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Doctor Who Season 7 Episode 12 Was this an attempt to reclaim the crown of cybernetic menace from the Borg, by taking back some of those elements? One of my great embarrassed admissions – and I have very few – is that, while I have seen every episode of the original Star Trek many times, and could quote you the entirety of “The Trouble with Tribbles” with my eyes closed, Star Trek: The Next Generation happened during a period where I was moving from the U.K. to the U.S.  For a big wedge of that time, I had no access to television because we were too far out in the country, so I missed it.  It happened in the background and I didn’t actually ever get to watch it.  I started catching up with television again with Babylon 5, mostly because I was asked to write an episode. 

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So, I missed the Borg and only knew about them, way in the background.  I suspect this is more a case of a certain amount of parallel evolution.  But, I would love to reclaim the cybernetic menace crown. 

Also, one of the things I loved about doing this was creating the cybermites.

doctor-who-nightmare-in-silverGAIMAN:  I’d love to create a monster, and have it be one that’s interesting enough or fun enough to come back, written by somebody else, or turn up completely reinvented.  I’d love to do that and have the feeling that you’d actually left something behind.  I think that’s hard.  I love that Terry Nation left us the Daleks, and I love that Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis left us the Cybermen.  In my head, I love that the great intelligence has come back, but I miss the Yeti.  I would love to have huge shambling robotic Yeti, just because I loved them when I was a kid.  So, I would love to do that.  That would be wonderful.  The trouble with everything, these days, for me, is time.  There is only one me.  There are a ridiculous number of demands on my time.  There are so many things I’m trying to do.  It’s so much more about when I’m going to get time to do it, if I get time.  I think they’ll have me back.  They seem to like me at Doctor Who, and I know that I definitely like them. 

Compared to “The Doctor’s Wife” where you started from scratch with your own idea,

How much influence has Doctor Who had on your writing?

GAIMAN:  I think it’s impossible for me to say because I have no idea.  There’s no control out there.  I can’t actually ever get to meet the Neil Gaiman who, at the age of three, wasn’t watching Doctor Who, or at the age of four, wasn’t imagining how things could be bigger on the inside, or at the age of five, wasn’t buying a copy or persuading his father to buy a copy of the Dalek World annual and taking it home and studying it to learn all about Daleks, and discovering that Daleks couldn’t see the color red, and then worrying about the red Daleks and wondering if they were invisible to their friends.  I discovered that measles were a Dalek disease, which was something not a lot of people know, but I learned it because I read it in the Dalek World anthology. 

Doctor Who was the first mythology that I learned, before ever I ran into Greek or Roman or Egyptian mythologies.  I knew that TARDIS stood for Time and Relative Dimension in Space.  I knew that the TARDIS had a food machine that made things that looked like Mars bars, but tasted like bacon and eggs.  It was all part of what I knew, as a kid.  I still have the battered copy of David Whitaker’s Doctor Who and the Daleks, that I had as a kid, with terrible illustrations.  So, I don’t know, but I do know that it’s been hugely influential on the shape of my head and how I see things.  And I know that I feel ridiculously comfortable in that universe, and that I will keep going back, as long as they’ll have me and as long as I can find the time.