New dramas for former Doctor Who stars

Peter Capaldi has his next TV role in a BBC Christmas drama, Martin’s Close, penned by Doctor Who and Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss.

The standalone 30-minute drama is based on M.R. James’ chilliing ghost story set in 1694. John Martin is on trial for his life. Facing him, the infamous ‘hanging judge’, George Jeffreys. But this is not a cut and dried murder case. Because the innocent young girl Martin is accused of killing has been seen after her death…

Peter Capaldi will play Dolben, while Wilf Scolding from Game Of Thrones stars as John Martin.

Mark Gatiss says, “After the delightful success of last year’s The Dead Room, it’s a fantastic privilege to continue the tradition of the Christmas Ghost story on BBC Four – and what better than one of my favourite stories by the master of them all, M.R. James?”

Meanwhile another former Doctor Who star, Billie Piper, has been cast in UK drama I Hate Suzie.

Written by Lucy Prebble (Succession) and co-created by Piper, the eight-part series is described as a “bracing, funny drama about the moment in life when the mask slips”.

Piper will play Suzie Pickles, a star on the wane, who has her whole life upended when her phone is hacked and a photo of her emerges in an extremely compromising position. It is due to air in 2020.

Source: Deadline

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