Leaked Cybermen Script 101

It seems that the recent announcement that Neil Gaiman’s Doctor Who Series 7 script featured Cybermen may have been prompted by the revelation that someone foolishly left a copy of the script in a cab.

Episode Title Leaked

Is Neil Gaiman's Doctor Who Series 7 episode called "The Last Cyberman"?

As revealed on Reddit this week (and as a Reddit regular, I have to apologise for not spotting this!), a copy of the episode – currently titled The Last Cyberman – was left in a taxi. The finder of said script – a lady – passed her concern to a friend who then got in touch with the Doctor Who production team to arrange its return (hopefully after reading, enjoying and then completely forgetting the script – come on, you would!).


Now, there’s no suggestion that it was Gaiman’s own script left in the cab – he’s an international jet-setter who was probably not in the UK at the time – and indeed a quick glance at the image above reveals the name of an actress: Eve De Leon Allen, who you may know from children’s show Nuzzle And Scratch (me neither).

However, the leaking of the script – safe return or not – reveals a couple of facts:

Lost Script Spoiler

Most importantly, it confirms that Jenna-Louise Coleman’s character is called “Clara”. This is (we believe) the first time that this has been identified in print from BBC materials, and corroborates location shooting reports.

Meanwhile Warwick Davis’ character is called “Porridge”.


Oh, and did you see that Warwick Davis has recently tweeted his excitement of being involved in a Cybermen episode?

Well, you would be, wouldn’t you?

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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