Signing Wheatley to helm Who is an enormous boon for the BBC's long-running sci-fi drama - he's a rising star and a unique talent. But which other big names would be a good fit for the show's director's chair?
Here are a few directors that we think would be great for Doctor Who - many of whom have professed their love for the show - and once you've read our picks, be sure to name your own in the comments section below...
"He's one of my favourite filmmakers around. He'd be an amazing director for Doctor Who, but I don't think we'd get him."
So 11th Doctor actor Matt Smith told Digital Spy and others last year, but is Danny boy really out of the show's reach? The filmmaker, Oscar winner and all-round national treasure has been venturing into telly more and more of late, with Channel 4 cop show Babylon and FX series Telemark both currently on his slate.
Nicolas Winding Refn
Drive's Winding Refn is a self-confessed fan and once claimed that he was rejected by producers - "I would have loved to direct Doctor Who but they didn't want me," he revealed in 2012.. "They turned me down."
Moffat and co might not be able to travel back in time, but they can correct one past mistake and hire Winding Refn for a future Who outing.
Cornetto Trilogy mastermind Edgar is another Brit talent who's been snatched up by Hollywood but still has a hankering to oversee a trip in the TARDIS...
"I got offered to direct one of them when Russell T Davies was doing it, during the Christopher Eccleston series, and I wasn't really available to do it," Wright revealed to DS in 2010. "The last time I saw Steven [Moffat], he said, 'Any time you want to do a Doctor Who, just shout'."
The Lord of the Rings helmer Jackson is such a big Whovian that he cast Sylvester McCoy in the Hobbit movies - and yep, he'd love to direct an episode. He doesn't even want to be paid - at least, not in cash...
"I have got my eye on one of those nice new gold-coloured Daleks - they must have a spare one!" he quipped earlier this year.
Doctor Who fans might know Noel Clarke best as hapless Mickey Smith, but the 37-year-old is now an experienced filmmaker with urban grit-fest Adulthood and heist flick 220.127.116.11. under his belt.
It might be interesting to see Clarke return to his old stomping grounds in a new role - as director...
Lynch has done everything from releasing an electro-pop album to brewing his own coffee in recent years, but remains best known for chiefly two things - his movie back catalogue and the seminal early '90s TV drama Twin Peaks.
Just imagine what might happen if he brought some of that show's surreal flair to Doctor Who - if you thought 'The God Complex' was weird, you ain't seen nothing yet...
Matt might be on his way out as far as being Doctor Who's leading man is concerned, but he recently made his directorial debut with 'Cargese' - an edition of the Sky Arts series Playhouse Presents.
Could he be lured back to Who by a spot in the director's chair? The notion that Smith might have to give his successor Peter Capaldi notes on his performance certainly intrigues!
Which big names would you like to see direct Doctor Who? Share your own picks below!