Doctor Who Series 7b: Nightmare in Silver

Neil Gaiman Won’t Be Showrunner

We’re all incredibly excited at Kasterborous Towers because this Saturday not only do we get a brand new episode of Doctor Who on the telly, not only does it feature the return and the redesign of the Cybermen, not only does it guest star Warwick Davis and Tamzin Outhwaite.. but it’s also written by the brilliant Neil Gaiman.

Doctor Who Series 7b: Nightmare in Silver

Gaiman’s 2011 Doctor Who episode The Doctor’s Wife was brilliant and if the early indicators from that illusive old thing we call the internet are correct (and we bet they are) then Gaiman’s newest episode, Nightmare in Silver, will be just as good – if not better!

SFX Magazine got the opportunity to sit down with the writer extraordinaire recently to ask him a few questions regarding his episode and his future with Doctor Who. The good news is that he has more ideas and would like to write more episodes for the show in the future; the other news is that Gaiman will not be considering the position as Doctor Who’s showrunner anytime soon.

Which is, quite frankly, a very good thing indeed. We have an excellent Commander-in-Chief in the form of Steven Moffat who is already planning series 8 of Doctor Who and while it certainly is lovely to have Gaiman ‘pop in’ now and then to deliver a cracking yarn featuring the Doctor, it would be better to keep things that way and leave the producing to someone else.

Doctor Who Series 7b: Nightmare in Silver

We’re not stating that Gaiman isn’t up to the job but there’s a feeling that comes with the idea of him running the show that it just wouldn’t work on the same level as it does with Moffat or it did with Russell T Davies. Mainly to do with his incredibly busy schedule in all his other works that wouldn’t give the man the time to devote a huge portion of his life to Doctor Who.

You can read the full interview with Gaiman, which includes a wonderful theory that marries the Mondas/Telosian Cyberman to the Cybus iterations by visiting SFX.


What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

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