AFTER reading on the SFX website that Neil Gaiman’s episode of Doctor Who is to be called The Doctor’s Wife, I tried to talk to a mate about it and went all Evan Baxter from Bruce Almighty.
If me speaking in tongues revealed one thing (apart from my dabbling too much in Satanism) it’s that I’m excited!
I have been excited since I first thought about the possibilities of him writing for Doctor Who, or when he announced he was definitely doing it back in February 2010 – also for SFX at their first Weekender.
Back then 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.”
So The House of Nothing becomes The Doctor’s Wife. But what does that mean?
I’d guess that everyone’s first instinct is that the titular wife will be revealed to be River Song, but I would expect that to be too obvious.
Possible, but unlikely.
As Jon Arnold pointed out on Twitter, Neil Gaiman’s episode also stars Suranne Jones, meaning she will most likely be the titular wife. But how, who am they and why?
What I can say is that coming fourth in the six-episode first half of series six means it will be pivotal, and of course, most likely brilliant.
Countdown? We’re got a month or so and I can’t wait!