Less than a month after we received confirmation that Neil Gaiman will return to pen another episode of Doctor Who, the BBC has revealed the celebrated novelist and comics writer will pit the Time Lord against his iconic enemies the Cybermen. Gaiman previously wrote the Hugo Award-winning “The Doctor’s Wife.”
Stephen Woolfenden (Harry Potter, Strike Back), the episode stars Matt Smith as the Doctor and Jenna-Louise Coleman as his new companion, with guests Warwick Davis (Life’s Too Short, Harry Potter), Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders) and Jason Watkins (Being Human) as “a band of misfits on a mysterious planet.”
“Cybermen were always the monsters that scared me the most,” said Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat. “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.”
The series returns on Dec. 25 with the Christmas special, followed in the spring by a run of eight episodes to complete the seventh season.