The BBC have revealed more details of the new tenth series of Doctor Who, spilling the beans on some of its writers, schedule and guest stars.

First up is writer news. Series 10 will see the return of Rona Munro. Classic fans will be familiar with her 1989 seventh Doctor series, Survival. The series was in fact, the final for Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor, companion Ace (Sophie Aldred) and that of Doctor Who and it’s original run.

Sylvester McCoy - Doctor Who - Survival (c) BBC
Sylvester McCoy – Doctor Who – Survival (c) BBC

Scottish writer Munro started her career in 1981. She has since gone on to write for film, stage, radio and more television. Along the way came awards including London Critics Circle Theatre Award for Promising playwright, a BAFTA award nomination and a Golden Glode nom as well.

Munro will write episode 9 of series 10 featuring guests stars Rebecca Benson, Daniel Kerr, Juwon Adedokun, Brian Vernel, Ben Hunter, Aaron Phagura, Sam Adewunmi and Billy Matthews who will all join the regular cast.

Talking in the new issue of Doctor Who Magzine Munro says of her return. “Writing Survival was my dream job, but it was a mournful time in the show’s history. This has been a very different experience. There’s more of everything; people, resources, confidence, success… but the same constantly renewing and indefinable wonder that is Doctor Who. When I was very small and watching the First Doctor, I had a special cushion known as ‘Rona’s Doctor Whocushion’. I would hide my face in it when the Daleks or other monsters appeared on screen! The Eaters of Light is my version of other stories that have haunted me for almost as long.”

Doctor Who - Series 8 - Episode 8 - Mummy on the Orient Express - David Bamber as Captain Quell, Christopher Dane as McKean, Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, Frank Skinner as Perkins and Daisy Beaumont as Maisie
Doctor Who – Series 8 – Episode 8 – Mummy on the Orient Express – David Bamber as Captain Quell, Christopher Dane as McKean, Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, Frank Skinner as Perkins and Daisy Beaumont as Maisie

Episode 9 is accompanied by episode 5 in the shows current and fourth recording block. Five will be written by returning writer Jamie Mathieson. Mathieson is responsible for such Who episodes as ‘Mummy on the Orient Express’, ‘Flatline’ and ‘The Girl Who Died’ (co-written with Steven Moffat).

When not writing for Doctor Who, Mathieson has penned episodes of ‘Being Human’, ‘Dirk Gently’ and ‘Tripped’.

Mathieson also spoke to DWM saying “I’m back baby, and beyond stoked to be once again putting words in the mouths of the TARDIS crew. So what can I tell you? Well, my episode this year is very, very scary. Like, seriously so. ‘Let’s go behind the sofa and just stay there until it’s over’ scary. It’s got more shocks and tense scenes than anything I’ve ever written. And that’s coming from a man who once wrote an episode of My Parents Are Aliens. It’s also a taut thrill ride, a gag fest, a pitch black satire and, for the first time – [notices Steven Moffat approaching with cosh marked ‘no spoilers’] – I’m writing for Bill and Nardole!”

Episode 5 cast will see guest stars Kieran Bew, Justin Salinger, Peter Caulfield, Mimi Ndiweni and Karen Brayben.

The BBC have also confirmed that once episode 5 and 9 are complete, the series will have reached its mid-point of shooting, with Episodes 6, 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12 still to film.

The new series of Doctor Who will hit TV screens in spring 2017.

(Source – BBC)

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