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Neil Gaiman says he’s eager to write for Doctor Who again

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Aug 13, 2018

After writing two episodes for Doctor Who during the Matt Smith era, American Gods author and Sandman scribe Neil Gaiman has told Digital Spy that he is very keen to pen another episode for the series for Jodie Whittaker’s tenure.

“If you examine my DNA and you go in deep enough, with a good enough microscope, you're gonna see a TARDIS, with a little light blinking on the top!” Gaiman told the outlet. “So, the idea of writing for Jodie, or for her successor, whoever she/he/they happen to be, is... yeah, it's Doctor Who! You can't say no.”

Neil Gaiman

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To be honest, it sounds like Gaiman would like to write more scripts for the series regardless of who’s playing the role. In fact, he noted that he also wanted to write an episode for the series when Peter Capaldi was on board to play The Doctor. But alas, since Gaiman was up to his eyeballs working on adapting the novel he co-wrote with the late Terry Pratchett, Good Omens, it just wasn’t possible.  

"I was so frustrated over the last four years because I didn't get to write for Peter Capaldi," he said. "I even had a planned episode and did not get to do it, because I've been making Good Omens and that's been my life."

So, could we see another Gaiman-penned Doctor Who episode? Of course! After all, Gaiman previously wrote the episodes “The Doctor’s Wife” in 2011 and “Nightmare in Silver” in 2013 for the series. However, with the upcoming season already having been written and filmed, it doesn’t look like it will happen until the following season at the earliest. (Insert grumbling noises here.) Oh, well. Until then, we still have the second season of American Gods and the aforementioned Good Omens to tide us over. 

The new season of Doctor Who premieres this fall.