The writers for series five of Doctor Who

According to DWM (apparently. You think I’d buy it?), the writers on the fifth series of Doctor Who are:

  • Steven Moffat (six episodes); past work – Coupling, Press Gang, Jekyll et al; The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, The Girl in the Fireplace, Blink, Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead
  • Mark Gatiss (one episode); past work – The League of Gentlemen et al; The Unquiet Dead, The Idiot’s Lantern, The Lazarus Experiment
  • Gareth Roberts (one episode); past work – The Sarah Jane Adventures; The Shakespeare Code, The Unicorn and the Wasp
  • Richard Curtis (one episode); past work – Blackadder, The Vicar of Dibley, Four Weddings and a Funeral et al
  • Toby Whithouse (one episode); past work – Being Human et al; School Reunion
  • Chris Chibnall (two episodes); past work – Torchwood, Law and Order; 42
  • Simon Nye (one episode); past work – Men Behaving Badly et al

What are we all thinking? Interesting choice of Chris Chibnall, certainly, but the rest look potentially good, IMO, especially since Nye, Gatiss and Curtis are primarily comedy writers.


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