Mark Gatiss 'wasn't asked' to be Doctor Who showrunner

Ian Sandwell
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From Digital Spy

Mark Gatiss might have written for Doctor Who, but he was never asked to run the show.

He has so far worked on eight episodes for the show, most recently series 9's 'Sleep No More' and the upcoming series 10 episode 'The Empress of Mars', but although Steven Moffat went from writer to showrunner, Gatiss wasn't considered for the role.

"I'm fine I wasn't approached for the showrunner position," he told BANG Showbiz at Attitude's Bachelors of the Year Awards.

"I don't have any idea what will happen in the future. I don't have any plans to write for the show next year. It's nice to watch with no idea what will happen."

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And though Gatiss has no intention to write for whoever the new Doctor turns out to be in the next series, the Sherlock co-creator definitely agrees with the calls for the 13th Doctor to be a woman.

"It's a brilliant idea, why not? Cannot argue that a character who has two hearts, is 2,000 years old, travels through time and space in a police box, can't change sex," he explained.

Maybe it's a good thing that Gatiss wasn't asked to be the Doctor Who showrunner given it might have affected The League of Gentlemen's return.

He confirmed over the weekend that the BBC cult comedy is coming back for more after receiving some praise from Duncan Jones: "Thanks so much for your kind words Big fan. You may be pleased to know that we're planning a 'League' anniversary special!"

Doctor Who continues this Saturday (April 29) at 7.20pm on BBC One.

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