Chris Chibnall Stays Mum on 13th Doctor

first_img Chris Chibnall is a busy man.Between promoting the revival of his 2014 stage play Worst Wedding Ever and wrapping up the final season of ITV drama Broadchurch, the writer fields inevitable questions about his most high-profile venture yet: Doctor Who.Chibnall’s role as full-time showrunner of the long-running sci-fi program doesn’t officially begin until 2018. But with only a dozen episodes left before Peter Capaldi regenerates into the Doctor’s 13th incarnation, incoming boss Chibnall has some ‘splainin to do.In conversation with the East Anglian Daily Times, the dramatist talked up “raucous” comedy Worst Wedding Ever (on now at the New Wolsey Theater in Ipswich, England). But there’s no escaping the unavoidable.“Just a quick Doctor Who question before you go,” the news reporter said, eliciting an “explosive guffaw” from Chibnall, who remains mum about his new job—and the Thirteenth Doctor.“I can honestly say that nothing has yet been decided,” he said, addressing the very public discussion of who will be next in line for keys to the TARDIS. “I haven’t got my feet under the table yet. … Nothing is ruled out, but I don’t want the casting to be a gimmick, and that’s all I can say.”The character—which many hope will be played by a female and/or black actor (Supergirl star David Harewood has volunteered)—will be treated as any other, Chibnall told The Telegraph last week.“We’ll cast the role in the traditional way: write the script, then go and find the best person for that part in that script,” he said. “The creative possibilities are endless, but I have a very clear sense of what we’re going to do, without even knowing who’s going to play the part.” HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetlast_img

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