Writer Gareth Roberts has explained why First Doctor companion Ian Chesterton didn’t make an appearance in ‘The Caretaker’, despite the character’s appointment to Chairman of the Governors.

Speaking to CultBox, Roberts said: “I just thought [including Ian] would be too much of a distraction. I think that’s an episode all of its own. I thought, particularly after the 50th, where there were lots of references to past Doctor Who, sometimes you need to just put your foot on the accelerator and keep going forward.”

However, the writer did hint at the character returning in the future: “I’d love to see William Russell [who plays Ian] back in the show! That’s so rich and so fertile for someone to do. You’d have to explain it enough so that everyone would get it.”

He added: “There’s a tiny reference to that first year of Doctor Who in ‘The Caretaker’ which is the Coal Hill motto, on the wall of the parent’s evening: “a great spirit of adventure”, which is what the Doctor says about Ian and Barbara in ‘The Sensorites’. I thought that was a nice nod in the background.”

Writer Gareth Roberts has explained why First Doctor companion Ian Chesterton didn’t make an appearance in ‘The Caretaker’, despite the character’s appointment to Chairman of the Governors.

Speaking to CultBox, Roberts said: “I just thought [including Ian] would be too much of a distraction. I think that’s an episode all of its own. I thought, particularly after the 50th, where there were lots of references to past Doctor Who, sometimes you need to just put your foot on the accelerator and keep going forward.”

However, the writer did hint at the character returning in the future: “I’d love to see William Russell [who plays Ian] back in the show! That’s so rich and so fertile for someone to do. You’d have to explain it enough so that everyone would get it.”

He added: “There’s a tiny reference to that first year of Doctor Who in ‘The Caretaker’ which is the Coal Hill motto, on the wall of the parent’s evening: “a great spirit of adventure”, which is what the Doctor says about Ian and Barbara in ‘The Sensorites’. I thought that was a nice nod in the background.”

The first Minecraft Doctor Who-themed DLC packs will make their debut later this week.

The Doctor Who content will be available for the Xbox 360 version of the game on Friday, 3rd October 2014.

The first pack will be available for £1.99 ($2.99), and features 6 Doctors - including the 12th Doctor - along with their on-screen companions to use as avatars.

As the new screenshots confirm, ‘Doctor Who Skins Volume One’ will also come with Daleks. Additional DLC packs are expected to launch in the coming weeks and months.

The first Minecraft Doctor Who-themed DLC packs will make their debut later this week.

The Doctor Who content will be available for the Xbox 360 version of the game on Friday, 3rd October 2014.

The first pack will be available for £1.99 ($2.99), and features 6 Doctors - including the 12th Doctor - along with their on-screen companions to use as avatars.

As the new screenshots confirm, ‘Doctor Who Skins Volume One’ will also come with Daleks. Additional DLC packs are expected to launch in the coming weeks and months.

Doctor Who: Kill the Moon - TV Trailer - BBC One

In the near future, the Doctor and Clara find themselves on a space shuttle making a suicide mission to the moon.

Crash-landing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of corpses, vicious spider-like creatures poised to attack and a terrible dilemma. When Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life.

Saturday, 4th October at 8:30pm on BBC One.

‘Kill the Moon’ - Next Time Trailer - BBC One

The Doctor and Clara face vicious spider-like creatures… and a terrible dilemma.

Saturday, 4th October at 8:30pm on BBC One.