The new season of DOCTOR WHO will, unfortunately, be indulging in a trend that I greatly dislike: the “found footage” gimmick. The ninth episode will be told entirely in “old phone and camcorder footage.”
Ugh. I am not looking forward to artificially grainy images and bouncing, shaking camera shots.
Shot in the style of movies like Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project, the episode will involve “the Time Lord’s followers filming their attempts to fight a monster,” the Daily Star reported.
Executive producer Brian Minchin teased: “We’re considering not even having opening titles and just running the footage.”
The episode was written by Mark Gatiss and features guest star Reece Shearsmith.
Showrunner Steven Moffat told SFX:
“[Episode 9] is a very unique DOCTOR WHO story from Mark Gatiss. It wasn’t possible to do such an episode 10 years ago, when the show came back, and Mark has been rewriting it over and over again to make it perfect. It’s a beautiful story, very eerie and special, I think it’s going to be an instant classic.”
“I am absolutely thrilled to be filming DOCTOR WHO, as Mark Gatiss has written a fantastic role for me in a very scary episode. It has been so exciting to be part of a very singular episode – which, I can say with authority will be unlike any previous episode of Doctor Who.”
DOCTOR WHO is back on TV beginning Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. on BBC America.