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SANDMAN Mastermnd Neil Gaiman’s Next DOCTOR WHO Will Air In Spring And Feature A Foe Not Seen Since Last Year!!

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Author Neil Gaiman (“Sandman”), who won a Hugo for writing the 2011 “Doctor Who” episode “The Doctor’s” wife, will have another “Who” episode air this coming spring.

The new episode will see The Doctor tangle with the Cybermen – evil cyborgs not glimpsed since last year’s “Closing Time” episode.

Warwick Davis, of "Willow" and "Life's Too Short" fame, will star in the installment.

Gaiman’s installment will be one of eight airing on BBC One and BBC America early next year.

Find all of Deadline’s story on the matter here.

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  • Nov. 7, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Well, damn, I'm intrigued.

    by Bill C.

    Neil Gaiman. Cybermen. I'll buy that for a dollar.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    A midget Cyberman?

    by Avon

    This could get messy. But I am ready to witness.

  • might have to start tuning in again.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    I liked Davis on Life's Too Short

    by Matthew

    glad to see him working again, as that was the plot of too short that he couldn't find work. The first 5 episodes of 7 have been great. I wonder if Amy and Rory bet on any sports since they are from the future.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Are these years sparsely populated with Who?

    by Dreamfasting

    So is there going to be a fall 2013 series or is the fall 2012 miniseries and spring 2013 miniseries our quota for the year?

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST

    see, I almost feel about the Cybermen as I do with the daleks...

    by TheSeeker7

    I brought this up in a DW talkback a couple months ago and engaged a few others with the conversation, that for as iconic as I realize the daleks are in the Who-niverse (see what I did there?), they are easily my least favorite villain, I've always found them a bit boring.<br> <br> Well, I hate to say it, but I'm not sure I don't consider the Cybermen being all that far from the same distinction in my mind. I mean, I've NEVER had a giddy, elated reaction when I hear that a particular episode will feature the cybermen (in contrast, I virtually always experience that when I hear the Weeping Angels will be employed). I'm usually just kind of like, meh... okay, I guess. Let's see how the episode as a whole is.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST

    If anyone can make the Cybermen interesting again...

    by Greg

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST

    it'd be Gaiman

    by Greg

  • And, to be frank, they really weren't all that great in the classic series. There's a reason they were practically mothballed during the Pertwee and Baker years (only appearing once), and when they resurrected them in the 80's, their stories were always pretty lacking.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 11 p.m. CST

    Still haven't watched this half season - Not a real Matt smith fan

    by FrodoFraggins

    I don't hate him and liked his debut episode, but he doesn't have the gravitas for the part.

  • Nov. 8, 2012, 5:16 a.m. CST

    Gravitas

    by Bad Wolff

    Fans aren't allowed to use that word anymore.

  • Nov. 8, 2012, 5:32 a.m. CST

    No more exploding heads

    by veteran_of_mu

    That's really the problem with them. No emotions sucks too. Makes them fragile and wimpy - prisoners in walking prisons. Give us cybermen that actually want to be cybermen, who want to conquer and convert because they think being a cyberman is *better* than human. Make them aged humans who have given up flesh because they had no alternative but death from old age. Make them practically immortal, as tough as Daleks, older and wiser than humans, and utterly amoral, controlling all the Earth's mobile phones and banking systems for their own benefit, They Live style. And given them a leader who really is a worthy adversary for the Doc ... the GangerDoc! OPENING SCENE: AN OLD PEOPLES' HOME IN LEADWORTH. SEVERAL LITTLE OLD MEN AND WOMEN ARE SEATED AROUND A BED IN WHICH THERE IS AN OLD WOMAN IN SOME APPARENT DISCOMFORT AND BREATHING HEAVILY. IRIS, A STOOPED CRONE: - and that's why she made the decision, you see. It was this or let the cancer invade her cerebrum. She signed the consent forms yesterday, Doctor. NURSE: I have them filed and her living will delegates all power of attorney. GANGERDOC: All right! Let's rock! HE PRESSES A BUTTON ON A PIECE OF NON-TECHNOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY. ROBOTIC ARMS EXTEND FROM ALL SIDES OF THE BED. A HYPODERMIC NEEDLE DESCENDS TOWARD THE PATIENT FOLLOWED BY SPINNING BONE SAWS. THERE ARE SQUELCHING SOUNDS. THE OLD PEOPLE GASP. GANGERDOC: Very good. Very good! Now on with the titanium cranium and ... sever the spinal cord! FX: SICKENING SLICING SOUND. Nurse! Prosthetic! NURSE: Yes Doctor. SHE PRESSES A BEDSIDE BUTTON. A HEADLESS CYBER-BODY STOMPS INTO THE ROOM. NO CYBUS LOGO. GANGERDOC: Now then ... allons-y! HE LIFTS THE CYBERMAN HEAD IN BOTH HANDS AND FASTENS IT TO THE CYBERMAN'S NECK WITH A TWIST. THERE IS A CLICK. CLOSE UP ON A DROP OF BLOOD RUNNING FROM THE NECK DOWN THE SHINY CYBER CARAPACE ... There we are Doris my love. How does that feel? CYBERMAN: That. Feels. Wonderful ... A. Bit. Tingly. And. The Voicebox. Is. Hard. To. Control. GANGERDOC: Sorry dear. It takes a while to get the hang of it. Run along now and join the others. IRIS RISES AND STOPS THE CYBERMAN AS IT LURCHES TOWARD THE DOOR. IRIS: Doris, did it ... you know, did it hurt very much? CYBERMAN: Actually. It. Tickled. But. I'm. Fine. Now. IRIS: So do you think I should - CYBERMAN: When. You're. Ready. Iris. No. Hurry. GANGERDOC SMILES ...

  • If the rumours are to be believed. If so, it will be the first time the iconic Cybermen have been used in the new series.

  • Nov. 8, 2012, 6 p.m. CST

    Where's the update on HBO adapting American Gods?

    by theGoldbergV

    That's the Gaiman project I'm most looking forward to. But The Doctor's Wife was fantastic so I'm sure his next Who will be good too.

  • Nov. 8, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST

    swivile bobble fizz fizz

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    the DEFINITION of "schmaltz" was The Doctor's Wife. explain yourself

  • Nov. 9, 2012, 8:24 a.m. CST

    10th Planet Cybermen

    by pearlanddean

    Definately the creepiest by far. Seek out 'Spare Parts' from Big Finish if you want to hear the Cyberman equivalent of 'Genesis of the Daleks'. A work of genius. The trouble with the nuWho Cybusmen is they are robots with a human brain stuck in the top. The classic series Cybermen were the forerunners of the Borg, cybernetically enhanced humans who had decided it was smarter for all races to become like them. In their first appearance, they still have human hands. You can see they are people with machine replacement parts. Subsequent appearances veered away from this style of costume but the motivation remained.

  • Nov. 9, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST

    We got Asylum of the Daleks...

    by Red43jes

    ...so howz about we get an equilavant with Cybermen? Honestly, isn't it time to address the situation of Mondas Cybermen, and alternate earth Cybermen? I'd love to see a civil war between the two...and the Doctor caught in the middle of it. We got every type of Dalek in Asylum, time for every type of Cybermen...

  • Nov. 9, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST

    More Gaiman!

    by Keith

    He should write the 50th, he gets "Who" more than most writers who can't seem to figure out what to do with the good doctor IMHO.