British science-fiction and -fantasy writer Neil Gaiman has revealed that he’s writing a new Doctor Who script for the BBC’s long-running drama series.
Neil Gaiman made the announcement during an acceptance speech at the annual Hugo Awards. He was there to receive the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form award for his 2011 Doctor Who episode The Doctor’s Wife.
During his acceptance speech, of writing for Doctor Who, Gaiman said, “Only a fool or a mad man would try to do it again . . . so I’m on the third draft.”
Earlier this year, at the Nebula Awards, The Doctor’s Wife, which was directed by Richard Clark, secured the 2011 Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation.
The Doctor’s Wife was broadcast as part of Matt Smith’s second full season as the Doctor. Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill – as companions Amy and Rory Pond – were joined by Suranne Jones as Idris – the Doctor’s space/time ship the TARDIS in human form – and Paul Kasey (Nephew), Elizabeth Bellington (Auntie), Adrian Schiller (Uncle) and Michael Sheen (House).
Ever since his Doctor Who episode aired, speculation has been rife as to whether Gaiman would write another. Last week, the Hollywood writer told the Coventry Telegraph, “It was so much fun! It’s one of those times when I was very, very lucky. The Doctor Who team are fantastic. Getting to work with Steven Moffat [was] a dream come true. I’m very used to Hollywood where they take this thing that you’ve done, and tell [you] how you can make it worse. But the joy of doing my Doctor Who [episode] – it went through 11 drafts, and I think I enjoyed all of those 11 drafts.”
According to Doctor Who News, this latest award brings the total to six Hugos for Doctor Who since the series returned to television screens in 2005.
Gaiman beat off stiff competition from two other Doctor Who writers this year: Tom MacRae, for The Girl Who Waited, and Steven Moffat, for A Good Man Goes to War.
The Hugo Awards were presented at the weekend, as part of the 70th World Science Fiction Convention – Chicon 7 – at Chicago’s Hyatt Regency Hotel.