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Doctor Who series 11 to have a Writers Room?

May 11th, 2016 by Marc Comments

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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.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

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