Published on November 15th, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds
Gaiman’s Restoration of the Cybermen
It was only a week ago that we learned the Cyberman stomped into Steven Moffat’s office, made idle threats about messing up his paperclips and demanded they, like the Daleks, receive a reimagining that returned them to their horrifying former glory.
Fearing the tardy impression the scattered paperclips would create, Moffat called upon American God’s author and fellow Hugo Award winning scribe Neil Gaiman to write the episode who, naturally, turned him down.
Steven wrote to me and asked if I wanted to make the Cybermen scary again. I thought back to myself at the age of six or seven, The Moonbase, Tomb of the Cybermen… I saw them when they were first broadcast. The Cybermen were much scarier than the Daleks, because they didn’t make any noise.
Speaking of noises being made the internet has been carping on about the tantalising prospect of a CyberGaiman episode; so much so he’s already addressing rumours.
Firstly, there was the small matter of a copy of his script turning up in the back of a taxi in Cardiff bearing the title ‘The Last Cyberman’:
I don’t know anything. The title of The Doctor’s Wife was Bigger on the Inside until two weeks before it aired. It could be anything.
As details emerged and finally, the Ponds departed and Jenna-Louise Coleman was confirmed as the Doctor’s latest companion, Gaiman was kept abreast of any changes, ideas and embryonic story ideas that Moffat had as the second half of Series 7 began to take shape:
Steven sent me his ideas and the beginnings of scripts. Once the auditions started he even sent me videos…Jenna-Louise Coleman is very different from Amy, Rose or Sarah-Jane. The dialogue is completely different. Just as it is with the various Doctors. But some things don’t change: the companion will always be intelligent and brave, and the Doctor will always be funny, annoying and strange, and he will always succeed in getting out of inextricable situations.”
Regardless of how this episode turns out, it will be memorable. Mark our words…