Neil Gaiman's telling Who tales again, and this time he's bringing us a brand-new monster.
A lifelong fan of Doctor Who, Gaiman's garnered much acclaim for the two episodes of the TV series he's written (so far), "The Doctor's Wife" and "Nightmare In Silver," and though we might not get a new Who episode from him for a while, we are lucky enough to get a brand-new short story from Gaiman starring Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor and his now-departed companion Amy Pond.
"Nothing O'Clock" is the 11th in a series of 11 Who shorts by various authors that have been published in e-book form throughout the year (one a month) in celebration of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary. Gaiman's short will be available for download on Nov. 21, and on Nov. 23 (in the U.K., at least), a book collecting all 11 stories will hit stores.
Gaiman's story concerns a monster known as "the Kin," which was imprisoned millenia ago by the Time Lords. The Kin was never intended to be let out, but the chaos of the Time War changed things. Now it's free, and there's only one Time Lord left to stop it.
Here's what Gaiman told The Guardian about "Nothing O'Clock."
"'Nothing O'Clock' stars the Eleventh Doctor, the Matt Smith Doctor, with Amy Pond as his companion. I set it somewhere during the first season of Matt Smith, mostly on Earth, in our time now and in 1984, but also somewhere else, a very, very long time ago. I had never created an original monster for Doctor Who and really enjoyed getting to create a creepy Doctor Who monster of the kind that we haven't quite seen before… I hope that the Kin will get out there and occasionally give people nightmares. And that you will be worried if a man in a rabbit mask comes to your door and tries to buy your house."
You can read the first paragraph of "Nothing O'Clock" below. For the rest of the excerpt, head over to The Guardian.
"The Time Lords built a Prison. They built it in a time and place that are both unimaginable to any entity who has never left the solar system in which it was spawned, or who has only experienced the journey through time, second by second, and that only going forward. It was built just for the Kin. It was impregnable: a complex of small rooms (for they were not monsters, the Time Lords – they could be merciful, when it suited them), out of temporal phase with the rest of the Universe."
(Via The Guardian)