Doctor Who announces writers and directors for new series

Doctor Who announces writers and directors for new series

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Monday, 20th August 2018
(Credit: BBC)
(Credit: BBC)

The BBC has announced the full list of writers and directors for the new series of Doctor Who, which launches this autumn on BBC One.

Showrunner Chris Chibnall commented, “Hailing from a range of backgrounds, tastes and styles, here’s what unites them: they are awesome people as well as brilliant at their job. (It matters!) They love Doctor Who. And they’ve all worked above and beyond the call of duty in an effort to bring audiences something special, later this year.”

Past notable writers have included Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams and Richard Curtis.

Below is the full list of writers and directors who have been announced.


Malorie Blackman

The former Children’s Laureate has written over 60 books for children and young adults including the Noughts and Crosses series of novels. Her book, Pig-Heart Boy, was adapted into a Bafta-winning, six-part TV series.

“I’ve always loved Doctor Who,” said Malorie. “Getting the chance to write for this series has definitely been a dream come true.”

Ed Hime

Nominated for a Craft Bafta award for his first episode of Skins, Hime also won the Prix Italia for his radio play The Incomplete Recorded Works of a Dead Body.

“Writing for this series comes down to the adventure really,” commented Hime. “And telling emotionally engaging stories to bring everyone along with you.”

Vinay Patel

Playwright and screenwriter Patel’s television debut, Murdered By My Father, won the Royal Television Society Programme Award for Single Drama in 2017 and was also nominated for three Baftas.

“I never imagined that I’d get to write for Doctor Who - I was pretty thrilled,” said Patel.

Pete McTighe

The originating writer of female prison drama Wentworth, McTighe has written over a hundred hours of TV drama and been nominated for five Writers Guild Awards.

"My entire television career has quite literally been an elaborate plan to get to write Doctor Who - and no one is more shocked than me that it paid off,” said McTighe. “I've been having the time of my life working with Chris, and writing for Jodie and the new team, and can't wait for everyone to see what we've been up to."

Joy Wilkinson

The Screen International Star of Tomorrow and has also had two  of her screenplays featured on the Brit List. Her TV scripts include the critically-acclaimed BBC five-parter The Life and Adventures of Nick Nickleby.


Sallie Aprahamian

Having directed television for over two decades Aprahamian has many critically acclaimed shows under her belt including: Extremely Dangerous, The Sins, Real Men, The Lakes, Teachers and This Life.

A lifelong fan, Aprahamian commented, “I watched the First Doctor from behind the sofa through my fingers, frightened and exhilarated. I was really delighted, as a fan and as a director, to be invited to work on the first female Doctor’s series.” She added, “What a brilliant time to be on the show!”

Jamie Childs

Childs previously directed Jodie Whittaker’s reveal as the Thirteenth Doctor, and now returns for the opening episode of the new series. His other work includes stints on Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Next of Kin and Vera.

 “We tend to avoid making many shows in Britain that really allow the audience to properly escape, and Doctor Who has been doing this for decades, said Childs. “So yes, sign me up - I’ve always wanted to be part of that! There really aren’t many shows made over here that allow the viewer to travel to another universe.”

Jennifer Perrott

Perrot wrote, directed, produced and executive produced her award-winning 35mm short film The Ravens. Since finishing on Doctor Who she has been directing Gentleman Jack, a forthcoming BBC One/HBO historical drama series which has been created by Sally Wainwright.

 “Doctor Who is an iconic show and one I’d loved as a child, especially when Tom Baker was the Doctor,” she said. “The aliens are now as emotionally complex as the humans, and I was really excited by that.”

Mark Tonderai

Tonderai went to school in Zimbabwe and architecture school in Kingston, before gaining a job at the BBC as a trainee presenter. Mark has directed the full season of The Five, Impulse, Lucifer, Gotham, Black Lightning, George RR Martin’s Nightflyers and Jennifer Lawrence thriller House at the End of the Street.

Mark says: “What was really crucial in my decision to direct the show was Chris Chibnall. I’m a huge fan of his and I like the way he sees the world,” commented Tonderai. “He has this ability to entertain and also deliver truths - questions, too - about who we are. And he does it all with a hint of a smile.”

The new series of Doctor Who begins on BBC One this autumn and is made by BBC Studios in Wales.

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The BBC has announced the full list of writers and directors for the new series of Doctor Who, which launches this autumn on BBC One.