One of the big things in the movie industry right now is writers rooms.
A thinktank where a group of writers sit down and work out threads and ideas in a movie universe that should – if done right – make the experience of the film-goer a richer one as well as making the studio serious money.
A win/win if you will.
Transformers have one and, by extension, so has the whole Hasbro universe. Ghostbusters too has GhostCorp and now it looks like Doctor who may employ the same strategy.
Radio Times is reporting that the new showrunner, Chris Chibnall, who takes over for 2018’s series 11, is looking at a way to shake up how the series is approached.
Chibnall has a commitment in showrunnng that he will write some episodes of the show himself, but he seems keen to explore different avenues when it comes to putting the series together.
Apparently the BBC is already in talks with the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain [WGGB] – the union for professional scriptwriters – and have put forward the idea of a writers room which, according to reports, has been well met.
“If it’s what the BBC wants and it’s what the writers want it then it’s fine by us,” said Bernie Corbett, who was general secretary of the union at the time, “Nobody’s against it. Lots of writers would like to try it but you have to get round those practical difficulties. Our job as a Trade Union is not to disrupt things or hold things back if they think it is a good idea.”
A BBC spokesperson said: “It’s still very early days and no fixed model has been decided upon yet. Chris Chibnall as the new showrunner will write his own episodes and is currently exploring different ways of working with new and established writers on the show.”
Steven Moffat has this year’s Christmas special as well as the 2017 series and is also expected to look after the 2017 Christmas special. After that Chibnall will step up to the plate as the man behind the TARDIS.