Neil Cross returning for Doctor Who series 8
The writer of series 7's The Rings Of Akhaten and Hide, Neil Cross, will be returning to write at least one series 8 episode...
New Zealand-based writer Neil Cross (Luther, The Rings Of Akhaten, Hide) has told Antipodean website Stuff.co.nz that he will return to write more Doctor Who in series eight, and is awaiting a brief from Steven Moffat:
"I am going back. I have got story ideas tucked away, but if I told you about them I would have to kill you. There's a whole bunch of stuff I want to do. Steven [Moffat] is clearly very busy with the 50th anniversary special and Christmas special, but I have to find out from Steven what his intentions for the Doctor are and what sort of stories he wants me to write."
Cross praised Matt Smith, for whom he wrote series seven's The Rings Of Akhaten and Hide, as "the most outstanding Doctor to date", adding that he was sad "not to have the opportunity to write for Matt Smith again". That regret is equalled by his endorsement of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, whom Cross calls "an outstanding choice. There's something about his physicality, his image, his wit, that evokes the Doctor. There's something about him that evokes classic Doctor Who."
If you remember, there was some talk last year of Doctor Who uber-fan Peter Jackson getting behind the camera to direct a New Zealand-set episode of the series. Jackson was keen, Matt Smith was keen, former executive producer Caroline Skinner was keen, and Neil Cross said he'd happily provide a script for such an adventure. Putting aside the obvious constraints of logistics, cost, and scheduling (The Hobbit films, as it turns out, are quite the time-suck for Jackson), it was a fun fancy. With Smith and Skinner out of the picture now, that chink of a possibility seemed to close up, but with Neil Cross' continued involvement in Doctor Who, perhaps there's hope yet...
Read more about Doctor Who series eight, here.
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