Doctor Who: Neil Gaiman episode confirmed for series 7

News Louisa Mellor 17 Oct 2012 - 15:03

The line-up for the rest of Doctor Who's seventh series has been confirmed, and here's how it shapes up...

It's official, a Neil Gaiman-penned episode of Doctor Who is set to air as the penultimate in the current series.

Wrapping around the Gaiman episode, there are two by showrunner Steven Moffat, two by Luther's Neil Cross, two by Mark Gatiss, and one by Stephen Thompson. The full running order for the second chunk of the present series, confirmed in today's Doctor Who Magazine, is as below:

1) 706. Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Colm McCarthy. (Filming now)

2) 707. Written by Neil Cross. Directed by Farren Blackburn. (Not filmed)

3) 708. Written by Mark Gatiss. Directed by Douglas Mackinnon. (Filmed)

4) 709. Written by Neil Cross. Directed by Jamie Payne. (Filmed)

5) 710. Written by Stephen Thompson. Directed by Mat King. (Filmed)

6) 711. Written by Mark Gatiss. Directed by Saul Metzstein. (Filmed)

7) 712. Written by Neil Gaiman. Directed by Stephen Wolfenden. (Not filmed)

8) 713. Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by TBA. (Not filmed)

As soon as we have word of a broadcast date, we'll let you know.

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There's actually 2 by Mark Gatiss!

This is great. If it's even half as good as The Doctors Wife we're all in for a treat.
I think I read this supposed to be a Cybermen story too. Those guys are long overdue for a quality story...


If it is a Cyber story, let's hope they get rid of the 'clunky' design. Love to see a 'Tenth Planet' version.

So pleased to have him back! The Doctors wife was the best DW story since Matt Smith took over.

I'm also pleased to see no story's by Chris Chibnall!! I never want to have to sit through one of his story's again!

I really hope they call Paul Cornell (Fathers day, Human Nature) back to write some episodes


In all the Cybermen stories IMHO there is only 2 really good ones, Tomb and Earthshock. They have so much potential as seen in The Pandorica Opens but they very rarely shine when the focus of the episode.

Nothing against Mr. Gaiman, but of all the praise "The Doctors Wife" gets I would have to say its over rated. It wasn't a bad episode by any means. It was good. But I wouldn't call it "amazing", or "the best episode of the Matt Smith era" or as I have heard some say "the best episode ever."

Trust me... Neil Cross are the one's to be excited about.

I thought it was fabulous, drawing on what we know about the Doctor's relationship with the TARDIS and bringing it out beautifully.I wouldn't say it turned the concept of their relationship on its head as was being said in the run up to it (much of the classic series suggested a sentience to the TARDIS, and a lot of the spin offs rely on it), but it was brought out wonderfully. And now we know that she 'stole' him, and isn't that just lovely?

Best episode ever? Probably not. Best Matt Smith episode? Possibly. Best of s6? Almost certainly (The Girl Who Waited comes in pretty close).

As a former loather of Chibnall, I have to say his ones this year weren't too bad. Okay, Dinosaurs needed more time for its characters, and Cubed (that's the right name for the episode, I don't care what he says, the power of there being three of them didn't come into it until the last sentence) was pretty damn good, until the climax that wasn't.

But yes, definitely need Paul Cornell back. Why the consistently subpar Stephen Thompson is back rather than the consistently terrific Cornell I don't know (short of being Moffat's friend...)

Mostly agreed. A brilliant episode but not "the best". To me if had pacing problems, as a two parter it would've been truly brilliant!

Does anyone know why Robert Sherman or Matt Jones never came back? I thought Dalek and The Impossible Planet two parter were two sublime episodes.

Dunno.. there have been a lot of superb stories since Matt Smith took over, the quality improved drastically so it's hard for my to pick a favourite, but it's certainly up there. I was rather hoping for Tom McRae to come back as the Girl Who Waited is by far my favourite of the era. But yes, supremely happy to see Gaiman back, and Neil Cross, love Luther.

I'm equally excited about Neil Cross and Neil Gaiman, and still quite excited about Steven Moffat.
The question is can Stephen Thompson pull his weight this year?

Cornell is currently super busy with his comic book work - the trouble is he's enjoying a lot of success... but then so it Gaiman.
RTD claimed he re-wrote a lot of Cornell's scripts (perhaps as his TV experience is somewhat lacking) and Moffat has been more strict about only hiring people with significant TV experience, they don't have the budget (and he doesn't have the time) to get in shadow writers.

I feel that Rise of the Cybermen/Age of Steel deserves a mention, I'm not a fan of Series 2, but those episode did the Cybermen justice. Outside of Tomb, the creepiest that I've seen them.

I think it was ruined by the "in the Jungle" moment, among other scenes. Tom MacRae is a genius, and the audio on which it was based (Spare Parts) is superb... but somehow that two parter fell flat for me.

Oh yeah, his return would give us a fantastic season opener or ender in my opinion

The "in the Jungle" moment actually gave me chills. So to each their own I guess :)

While i do think Doctor Who is different from most television,i think new writers should be aware that it's still a drama series .I only expect solid characterisation,coherent plotting and a good monster concept with a sensible resolution,nothing i've listed isn't demanded from most drama with the exception of a high concept monster.Moffat's been pretty complimentary about Neil Cross' writing so i'm quite optimistic about the forthcoming stories.I've every confidence Stephen Thompsons next script will be much better than The Curse of the Black Spot.I think David Renwick or Alan Moore would be ideal writers for the programme if they could be talked into contributing.

How? It turned a dark scene into a comedy moment. Black humor admittedly but destroyed the sense of fear entirely and threw me out of the episode.

I didn't get any comedy from that scene at all, instead, that song freaks me out now as a result.

What a confession for a 21 year old man to make :P

It would have helped if the Davros clone had not been played by Trigger, I just could never take him seriously, if it had been a Sir Derek Jakobi style of extremely respected character actor then it could have been a lot better (that and less Jacki Tyler, couldn't stand her character by he time of RotC.)

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This is going to be the best season ever i think. a new compaion and the lead up to the 50th anniversary EPIC

Dan Kirkman Bellingham Wa

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