Responsible for some of the biggest comic and movie titles of the past 20 years, Neil Gaiman is set to contribute a Doctor Who script to the 2011 series – but how did it come about?
It’s a story that will get acres of press coverage in the run up to the 2011 series – Neil Gaiman (the man behind Stardust, Neverwhere, The Sandman) is a very popular literary figure – and his story could be the most closely observed Doctor Who yet.
We ‘ll probably never know the full story about how Gaiman was brought on board for a few years, but Steven Moffat recently regaled FearNet with a brief explanation.
I knew Neil as far as email exchanges went, and we’ve been out for dinner a couple of times. He’s a big fan of the show. I think he was a shoe-in for it in the sense that if you’re familiar with Neil Gaiman’s work, you can tell he’s a Doctor Who fan, just from his work.
It made sense to go in that direction. He was keen, I was keen. That wasn’t a hard sell. That was one of the easier hirings. We were happy to have him on board.
Moffat is currently visiting the USA with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in advance of their first appearances as the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond in The Eleventh Hour on BBC America, this Saturday at 9/8c!