Neil Gaiman took a turn creating adventures for The Doctor five years ago, but he is back with more ideas! In a recent interview, Gaiman mentioned that his last two stories for the series, 2011’s ‘The Doctor’s Wife’ and 2013’s ‘Nightmare in Silver,’ weren’t his only ideas for the time-traveling Time Lord. He hopes to write a story for Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor, saying:
“If you examine my DNA and you go in deep enough, with a good enough microscope, you’re gonna see a TARDIS, with a little light blinking on the top! So the idea of writing for Jodie, or for her successor, whoever she / he / they happen to be, is… yeah, it’s ‘Doctor Who!’ You can’t say no.”
Gaiman also mentioned that it wasn’t his idea to stay away from ‘Doctor Who’ for so long. He claims to have had discussions with the previous showrunner Steven Moffat about a story for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, but the two could never find the right time. He explained:
“I was so frustrated over the last four years because I didn’t get to write for Peter Capaldi. I even had a planned episode and did not get to do it, because I’ve been making ‘Good Omens’ and that’s been my life.”
Douglas Mackinnon, who directed the upcoming ‘Good Omens’ series and directed eight ‘Doctor Who’ episodes between 2008 and 2015, was also asked about returning to the show. He said:
“I’d love to. ‘Doctor Who’s’ the one call that I will always take. It’s like a drug. It doesn’t go out of your system. I actually directed an episode that [new showrunner] Chris Chibnall wrote, ‘The Power of Three’, and I think he’s a wonderful successor to Steven Moffat. It’s going to be fascinating to see what he does with the show, because he’s wanted to do it for so long.”
‘Doctor Who’ returns to BBC and BBC America later this year!