Neil Gaiman, no!
It seemed a nicer thing to do than to point out to all the people who were writing in and yelling at me on Twitter that Twitter has a 140 character limit and explain the concept of an abbreviation to them.
Clara learns the terrible truth about the Cyber wars.
The Doctor faces new, even deadlier Cybermen in this action-packed episode by Neil Gaiman. Watch Nightmare in Silver, the new Doctor Who adventure, on BBC One on Saturday 11th May at 7pm, and on:
Saturday 11th May
BBC America — 8/7c
Space (Canada) — 8/5e
Sunday 12th May
ABC (Australia) — 7.30pm
BBC Entertainment (South Africa) — 7pm
BBC Entertainment (Poland) — 6pm
Nightmare in Silver is written by the internationally acclaimed Neil Gaiman whose previous episode – The Doctor’s Wife – was a brilliant, bonkers, wildly enjoyable adventure that won plaudits and the 2012 Hugo Award for the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.
He returns with a story that sees the Doctor once more facing the Cybermen, but this being Doctor Who and Neil Gaiman, nothing about the iconic enemy’s return is as you’d expect, from the Cybermen themselves to the people battling them. We caught up with Neil and quizzed him about how he ended up back in the world of Doctor Who and what we can expect from his latest inspired nightmare…
Question: You’re back! Hurray! How were you persuaded to return?
Neil Gaiman: It began with an email from Steven Moffat. He said, ‘I know you’re too busy ever to write another Doctor Who episode… but would you like to make the Cybermen scary again?’ And I thought, Agghhhh! I do! I really do! I said,Yes, I’m in…
I thought it would be really fun to make the Cybermen scarier than they have been recently and then I got completely side-tracked by a mad, strange romp that just keeps getting bigger and odder in which the Doctor and Clara have taken two children to a big amusement park and they find themselves embroiled in a very peculiar galactic empire which has fought a battle against the Cybermen - and won…
Q: What can we expect from the Cybermen and the adventure in general?
NG: We’ve moved on a little bit, technologically, from the last round of Cybermen we saw, because we’re a bit further into the future. So instead of Cybermats, we’re now going to encounter Cybermites… We have to deal with various things we’ve had to deal with in the past, such as the Cybermen’s ability to take over people and transform them into Cybermen. And this time, it’s going to get very, very personal for the Doctor…
“Hail to you, the Doctor, Savior of the Cybermen!”
Don’t miss an all new episode of DOCTOR WHO, “Nightmare in Silver,” written by NEIL GAIMAN and premiering Saturday May 11 at 8/7c on BBC America.
Immediately followed by an All New Episode of BBC AMERICA’s original conspiracy-thriller series ORPHAN BLACK at 9/8c and an all new episode of THE NERDIST at 10/9c.
In “Nightmare in Silver,” Hedgewick’s World of Wonders was once the greatest theme park in the galaxy, but it’s now the dilapidated home to a shabby showman, a chess-playing dwarf (WARWICK DAVIS, Harry Potter films) and a dysfunctional army platoon.
When the Doctor (MATT SMITH), Clara (JENNA-LOUISE COLEMAN, Emmerdale, Captain America: The First Avenger), Artie and Angie arrive, the last thing they expect is the re-emergence of one of the Doctor’s oldest foes. The Cybermen are back!
For fans of the author Neil Gaiman, the idea of needing a beginner’s guide may sound ridiculous: he’s been a cult hero for decades. His novels, short stories, and comic books have won all kinds of awards and prizes. But, in the manner of other genre icons who amassed a specific group of fans prior to mainstream success, his omnipresence might seem sudden to many others.
“Omnipresent” is pretty accurate: He has several books coming out over the next few weeks — Unnatural Creatures: Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman (which came out earlier this week, on April 23), Make Good Art (May 14), How to Talk to Girls at Parties (May 18) and The Ocean at the End of the Lane (June 18). A BBC radio-play adaptation of his novel Neverwhere premiered in March. And there’s more coming.
So, to clear up any confusion, let’s start with the basics:
So, who is this Neil Gaiman? And what does he do?
He’s a British-born writer who now lives in the U.S., in a town outside of Minneapolis. He started out as a journalist and wrote his first book, about the band Duran Duran, in 1984, but he’s best known for his genre work.
