“I am writing for Peter Capaldi – two episodes, in fact” said Mark, while on a promotional BBC Worldwide tour of Brazil. Mark cautioned against involving involve Gallifrey and the Time Lords too often.
“Every time you go back to Gallifrey, it starts to make the Time Lords a bit too domesticated. I know that’s why Russell T Davies 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.”
“I don’t know if I would want to do [an episode set on Gallifrey],” he continued. “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…?”
He also hinted at a Jane Austen appearance “One of the things which new Doctor Who sort of invented was the idea of a celebrity historical – Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie, Winston Churchill, Shakespeare. There’s three writers there so I think Jane Austen stands quite a quite a good chance actually…I’m not quite sure what the adventure would be. Maybe an alien posing as Mr Darcy.”
While there’s no detail yet, the directors and writers of the first six episodes have been confirmed. Showrunner Steven Moffat has written the first episode and will pen episode four. Phil Ford, head writer of The Sarah Jane Adventures, who has also co-written Tenth Doctor adventure The Waters of Mars and the animated Dreamland, will pen episode two. Steve Thompson, who has written The Curse of The Black Spot for Series 6 and Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS for Series 7 will pen episode five.
The two new episodes will be Mark’s seventh and eighth for Doctor Who. Most recently he wrote the Cold War and Crimson Horror episodes for Series 7, and one of my favourites from Series 5, Victory of the Daleks.