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Neil Gaiman’s Doctor Who Episode Will Feature Return of Cybermen

Less than a month after we received confirmation that Neil Gaiman will return to pen another episode of Doctor Who, the BBC has revealed the celebrated novelist and comics writer will pit the Time Lord against his iconic enemies the Cybermen. Gaiman previously wrote the Hugo Award-winning “The Doctor’s Wife.”

Stephen Woolfenden (Harry Potter, Strike Back), the episode stars Matt Smith as the Doctor and Jenna-Louise Coleman as his new companion, with guests Warwick Davis (Life’s Too Short, Harry Potter), Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders) and Jason Watkins (Being Human) as “a band of misfits on a mysterious planet.”

“Cybermen were always the monsters that scared me the most,” said Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat. “Not just because they were an awesome military force, but because sometimes they could be sleek and silver and right behind you without you even knowing. And with one of the all-time classic monsters returning, and a script from one of our finest novelists, it’s no surprise we have attracted such stellar names as Tamzin, Jason and Warwick.”

The series returns on Dec. 25 with the Christmas special, followed in the spring by a run of eight episodes to complete the seventh season.


  • WesleyDodds

    I’m feeling good things about this. Gaiman is always great value and if Warwick Davis gets upgraded, we could have the trippiest looking Cyberman yet…

  • Michael Sacal

    is it classic Cybermen or new ones?

  • JohnB10

    Cybermen are cool

  • Dave

    Given how nostalgic Moffats run has been and Gaimans last episode was let’s hope for classics.

  • Peter Ross

    I hope they are the Cybermen from Pete’s World. I am looking forward to the return of Rose for the 50th anniversary celebrations. 

  • Dave

    I hope they leave that era well alone, just focus on the classics rather than the worst doctor/companion combo either in Tenant/Piper.

  • Matt

     I’m looking forward to never, ever seeing Rose again.

  • Michael Sacal

    as in hope not. the new ones are much cooler.

  • Dave

    The new ones are terrible, their origin is highly generic, and yet another example of RTDs need to permeate his stories with as many pop culture references as he could, ohh, Bluetooth headsets, how can I make them sinister. Also, the casting choice for the cyber leader was stupid, no one in the UK will ever be able to take Trigger seriously as a villain. The less said about the tear of oil scene, that dreadful torchwood episode or the fact that last time they showed up, James bloody Corden beat them with the power of love the better. Asylum of the Daleks showed how to rescue a completely castrated villain after RTDs run, let’s see Gaiman do it with the Cybermen.

  • Reality Based Media

    Really?  I was terrified by the Cybermen.  What they did to alternate Jackie as well as the Torchwood director was absolutely horrifying.  No doubt Gaiman’s story will be great, but there is nothing the Cybermen need to be rescued from.  And really?  the classic series Cybermen were very cheesey looking.

  • Peter Ross

     Oh God, a RTD hater. Get the f**k over it.

  • Peter Ross

    That’s sad. Rose is the Doctor’s best companion of all time, and his soulmate. I am glad she got to be with her Doctor in Pete’s World.

  • Peter Ross

    Tenant and Piper were the best Doctor/companion in the history of Doctor Who. Absolute magic. By the end of Series 2, I was rooting so hard for Rose and the Doctor to be a couple. Finally RTD gave me what I wanted in Journey’s End. Rose is the most popular companion of the new era, and I fully expect her and the Doctor to return for the 50th anniversary celebrations.

  • Peter Ross

    I don’t watch Doctor Who anymore because it’s absolute rubbish under Steven Moffat (two words: River. Song.), but I’ll give Neil Gaiman’s episode a shot, just as I did for his previous episode. I liked The Doctor’s Wife because we got to see the Ninth and Tenth Doctor’s TARDIS again, which was awesome. So many classic moments happened on that TARDIS.

  • Daniel

    “I hope they are the petes world cybermen”.
    …Your an idiot. FORTUNATELY they will not be those ones.