some big guns strike out at the show for the first time like Peter Harness and Jaime Mathieson and with the idea that Frank Cottrell Boyce could be rounding out the team, well it fills me with even more enthusiasm that this could well be one of those vintage years that fans will talk about for years to come.
So what do you think, do we have the dream team of writers or would you rather see a different line up? Who have been some of your favourite guest writers, are you sitting there screaming at your screen that I dint mention one of your top writers? If so put those thoughts into words and leave a comment below.