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Neil Gaiman brings Cybermen back to Doctor Who

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The only people not excited about this are Cybermen themselves. Because they have no emotions...

Neil Gaiman brings Cybermen back to Doctor Who

As if those of us in the fold weren’t already anxious for new Doctor Who, we were recently treated to the information that Neil Gaiman – writer of novels, comic books and the fantastic, Hugo Award-winning Series 6 episode 'The Doctor’s Wife' – would be writing a new episode for Series 7. To add even more angst to the mix, it has now been reported that Gaiman will be working with one of the best villains in the Doctor Who universe, the Cybermen. The Cybermen, who have been plaguing the Doctor since William Hartnell faced off against them in 1966’s 'The Tenth Planet', were last seen late in Series 6 in 'Closing Time'. According to showrunner Steven Moffat:

"Cybermen were always the monsters that scared me the most. Not just because they were an awesome military force, but because sometimes they could be sleek and silver and right behind you without you even knowing. "

Gaiman has time and again proven that his strength comes from writing complex, in-depth stories that hit on an emotional level, and also work on a psychological level. He also has a penchant for throwing in little touches from Doctor Who’s long history, as evidenced by his addition of the Hypercubes in 'The Doctor’s Wife', a piece of Time Lord technology not seen since Patrick Troughton used them in 'The War Games'. And his ability to write those deeper emotional stories would work well with the Cybermen, humanoids from Earth’s twin planet of Mondas (in 2006, there was a different batch created on a parallel Earth) who have abandoned (or have been forced to abandon) all emotion and physical limitations by becoming cybernetic suits of armor. It should prove quite interesting with a Doctor like Matt Smith, who seems to take to Gaiman’s writing very well.

The episode will air in Spring of 2013, and will feature the new companion (Jenna-Louise Coleman), as well as guest stars Warwick Davis (Harry Potter, Willow, Life's Too Short), Tamzin Outhwaite (Paradox, EastEnders) and Jason Watkins (Being Human, Lark Rise to Candleford) as “a band of misfits on a mysterious planet.”

Steven Moffat for one is certainly looking forward to the episode, saying:

"And 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."

EW

See also:

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