One of this spring's most anticipated Doctor Who episodes is titled "The Last Cybermen." It's not highly anticipated because it's about the Cybermen, though -- the excitement is directed toward the episode's writer, Neil Gaiman. Gaiman, a Hugo Award-winning fantasy author, penned one of the best episodes of the series last year with "The Doctor's Wife," which allowed the Doctor and the TARDIS to have their first (and apparently only) conversation. The fact that Gaiman is back for another outing promises a high-quality episode.
Doctor Who executive producer Caro Skinner has teased the episode a bit. Talking to SFX, Skinner dropped a few clues regarding what "The Last Cybermen" will entail.
"One of the things that Neil was initially really excited about was being given one of the classic Doctor Who monsters and being able to bring a new twist and a new way of looking at them. Certainly when we watched them on set they felt very creepy and the redesign of the masks recalls to a certain extent some of the earlier ‘Moonbase'/‘Tomb Of The Cybermen' designs. What Neil's also done in that episode is actually used the notion of being able to write a story about the Doctor in conflict with the Cybermen in a new way, to really make it a huge episode for Matt. It's a brilliant performance, that one. It's interesting what Neil does – he always delivers such wonderful visual sequences, as he did with ‘The Doctor's Wife', but one of his real strengths is that he gets right to the heart of the characters as well. In many ways that episode is as much about Matt's Doctor in conflict with one of the most classic and famous Doctor Who monsters as it is about what the Cybermen look like."
A Cyberman story that gets deeper into the characters besides using the power of love to defeat the Cybermen (I'm looking at you, "Closing Time")? Sounds fantastic.
Doctor Who will premiere the second half of its seventh series with the episode 'The Bells of St John" on March 30 on BBC One and BBC America.