In a recent interview with a local Portland, Maine television station, Neil Gaiman spoke about the power of Twitter, the advice he’d once gotten from Stephen King, and how long he’d wanted to write for Doctor Who as well as what writing the episodes was like.
So just how long had the Stardust author wanted to work on Doctor Who?
Let’s see so what am I now? Fifty-two? And I saw my first Doctor Who when I was three? So forty-nine years, I guess?
The writer of Nightmare in Silver also has a controversial opinion about his most-acclaimed episode for the series…
Is it easier when you’re writing for Doctor Who and you know the established actor or its easier when that actor hasn’t been cast yet?
You write for the Doctor. The weird thing, you know in people’s heads the Doctor is very, very different. The truth is when I wrote The Doctor’s Wife, I went through that first, the first draft of the script, imagining any of the Doctors and realized that it would have worked for any of this from the Second on could’ve done that. I don’t think the First could’ve done it, but it would’ve worked for all of them.
It’s interesting that Gaiman thought any of the previous versions of the Doctor could’ve been in The Doctor’s Wife aside from Matt Smith’s Eleventh. Personally, I think it fit Eleven’s personality and I don’t think it would’ve had the same charm it had if it had been say, the Tenth or the Third Doctors.
Do you think there was any other Doctor that would’ve had the same reactions to meeting his TARDIS in human form?