Douglas Mackinnon returns

Director Douglas Mackinnon has today announced on Twitter that he will be returning to Doctor Who to for series eight in 2014, the first to star Peter Capaldi as the Doctor.

Mackinnon – who previously helmed The Sontaran Stratagem and The Poison Sky for series four in 2008, and The Power of Three and Cold War for 2012-13’s series seven – also confirmed that he will be directing two episodes of series eight. He begins pre-production work on his episodes on Monday, with actual shooting taking place next year.

Mackinnon is the third director to have been confirmed for the forthcoming series. In October, it was announced that Ben Wheatley will direct Capaldi’s first two episodes as the Doctor, and Paul Murphy has previously been announced by his agents as directing episodes 3 and 6 of the series.

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