Published on May 16th, 2013 | by Meredith Burdett17
Gaiman: “Clara originally a Victorian governess”
The life of a writer can be very difficult at times. There’s endless rewrites of a script or manuscript, delicate plotting of characters and ensuring that there aren’t any plot holes that you could drive a Dalek Crucible through.
But when we’re presented with the finished product of a book or television show or play or film, every little problem has been ironed out so meticulously that it’s hard to imagine their being a problem in the first place.
So with that in mind, it’s refreshing to read about some of the less glamorous aspects of writing a Doctor Who script that Neil Gaiman, writer of this year’s Doctor Who episode Nightmare in Silver, has listed in a recent interview with the Radio Times.
Gaiman reveals part of the genesis behind Clara Oswald as well, stating that she wasn’t always the ‘impossible girl’ that we’re all wondering about now:
And from the original brief to the one that he ended up with, Gaiman took Clara and sculpted her character remarkably well for his episode, despite the fact that he had very little in terms of source material to work from:
However, the most interesting aspect of the interview is Gaiman’s is his thoughts on the production process for a Doctor Who script and what he would like to do with one in the future:
The Cybermen were certainly far more threatening in Nightmare in Silver than they’ve been in the last few years, their newly upgraded abilities making them far more deadly and unpredictable enemies. But what do you think?