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Neil Gaiman Would Love to Write for Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor

Neil Gaiman has affirmed that he would like to return to Doctor Who, ideally to write for Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor.

The scribe, who previously wrote The Doctor’s Wife and Nightmare in Silver for Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor, further revealed that he would have liked to have written something for the Twelfth Doctor too; alas, his time was taken up by Good Omens, the TV adaptation of his and Terry Pratchett’s successful novel, starring David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor) and Michael Sheen (House in The Doctor’s Wife).

Gaiman said:

“Everything to do with anything about Doctor Who is always about time. I love the Doctor; I think Jodie Whittaker is a fabulous Doctor. On the one hand, I’d love to write for her, but on the one hand, I really, really, really wanted to write something for Peter Capaldi, and never got there because I was writing and making Good Omens through the Peter Capaldi years.

“So, you never know. With luck, I’ll write something for Jodie, and if it isn’t for Jodie, maybe it’ll be the next Doctor down the line.”

So far, of course, no writers from before Chris Chibnall’s era as showrunner have returned to script for the Thirteenth Doctor, although many have expressed interest. Jamie Mathieson (Mummy on the Orient Express; Oxygen), for instance, even pitched stories but none were taken up.

Would you like to see Gaiman return? Or are you more interested in new writers’ takes on the Doctor?

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

Neil Gaiman Would Love to Write for Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor

by Philip Bates time to read: 1 min
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