Armando Iannucci would love to write for Doctor Who

News Louisa Mellor 4 Sep 2013 - 11:40

The Thick Of It's Armando Iannucci would love to write a Who episode for Peter Capaldi's Doctor...

When Peter Capaldi was announced as the next Doctor, a good chunk of people found it difficult to separate the actor from his expletively creative role in BBC political satire, The Thick Of It. 'No swearing for Twelfth Doctor!' they chortled, 'He'll have to lose the blue language!'. Er, yes. No doubt he will. 

Be prepared to hear more talk of that ilk, as The Thick Of It and Alan Partridge co-creator Armando Iannucci has told What's On TV he would "love to write [an episode of Doctor Who]! Steven Moffat hasn't asked me, but it would be great because I love sci-fi and I grew up with Doctor Who as well."

Iannucci also shared his joy at Capaldi's casting, adding, "I was so pleased when I heard that Peter had got the role. He had a part in the show a few years back and he told me that when he went on set and saw the TARDIS, he nearly cried! He's a massive fan. He won't be Malcolm - that's the thing. I think some people will be surprised because he's a fantastic actor. He's really funny, so I imagine there'll be lots of humour there, but he can also be powerful and tragic. It'll be interesting to see if they do stories that allow him to play to those things!"

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'... when he went on set and saw the TARDIS, he nearly cried!'

I already love Capaldi far too much but I do believe that has finished me. He's the right guy for the job. And I would love to hear Iannucci's style of writing within the show. So absolutely yes.

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