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Catholic writer pens Doctor Who episode

What might inspire Frank Cottrell Boyce's Doctor Who episode? (Christian Adams)

Catholic writer, Frank Cottrell Boyce has written an episode of the highly-anticipated new series of Doctor Who.

He joins a group of writers, that includes Mark Gatiss, Steve Thompson, Gareth Roberts, in writing for the eight series of the hit television show.

Cottrell Boyce, who wrote the script for the Olympics opening ceremony and won the Carnegie medal, said: “I was flabbergasted to be asked to write an episode – partly because I’ve been so absorbed in the last few series that I’d sort of forgotten that it wasn’t real.

“Of all the thrills that pen and paper have brought into my life, there’s nothing that quite compares to the buzz of unlimited possibility that rushes through your fingers and into your brain when you write the words: ‘Interior… TARDIS.”

Cottrell Boyce is famous for scripting a film called God on Trial, during which Auschwitz prisoners cross-examine God about why he did not intervene in the Holocaust.

During a recent address about writing to mark the Year of Faith, he said: “As a writer the debt I owe to my Church is profound and ineradicable.”

The first episode of the new series of Doctor Who, which will see The Thick of It actor Peter Capaldi make his debut as the Doctor, airs on BBC One on August 23.


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