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Old 01-01-2013, 13:52
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Happy New Year!

So, here's a thought looking forward past the 50th. Which writers would you like join Who for the first time and give us an episode?

I'd go for:

Emilia Di Girolamo
Charlie Brooker
Howard Overman
Jack Thorne
Edgar Wright
(And, as much as it would never happen, Joss Whedon)

I also found it odd that Lance Parkin has never been tapped up to have a go - some of this novels are very New Who in tone and he had TV experience* on Emmerdale...

E: *Just had a look online - turns out Lance never wrote a TV episode of Emmerdale, even though he was part of the team. Shame.
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Old 01-01-2013, 14:05
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Charlie Brooker?! No way. He's good at comedy but would be terrible for Doctor Who and turn every episode into one huge in-joke.
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Old 01-01-2013, 14:11
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Charlie Brooker?! No way. He's good at comedy but would be terrible for Doctor Who and turn every episode into one huge in-joke.
Have you seen Dead Set or Black Mirror?
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Old 01-01-2013, 14:13
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I disagree that Brooker would make a joke out of it. He can write serious material, and seeing as he loves the show, probably wouldn't want to do anything potentially dangerous with it.

But he wouldn't be my first choice
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Old 01-01-2013, 14:14
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Have you seen Dead Set or Black Mirror?
No. I thought Dead Set was a joke from the trailers, and didn't know it was him. Never heard of the other one. I've seen all his Newswipe and Review Of The Year things and they're very funny though.
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Old 01-01-2013, 14:16
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No. I thought Dead Set was a joke from the trailers, and didn't know it was him. Never heard of the other one. I've seen all his Newswipe and Review Of The Year things and they're very funny though.
Dead Set is a very good comedy-drama satire, while Black Mirror is the anthology drama series he's currently show-running. Well worth looking up. May even be on 4OD.
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Old 01-01-2013, 14:17
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I disagree that Brooker would make a joke out of it. He can write serious material, and seeing as he loves the show, probably wouldn't want to do anything potentially dangerous with it.

But he wouldn't be my first choice
So who would be?
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Old 01-01-2013, 15:37
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Definitely Charlie Brooker. I've wanted this for ages.
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Old 01-01-2013, 15:42
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Old 01-01-2013, 15:49
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With guest stars Mark Sheppard (returning as Canton), Nathan Fillion and Summer Glau. Sold. Moffat, you have your orders.
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Old 01-01-2013, 15:53
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With guest stars Mark Sheppard (returning as Canton), Nathan Fillion and Summer Glau. Sold. Moffat, you have your orders.
Alan Tudyk as well
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Old 01-01-2013, 16:09
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Black Mirror looks quite good actually, I might watch that. And OK maybe two or three DW episodes by Charlie Brooker but I think a whole series would get on my nips.
Actually, couldn't Neil Gaiman do all of them? Is he too busy with other things, or would there be complaints?
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Old 01-01-2013, 16:17
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Charlie Brooker would be the new series equivalent of Philip Martin (Vengeance on Varos), someone who usually writes dark satirical stuff coming in to do Doctor Who. Plus he writes such witty dialogue I could just see him writing for the doctor.
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Old 01-01-2013, 17:31
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Black Mirror looks quite good actually, I might watch that. And OK maybe two or three DW episodes by Charlie Brooker but I think a whole series would get on my nips.
Actually, couldn't Neil Gaiman do all of them? Is he too busy with other things, or would there be complaints?
Indeed. I'd love to see Brooker to the odd-episode, but as show-runner? I don't think he'd consider the job.

Out my list above, I could only see Di Girolamo, Overman or Thorne possibly rise to potential show-runner status in several years.
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Old 01-01-2013, 18:18
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David Renwick,
Jane Goldman
Joss Whedon

My three top picks
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Old 01-01-2013, 18:21
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Definitely William Gibson
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Old 01-01-2013, 20:20
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Comic writer Pat Mills

He wrote four stories for the Doctor Who Magazine in the late 70s alongside John Wagner (co-creator of Judge Dredd)

He has also written 3 adventures for the Big Finish range of audios, one of which was originally submitted for TV which, if accepted would have served as Turlough's intro

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Song_of_Megaptera
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Old 01-01-2013, 20:51
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Iain M. Banks is really good at hard-edged epic space opera, and in his literary guise has created some brilliantly skewed and occasionally temporally challenged stories. Although he is a novelist rather than screenwriter, so may need to be a "story by" rather than "screenplay by" credit.

Rian Johnson did an amazing job all round on looper, but he'll need to tighten up his temporal cause and effect if he's going to impress hardened who fans.

I always answer this question with Charlie Kaufman as well. His mind-bending screenplays for Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind are just barely Sci-Fi, but I think that the superficial differences aren't as important as the structural peculiarities which would make him so well suited to who.

Concur with the Brooker shouts. Sophie, you're in for a treat: the second two episodes of Black Mirror are fantastic. Concise one-shot sci-fi tales that remind me of classic 50's/60s twilight zone stories.
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Old 01-01-2013, 20:53
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Mark Ravenhill would be marvellous. Tremendously brilliant stage writer. And is a Doctor Who fan himself apparently.
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Old 01-01-2013, 22:11
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David Renwick,
Jane Goldman
Joss Whedon

My three top picks
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Old 01-01-2013, 22:13
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Met him many, many years ago at a book reading. Pleasingly geeky, bless him.

Hasn't he written for The X-Files too?
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Old 01-01-2013, 22:14
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Mark Ravenhill would be marvellous. Tremendously brilliant stage writer. And is a Doctor Who fan himself apparently.
Good call. I always felt that the late Sarah Kane, one of his contemporaries, had the right dark imagination too.
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Old 01-01-2013, 22:16
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Adrian Hodges
Terry Pratchett
Julian Jones
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Old 01-01-2013, 22:32
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Adrian Hodges
Terry Pratchett
Julian Jones
Adrian Hodges? Primeval?
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Old 02-01-2013, 00:04
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David Renwick,
Jane Goldman
Joss Whedon

My three top picks
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