Not content with delivering the biggest launch of a new series of Doctor Who ever, showrunner Chris Chibnall has set himself another tantalising challenge – persuading Harry Potter author JK Rowling to write an episode of the show.
Going one further than former showrunner Russell T. Davies – who once explored the idea of having Rowling appear in a Christmas special where aliens brought her creations to life (with the Doctor naturally stepping in to save the day – before then-Doctor David Tennant expressed reservations about mashing the two fictional worlds together, Chibnall told the gather crowds at the New York Comic Con that he was keen to get Rowling involved in the show.
“If JK Rowling wants to have anything to do with Doctor Who, please give her my phone number.
“I think she is one of our greatest living writers.
“I think Harry Potter is an absolute transcendent piece of work and continues to be with the theatre play and with Fantastic Beasts. JK Rowling is a genius and if she ever even wants to see what we do on Doctor Who, you tell her from me, the doors are open.”
However, before that happens there’s the small matter of the current crop of writer’s work on the new series, with the next adventure for Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor which takes her back to Alabama in 1955 where she’ll come face to face with black civil rights campaigner Rosa Parks.
Written by acclaimed author Malorie Blackman with Chris Chibnall, Rosa airs this Sunday at 6:55 pm on BBC One.