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.

Join Sherlock’s Network

Available now only on iPad and iPhone, BBC have released an app letting you join Sherlock’s Homeless Network. With 30 minutes of exclusive footage,  the app features a whole new mystery for you and Sherlock to crack. Have a look at the video the BBC have released to announce it:

Here’s hoping the game will be released on other smartphones and devices soon.

Final countdown for Sherlock’s return-BBC News

Sherlock returns tonight at 9PM on BBC One.

The BBC has published a (spoiler-free!) article ahead of the return of the acclaimed series. Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Steven moffat and Mark Gatiss, who wrote tonight’s episode, have all  spoken to reveal their feelings of writing and reading the script, their surprise at how big the show had become and the nerves that came with filming in front of fans! They also address the copious amounts of fan work featuring John and Sherlock as lovers.

The article can be read here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25547524

The Empty Hearse  will be broadcast tonight in the UK on BBC One at 9pm.

 

Sherlock Series 3 Preview

If you are trying to avoid anything series 3 related, don’t read any further.

Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch have discussed just a little about what we can expect from Sherlock series 3 in this little video:

If you have iTunes, check out the Store to download a FREE 2 part Meet The Makers documentary. Search “Sherlock Series 3” but be aware that the videos have been marked as having possibly spoilers in them.

Episode 1 of Sherlock Series 3, The Empty Hearse, will be broadcast on New Years Day on BBC 1 at 9PM and will be available on iPlayer later.

 

Food and Detectives in Crime Fiction

Thanks to someone who I follow on Tumblr (I am so sorry! I can’t remember who!),  I’ve just been listening to an episode of the Food Programme from BBC Radio 4 on the BBC’s iPlayer for radio.

The episode is called Feeding the Detective, looking at how food is now playing a large part in modern crime fiction, going right back to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. For any BBC Sherlock fans, the episode features a very short interview with Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss who reveal that the detective develops a hankering for chips in the first episode of the next series!

It is fascinating and certainly opened my eyes (or should that be ears?) to how food can be used to shape characters and stories, not just in crime fiction but all types of fiction.

You can listen to the episode here. Due to this being on the BBC iPlayer, I do not know if it is available outside of the UK and I cannot tell you how long it will stay on so listen to it ASAP if you are able to!