POLL: Neil Gaiman’s Doctor Who – The More Things Change…
Doctor Who is a brilliant show. If you are not familiar with it, the general premise follows a mostly quirky Time Lord (alien-type) referred to only as The Doctor, travelling anywhere and everywhere in time and space. When gravely injured, he regenerates into different forms (actors) so that he lives more or less forever in, what should be, increasingly marketable forms.
Given the almost unlimited nature of such a show, its no wonder that it lasted upwards of 26 years until some smart guy took the reigns and started stapling question marks all over everything and the general consensus in England was that it would be best if the show didn’t exist for a few decades.
Despite continuing on in other media and a failed re-launch in 1998, it didn’t really resurface until 2005 when Russell T. Davies brought it back with a bigger budget, a load of camp, proper love for the show’s history, and a lot of running. Except for super ridiculous camp at some points, Davies did a hell of a job shepherding the series back to life.
With Davies now giving up the helm, fans are fairly excited to have Steven Moffat taking over as head writer and executive producer. Amongst his other accomplishments, Moffat has written some of the best episodes of the new Doctor Who series, The Girl in the Fireplace and Blink in particular. Although Doctor Who will not formerly resume until 2010, spreading 5 specials throughout 2009, expectations are very high for these new episodes.
Of particular note, is the as yet unconfirmed rumor that Neil Gaiman might be brought on to write an episode of an upcoming Doctor Who season. Gaiman is not only a generally documented fan of the series, but is also fairly friendly with the aforementioned Steven Moffat.
Nail Gaiman writes…a lot…and it is generally assumed that he writes very well. He is best known for his DC Vertigo comic book series The Sandman. When I read The Sandman, I was completely absorbed for the first half of it, but was then overcome with a sickly indifference to the plight of the main character and wondered whether Lucifer Morningstar’s story would have been more interesting to follow. It was.
In general, let’s simply chalk that up to my eternal hard-on for non-bestial representations of Satan. I do, however, like to poke fun at what I have found through my moderate reading to be Gaiman’s reliance or addiction to building the foundations of stories from somewhat modified historical/mythological tales.
I would personally love to see Gaiman write a Doctor Who episode that revisits the themes found in the two-part-story of The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, which had The Doctor confronting a force that claimed to be Satan, or some such incarnation thereof that had existed before and will exist after time…an idea that very much disturbs The Doctor’s core beliefs.
This would provide a very interesting perspective of The Doctor to explore and would also allow Gaiman to dabble in countless ancient tales of supreme evil, perhaps even geeking out and dabbling in the old series’ treatment of a “possibly-satanically-evil” villain named Sutekh the Destroyer.
Neil…if you do indeed write such an episode…I will not take any legal action against you or anyone connected with the show, even if you are indeed inspired by this brilliant blog posting. When you are deep in the warm embrace of Doctor Who, I will only be capable of love for you.
However, I will pretend that some friend of mine had read this article and that the two of us had made a wager whether or not said idea would be used. I will calculate at such time an amount owed to me equal to half of some friend of mine’s annual income. This will be done after deleting this paragraph. Neat and tidy.
If Neil Gaiman writes an episode of Doctor Who, chances are it will either be particularly placed in history or deal with a historical entity transplanted to or re-imagined in the future. I will at such time look smart for having said so now.
If my prediction proves humiliatingly inaccurate, I will then jump in the TARDIS, travel back in time prior to this post, and educate myself to the wider breadth of Neil Gaiman’s work.
Then I will jump back in the TARDIS…going back in time once again, just prior to educating myself on the wider breadth of Neil Gaiman’s work, to remind my past self that I had access to the TARDIS and will smack myself for thinking of educating myself on the wider breadth of Neil Gaiman’s work instead of flying around willy-nilly in the TARDIS. This will create a horrible paradox and I will be caught in a resultant Time Loop that will have me infinitely eating a Tastykake.
I’m Thomas K…and I’m not.