We knew Neil Gaiman was coming back for an encore episode for the upcoming second half of the seventh season of Doctor Who, but now we learn that Gaiman's episode will feature the return of those pesky, evil Cybermen.
The BBC has just confirmed the return of the classic Who monsters in a story penned by none other than American Gods and Sandman writer Neil Gaiman himself, who gave us the absolutely wonderful episode "The Doctor's Wife" during season six.
Here's the BBC's confirmation:
We can confirm that the Cybermen will be menacing the universe once again when Doctor Who returns for a run of eight epic episodes in spring, 2013.The iconic enemies will feature in an adventure directed by Stephen Woolfenden and written by the acclaimed Neil Gaiman whose previous episode was the Hugo Award-winning, The Doctor's Wife.
The new episode will star Matt Smith as our beloved Eleventh Doctor and Jenna-Louise Coleman as his new companion.
The roster of guest stars for this episode is also pretty exciting. We have Warwick Davis (of Willow, Life's Too Short and Harry Potter fame), as well as Tamzin Outhwaite (Hotel Babylon) and Jason Watkins (Herrick from Being Human U.K.). They're described as "a band of misfits on a mysterious planet ..."
Doctor Who boss/showrunner/writer Steven Moffat says:
'Cybermen were always the monsters that scared me the most! Not just because they were an awesome military force, but because sometimes they could be sleek and silver and right behind you without you even knowing. ' He added, 'And with one of the all-time classic monsters returning, and a script from one of our finest novelists, it's no surprise we have attracted such stellar names as Tamzin, Jason and Warwick.'
How do you like this news? Are you excited about Neil Gaiman's sophomore episode of Doctor Who? Are you looking forward to what could be a proper return for the Cybermen? Last we saw them was in the 2011 season-six episode ''Closing Time.'' We're still chuckling about Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All.
(via BBC Doctor Who)