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article imageFilmmaker Ben Wheatley to direct Peter Capaldi's Doctor Who

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 14, 2013 in Entertainment
The British filmmaker Ben Wheatley is to direct the first two episodes of Peter Capaldi's first season of "Doctor Who," the director has himself confirmed.
Yesterday, Empire magazine retweeted a message that claimed an overheard telephone conversation in which Wheatley's name was mentioned in connection with directing Doctor Who, the BBC's long-running science-fiction drama series.
"Exterminate List… Just overheard in the office: Ben Wheatley to direct upcoming episode of Dr. Who," read the tweet.
Today, Screen Daily published an exclusive interview with Wheatley, in which he confirms his involvement with the 2014 season of Doctor Who, the first to feature Capaldi as the Doctor.
Wheatley said, "I am very excited and honoured to be asked to direct the first two episodes of the new series of Doctor Who. I’ve been a fan since childhood ([Fourth Doctor] Tom Baker is my Doctor if you are asking). I’ve been watching the current run of Doctor who with my son and have discovered it all over again."
Capaldi is due to make his debut appearance as the Twelfth Doctor in this year's Christmas special, which will also mark Matt Smith's final episode as the Doctor. Smith has played the Eleventh Doctor for four years, having taken over from the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, at the beginning of 2010.
Capaldi — who was revealed as the new Doctor in a live-broadcast programme at the beginning of August — is expected to start filming the Wheatley-directed episodes sometime in the early new year.
Of his involvement with the show, the director told Screen Daily, "The work that has been done [on Doctor Who] is amazing. I’m really looking forward to working with Peter Capaldi and finding out where [showrunner] Steven Moffat is planning to take the new Doctor."
A Field on Gallifrey
To date, Wheatley has directed four feature films. His first, Down Terrace (2009), was filmed in his parents' home and earned the first-time director the Raindance Award at the 2009 British Independent Film Awards.
His next film was 2011's Kill List, which starred MyAnna Buring (Ripper Street), Neil Maskell (The Football Factory) and Michael Smiley (The World's End).
In 2012, Wheatley released Sightseers, a black comedy thriller, which was quickly followed by 2013's A Field in England, which was released in the UK on 5 July through several platforms simultaneously.
Shot in black and white, A Field in England is set during the mid-17th century English Civil War. It stars Reece Shearsmith, who can be seen next month recreating the Second Doctor (as originally played by the late Patrick Troughton) in Mark Gatiss's An Adventure in Space and Time, a feature-length drama about the creation of and early years of Doctor Who.
Wheatley also directed the "U Is for Unearthed" segment of Ant Timpson and Tim League's 2012 American anthology horror-comedy film, The ABCs of Death.
Doctor Who returns to TV screens on Saturday, 23 November, in a 75-minute feature, The Day of the Doctor, the show's official 50th-anniversary story. The Day of the Doctor, which has been written by Moffat, will be the Eleventh Doctor's penultimate appearance in the series before Smith hands over to Capaldi on Christmas Day.
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