If your curiousity was piqued by the BBC’s Doctor Who Twitter feed yesterday, you’ll be gratified to know that they’ve announced the return of the Cybermen for the second half of Series 7!
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) November 6, 2012
However, the excitement has built considerably today as we’ve learned that not only are the metal monsters returning (in what seems to be their own episode as opposed to an incidental Closing Time/A Good Man Goes to War/The Pandorica Opens-style appearance) but the episode is the one written by the wonderful Neil Gaiman.
Says Steven Moffat:
‘Cybermen were always the monsters that scared me the most! Not just because they were an awesome military force, but because sometimes they could be sleek and silver and right behind you without you even knowing. ’ He added, ‘And with one of the all-time classic monsters returning, and a script from one of our finest novelists, it’s no surprise we have attracted such stellar names as Tamzin, Jason and Warwick.’
Directed by Stephen Woolfenden, the as-yet-untitled adventure guest stars Warwick Davis (Life’s Too Short, Harry Potter, Return of the Jedi), Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders and Hotel Babylon) and Jason Watkins (Being Human and Lark Rise to Candleford) as “a band of misfits on a mysterious planet…”
However, as the accompanying BBC photo betrays, it doesn’t look as though the Cybermen are getting a redesign…