Fandoms collided when it was first announced long-time Sandman author Neil Gaiman would be writing an episode of the long-time science fiction series, Doctor Who. “The Doctor’s Wife” was quite unlike anything we’d seen before – he gave the TARDIS a physical form my way of Idris, actress Suranne Jones. The Season 6 episode was wildly popular and with that in mind, you’d think Gaiman would take his bows and exit stage left. But we all knew that wouldn’t happen, right? Gaiman let it slip in his acceptance speech at the Hugo Awards, that he’s working on another Doctor Who episode. So, what’s it gonna be this time? Is the sonic screwdriver going to turn into a talking cat? *crosses fingers*
Gaiman won a Hugo Award for “The Doctor’s Wife” in the category Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form. It also happens to mark Doctor Who’s sixth Hugo, an award given to works in the science fiction or fantasy realm by the World Science Fiction Society.
During his acceptance speech he mentioned he’s working on a new Who episode and is in fact, on his third draft of the script. I gotta say, I’m both excited and frightened for this new episode. Much like Gaiman, it seems.
The folks at io9.com caught up with him after the event to learn more.
Apparently the new episode is slated for the second half of season seven, which means that it could air as soon as spring 2013. But Gaiman pointed out that “The Doctor’s Wife,” his Hugo-winning episode, was originally slated for season five and got bumped to season six for budgetary reasons. The same thing could easily happen to his new episode, he said — and it sounds like this is another super-expensive story to make.
Speaking of returning to previous works, in July we found out Gaiman was stepping back into his comic boots with a Sandman prequel story with art by Batwoman writer/illustrator J.H. Williams III. And you thought you knew the definition of pressure.
Here’s Gaiman with his Hugo. Are you excited for this news?
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