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Doctor Who: Neil Gaiman on The Prospect of Returning to Write Another Episode

In his interview with SFX (see some new information and talk about Nightmare in Silver here), Neil Gaiman has revealed that he would love to return to write a third episode of Doctor Who.

Despite his love for the show, however, Gaiman is concerned about not having enough time to pen another episode:

“I don’t have much time – I’m in this weird position right now where I love Doctor Who, really, really love Doctor Who.” 

“The biggest problem that I have with Doctor Who is that it genuinely takes time to do, and you wind up doing lots of drafts. This one was probably essentially three major drafts, as opposed to the eleven that The Doctor’s Wife went through, because that went through a whole bunch including “Oh, good, now we’ve got Rory…” At least three, maybe four, probably five, including some minor roll-outs, but there was a lot of last year that was given to writing this, and it’s time that doesn’t go to anything else. I’m happy enough to say that I’m rich enough from book income and everything else that I can quite happily give 4 months or 6 months of my life to writing an episode of Doctor Who, just because it makes me happy.”

On the prospect of becoming the next showrunner of Doctor Who, Gaiman said:

“I would love to do more Doctor Who. There’s so much stuff I’d love to do. Right now, it’s impossible. Right now I’m looking at it with that kind of horrible feeling that you genuinely can’t stop and raid the sweet shop. You’re on the bus and you’re going past and you’re going to be late for school if you go… so I tend to laugh when people say “Would you like to be the next showrunner after Moffat?” I don’t even have time to write an episode! You want me to be showrunner? Nothing else will happen in my entire life!”

Nightmare in Silver airs on Saturday 11th May at 7pm on BBC One.

[Source: Doctor Who TV]