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Richard Curtis to pen episode of Doctor Who

by Annie Wu, posted Sep 8th 2009 5:03PM
richard curtisThe new series of Doctor Who comes closer and closer, and the list of involved talent is really starting to build up. It's been confirmed that Richard Curtis will write an episode. With some of his more popular work being Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Bridget Jones's Diary, Curtis seems like a rather unusual contributor. Of course, he also did Blackadder and The Vicar of Dibley for television, but neither of those things are very sci-fi-related or timey-wimey.

Curtis's films seem to have the most luck when working with ensemble casts, so maybe he can work this same magic on the small screen and introduce some new characters worthy of sticking around. We haven't really had that since Sally Sparrow (and maybe Nightingale, if only to complete the duo) from "Blink". Also, the new Doctor and the new companion are both young and attractive, a combination poised to perfectly fit into Curtis's romantic-comedy specialty.

Doing anything romantic with the Doctor's character is kind of entering dangerous waters, though. Who knows, maybe Curtis will come completely out of left field and make the most psychologically disturbing, serious episode in Doctor Who history, leaving us shaking and crying and begging the weeping angels to come back.

Probably not.

Richard Curtis also has a film coming out soon called The Boat That Rocked (though I believe it was changed to Pirate Radio for America), starring the one and only Mr. Bill Nighy. I'm only bringing this up because I've always imagined that that Bill Nighy would be the perfect Doctor to break from the much younger trend of the revival. Think about it, and then storm BBC to let them know this needs to happen.

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Richard Curtis was also the executive producer of the Red Nose Day special "The Curse of Fatal Death" scripted by Stephen Moffat:


So the two already have some experience working together on Doctor Who. Plus, "Blackadder Back and Forth" was practically a DW parody all by itself...

September 08 2009 at 6:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brad Trechak

If only they could get Neil Gaiman to pen an episode.

September 08 2009 at 6:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ugh, this is making the Doctor sound worse and worse. It would seem that the Powers that Be are catering to the young, hoping to entice them.

September 08 2009 at 5:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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