Mark Gatiss has written a total of nine episodes for ‘Doctor Who’ since the show returned in 2005, but has decided not to continue writing for Season 11. That is not to say that oncoming showrunner Chris Chibnall has given Gatiss the axe. On the contrary, Chibnall reached out to Gatiss about writing for the upcoming season.
In a recent interview, Gatiss spoke about the conversation, saying:
“Chris Chibnall very sweetly emailed me and said he’d love me to continue because I’m a big part of the ‘Doctor Who’ family, which I was very touched by. But they’re shooting Jodie’s first season now. It’s all new people and he has a totally different way of working. So, at the moment, I don’t know. Never say never. But I’ve had such a brilliant time and I feel very blessed to have worked on it for 10 years. It might just be time for someone else to have a go.”
“I must admit, the idea of not writing for it again is very strange. But I’m just very excited about not knowing anything and it’s been a very long time since I’ve been able to say that, literally, when it starts, I won’t know a thing about the new approach – the music, the title sequence, the inside of the TARDIS, the stories, the writers. I don’t know anything! And that’s just like being 8 years old and sitting in front of the TV again, and not knowing anything, which in this day and age is a very unusual situation to be [in]. So, I’d just like to enjoy it and have a proper break, and maybe, if Chris wants me, I might do something.”
Gatiss was the writer behind ‘The Unquiet Dead’ (2005) and ‘The Idiot’s Lantern’ (2006) for Russell T Davies. For outgoing showrunner, Steven Moffat, he wrote ‘Victory of the Daleks’ (2010), ‘Night Terrors’ (2011), ‘Cold War’ (2013), ‘The Crimson Horror’ (2013), ‘Robot of Sherwood’ (2014), ‘Sleep No More’ (2015) and ‘Empress of Mars’ (2017).
Gatiss has previously been coy on whether or not he would write for ‘Doctor Who’ in the future, saying:
“There always used to be a cliché about writers being Who-ed out. As a teenager, I used to think, ‘This will never happen!’ But of course it’s true. Certainly, I think everyone benefits from a bit of rest. But, I mean, there’s always more [ideas].”
Gatiss has also acted in ‘Doctor Who,’ playing Professor Lazarus in ‘The Lazarus Experiment’ (2007) and ‘The Wedding of River Song’ (2011). He will also appear in Moffat and Peter Capaldi’s final episode, ‘Twice Upon a Time,’ this Christmas.
‘Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time’ will air on BBC One on Christmas Day.