somewhere in an alternate uinverse — maybe — Neil Gaiman may have written a ‘Doctor Who’ episode

It’s probably not even true, and you certainly didn’t hear it here, but it’s entirely possible that somewhere over the rainbow, way up high, there exists a script for a Doctor Who episode potentially written by Neil Gaiman. And if you open the box and the cat isn’t dead, that story might be entitled “The House of Nothing.” But definitely not, either.

Speaking from an undisclosed dimension to fans at the SFX Awards, where Gaiman won an award for Best Comic for Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.], Gaiman said (according to SFX):

Over the years SFX, and its readers and their votes in the polls, have always been very kind to me. I thought I’d return the favour with what used to be called, in journalistic circles when I was a boy, a scoop.

As anyone who’s read my blog knows, I’m a big fan of a certain long-running British SF TV series. One that started watching — from behind the sofa — when I was three. And while I know it’s cruel to make you wait for things, in about 14 months from now, which is to say, NOT in the upcoming season 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 any more.

Countdown. You’ve got about 14 months.

I would be excited about this, if I thought I was living in that particular slice of the multiverse. But I’m probably not.

(Thanks to Kim via email and Ryan H in comments.)

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Mon, Feb 08, 2010 2:21pm

Oh God please let it be true! I missed my station on the train home earlier because I was rereading ‘Neverwhere’ and was so engrossed.

Mon, Feb 08, 2010 9:00pm

Gaiman wrote a Who episode?

This is akin to Iain M. Banks writing a Torchwood episode… which would also be nice to find out!

The only way this would be topped is if Alan Moore writes a Law & Order: London script…

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Tonio Kruger
Mon, Feb 08, 2010 9:11pm

The only way this would be topped is if Alan Moore writes a Law & Order: London script…

Or if actor Simon Pegg wrote an episode for a revived version of Babylon 5

Mon, Feb 08, 2010 10:49pm

He confirmed it on his Twitter multiple times. So it is true. Yay! The episode will not be this season, but next season.

Tue, Feb 09, 2010 12:18am

Dinner with Steven Moffatt a while ago, coy non-answers on Doctor Who ever since… yeah, this one has been brewing for a long time.

Hooray for self-fulfilling prophesies.