Armando Iannucci: 'I'd love to write a Doctor Who episode!'

Alan Partridge writer and Veep creator Armando Iannucci would love the opportunity to turn his hand to sci-fi, specifically writing a Doctor Who episode for his friend Peter Capaldi.

Armando's the man behind The Thick of It and infamous political enforcer Malcolm Tucker, and he revealed that he'd love to work with Peter Capaldi - who was recently unveiled as the 12th Doctor - again.

"I'd love to write [an episode of Doctor Who]!" explains the man who grew up on the same Glasgow street as the new Doctor. "Steven Moffat hasn't asked me, but it would be great because I love sci-fi and I grew up with Doctor Who as well.

"I was so pleased when I heard that Peter had got the role. He had a part in the show a few years back and he told me that when he went on set and saw the TARDIS, he nearly cried! He's a massive fan."

Following his unveiling in August, everyone is desperate to get a taste of what kind of Timelord Peter will be and who better to ask than his long-time collaborator.

"He won't be Malcolm - that's the thing," says Iannucci. "I think some people will be surprised because he's a fantastic actor. He's really funny, so I imagine there'll be lots of humour there, but he can also be powerful and tragic. It'll be interesting to see if they do stories that allow him to play to those things!

"My kids are also big Doctor Who fans so the idea that someone who's been in our house will be the new Doctor Who will be amazing for them!"

Veep returns to Sky Atlantic for a second series in October.

Sean Marland
Feature writer for TV Times, What's On TV, TV & Satellite Week and

Sean has been writing about all things telly for over 10 years and in that time he's been lucky enough to interview stars like Ian McKellen, Tom Hardy and Kate Winslet. His favourite shows are I'm Alan Partridge, The Wire, People Just Do Nothing and Succession and in his spare time he enjoys drinking tea, doing crosswords and watching football.