Doctor Who Magazine, out today, has confirmed that Gareth Roberts will be writing the 6th episode of Series 8. Roberts isn’t one of the more prolific writers for Who, having only penned four episodes in the past 6 years, including The Lodger and Closing Time during Matt Smith’s tenure. Guest cast for episode six includes Nigel Betts and Edward Harrison.
Spoilers abound from here on out, so this is your last chance to stay unaware.
We’ve already reported that Mark Gatiss is to write two episodes for Doctor Who and here’s some info on one of them. The third episode of the series, it’s rumoured to be called Robots of Sherwood and feature Tom Riley and Ian Hallard. Hallard’s character is apparently Alan-a-dale, one of the Merry Men.
Riley had this to say on twitter:
— Tom Riley (@thisisTomRiley) April 2, 2014
Kate O’Mara, the actress who played the Rani in Mark of the Rani and Time and the Rani has passed away at 74. She will be most remembered for her Doctor Who and Dynasty roles.
The man who directed some of the pivotal early episodes of Doctor Who from Hartnell, Troughton and Pertwee passed away late last week.
Lego Tom Baker Needs Some Support
You probably know all about the Lego Doctor Who project that has achieved the needed 10,000 votes before moving on to the next stage, but there’s an awesome underdog that needs our support.
A humorous look at how obsessed some of us can get over the whole missing episode speculation.
Omni, Omni, Omni
What’s new in the omnirumour from the past week? There was so much that we needed two updates! Avengers and Callan, and the rest. Don’t forget the Omni Bite. Seriously, we had three Omni updates last week? Awesome.
A few days ago the news began to trickle through the forums, twitter and facebook that Doctorwhoworldwide.com would be coming back up some time in the next couple of weeks. That’s great news as a lot of us were concerned when it suddenly went down and we were unable to reach the owner/editor. In the vacuum its departure left, I started up TIMD and I have decided to continue on with the site, even if DWW does come back.
The writer behind such episodes as The Crimson Horror, Night Terrors and Cold War has confirmed that he’s signed on to pen two more. After rampant twitter speculation as to which two he would do, he came out with the following:
To clarify. I’ve been commissioned to write two episodes of ‘Doctor Who’. That doesn’t mean they’ll both necessarily be in this season.
— Mark Gatiss(@Markgatiss) March 27, 2014
So, do we take that to mean one each, or maybe two next year? Who knows. I’m sure we will get more details as the premiere for Series 8 gets closer.