5 Neil Gaiman "spoilers" about his Doctor Who script

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

We're as hungry as you are for any info on the upcoming episode of Doctor Who written by Neil Gaiman—which is why we were happy he let us all get a sneak peek at his script over the weekend. And while we were grateful for even that small, tantalizing glimpse ... we wanted more.

So we're glad see that the author of The Graveyard Book, American Gods and Coraline opened himself a little bit for BBC News. Here are five "facts" the tight-lipped writer let slip about Doctor Who.

"I don't know what it's like to be God—obviously."

Writing about the TARDIS, however, gave him a taste: ""Suddenly I got a very good idea of what it must feel like. I went: 'I'm writing it now, this scene in the TARDIS. I'm writing it!' And that was amazing, it was wonderful."

"It was a little bit flabby."

That picture he shared earlier, showing off his script? That was taken when "we were going through it and figuring out ways that money could be saved and ways we could have some things happen faster." So there you have it—even Gaiman could use a little editing from time to time.

"Doctor Who is a fairy tale."

"Doctor Who has never pretended to be hard science fiction," Gaiman said, agreeing with Terry Pratchett's recent comments that Doctor Who shouldn't be classified as SF, but instead follows "fairy-tale logic about this wonderful man in this big blue box who at the beginning of every story lands somewhere where there is a problem ..."

What else was the perpetually coy (at least when it comes to Doctor Who) Gaiman able to tell us?

"Now I know what I can tell people: It will be on television—"

Really? And what else?

"—and it's in colour!"

Whew! We were worried there for a moment!

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