Doctor Who: Mark Gatiss writing two episodes for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor

The Sherlock show-runner has revealed that he is to return for his seventh and eight episode of Doctor Who - but series eight may not see both of them

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As filming progresses on Doctor Who series eight, news of Peter Capaldi’s first series in the Tardis is steadily beginning to drip through. This time it has been confirmed that Mark Gatiss will write two episodes for the new Doctor. 

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The Sherlock show-runner revealed that “I am writing for Peter Capaldi – two episodes, in fact” while on a promotional BBC Worldwide tour of Brazil. Later, on Twitter, Gatiss followed up the news by saying that he had been commissioned for the episodes, but clarified “that doesn’t mean they’ll both necessarily be in this season.”

For fans, it’s an unsurprising return to writing duties given that he had written two stories – Cold War and The Crimson Horror – for series seven. Having written six episodes of Doctor Who so far, the two new commissions will be his seventh and eighth.There are no details so far, however, of what they entail.

Judging from other comments from his time in Brazil, however, it’s doubtful to involve Gallifrey and the Time Lords – which he urged caution in bringing back 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…?”

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Series eight of Doctor Who is expected to air later this year.