Is Frank Cottrell Boyce the last Doctor Who series 8 writer?

News Louisa Mellor 3 Jul 2014 - 07:15

It's being reported that 24 Hour Party People's Frank Cottrell Boyce has written an episode of Doctor Who series 8...

All but one of the writing slots for Doctor Who series eight have already been announced, with Steven Moffat joined by Phil Ford, Mark Gatiss, Steve Thompson, Gareth Roberts, Peter Harness and Jamie Mathieson for the new run. It now looks as though the last remaining place - for episode ten in the series - has gone to a particularly interesting writer: Frank Cottrell Boyce.

The Liverpool Echo reports that native son Boyce (24 Hour Party PeopleTristram Shandy: A Cock And Bull StoryThe Railway Man) has provided a script for series eight. The screenwriter is quoted as saying "It’s like joining a family. It’s a great thing to be involved with. I grew up loving Doctor Who, and my teenage son was a big fan of it too. It’s a pleasure to write it and I’m looking forward to seeing Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor. I’m hoping there’s a bit of Malcolm Tucker in there too".

Boyce's screenwriting career began, as did fellow talent Jimmy McGovern's, on Brookside, before a collaboration with Michael Winterbottom - Welcome To Sarajevo - marked a move into film during the nineties. Almost certainly Boyce's most-watched work around the globe will be the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, with Danny Boyle.

More news on Boyce's Doctor Who episode as it arrives.

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