“I am very excited and honoured to be asked to direct the first two episodes of the new series of Doctor Who. I’ve been a fan since childhood (Tom Baker is my Doctor if you are asking),” Wheatley told Screendaily. “I’ve been watching the current run of Doctor who with my son and have discovered it all over again. The work that has been done is amazing. I’m really looking forward to working with Peter Capaldi and finding out where Steven Moffat is planning to take the new Doctor.”
Ben Wheatley is best known for macabre films such as horror film Kill List and black comedy Sightseers. Sightseers, about a British couple who embark on a killing spree, received seven nominations at the British Independent Film Awards, eventually winning best screenplay. His most recent film was an English civil-war psychedelic drama/horror A Field In England, starring The League of Gentlemen’s Reece Shearsmith.