The Doctor’s Wife: ‘Mad’ and ‘Magical’

You know when someone who gave Fez Emporiums the length and breath of my imagination a second boon describes a fellow writer’s episode as ‘mad’ it must genuinelybe crazier than an armadillos armchair- but that’s how Steven Moffat has described The Doctor’s Wife, the upcoming episode by fantasy and sci-fi author and screenwriter Neil Gaiman (Coraline, American Gods)

Chatting away to Entertainment Weekly, the man who killed the Doctor (The Impossible Astronaut) raised fanboys blood pressure with a few teasing details about Gaiman’s effort, which guest-stars Suranne Jones as “Idris”…

“I can’t say very much actually because the whole gimmick behind that show – and it’s a very clever gimmick – will be unveiled in the opening minutes.

I literally can’t talk about it without giving it away, which I don’t want to do. It’s a lovely, magical, mad episode.”

Although it would appear, even with a writer of Gaiman’s quality, that working on Doctor Who may have flexed creative muscles that no other project could tweak. It may be hard to imagine Gaiman struggling (well perhaps in a Poe sense of the word, quaffing blood-red wine, lamenting, scowling at the moon, possibly while wearing a gentleman’s waistcoat) but Moffat, unsurprisingly, said:

“You assume you know it, until you try to write it. Then you realise it really is a monster. I’ve written an awful lot of them now and I still find it shockingly difficult. I think everyone who comes on has that moment of ‘I didn’t think I’d be working this hard’.”

It might seem odd to get excited about someone struggling (there are websites for that) but can you imagine what that mind could do when forced to escape a creative bear trap?

(via Digital Spy)

Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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