Doctor Who writer Pete McTighe has revealed he was set to pen an episode for season 13 of the sci-fi juggernaut before it was scrapped due to COVID-19 – but he’s keeping the idea he had for the future.
McTighe – whose new Sky Max show The Rising debuts this week – had previously written episodes for seasons 11 and 12 (Kerblam! and Praxeus respectively), but was absent from the list of writers for season 13.
Of course, this season was cut short due to the effects of the pandemic – becoming the six-part serialized Flux – and in a recent interview, McTighe explained that a clash meant he had to sit out the season.
“I was going to come and do series 13,” he said National World. “I did [crime drama] The Covenant at the same time – when COVID came around, we had to move our filming dates for The Covenant, which meant I was sort of pulled out for the Doctor Who production period.
“We shot Series 1 of The Pact at the same time Doctor Who was filming,” he added. “We were actually filming in nearby quarries at one point. They were in a quarry shooting the Sontaran episode, and we were literally across the road in the woods. shooting The Pact.”
Pressed to know if he could reveal anything about what his episode might have included, he admitted he wasn’t focusing on any classic monsters, but replied, “I’ll stick with it, because the ideas from Doctor Who never died.
“I hope one day I can use it.”
Pete McTighe’s The Rising premieres max sky and NOW on Friday, April 22.