Samuel Anderson is Danny Pink in Doctor Who Series 8

Doctor Who Series 8 Episode 5 Writer Confirmed

Steve Thompson has been confirmed as the writer of Doctor Who Series 8, Episode 5!

The Curse of the Black Spot scribe joins showrunner Steven Moffat in forming Block Two of the shooting schedule, consisting of episodes 4 and 5, reports Doctor Who Magazine.

Thompson first wrote for Doctor Who in 2011, and returned last year with Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS. Most first heard of Thompson when he penned The Blind Banker, the second episode of Sherlock, and since, he’s been behind the immensely-popular The Reichenbach Fall and The Sign of Three. His Who stories, however, have been highly divisive – so might we expect the same from his first Twelfth Doctor tale?

Thompson’s story stars Broadchurch‘s Jonathan Bailey and Pippa Bennett-Warner, who you may have seen in a recent episode of Death in Paradise.

Block Two, which introduces Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink, has begun filming, helmed by director, Douglas Mackinnon (The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky; Cold War).

Episodes 1 and 4 have been written by Moffat, whilst Phil Ford (The Waters of Mars; The Sarah Jane Adventures) has scripted episode 2. Hide‘s Neil Cross has been confirmed for the upcoming 13-episode run, and both Mark Gatiss and Tom MacRae are expected to return. Doc Martin scriptwriter, Jack Lothian, has also worked on a storyline, originally destined for Series 7… but who knows when we’ll see that.


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