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Totter’s Lane Revisited

It seems fantastically mundane that Doctor Who, a programme that spans galaxies and centuries, began its fantastic voyage in a darkened corner of a London scrapyard, but back in 1963 An Unearthly Child crept alongside a working bobby towards a strangely placed policeman’s box in I. M. Foreman’s yard.

But it’s these two elements that Neil Gaiman (The Graveyard Book) wanted to revisit in his upcoming episode The Doctor’s Wife.

The renowned fantasist told SFX that his much anticipated episode will take the Doctor back to his roots (a place it hadn’t returned to since the Sixth Doctor serial Attack of the Cybermen):

“[It’s set on] a junkyard planet. If I can’t actually take them back to Totter’s Lane, then I can take them back to somewhere which I described in the script as ‘the Totter’s Lane at the edge of the universe’.”

Gaiman added that the origins of his episode came from ‘a desire to go further into the TARDIS than we’d been before’, cryptically adding that his idea was one that ‘you’re only allowed to do once’.

For more  juicy tidbits on The Doctor’s Wife pick up SFX #209 and Doctor Who Magazine 434.

(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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