SFX: Neil Gaiman Talks Doctor Who And Cybermen

  • SFX:
    You grew up as a Doctor Who fan. What are your memories of the Cybermen?
  • Neil Gaiman:
    I think the first episode I ever saw was “The Moonbase”. That was the first time that I saw Cybermen, so I must have missed “The Tenth Planet”. I remember them coming out and taking the guy from the sickbay – in my memory, interestingly, they walked through the walls. And when I went back and looked at that bit years later I saw that no, they came through a door. And I wanted to get that kind of weird creepiness back to the Cybermen. I don’t think I’ve particularly succeeded, mostly because I got distracted by something else, and there was also a point where I said actually, we’ve seen those “Moonbase” ones. You can go back and look at them, there’s no point in doing that again. Let me try and do something else with it, in the same kind of way that Mark Gatiss approached the Ice Warriors.

neil-gaiman:

johanareyna:

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.

The Cyber Wars - Preview clip from Nightmare in Silver - Doctor Who Series 7 Part 2 (2013)

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

(Source: youtube.com)

BBC Doctor Who Blog - Neil Gaiman Interview: Part One

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…

Click through for the entire interview

BBC Doctor Who Blog - Neil Gaiman Interview: Part One

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…

Click through for the entire interview

Neil Gaiman sets up A Nightmare in Silver

  • Radio Times:
    Neil, could you give us a non-spoilery encapsulation of the story?
  • Neil Gaiman:
    Easily! It just stops at about minute three. The Doctor has been talked by Clara into taking the two kids she looks after, Artie and Angie, for an excursion, a day out, and he decides to take them to Hedgewick’s World, the biggest, best and most wonderful amusement park in the galaxy, a quarter of a million years in the future, because he has a golden ticket and it gets four people in for free, gets you free ice creams and it gets you to the front of any line, which is great because the lines for the Spacey Zoomer can go on for weeks. And that’s where it starts. Unfortunately, it also starts with them discovering that Hedgewick’s World has been closed for several years and there’s almost nobody on it now except for a small army troop on manoeuvres and a mad old showman named Mr Webley who landed his spaceship there after it closed and is now there with a Cyberman that plays chess. That’s where it begins. This is also 1,000 years after the end of the big human/Cyberman war – where we won.

Nightmare in Silver: Next Time trailer - Doctor Who Series 7 Part 2 (2013) - BBC One Trailer

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DOCTOR WHO: Nightmare in Silver - NEW May 11 BBC AMERICA Trailer

bbcamerica:

“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!

(Source: youtube.com)

Time.com: A Beginner's Guide to Neil Gaiman

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.

(MORENeil 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.)

Read more here.

causticsnark:

I painted a TARDIS on my cast, and Neil Gaiman signed it, because he’s awesome.

Karen Gillan = Moon Face

@karengillan2, @rattyburvil, @neilhimself

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Doctor Who: Steven Moffat - “The Doctor’s greatest secret is in jeopardy” | Radio Times
Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat has been talking about what viewers can expect from the new series, which is set to resume on Saturday 30 March on BBC1. 
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.

Doctor Who: Steven Moffat - “The Doctor’s greatest secret is in jeopardy” | Radio Times

Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat has been talking about what viewers can expect from the new series, which is set to resume on Saturday 30 March on BBC1. 

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.

Steven Moffat, who is the current man behind Doctor Who…the showrunner, the impressario, the God…has trained squads of Ninja Assassins. Probably there are a couple of people in this audience tonight who are plants.If I actually got to the point of saying ‘OK, I will tell you what you want to know’…something would happen. And then I would crumble. Smoking gently, probably. A mysterious black figure would exit and next be seen in Cardiff, saying ‘Mission accomplished’. Steven Moffat would go ‘Good. And he didn’t say anything?’ And the figure would say ‘No’. I tell you NOTHING.
Neil Gaiman Reveals Why Secrets Don’t Leak Out Of The Doctor Who Office | Gizmodo Australia

Warwick Davis On Doctor Who And Star Wars Sequels | SFX


'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.

Warwick Davis On Doctor Who And Star Wars Sequels | SFX

'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.

Neil Gaiman: From The Doctor' Wife. An out-take...

neil-gaiman:

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

AMY
Is it something people can eat?
(to Doctor)
Shouldn’t you scan it with your screwdriver or something?
THE DOCTOR
Why would I scan food with my screwdriver?
AMY
See if it’s safe?
The Doctor leans over, dips his finger into his bowl, tastes it.
THE DOCTOR
Some 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.
AMY
Not for humans?
THE DOCTOR
Not for you. Tastes like Marmite on socks.

(Source: journal.neilgaiman.com)

@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.

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.

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