UPDATED: Is Neil Gaiman writing another episode of Doctor Who?

News Louisa Mellor 3 Sep 2012 - 09:32

Neil Gaiman’s Hugo award acceptance speech for The Doctor’s Wife may have let slip something very exciting indeed…

UPDATE: The good folk at io9 report having chatted with Gaiman post-acceptance speech at the Hugo Awards and learning that yes, he is indeed writing a second episode of Doctor Who, and yes, it is pencilled in for broadcast in the second half of the current series.

Whether or not budgetary constraints will mean that's when we'll actually see Gaiman's new episode (you'll remember that The Doctor's Wife was shifted a series for this very reason) is something of a question mark, but we'd still judge that as a right result, wouldn't you?

Since The Doctor’s Wife, comfortably one of the best episodes of Doctor Who ever broadcast, was screened last May, one question has dominated: when is Neil Gaiman going to write another one?

As we speak, might well be our answer, if a line from Gaiman’s Hugo award acceptance speech for The Doctor’s Wife is to be taken seriously.

After picking up the Best Dramatic Presentation Short Form award for the episode yesterday, Gaiman’s speech contained one seriously tantalising tidbit. Appreciating that nothing’s been confirmed as yet, this is what the novelist had to say on writing for Doctor Who:

“...only a fool or a mad man would try to do it again... so I’m on the third draft.”

That sound? A million Who fans crossing their fingers and hoping he wasn’t kidding, us amongst them.

If true, we could be looking at one of the as-yet unconfirmed episodes from this series' 2013 chunk being penned by Gaiman. We'll keep you posted.

Tor

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