BBC Announces Directors & Writers For ‘Doctor Who’ Series 12

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14 Nov 19

BBC Announces Directors & Writers For ‘Doctor Who’ Series 12

As we head towards a new season of Doctor Who in early 2020, the BBC has today announced the people who have been behind the camera creating the stories and directing the upcoming 12th Season.

The next series will feature a mix of old and new faces. On the writing side Vinay Patel (Demons Of The Punjab), Ed Hime (It Takes You Away), and Pete McTighe (Kerblam!) will return from Season 11. They are joined by Nina Metivier, Maxine Alderton and Charlene James to pen Series 12.

Nina Metivier is the co-creator and co-writer of teen thriller series ‘The A List’ (BBC/Netflix), and produced and wrote on the Bafta-winning TV series ‘Dixi’. Maxine Alderton has written for CBBC’s ‘The Worst Witch’ and ITV’s long-running series ‘Emmerdale’, winning a Yorkshire RTS award for Best Writer for a special standalone episode about dementia, and has been nominated for a Writers’ Guild award twice. Charlene James has previously written for the television show ‘A Discovery Of Witches’ as well the award-winning theatre play, Cuttin’ It.

The returning writers include Pete McTighe who is the originating writer of the female prison drama ‘Wentworth’ and is currently Executive Producing and writing season two of ‘A Discovery Of Witches’ for Sky/AMC/BadWolf; Ed Hime was nominated for a Craft Bafta for his first episode of ‘Skins’, and won the Prix Italia for his radio play ‘The Incomplete Recorded Works Of A Dead Body’; And Vinay Patel’s television debut, ‘Murdered By My Father’, won the 2016 Royal Television Society Award for Best Single Drama and was nominated for three Baftas.

In addition to new writing talent, the next season will have four new directors joining “the fam”. They include:

Emma Sullivan, who was named one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow after graduating from the National Film and Television School. Her short film, ‘After Tomorrow’, was also nominated for a Palme d’Or at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival and won Best Short Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2009. She has also directed for the critically acclaimed dramas ‘Call The Midwife’ and ‘Silent Witness’.

Nida Manzoor was named one of Broadcast Magazine’s Hot Shots back in 2015. Since then, she has gone on to direct the BBC comedy-drama ‘Enterprice’ and has recently received an RTS nomination for her work. Nida is also currently writing and directing an original musical comedy series for Channel 4 called ‘Lady Parts’.

Jamie Magnus Stone is a film director and animator who graduated from the National Film and Television School. Jamie created and directed the Bafta-nominated short ‘Orbit Ever After’ and other recent work includes ‘Tripped’ and ‘The Last Dragon Slayer’.

Lee Haven Jones has directed multiple episodes of hit dramas including ‘The Bay’, ‘Vera’ and ‘Shetland’. Lee has won two Welsh Baftas for his work as a Director and his first feature film, ‘Gwledd/Feast’, which will premiere later in 2020.

“We’re thrilled that Doctor Who continues to attract some of the most the most exciting and dynamic talent working in television,” commented Who boss Chris Chibnall. “Along with our returning faces, we’re excited to welcome new members to the Doctor Who family. The Doctor Who team is crammed with British television’s brightest writers and directors: We’ve adored working with them, and can’t wait to show you the explosive stuff they’ve created!”

Doctor Who Season 12 will premiere in “early 2020” and sees Jodie Whittaker returning as the Thirteenth Doctor along with Mandip Gill, Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole who all reprise their roles as the Doctor’s companions.