Almost ten years after his last Doctor Who episode, Charles Palmer is returning to direct two episodes of Doctor Who Series 10. And Daniel Nettheim’s also coming back to the show after a successful serial last year!
Charles is the son of Geoffrey Palmer (Doctor Who and the Silurians; Voyage of the Damned), and he previously worked on a few great 2007 stories: Smith and Jones, The Shakespeare Code, Human Nature/ The Family of Blood. Since then, he’s racked up credits on Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Death in Paradise, and most recently, Poldark.
Meanwhile, Daniel Nettheim has directed episodes of Line of Duty, Humans, and the Australian K9 series – but you’ll recognise his name for The Zygon Invasion/ The Zygon Inversion (2015).
Block Four of the upcoming 12-part run has just finished filming, helmed by Palmer, while Nettheim confirmed on Instagram that he’s in charge of Block Five.
Writers for the latter have yet to be confirmed, but Palmer’s new stories will be The Eaters of Light by Rona Munro (Survival), and the as-yet-unnamed Episode 5, written by Jamie Mathieson (Mummy on the Orient Express). Munro’s tale is to be the last written by someone other than Steven Moffat under his tenure as showrunner.
Doctor Who Series 10 is expected to screen on BBCOne in April 2017 – but before that, we have The Return of Doctor Mysterio, the 2016 Christmas special.
So what do we think of these returning directors? Personally, I’m really pleased – especially to see Palmer come back after such a long time. He was high on my Wish List (alongside Farren Blackburn, Nick Hurran, and Colm McCarthy, pretty please?).