While the sixth series of Doctor Who was a rather polarizing one for fans, there was near universal appreciation for the fourth episode of the series, "The Doctor's Wife." That episode, penned by famed fantasy writer Neil Gaiman, saw the TARDIS's consciousness transplanted into a human, allowing the Doctor to speak with his longtime time-traveling companion. It was a fantastic episode, and it was no surprise when the episode won the Hugo Award for best short form dramatic presentation last night.
In his acceptance speech for the award, Gaiman cheekily remarked, "“Only a fool or a madman would try to do it again... so I’m on the third draft."
Gaiman talked to fellow Hugo winner, io9's Charlie Jane Anders, at the afterparty, and confirmed that the episode he was writing is intended to air as part of the second half of series 7 -- though that, of course, is subject to change. After all, "The Doctor's Wife" was slated to air as part of series 5, but was pushed back due to budgetary constraints, which according to Gaiman, could be an issue for this third-draft episode as well (meaning: it's probably expensive). So don't get too excited yet; we might be waiting until 2014 to see this episode.
I don't know about you, but I'm pretty darn excited. "The Doctor's Wife" was definitely one of the best episodes that Doctor Who has put out since it returned in 2005, and if Gaiman can even replicate some of that magic, we're in for another absolutely fantastic episode.
Gaiman is also currently working on adapting his popular novel American Gods into a series for HBO.
Also slated to write an episode for series 7 are Luther scribe Neil Cross and Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss. Three episodes in the back half of series 7's lineup do not yet have confirmed writers.
Doctor Who's next episode, "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship," will air Saturday, September 8 on BBC One in the UK and on BBC America in the US.