The Writers and Directors of the new ‘Doctor Who’ Season
The people that make it all happen from pen to screen
BBC America announced the writers and directors that will be bringing us the all-new season of “Doctor Who”. The landmark new season is currently scheduled to premiere this fall on BBC America. The popular sci-fi series has always attracted top-tier talent and this year a diverse group of professionals are getting behind the camera to bring fans a terrific season of adventures for everyone’s favorite Time Lord.
Former Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman is one of the writers this season, she has written over 60 books for children and young adults including the ‘Noughts and Crosses’ series of novels. Blackman’s book “Pig-Heart Boy” was turned into a six-part TV serial and Blackman has won a wide array of awards for her work. Malorie talked about joining the series adding, “I’ve always loved Doctor Who. Getting the chance to write for this series has definitely been a dream come true.”
Ed Hime also joined the writers room this year, Hime was nominated for a Craft BAFTA for his first episode of “Skins,” and won the Prix Italia for his radio play “The Incomplete Recorded Works of a Dead Body”. Ed added, “Writing for this series comes down to the adventure really, and telling emotionally engaging stories to bring everyone along with you.”
Making his television debut, Playwright and screenwriter Vinay Patel is another writer onboard for this season. Patel’s “Murdered By My Father” won the 2016 Royal Television Society Award for Best Single Drama and was nominated for three BAFTAs. Another writer is Pete McTighe, the originating writer of “Wentworth”. McTighe has written over a hundred hours of TV drama and been nominated for five Writers Guild Awards. Wrapping up the writing room is Joy Wilkinson, selected as a Screen International Star of Tomorrow and someone that has had two screenplays featured on the Brit List. Wilkinson’s TV scripts include the critically-acclaimed BBC five-parter “The Life and Adventures of Nick Nickleby,” while her theatre work has won prizes including the Verity Bargate Award. Joy added, “I loved the show and felt like it might be a good fit for me, but I knew it was really hard to get onto. So quite frankly I’m still pinching myself to be here!”
As for the show’s directors, we will see work from Sallie Aprahamian in the new season. Aprahamian has been directing television for over two decades with critically acclaimed shows including “Extremely Dangerous,” “The Sins,” “Real Men,” “The Lakes,” and “Teachers and This Life”. Jamie Childs, who directed Jodie Whittaker’s reveal as the new Doctor, returns for the opening episode of the new series. Jennifer Perrott wrote, directed, produced and executive produced her award-winning 35mm short film “The Ravens”. Since finishing Doctor Who Childs has been directing “Gentleman Jack,” a forthcoming BBC One/HBO historical drama series created by Sally Wainwright. The final director on the list is Mark Tonderai, who went to school in Zimbabwe and architecture school in Kingston, before landing 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”.
Fans will see the new Doctor this fall on BBC America.