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article imageOlympic 2012 writer Frank Cottrell Boyce joins Doctor Who

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jul 4, 2014 in Entertainment
The children's author and writer of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony Frank Cottrell Boyce has written for the new season of "Doctor Who."
According to information supplied by the BBC Media Centre, Cottrell Boyce’s episode for the eighth season of the science-fiction drama series will feature a cast of child actors led by Harley Bird (who provides the voice of Peppa Pig in the popular children's TV series of the same name), Abigail Eames (The Crimson Field), Ashley Foster (The Woman In Black) and Jaydon Harris-Wallace (Text Santa).
At the end of June, the Liverpool Echo suggested that the 24 Hour Party People writer had been hired to write for Doctor Who, with the author telling the paper, "It’s like joining a family. It’s a great thing to be involved with. I grew up loving Doctor Who, and my teenage son was a big fan of it too."
Of writing for Doctor Who, Cottrell Boyce said, “I was flabbergasted to be asked to write an episode — partly because I’ve been so absorbed in the last few series that I’d sort of forgotten that it wasn’t real.”
Clearly excited about working on the 51-year-old series, he also said, "Of all the thrills that pen and paper have brought into my life, there's nothing that quite compares to the buzz of unlimited possibility that rushes through your fingers and into your brain when you write the words: 'Interior … TARDIS.'"
As reported by Radio Times, the person responsible for hiring him, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, said, "Frank's script is pure magic — and everything I could have hoped for from the genius behind the Olympics Opening Ceremony! Doctor Who is born anew in the mind of a genius!"
The London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony was directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) who, together with Cottrell Boyce, had first brainstormed ideas for it with the designer Mark Tildesley (Millions) and costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb (127 Hours).
Cottrell Boyce's Doctor Who episode will be directed by another newcomer to the show's team, Sheree Folkson, who previously worked on Casanova, Russell T Davies's 2005 drama series that starred Peter O'Toole and David Tennant, both as the eponymous hero (old and young) prior to Tennant becoming the Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who.
Doctor Who, starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald, returns to television on Saturday, August, 23.
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