Doctor Who: Christmas Special director announced

Jamie Payne is to direct the 2013 Doctor Who Christmas Special. This is very good news...

He has just one Doctor Who instalment under his belt – series seven’s creepy, fun Hide – but director Jamie Payne has helmed episodes of any number of quality UK dramas. From geek fare Primeval, Ashes to Ashes, and Outcasts, to more recent period shows The Hour, Da Vinci’s Demons and The White Queen, Payne is well-versed in making good-looking telly.

Good news then, that he’s behind the camera for this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, written by showrunner Steven Moffat.

Unless the BBC has a surprise up its sleeve, Payne will have a regeneration to stage during the one-hour festive episode, announced to be Matt Smith’s final outing as the Doctor.

Filming on the as-yet untitled Christmas Special begins this August.

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