Why Neil Gaiman will never sign on as showrunner for Doctor Who

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May 7, 2013

With a new Gaiman-penned Who episode coming this weekend and rumors of Moffat's possible departure, Gaiman addresses the elephant in the room.

Neil Gaiman was no stranger to most Doctor Who fans before he even wrote a single episode of the show. But with The Doctor's Wife, he managed to craft an instant classic and Whovians the world over are just as excited for this weekend's episode, Nightmare in Silver.

And fans are anxious for Gaiman to keep on writing episodes. In fact, they are so excited that Gaiman has been asked if he could ever take over as showrunner. On the face of things, it doesn't sound implausible. Moffat has been openly stressed by the show and Matt Smith is surrounded by a constant flurry of rumors he'll be leaving after the 50th Anniversary. So it's very likely that we're coming up on yet another change of the proverbial guard. Gaiman seems like a strong candidate. He's got just the right blend of sci-fi meets fairy tale to his writing style that would be perfect for Doctor Who.

Sadly, the world just isn't ready for a Gaiman-run Doctor Who. Or, more to the point, Neil Gaiman isn't ready.

I would love to do more Doctor Who. There’s so much stuff I’d love to do. Right now, it’s impossible. Right now I’m looking at it with that kind of horrible feeling that you genuinely can’t stop and raid the sweet shop. You’re on the bus and you’re going past and you’re going to be late for school if you go… so I tend to laugh when people say “Would you like to be the next showrunner after Moffat?” I don’t even have time to write an episode! You want me to be showrunner? Nothing else will happen in my entire life!

So it looks like Nightmare in Silver is Gaiman's last time in the saddle for the foreseeable future. Are you okay with that, or are you dying for more?

(via Doctor Who TV)

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