Acclaimed writer Neil Gaiman has written two episodes of Doctor Who, but sadly it looks like we won’t be seeing any more episodes from him any time soon.
Gaiman wrote 2011’s The Doctor’s Wife and 2013’s Nightmare in Silver, but admits that the process has left a “bad taste” in his mouth due to lack of creative control on his second episode.
In a recent interview, he said:
“I did two episodes of Doctor Who over the last decade, one I loved and it won awards, one I do not love and it is widely regarded as having some good bits in it but being rather a curate’s egg.
“As far as I’m concerned both of the scripts were of equal quality but the biggest differences were having a say in what actually got to the screen, a say in what got changed, a say in what got rewritten, a say in the colour scheme, a say in all those things.”
Gaiman’s current project, Good Omens, is a series based on the book he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett, and stars previous Doctor David Tennant, alongside Michael Sheen.
The experience writing for Who has affected how he approached this series:
“I’m glad my second Doctor Who episode left me with a bad taste in my mouth because that is why, when Terry said ‘You have to make this thing’, I was like ‘If I’m going to to do it then I am going to be showrunner because I can’t just write the scripts, hand them over to somebody and hope that I get something fantastic back, I may or I may not.
“If this is going to be f***** up it’s going to be f***** up by me personally with love and dedication.
“And I hope that it isn’t but it needs to be done properly and I need to care.”
Good Omens will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, and while Gaiman is happy in his new role, he admits that it’s a one off:
“I am never going to do what I’ve done in Good Omens again, in the sense that here are four years of my life and I’m going to spend them writing and rewriting and making and in post-production and promoting one thing, which I’m doing basically because my dead friend asked me to, that is never going to happen again.
“With Amazon I am going to create things, I am going to write things, I am going to find terrific collaborators but I also have novels to write, I also have a family, I would like to see daylight, we have pictures of what our wives look like, it’s going to be a balancing act.”