In the sixth season of Doctor Who, acclaimed writer Neil Gaiman jumped to the hit sci-fi series with the episode “The Doctor’s Wife”. Personifying The Doctor’s longest companion The Tardis, the episode was beloved by critics and audiences alike becoming a fan-favorite hour that still remains just as talked about today. Gaiman recently took home a Hugo award for his script and it seems he’s certainly in the right direction to deliver another tale. Now, the writer has confirmed that his words will be back in 2013 as he’ll be responsible for one of the final episodes of Season 7.
At his acceptance speech during the Hugo award, Gaiman revealed that he is currently in the writing stages of his next episode, saying “Only a fool or a mad man would try to do it again…so I’m on the third draft.” Io9 later pushed Gaiman for confirmation, to which he replied that his episode is currently slated to be in the second half of Season 7 which will air in Early 2013.
However, don’t hold your breath just yet Whovians. Gaiman expressed concern that like “The Doctor’s Wife”, his next episode may just be pushed into an eighth season due to budget issues. His first episode was originally penned for Matt Smith’s premiere year as The Doctor, but was later pushed back due to the inability to fund the massive story. Io9 comments that this next story sounds to be of the same caliber, which could lead to the episode being delayed until Fall 2013 at the earliest.
No plot details on the episode have yet surfaced as Gaiman is keeping it under lock and key, with some hoping that The Tardis’ persona “Sexy” (played by Suranne Jones) will reappear as well. While that seems unlikely, details are likely to pop up once Gaiman’s draft is finalized.
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