Stephen Fry to Write?

Still in it’s early stages of production, the next series of Doctor Who is claiming as many column inches as the last at the moment!

The BBC News website reports that acclaimed writer, director and performer Stephen Fry (best known for his portrayal of Oscar Wilde in the biopic “Wilde” and as comedy partner to Hugh Laurie) has been approached to script an episode of Doctor Who.

Although it isn’t clear whether he would be writing for series 2 or 3, the site quotes:

A BBC spokeswoman said: “We are in talks with Stephen about the possibility of him writing an episode of Doctor Who.”

There were no plans for Fry to appear in the series, the spokeswoman added.

Fry’s relationship with Doctor Who has been ongoing in recent years, appearing as “The Minister of Chance” in BBCi’s first webcast “Death Comes to Time”:

Asked by Radio Times magazine about the possibility of him playing the lead character in 2003, Fry said: “All I can say is I’ve done a couple of dramatised Doctor Whos for radio and internet and it may be that more things emerge in the future.”

as well as appearing in 2003 movie “Bright Young Things” – which also starred David Tennant…

Doctor Who Magazine continues to reveal exclusive new seires news. Issue 358 – currently available – reports that Camille Coduri and Noel Clarke will reprise their roles as Jackie and Mickey in the next series, as well as words from Russell T Davies reassuring the readers that they shouldn’t worry about “scare stories in the papers or other magazines” – referring, of course, to the recent speculation that Billie Piper may not be appearing throughout the next series. Phil Collinson meanwhile raises the possibility that we’ll see more of the TARDIS interior:

“…in The Unquiet Dead, when they landed in 1869, the Doctor did send Rose off to a mysterious, unseen “wardrobe”. Maybe there’s a million rooms beyond that! But all I’m gonna say is, watch and see…”

John Barrowman isn’t going to be returning next year, however. RTD gives excellent reasons for this, not least the fact that the Captain Jack Harkness character is so in demand, alot of advance planning is required to cast him!.

Finally, the last big news from DWM is that the Christmas episode – The Christmas Invasion – will be referred to as Episode X by the production team, falling as it does outside of series 1 and series 2.


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