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CONFIRMED: Neil Gaiman to Write "Doctor Who" Script

Author and screenwriter Neil Gaiman ("The Graveyard Book") has been plagued for years by rumors about the long-running British sci-fi series Doctor Who.

Appearing [Thursday] night to give a live reading and participate in a question-and-answer session at Royce Hall (as part of UCLA Live's spoken word series), Gaiman was once more put on the spot and asked if he would ever write a Doctor Who script.

Gaiman's answer? He nodded emphatically.

While not exactly a confirmation, it's perhaps the most concrete answer those of us in attendance could have hoped for. Season Five of Doctor Who is set to air on BBC One and BBC America this spring and it's highly unlikely that Gaiman will contribute a script for the first season of newly installed Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith's run.

Whether that means that Gaiman will "ever" write a Doctor Who script remains to be seen but for those of us who would love to see the "Sandman" and "American Gods" author tackle The Doctor, it's at least something to hold on to.

UPDATE (2/6/10): After I posted the above yesterday, Gaiman himself confirmed the news at SFX Weekender, announcing that he would be writing a script for Season Six of Doctor Who. Gaiman's episode, currently entitled "The House of Nothing," will air in 2011. You heard it here first!

Comments

Heatherette said…
That would be incredible! At least it sounds like he's up for it, should they ask. Fingers crossed!
It's not just highly unlikely that he'll be writing for the 2010 series, it's impossible. The list of writers has been published in Doctor Who Magazine and it's: Steven Moffat (episodes 1,2,4,5,12,13), Mark Gatiss (3), Toby Whithouse (6), Simon Nye (7), Chris Chibnall (8,9), Richard Curtis (10) and Gareth Roberts (11). They're filming 12 and 13 at the moment and, after that, there's only 7 and 11 to go - so there aren't going to be any last-minute changes in writers.

There were some pretty strong rumours that Gaiman was working on something for this series and Moffat did say that Simon Nye stepped in when a script fell through. So it's entirely possible that Gaiman has a script in progress that will be included in 2011's series.
Gaiman has just confirmed that he'll be writing a script for next year's series at the SFX Weekender. He refers to it as "giving them a scoop" here:

http://twitter.com/neilhimself/status/8735970111
Another more specific tweet from SFX themselves:

http://twitter.com/SFXmagazine/status/8735533065

I expect it'll be all over the blogs and news sites pretty soon.
Thomas said…
Awesome! This year Richard Curtis, next year Neil Gaiman, Steven Moffat already managed to get two of my dream Doctor Who writers on the show in his first two years! Also, Steven himself has written 6 of this years episodes? That's absolutely brilliant! Sooooo looking forward to it now!

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