May 8, 2013
By, Carol Pinchefsky
Neil Gaiman, the author of the famed Sandman comic book, as well as such novels as Coraline, American Gods, and many, many others, became a writer of Doctor Who last year, with the episode “The Doctor’s Wife.” His second time around the TARDIS, the fabulously titled “Nightmare in Silver,” will be airing this Saturday on BBC/BBC America. In a conference call, Gaiman spoke about his love for the long-running British show…and how he put his own particular twist on the Doctor’s old enemy, the Cybermen.
The Cybermen are nasty bits of man-turned-machine, and what they lack in emotion, they make up for in a Borg-like objective to assimilate. Oh, and in their first appearance in 1966, they killed off the First Doctor (William Hartnell).
I can see it now: Gaiman sitting in front of a computer, poised to write the episode: The Cybermen killed the Doctor? he would think to himself. Pshaw (because Gaiman would use “pshaw” in this scenario). No, he would think, I can make the Cybermen much more dangerous than that. And the reality is, he did.