While we may still be eons away from the start of “Doctor Who” season 8, and we still have two episodes to get to before we even come to that time, we can at least reveal the following big news today which is the director for the first two episodes of the new season. In case you are curious, it is not Peter Jackson, who was at one point linked to the show, but who will not be directing anything until after he finishes his work on the “Hobbit” franchise.
Speaking to Screen Daily, Ben Wheatley of “Sightseers” and “Kill List” is going to be behind the camera for the first two episodes of the season. For him, that is quite an opportunity to shape his legacy of Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor; also, it will give the show some consistency. Just take a look at what Wheatley had to say:
“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). 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.”
Capaldi has reportedly already been filming some of season 8, at least when it comes to the end of the Christmas special. We’ve also heard some reports now about how the actor has already started to try and influence the style of the character, much in the way that Matt Smith and David Tennant each came up with their own clever / fun interpretations of the iconic role.
“Doctor Who” production has not started yet for season 8, but the excitement level will be high when it does. Jenna Coleman will return as the companion Clara, but the word is still out on some of the other assorted guest stars to appear.
Do you enjoy the choice of Wheatley, or are you concerned for whatever reason that we are not getting two separate visions to start of Capaldi’s run? Be sure to share your thoughts below!
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