The writers of episodes 4 & 5 of Doctor Who Series 8 have been confirmed.
The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine confirms that episode 4 is written by Steven Moffat and episode 5 is written by Steve Thompson.
Episode 5, written by Thompson will guest star Jonathan Bailey and Pippa Bennett-Warner.
Steve Thompson previously wrote The Curse of the Black Spot (Series 6) and Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS (Series 7).
Both episodes are directed by Douglas Mackinnon.
Doctor Who Series 8 will air later in 2014 on BBC One.
Steven Moffat has said that a US remake of Doctor Who or Sherlock would be an “insane idea”.
Speaking to BBC News, Moffat said: “Sherlock and Doctor Who are both doing rather well but they couldn’t be more definitively British. They’re obtusely British. They’re about as British as it gets.”
When asked if any foreign TV networks had approached him to remake Doctor Who, he said: “If anyone were to ask me, I’d say it’s an absolutely insane idea.”
"You couldn’t have more than one Doctor Who in the world. It would just be dreadful."
Moffat also admitted that he had declined CBS’s approach to remake Sherlock, before the network went ahead with their own series Elementary regardless.
"We don’t own Sherlock Holmes, we don’t even own the idea of updating Sherlock Holmes," he noted. "That’s been done before - several times actually. So there’s no action to be taken."
Moffat went on to say that even though Doctor Who is a worldwide hit, audiences will mostly watch shows made by their own country, stating: “There are no shows from America that are big hits in Britain.”
"They’re all minor hits. Your mates may talk about them but no-one’s watching them. They’re getting squashed by the locally-made shows. Always."
Doctor Who Series 8 will air later in 2014 on BBC One, and Sherlock Series 4 & 5 are currently in the planning stages.
Matt Smith has said he doesn’t want Peter Capaldi’s Doctor to meet River Song.
Speaking on a panel at New Orleans Comic Con last weekend, Smith said: “Don’t ask. I’m really possessive over Alex [Kingston]. I said this to Steven [Moffat]. I was like, ‘Listen, just don’t! Just not Alex. Anyone else, but don’t give [Peter Capaldi] River.’ But Peter is the Doctor now so hey, what can I do?”
He added: “I think that Steven will be planning things that are going to unfold over years and I think he’ll reinvent the folklore, and it will become Peter’s folklore.”
“But I am really proud of the fact that Alex was part of number Eleven’s life. My wife!”
Doctor Who Series 8 is due to air in Autumn 2014 on BBC One.
Steven Moffat has spoken about how much longer he will be running Doctor Who and Sherlock.
Speaking to Assignment X, Moffat said: “You never know that in advance. If we weren’t enjoying it, or we didn’t think there was anything good left to do, we’d stop, but we haven’t reached that point yet, is all we can say.”
“I can envision just doing [Sherlock] for a while – for quite a while, possibly. The fact that we only do it occasionally means it’s not swamping anyone’s schedule.”
“Eventually, I’ll stop doing Doctor Who, because it stops me doing anything else,” he added.
“But Sherlock doesn’t swamp my schedule, doesn’t swamp anyone. So I could imagine we’ll come back and do Sherlock fairly often for many years, rather than very often for a few years.”