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Wheatley 'excited' to direct Dr Who

Ben Wheatley has revealed he is "honoured" to direct two upcoming episodes of Doctor Who, as a long-time fan.

The Brighton-based filmmaker, whose movies include Sightseers, Kill List and A Field In England, is set to take the reins for the first two episodes in the eighth series of the BBC sci-fi series, reported Screen Daily.

"I am very excited and honoured to be asked to direct the first two episodes of the new series of Doctor Who," he said.

He admitted that getting the opportunity to sit in the director's chair is a dream come true.

"I've been a fan since childhood (Tom Baker is my favourite Doctor if you are asking). 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," he continued.

Ben will work with Peter Capaldi, who is taking over from Matt Smith as the new Time Lord in the coming season, which will be shown in August 2014. Shooting will begin in December.

"I'm really looking forward to working with Peter Capaldi and finding out where [writer] Steven Moffat is planning to take the new Doctor," the director added.

His debut feature was comedy crime drama Down Terrace in 2009 and he directed Alice Lowe and Steve Oram in award-winning dark comedy Sightseers.

Ben's most recent film was the psychedelic English civil-war drama A Field In England, which was the first UK film to be released simultaneously in cinemas, on DVD, free TV and VoD.

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