Neil Gaiman (2010)

For a long time, there’s been something of a ‘will he, won’t he’ thing going on regarding Neil Gaiman and Doctor Who. Well, it’s all settled now, and he is. Writing an episode for series 6, that is. Here’s how it all unfolded:

February 2010

I know it’s cruel to make you wait for things, (but) in about 14 months from now, which is to say, NOT in the upcoming season (5) but early in the one after that, it’s quite possible that I might have written an episode. And if I had, it would originally have been called The House of Nothing. But it definitely isn’t called that anymore.

May 2010

I don’t know what it’s like to be God, obviously. Until that very first moment when you get to sit down and type the words in your script: INTERIOR: TARDIS. Suddenly I got a very good idea of what it must feel like. I went “I’m writing it now, this scene in the TARDIS! I’m writing it!”. And that was amazing. It was wonderful.

It’s going to be shooting in August and we were going through it, and figuring out ways that money could be saved, and ways we could have some things happen faster. It was a little bit flabby.

Doctor Who has never pretended to be hard science-fiction. At best, Doctor Who is a fairytale, with fairytale logic, about this wonderful man in this big blue box, who at the beginning of every story lands somewhere where there’s a problem.

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