When it was announced that Kill List director, Ben Wheatley was being brought in to direct the eighth series of Doctor Who, there were a few eyebrows raised!
As this is the first series featuring the 12th incarnation of the infamous Time Lord, Peter Capaldi, it gives Wheatley a complete blank canvas to work with, which many believed would be painted dark.
However, as we have recently reported, Wheatley’s A Field in England colleague, Reece Shearsmith came out to insist this simply would not be the case, stating in a previous interview that Ben was humbled to have been given the ‘prestigious’ honour of working on Capaldi’s first storylines but would not try to ‘visually taint it’ with his own style.
Now Wheatley has himself spoken out about what the show means to him, and what his plans for future episodes are.
Admitting that working on the hugely popular BBC family sci-fi show is a ‘childhood dream’ of his, the director also discussed what it has been like filming the first instalments, in a recent chat with Collider. He explained that the experience has been ‘very good’ so far, though ‘very tiring’ adding:
“It’s a lot of stuff to do very quickly.”
The director heaped praise on Capaldi, branding him ‘excellent’ and admitting:
“I’ve been able to go into the TARDIS and do all this stuff I always dreamt of doing as a 9-year-old. So I’m in the process right now of achieving my childhood dreams.”
Meanwhile in another interview with io9, Wheatley described the sort of feel he wants to shine through in his contribution to the Doctor Who legacy.
He explained that the new episodes will have an intensely ‘classic Who’ feel, and contain similarities to some earlier series’.
Ben again had only good things to say about Peter, who he describes as “a massive Who fan” who knows the series “inside out”, adding:
“You look at his career and you look at his performances… they are all so brilliant, and all so different as well. It was a lucky break for me, I think.”
Filming for the eighth series of Doctor Who began last month in Cardiff – Watch a clip of Peter Capaldi riding a mechanical horse in his first episode. Are you excited? Leave your comments below: