Mark Gatiss Writing Two Doctor Who Episodes

Information about Capaldi’s first series as the wandering Time Lord is coming in slowly but surely now the series is being filmed.

The Radio Times is reporting that Mark Gatiss has said he is writing two episodes for Capaldi’s Doctor but “that doesn’t mean they’ll both necessarily be in this season.” Well known from writing for and appearing in BBC’s Sherlock, he has also starred in Doctor Who and written for the series six times before, most recently being Cold War and The Crimson Horror for series seven.

The end of the 50th Anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor, saw the return of Gallifrey and the Time Lords but Gatiss has urged caution at bringing the home planet and the Doctor’s people back into the series too much.

 

“Every time you go back to Gallifrey, it starts to make the Time Lords a bit too domesticated,” he said, whilst on tour in Brazil, promoting BBC Worldwide. “I know that’s why Russell T Davies [the previous show runner] came up with the whole idea of the Doctor being the last one because eventually if you see them so often they become a bit like a bunch of MPs, whereas if you talk about them as this amazing, powerful force, they’re much more exciting.”

He then said he didn’t know if he would ever do an episode set on Gallifrey. “I think the way the Time Lords were represented in The End of Time and The Day of the Doctor was very exciting because we’re seeing them in a crisis and they’re trying to come up with different ways of saving themselves. But I suppose if the Doctor ever does find Gallifrey again, then we might find out more. Who knows…?”

Series eight of Doctor Who is expected to air later this year.

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Book Review: Who-ology, Doctor Who The Official Miscellany by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright

Bare with me. I don’t know how long this review is going to be or even if it is going to be any good.

Who-Ology is the latest BBC Book about one of the most successful Sci-Fi TV series ever: Doctor Who, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary on November 23rd, 2013. Covering every episode up to The Snowmen, the 2012 Christmas episode, and every Doctor since William Hartnell, it’s a comprehensive guide to the world of Doctor Who, featuring and including profiles of Doctor 1 to 11, every companion and important character and their actors who portrayed them. The book also tells you the 40 ways to destroy a Dalek and the galactic co-ordinates of the Shining World of the Seven Systems, Gallifrey.

This book is a fantastic collectors item and, with help from a parent or guardian, can be read by child and adult fans alike. The book is divided into sections and flow very easily, making it difficult to spot where one section ends and another begins. This is not a bad thing though and is actually fantastic, making it very readable and very easily.

This book is great for younger fans such as me who might not know too much about the old series and old doctors and features some great information, facts and figures. The art work is only in black and white and the art style is simple but it is very stylish and very beautiful I think. It certainly provides some fantastic illustration to various information in the book though it can be tough to recognise some of the actors being depicted.

This book delves into the legend and mythology of the TV series but also features behind the scenes information, including how the series and various aliens and a certain robot dog was created. The book also covers what the Doctor has been seen to have in his pockets, what the sonic screwdriver can and cannot do (including wood!) and facts and information on the Doctor’s other gadgets and the Who-Mobile.

In places, it can be slower and does become just lists and lists of various actors, episodes, etc. It is great information but it does become annoying and I did skip over some of the lists or just scanned them for things of interest.

Despite this, it is a great book and I enjoyed reading it cover to cover. I would highly recommend this book for Doctor Who fans to get caught up before embarking on the watching the second half of last series and the anniversary episode in November.