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.