‘Doctor Who’ writer Mark Gatiss hints at Jane Austen story

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Mark Gatiss has hinted that English novelist Jane Austen could appear in an upcoming Doctor Who episode.

The Sherlock co-creator has previously written six episodes for Doctor Who, including last year’s ‘Cold War’ and ‘The Crimson Horror’. His first Doctor Who episode, 2005’s ‘The Unquiet Dead’, featured Charles Dickens.

Speaking at a recent Q&A session in Brazil, Gatiss commented: “One of the things which new Doctor Who sort of invented was the idea of a celebrity historical – Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie, Winston Churchill, Shakespeare. There’s three writers there so I think Jane Austen stands quite a quite a good chance actually…”

He added: “I’m not quite sure what the adventure would be. Maybe an alien posing as Mr Darcy.”

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Gatiss confirmed earlier this week: “I’ve been commissioned to write two episodes of Doctor Who. That doesn’t mean they’ll both necessarily be in [Series 8].”

Series 8 is currently filming in Cardiff and will begin airing on BBC One in the autumn.

> Here’s everything we know about Series 8 so far.

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