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.
“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.”
“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.