Best news of the day by far: Neil Gaiman has been 100 percent confirmed as a writer of an episode in the back half of series seven. He has penned the 12th episode, which will be followed by Steven Moffat’s season’s ender.
Of course there is no word yet on the episode’s title or storyline or guest cast, but just knowing that it is going to happen is awesome. Fans will recall that Gaiman won a Hugo award for his previous contribution, last year’s “The Doctor’s Wife.”
Confirmation of this news comes from the newest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, which lists the writers and directors for the rest of the season — but no broadcast dates or story titles. The rest of the writing roster looks like this:
1) 706. Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Colm McCarthy. (Filming now)
2) 707. Written by Neil Cross. Directed by Farren Blackburn. (Not filmed)
3) 708. Written by Mark Gatiss. Directed by Douglas Mackinnon. (Filmed)
4) 709. Written by Neil Cross. Directed by Jamie Payne. (Filmed)
5) 710. Written by Stephen Thompson. Directed by Mat King. (Filmed)
6) 711. Written by Mark Gatiss. Directed by Saul Metzstein. (Filmed)
7) 712. Written by Neil Gaiman. Directed by Stephen Wolfenden. (Not filmed)
8) 713. Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by TBA. (Not filmed)
So, what is the brilliant Bryan Fuller up to next, now that NBC has decided to cash out on his revival of THE MUNSTERS, called MOCKINGBIRD LANE and burn off the pilot as a one-shot movie on Oct. 26?
I’m glad you asked. He’s currently developing another… er, offbeat series for the same network, NBC, called HANNIBAL, and it’s based on the legendary Carthaginian general who… nah, I’m just pulling your leg. HANNIBAL is actually based on Thomas Harris’ series of novels about Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the protagonist of several big-screen movies, including the Oscar-winning Silence of the Lambs. The series will be another take on Harris’ novels.
The 13 hour-long episodes will focus on FBI agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), a criminal profiler hunting a serial killer. The FBI asks mad psychiatrist Dr. Lecter’s (Mads Mikkelsen) help with the case. Caroline Dhavernas (WONDERFALLS) will play Dr. Alana “Al” Bloom, “a psychiatric protégé of Hannibal’s who teaches psychology at Georgetown University and is consulting with the FBI on criminal profiling,” according to NBC. She introduces FBI profiling honchoJack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), who supervises Graham, to Dr. Lecter.
Fuller says he has seven seasons worth of stories planned for the series, with the first two adapting the first novel, Red Dragon. “Season one is the bromance, season two is the horrible breakup,” Fuller has said.
Speaking of horrible, the series does necessitate venturing into some pretty terrible territory: “We’re getting a lot of great ideas about how to cook people,” Fuller admitted. The show has hired a consultant to explain exactly what Lecter really could or could not eat.