Following news of the casting of Paul Kaye in Doctor Who Series 9, more details have emerged, including confirmation that Toby Whithouse has penned a two-part story!
Produced by Derek Ritchie and directed by Daniel O’Hara (Silent Witness 2015, The Game, Being Human), Whithouse’s episodes are his first since 2012’s A Town Called Mercy. His previous episodes are The Vampires of Venice in 2010 and 2011’s excellent The God Complex although he’ll probably always be remembered for 2006’s School Reunion, which connected classic and modern Doctor Who by reviving Sarah Jane Smith and K9.
Says Executive Producer and lead writer Steven Moffat, “An amazing guest cast for a brilliantly creepy two-parter by Toby Whithouse. Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman are back in Cardiff, back in the box, and back in action – for one of our scariest adventures yet!”
Meanwhile, star Peter Capaldi added, “The adventures begin again for myself and Jenna and I’m delighted to be back filming my second series of Doctor Who.”
The two-part story is as-yet untitled, but featyures Paul Kaye, who has appeared in Game of Thrones Series 3 as Thoros of Myr as well as a sinister Fagin-like figure in Ripper Street Series 2. His casting has been covered already, and we can see how keen the former Dennis Pennis actor is. “As a kid of the 1970s, the two shows you always watched were Top of the Pops and Doctor Who, they were unmissable. I actually wrote a song called ‘Looking for Davros’ in my first punk band and I sang it like a demented Dalek. I got to present TOTP back in the mid ‘90’s and landing this role in Doctor Who completes the dream double.” Kaye goes on, “Peter is a perfect Doctor and I’m loving every minute of the experience, even the five hours in make-up. What a treat, best 50th birthday present ever!”
Other actors case in Whithouse’s episodes include Morven Christie (Grantchester ,Death in Paradise, Twenty Twelve), Arsher Ali (Malik Suri in BBC One’s critically acclaimed The Missing) and Colin McFarlane who previously appeared alongside Peter Capaldi in Torchwood: Children of Earth back in 2009. Also look out for Sophie Stone, Zaqi Ismail, Steven Robertson and Neil Fingleton.