If you weren’t lucky enough to make it to Wondercon last weekend, perhaps you’ve got 40 minutes to spare to watch the Doctor Who panel, which featured writer Neil Gaiman, director Toby Haynes and actor Mark Sheppard?
It was at this event that we discovered how Gaiman felt about having to see his episode – The Doctor’s Wife – dropped from the 2010 run in favour of production this time around.
“At the time it made me incredibly sad and now makes me incredibly happy because I have Rory in it, as he didnâ€™t exist in episode 11 of the last season.â€
â€œSo getting to write for Arthur Darvill who is wonderful. And getting to write dialogue between him and Amy and the Doctor is just so much fun.â€
As you may know, the episode features Suranne Jones (Coronation Street, Vincent, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Single Father) as Idris, a character that Gaiman describes as being:
â€œ…an old acquaintance of the Doctorâ€™s but with a new face.â€
What’s also interesting, before you go an hit play, is that Gaiman describes it as â€œalmost a River free episodeâ€.
We don’t know what it means either.