Award-winning children's writer - and writer for the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony - Frank Cottrell Boyce has been confirmed to be writing an episode for Doctor Who, thus completing the line up of series 8 writers.
The episode will feature a number of child actors, including Harley Bird (the voice of Peppa Pig), Abigail Eames (Harry and Paul, The Crimson Field), Ashely Foster (The Woman in Black) and Jaydon Harris-Wallace (CITV Text Santa). It will be directed by Sheree Folkson (Casanova, Hit & Miss), and produced by Paul Frift (Escape Artist, Best Possible Taste, Restless).
Cottrell Boyce said of writing for Doctor Who:
“Of all the thrills that pen and paper have brought into my life, there’s nothing that quite compares to the buzz of unlimited possibility that rushes through your fingers and into your brain when you write the words: ‘Interior … TARDIS’.”
“I was flabbergasted to be asked to write an episode - partly because I’ve been so absorbed in the last few series that I’d sort of forgotten that it wasn’t real.”Executive Producer and lead writer Steven Moffat added:
“Frank's script is pure magic - and everything I could have hoped for from the genius behind the Olympics opening ceremony! Doctor Who is born anew in the mind of a genius!”What do you think of the news? Have you seen (and enjoyed) any of Frank Cottrell Boyce's other works? Let us know in the comments section below.