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omg: Neil Gaiman turns in his ‘Doctor Who’ script

From Neil Gaiman’s own Twitpic feed:

That’s Gaiman on the right, Steven Moffat in the middle, and Richard Curtis (who will also be contributing a script to an upcoming series of Doctor Who) on the left. (Thanks to the many readers, including Kat and Keith, who sent me this via email and Facebook.)
That’s pretty much the whole story. Gaiman is even covering up the episode title with his fingers so we can’t begin to speculate on what his episode is actually about. Bastard.

Other writers whom I insist contribute to Doctor Who:

Connie Willis
Cory Doctorow
S.M. Stirling
Robert J. Sawyer
William Gibson
Laurie King

And me, of course.



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  • Becky

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment_and_arts/10146657.stm

    The BBC news interview with Neil – the only thing he’ll give away…

    “Now I know what I can tell people: It will be on television – and it’s in colour!”

  • This is my punishment for not fully empathising with my daughter. She’s five and every day asks ‘How many days until new Doctor Who?’. Now I have to wait A WHOLE YEAR for Neil Gaiman’s DW ep. ARGHH! etc

  • Would Terry Prachett be alright to do a Who?

  • Other writers whom I insist contribute to Doctor Who:

    Connie Willis
    Cory Doctorow
    S.M. Stirling
    Robert J. Sawyer
    William Gibson
    Laurie King

    I bow to no person–even MaryAnn–in my literary love for Connie Willis but I really want to see Stirling do a “Doctor Who versus the Draka” episode and I want to see it now.

    (Then again, given the fact that Stirling’s Draka books aren’t really big on happy endings, perhaps I settle for someone more like Esther Friesner. Or even that Harlan Ellison fellow…)

  • Lady Tenar

    How about Ursula K. Le Guin? She’s still going strong in her 80s and she’s totally brilliant and, in my opinion, a good fit for the show. Hey, a girl can dream.

  • I_Sell_Books

    Eee! EEE!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

    Ditto for Connie Willis.

  • Dave

    Saw this on Twitter and all I could think is. “Damn it now I have to wait an entire year before I get to see this, constantly looking at a calender and seeing that it isn’t time for it to be on tv yet.”

    Not saying I don’t want him to write one. Just that telling me so long before I get to see it is a form of torture and should be banned.

  • Paul Cornell wrote the amazing “Father’s Day” for New Who Season One and the stunning “Human Nature/Family of Blood” for New Who Season Three. He is overdue. Bring him back.

    Failing that, Alan Bennett.

  • Lisa

    I didn’t like Father’s Day and RTD always complains that he never gets the credit for his extensive re-write on Human Nature/FOB.

    Didn’t Neil Gaiman write a great episode of Babylon 5 or did I dream that one?

  • Lady Tenar

    Paul Cornell wrote the amazing “Father’s Day” for New Who Season One and the stunning “Human Nature/Family of Blood” for New Who Season Three. He is overdue. Bring him back.

    This.

  • Becky

    Didn’t Neil Gaiman write a great episode of Babylon 5 or did I dream that one?

    No, it wasn’t a dream – Neil wrote ‘Day of the Dead’ in S5 of the mighty mighty Babylon 5. We will not discuss that it would have been far more awesome if Ivanova had been in it.

    Did you also know that the Gaim (a race seen usually walking around in the background) were named after Neil and inspired by Sandman too (their masks take after the Dream Lord’s helm)

    There’s a random fact for the day!

  • D

    How about Alan Moore and Grant Morrisson?

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