Philip Morris, the well connected missing episode hunter who returned The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear to the BBC archive in 2013, has stated publicly that Horowitz’s name is the one seemingly in the frame and being talked about, a claim that has to be taken seriously thanks to Mr Morris’ connections made during his service to the show.
Horowitz, allegedly endorsed by Philip Hinchcliffe for the role, is the author of the Alex Rider series of novels (and Stormbreaker film) as well as The Diamond Brothers series, The Power of Five series and Sherlock Holmes novel The House of Silk. On television he has written for Robin of Sherwood, Poirot, Midsomer Murders and created Crime Traveller, Foyle’s War, Collision and Injustice.
The writer is currently working on the screenplay for The Adventures of Tintin sequel for Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, due for release in 2015, Steven Moffat having penned the first film of the series.
Rumours have stated for some time that Series 8 could be Moffat’s last, particularly with likely increasing demand for his services in the United States following Sherlock‘s immense success at the Emmys, yet he also hinted in the July edition of Doctor Who Magazine that he was planning the finale of Series 9 for the show.
Other names frequently linked to the role include Mark Gatiss, Neil Cross, Toby Whithouse and Chris Chibnall.
Just a rumor now from one source, but I figure we could all use some positive thinking. Don't really know who this guy is, some of the other rumored names aren't bad, but I really hope he does leave and that his successor isn't Gatiss.