Gaiman Hints Time Lord

Doctor Who scriptwriter and fantasy author extraordinaire Neil Gaiman was given the job of contributing a Production Notes for Doctor Who Magazine this month – and he seems to have stirred up a hornet’s nest…

It all concerns the myserious truth behind Suranne Jones’ (currently starring with David Tennant in Single Father) character’s identity in Gaiman’s episode of Doctor Who, expected to fall third in the first series in 2011.

Why the fuss? Well it seems that the Doctor’s already knows Jones’ character Idris. Actually there’s more to it than that. Let Neil explain for me:

“[The episode] starts in void-space, with something or someone we have not seen since [1969 story] ‘The War Games’, and a knock on the Tardis door,” he explained. “The guest star… is the brilliant Suranne Jones, playing someone who is beautiful… and who bites. [She] might just turn out to be an old acquaintance with a new face.”

The War Games?

“A new face?”

How exciting is this? Obviously there is little to help us place any of this in context, but if Suranne Jones is playing a Time Lord and there is a connection with The War Games, then who knows what is happening?

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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