It has come out that Ben Wheatley, director of Kill List, Down Terrace, Sightseers, and A Field in England, will direct the first two episodes of Peter Capaldi's Doctor Who run.
This is awesome. I have no idea what to expect from such a toned down Ben Wheatley, but I do expect it to be awesome. I was already going to make a point of watching a few of these new episodes, but now it's not even a choice. And I wonder how many others will be watching Who for the first (or second) time ever because of this. Not many probably, but I'm sure a high percentage of them are cool.
As far as I can tell, this isn't a joke or anything. The Screen Daily even has a quote from Wheatley:
“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 discovered it all over again. The work that has been done is amazing. I’m really looking forward to working with Peter Capaldi and finding out where Steven Moffat is planning to take the new Doctor,” .
But then again, it also has this very strange sentence, so who knows:
Wheatley will direct the episodes for series eight through December and into the new year for transmission in autumn 2014.
If it's legit (and I think it is), this is pretty exciting. I'm pumped up for a Doctor Who premiere for the first time ever. It's really weird, but I like it!