Neil Gaiman is a busy man. He recently oversaw the release of the adaptation of his novel co-written with the late Terry Pratchett, Good Omens for Amazon. He’s involved in the Netflix Sandman series and the audio dramatization of that same story for Audible. However, despite all of the plates he’s spinning, a part of his mind is always with everyone’s favorite Gallifreyan. In a recent interview, Neil Gaiman revealed that he hopes to write an episode of Doctor Who for Jodie Whittaker. Gaiman is no stranger to the world of Doctor Who, both as a fan and a creator. The venerated author penned two scripts for Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor, “Nightmare in Silver” and “The Doctor’s Wife.”
The latter episode is arguably one of the best Doctor Who stories told in the modern era. The Doctor gets lured to a planet outside of spacetime where he thinks some Gallifreyans survived. Instead, he found something much more sinister. Due to some science-wiencey shenanigans, one of the oldest characters on the show finally got to speak: the TARDIS, played by Suranne Jones. In “Nightmare in Silver” Gaiman brought back the Cybermen for an adventure with the 11th Doctor and Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald on an amusement park planet. Both of Gaiman’s episodes were well-received by fans, so any new episodes from him would be most welcome.
During the interview, Gaiman revealed that he desperately wanted to write an episode for Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor. However, commitments to Good Omens kept him from being able to do it.
Here’s what he told DigitalSpy.com about writing for Doctor Who again:
“I love The Doctor, I think Jodie Whittaker is a fabulous Doctor. On the one hand, I’d love to write for her…. So, you never know. With luck, I’ll write something for Jodie, and if it isn’t for Jodie, maybe it’ll be the next Doctor down the line.”
The latest season of Doctor Who ended on something of a controversial note, specifically with respect to the identity of the “Timeless Child” mystery spanning the season. While some fans thought it ignored or retconned the history of the Doctor, most fans (including yours truly) think it adds an exciting new area for storytellers to dramatically explore. We’ll next see Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor in the 2020 holiday special, which thankfully finished filming before the COVID-19 shutdown. She will also stay in the role for at least one more season.
What do you think? Do you want Neil Gaiman to write an episode of Doctor Who for Jodie Whittaker? Let us know in the comments below.
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