His break-out text was the comic book The Sandman, a 75-issue series that ran from 1989 through 1996. The epic — which takes place in the world of dreams — was among a handful of titles (along with Alan Moore’s Watchmen and Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns)that elevated comic books into the realm of real literature.
His other major works, for children and adults, include 2008′s The Graveyard Book, 2003′s Coraline, and 2002′s American Gods — all of which have won multiple awards and prizes.
(MORE: Neil Gaiman, Geek God)
Why is Neil Gaiman mainstream-famous now? And when did this happen?
Even if you know everything there is to know about Neil Gaiman, it’s still a nice read. (btw, so is his Tumblr.)
I painted a TARDIS on my cast, and Neil Gaiman signed it, because he’s awesome.
Karen Gillan = Moon Face
Speaking at the Radio Times covers’ party, Moffat teased: “We’ll be up in the air, we’re under the water, we’re on a fantastic alien planet, we’re back in time, we’re forward in time, and the Doctor’s greatest secret is in jeopardy.”
The upcoming eight episodes - which see Matt Smith teaming up with new companion Jenna Coleman - will include instalments written by Moffat, as well as Luther creator Neil Cross, Neil Gaiman and Mark Gatiss.
'Willow' and 'Star Wars' actor Warwick Davis admitted that the Cybermen “were always scary to me. I was one of those kids who hid behind the sofa, so I know they are scary. But the Cybermen that I saw were awesome and yeah I think it’ll be scary.
“I mean, it was an exciting moment to come face-to-face with one of those dudes. Seriously, it was a great thrill. I mean, it was a great thrill to be in Doctor Who. A career ambition. But to be in an episode written by Neil and to have Cybermen in it, was for me the jackpot.
Davis will appear in an upcoming episode of Doctor Who Series 7.
We’re about ten days away from the Doctor Who table reading. I spoke to the Director for the first time yesterday. And the script is pretty much the script. (ie, I’m about to send off a script to the Script Editor that I hope will be, if not the last draft, then the one that we go into the table read with). Technically it’s probably the tenth draft, but I’m not really counting any more. (The “Cut ten pages” draft of the trip to Australia was the last one that felt like major surgery.) Steven Moffat came to my rescue when I felt like I couldn’t even pick it up again, and for that, he is a hero.It hasn’t really changed that much. It just gets tighter and, I hope, more like itself. Slowly, draft by draft, it’s being turned up to eleven.
Anything that wasn’t moving the plot forward has gone. Lots of interesting chatty background conversations in the TARDIS, gone. Lines of dialogue that were fun in themselves but weren’t really needed? Gone. And the food scene? Very gone indeed. It’s been gone since draft six. Given that it’s not there any longer, and that that tells you absolutely nothing about the story except that it now doesn’t have a scene with a bowl of food in it, I thought I’d borrow it back from Lucien’s library.The Doctor has just been given a bowl of something to eat. Something…possibly…alien…AMYIs it something people can eat?(to Doctor)Shouldn’t you scan it with your screwdriver or something?THE DOCTORWhy would I scan food with my screwdriver?AMYSee if it’s safe?The Doctor leans over, dips his finger into his bowl, tastes it.THE DOCTORSome unusual trace elements, smidge too much background radiation, but, yeah, very yummy.Amy is about to try some of his food… he stops her.THE DOCTOR (cont’d)No. Don’t put it in your mouth.AMYNot for humans?THE DOCTORNot for you. Tastes like Marmite on socks.
@neilhimself I saw Doctor Who Xmas episode. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll move somewhere warm where it never snows & you’ll hide under the bed there.
Will Merrick - best known for playing Alo Creevey in the fifth and sixth series of E4 teenage drama Skins - is to appear in a 2013 episode of Doctor Who. The actor will play a character in an episode of the popular sci-fi show’s forthcoming seventh series, according to his United Agents profile.
The episode in question has been written by Neil Gaiman and will see the Doctor (Matt Smith) and his latest companion (Jenna Coleman) come face-to-face with old foes the Cybermen as well as a band of misfits - played by Warwick Davis, Jason Watkins and Tamzin Outhwaite.
Doctor Who’s executive producer Steven Moffat has previously stated, “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.”
In addition to his work on Skins, Merrick has also appeared in BBC1’s sitcom In with the Flynns and has filmed a role in Richard Curtis’s 2013 romcom About Time, starring Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy.