Broadchurch creator, Chris Chibnall to write for Doctor Who Series 8?

by Anna Howell

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Chris Chibnall, the creator of current ITV smash hit drama Broadchurch, has confirmed that he has been approached to write a new episode for the eight series of Doctor Who, Cultbox reports.

The writer, who has previously written five episodes for the hit family sci-fi entertainment show including The Power of Three in 2012, commented to the publication that it remained “a privilege and an honour” to write for Doctor Who.

The writer, whose other credits include Life On Mars, Merlin and the Doctor Who spin-off show Torchwood, explained to the publication:

“I hope to [return for series eight], and Steven [Moffat’s] been good enough to ask,

“So we’ll just see if all the schedules figure out and stuff like that. But it’s always lovely to be on the list.”

“It’s… a delight to go in and write a Doctor Who [episode], “Steven is a great showrunner to work for, and you always do a Doctor Who if there’s time, because you can tell stories you can’t tell anywhere else.”

Chibnall's latest project, ITV's Broadchurch

Chibnall’s latest project, ITV’s Broadchurch

The eight series is due to follow this year’s 50th anniversary celebratory episode and docu-film due to air in November to mark the landmark birthday.

Pictures in the Sun newspaper last week showed current Time Lord Matt Smith and his new companion Clara played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, along with extras dressed as armed police and a crane filming for the much-anticipated anniversary special of the hit BBC family sci-fi entertainment show, with scenes including the Tardis landing in Trafalgar Square with the Doctor hanging off the bottom of it!


Fans gathered in the famous Square in our nation’s capital to watch the scenes, which include the Doctor hanging from the bottom of the iconic phone box as it is lowered to the ground. The stunt itself was performed by a body double professional, but Smith admitted to the publication that he was desperate for production staff to let him do it himself, commenting:

“It’s very exciting. I’m trying to persuade them to actually let me go up, because I’ll get to see all of London and it will be cool.”

Watch Smith behind the scenes in Trafalgar Square discussing the episode: