Iannucci was speaking to What's On TV
The 49-year-old who was one of the first people to congratulate his actor friend Peter Capaldi on hearing that he’d been chosen to play the Twelfth Doctor in the BBC’s ongoing science-fiction drama series. “I was so pleased when I heard that Peter had got the role,” he says.
Prior to Doctor Who
, Capaldi was known to many viewers for playing Malcolm Tucker, the foul-mouthed spin-doctor in the TV series The Thick of It
and the film In the Loop
Both were created by Iannucci, a well-known Scottish satirist, writer, television director and radio producer. His latest film – as a co-writer with Steve Coogan and Peter Baynham – Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
, opened at number one
at the box office at the beginning of August.
Although Iannucci and Capaldi finished working together on The Thick of It last year, Iannucci’s US series, Veep
, which was inspired by it, has recently been renewed by HBO for a third season.
Prior to the announcement in August that Capaldi had been chosen to replace Matt Smith as the Doctor, it was rumoured that many actors – male and female – were being considered for the part, one of the most sought-after roles in television.
Capaldi’s name didn’t surface till a few days before the official announcement – when many bookies suddenly placed him as the favourite – suggesting that someone got wind of the decision.
The announcement itself – which was broadcast live on television in several countries – was still a surprise; many not really believing that Capaldi was the one.
Season 8 of Doctor Who
– which will mark the first full series to star Capaldi as the Doctor – is expected to go before the cameras in January 2014. No official confirmation as to when it will be broadcast has yet been made. However, the Guardian recently suggested
that it won’t happen until the latter part of 2014.
Similarly, no official word has yet been given as to which writers will be providing scripts for the Capaldi Doctor. As has happened each year since Matt Smith became the Eleventh , Doctor Who
showrunner Steven Moffat is expected, as usual, to provide a number of stories, while his Sherlock
colleague Mark Gatiss That said, Neil Cross revealed recently that he was writing an episode. Neil Gaiman wants to do so but doesn't know whether he has the time at the moment. The online CV of Shameless
writer Jack Lothian, meanwhile, reveals that he is working on a script.