Doctor Who writer Peter Harness is back in the word of science fiction for Apple TV+ drama Constellation, starring Noomi Rapace. Here’s the trailer.
Screenwriter Peter Harness is perhaps best known as a regular writer on the revived series of Doctor Who, where he was responsible for Kill The Moon, one of the more divisive episodes among the fandom (surely not, etc). Now, Harness is back in the world of science fiction for eight part drama Constellation, starring Noomi Rapace.
The synopsis reads as follows:
Constellation stars Noomi Rapace as Jo — an astronaut who returns to Earth after a disaster in space — only to discover that key pieces of her life seem to be missing. The space adventure is an exploration of the dark edges of human psychology, and one woman’s desperate quest to expose the truth about the hidden history of space travel and recover all that she has lost.
Jonathan Banks co-stars, alongside James D’Arcy, Julian Looman, William Catlett, Barbara Sukowa, and Rosie and Davina Coleman as Alice.
Michelle MacLaren, Oliver Hirschbiegel and Joseph Cedar Apple directed the series.
After the aforementioned Doctor Who episode, Constellation, Harness went on to co-write the fan-favourite two parter The Zygon Invasion and The Zygon Inversion. The latter episode, co-written with then-showrunner Steven Moffat, features Peter Capaldi’s astonishing, tour de force performance of a monologue about war which is often cited as one of the greatest moments in the history of the show. His last contribution to the show was The Pyramid At The End Of The World in 2017.
Away from Who, Harness has scripted several dramas, perhaps most notably the wonderful 2015 adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s fantasy novel Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell, starring Eddie Marsan and Bertie Carvel, which won critical acclaim and four BAFTA nominations.
Constellation will stream on Apple TV+, with the first three episodes available on the 21st February, then weekly until the 27th March.
Watch the trailer below: