Mark Gatiss Says Doctor Who Series 11 Will Be Written By “All New People”

Mark Gatiss has revealed that he was sent a rather sweet email from new showrunner Chris Chibnall to write an episode for his first series – he also confirmed that Series 11 will feature an all new writing team.

Gatiss, who has written 9 episodes for Doctor Who including The Unquiet Dead, Victory of the Daleks, and Empress of Mars, had already ruled himself out of writing an episode for Jodie Whittaker’s first season but that didn’t stop Chibnall trying to recruit Gatiss to pen a new episode.

The writer told Entertainment Weekly (via Digital Spy):

“Chris Chibnall very sweetly emailed me and said he’d love me to continue because I’m a big part of the Doctor Who family, which I was very touched by.

“But they’re shooting Jodie’s first season now. It’s all new people and he has a totally different way of working.

“So, at the moment, I don’t know. Never say never. But I’ve had such a brilliant time and I feel very blessed to have worked on it for 10 years. It might just be time for someone else to have a go.”

He added:

“I must admit, the idea of not writing for it again is very strange.

“But I’m just very excited about not knowing anything and it’s been a very long time since I’ve been able to say that, literally, when it starts, I won’t know a thing about the new approach – the music, the title sequence, the inside of the TARDIS, the stories, the writers. I don’t know anything!

“And that’s just like being 8 years old and sitting in front of the TV again, and not knowing anything, which in this day and age is a very unusual situation to be [in].”

Gatiss had previously been reticent to say whether or not he would be writing a new script, citing the “cliché about writers being Who-ed out” but he went on to add that “there’s always more [ideas].”

As well as writing for Doctor Who, Gatiss has also acted in Doctor Who and appeared in Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi’s swansong, Twice Upon a Time which aired on BBC One on Christmas Day.

  • Liam

    I love Gatiss, but I am glad we’re getting an all new creative team. It’s an even greater change than series 5. Can’t wait.

  • Rick714

    Hmmm. It’s interesting. Obviously Chibs will be putting his own stamp on the show, but I’m starting to think the changes won’t be TOO radical. He already asked Capaldi to stay on and now he asked Gatiss to do a script. I don’t think he’s Just being polite, either. These guys all know how the biz works. Seems like Chibs is open minded on where the show will be going. ‘Course, he did establish that he’s running the writers room process which is a much different way of working and he probably knew the old guard wouldn’t be interested.

    That said, I’m okay with Gatiss no longer writing in favor of new blood. Just hope said new blood is good.

  • ColeBox

    This would be a nice opportunity for Gatiss to return to Big Finish where he his love of the Pertwee era can be used for the Treloar audios. Fingers crossed…