Doctor Who Series 7: Neil Gaiman Reinvents a Classic Monster? (Plus Episode Spoilers)

Acclaimed fantasy writer Neil Gaiman contributed an episode to Doctor Who's sixth series last year with "The Doctor's Wife." It was a long-anticipated episode that proved to be one of the best of the season, and left many fans wondering about how long it would take for Gaiman to come back to the show with another episode. The answer is, apparently, sooner than you'd think.

According to some new spoilers released from DoctorWhoTV, Gaiman will be penning an episode of the season's second half. And while "The Doctor's Wife" was a quirky one-off story featuring an all-new villain, it appears Gaiman's next entry will feature one of the show's most famous monsters: the Cybermen. According to DoctorWhoTV, Gaiman's installment will "totally reimagine" the Cybermen, the great metallic monsters who last appeared in series 6's "Closing Time." They certainly need reinvention -- they were defeated by love in that outing. If this is true (at this point, we're marking it as 'highly plausible'), we'll probably be watching the best Cybermen story since 2005 next year.

Along with that tidbit about Gaiman, some more spoilers were released -- so don't read any further if you don't want some big hints about what's to come.

Most notably, the fifth episode of the series, which will see the departure of regular companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams, has gained a title: "The Angels Wept." I was personally hoping for "Angels in America," but I'll take it.

Here are a few more spoilers, in rapid succession. Season premiere "Asylum of the Daleks" will see disguised Daleks kidnap Amy, Rory, and the Doctor, and force them to complete a mission for them. In "The Angels Wept," the angels turn the TARDIS to stone. The Ice Warriors will return for the Mark Gatiss-penned story "The Cold War," which will air in the second half of the season. The TARDIS interior will be redesigned in the second half of the series, as will the show's opening credits and theme music (to celebrate the show's 50th Anniversary).

Again, none of these are completely confirmed, but they're highly probably true. Check out the full, more specific details over at DoctorWhoTV.

Doctor Who will return for its seventh series later this month.

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Written by: mcpherson
Aug 4th, 2012, 4:34 pm

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