One of the most closely-guarded secrets around the upcoming series of Doctor Who is exactly who’ll be writing it, with the BBC remaining tight-lipped about which screenwriters have been brought on board to pen Jodie Whittaker’s first adventures.
Though actually, that’s not strictly true. We have started to get a list of writers from the series’ past who WON’T be writing this year, with the likes of Sarah Dollard (Face the Raven, Thin Ice) and Mark Gatiss (The Crimson Horror, The Idiot’s Lantern, Cold War and many more) already ruling themselves out from the new series.
And now joining them in their absence is fan-favourite scribe Jamie Mathieson, who has written at least one episode for every series of Peter Capaldi’s tenure including hits like Flatline and Oxygen, and revealed over the weekend that despite pitching Chibnall some ideas he didn’t get the gig this time around.
“To pre-empt me no doubt blabbing it over the weekend at [fan convention Gallifrey One], I am not writing for the next series of Doctor Who,” Mathieson wrote on his personal Twitter account.
To pre-empt me no doubt blabbing it over the w/e at #gally1: I am not writing for the next series of Doctor Who.
Did meet with Mr Chibnall, lovely man, pitched a few ideas but it didn't pan out. Got flavour of what he has planned – Who is in good hands.