Gaiman Chats About the Wife

The remarkable Neil Gaiman took part in an online web chat for The Guardian yesterday, answering questions asked by fans concerning his relationship with Doctor Who and, of course, The Doctor’s Wife.

Just to get a measure of the man, before he even started, Gaiman had this to say:

First of all, before I start answering questions (oh, the questions, so many questions), I want to say thank you to all of you for being so very kind about The Doctor’s Wife. And to say thank you to director Richard Clark, Exec producer/showrunner/lifesaver Steven Moffat, and the amazing cast — Matt Smith, Suranne Jones, Arthur Darvill, Karen Gillan, Elizabeth Berrington and Adrian Schiller, not to mention Michael Sheen, for bringing it to life so wonderfully. If you sniffled as Idris got to say Hello to the Doctor, that was them. I just wrote the lines.

What a nice guy! He has obviously made his mark among Doctor Who fandom, and while he many not contribute again I don’t think he or his episode will be forgotten. It seems that Gaiman put a lot of work into The Doctor’s Wife, possibly to the detriment of other projects:

I don’t know. I’d love to write another episode: this is DOCTOR WHO we’re talking about. Nobody’s asked me, and, which is harder to admit, one reason that the episode was good was that I spent much too much of the last two years writing and rewriting it, while not doing things that people were waiting for.

So now I’m trying to catch up on things people are waiting for.

I wish there was more than one of me. I could send the spare me off to Cardiff to sit in a corner and do nothing but imagine adventures for the Doctor. That would be grand.

The last snippet we want to focus on is Gaiman’s beginnings for the story. It seems like it was so simple an idea, one that surprisingly had never been attempted even in novels and audio adventures, and the writer’s development of the tale seems quite interesting.

I’ve always wanted to go deeper into the TARDIS. Don’t we all?

The story actually came about backwards. It began with me wanting to do a story like THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME set in the TARDIS, with the Doctor being hunted. And then I thought, that’s no fun, because he knows everything about the TARDIS. It’s no contest. It would be more interesting to have a companion be hunted through the TARDIS…

And I thought, Or even have something malevolent possess the TARDIS. But if I did that, I’d need to put the TARDIS consciousness somewhere.

And then I had a story.

There is much more from Gaiman over at the Guardian, via the link above!

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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