“Marmite on socks”

Doctor Who writer Neil Gaiman has given readers of his blog a sneak peak at a few lines of cut dialogue from the episode he is writing for Series 6 – set for a read-through in the next few days!

He estimates that he’s currently up to draft ten, and the amusing passage below has been cut since draft six.
Doctor Who

Is it something people can eat?
(to Doctor)
Shouldn’t you scan it with your screwdriver or something?

Why would I scan food with my screwdriver?

See if it’s safe?

The Doctor leans over, dips his finger into his bowl, tastes it.

Some unusual trace elements, smidge too much background radiation, but, yeah, very yummy.

Amy is about to try some of his food… he stops her.

THE DOCTOR (cont’d)
No. Don’t put it in your mouth.

Not for humans?

Not for you. Tastes like Marmite on socks.

While this wouldn’t be out of place if it had a bearing on the episode, the reason that it has been cut is that is has no bearing. Which is a shame, because it is a lovely passage which captures both characters perfectly.
Gaiman reports that the script is getting better, tighter and “turned up to eleven” – which is pretty apt. If the rest of the dialogue is as good as what you’ve just read, we’re in for a definite treat.


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