Nicky Wire of the Welsh rock band, the Manic Street Preachsers, is scripting a story for the popular BBC science-fiction drama series, Doctor Who.
The band’s bassist confirmed his latest project during a blog posting he made on the group’s website.
Writing on Nicky’s blog, Wire says: "On a completely different tip, I’ve been trying to write a script for Doctor Who called Do Not Go Gently. The idea is centred around Dylan Thomas’ last days in New York. Of course it’s going to have a massive fucking monster in it too."
The most recent series of Doctor Who, which starred Matt Smith, 27, as the eleventh Doctor, recently finished airing in a number of countries, including the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand.
The next series – Smith’s second and the sixth since the show returned to TV screens in 2005 – will commence production in a few weeks’ time, following completion of the 2010 Christmas special, thought to be called Father Who.
To date, the BBC have kept much of the information under wraps. The show’s head writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, confirms in the current issue of Doctor Who Magazine that a number of people are busy with scripts for the new series. “But which writers, that’s what you want to know. But far too soon [to tell],” he says.
He does confirm, however, that Neil Gaiman will definitely be supplying a story, provisionally called The House of Nothing, after Gaiman revealed, on his Twitter page earlier this year, his involvement with the show.
The Christmas special, meanwhile, is currently being filmed in Cardiff, in the UK, and sees the return of Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan as the Doctor’s husband-and-wife companions, Amy Pond and Rory Williams, and also stars the veteran British actor and Harry Potter star, Sir Michael Gambon, CBE, and, in her first acting role, the Welsh opera singer, Katherine Jenkins.
Meanwhile, fan response to Wire’s possible involvement has been positive. One fan, Rache, commented on the band’s site: “Doctor Who script wow that'll be AMAZING! Can't wait to see em in good old rainy Manchester!!!!”
Traditionally, the Doctor Who Christmas special is shown on Christmas Day in the UK. Series 6 is due to air some time in 2011.