Doctor Who art shows how much better Gaiman's ep could have been

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Dec 14, 2012

You know, if there's one Doctor Who episode that stood out this season so far, it must be "The Doctor's Wife." It was beautiful, magical and ultimately sad. It also had the pecular Uncle, Auntie and Nephew characters, who, as it turns out, were originally meant to look way more gruesome than they did.

Neil Gaiman, who wrote "The Doctor's Wife," tweeted the link to the original concept art for the characters of Uncle and Nephew (no Auntie there, sadly, but you'll get the idea).

If you've seen the episode, you'll recall that these characters (except, ultimately, for Nephew) were made up of different people's parts (insert an ewww here) because House (voiced by Michael Sheen) ''fixed" them with spare, humanoid parts when needed.

But the original concept art by a bloke called David Bonneywell reveals an even more grotesque and animalistic look than what it ended up in the episode.

Here's the original concept art for Uncle:

Which is really a far cry from what Uncle and Auntie ended up looking like in the episode, as seen in the first picture above.

And this is what Nephew was meant to look like, you know, before he was replaced by an Ood and all that:

So what do you think? Do you like the look of the concept art better? Do you think it would have made for an even better episode? Was it a lost opportunity, or are you happy with the end result?

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