While Peter Capaldi’s first episode as the next Doctor in “Doctor Who” is still far away, the pieces of the puzzle are slowly coming together. Ben Wheatley, the director behind movies like “Kill List” and “Sightseers,” will helm the first two episode of Series 8.
Speaking to Screen Daily, Wheatley says, “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.” He also notes that Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor, is his personal favorite.
While Wheatley says he is enjoying what Matt Smith has been doing on the show, he’s excited about starting something new with the show. “I’m really looking forward to working with Peter Capaldi and finding out where Steven Moffat is planning to take the new Doctor,” he explains.
Capaldi will make his first appearance in the role when Smith’s Doctor regenerates during the annual Christmas special. Before then, Smith meets former Doctor David Tennant in the 50th anniversary special episode, “The Day of the Doctor,” airing November 23 on BBC America.