The Cybermen Return To Doctor Who… And Neil Gaiman Is Writing Them

The Cybermen are going to be back for Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary year, and the award winning Neil Gaiman is writing the story.

According to the official BBC Doctor Who site: “We can confirm that the Cybermen will be menacing the universe once again when Doctor Who returns for a run of eight epic episodes in spring, 2013.The iconic enemies will feature in an adventure directed by Stephen Woolfenden and written by the acclaimed Neil Gaiman whose previous episode was the Hugo Award-winning, ‘The Doctor’s Wife’.

“Starring Matt Smith as the Doctor and Jenna-Louise Coleman as the new companion, the episode co-stars Warwick Davis (Life’s Too Short and Harry Potter), 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…

“Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and executive producer, told us, ‘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… 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.’”

Neil Gaiman tweeted this morning, “I saw my first Cybermen watching Moonbase, as Jamie thought the Piper was coming for him (scary). Then Tomb of the Cybermen terrified me.” When asked if the episode would be scary, he responded, “I hope so.” [via Doctor Who News]

Doctor Who returns on 25 December for the Christmas Special and is back for a run of eight episodes in spring, 2013. Currently, the Gaiman/Cybermen episode is scheduled as the seventh of those episodes.

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