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Pete McTighe: “Doctor Who Is the Reason I’m a Writer”

Pete McTighe, writer of Thirteenth Doctor episodes Kerblam! and Praxeus, has said he has plenty more ideas for Doctor Who stories, and credits the show with inspiring him to write.

The scribe said:

“I have dozens – scores – of ideas for Doctor Who episodes. That show is such an important part of my life. It’s the reason I’m a writer.”

McTighe, who has been promoting his new Sky drama series The Rising, also discloses that he had been set to have his next script included in Doctor Who Series 13 until difficulties imposed by the pandemic forced plans to be redrawn, resulting in the shorter, linked set of stories that made up Flux.

Understandably, he’s keeping the content of the proposed episode to himself in the hope that it could still be produced. He explained:

“I do want to keep it up my sleeve along with all the other ideas I have. Should I be lucky enough to work on the show in future, I’ll be pitching that and many other things.”

McTighe also writes and directs the trailers for Doctor Who: The Collection Blu-ray box sets, so has plenty on his plate. It’s not known which writers have been approached for the next series of Doctor Who (or if indeed anyone other than returning showrunner Russell T Davies will be penning scripts at this stage) but McTighe would surely not turn down an approach.

The Rising is based on a 2017 Belgian drama and sees lead character Neve discover she has been murdered, then deciding to investigate the crime from beyond the grave. The eight-episode series can be streamed on Sky Go and Now TV in the UK.

Would you like to see more from Pete McTighe in the Fourteenth Doctor era? Let us know in the comments below!

Jonathan Appleton

A regular Doctor Who viewer since Pertwee fought maggots and spiders, Jonathan isn't about to stop now. He considers himself lucky to have grown up in an era when Doctor Who, Star Trek and Blakes 7 could all be seen on primetime BBC1. As well as writing regularly for The Doctor Who Companion he's had chapters included in a couple of Blakes 7 books.

Pete McTighe: “Doctor Who Is the Reason I’m a Writer”

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