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He wrote the two-part story "Rise of the Cybermen" and "The Age of Steel" for the 2006 series of Doctor Who. Issue 383 of Doctor Who Magazine reported that MacRae had been commissioned to write the episode "Century House" for Series 4, broadcast in 2008; however, this episode was cancelled after Russell T Davies decided that it was too close in tone to another episode. More recently, MacRae wrote "The Girl Who Waited" for the 2011 series of Doctor Who.
MacRae wrote a picture book for children called The Opposite which has gone into paperback and been published in several languages. His second book for children, Baby Pie also received a paperback edition.
His writing for television includes; BBC One's Mayo starring Alistair McGowan, "At Bertrams Hotel" for Marple and "Life Born of Fire" for Lewis (both for ITV1), The Lines of War for the BBC series Bonekickers and an episode of Casualty. He was nominated for a BAFTA in 2002 for Off Limits: School's Out for Channel 4.
In 2011, he created and wrote Threesome, Comedy Central UK's first original scripted comedy since the channel was renamed in 2009. It starred Stephen Wight and Amy Huberman as a young couple and Emun Elliott as their gay best friend. A second series has aired.
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