New ‘Doctor Who’ will be ‘more like classic series’

Director Ben Wheatley discusses plans for Peter Capaldi's Time Lord

The new run of Doctor Who episodes will feel more like the “classic” series, according to director Ben Wheatley.

Wheatley, who is known for working on films such as A Field In England and Kill List, will direct the first two episodes of the next series of the show. With Peter Capaldi replacing Matt Smith as the iconic Time Lord, Wheatley told io9 about their plans for the programme.

“To have a unity that runs eight years… it’s pretty crazy,” he said. “It seems to me the episodes that we’re doing now seem more like classic Who.” Speaking about Capaldi, meanwhile, he added: “He’s so good. You look at his career and you look at his performances… they are all so brilliant, and all so different as well. It was a lucky break for me, I think.”

Capaldi, who is best-known for playing the ferocious and foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in political comedy The Thick Of It, is set to star in his first series of Doctor Who this year. Speaking previously about Capaldi’s casting, Jenna Coleman – who plays the Doctor’s companion Clara – said: “He’s going to be so different to Matt [Smith]. It will be a different show next year.”