Exclusive: Edgar Wright on directing ‘Doctor Who’

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Speaking to CultBox to promote the release of The World’s End on DVD and Blu-ray this week, Wright revealed: “If it was the right timing and everything. But sometimes when it’s like something you’re a big fan of, it’s best to maybe keep away and let someone else do it. Stay a fan of it.”

He explained: “I’d hate to do a bad Doctor Who episode. I think I’d probably kill myself! But it’s amazing though.”

Edgar Wright previously worked with Doctor Who‘s executive producer Steven Moffat on writing the script for Steven Spielberg’s 2011 movie, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block).

The Spaced director added: “I really enjoyed Mark Gatiss’s An Adventure in Space and Time, I thought that was fantastic. And I can partly claim credit for suggesting David Bradley to Mark, as I remember having coffee with him a few years ago and him telling me about it, and him saying that they’d need to find a William Hartnell, and me saying ‘what about David Bradley? I just worked with him on Hot Fuzz, he looks a lot like William Hartnell?’ So I was really pleased to see that, not just as a tribute to Doctor Who but also to BBC TV Centre. It’s nice to remind people of how much classic TV was shot there.”

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Series 8 of Doctor Who begins filming at the end of next month and is expected to start airing on BBC One in August 2014. It was announced last month that Sightseers director Ben Wheatley will helm Peter Capaldi’s first two episodes.

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