Neil Gaiman Returns To ‘Doctor Who’

The acclaimed novelist and screenwriter confirms that he is writing a new episode while accepting a Hugo Award for "The Doctor's Wife."

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Last year, Neil Gaiman charmed "Doctor Who" fans and critics alike with his script for "The Doctor's Wife," an episode that featured Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor as finally he met the woman of his dreams: his living TARDIS within the body of Idris (Suranne Jones).

During last night's Hugo Awards in Chicago, Gaiman was on hand to accept the award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form, as "The Doctor's Wife" beat out two other episode of "Doctor Who," the multiple timelines episode of "Community" and “The Drink Tank’s Hugo Acceptance Speech.”

According to Doctor Who News, Gaiman used his acceptance speech as an opportunity to confirm that he will write at least one additional script for "Doctor Who."

"Only a fool or a mad man would try to do it again," said Gaiman. "So I'm on the third draft."

Gaiman later reconfirmed the news by retweeting the Doctor Who News report. It's not clear exactly when Gaiman's next episode will be produced. There are currently four episodes in the second half of "Doctor Who" season 7 that don't have writers formally announced. However, Matt Smith recently indicated that he plans to stay with "Doctor Who" for at least an additional season; which could place Gaiman's next episode within the eighth season.

Although Gaiman is best known for his comic book series, "Sandman" and his novels, "Good Omens" and "American Gods," he is no stranger to Hollywood. Gaiman wrote the script for Robert Zemeckis' animated Beowulf film, MirrorMask and the localized English script for Princess Mononoke in addition to an episode of "Babylon 5." Several of Gaiman's books, including Stardust and Coraline have been adapted into films and he has been attached to write an "American Gods" live action TV adaptation at HBO. 


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