Doctor Who fans, get ready to wet your pants with delight. Sci-fi heavy hitter Neil Gaiman is confirmed to return to the UK's quintessential genre character.
The writer won the coveted Hugo Award for his previous effort on the popular series with 2011's episode "The Doctor's Wife." Gaiman had previously teased a follow-up effort in accepting the award, joking, "Only a fool or a mad man would try to do it again… so I’m on the third draft." Now, showrunner and series executive producer Steven Moffat has officially confirmed that one of the most acclaimed modern authors will be giving fans his take on the Cybermen.
Moffat also revealed that the episode, scheduled to air in the Spring, will feature guest star's such as Warwick Davis (the "Harry Potter" film series, "Willow"), Tamzin Outhwaite ("Eastenders"), and Jason Watkins ("Being Human").
Gaiman is much revered among science-fiction and fantasy genre fans for numerous projects, including his DC/Vertigo "Sandman" comic series, novels "Stardust" and "Coraline," and of course his classic "Doctor Who" episode.
Moffat told the "Doctor Who" blog, "Cybermen were always the monsters that scared me the most! 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 long-awaited return of one of my favorite "Doctor Who" villains + one of my favorite authors = Me glued to my television set. Chime in, Time Lord fans -- how excited are you for the upcoming season now?