Steven Moffat Confirms Writers for Doctor Who's Fifth Series

Doctor Who's new showrunner and head writer Steven Moffat has recently confirmed the writers for the upcoming series of the show. He confirmed the writers for The Eleventh Doctor's first series in issue four hundred and seventeen of Doctor Who Magazine, which was released on Thursday. He confirmed the seven writers who will contribute to the series, which will star new Doctor Matt Smith and Karen Gillan as companion Amy Pond, in his first ever Production Notes at the front of the magazine. He has chosen a fantastic selection of writers, with Moffat himself contributing to almost half of the series.

Steven Moffat has confirmed that he has written six episodes for the series, which will consist of thirteen episodes in total. The remaining seven episodes will be penned by Mark Gatiss, Toby Whithouse, Simon Nye, Chris Chibnall, Richard Curtis and Gareth Roberts. Chris Chibnall has written two episodes, which is likely to be a two part story.

Steven Moffat has previously written The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances, The Girl in the Fireplace, Blink, Tim Crash, Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead and the final scene of The End of Time Part Two (although uncredited.) Mark Gatiss has previously written The Unquiet Dead and The Idiot's Lantern. Toby Whithouse has previously written School Reunion and Torchwood episode Greeks Bearing Gifts. Simon Nye has not written for Doctor Who before so is a newcomer. Chris Chibnall has previously only written 42 for Doctor Who but was head writer for Torchwood having penned several episodes. Richard Curtis is also a newcomer, whilst Gareth Roberts has written Attack of the Graske, The Shakespeare Code, The Unicorn and the Wasp and co-wrote Planet of the Dead with former showrunner Russell T Davies. Gareth Roberts is also The Sarah Jane Adventures head writer.

The fifth series of Doctor Who will kick off this Spring on BBC One and BBC HD with a new Doctor and a new companion as played by Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. The series will consist of thirteen episodes and it is suspected that a Christmas special will also be shown this Christmas. For all the latest series five news stick with Doctor Who Mad Online...

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