Doctor Who, Neil Gaiman, Cybermen and Warwick Davis? Wouldn’t that make for a jolly good cocktail! You can’t drink this tasty treat, but the mix should make for great television.
The BBC just scooped that beloved fantasy author Neil Gaiman will work for the Doctor Who series one more time. The author of the Sandman series, American Gods and children’s novel, Coraline, has written an all new episode. Gaiman calls his script “The Last Cyberman,” but the title for the episode itself hasn’t been revealed yet.
You know what that title means! Cybermen are coming! These troublesome cyborgs making a come back with the top notch writer should really thrill fans. But wait! There’s more.
Star of Willow and Harry Potter, actor Warwick Davis, will appear in this hour-long episode, with Tamzin Outhwaite and Jason Watkins. Matt Smith has to be there. Its his job. At his side will be the latest companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman, who we don’t officially meet until the upcoming Christmas special.
EW reported, “Cybermen were always the monsters that scared me the most! Not just because they were an awesome military force, but because sometimes they could be sleek and silver and right behind you without you even knowing,” executive producer Steven Moffat said in a statement. “And with one of the all-time classic monsters returning, and a script from one of our finest novelists, it’s no surprise we have attracted such stellar names as Tamzin, Jason, and Warwick.”
The three will act as a rag tag bunch of aliens. We should have guessed.
Cybermen, for the uninitiated, are self improvement junkies. They modified themselves with technology, a la Ghost in Shell, until they all became emotionless, cold hearted, metal, bastards. In other words, they aren’t very nice.
The last time Gaiman wrote for the show, the product was last year’s episode called “The Doctor’s Wife.” That one earned the Hugo Award for best short form dramatic presentation. That’s because Gaiman is a rock star.
In “The Doctor’s Wife” the Eleventh Doctor grapples with a sentient asteroid called House, which traps Amy and Rory.
Gaiman’s new episode will air in the spring of 2013.