Neil Gaiman to write Doctor Who episode – confirmed!

THE ANNOUNCEMENT, when it came, was more of whisper than a dramatic crescendo, made in an English seaside holiday camp – but one that will resonate around the world for all that.

On the social networking site Twitter at 8.40pm on Saturday night, SFX Magazine tweeted:

Neil Gaiman writing an episode of Doctor Who announced at #SFXweekender

Just sit back and take that in for a second, but not too much in case your brain melts.

Ponder the possibilities.

Neil Gaiman! A writer whose work consistently entertains and amazes with its ability to twist the corners of everyday life into something dark, hilarious, terrifying and exhiliarating – often all at the same time.

An actual genius whose style could not be more perfectly attuned to Doctor Who if he had been grown in a steam-powered lab by Steven Moffat in anticipation of this moment.

He shared his secret in an acceptance speech for an SFX best comic award, when he said:

“As anyone who’s read my blog knows, I’m a big fan of a certain long-running British SF TV series. One that started watching — from behind the sofa — when I was three. And while I know it’s cruel to make you wait for things, in about 14 months from now, which is to say, NOT in the upcoming season but early in the one after that, it’s quite possible that I might have written an episode. And if I had, it would originally have been called “The House of Nothing”. But it definitely isn’t called that any more. Countdown. You’ve got about 14 months.”

OMG to the max!! This link takes you through to the full story at the SFX website.

Of course with his line up of writers for Matt Smith‘s first season as the Doctor, Moffat has set the tone for going outside of the usual cadre of writers if he feels they have something to offer. Just see Simon Nye and Richard Curtis.

But this is something more. Whereas those names were met with confusion and a subdued acceptance the Moff knows what he is doing, this will be heralded with enormous street parties and a new bank holiday, pants optional (at least in my head).

I have blogged on the Moffat and Gaiman rumours before, describing it as an oncoming storm made from a terrible brilliance.

That was back in 2008 when these rumours started, but now I can hear the rumblings of thunder, it will be a challenge not to let them build to hurricane intensity by the time it reaches the air.

But whenever it is, it will be an event worth staying in for. And as Gaiman himself once said

events don’t occur singly. Instead they run in packs and leap out all at once.

I wonder what else is waiting, just beyond our vision, waiting to pounce? Exciting doesn’t even begin to cover it.

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