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Neil Gaiman Admits His Doctor Who Ep ‘Nightmare In Silver’ Was A Bit Of A Dud

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NightmareGiven his talent, style, and the sort of things he likes to write about, fans spent years imagining what it would be like to Neil Gaiman write for Doctor Who. In 2011 we got to see just that with “The Doctor’s Wife,” a sweet, funny, and heartbreaking story which saw The Doctor sharing an adventure with his TARDIS — literally with her, after the vessel’s consciousness was shifted into a humanoid body. One of modern Who‘s finest hours, “The Doctor’s Wife” received near universal acclaim and netted Gaiman both a Ray Bradbury Award and a Hugo. Naturally, fans wanted to see more Who from Gaiman, and in 2013 he returned with an episode entitled “Nightmare in Silver.”

It wasn’t only fans and critics who felt that “Nightmare in Silver” was a misstep. In a recent interview, Gaiman admitted his regrets about “Nightmare,” and explained what he was originally going for with the episode. He told Radio Times:

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Neil Gaiman’s New Book Has Doctor Who And American Gods Stories

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GaimanFor his next book, the much adored Neil Gaiman is revisiting two fan favorites from his past. The celebrated writer’s next book, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, will include not only a Doctor Who story, but a new jaunt in the epic world of what may be his best novel, American Gods. As if a new Gaiman book isn’t enough to get you salivating, that should do the trick.

Gaiman has famously penned two episodes of Doctor Who, “The Doctor’s Wife” and “Nightmare in Silver,” and fans keep clamoring for him to write more. And while this isn’t exactly what they ordered, Trigger Warning does include a Doctor story. The story was apparently written for the show’s 50th anniversary last year, and though it isn’t explicitly named anywhere (at least not that I can fine), it’s assumed to be his story “Nothing O’Clock.” That’s not quite as exciting as a brand spanking new offering, but if you haven’t read it, it’s still new to you.

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Neil Gaiman Wants To Write Another Doctor Who Episode So He Can Do This

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WhoGaimanIn retrospect, it’s kind of amazing that it took Neil Gaiman as long as it did to write an episode of Doctor Who. I mean, he was always one of the first names mentioned whenever people talked about people who should write Doctor Who. But even after the show regenerated into its modern incarnation in 2006, it still took him several years to contribute his first episode. Thankfully, “The Doctor’s Wife” was more than worth the wait, earning Gaiman a 2012 Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. He returned the very next season with “Nightmare in Silver,” which was fun, but not as brilliant as “The Doctor’s Wife.” So, will Gaiman return for a third Who episode?

As reported by GeekTyrant, Gaiman says that the producers regularly ask if he’d like to write another Who episode, and his standard answer is, “Yes! But not yet!” It may be sooner rather than later, however, because Gaiman says he’s keen to write for current Doctor Peter Capaldi. Gaiman says, “It would be a very sad thing if I lost my chance to write for a grumpy, Scottish Doctor.” On that we can agree, sir. So make it happen already!

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Neil Gaiman Returns With A New Doctor Who Short Story, Read The First Two Pages Here

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GaimanNeil Gaiman loves Doctor Who, and it appears that Doctor Who, or at least Whovians, seem rather fond of the British fantasy author as well. A lifelong devotee of the venerable sci-fi adventure, Gaiman has already penned a pair of episodes—“The Doctor’s Wife” and “Nightmare in Silver”—both of which people seem to enjoy. As we build up towards the 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor,” Gaiman is set to release a new Doctor Who short story, and the Guardian just released a sneak peek in the form of the first two pages.

The story, called “Nothing O’Clock,” stars Matt Smith’s soon-to-be-gone 11th Doctor, as well as his recently departed travelling companion Amy Pond, played on the show by Karen Gillan. This is the 11th in a series of 11 short stories Doctor Who short stories, each by a different writer, and will be available for download on November 21.

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Doctor Who Minisode Has The Doctor And River Making Sacrifices (Plus: Christmas Rumors!)

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What is the loyal Doctor Who fan to do? We got a colossal cliffhanger of a season finale (which, granted, wasn’t as much of a surprise as it would have been before the internet), and try as we might, our mad science continues to fail at speeding up time until it’s November 23rd. We’ve still got two months — two months! — until we get to see the Doctor face off against one of his greatest secrets, in the form of the legendary John Hurt. Sure, you could rewatch the show on Netflix, or go read some of the zillion-plus tie-in novels, or even just squeeze your eyes closed and wish really, really hard. But wait! We have a better idea! You could watch that charming little minisode up above! It’s got the Doctor and River and alleged rain gods and it was allegedly written by Neil Gaiman!

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Neil Gaiman Hints Doctor Who Almost Gave Us A Black Doctor, But What About A Lady Time Lord?

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DoctorsWith the announcement that Peter Capaldi will be playing the Twelfth incarnation of Doctor Who’s iconic protagonist this past Sunday, we wrapped up one of those endlessly entertaining geek traditions: answering the question, “Doctor Who?” In the days leading up to the BBC’s official presentation, Capaldi was the odds-on favorite with British bookmakers, but there was also lots of speculation that this time Doctor Who might buck tradition and cast a more diverse time lord: somebody other than a white dude. There’s certainly no reason, whether in canon or in general, why the Doctor couldn’t regenerate as a non-caucasian, or a female, the show so far hasn’t crossed that line. But rumor has it that the role of the Doctor was actually offered to a black actor at one point, but he turned it down. As for a female Doctor? It wasn’t in the cards, at least not this time.

The word of a potential black Doctor comes via author Neil Gaiman, who is no stranger to the series, having penned two episodes of Doctor Who in recent years (“The Doctor’s Wife,” for which he won a Hugo, and last season’s “Nightmare in Silver). When asked if he ever thought there would be a non-white Doctor, Gaiman replied:

Of course. (I thought I’d said that I was disappointed that it didn’t happen this time, and that there are some amazing actors out there. I was rather disappointed that Paterson Joseph didn’t get it last time, although I’ve loved Matt’s Eleven.) And yes, I have no doubt there will be. (I know one black actor who was already offered the part of the Doctor, and who turned it down.) Just as there will be a female Doctor.