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'Kill List' director Ben Wheatley to helm 'Doctor Who' episodes

14 October 2013 2:39 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Kill List's Ben Wheatley is to direct two episodes of Doctor Who.

The acclaimed filmmaker will helm the first two instalments of the BBC sci-fi drama's eighth series, Screen Daily reports.

> Ben Wheatley interview: A Field in England, Kill List, Sightseers

Series eight - to air in 2014 - will be the first to feature Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor, with the Thick of It star replacing current lead Matt Smith in the show's 2013 Christmas special.

"I am very excited and honoured to be asked to direct the first two episodes of the new series of Doctor Who," said Wheatley. "I've been a fan since childhood.

"I'm really looking forward to working with Peter Capaldi and finding out where Steven Moffat is planning to take the new Doctor."

Wheatley's past credits include 2012's Sightseers and episodes of Ideal and The Wrong Door.

He most recently helmed psychedelic civil-war film »

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Ben Wheatley to direct Doctor Who

14 October 2013 1:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Kill List and Sightseers director will direct the first two episodes in the new series of Doctor Who.

Ben Wheatley will direct the first two episodes of BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who.

The director, known for his unsettling, macabre and darkly-comic style in films such as Sightseers and Kill List, confirmed the news to ScreenDaily.

Wheatley will direct the episodes for series eight through December and into the new year for transmission in autumn 2014.

It will see the filmmaker direct Peter Capaldi, the Thick of It star who was confirmed in August to take the role from outgoing Matt Smith.

“I am very excited and honoured to be asked to direct the first two episodes of the new series of Doctor Who. I’ve been a fan since childhood (Tom Baker is my Doctor if you are asking),” Wheatley told ScreenDaily.

“I’ve been watching the current run of Doctor who with my son and have »

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Ben Wheatley: 'I don't think I'll ever be a Hollywood guy'

24 June 2013 3:40 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The far out British director is following Sightseers with a micro-budget psychedelic civil war-era head trip. But don't rule him out of having a crack at Spider-Man one day

For its American release in May, the poster for Ben Wheatley's last film – the brutal caravan odyssey Sightseers – acquired a few extra elements. The UK version featured the Lake District's Bonnie and Clyde standing in a field. The Us poster added an axe. And some blood. And a corpse. And a caravan on fire. Just to be sure you got the message.

Wheatley's films themselves are a little more subtle, but the fact remains they tend to involve people doing horrid things to each other, the violence laced with extremely uncomfortable comedy. Sightseers was preceded by the nasty-funny Down Terrace and gripping hitman horror Kill List. Although Wheatley's uniquely effective style is often pegged as being typically English, he's attracted »

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